Newsweek September 13, 2013

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the next food frontier

To see and taste what’s next in American cuisine, venture into the long-neglected but recently resurgent cluster of skid rows and skyscrapers known as downtown Los Angeles. Search for the sign, on Olympic Boulevard, of Club Las Palmas: the one that reads “Hostess Dancing” in flashing lights. Then go next door, through the only façade on the rather deserted, dilapidated block that’s paneled in artfully weathered wood, to a diminutive storefront restaurant called Alma. Inside, the place looks more like a temporary catering operation or improvised wine bar—plain white walls; bottles, books and herbs stacked on open shelves; a chalkboard on which someone has scrawled “Alma”—than what it is: The Best New Restaurant in America, according to the August issue of Bon Appétit magazine. And the lean and hungry fellow calling…

a pioneering maestra

The world of classical music has always moved sedately. But that hasn’t stopped Marin Alsop. The diminutive conductor upended more than a century of male domination last week when she became the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms—the finale of the world’s biggest classical-music festival, which takes place in London and was founded in 1895. And she didn’t let the occasion pass without acknowledgment: midway through her rapturously received performance, she turned to the sold-out audience at Royal Albert Hall and led the crowd in three cheers “in the name of progress.” “It does seem a bit archaic, doesn’t it?” she told me when we spoke by phone two days after the concert. “It’s hard to believe we’ve come so far as a civilization and yet there…

from jezebel to gray lady

When Anna Holmes announced her resignation from her role as founder and editor in chief of the popular womenÕs site Jezebel in 2010, she wrote that sheÕd be spending her time Òstrategizing for some sort of overly ambitious, ladycentric world takeover and figuring out what I want to be when I grow up.Ó After a couple years of freelancing everywhere from The Washington Post to Time (and even Newsweek), a very grown-up-looking gig has come along: she’s just been named one of 10 columnists for Bookends, a new feature in The New York Times Book Review, a very grown-up place. In the Internet age, when GIF-laden listicles get more clicks than thoughtful essays do, Holmes has been able to leverage her online popularity into a position with gravitas. Is this…

sex. booze. money.

Rich Cabael was ready to quit. He’d spent the better part of six years refining the distillation of a coconut-based vodka, marketing the hell out of it, but it wasn’t taking. The economy was in freefall. Distributors were sticking to the safe bets they knew would sell and not taking risks on new products. Cabael was hemorrhaging money and paying his small staff out of his own pocket. But “I hate losing,” he says, and “something in me made me want to keep going.” And one day he was rewarded with an email that changed everything. The sender? Playboy Enterprises. The company was looking to develop a line of spirits. Would Cabael be interested in a partnership, a company executive asked him. In ramping up production from a few thousand cases…

moderate or loyalist?

Just weeks after winning a seventh term in the House last year, Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia announced that she would run for the Senate in 2014. It was a long anticipated move—and it made a lot of political sense. Capito, 59, is the most popular political figure in a state that still has two Democratic senators even though it votes Republican in presidential elections. She is the daughter of three-term governor Arch Moore, who, at 90, is still revered despite having served two years and eight months in prison for corruption. (He maintains his innocence, but that’s neither here nor there.) Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, apparently recognizing that Capito would be a formidable opponent, announced his intention to retire soon after she announced her intention to challenge…

the internal diplomat

Danielle Gray represents a rare but real archetype every White House needs: she is the most powerful staffer you’ve never heard of. Gray, 35, is President Obama’s cabinet secretary, the liaison between the White House and the cabinet. Far more than a high-level traffic cop, she is a policy maven, a legal troubleshooter, and a practitioner of shuttle diplomacy between White House aides and agency officials who regularly butt heads. It’s a key job in Obama’s second term in part because of the reality that time is running out to secure a lasting domestic agenda. But Gray’s role has taken on particular importance because during much of Obama’s first term the relationship between the White House and the cabinet was marked by dysfunction and mutual distrust. White Houses over time have…