Feelin’ Lucky?

Lucky Devils in Hollywood
Lucky Devils in Hollywood

by Becky Sauer

The first heat wave of the season has finally hit Los Angeles, and Lucky Devils in Hollywood is turning up the temp itself with a hot new summer menu. Owner Lucky Vanous, whose steamy 1994 soft drink commercial still makes us want to take a Diet Coke break, has added new dishes—like smoked cheddar dip, rosemary-garlic fries, and spicy pulled smoked chicken sandwich—that fit right in with fiery favorites like the jalapeño hummus and hot sauce-kissed Kobe Diablo burger.

Once you’re all fired up, cool down with a scoop of grilled peach frozen custard on top of a Belgium Liège waffle with salted Chimay beer caramel sauce. New summer beers on tap, like the Blanche de Bruxelles and Pasadena’s own Craftsman 1903 Pale Lager, offer still more options to beat the heat.

Cooking with the Schaffers


by Sophie Gayot

I first met husband and wife chefs Charlie and Kathleen Schaffer when they catered a movie premiere I attended. Not only was I impressed with their falafel, but I learned their cooking had also pleased many celebs both in Hollywood (Barbra Streisand, Eddie Murphy, Martin Scorsese, Kate Beckinsale, Julie Andrews) and elsewhere (Martha Stewart, Heidi Klum, Tom Brokaw). They even cooked for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who probably didn’t know the two former busboys first met while working at the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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We Raced Obama, and Won!

Alain Gayot getting a closer look at the Chevrolet Volt plug-in
Alain Gayot getting a closer look at the Chevrolet Volt plug-in

by Jeff Hoyt

Congratulations to President Obama for finally getting behind the wheel of the Chevy Volt electric vehicle with extended range capability during a visit to the Compact Power battery plant in Holland, Mich. LG Chem, the parent of Compact Power, is making the battery cells for the Volt, which goes on sale late this year in California, the Washington, D.C. area, and Michigan.

But we beat the President to the punch, experiencing the car powered with electricity at all times way back in September of 2008 talked about the car’s importance with the former Vice Chairman of GM Robert Lutz before he retired. The Volt, with its range of about 340 miles, was even used by Olympic athletes back in February in Vancouver.

Gold versus Green at the Spa

The coed relaxation room at Sense, the spa at Rosewood Sandhill near San Francisco
The coed relaxation room at Sense, the spa at Rosewood Sandhill near San Francisco

by Tiffany Maleshefski

Perhaps this lousy economy is on the upswing after all. Sense, the spa at Rosewood Sandhill in Menlo Park, California is now offering a decadent treatment that infuses 24K gold into one of its body scrubs. In the Gold Rush Renewal, gold powder is blended into a scrub that uses raw sugar and fruit extracts. Why gold? Well, beyond being an ingredient that can’t help pique the interest of a proper spa junkie, apparently the shiny stuff is a natural anti-aging agent.

In fact, this isn’t the first time that gold has found its way into a luxury spa’s menu. Some folks (mainly those who produce gold-based products) claim that the metal increases blood circulation, thus speeding up cellular processes and activating regeneration. And there are lots of chemistry-based claims that the electrons in our skin cells are energized by the electric charges of gold, which in the long run minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Continue reading “Gold versus Green at the Spa” »

Tyler Florence Back in the Kitchen

Chef Tyler Florence
Chef Tyler Florence

by Sophie Gayot


A few months ago, I received a phone call from a television producer to invite me to appear as a judge on one of Tyler Florence’s TV shows. Unfortunately it did not happen, which means I missed my chance to get to know the Food Network star better.
After fifteen years on television, he has decided to move back into a real kitchen and open his first restaurant in San Francisco. One reason behind the shift? His wife Tolan, who is from Marin County, wanted to move back to her home area. So here comes Wayfare Tavern, a trip back in time inspired by San Francisco Victorian-era design, featuring old-fashioned accents like exposed brick and Edison light bulbs lining the ceiling. The menu also gives a nod to the past, with classic American dishes like the Monterey Bay calamari grilled with olive oil and lemon, oysters Rockefeller and fried chicken. Located in the Financial District in the former Rubicon space, there is no doubt that Wayfare Tavern will be the new show in town.
Read more about his project on our San Francisco Restaurant News, and also see more Restaurant Reviews, Culinary Events and San Francisco Wine Dinners. 
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