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Ridesharing Has Upended the Dining and Nightlife Scenes in L.A.

Ridesharing Has Upended the Dining and Nightlife Scenes in L.A.

Mike D, the Beastie Boys rapper turned wine collector, is entering the Los Angeles restaurant scene this year. Diamond (that’s what the ”D” stands for) will develop the wine list at The Hearth & Hound, a forthcoming eatery from iconic restaurateur Ken Friedman and his partner, chef April Bloomfield, both of NYC’s The Spotted Pig. […]

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Sake Is Emerging From the Shadow of the Sushi Bar

Sake Is Emerging From the Shadow of the Sushi Bar

For years Americans only knew sake in cheaply mass-produced iterations. We dropped shots of it into pints of Kirin, screaming “sake bomb!” to no one in particular; or sipped hot, boozy versions in strip-mall sushi joints. The latter comprised my introduction to the category. As a college undergraduate I went to dinner with a roommate’s […]

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Does a Good Restaurant Wine List Need to Be Up to Date? Yes and No.

Does a Good Restaurant Wine List Need to Be Up to Date? Yes and No.

It’s finally time for the long-anticipated dinner reservation at the best new restaurant in town. After poring over the wine list at the table, you proudly state your carefully chosen bottle selection to the sommelier. “I’m sorry,” the sommelier responds. “We don’t have that bottle right now.” Wait a minute. Isn’t the bottle listed on […]

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After Building the World’s Best Wine List, Pascaline Lepeltier Moves On

After Building the World’s Best Wine List, Pascaline Lepeltier Moves On

On the last day of August, 2017, Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier posted a series of 10 photos on Instagram, featuring some of the world’s finest wine bottles. “8 years building a list,” read each caption, followed by the hashtag #bestwinelistintheworld. As beverage director of Rouge Tomate Chelsea, Lepeltier had built arguably the world’s best wine […]

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We Are Entering a Golden Age of Breakfast Drinking

We Are Entering a Golden Age of Breakfast Drinking

Brunch is a divisive issue. There are those whose social handles and hashtags herald the institution, celebrating runny yolks, cross-cut bagel sandwiches and bombastic Bloody Marys. Others decry brunch as an invention of the American leisure class, launching their own digital campaigns and countless think pieces. Among the anti-brunch crusade’s complaints are that the category […]

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L.A.’s Best Bar is Also L.A.’s Best Kept Secret

L.A.’s Best Bar is Also L.A.’s Best Kept Secret

As the premiere high-end dining destination in Los Angeles, Providence can hardly be considered a hidden gem. Scores of ink have been spilled in praise of chef Michael Cimarusti, along with his dedicated disciples in the kitchen. The wine list is universally lauded. The service: Michelin-caliber. Yet in the front of the house, barman Kim […]

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