More Than Just a PB&J sandwich

In 1917 peanut butter makers Ray and Blanche Magee made their debut at the Grand Central Market, selling high quality nut butters. Soon it became a culinary sensation and they moved in 1934 to the new original Farmers Market along Fairfax and 3rd. With the celebration of Grand Central Market’s 100 anniversary, Christopher Farber, Grand…

Smoke. Oil. Salt. Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary

Recently Executive Chef Perfecto celebrated the restaurant’s one year anniversary with a ten-course dinner featuring his fan’s favorite dishes. It was a sell out with photos of his dishes displayed on Instagram. Over one year ago, Hollywood producer turned restaurateur Stephen Gelber, along with Umami founder Adam Fleischman, Lee Weinberg, and hospitality expert Jason Berkowitz,…

800 Degrees in Old Town Pasadena

I was so excited to see a line of people eager to try 800 Degrees pizza last week. Co-owner Allen Ravert greeted me inside and showed off the interior decor. All of his Umami Group restaurants have chandeliers, an animal head (usually found in consignment stores in Palm Springs), unique wall colors and mirrors. 800…

Wine and Spanish Cuisine – smoke.oil.salt

The scent of wood burning on open flames lures interested diners in to smoke.oil.salt. We were led to a table in the slightly more formal area, and Sommelier Arby Artoonian poured us a sparkling glass of Cava as we looked over the tasting menu. Photos of the Spanish surrealist, Salvador Dalí, adorn the walls. Entertainment…