This week, cannoli out in Los Angeles, Italian-style, where the boastful-but-great Mario Batali has opened his new marketplace. In Miami, go all old-school and see if Jethro Tull can still wow in a rare live performance. And in New York, go celebrate the 25th anniversary of Blue Ribbon, a classic restaurant that endures in a time when so few remain.
Whatever you think, if you do, of Croc-wearing Chef Mario Batali, he is a force. And now Los Angeles has Eataly, the West Coast offshoot of his Italian marketplace in New York City. It opened on Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City this week. Go thee. Forget that it’s designed to instruct you on making Italian cuisine. Just go eat. Like homemade gelato, a cannoli station, and of course, espresso.
This Friday, put on some Renaissance-fest suede boots and go see throaty flautist Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheater because even if you weren’t born when they made the scene, man, this is a classic British rock band that in our opinion supersedes even Led Zeppelin. “Aqualung,” my friend, don’t you start away uneasy. Skate away on the thin ice of new day. You will know nearly every song you hear even if you were in-utero. Major great music.
NEW YORK CITY
We hated that Blue Ribbon Bakery closed down recently, but we still have the original, Blue Ribbon Brasserie, on Sullivan Street, which opened 25 years ago. The brand is a dear friend of our hotels and has long been the late-night hangout of major local chefs. The City That Never Sleeps… does. But this joint stays open serving food until 4 a.m. Do that. Oh, that catfish; oh, that foie gras terrine; oh, that honeyed fried chicken. First, hit Raoul’s for that old-school scene, then go eat, big.
Photo by Annie Spratt