Richard Foss

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Richard Foss is a culinary historian, author and museum consultant who has lectured around the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He wrote the section on Croatian cuisine in the Encyclopedia of World Food Cultures and also contributed to the Oxford Companion to Sweets. He is working on his third book, which is about food in Spanish a

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If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Know

Secret Menu Specialties at Neil’s Pasta and Seafood

By Richard Foss, Dining and Cuisine Writer  My friends make fun of me because I usually don’t know wha

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Sight, Taste and Place: Paul Buchanan and the Palos Verdes Art Center’s Wild Event

By Richard Foss, Dining and Cuisine Writer On March 16, the Palos Verdes Art Center hosted an examination of the natural environment of its Peninsula by artists of two unrelated disciplines.  One was visu

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Rescuing St. Patrick’s Day from Myths and Legends

By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Culture Writer      Much has been said about the decline of manufacturing in America. Yet, we still lead the  world in at least one category of manuf

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Love, Kindness and Dried Meat

By Richard Foss, Food & Cuisine Writer If you have driven past an unassuming office park on the north end of Gaffey Street you might have wondered about the sign for a company called B.U.L.K. Beef Jerky. S

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Smoky Doky BBQ Provides Smoke, Spice, Time

By Richard Foss, Food and Cuisine Writer People who bake from scratch can get sniffy about those who use shortcuts like packaged recipes or (shudder) frozen dough. I was talking with one such perfectionist who

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Dine By The Harbor: Looking Forward, Looking Back

By Richard Foss, Culture and Cuisine Writer News about the closing of Ports O’Call Village has hogged the headlines when it comes to the local restaurant environment. Yet, when it comes to local dining, a lo

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Would a Refinery, by Any Other Name, Taste as Sweet?

By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Culture Writer When selecting an evocative name for a business, most restaurateurs are inclined to go for something that hints at rural and pastoral. Call a place “The Farm,”

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San Pedro Fish Market to Cast a Wider Net

By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Culture Writer The San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant recently announced plans to open three new outlets, a remarkable burst of activity from a place that has been in one locatio

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Pappy’s Brings ‘Pride to the Pacific’

By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Culture Writer There’s a strange story – no wait, two stories – about the new seafood house in downtown San Pedro. Greg Morena owns The Albright café on the Santa Monica Pier and bought the

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