Past Stories
Tamara’s Tamales chef Alice Trapp, who wrote a book on tamales, shows off her banana-leaf and corn-husk creations
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

An ancient tradition in good hands

Tamara’s Tamales puts a contemporary spin on a Mexican classic By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) The modern chef is assumed to be a versatile character, a jack-of-all-trades who moves effortlessly between techniques a...


From Persian kebabs (above) to Italian classics, Jino’s Pars brings out the best 
in two cuisines

A tale of two menus

Jino’s Pars navigates the unlikely pairing of Italian and Persian cuisines with great success By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) Some multicultural restaurants are a product of culinary inspiration, while others are sp...


Steak done right at Whiskey Red's

Toast the chef at Whiskey Red’s

Waterfront views pair well with a menu heavy on the classics By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) There’s an industry of branding consultants who spend lots of time coming up with business names that sound clever, intrig...



Alex Josef recommends combining cheeses made 
from three kinds of milk

Be the party’s big cheese

Alex Josef of Wheel House Cheese Store on how to perfect a cheese platter By Richard Foss  (Richard@RichardFoss.com) One of the major culinary trends of the last decade has been the reemergence of specialty food shops. The gro...


Mo’s Place is party central during Monday Night Football, with owner Mo Krant arriving in costume for the festivities

Hospitality is a contact sport

The friendly folks at Mo’s Place will warm your heart as they fill your stomach By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) I have a new favorite sports bar. The previous sentence may come as a surprise to longtime friends and ...


Café Buna is a popular hometown spot for breakfast or lunch 
Photos by Richard Foss

A secret worth spilling

It’s all about the chalkboard specials at Café Buna By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) Tourists who drive near the English village of Klevedon Hatch almost invariably stop to take a picture of one of the oddest road s...



Leather booths, candlelight and engraved mirrors help Vito Restaurant maintain a 1960s zeitgeist

Dining in a time machine

Ignoring the culinary trends of the past half century, Vito Restaurant offers the chance to enjoy the luxury of a different era By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) Look at pictures of formal restaurants in the 1960s and y...


The courtyard at Brilliantshine makes for a cozy and tranquil culinary refuge during weekend brunch
Photos by Richard Foss

A shine no less than brilliant

Culinary adventurers Josh Goldman and Julian Cox have made an enchanting culinary home for themselves with Brilliantshine By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) The culinary world has its hired guns — people who are brough...


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The meat of the matter

The beef rib and the chicken come out on top when a barbecue snob puts Outdoor Grill to the test By Richard Foss  Outdoor Grill |12630½ Washington Blvd., Mar Vista | (310) 636-4745 | theoutdoorgrill.com We were driving d...



Skewered pork belly is among the many delights at Bacari P.D.R.
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Small plates, enormous flavor

The new Bacari P.D.R. offers an Italian take on Spanish tapas that hits all its marks By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) The steep, triangular lot at Culver Boulevard and Vista del Mar Lane is an improbable place for a r...






vegetable spiralizer