Farewell for now, foie gras — and many thanks to Michael Cimarusti, José Andrés, et al, over the years
Drink / Food / Wine

Farewell for now, foie gras — and many thanks to Michael Cimarusti, José Andrés, et al, over the years

I don’t remember the first time I had foie gras, but I definitely know when and where I fell in love with it:  it was at Water Grill in Downtown LA, right before the turn of the New Millenium.  Michael Cimarusti had taken over the kitchen from Allyson Thurber a year or two before. On this … Continue reading

Books / Drink / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Spirits

Is “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” mis-named?

I’m killing time before this evening’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert by drinking an old fashioned — a really good one, BTW, care of the bartender at the Omni Hotel near Walt Disney Concert Hall. Anyways, I started thinking about tonight’s world premiere of The Gospel According to the Other Mary, a modern bit of social … Continue reading

Classical music marketing:  Norm Lebrecht needs a beer or two (updated)
Beer / Drink / Humor / Music News & Info: Classical

Classical music marketing: Norm Lebrecht needs a beer or two (updated)

Back in 2007, long before All is Yar was a mere Fig Newton of my imagination, Victoria Bitter (VB) beer company teamed with the Melbourne Symphony and Orchestra Victoria — playing together as the “Victoria Bitter Orchestra” — to create a unique commercial:  it featured the combined orchestras playing VB’s jingle using variations on a theme … Continue reading