Sam Nazarian Keeps Tabs on The Bazaar; Wine Finds An Edge

• Sam Nazarian claims The Bazaar has made $13.5 million in annual revenue since opening. That’s a lot of spherified olives! [LA Confidential]

• Raphael Javaheri, co-founder of Downtown’s new Artisan House, says he’s planning for the place to be a “Dean and Deluca of the west.” [LAT]

• Residents of Watts’ Jordan Downs housing complex speak out about how the L.A. Housing Authority spent tax dollars on lavish meals at The Palm, Bottega Louie, Rivera, Harold & Belle’s, Fleming’s, Parkway Grill, Drago Centro, and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. [LAT]

• Wine is getting edgy, with a number of brands now featuring “bitch” in the title. So now you know what to get your sassy middle-aged aunt. [NYT]

• While the rich are spending at stores like Sak’s and Nordstrom, those struggling to get by, like Jamba Juice employee Adriana Garcia, are spending their cash on food and rent, forgoing Christmas presents. [Reuters]

• As the Greek economy sputters, a Depression-era cookbook, Starvation Recipes, is popular once again. If Greece is anything like Brooklyn, there will soon be an upsurge in DIY pickles and artisanal jams. [SF Examiner]

• Low prices couldn’t assuage Olive Garden’s financial woes; the restaurant reported low second-quarter predictions. Maybe they just gave away too many free refills on breadsticks? [WSJ]

• Popular note-taking service Evernote has launched a food-focused app, Evernote Food. [Market Watch]

• It’s restaurant-trend-roundup season, so here are a few more: grilled cheese, vegetable desserts, and … breakfast. [NPR]

Sam Nazarian Keeps Tabs on The Bazaar; Wine Finds An Edge