Richard Foss

Venice alive and well in Torrance

Venice alive and well in Torrance

Il bar, where the Italian’s drink and drive by Richard Foss  There’s a reason Starbucks gives their drinks Italian names. Their Frappuccino and their measurements venti and trenta are either meaningless or misleading in Italian, but they reflect the fact that Italians not only invented the espresso machine, but most of the drinks that are […]

 Richard Foss

Venice is alive and well in Torrance [restaurant review]

Venice is alive and well in Torrance [restaurant review]

Il bar, where the Italians drink and drive

There’s a reason Starbucks gives their drinks Italian names. Their Frappuccino and their measurements venti and trenta are either meaningless or misleading in Italian, but they reflect the fact that Italians not only invented the espresso machine, but most of the drinks that are made with it. When you order a cappuccino or macchiato, you’re […]

 Richard Foss

Inching toward modernity [restaurant review]

Inching toward modernity [restaurant review]

Sloopy’s hasn’t changed much in 50 years, and that’s just fine

In 1967 the song “Hang On Sloopy” was three years old, no longer high in the charts but a staple with bar bands across America. The earworm groove and sunny, optimistic lyrics suited South Bay surf culture well, despite the fact that the tune was written by a teenager in Dayton, Ohio about a local […]

 Richard Foss

A fish house reimagined at Riviera House Redondo Beach

A fish house reimagined at Riviera House Redondo Beach

The new Riviera House gets almost everything right

 Richard Foss

Openings delayed and otherwise, new bakery and coffee coming to Hermosa, dining events, and more restaurant news

Openings delayed and otherwise, new bakery and coffee coming to Hermosa, dining events, and more restaurant news

A La Carte column for 21 November 2019

Building Permit Blues: There are multiple restaurant projects around the South Bay that are running behind schedule due to conflicts with city and county departments, and that’s not unusual. Pacific Standard Prime is one of several works in progress that was close to opening until a review of their plans forced them to make changes […]

 Richard Foss

Pastoral pleasures at the PV Land Conservancy Celebration

Pastoral pleasures at the PV Land Conservancy Celebration

The event at the Terranea Resort celebrates three decades of working toward a future with natural landscapes

If you just look at a map, it might seem unlikely that any event in Palos Verdes could legitimately be called pastoral. On all sides save the ocean to the southwest, dense suburbs dominate an artificial landscape. Nevertheless, the name is appropriate for a Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy event, because the fact that any […]

 Richard Foss

The triumph of simplicity [restaurant review]

Slay Steak and Fish House appeals to those who appreciate the classics

Every time I write about a steak and seafood house, I get the same complaint: “Why are you writing about something simple like this that I can do at home?” If you have even rudimentary cooking facilities, you can indeed cook a steak at home. You may also have a piano at home, and listening […]

 Richard Foss

Downtown style, East Hermosa prices [restaurant review]

Downtown style, East Hermosa prices [restaurant review]

Spumoni offers Italian classics in an upscale environment on Aviation

When it comes to food and culture, Aviation Boulevard has always been mainly a way to get from one place to another rather than a destination. I remember being sad when the Either/Or bookstore moved there, because I foresaw that it wouldn’t go well. Even a business with that much goodwill couldn’t break the curse.  […]

 Richard Foss

Come as you are to La Buvette Wine Bistro in Downtown San Pedro

Come as you are to La Buvette Wine Bistro in Downtown San Pedro

La Buvette Wine Bistro offers French classics, minus the formality  by Richard Foss  When I recommended a friend visit La Buvette, the French bistro that has been open since March in downtown San Pedro, she sounded interested but asked, “Will I have to dress up?” I reassured her that nobody has to get formal at […]

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Fish Shop down, Riviera House in business, Avenue A back up, wine events, and other dining news

Fish Shop down, Riviera House in business, Avenue A back up, wine events, and other dining news

A La Carte column for 24 October 2019

Too affordable for Manhattan: The Subway on Manhattan Avenue, the last franchise fast food place in Downtown Manhattan Beach since the Wahoo’s across the street shuttered, is closing this Friday, the victim of a rent increase. I’m not sure what will replace them but I’d bet they’ll something more expensive than five dollar sandwiches… Bobo’s […]

 Richard Foss

Dinner, movie optional [restaurant review]

Dinner, movie optional [restaurant review]

Jackson's Food and Drink by the Arclight is worth a visit whether or not you stay for the movie

In the 1950s, “dinner and a movie” was a first date cliché, a way to go out and not do anything overtly romantic like dancing, which might risk the couple actually touching one anotherr. Restaurants near movie theaters benefited from the traffic, and servers might get larger tips if they perfected the art of offering […]

 Richard Foss

North Africa comes to East Hermosa [dining feature]

North Africa comes to East Hermosa [dining feature]

New Barsha restaurant offers innovative food but preserves Suzy’s musical soul

Adnen and Lenora Marouani accomplished their dream when they opened a wine, spirits, and specialty store. The previous wine shop in that location hadn’t done well, but after years of high stress and long hours working in restaurants, the young couple was ready for a change and a challenge. “I love wine, drink wine, study […]

 Richard Foss

East Hermosa chic, changes at Basque Kitchen, Asian street food, and more dining news

East Hermosa chic, changes at Basque Kitchen, Asian street food, and more dining news

A La Carte column for 03 October 2019

East Hermosa Star: Barsha is open at the corner of Aviation and Prospect, giving Hermosa one of only three Tunisian restaurants in Southern California. The décor is a mix of California contemporary design and North African elements, and it’s beautiful. The unusual cuisine is likely to bring in people who usually speed right through East […]

 Richard Foss

Strategic restraint [restaurant review]

Strategic restraint [restaurant review]

The Friday night "seafood forward" buffet offers so many choices that diners may want to pace themselves.

Terranea’s Catalina Kitchen Friday night buffet may be too much of a good thing.

 Richard Foss

Land Conservancy Executive Director Adrienne Moran’s Sage Advice

Land Conservancy Executive Director Adrienne Moran’s Sage Advice

Land Conservancy executive director Adrienne Mohan leads 30-year celebration of efforts to restore Peninsula open spaces to their native state

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