January 17, 2009
Hope is renewed once again in the United States as we prepare to inaugurate the 44th president. While we celebrate democracy, the peaceful transfer of power, and the election of the first African American president, I would also like to mention another historical fact. Barack Obama is our first restaurant reviewer elected to lead our nation. Back when he was a relatively unknown Illinois state senator, Obama appeared on a local PBS restaurant review show as an amateur critic. While I do not think White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford has to worry about detailed reviews of her entrees from the new president, she might brush up on her deep-dish-pizza recipes.
November 26, 2005
Those of us who relocated to the West Coast know what it's like to crave a special dish from back home. Crab cakes from Maryland, cheese grits from South Carolina, pirogies from Cleveland, a salad topped with French fries from Pittsburgh -- whatever. Those who hail from Chicago owe a debt of gratitude to Arlene Mantegna -- wife of actor Joe Mantegna -- who decided to bring a bit of the couple's hometown to Burbank. The result is the tasty casual restaurant fittingly called Taste Chicago.
September 11, 2012
When I go to Chicago, I pack some clothes that won't be coming back with me - socks wearing through at the heel, shirts that don't really match anything else in my wardrobe, shoes that I think about wearing but rarely do. It's not that I like visiting the Windy City badly dressed, but I know that every nook and cranny in my suitcase will be filled with food on the way back. Chicago has ethnic delis that feature cultures rarely seen in L.A., and my luggage will be bulging with Lithuanian brown bread, Italian cured beef, arcane Polish cold cuts and other delights that are unavailable locally.
October 11, 2003
JOYCE RUDOLPH Director Craig Belknap makes his debut with Glendale's classical theater company A Noise Within for Moliere's "The Miser," opening this weekend. Belknap was the founder and artistic director of the Direct Theatre in New York City and has directed more than 200 new and classical works at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City and many others. The story is about Harpagon, the Miser, who loves money almost as much as he loves himself.