Month: September 2013

Trattoria Neapolis One Year Anniversary Party

As the Fire Marshall with a clip board in hand and four other firemen maneuvered through the large crowd at Trattoria Neapolis, I knew Perry Vidalakis private one-year anniversary party was a huge success. He limited his party to 300 invited guests. There were exactly…

Authentic Mexican Cuisine in LA

“Mexico City has the largest population of Mexican people. Los Angeles has the second largest and Guadalajara has the third,” said Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw during a two-hour lunch with him and a friend at Lotería Grill. Shaw is an affable chef that was…

Magee’s – The first restaurant in the original Farmers Market is still going strong

During the Great Depression and before the Farmers Market opened in July 1934, Blanche Magee and her husband Raymond had a couple of stalls at the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. They sold their famous peanut butter and horseradish. One day while…

Celebrity Chef Opens Old-School Seafood Shack

I was so excited about the menu, atmosphere and vibe at the new Connie and Ted’s restaurant, that I sent two tweets while there: “Chefs Sam Baxter & Michael Cimarusti  make a rockin’ lobster roll. It goes great w/a Hanger 24 lager.” The second…

Jackson’s Food + Drink

Driving to the South Bay for a walk along the beach to escape the heat, I was invited to experience the new chef, Matt Strong, at Jackson’s Food + Drink on Rosecrans. Owned and managed by chef and restaurateur, Scott Cooper, the restaurant is…

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