Studio City Archive

  • THE TWO-PART SECRET TO A GOOD STEAK / on the grill, in the broiler, or at a steakhouse

    THE TWO-PART SECRET TO A GOOD STEAK / on the grill, in the broiler, or at a steakhouse

    By Larry Levine – There’s a secret to a good steak: 1) Buy a great piece of meat, and 2) don’t mess it up. Number 1 isn’t difficult – expensive, but not difficult. It starts with “know your butcher and don’t be afraid to ask for advice.” And make sure the meat is USDA prime, […]

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  • A BONA FIDE SUSHI PLETHORA DILEMMA

    A BONA FIDE SUSHI PLETHORA DILEMMA

    By Larry Levine – I can hear the sarcastic groans of sympathy even before I write these words. But I’m suffering with a sushi plethora dilemma. There are too many excellent sushi restaurants in my life. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know; there can’t be such a thing. So, how many is too many? Certainly it […]

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  • MEMORY LANE / where old favorite restaurants go to retire

    MEMORY LANE / where old favorite restaurants go to retire

    By Larry Levine – Jonathan Gold’s excellent ode to Campanile in the L.A. Times food pages (Saturday, September 29, 2012) was enough to launch a trip down memory lane. Gold’s piece is warm, touching and human. Campanile, which will close later this year, clearly played an important role in his personal and his professional life […]

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  • LET’S TALK DELI / stop claiming what’s new is old

    LET’S TALK DELI / stop claiming what’s new is old

    By Larry Levine – Let’s talk deli – Jewish deli. It will be a discussion inspired by the latest edition of Bon Appetit. The cover of the September issue touts: “Holy pastrami. The Jewish deli is back.” That’s more than enough to pique my curiosity and send me hurrying to page 28, where I found a […]

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  • A SUSHI LOVERS’ GUIDE TO SURVIVAL IN TOUGH TIMES

    A SUSHI LOVERS’ GUIDE TO SURVIVAL IN TOUGH TIMES

    By Larry Levine -It’s been a tough 13 months or so for sushi lovers. First, the Fukushima nuclear power plant poured radioactive iodine and cesium into the ocean off the coast of Japan. Anything that lived or swam in those waters – things like Japanese uni, saba (Japanese mackerel), and Pacific albacore tuna – became […]

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  • MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE / 12 memorable meals from the year gone by

    MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE / 12 memorable meals from the year gone by

    By Larry Levine – “You’re lucky, eating so many great meals in great restaurants.” I hear statements like that frequently from people who assume I created a restaurant web site (atLarrys.com) and this online food magazine as an excuse to eat great meals in great restaurants. They have it backwards; the great meals in great […]

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