| Feb 20, 2013
| 9:39 PM
Joe Layton is a new face to the local political scene, a fact he is using to stand out from his seasoned challengers. The 24-year-old accountant is a graduate of Loyola High School and USC. He has lived with his family in the city for nine years. He is...
| Apr 29, 2012
BUDAPEST, Hungary —American coffeehouses are prized for their quick service and fast Internet — ideal for people on the go. But a century ago, European cafes were places to linger amid Gilded Age opulence. Nowhere was this more so than in...
| Feb 8, 2011
Maria Altmann, who escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna as a newlywed and returned to wage a triumphant fight to recover Gustav Klimt's iconic gold portrait of her remarkable aunt, has died. She was 94.
Altmann died Monday at her Cheviot Hills home after a...
| Sep 19, 2011
Kurt Sanderling, who led the Leningrad Philharmonic and the East Berlin Symphony Orchestra under Soviet rule and won admirers in the West later in his career as a guest conductor for orchestras in London, Los Angeles and elsewhere, has died. He was 98....
| Feb 27, 2011
For tourist information about foreign destinations, contact the government offices below. Several no longer list phone numbers, so information is through their website only. For information about a country not listed, call the United Nations at (212) 963-...
| Apr 29, 2012
If your destination is Bratislava, be prepared for a few questions: Is that in Eastern Europe? (No, it's in Central Europe.)
Capital of Slovenia, right? (Uh, no.)
Where is that? (The last question courtesy of a Customs employee at LAX.)
| Nov 12, 2010
| 12:06 PM
The Great War, as it was called for a time, broke out in 1914, but the United States didn't declare war until April 6, 1917. With 4,734,991 fresh Americans in the fight, the end came quickly, but at a cost of 116,516 American lives. Just one year, seven...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 10:24 AM
The sweets craze is nothing new to Chicagoans. We've eaten our way through the cupcake craze and the doughnut craze.
How about chimney cakes? Though this pastry originated in Hungary (specifically Translyvania, which is in modern-day Romania) and is...
| Mar 31, 2011
Tokaji is the luscious sweet wine made from the Furmint grape from Hungary's fabled vineyards. Sweet is the way it's been for centuries — until the late 20th century, when the first dry Furmints were made.
This is the second vintage of Furmint...
| Oct 20, 2011
In every October there comes a day when you must reacquaint yourself with your oven. The outdoor grill is left to gather cobwebs, not so much from neglect (this is Los Angeles, after all) but because being in the kitchen, near the feel and smell of...
| Apr 21, 2011
I used to know a guy who would drive up to Santa Barbara just for the afternoon to visit with an old man he respected. I couldn't believe it. In my mind's eye, the Central Coast city seemed much farther than a couple of hours away. Yet it's really not...