by Brad Japhe in Restaurants, May 5th, 2017
by Maria Russo in Restaurants, August 7th, 2015
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.
Home to the largest population of Mexicans outside of Mexico, Los Angeles is in no short supply of the country’s native cuisine. It’s easy to sink your teeth into all sorts of asada and al pastor, when there is, almost literally, a taco truck on every corner. Yet that’s also what makes choosing ‘the best’ such a herculean task; sorting through this immense talent pool could take a lifetime. Mercifully, you can rely on the expert advice of LA’s accomplished professionals to help narrow down the field. They’ve put in the proper legwork. Regardless of the cuisine they prepare in their own kitchen, every chef in this town seeks off-day comfort in the form of tortillas and salsa, et al. Read more
by Guest Blogger in News, July 26th, 2014
While Los Angeles, with its big-city glitz and glamour, may be full of famed dining destinations, Southern California is surely not the only part of the Golden State where you can find sought-after cuisine. In Northern California, the city of Sacramento has been known to offer both dressed-up hot spots and laid-back eateries, specializing in everything from Korean BBQ and Vietnamese favorites to fresh oysters. Recently, Seonkyoung Longest, the winner of Restaurant Express, set off with her husband to find the best bites Sacramento has to offer, as the pair recently moved to the city. They took viewers along as they sampled craveable classics and creative finds alike.
Click the play button above to see Seonkyoung’s picks for casual eats in Sacramento, then check out the best bets for elegant meals.
by FN Dish Editor in View All Posts, February 16th, 2009
By Meesha Halm
Foie gras is polarizing. Diners either love it or hate the very idea. Buttery, ultra-rich duck liver has been one of the most venerated ingredients in a chef’s arsenal for centuries. Whether floating in a soup at Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare or miso-cured at Acadia in Chicago, it’s considered the ultimate luxury.
Not so in California, where foie gras has been banned since 2012. Foie gras hasn’t exactly gone away in the Golden State; it’s just gone underground. The sale and production of it are forbidden but consumption of it is not, so restaurateurs circumvent the ban by sending it out as a “gift from the chef.” But some California chefs, including Ken Frank (La Toque), are willing to fight publicly for it. Last month, Frank and five top toques rallied to host “State of American Foie Gras,” a protest luncheon at his Napa Valley restaurant.
by FN Dish Editor in View All Posts, October 30th, 2008
With the final week of HGTV’s Dream Home Giveaway here, we must confess that we’ve been DROOLING over this kitchen.
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The FN Dish just caught a culinary demo and book signing for none other than Iron Chef, Cat Cora in Midtown Manhattan. When not doing battle on Iron Chef America, Cat is plenty busy. Aside from nine lives, she appears to have nine jobs as well.
Her recent book, Cooking from the Hip, is a great overview on whipping up creative, tasty offerings from fresh ingredients and staples every stocked pantry should have.
However, Cat caught us up on an even NEWER venture that’s coming this December. She’s opening a new restaurant called CCQ (think BBQ but add a dash of Cat Cora instead). Keywords for Cat here are affordable, flavorful, fast and casual. Time and money are more valuable than ever but why sacrifice taste? She is taking international BBQ inspiration from Asia, South America and the Caribbean to make the CCQ experience unforgettable.
The OC crowd will get first tastes. CCQ will open within the Macy’s at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA. If SoCal isn’t in the cards, FN has the recipe to the CCQ Signature BBQ sauce here that should tide you over.
If that all weren’t enough, Cat is also President and Co-founder of Chefs for Humanity which supplies relief and aid to fight worldwide hunger — created in response to the 2004 Asian Tsunami tragedy. You can learn more here or even donate and get a signed photo of Cat for your kitchen here.