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  • Katsuji Tanabe takes ‘Chopped!’

    By Rob Eshman

    August 6, 2013 | 10:19 pm

    Katsuji Tanabe is the onion of kosher chefs-- every time you think you've figured him out, you find there;'s a whole other layer.

    Tonight Katsuji held a party at the Mexican Consulate near downtown Los Angeles to screen the episode of the Food Network show, "Chopped!" on which he... read on

  • Olive oil poached wild salmon

    By Rob Eshman

    August 2, 2013 | 11:27 am

    Wild salmon season is here.

    That means we have hit the ethical food sweetspot, where the most sustainable overlaps with the most delicious.   Add one more circle to the Venn diagram-- it's kosher!-- and you have a Foodaism trifecta in our home.   From June to September, we eat... read on

  • When Benice Became Barnyard

    By Rob Eshman

    July 25, 2013 | 11:26 am

    I walked into Barnyard with a chip on my shoulder.

    Barnyard is the new Venice restaurant from Chef Jesse Barber.  It's very New Venice: farm-to-table food, hot chef with even hotter resume (Tasting Kitchen, French Laundry), local beers, wines that appear on no wine Apps, and of... read on

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  • World of Flavor

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    Every two years, the Culinary Institute of America hosts its World of Flavors conference in its castle-like Napa Valley compound.

    Some of the planet’s best chefs show up, along with food purveyors from across the globe, and the endless meals, spread out in a massive hall lined... read on

  • Lenny’s Deli steps in to fill the Juniors void

    By Rob Eshman

    July 12, 2013 | 11:35 am

    Last night after seeing a movie at what seems to be the cultural center of West Los Angeles Jewish life — the Landmark Theatres at the Westside Pavilion — we walked over to the new Lenny's Deli.

    Lenny's filled the void left by Juniors — and I'm talking about a literal void.... read on

  • Eggplant with Mint Yogurt and Harissa Oil

    By Rob Eshman

    June 30, 2013 | 12:15 am

    Last night I made dinner for my mother's 83rd birthday.  I know my mother likes cooking for us at her home-- because mothers like being mothers.  But I like cooking for the woman who cooked for me for so many years.  

    It wasn't nearly as hot in Venice, CA as it was in the rest of... read on

  • French Fries at Home, With Kids

    By Rob Eshman

    June 20, 2013 | 4:39 pm

    Cooking with my kids makes me ridiculously happy.  It’s unfair, really, the power they have over my moods simply by saying, Yeah, sure when I ask them if they want to make dinner with me.

    A couple of nights ago my daughter Noa walked into the kitchen as I was throwing together a... read on

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