As usual, here is my weekly review of links. It was a pretty productive week--I have a feeling all of March is going to be similarly busy before I hit the skies to France--and included a few restaurant reviews, some hotel deals, and just a smidge of snarky analysis of a fellow food writer. Please enjoy!
Riva is the new Italian restaurant from Jason Travi and Thierry Perez (the team behind Fraiche in Culver City). It's just around the corner from the 3rd Street Promenade, and has a great Italian wine list, as well as some snappy seafood and a pleasing pizza bar: http://www.la.com/dining/ci_11820266?source=rss
Galanga Fusion: Finally! A decent Thai restaurant within walking distance of me: http://www.la.com/dining/ci_11820315?source=rss
The Wide World of Warhol: When I was abroad in college, there was a huge Warhol exhibit traveling around Europe, and I caught it in Paris, Brussels, Rome, Madrid and Bilbao. I thought it was pretty impressive, until I read about this new exhibition with over 250 of his works...which just happens to be showing at the Grand Palais while I'll be in Paris next month! Just not on Tuesdays: http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2009/3/2/143354/8098/hotels/See_Andy_Warhol_in_Paris_Courtesy_of_Concorde_Hotels
Axel Hotel Buenos Aires: This is the much-heralded gay hotel chain started in Barcelona and opening franchises in Berlin and Buenos Aires. The BA one opened last year just after my visit, and I thought it was time to cover it on HotelChatter: http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2009/3/5/193351/4240/hotels/Axel_Hotel_Excels_in_Buenos_Aires
And now, the article where I really took some free rein. The entire foodie community in LA was abuzz last week over LA Times Food Critic S. Irene Virbila's rare four-star review of Jose Andres's Bazaar at the SLS. Here's my brief resume of her breathless encomium: http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2009/3/4/04635/69699/hotels/The_Bazaar_at_SLS_Gets_Bizarre_Four_Star_Review