March 15, 2011

… the sun started to set and we lit the paper bag luminaria, which burned soft glowing amber, punctuating the meadow and the night, and the lamb was crisp-skinned and sticky from slow roasting, and the root beer was frigid and it caught, like an emotion, in the back of my throat.“ – Gabrielle Hamilton, “Blood, Bones & Butter”

Dan Tana's in LA

In Hawaii for the first time, I was certainly struck with the aloha spirit immediately. Having an idyllic visit though it’s flying by all too rapidly.

Top Tastes re-visits Nombe for Japanese food from their new chef, tries BBQ two-ways in Hunter’s Point. Wandering Traveler covers more food stops in Los Angeles, from Roy Choi’s latest to Mexican in West LA.

Edamame Hummus at Nombe

Imbiber watches the coffee-roasting process at Weaver’s Coffee in San Rafael.

Bibliophile reviews two new food memoirs from Grant Achatz and Gabrielle Hamilton. The Latest is my rundown of Chef Alex Ong’s secret Malaysian offal menu at Betelnut via Blackboard Eats.

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