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Rob and Julia

By Rob Eshman

August 10, 2009 | 7:51 pm

Her

In the Foodaism pantheon, She is as close to deity as you get.

I learned to cook by watching her shows and working my way, recipe by recipe, through The French Chef Cookbook.  I was 11. I... read on

  • Our Lady of the Holy Avocado

    By Rob Eshman

    August 7, 2009 | 7:07 pm

    If you read my post on how a small, quiet restaurant can be as quiet and holy a place for me as a sanctuary, you won’t be surprised that a fruit and sundries vendor at the corner of Harvard St. and James Wood (the developer, not the actor) took the idea a step farther, making his... read on

  • Is Kosher Kosher?  [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    August 6, 2009 | 3:18 pm

    Sue Fishkoff reports on JTA that Subway is now the largest kosher chain restaurant in the world.

    This proves one thing: kosher may be at a higher ethical standard than non-kosher, but it is not at the highest ethical standard.  Kosher is not as kosher as people think it is, or as... read on

  • Tiny Smelly Fish

    By Rob Eshman

    August 5, 2009 | 9:23 pm

    Last night, just past sunset, Naomi and I took a walk on the Venice pier.  It was jammed with fishermen—men, women, kids, black, white Korean, Latino. All it needed was a velvet rope by the lifeguard station and you’d think it was the most popular club in LA.

    It was a warm... read on

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  • My Backyard Chicken Craze

    By Rob Eshman

    August 4, 2009 | 9:05 pm

    The New York Times finally got around to writing about the backyard chicken- raising craze, which makes it official: there’s a backyard chicken-raising craze.

    My own personal backyard chicken raising craze started a bit earlier, in June of 1992.

    Naomi and I were living in a... read on

  • The Young Married Man and the Sea

    By Rob Eshman

    August 4, 2009 | 1:28 am

    My wife woke up on the first morning of our honeymoon, turned to my
    side of the bed, and I was gone.

    That’s what they call a sign.

    We were staying at an inn on the Mendocino coast.  It was a romantic
    Victorian pile, perched on a cliff a hundred yards above a rocky
    beach.  Our... read on

  • Los Angeles: BEST DELI TOWN

    By Rob Eshman

    July 24, 2009 | 7:03 pm

    I just got a peek inside David Sax’s new book, “Save the Deli,“ due out Oct. 19, and can report that it is official: L.A. is the best deli city in America.

    Bite that, New York.

    Flip to Chapter 10 of Sax’s fanatically researched, snappily-written tome, whose full title is... read on

  • Shtiebels with Coffee

    By Rob Eshman

    July 24, 2009 | 6:15 pm

    A shteibel is a small neighborhood synagogue.  You pronounce it to rhyme with “Weeble”—it’s as cozy and cute. Every religion has its shteibel.  Walk the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem and you’ll see tiny rooms where sock-clad men kneel in prayers to Allah.  Rome is... read on

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