Sunday, January 3, 2010

Monday Jan 4, 2010

  Joel Fisher "Wine Guru"
The wine columnist for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California. He was a Contributing Editor of Patterson's Beverage Journal. From 1999 to 2006 he was a wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California. Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, Joel is also a member of Patterson Magazine's tasting panel. Joel travels extensively through "wine country" and frequently broadcast live from vaious winerys & vineyards.  Dr. Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK) and was awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship for 2005 at the Culinary Institute of America. He is the author of the Wine Work Book now in its 6th edition

Executive Chef Miki Zivkovic - Third & Olive Restaurant
Third & olive is a great place. The restaurant is beautiful, the bar is intimate and the food is delicious. They have entertainment on Friday & Saturday evenings. Douglas puts on a good show. We've been there for lunch, also and it is a hidden gem.   If there is one thing I definitely don't skimp on  it has got to be food.  I just have no idea where else anyone would go for filling generous portions of French food at a reasonable price. Actually, i never really new how to define "French" food other than itty bitty portions that surprisingly fill you up. Until I went here. They manage  to give good size portions of pretty much every dish so you never feel cheated. Even better, you get to  take all the stuff you can't finish home!  They definitely excel in making you feel like you are having a home cooked meal yet in a beautiful atmosphere and delicately presented.   I've been lucky to sit at what I think is their best table twice (each time i've been) table #4 ask for it. It's a little corner good for two. 

Joe Vitali   "Joe's Pizza" (Santa Monica/Manhattan/Brooklyn)
The LA dining scene may start to look a lot like New York's fabled Joe's Pizza, which surveyors say sets "the standard for great slices in Manhattan," is opening a block from the beach at the western edge of Santa Monica; New York promised us lots and lots of imports, and this weekend they delivered an outpost of Joe's Pizza one block from Santa Monica's beach; Joe's Pizza have been turning out reputable pies since 1975, and is committed to spreading the gospel to the heathens of the West Coast, proffering admirably crusty slices of pizza both New York–style and Sicilian (rectangular).  "Without a doubt this is the best pizza in the entire city," Ben Affleck says. "It's so good, in fact, that I don't even want to ruin the taste of it by putting any toppings on it. I just get a cheese slice and savor it. There are tons of pizza places all over New York. It definitely has the best pizza in the world. But Joe's is the best of the best."  In New York City, Joe's Pizza is a legend in its own right. Throngs of people can be seen lining the streets, patiently waiting for that first bite of their favorite pizza pie. This famous pizza joint has made its way over to Los Angeles, ready to tantalize a whole new range of taste buds. What sets this pizza apart is experience, quality ingredients and unmatchable freshness. These thin crust Sicilian-inspired pizzas are made just the way you want them, when you want them. Pick them up or have them delivered; either way, it's guaranteed to become habit-forming.

Pam McNeely - Rose Bowl Parade

On Friday, January 1, 2010 at 8 a.m. (PST), millions of spectators from around the world will celebrate the New Year with the 121st Rose Paradethemed 2010: A Cut Above the Rest. The Rose Parade will once again feature the beautiful pageantry and tradition of magnificent floral floats, high-stepping equestrians and spirited marching bands. Following the Rose Parade, at 2:10 p.m. (PST), the 96th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi will feature the No. 8 BCS-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes versus the No. 7 BCS-ranked Oregon Ducks in The Granddaddy of Them All®. The Rose Bowl Game will be broadcast exclusively on ABC and on ESPN radio.