Dining

 Richard Foss

Second Source [restaurant review]

Second Source [restaurant review]

The offshoot of a Hermosa healthy dining destination is even better than the original

As I walked up to The Source’s new location in Manhattan Beach for the first time, I mused over all the different meanings for the word source. While waiting for my food I looked them up on the internet, and in case you’re interested, there are 10 synonyms,  which include pedigree, origin, fountain, dawn, cause, […]

 Richard Foss

Variations on a theme

Variations on a theme

Mosa’s offerings invite a comparison to classical compositions

I just looked in my music collection, and between my CDs, downloads, and vinyl, I have at least seven recordings of the same piece by Vivaldi. They range from small ensembles to full orchestras, plus one by street musicians whose instruments include banjo, harmonica, and saxophone. Each gives a different perspective on the piece. Sometimes […]

 Richard Foss

Bowls in, bars out, bakery delivers, wine and candy

Bowls in, bars out, bakery delivers, wine and candy

A La Carte dining column for 22 October 2020

MB Stays Healthy: Those who enjoy their meal in a cup have been crestfallen at the closure of the Jamba Juice in Downtown Manhattan Beach, which has been a mainstay for over a decade. They will be happy to hear that they won’t need to learn a new address for a healthy food destination, though […]

 Richard Foss

American greatness [restaurant review]

American greatness [restaurant review]

America wasn’t the first place where people celebrated special occasions with steak dinners – that was probably Britain, where “beefsteak societies” started meeting as early as 1705. These all-male gatherings were a magnet for minor nobility, major celebrities, and merchants who wanted to flaunt their success. Steaks were the symbol of wealth, because big chunks […]

 Brad Jacobson

Rockefeller Redondo is adding an outdoor entertainment area that you should see (video)

Rockefeller Redondo is adding an outdoor entertainment area that you should see (video)

The Rockefeller Gastropub in Redondo Beach is adding an outdoor entertainment area which could include: live music, a beer garden, corn hole, parties and more.  Rockefeller owner Chris Bredesen gives the Mad Video Lab’s Brad Jacobson a tour. 

 Richard Foss

Food from everywhere, and nowhere [restaurant review]

Food from everywhere, and nowhere [restaurant review]

Chin Chin offers an American vision of Asian flavors

Before naming any business, you probably ought to investigate what it means in different languages. Chin Chin on Rosecrans is an example. In diplomatic English it’s slang for small talk at parties, in Italian it’s a toast celebrating health, in Nigeria it’s a kind of fried cookie, and in Japan it is a euphemism for […]

 Richard Foss

Subtlety, Italian style [restaurant review]

Subtlety, Italian style [restaurant review]

Slay’s Italian has a midwestern accent

Julia Child demystified French cooking for Americans, but Italian cuisine was a mystery to her. In a conversation with author Mark Bittman, Child remarked, “I don’t get the whole thing with Italian cooking. They put some herbs on things, they put them in the oven, and they take them out again.” Bittman immediately replied, “That’s […]

 Richard Foss

Famous name returns, Jackson’s closed, outdoor dining extended

Famous name returns, Jackson’s closed, outdoor dining extended

A La Carte dining news column for 01 October 2020

Life After Melange: The old Chez Melange was two restaurants under one roof, and the successor in that space will follow that model. The front of the house will be “Table Manners,” and will serve lunch and dinner, while the rear will be “Perfect Storm” and open for dinner only. No word yet on how […]