by David Hagedorn | Photography by Greg Powers | DC magazine | May 7, 2015
If you can picture Don and Betty Draper coming off the slopes of an Adirondack mountain and going to their lodge’s smart restaurant for martinis and dinner, you will get an idea of what City Perch feels like. The new 126-seat restaurant is part of North Bethesda’s new Pike & Rose development and shares the floor with the luxury iPic Theaters. That symbiotic relationship is overseen by Sherry Yard, who, for 20 years, was Wolfgang Puck’s pastry chef and is now vice president of culinary direction for iPic Entertainment.
La Jolla’s no slouch in the palm tree department. Facing west at twilight, there’s a moment when the sun’s sliding slowly toward the horizon and the frilly fronds are backlit dramatically. They sway in stark silhouette, and behind them, the Technicolor sky is so incredibly beautiful, there’s nothing to do but sigh and thank the heavens for coastal living.
But—and as a native it pains me to even ask—is California truly the coast with the most?
Ladies and gents, it’s not just about the prime rib anymore. The cuisine has been transformed; the maid’s outfits are gone; and the Greenhouse offers windows to the outside world. The whole place is fresh and progressive—and, yet, the warm British charm Five Crowns has delivered for the past 50 years lives on. The red telephone booth standing sentinel on Poppy and PCH in Corona del Mar remains, and the walls are adorned with photos from yesteryear.
A riff on pot-au-feu with veal cheeks and root vegetables
by Lisa Shames | Photography by Anthony Tahlier | CS magazine | May 7, 2015
When you’ve been in the restaurant business for many years, 20 of which were spent heading up your own fine-dining establishment, you’re bound to have a few signature dishes up your chef’s-coat sleeve—that is, if you’ve been doing it right.
The Old Fashioned-esque Fancy Free and gin-based Pink Lady cocktails
Fire and Flow
by Lesley Balla | Photography by Dylan + Jeni | Angeleno magazine | May 7, 2015
When I throw open the door to Aestus, a late sunlight glow filters into a mostly empty dining room. I assume it’s where I want to be: There’s a small sign outside, and the entrance seems to be the only one that doesn’t lead to the apartments in the slightly nautical-looking Arezzo building. Once seated along the windows—which border most of the space—I sink in, envying the midcentury modern furniture around the room. In 30 minutes, the entire place is full.
The rotating selection of pastas includes a sugo with wild boar and whipped ricotta.
La Dolce Vita
by Kate Abney | Photography by Heidi Geldhauser | The Atlantan magazine | May 7, 2015
Atlanta-metro adventurers now have an indulgent new Italian destination in Alpharetta’s elite community of Avalon. Positioned right next to the upscale Oak Steakhouse—a product of the same Charleston-based The Indigo Road restaurant group—two-month-old Colletta is based loosely on the celebrated cuisine of Italian convention. But when we say loosely, we mean it: The pizzas here are topped with everything from shaved Brussels sprouts to duck confit.
Maui is thick with forward-thinking chefs who regard organic sustainability, advance techniques and sharp plating as a standard rather than a high selling point, and as it should be. True to this philosophy, The Banyan Tree’s welcome return to West Maui reels in palates with a predisposition for down-to-earth cuisine and garden-driven mixology.