To say that the women of Long Beach’s culinary world are inspiring is an absolute understatement. To say that they’re outstanding reminds me of how limiting this language is, of how I wish I could crumple up this online document and toss it backward into the trash bin. Where is the word for the woman who not only runs the back of the house, but also takes care of the business side of keeping her restaurant afloat? Where is the word for the woman who does this while she raises her children and maintains a happy marriage?
As a foodie, I must point out the one massive hole in the Long Beach culinary scene: ramen. Genuine, authentic, Japanese ramen. Kyushu or Hokkaido style I care not. I want the kind of ramen that you can find at Tsujita or Daikokuya in Los Angeles. Long Beach resident Duncan McGuire agrees, which is why the man is using Kickstarter to hopefully make his dream of bringing noodles to the LBC come true.
When Chianina opened its doors in December, it looked to bring the taste of old-world Italy to its contemporary steakhouse nestled in the old location of Kelly’s in Naples. Named after an ancient breed of cattle that dates back to the Romans, the wait (one of many) for owner Michael Dene to finally receive his first Chianina cattle may as well have started during the reign of the last Caesar.