When I was invited to a Wine & Magic show the prestidigitation started before the event did. Somehow, the wine element disappeared, and — presto chango — The Federal Bar in North Hollywood ended up hosting a Beer & Magic show instead.
Showcasing the talents of magician Anthony Asimov, the event began with a magic show lasting perhaps thirty minutes in a small room of the bar’s spacious upper floor. I sat in the front row, just a few feet from Asimov and participated in some of his card tricks. Yet, even from my vantage point I could not discover how he did what he did; it was an impressive show.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his partners Robert De Niro and Meir Teper like to keep themselves busy. So after opening two dozen signature Nobu restaurants around the world, they have partnered with Caesars Palace to open the first Nobu Hotel along with their twenty-fifth restaurant.
You may have seen Cee Lo Green on TV’s “The Voice”, but don’t be surprised to see him at a sushi bar near you. The recording artist and self-proclaimed “sake professor” is the new spokesman for TY KU Sake & Spirits, praising their beverages as naturally low-calorie and gluten-free alternatives to wine, beer and spirits. He sees it as a good opportunity to educate the American public about sake, which is sometimes incorrectly described as rice wine, and soju, a Korean spirit traditionally distilled from rice.
TY KU’s current color-coded lineup of sakes includes the ultra premium White (Junmai Daiginjo), the super premium Black (Junmai Ginjo) and the premium Silver (Junmai). In mid-August, TY KU will release its Coconut Nigori in a cream-colored bottle. Made from Junmai sake infused with coconut, TY KU Coconut Nigori is partially unfiltered, giving the beverage a cloudy appearance and a creamy mouthfeel. Enjoy it chilled or in a cocktail, such as the Lo-Cal Colada. Simply mix 2 ounces of TY KU Coconut Nigori and 2 ounces of pineapple juice over ice and garnish with a slice of pineapple.
The anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison which led to “La Révolution Française” on July 14, 1789 has become the French National Day. This year in Los Angeles, the French people also celebrated the inscription in November 2010 of “The Gastronomic Meal of the French” on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.