Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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RLn’s fine dining cuisine, including restaurant reviews, chef profiles and feature stories on cutting edge cuisine.

Summer Al Fresco Dining Coming Soon

By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer Life is challenging this summer, and the living is getting easier, by fits and starts. Dining inside restaurants is prohibited again, and bars are waiting for the order to open again. Outdoor dining is okay if done while wearing facial coverings and practicing social distancing. Proper hygienic...

L.A. County Orders Bars to Close following Gov’s Orders and Sharp Rise in Infections and Hospitalizations

On June 28, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was amended to require that all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in L.A. County close unless they are offering sit-down dine-in meals. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants. The re-closing of bars follows a sharp rise in new cases...

Relief from Lockdown Fatigue is Here

By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer Three months of safer-at-home lockdowns has made us appreciate the simple things in our lives. Restaurant dining was a daily part of our lives, until it wasn’t. Returning to active social lives, including restaurants, will take time.  Becoming comfortable in restaurants again will take...

Fantasy Feasting and Dreams of Drinks

By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer The pub is cozy and welcoming, with a massive carved bar and classic beer taps. Antique art and old country memorabilia line the walls, and deep leather banquettes invite a visit.  Authentic pub dishes like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips head a familiar...

Long Beach and San Pedro Farms Feed the Needy During COVID-19 Crisis

It’s a big world, so perhaps there’s an urban farmer or three out there who is in it solely for the money. Talk to enough urban farmers, though, and you come away feeling these are people who do it for the love of food ― good food, fresh food, healthy food, real food. They love food but not the...

Facing the New Face of Restaurants

By Gretchen Williams, Dining and Cuisine Writer In Amsterdam, restaurant tables are perched next to the canals and enclosed in clear glass greenhouses, traditionally used to grow plants.  In Connecticut, clear plastic igloos protect diners at an outdoor restaurant. In Vilnius, Lithuania, the entire capital city is being turned into an open air cafe, allowing restaurants to set up tables...

When the Cost of Meat is a Pound of Flesh

Local restaurants are facing higher meat prices By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor Three barbecue days mark the beginning, the middle and the end of summer. But like much else in American life, the coronavirus pandemic will probably alter how Americans celebrate warm temperature holidays and their gastronomy for years to come. When it became clear that the government-imposed stay-at-home orders would...

Greed… It’s What’s for Dinner

By Leslie Belt, Contributing Columnist According to a Gallup poll released this past January, nearly one quarter of adults in the United States said that they had cut back on meat consumption. Among these, women, people of color, Democrats and those between the ages of 18 and 25 reported the greatest drop. While health was cited as the...

My Father’s BBQ Reopens Following Food Drive

By Joseph Baroud, Reporter The owner and head chef at My Father’s BBQ teamed up with Carson councilmembers to distribute more than 300 meals outside of their restaurant on a bright and sunny May 14. The restaurant also partnered with Meals on Wheels and provided them 135 meals to deliver to senior citizens all over Carson. The owner Marvin Hardley and...

Here’s to Life During Quarantine: Happy Hour on Wheels

By Gretchen Williams, Food Writer Joy in small things is one of the lessons of this season of confinement. The beauty of spring is joined by the brilliant concept of Happy Hour on Wheels in San Pedro. As long as food is ordered as well, a growler, a bottle of wine or an artfully blended cocktail can give your long...