| Mar 7, 2014
| 10:28 AM
Keeping chickens has become a city dweller's dream. Every morning my neighbor's chickens fuss and cluck, keeping me company while I peck away at the keyboard. Isn't it about time to retire the bald eagle as the national bird and replace it with what...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 12:33 PM
Michael Puglisi is the chef-butcher who is behind the sausages and cuts of roasted pork shoulder at Eduardo Ruiz’s Picnik in Pasadena and is soon to open his own Electric City Butcher Shop in Santa Ana. Puglisi, whose family is Sicilian, started...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 4:50 PM
YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — If vineyards at harvest time call to you — grapes plump on the vines, leaves turning red and gold — consider a visit to Yountville, in the heart of California's famed Napa Valley.
Yountville is tiny: about 12...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Part harvest festival, part good excuse to drink wine, the annual release of Beaujolais nouveau takes place the third Thursday on November. Beaujolais nouveau is a light, fruity, food-friendly and fun red wine meant to be enjoyed young, and preferably...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 3:38 PM
Ever picture Jamie McCourt in an Alpine hat and some nifty lederhosen? Hey, let’s be open-minded.
She’s still out there, and apparently recovered from losing her first round at getting her divorce settlement with ex-hubby Frank thrown out...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 12:59 PM
This Thursday is the third Thursday in November, and you know what that means — Beaujolais Nouveau!
That's when Beaujolais' vin primeur (wine sold in the same year it is harvested) is released, miraculously, ready to celebrate. In France, wine...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 7:00 AM
When the Broad contemporary art museum opens downtown next year, it will house not only nearly 2,000 pieces of art from the 1950s to the present, but a restaurant helmed by former French Laundry chef Timothy Hollingsworth that will be a cornerstone of a...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 5:53 PM
Cooking a full Thanksgiving meal is a lot of work. If you'd like someone else to worry about the cooking, here are some places that will be open and ready to serve Thanksgiving lunch and dinner.
33 Taps is offering a special "Next Day" turkey sandwich...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 8:00 PM
For Black Friday, the Whisper restaurant and bar at the Grove is offering "The Longest Happy Hour," from noon to 7 p.m. with menu specials including oysters with cucumber mignonette ($2 each), short-rib croquette ($5), crudité with marinated olives,...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:00 AM
You may not be able to afford a dinner at the French Laundry -- heck, you might not even be able to get a reservation -- but that doesn’t mean you can’t share a little bit of that clothes-pinned magic. Thomas Keller and his staff have put...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 10:00 AM
The final flourish of your meal arrives at the table — a rich pudding of chocolate cremeux ("creamy" in French), candied pistachios, a crumble made from ground pistachios, and both dehydrated and frozen mandarin. Its deliciousness almost obscures...