Taste Terminal
Taste Terminal
Taste Terminal

Taste Terminal

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Lexington Social House in Hollywood welcomes their new chef, Jared Simons, to the team as well as his new spring menu. Joining Lexington Social House from Violet and Bardot, Chef Simons brings his classic American fare with a subtle twist focusing on the usage of products from small farms, minimally processed, and union/American made.

It’s been about six months since Taste Terminal spoke to Maui Brewing Co.’s owner Garrett Marrero (pictured on the right) when we last caught up with him at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Maui Brewing Co. started in 2005 with 400 barrels of beer, now, seven years later, it’s officially the only Regional Craft Brewery in Hawaii brewing over 15,000 barrels of beer per year. “It’s amazing to see how much we have grown.

After first opening in 1992, Spago Las Vegas in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace celebrates its 20th anniversary while kicking off the 6th year of Vegas Uncork’d on May 10, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Hosted by Bon Appetit Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport and Wolfgang Puck, this lunch menu will be a collaboration between Wolfgang himself, Spago’s first Executive Chef David Robins, and Spago’s current Executive Chef Eric Klein.

About a year and a half ago, One Market’s chef Mark Dommen (pictured above) and co-founder Michael Dellar came up with “The Weekly Beast” concept spotlighting a different animal. This four-course dinner is still dazzling crowds looking for something different. Chef Dommen’s idea pays tribute to the Michelin-starred restaurant’s philosophy of farm to table. During the month of March, he has already served up beef, lamb, and veal.

Hey wine, food and horse racing fans! We have two tickets to this Sunday’s Santa Anita Uncorked event brought to you by The Original Wine of the Month Club for a giveaway! The two tickets, valued at $120, include parking, clubhouse admission, race program, wine tasting, and cuisine tasting. Event starts at 12 PM and ends at 4 PM on March 25, 2012.

The nominations for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards, was announced this afternoon from The Venetian Las Vegas Casino, Hotel & Resort. The award is to honor the best in food, restaurant, spirits, bar, and food related media.

Over the weekend a thread started on Reddit, an user generated online news community, asked former restaurant employees about “dirty secrets of chain restaurants.” The viral post received over 8,000 comments in less than 24 hours. The post includes stories exposing fast food’s funny business from alleged past employees. Of course there is no way to confirm any of it, so either read them as entertainment or precaution (grab a drink, it’s long).

According to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health, the ingestion of red meat can cause a 13% greater chance of premature death. Now with that that mind, consumers may feel at ease shifting their meat focus to seafoods like salmon, which can be one of the healthiest types of fish for consuming. But not all salmon are created equal. Yes, created (housed in controlled farms across the country). Majority of the salmon Americans consume are farm raised, grown in pens near the ocean.

From Japan to Los Angeles, Hiroshi Shima has been making sushi for a long time. For nearly 15 years he’s held the position at the Innovative Dining Group as the Executive Sushi Chef commanding all five Sushi Roku restaurants. Hiroshi was also a guest judge in 2006 on Bravo’s Top Chef where contestants had to make sushi. So who better to talk about sushi than this veteran chef. We connected with Hiroshi where he gave us some tips on what makes good sushi.

This episode, I try Anchorage Brewing Company’s Love Buzz Saison. At $14.99, it’s pricy. As many of you know, every time I do one of these, I hint, not so subtly, that brewery’s should send me free beer to try and rave about, get drunk on, or both. Sadly, no takers … so far (there’s still time). But, Stan (Mr. Taste Terminal) did give me this beer to try- for FREE. Finally, the squeaky wheel gets the beer. Based on how delicious it is, I need to squeak more often.

Hotel Solamar sits on 6th Ave. inside the 16 and a half block radius of the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. This convenient hotel is blocks away from Petco Park, home of the Padres, and The San Diego Convention Center, home of Comic-Con, the largest comic book convention in the world.

Here is a recipe of Mama An’s Pho created by House of An’s Helene An.

Since the last Great Vegas Festival of Beer in April of 2011, the perception of craft brew in Las Vegas has changed greatly. Once completely dominated by billion dollar conglomerates, more and more establishments on and off the Strip are selling beers brewed and sold by smaller local companies.

El Segundo, CA is about to get a little more interesting as legendary rocker and reality TV star, Gene Simmons has teamed up with Michael Zislis and Dave Furano to blast off a new restaurant venue. The original craft beer focused, Rock & Brews was torn down last December making way for this updated “backstage beer garden”, a newer and bigger concept, opening April 3.

If you’ve ever stumbled into a 24 hour eatery at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas after a night of drinking, then you might know about Planet Dailies – unless of course you passed out on the table (the best ones do). The second location for this growing brand shares the idea of the original spot, but unlike the original – this one includes a cocktail bar. Mixology 101 at Planet Dailies opens on March 12 at The Original Farmers Market in L.A.

Jonathan Shin dreamt of playing professional golf and even considered getting into art, a dream he’s closing in on as he now practices the art of ramen. At the tender age of 26, Jonathan is currently the chef de cuisine of Sai Sai Noodle Bar inside the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, under the guidance of Executive Chef Thomas Ryan.

After landing a spot in the top three during season two of Top Chef: Just Desserts, pastry chef Sally Camacho (pictured above, on the right) of WP24 is a recognizable figure in both the culinary world and to foodies alike. But chef Sally’s accolades extend much farther than that as she placed third representing the United States at the 2012 Valrhona C3 World Competition in Madrid, a coveted international restaurant dessert competition.

Jin Yuan sits inside a strip mall off the 60 freeway in a 30-seating restaurant space in Industry, CA serving up Taiwanese dishes. Chef Johnson Hu originally from Taiwan opened this casual Taiwanese eatery about a year and a half ago. The man has been cooking the same recipes for over 47 years.

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck wrote a letter to restaurant owners convincing them to stop serving foie gras and S.F. restaurants that offered it were met with protesters. However, not everyone is convinced that the ban is justified. TV personality Anthony Bourdain has been adamant about his stance (watch Bourdain’s video) against the ban. With California’s ban beginning on July 1, 2012, a number of L.A. chefs are not ready to give up on the controversial and prized delicacy (goose/duck liver).

The Escondite, located in Skid Row adjacent to Little Tokyo in downtown L.A., blocks away from the epicenter of L.A.’s contemporary restaurant and bar culture. Co-owner Erin Carnes describes the area as, “a great location with a lot of history. It’s an old bar stemming way back to the 80′s called Al’s Bar (closed in 2001). People raged here – it was a celebrity hangout.”

On Independence Day of 2013, the “largest observation” wheel in the Western Hemisphere, SkyVue, is set to open in Las Vegas. The foundation of the site, located directly across from Mandalay Bay, was set today – the project plans to offer more than 200,000 square feet of retail space and an additional 20,000 square feet for conventions.

We all work hard for our money (so hard for it honey) and now with the recent spike in gas prices, who can afford to eat? You can, with these discounted dishes from Taste Terminal’s list of local happy hours. Here it is, Happy Hour Round Up Part Two.

As microbreweries continue to grow, so do beer weeks all throughout the States, but no other beer week takes it to a national level like the American Craft Beer Week organized by the Brewers Association. The ACBW is about celebrating the delicate work by small breweries. We connected with BA’s Craft Beer Program Director Julia Herz and asked her three questions about the beer industry, the beer week and how she’s going to celebrate it.

Growing up in Southern California, young Greg Daniels loved spicy food. He would accept all sorts of dares from his brother to eat hot peppers and challenge his dad on who can put the most hot sauce on their food. Years later, manning his own restaurant, Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa, CA, it was inherent for Chef Greg, who also operates Haven Gastropub in Orange and Pasadena, to create the Ghost Chili Pork Taco made with a flour tortilla, pork cracklins, and topped with chili threads.

Effective immediately, restaurant patrons in Los Angeles County are now privy to the company of their four legged friends. Recent policy changes now allow dogs in the outdoor dining area of restaurants. With the support of dog advocates and restaurant owners, Spot no longer needs to sit outside throughout LA County (excluding areas not subject to this policy – Pasadena, Long Beach, and Vernon). However, the decision is at the restaurant’s discretion and specific guidelines must be followed.