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Well-Reviewed: Barbacco in San Francisco; Bistrot Bruno Loubet in the UK; Madhatter in DC; The Wright at the Guggenheim, and More

The latest of the greatest restaurant reviews… * Michael Bauer reviews Barbacco, sibling restaurant to successful Perbacco, happily awarding it three stars. [San Francisco Chronicle] * Miami’s Barolo Ristorante has reinvented itself, earning a couple of stars from Victoria Pesce Elliot. [Miami Herald] * Bistrot Bruno Loubet in London is serving up deep-fried pig, and [...]

Chef Watch: Bauer and Co.’s Rising Star Chefs 2010; How Wolfgang Became a Brand; Nobu’s Rise to the Top; Ed Brown’s Loves; Susur Lee’s Chicken Feet; David Myers on Sona’s Shuttering, and More

Chefs making food and news… * San Francisco Chronicle executive food and wine editor Michael Bauer and his colleagues select the Bay Area’s Rising Star Chefs for 2010. Included are John Paul Carmona (Manresa), Perry Hoffman (étoile), Timothy Hollingsworth (The French Laundry), and Charlie Kleinman (Wexler’s). [San Francisco Chronicle] * Wolfgang Puck, whose restaurants include [...]

Trendspotting: Foraging for Food; Mixology with Meals; Pigs; Pop Rocks; Pop-Up Restaurants; Sharks; Sustainable Restaurants, and More

In food-related news from the blogosphere and your favorite food sections… * Forget singing for your supper; it’s all about searching for it these days, thanks to a renewed interest in foraged ingredients. I don’t mind the practice, but this word is beginning to crop up on menus everywhere and it’s driving me a bit [...]

Well-Reviewed: House Café; The Prime Rib Grill; Strip House-New York, and More

Recent restaurant reviews from the news… * S. Irene Virbila says the menu at Bruce Marder’s House Café in LA has “something for everyone.” [Los Angeles Times] * Marzano and Garibaldi’s in San Francisco save the day for a large party of diners/fans of Michael Bauer. [SF Gate] * The Prime Rib Grill by Hereford [...]

Well-Reviewed: Bouchon Earns a Rave; Danny Meyer’s Maialino Can’t Miss; and More.

Recent reviews around the nation… * Critic Tom Sietsema heads to the Hill for a meal at Bistro Cacao. [The Washington Post] * S. Irene Virbila welcomes Thomas Keller’s Bouchon with open arms and three shiny stars. [Los Angeles Times] * Minneapolis’s answer to Jean-Georges scores another hit with D’Amico Kitchen, according to Rick Nelson. [...]

Bazaar Love Affair: Why Diners Love The Bazaar by José Andrés

The not-so-secret secret is out. The Bazaar by José Andrés is a resounding success. Decidedly different than many restaurants, The Bazaar eschews entrees and appetizers for an all-tapas menu. It received four stars from The Los Angeles Times and was recently named “Restaurant of the Year” by Esquire. The Bazaar by José Andrés was also [...]

Is Your Dining Companion Making You Overeat?

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog discusses a new study by Duke University, the University of British Columbia, and Arizona State University that suggests the size of your dining companion can influence how much you order. Contrary to what you might think, researchers have found that you’re more susceptible to overeating if your partner [...]

Napa Restaurants Where the Food Is as Fine as the Wines

Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila heads north to revisit Napa’s wine country, focusing on the food at some of the region’s finest (but less name-checked) restaurants. She drops by Ad Hoc, Bardessono, Bottega, Brix, FARM, Meadowood, and Ubuntu, finding a few new chefs, some familiar faces, farm-fresh ingredients, and also affordable-yet-memorable meals. [...]