Posts for December 10, 2012

Matthew Dickson Will "Feed Body and Soul" Come Mid-January

crazy looking vegetarian dish by FEEDPhoto: FEED

After months of hemming and hawing, FEED Body & Soul finally has a opening date. Sorta. Mid-January is the target, and despite being a part of the Hospitality Collection, Matthew Dickson is still on board as the executive chef. FEED will feed hungry Venetian vampires from dawn to dusk, and serve L.A. cocktail star Marcos Tello's drinks. On the other hand, Dickson is intent on not using refined sugar and sourcing only organic legumes and grains. Restaurants that comes with built-in ironies are just fantastic! [GS]

Previous: FEED Body & Soul Takes J's Kitchen Space on Abbot Kinney

Allston Yacht Club Finally Ditching Name; Muddy Leek Soft Opening Next Week in Culver

Miles Thompson

Echo Park never seemed to be the yachting type, despite having a lake. Hence, it was a mystery (despite various detailed explanations) why Bill DiDonna and Charles Kelly opened their restaurant as Allston Yacht Club a few years ago. Even after a menu revamp, the team behind Allston (struggled to maintain the restaurant business and offered up the space for pop-ups in September. With the success of Vagrancy Project's, and impressed by young chef Miles Thompson's cooking, AYC will no longer by AYC come. After the remodeling, the new name of the restaurant will be Allumette. This seems to be an Alma for Echo Park, so hopefully there will be no $175 steaks on the menu.
Allston Yacht Club becomes Allumette with Miles Thompson as chef [LAT]

Previous: Vagrancy Project Chef Working Towards His Own Cottage
Echo Park Tries to Stomach a $175 Steak

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Maison Giraud, Papilles and Sushi Roku Celebrate Birthdays

Maison Giraud turns one this month. While Mr. Giraud's customers already help celebrate the event with a special cake last week, for the entire month of December dinner guests each receive a glass of bubbly. [LAT] Papille turns one on December 19th. Tim Carey will revert to the very first meat course served on the debut menu: beef cheeks. Prices for the prix fixe is reduced down to $19, even cheaper than grand opening day. [Papilles] Sushi Roku Pasadena turns twelve this month. December 12, the Pasadena branch will offer 50% off all food items from 11 A.M. to 11 P.M (except for happy hour specials) [GS]

Novak Djokovic Now Controls the World’s Supply of Precious Donkey Cheese

Feta wouldn't do.Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Possibly in order to stand out from the rest of the Belgrade restaurant scene, Serbian professional tennis player Novak Djokovic has reportedly purchased the entire world's supply of donkey cheese known as Pule. Otherwise known as the most expensive cheese in the world, Pule retails for up to $1,350 per kilogram and only comes from one place, that is, the good donkeys of the Zasavica reserve in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia. Djokovic, who also has a stake in a family-run Novak Cafe & Restaurant (they're looking for franchisees!), will serve the low-fat, high-protein Pule at his restaurants.

But how does it taste? »

AOC Announces Final Day at Original Location; Henry's Tacos Goners

Per the previous report, AOC, after ten years of success on Third Street, will relocate to the Il Covo space. Today, it announced the final meal to be served at 8022 W. 3rd will be on New Years Eve. First Campanile, now AOC. Where shall a complacent woman go for a meal in Mid-City these days? [GS]

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Bloody Hell: London Might Outlaw Rare Burgers

An endangered species?

We can't believe we're typing these words, but London's Westminster City Council wants to crack down on restaurants serving rare and medium-rare burgers. The London Evening Standard reports that authorities have even enlisted the United Kingdom's top expert on E. coli (really), Professor Hugh Pennington, to advise on the lethality of rare meat — and things look grim.

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More to Come From LYFE After Culver City

LYFE Kitchen is hitting SoCal in a big way. Right after the the Culver City branch opens next February (not January per previous reports), Tarzana and West Hollywood will get the next branches. These will all be eco conscious stores with herb walls and energy efficient kitchen equipment. The concept is a bit Tender Greens, but here's the kicker: LYFE may incorporate drive-throughs during the next phase of development.

LYFE Kitchen launches franchising program [NRN]

Previously: Highly Organized Sustainable Food Is Next, Former McDonald’s Executive Says.

Oaky: Robert Parker Leaves The Wine Advocate

Why is this man smiling?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Robert M. Parker, who popularized his now-ubiquitous 100-point rating system and changed the nature of the wine business, is stepping down from his role as editor-in-chief at The Wine Advocate, the vastly influential wine-review publication he started in 1978 with a $2,000 loan from his mom and a few mimeographed copies. The publication has grown to 50,000 subscribers over the years and now occupies a central position in the global wine trade.

The new owners are three entrepreneurs in Singapore. »

Adam Horton Cuts Out From Raphael; Jameson's Opens

During the Saddle Peak days

Raphael in Studio City lost Executive Chef Adam Horton this weekend. Horton shares he is no longer associated with the restaurant effective immediately. Despite receiving praise from area bloggers and 'hounds alike, apparently management had different visions. The split was "amicable" and the chef says he is currently "exploring other opportunities" in L.A. The remainder of the Saddle Peak Lounge team which arrived with Horton has departed as well. [GS]

Previous: Adam Horton Starts at Raphael Tomorrow, Bringing A Few Saddle Peak Pals With Him

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California Women Called ‘Fat Girls’ on Restaurant Receipt

Three women looking to square away their tab last Thursday night at a place called Chilly D's inside the Cameo Club Casino in Stockton, California, were shocked to discover that the restaurant's bartender had rung them up as "FAT GIRLS." If you've been tallying all the xenophobic and racist receipts issued to customers at restaurants over the last year, perhaps this latest form of fast-casual hate speech doesn't bother you much. But consider this: After the women discovered the words "FAT GIRLS" on their check, they approached a manager, who offered no genuine apology, but instead initially just a 25 percent discount. They had to talk him up to 50 percent

50 percent off the bill isn't much better. »

Echo Park Guisados Opens January; Dorados Lies in Death Bed

Six TacosPhoto: Tony Chen

Looks like Guisados Echo Park. beat out Guisados Downtown. Poor Downtown, still getting shafted from being first second of everything. Late Friday Eastsider reported Chef-Owner De La Torre is aiming for a January opening. Original Guisados first birthday was only last week, hopefully Guisados Downtown will open way before the Echo Park location turns one.

In other news, De La Torre's "other" Monterey Park venture may be on the ropes. Rumor has been swirling the chef may consider closing Dorados, his ceviche project. Despite ceviche turning rather hip this year, Dorados, an extremely pleasant Westside-worthy build-out, is on a strip of a heavily Asian-populated city with parking difficulties. It never caught on like De La Torre's other ventures.

Boyle Heights taqueria gets ready for its Echo Park debut

Previously: Guisados Expanding to Downtown and Echo Park

Cognescenti Coffee Culver City is Not Open This Morning

Cortado, La Marzocco

Despite other reports, the tres industrial chic Cognoscenti Coffee Culver City will not be serving cortados (or drip coffee,or lattes, or anything else at all) this morning at 8:00 A.M., in case anyone's headed out to Washington Blvd right this moment. Yeekai Lim's first solo joe venture met a permitting problems Friday afternoon, but it was to be expected. In other good news, Kalita USA is taking its Wave dripper road show to Cognoscenti tonight, 7:00 P.M. LA coffee nerds have been freaking out since the announcement of the tour as Wrecking Ball's Nick Cho will be on hand to sign boxer briefs, but only if they're stained with used coffee grinds, set to espresso fineness. 6114 Washington Blvd., Culver City

Fatburger To Devour Manhattan by Next Spring


After 60 years in operation, Fatburger is finally confident enough to try and make it in the Big Apple. Is New York City more intimidating than Karachi? Fatburger thought so. The Riese Organization, a franchiser of TGI, Pizza Hut, and KFC in New York, signed an agreement with Fatburger (based on Santa Monica, CA) to open a Fatburger in Murray Hill by Spring of 2013. Every borough, except Staten Island, will eventually get a Fatburger. Ice Cube can finally get this Fatburger (we hope with egg and bacon) when in the City. Hopefully this does not mean he will ponder a move to the East Coast. After all, we can't imagine the Guggenheim teaming up with Cube to do a promo video for a Robert A. M. Stern exhibit.

Previously: Fatburger Goes to Karachi

Fatburger Gets Boozy at The First Fat Bar

Watch Jamie Foxx Play an Angry Ding Dong

The uproar over Hostess closing has mostly been focused on the loss of Twinkies, despite the fact that the company made lots of other things. Someone at Saturday Night Live must have noticed, because this weekend's host Jamie Foxx showed up for a "Weekend Update" segment dressed as a Ding Dong that was tired of being forgotten about.

Remember "Keep Their Heads Ringin'"? »

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