On the Inside

A TALE OF TWO MARKETS / Shopping under the cloud of a pandemic
By Larry Levine – Grocery shopping today is not a question of “what do I need.” It’s as much a matter of “what do they have.” This was driven home
MELISSE / a story of the life-cycle of a Michelin-starred restaurant
By Larry Levine – Five hours before the opening of Josiah Citrin’s newly re-christened restaurant, Citrin, in the Santa Monica CA space in which he previously operated the Michelin-starred Melisse,
A BAGEL, A BOWL OF CHILI AND A CULTURAL APPROPRIATION DEBATE
By Larry Levine – I came across an old article from the Washington Post the other day about a dust-up in Minneapolis concerning an accusation of cultural appropriation of Chinese
I APOLOGIZE IF MY CIGARETTES RUINED YOUR MEALS / a brief history of smoking in restaurants
By Larry Levine – I want to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone whose meals I diminished by smoking at the dinner table in a restaurant. That includes not
MUSSO AND FRANK GRILL TURNS 100 / a Hollywood landmark prepares to celebrate
By Larry Levine – It’s in the middle of a block in the heart of Hollywood California. Thousands of people walk by every day. Mostly they are tourists. They are
WE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE / a travel and food memoir
By Larry Levine – BROOKLYN, JULY 2019 –  It’s the hot dog. It’s the grill. It’s the legend, the lore and the location. It’s all these and more. “It” is
A FRUITLESS QUEST FOR A TASTY BERRY
By Larry Levine – It’s that time of year when markets brim with flats of bright red strawberries and tempt us with the sight and intoxicating aroma of sweetness. I
BOOK REVIEW / Ruth Reichl’s “Save Me the Plums”
By Larry Levine – “Save Me the Plums” is Ruth Reichl at her best. The stories she tells of her time as editor-in-chief of the late Gourmet magazine are frank
DOES ANYONE GO TO HAWAII FOR THE FOOD?
The voice came from behind me as we waited to board our flight to Maui at L.A. International Airport: “You go to Hawaii for a lot of things, but food

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