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An interview with Intelligentsia’s Doug Zell

June 8, 2009

Intelligentsia Venice opened at noon today.  Shortly before getting on a plane for Columbia, Intelligentsia founder Doug Zell cheerfully answered a few questions.  Thank you, Doug.  Here’s to a safe and highly caffeinated trip!
Me: You’ve remarked that the new store has the potential to tranform LA’s coffee scene.  Can you expand on that rather provacative [...]

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Alice’s restaurant

March 24, 2009

Dinner: a catalog of mozzarellas, oven-roasted baby carrots in a riot of colors, a salad like an accidental garden in a bowl, Santa Barbara spot prawns and pork dredged in fennel pollen and rack of lamb all roasted over an outdoor fireplace. This is what you have when Nancy Silverton invites Alice Waters to dinner–and [...]

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Penzey’s in Santa Monica

March 4, 2009

Yay, no more schlepping to Torrance for Aleppo pepper, Telicherry peppercorns and Pakistani dried chiles. A new branch of Penzey’s Spices, the Wisconsin-based spice company, is now open in Santa Monica. It’s the third store in California (Torrance, Menlo Park) and the 41st nationwide. Look at the replica of a 50’s era kitchen, complete with [...]

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