Merry Christmas

Toddrickallen is grateful to all who visit this blog and wishes all his readers a very Happy Christmas filled with laughter, joy, and of course, delicious food!  (The diet can start Monday…)

Cut Restaurant Listed In “Best Celebration Restaurants” By Bon Appétit

Cut in Beverly Hills is listed as the first restaurant in a piece in the December issue of Bon Appétit magazine titled, “The Hot 10 Best Celebration Restaurants”.  They appreciated the food, design, and the diners, all of which are described as “beautiful”.  As many of you know, Cut is a favorite of mine for food, ambiance, and amazing staff.  If you go, check out the incredible John Baldessari installation of photos from Studio 54 with the faces blanked out.  The large images are mesmerizing and are guaranteed to stimulate conversation.

The back of the menu at Cut with an image from John Baldessari

Wolfgang Puck Express, Minneapolis

Long gone is the Wolfgang Puck restaurant that inhabited the space where R&D now sits on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.  But I remember if fondly:  The servers who knew us by name and remembered our favorite wines, the lovely manager who occasionally showed us racy photos of herself for a laugh, and the pizzas.  Always perfectly crispy, masterfully made, divinely delicious.  Of course you can still find a close facsimile to those pies at the Wolfgang Puck Express in the 3rd Street Promenade or at Gelson’s, but the lack of human interaction at assembly line-styled restaurants does not re-create the experience.  How pleasantly surprised I was to discover, on a recent lay-over,  the Wolfgang Puck Express at the Minneapolis Airport and its wise-cracking server, Jackie.  Jackie’s deadpan jokes and “You think you got problems” sense of humor was comedy gold and kept us thoroughly entertained in the otherwise unremarkable airport.  How nice to be reminded, in this unusual place, how memorable dinner can be when the right combination of good food and good people come together.  Hats off to you and the others, Jackie.  Oh, and the pizzas were as good as I remember.