Posts for February 21, 2013

New York Bagel & Deli Coming to Palms

NY Bagel & DeliPhoto: Tatiana Arbogast

The Palms location of Tony Maroni's Famous Gourmet Pizza shuttered back in 2011. But transplanted New Yorkers will still have something to bitch about when Santa Monica's New York Bagel & Deli takes over the space, with a forthcoming opening at National and Barrington, sharing a strip mall with Lost & Found. A reliable stop for a morning schmear, the second link in this Westside chain is expected possibly as soon as next month, according to an employee with the Wilshire Blvd. branch. And trust us, New Yorkers, it may not be the answer to your prayers, but we've had worse bagels back in Gotham.

NY Bagel & Deli, 11700-G National Blvd. Palms.

Lock & Key Bringing Twenties Vibe and Craft Cocktails To KTown, Opening February 27

Christophe NamerPhoto: Lock & Key

This Wednesday**, Lock & Key, a new twenties-themed bar, is soft-opening in Koreatown at 4:00 P.M. Attached to the recently opened Stall 239 restaurant, the lounge will serve cocktails from Christophe Namer, former the sommelier at Mid-City L.A.'s now shuttered Pastis and a former attache for Grey Goose. Though the initial opening will only see drinks offered in the space, eventually the venue plans to serve dishes from its sister restaurant, which includes $4.99 street food dishes like poutine, pastrami subs, and a kalbi short rib sandwich, as well as a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dessert.

Lock & Key, 239 S. Vermont Ave,. Koreatown; 213-389-5625.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon Make His Writer Eat a Pickle for the First Time

One of Jimmy Fallon's Late Night writers had never tried a pickle in his life. Apparently, he didn't eat a lot of green stuff as a kid. So Fallon put him up to the test for our amusement. The man took a big bite like a champ, but then proceeded to gag and choke "a little bit." Let's hope Fallon provides good health insurance.

You never forget your first time. »

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A Look Into Ricardo Zarate's Sketchbook For Paiche

It's rare that we get to look closely into a chef's creation process, no less an innovator like Ricardo Zarate. We recently learned that the Mo-Chica and Picca chef was changing his concept at Marina del Rey's destined to debut Paiche from a cevicheria to a Peruvian izakaya, with an opening date being eyed sometime this spring. Today, like mashua from heaven, Zarate slides Grub Street some pages from his notebook, allowing us to see a few of the dishes he's finalizing for Paiche's menu, as well as the organization and inspiration that fuels the chef's dish and recipe design. What at first resemble our attempts to draw human cells in biology class turn out to be deliberate, elaborate layouts behind new dishes like milk-fed baby lamb with aji amarillo and miso honey glaze, wild mushroom quinoa salad with huacatay sponge cake, and Wagyu black truffle tiradito, which may see a little change before they hit the table. If you're anywhere as excited as we are for the new restaurant, you may want to wear a bib as you delve inside of this slideshow peek at the chef's sketchbook.

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Watch This Vegetable Genius Play Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’ With Produce

Brooklyn-based artist, musician, producer, and tinkerer Jonathan Dagan, who is also known as j.viewz, enlists about $10 worth of supermarket produce to help perform a cover of Massive Attack's "Teardrop." The veggies complete a circuit relayed to a keyboard, he explains, in a situation that's probably similar to the one that allows people to use mushrooms to operate iPhones. Put your headphones on and watch j.viewz use mushrooms, kiwis, grapes, and eggplants to make music. Beautiful, vegetal music.

Except for the hoarse radish, it's all great. »

Rose Avenue Making Space For New Restaurant; Wabi-Sabi Renovating

Wabi-SabiPhoto: Tatiana Arbogast

Rose Avenue stepped into a strange new world of wire-rimmed glasses, baby Bjorns, and button-down Oxfords when Venice Beach Wines opened in 2008, leading to an explosion last year that added Superba, Cafe Gratitude, and Hostaria del Piccolo and spurring talk of the street playing the "new" Abbot-Kinney. Rose has been packed with potential for years, but the lack of commercial space had us wondering how big an expansion could really go. Now Venice Patch lets us know that the Ace Trophy Company is being bi-sected to accommodate a new farm-to-table restaurant, currently in the permitting process and without a name. "Farm-to-table," especially in Venice, is a little too buzzy to get a grip on, but the Venice Neighborhood Council is deciding on the proposal, so soon we should know more.

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Free Boozy Punch at The Varnish on Sunday

The Varnish, the Downtown bar that scored a win for "Best American Cocktail Bar" at the Tales of the Cocktail competition this summer, is turning four this Sunday (drinking dens are so cute at that age).But why do you really care? Because the destination is celebrating by giving everyone free Bols Genever punch and Amaro shots from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Following that, former bartender Niki Lindgren will perform vintage tunes with her band, Naughty Niki & the All Nighters, which we're pretty sure is also a film we watched on Cinemax once.

Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on Unclean Sweetbreads and Kristen’s Baroque Euro-Esoterica

You know it's the finale because the lighting is dramatic.Photo: Bravo

I’m back from my cruise. No, not that cruise; this cruise. I know you guys are interested in food, so I tried to eat lots of it at every meal. After a few nights of heavy American meats and sauces, somebody told me the ship’s cooks were Indian and the smart thing to do was order Indian food off-menu. Friends, let me say: It was some of the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten! The curries were spicy, but the spices were deep down in the dish, not floating on top, if that makes sense. It was amazing. I also ate bananas for breakfast and salad bars for lunch.

"Kristen admits to peeing in her pants." »

Trattoria Neapolis Fancifies Girl Scout Cookies

How's this for a collaboration? Pasadena's Trattoria Neapolis is currently serving its desserts with cookies from local Girl Scouts Troop 14201, purchasing a bunch of boxes for such desserts as the Tagalong Torta and a coconut gelato sandwiched between two Samoas. How very seasonal of you, Neapolis! in any case, it's a better use for the sweets than, say, crushing them with a giant tractor. [NBC]

Stumptown Roastery and Cafe Headed To Downtown Arts District

Stumptown Latte

Rumors have been bandied about over the last few months that Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland's influential Third Wave bean brewers, would set up a facility and business in Downtown L.A. The whispers have positioned the location everywhere from Downtown's forthcoming Ace Hotel to the historic core. Now it looks like Stumptown L.A. is a done deal, with Food GPS positing the location in the Downtown Arts District, increasingly a perfect point to catch a gourmet caffeine jolt.

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Jeremy Lin Sure Knows His Dollar Menu Exchange Rates

"Got my first ever technical last night and lost $2000 ... makes me angry when i realize thats 2000 mcchickens or 4000 jack in the box tacos." — Yes, Jeremy Lin, getting your first technical is really sad news, for lots of reasons. For a frame of reference, BuzzFeed shows you exactly what 2,000 McChicken sandwiches look like. [Buzzfeed, Jeremy Lin/Twitter]

Former Cleo Line Cook Sues SBE For Discrimination and Harrassment

Cleo at The Redbury

SBE, the local hospitality company that capitalized on bottle service, celeb-shagging, and perceived exclusivity until it had both the muscle and money to back brands like The SLS Hotel, Katsuya, Umami Burger, and The Abbey, is getting sued. Keyon Wilson, a line-cook briefly employed at Cleo at The Redbury Hotel, is accusing Sam Nazarian's group of discrimination after she was allegedly subjected to a torrent of racially-charged and abusive statements, causing her to flee her job. LAist notes that Wilson filed a discrimination lawsuit against both the restaurant and SBE on Tuesday, accusing the restaurant of wrongful termination, the "intentional infliction of emotional distress," and harassment.

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The 117-Year-Old Rao’s Is Indeed Expanding to Hollywood

Somebody tell Harvey Keitel.Photo: Courtesy of Rao's

Spanish Harlem institution Rao's is indeed opening at 1006 Seward Street in the Hollywood Canteen space, according to co-owner and managing partner Frank Pellegrino Jr., who says in a press release that the restaurant is targeting a late spring or early summer opening.

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Glass Fragments Found in Special K, Kellogg’s Recalls

When you quickly throw together a Cereal Killer costume next Halloween, make sure to grab a box of Special K Red Berries. Kellogg’s is recalling the cereal after finding glass in 36,000 packages. Fortunately, there have been no consumer injuries, and since the glass made its way into a single batch, it's a small recall. The company's clearly having production issues: In October, it recalled 2.8 million boxes of Mini-Wheats after finding fragments of metal mesh. Yikes. [Reuters]

More ‘Impostor’ Fish Found in America’s Restaurants and Sushi Counters

This guy has less to hide, and is least likely to steer you wrong.Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

It's still happening: A new study published by the nonprofit group Oceana found that approximately a third of fish samples retrieved from restaurants and markets were not actually the fish they were claimed to be. DNA tests of 120 samples purporting to be red snapper at sushi bars and full-service restaurants, for example, returned a staggering 28 distinct species, including 17 "that were not even in the snapper family," the Times reports. Probably the worst finding? In New York, the article says, "fish that was not really tuna was being passed off as tuna in 94 percent of the samples taken." That's a lot of fake tuna.

Grouper? I hardly know her. »

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