- Los Angeles
- New York
- Outer Banks
- Palm Springs
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- The Bahamas
These days certain companies attempt to market trips into outer space, meaning leaving the earth and going far, far away. Why would you do that if you could have a most fulfilling voyage in the gastrosphere of chef Joshua Skenes right here on earth? With the following images we hope you will be tantalized enough to get into your spaceship and jet on over to San Francisco’s SoMa district in a very classical building for a satisfyingly modern meal.
Viva La Famiglia
It took several decades, with detours via Mexico City, New Delhi, Las Vegas, La Romana and cruise ships, for Maccioni Group’s ringmaster Sirio Maccioni to open a namesake restaurant. Harboring one of New York’s best addresses at The Pierre, Sirio Ristorante is dedicated to bringing you a sophisticated contemporary Italian gastronomic experience. Sundays are going to become family night with a prix fixe menu offered. We had a chance to preview it with a few Maccioni family members. Having known Sirio for over three decades, it was easy for us to fit in. While English, French and Italian were spoken, we tasted Sirio’s wife Egidiana’s recipes, including Pappa al Pomodoro, washed down with home-made limoncello by Marco, one of the restaurateur extraordinaire’s three sons. Also in attendance were son Mauro and his daughter Stella. We hope everyone will feel as welcome as we did, and you might even get an Italian lesson in the process!
Beast it and they will come
Once upon a time, the French bistro Church & State set up camp near a loading dock at a Nabisco warehouse in a place downtown where no one dared to go. Before that, we had run into Los Angeles’ mayor at R-23, a Japanese joint on the fringes of the safe zone. Now the Italians have pushed the edge of the envelope even further and it’s an instant success. Getting a reservation at Bestia, an Italian osteria by Bill Chait (Rivera, Sotto, Short Order, Picca), is no small feat. The industrial building transformed into a cozy non-pretentious eatery is on the edge of the LA River in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles. The multi-space, creative establishment goes retro with Edison filament bulbs to shed some light over the communal wood table, two-tops and booths. You may also sit at the bar or park yourself on one of the two patios to sample the artistry of husband and wife chef team Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis (pastry). Specialties here are home-made charcuterie, pasta and pizza from the Acunto wood-fired oven. The entire beast (hog, cow, etc.) comes in and delectable dishes come out, like fusilli lunghi al sugo di capra. For gringos, that’s hand-rolled pistachio pasta in braised goat ragu. Here is what the Bestia (Beast) experience looks like…
It sounds silly to say, but The Loft is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With amazing views of the Pacific Ocean during the day and a cozy California Craftsman ambiance in the evening, pick your atmosphere to match your mood. How about a La Vie en Rose cocktail with a flatbread to get things going? Or keep it simple with a shrimp burger? The highlight of The Loft at Montage Resort in Laguna Beach is the cheese program, so you must indulge in a plate selection from the master fromager.
MB Abram Galleries in downtown Los Angeles specializes in tribal art and artefacts, from aboriginal boomerangs and carved figurines to Himalayan masks and Inuit harpoon heads. Currently, the gallery is exclusively offering signed, limited edition prints of food I photographed with a Panasonic Lumix LX5 digital camera at Gilt and The Modern restaurants in New York.
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