Desano’s. All photos by Bun Boy Eats LA
The idea of writing an article on LA’s best pizza absolutely terrifies me.
Wars have been started over less intense debates! Who am I to tell anyone that their favorite thin crust is not as good as this other guys’ beloved deep dish? One man’s Pizzeria Mozza is another man’s Pizza Hut (and vice versa).
I knew I had to do some in-depth research before I started putting fingers to the keyboard. No pizza left uneaten. No pizza stone left unturned. I had to consume them all before I could legitimately give any sort of educated opinion. This, of course, put an immense amount of pressure on me, and I began scouring the web to make sure I had been to or would soon visit every single well-reviewed pizza place in Los Angeles. My stomach and cholesterol were going to take a beating. Read the rest of this entry »
Photo by Arjan Almekinders
by Madeline Blasberg
It tugs at the tide, boosts plant growth, and helps put us to sleep, but can it really influence the way we taste wine? For centuries, mystics have turned to the moon to guide them. Its phases have served as a reference point for sailors, doctors, farmers, and now… wine lovers?
Spend a few days around wine industry insiders and you’re sure to hear the word biodynamic tossed around in conversation. Though the word rings of scientific study, it’s really more of a blend between agriculture and astrology. Biodynamics provide “a unified approach to agriculture that relates the ecology of the earth-organism to that of the entire cosmos,” according to the Association of Biodynamic Farming and Gardening. But what does that mean to us? It means we should look to the moon. Read the rest of this entry »
Photo by Aranami
Don’t be fooled by fast food companies’ latest marketing efforts toward their new value menus. It’s a smokescreen to hide the fact that they’re raising their prices.
Remember when McDonald’s had its “Dollar Menu”? Want to know why it morphed into the “Dollar Menu & More”? It wasn’t to “fill the need for choice, flexibility and other preferences,” as the company put it. It was so that McDonald’s could mix the standard $1 items with $2 goods and $5 shareable meals. Read the rest of this entry »
Photo by Jenni Kotting
Vegans rejoice: You can now get vegan pizza at Domino’s! Well, you can if you’re in Israel, at least. The Israeli Domino’s Pizza franchise recently became the first Domino’s chain in the world to offer pizza with a soy-based topping instead of dairy cheese. A new poll showing that approximately 1 million of the 8 million people in Israel no longer eat meat — and that an additional 13 percent of the population is considering going vegetarian or vegan — even suggests that Israel may become the first largely vegan nation in the world. Read the rest of this entry »
Photo by Wyn Lok
Recently, I’ve seen numerous offhand comments made that the best Chinese restaurants in America are the high-end restaurants of Las Vegas. While I agree that Las Vegas serves the most expensive Chinese food in the US, and that some of this expensive food is quite good, one cannot say that Chinese food in Vegas is superior to that found in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, or even a few other cities.
My suspicion is the comments regarding Las Vegas Chinese food are attributable to Ruth Reichl of the New York Times. In a 2006 interview with Charlie Rose, she in fact did say that the best Chinese food in the US was in Las Vegas. But she added a major qualification: she was referring to private invitation dinners provided by the casinos to their high roller Chinese clientele. At the time she made that statement, the highest quality Chinese food did not extend to Chinese restaurants open to the public, nor does it do so today. Read the rest of this entry »