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Sandra Thomas: PHOTOS: A Taste Of The Islands At A Hawaiian Food Festival

February 19, 2012

Staring down at the roasted pig’s head adorning a kiosk at the Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival at the Hilton Waikoloa on the Island of Hawaii, I had no idea the wild bore I had just happily sampled would mark the start of a weekend I can only describe as the ultimate foodie fantasy. After flying in from Seattle, we checked into our room at the neighboring Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort with just enough time to shower and change before heading to the Taste event. The rush was worth it. The event showcases everything that’s great about the local Hawaiian food/agriculture scene, including luscious organic produce and top chefs who bring the best out of locally raised (or wild) pig, beef and lamb. The event has a nose-to-tail philosophy which, depending on the luck of the draw, sees chefs creating delicacies from not only the most popular cuts of meat, but also the least appetizing including tripe and the now infamous mountain oyster, aka bull calf testicles. Each year participating local chefs draw to see which meat they’ll prepare for Taste about a month prior to the event in order to come up with a concept designed to wow the large crowd of foodies who attend annually. This year the mountain oyster challenge was presented to chef Jayson Kanekoa and his chef de cuisine Raylynn Kanehailua from the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, who came up with a kind of bull testicle tamale, which I wasn’t brave enough to try — but fed to my more adventurous partner who gave it a big thumbs up. I did indulge in a taste of heart sausage created by the chefs from Roy’s Waikoloa and it opened my eyes as to how the less-noble cuts of meat can be transformed into something delicious. The next morning I was scheduled to take part in the Chef Shuttle tour offered as part of a package at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and was surprised to see my personal guide for the day was Chef Jayson Kanekoa of mountain oyster fame whom I’d spoken to briefly the night before. Chef Jayson and I embarked on our foodie travels at 7 am and headed for two farmers markets in Waimea. On the way, we stopped for breakfast at a local institution called Hawaiian Style Café, where particularly large Hawaiian men cooked up pancakes the size of hubcaps and where you can order the Internet Loco Moco featuring Spam, Spam and more Spam. (My partner and I ended up driving to Waimea twice more to the café for breakfast in the all too-short week we spent on Hawaii.) Fortified with breakfast, Chef Jayson and I headed for the Hawaiian Homesteaders Farmers Market and Town Market where together we sourced out ingredients for what would later become dinner for a group of us back at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. Market-goers and vendors alike greeted Chef Jayson with alohas, handshakes and hugs. Maybe it was being in the company of a celebrity chef, but I found the vendors exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable about the organic produce, fish, meat, flowers, treats and coffee they were selling. I met a coffee grower who had a photo album on display detailing the history of his family’s plantation from its start two decades earlier, as well as Mike Hodson, a retired vice cop who now owns and operates one of the most successful organic farms on the island, Wow Farm. Hodson told me that after surviving two decades on the force, there was no way he was going die from spraying chemicals on his tomatoes. The end result? Juicy, delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes that actually taste like tomatoes. By the end of our tours of the farmers markets, Chef Jayson and I had chosen the main ingredients for a four-course meal I will never forget. Our dinner, a deliciously divine example of the farm-to-table philosophy driving the agricultural tourism industry in Hawaii, began with seared ahi tuna accompanied by roasted garlic, Kamuela tomato gazpacho, followed by some of those Wow tomatoes served with the macadamia nut, basil-infused goat cheese I had earlier chosen at the farmers market. Our entrée was a veal chop with poha berry jam, local mushrooms and purple sweet potatoes from the neighboring island of Molokai. Dessert was coffee crème brulee with a cup of brew hand-pressed at our table — both made from beans purchased earlier from that same grower. Even more delightful was the line printed at the bottom of our menu, “Prepared for Ms. Sandra Thomas…” This personalized touch is part of the Chef Shuttle package. Completing our foodie fantasy weekend was Sunday night’s Sunset Luau at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott during which we indulged in Kalua pig, which had slow roasted in an underground oven all day, Lau Lau chicken and numerous mai tais. Sure there was talented fire knife dancers, beautiful hula dancers and traditional Hawaiian music, but on this foodie weekend, it was all about that sumptuous buffet. And here’s a brief look at Chef Jayson during one of his Chef Shuttle Tours: More: Sandra Thomas: PHOTOS: A Taste Of The Islands At A Hawaiian Food Festival

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Sneak Peek : Skylight Gardens Opens Soon With Strong Chef Team

February 7, 2012
Sneak Peek : Skylight Gardens Opens Soon With Strong Chef Team

Click here to view the full photogallery. Elizabeth Daniels 2/12 Well, it’s pretty obviously where the name comes from. Skylight, garden, Skylight Gardens . This here is the overdue Gardens on Glendon space that was actually estimated to open last April. After many months and much interior work, new owner Peter Clinco (a long-time friend and lawyer to the Lewis Family who operated Gardens on Glendon) is readying his restaurant for a soft run later this month with an official reveal in early March. Architect and interior designer Osvaldo Maiozzi of Rivera conceived the bright, rustic look, meanwhile the Italian focused menu comes by way of Raffaele Favuzzi (Pane e Vino, Angelini Osteria) and pastry chef Sebastian Gonzales of El Bulli , Spain. · From One Garden to the Next, Skylight Gardens Takes Over The Gardens on Glendon [~ELA~] Go here to see the original: Sneak Peek : Skylight Gardens Opens Soon With Strong Chef Team

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Week in Reviews : Maximiliano’s Italian-American Cuisine Earns 1.5 Stars

February 1, 2012
Week in Reviews : Maximiliano’s Italian-American Cuisine Earns 1.5 Stars

Today Sher dishes out a fairly straightforward one and a half star review of Andre Guerrero’s Maximiliano , backhanded compliments and all. She finds the restaurant charming and dependable, but nothing to write home about: …his tribute to “kinda old school” Italian-American cooking seems perfectly pitched for the area. Set in a loft-like space on the corner of York Boulevard and Aldama Street, the newcomer brings some big-city zing to Highland Park without being over-the-top trendy… Maximiliano has a warm, friendly vibe and cheerful decor, not to mention an accessible menu (with prices to match) and a good little wine and beer list. The restaurant is just what it’s supposed to be: a good place to eat …And though his Italian food is updated with svelte contemporary touches, Maximiliano isn’t really the kind of place you’d drive across town to visit . SIV recommends ordering one of the restaurant’s thin crust pizzas, “not the most flavorful in town but good,” or one of the “hearty and familiar” pasta dishes. Despite the mixed review, she concludes that Maximiliano’s is “[s]oon to become a fixture on York Boulevard.” [ LAT ] The Goldster checks in to the Westfield Culver City Food Court to taste test Five Guys, Kyochon, 101 Noodle Express, Panda Express, Viet Gourmet Express, Sarku Japan . [LAW] The Elsewhere: Caroline on Crack drinks at Ray’s and Stark Bar , e*star LA talks Cooks County , kevinEats at Post & Beam , Midtown Lunch checks out the new Mid-City Jinya , Refined Palate hits Farmshop , and Sinosoul talks about burgers at Stout and The Churchill . Read the original post: Week in Reviews : Maximiliano’s Italian-American Cuisine Earns 1.5 Stars

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Eater Tracking: The Tasting Kitchen chef Case Lane…

January 12, 2012
Eater Tracking: The Tasting Kitchen chef Case Lane…

The Tasting Kitchen chef Case Lane has settled on a name for his anticipated downtown gastropub: The Parish . While he had originally planned to configure the former Angelique Cafe space into this next incarnation by New Year’s Eve, delays have pushed the launch to late March . [EaterWire] Continued here: Eater Tracking: The Tasting Kitchen chef Case Lane…

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Chef Shuffle: Jason Neroni, the chef responsible for…

January 12, 2012
Chef Shuffle: Jason Neroni, the chef responsible for…

Jason Neroni , the chef responsible for revitalizing Osteria La Buca with a fresh new spin post revamp and following Mama’s departure , has clocked out as of early January. Through the grapevine comes word that Neroni has signed on in a corporate chef role at Pitfire Pizza, though Neroni says this is not the case. [EaterWire] See the original post here: Chef Shuffle: Jason Neroni, the chef responsible for…

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Lakers forward Pau Gasol on almost getting traded to Houston Rockets

January 3, 2012
Lakers forward Pau Gasol on almost getting traded to Houston Rockets

http://www.youtube.com/v/mLr7l9oG7kg?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Lakers forward Pau Gasol on almost getting traded to Houston Rockets See the rest here: Lakers forward Pau Gasol on almost getting traded to Houston Rockets

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10 Ways to Use Patch in 2012

January 3, 2012

It’s a new year, and we’re ready to serve the Beverly Hills community in a bigger and better way—but we need your help. Beverly Hills Patch is as much your site as it is ours. Here’s how you can use Patch to make an impact. Share the news.  When we know about community news, we’re on the case. From important city announcements to power outages and crime, Patch is covering news 24-7. See something you think others should read? All you have to do is click the Facebook “recommend” button above an article or blog to share it with your neighbors and friends. Comment.  If you have relevant information to add to an article, jump in and make a comment. We’ll follow up and possibly add it to related articles in the future. Most community stories continue to evolve after they are reported—you can be a real-time source by commenting. Connect with the local editor.  Email Beverly Hills site editor Marie Cunningham at mariec@patch.com, or call her at 310-809-4882 if you have any tips or information to share.  Follow us on Twitter.  When we write an article, we tweet the news out to our followers. Want the info the fastest way possible? Follow  @BevHillsPatch . Get the iPhone or Droid app.  Your smartphone is an awesome tool for getting the info on what’s going on in your community. Click here to get the Patch app for free on iTunes. Not only can you read news on it, but post photos and videos as well. For information about the Driod app, click here . Take photos.  Patch has launched a new  community gallery , where you can post any of your own photography. Have a cool photo of something you spotted around town? Share it with us. Shoot videos.  The community gallery is not just for photos—send clips of anything around town you think is newsworthy. If you also give us a heads up via email that you’re uploading a video, we can feature it prominently on the homepage. Add to the calendar.  Have an event you want to make the community aware of? Don’t be shy. Post it in our  events calendar  for all to see. It’s free! Volunteer.  The same goes for our announcements section on Patch. Are you looking for volunteers for a service project?  Share it . Blog.  Everybody in any community has a story to tell. Don’t keep them to yourself. Sign up to be a blogger on Patch . Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Read more here: 10 Ways to Use Patch in 2012

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EaterWire: Hyde at the Bellagio, Little Bear, 800 Degrees En Route

January 3, 2012
EaterWire: Hyde at the Bellagio, Little Bear, 800 Degrees En Route

LAS VEGAS— Can’t get into 1OAK this weekend? Plan B, courtesy of sbe: Hyde at the Bellagio also opens tomorrow night. The 10,000 square foot indoor/outdoor space is full of comfy seating among the olive trees, overlooking the Bellagio fountains. Bespoke cocktails are prepared table side, and tapas are catered by Sirio Maccioni’s Circo . For NYE, they’re calling it an invite-only affair… and then offering tickets for $300 a pop. Starting on January 1, the cover will be $30 for women and $50 for men. [EaterWire] –DM DOWNTOWN— Grub Street reminds us that Ryan Sweeney’s Little Bear opens soon . With partner Andre Guerrero slinging smoked wild boar sausages and half a dozen different kinds of grilled cheese and Sweeney’s promises of impossible-to-find Belgian brews, Little Bear sounds like it will hold its own in the Industrial District along with Church & State, Le Pour Haus and Daily Dose. [Grub Street] WESTWOOD— Adam Fleischman’s 800 Degrees is still 5960 minutes away from opening next Tuesday. Fortunately, when it opens, each flame fired pizza pie only takes one minute to cook. With Italian flour and mozzarella, a build-your-own pizza style counter, and wine and beer to come, Westwood Village is about to have a happy start to its New Year. [EaterWire] Link: EaterWire: Hyde at the Bellagio, Little Bear, 800 Degrees En Route

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EaterWire: Hyde at the Bellagio, Little Bear, 800 Degrees En Route

January 3, 2012
EaterWire: Hyde at the Bellagio, Little Bear, 800 Degrees En Route

LAS VEGAS— Can’t get into 1OAK this weekend? Plan B, courtesy of sbe: Hyde at the Bellagio also opens tomorrow night. The 10,000 square foot indoor/outdoor space is full of comfy seating among the olive trees, overlooking the Bellagio fountains. Bespoke cocktails are prepared table side, and tapas are catered by Sirio Maccioni’s Circo . For NYE, they’re calling it an invite-only affair… and then offering tickets for $300 a pop. Starting on January 1, the cover will be $30 for women and $50 for men. [EaterWire] –DM DOWNTOWN— Grub Street reminds us that Ryan Sweeney’s Little Bear opens soon . With partner Andre Guerrero slinging smoked wild boar sausages and half a dozen different kinds of grilled cheese and Sweeney’s promises of impossible-to-find Belgian brews, Little Bear sounds like it will hold its own in the Industrial District along with Church & State, Le Pour Haus and Daily Dose. [Grub Street] WESTWOOD— Adam Fleischman’s 800 Degrees is still 5960 minutes away from opening next Tuesday. Fortunately, when it opens, each flame fired pizza pie only takes one minute to cook. With Italian flour and mozzarella, a build-your-own pizza style counter, and wine and beer to come, Westwood Village is about to have a happy start to its New Year. [EaterWire] Link: EaterWire: Hyde at the Bellagio, Little Bear, 800 Degrees En Route

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Shroud of Turin Conspiracy

December 23, 2011
Shroud of Turin Conspiracy

The Shroud of Turin was not faked and could possibly be real, according to Italian researchers using 21st century technology to scientifically test the alleged burial cloth of Jesus Christ . Experts at Italy’s National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development have concluded that the purported burial cloth of Jesus Christ could not have been faked . The government agency’s report officially proclaims: “The double image of a scourged and crucified man, barely visible on the linen cloth of the Shroud of Turin, has many physical and chemical characteristics that are so particular that the staining, which is identical in all its facets, would be impossible to obtain today in a laboratory.” The Italian government scientific agency concluded that the post-crucifixion burial cloth could not have been technologically manipulated in Medieval times, as has been theorized in the past by skeptics screaming “Fake!” as believers were yelling “Real!” “The most advanced technology available today is unable to replicate all the characteristics of the Shroud image,” declared head researcher Paolo Di Lazzaro .

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