23 Jun 19
Professional Watches

TAG Heuer is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Monaco watch collection this year with five limited edition models that they are releasing throughout the year. The first one can be seen here. This represents the second to be released and will be limited to 169 pieces. The Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition will retail for […]

23 Jun 19

Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert. If you would like to receive automatic email alerts for all new articles posted […]

23 Jun 19
Jessica Iturralde Vázquez

Hace unos días me llegó a casa una prueba de primer libro (las pruebas no se pueden vender) para ver el resultado de mi trabajo. Dudé en abrirlo, espere un momento, me fumé un cigarro, y abrí un poco el envoltorio…Y ahí estaba, la portada…No pude esperar más y lo cogí. Risa y llanto lo […]

23 Jun 19
CK Encounters

We spent the last 2 days of our trip back in Barcelona. Once we arrived back in town from Madrid, we hiked up to Montjuic – a public park. We were hoping to take the funicular up but it ended up being only a few stairs. We were handsomely rewarded with a random find: There […]

23 Jun 19
Noticias Ultimas

La descripción de la campaña es de feuilleton et leur faudra prendre beaucoup d’aspirine aux dirigeants de Bayer [1] et aux aux allnaires pour s’éviter de gros maux de tête suite à leur rachat de Monsanto en juin 2018. Después de la decisión de la justicia francesa, la razón de la historia de la humanidad, […]

23 Jun 19

Cuando dijiste eso un animal que vive adentro mío afiló mirada y palabras para destruirte   eso que dijiste se sintió como una flecha dirigida de frente tu cara asesina apuntando directo me erizó el lomo   y la furia salió a través de mis ojos de mi boca y cuando mi cuerpo dejó de […]

22 Jun 19
Showroom Roger Alva

“Era un elefante de cuarenta pies de altura, construido en madera y yeso, con una torre sobre su lomo que recordaba a una casa, en su día pintado de verde por un mal pintor, ahora pintado de negro por el cielo, el viento y el tiempo. […] Era sombrío, misterioso e inmenso. Era un poderoso fantasma […]

21 Jun 19
Daily News
I really didn‘t expect to like Los Balcones in Studio City as much as I did. I’ve long taken it as a given that ethnic cuisine — especially the many dishes of Central and South America — are by definition not much more expensive than a plate of tacos. Which shows what a naïve fool I am. For these days, even tacos can be pricy items, that approach the mantle of “gourmet” with exotic makings and outlandish accoutrements. You get white truffles shaved on your Kobe beef taco, you’re gonna pay for it. And in terms of Peruvian food, ceviche may be a bit pricy because seafood is a bit pricy. But all those dishes built around potatoes and quinoa and long (long!) cooked meats, are never very expensive. Which is why I went to Los Balcones, in the space that was last Girasol, pre-disposed to grumble and grouse. $26 tuna salad? $33 lomo saltado? $18 ensalada Rusa? $12 creme brulee for dessert? That sounded so out of control — pure pretense. Well, as the old ad line goes, “They laughed when I sat down at the piano…and then I started to play.” #gallery-3185388-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3185388-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-3185388-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-3185388-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ The interior of Los Balcones is a work of art that matches many of the taste treats, which are beautifully plated. (Photo by Merrill Shindler) Grilled octopus at Los Balcones in Studio City (Photo by Merrill Shindler) Avocado toast at Los Balcones in Studio City (Photo by Merrill Shindler) Beet salad at Los Balcones in Studio City (Photo by Merrill Shindler) The space, first and foremost, is dazzling — like eating inside a work of art, perhaps by MC Escher. It can, in fact, from certain angles, be a tad vertiginous, all those curves, whirls and swirls. But mostly, it’s exciting — a bit of artistic serendipity not far from a Hollywood Freeway overpass. Service is — how to say this? — witty and relaxed. The staff is only too glad to spend the time explaining the meaning of lima bean tacu tacu (a classic bean and rice combo), cancha corn chulpe (think Peruvian popcorn) and huatacay pesto (made with black mint). They happily recommend dishes if you’re confused. They are, I find, usually right. The staff at Los Balcones knows their food. And their cocktails too, which contain ingredients every bit as surprising as the dishes. Habanero shrub bitters? Who knew such a thing existed? And bless the kitchen for its non-doctrinaire self — there’s a vegan menu as well, that’s every bit as appealing as the omnivore options. Carrot Tiradito? Avocado Toast (in the vegan version, served without a spicy tuna topping)? Ceviche frito made with daikon radishes, roasted sweet potato and corn chulpe? Gnocchi with huacatay pesto, and quinoa risotto? A vegan can eat very well at Los Balcones, with nary a hint of tofu. (There’s even a vegan Pisco Sour, made without egg whites. That’s impressive!) But, assuming you stick to the omnivore menu — which is actually not all that meaty — there are some real treats waiting, beautifully arranged on the plates, for the food looks as good here as the setting in which it’s served. This is art within art. That the dishes are the creation of local Peruvian culinary master Ricardo Zarate comes as no surprise. He’s opened some of the edgiest Nouvelle Peruvian restaurants in town over the years, including Mo-chica (inside a downtown Mercado!), Picca, Paiche, Rosaline and Pikoh. They’re all Peruvian. And they’re all different, an amazing accomplishment. And so, at Los Balcones, the oysters come with charred aji oil, the salmon tiradito has an orange miso sauce giving it snap, there’s a botija olive aioli and cauliflower puree served with the grilled octopus — and the quinoa risotto, called quinotto, is littered with shimeji mushrooms, maitake mushrooms and trumpet royal mushrooms. If meat is what you must have, by all means the costilla short ribs are essential — and essentially good, slow-cooked for six hours, with a sunny-side up egg on top. I like my eggs sunny-side up, always have. For me, that’s a bonus atop of dish of melt-in-your-mouth meat. More great eats: Best pizza in the San Fernando Valley There’s a duck served two ways — roasted and confited. There’s a pan-seared sea bream with a cilantro salsa verde and crème fraiche. If you need more quinoa, it’s served as a dessert — rather than arroz con leche, it’s quinoa con leche. Does it come as a salad, as it does everywhere else? Of course not. That would be too obvious. At Los Balcones, nothing is obvious, not even the wildly complex apple pie on the dessert menu. Except that this is a remarkable restaurant — Peruvian Cooking the Next Generation. Merrill Shindler is a Los Angeles-based freelance dining critic. Send him email at mreats@aol.com. Los Balcones Rating: 3 stars Address: 11334 Moorpark St., Studio City Information: 818-924-2323, www.losbalconesstudiocity.com Cuisine: Nouvelle Peruvian When: Dinner, Tuesday trough Saturday; brunch, Saturday and Sunday Details: Full bar; reservations very essential Atmosphere: In the space that was last the tres edgy Girasol, the even more edgy Los Balcones, a Nouvelle Peruvian with dishes by master chef Ricardo Zarate, served in a space that’s about half restaurant, and half modern art structure, with modernist cocktails to match. Prices: About $65 per person Suggested dishes: Salmon Tiradito ($16), Ceviche Frito ($22), Avocado Toast ($16), Pan de la Chola ($22), Pulpo a la Parrilla ($22), Aguadito de Choritos ($21), Ensalada Rusa ($18), Tuna Salad ($26), Quinotto ($24), Locro Pappardelle ($22), Gnocchi ($18), Costilla Short Ribs ($38), Seco de Pato ($36), Lomo Saltado ($33), 5 Vegan Menu Dishes ($14-$24) Cards: MC, V What the stars mean: Ratings range from 4 stars to zero. 4 stars is world-class (worth a trip from anywhere). 3 stars is most excellent, even exceptional (worth a trip from anywhere in Southern California). 2 stars is a good place to go for a meal (visit if you’re in the neighborhood). 1 star is a place to go if you’re hungry and it’s nearby. Zero stars is not worth writing about. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]