Past Stories
Josh Goldman says a mixologist’s job is primarily to make people happy

Passion, Chemistry and Bliss

Cocktail expert Josh Goldman says the secret to taste is technique By Richard Foss (richard@richardfoss.com) Josh Goldman says a mixologist’s job is primarily to make people happy Even if you haven’t had a drink personall...


Industrial chic takes on a casual vibe inside the popular Firestone Walker Venice
Photo by Richard Foss

The Kitchen Behind the Bar

Firestone Walker makes fantastic beer, but can they cook? By Richard Foss (richard@richardfoss.com) Industrial chic takes on a casual vibe inside the popular Firestone Walker VenicePhoto by Richard Foss Some things are destin...


Fried chicken is an art form at Pann’s (left plate) and Dinah’s

The Fried Chicken Faceoff

Dinah’s vs. Pann’s — which will rule the roost? By Richard Foss (richard@richardfoss.com) Fried chicken is an art form at Pann’s (left plate) and Dinah’s I can imagine a conversation between two people who are fans ...



The beef Lounge Burger with aged white cheddar and the lamb burger each paired well with crisp onion rings, fries and a kale-heavy Caesar salad
Photo by Richard Foss

Burgers Done Right

Beef, lamb or cod, Burger Lounge lets the flavor of the meat speak for itself By Richard Foss (richard@richardfoss.com) The beef Lounge Burger with aged white cheddar and the lamb burger each paired well with crisp onion rings...


The picture-perfect Italian breakfast bread pudding 
and green salad combo with an egg, aged Gouda and bacon sandwich and a cup of very good 
coffee
Photo by Richard Foss

A New Neighborhood Treasure

Rustic Kitchen is making all the right moves to become a local landmark By Richard Foss (richard@richardfoss.com) The picture-perfect Italian breakfast bread pudding and green salad combo with an egg, aged Gouda and bacon san...


Avital Ungar

A Foodie Adventure in Venice

From Blue Star Donuts to The Cook’s Garden, Avital Tours tracks the trendy and delicious By Christina Campodonico Avital Ungar For Avital Ungar, food and curiosity make a perfect pairing. The founder of Avital Tours, which ...



The Albright’s fish and chips hit all the right notes with true Atlantic cod, crisp fries, tartar sauce and classic coleslaw
Yelp Photo by Nikki Rose T.

Superb Seafood by the Sea

Perfectly cooked classic dishes make The Albright a pier restaurant without peer By Richard Foss (richard@richardfoss.com) The Albright’s fish and chips hit all the right notes with true Atlantic cod, crisp fries, tartar sau...


If topping a burger patty with a hot link is too much for you, The Shack will happily smother it in cheese
Yelp Photo by Jeff S.

A Burger with a Sense of Place

Dig in with both hands (and plenty of napkins) at one of the Westside’s last great dive bars By Richard Foss (richard@richardfoss.com) If topping a burger patty with a hot link is too much for you, The Shack will happily&hel...


Grilling the shiitake, brown, oyster and enoki mushrooms completed the meal
Photo by Richard Foss

Korean Barbecue 101

Wharo’s authentic flavors are a good introduction to a cuisine that isn’t easy to find by the beach By Richard Foss (richard@richardfoss.com) Grilling the shiitake, brown, oyster and enoki mushrooms completed the mealPhoto...



Joe Johnson’s tried-and-true grilling techniques create complex flavors from nothing more than fire and hot coals
Photo by Richard Foss

Playing with Fire

Joe Johnson of Charcoal Venice on the art of cooking with open flame By Richard Foss (richard@richardfoss.com) Joe Johnson’s tried-and-true grilling techniques create complex flavors from nothing more than fire and hot coals...






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