| Jul 17, 2011
"Florence has changed," my friend Alessandra told me on the phone. "There's a new spirit here."
"I don't believe it," I said. "I know Florentines; they're conservative people who hate change."
"Come and see for yourself. I'm going on a trip. You can...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 12:56 PM
To call the Heavy Pets a "local band" at this point would be something of a misnomer. While the jam-rock group’s founding members hail from New York, the band itself did get its start in South Florida. But then, so did New Found Glory, and no one...
| Oct 17, 2012
Been to a concert at the Wiltern? Toured downtown's movie palaces? Love the Central Library? You can thank the Los Angeles Conservancy that they're still here. And for 20 of the conservancy's 34 years, Linda Dishman has been its executive director,...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 4:37 PM
DUBLIN — Sitting in a Pizza Hut, near a McDonald's, a Hollister bag at our feet, we could have been at any mall in America.
The foreign traveler who craves the exotic, the rare, the undiscovered will cringe. The parents among us will understand....
| Nov 4, 2012
| 4:28 PM
MONTREAL — For a certain kind of traveler, no visit to a new city is complete without a bellyful of local culinary delights.
And though the Internet has made it easier to zero in on regional specialties, it also has amplified local food rivalries...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 3:24 PM
Cheryl Knauer has a restaurant gift card in mind for her in-laws, a massage gift card planned for another family member and intends to pick up cards in smaller dollar amounts to Chick-fil-A and Starbucks for kids' stockings and teachers' gifts.
| Oct 31, 2011
| 12:53 PM
CEO of Philippe by Philippe Chow, Philippechow.com
1. My own back yard in Miami
There's no better place to unwind than in the comfort of your own home. I like to relax outside in my back yard, which is a veritable seaside paradise for the kids. We've...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 5:35 PM
XIAMEN, China — Forget everything you think you know about Chinese food when you travel to mainland China. Even if orange chicken is on the menu, it won't look or taste anything like the sweet, gooey, fried stuff you're used to picking up at your...
| May 25, 2013
| 3:34 PM
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands — These islands are Europe's Florida: a subtropical climate, sandy beaches edged with palms, even theme parks as large as those in the United States.
Yet, many Americans don't have a clue where these seven...
| May 14, 2013
| 3:54 PM
The McDonald's McRib sandwich has managed to gain a following that would rival that of the Beatles in the '60s, but this summer, the sandwich is getting some competition. Burger King is announcing its 2013 summer menu items Thursday, and they will include...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 1:20 PM
A Pop Tart and ice cream concoction called the Carl's Jr. Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwich has hit a Newport Beach location of the fast food chain.
If you just did a double take and reread that last sentence because it was one of those oh-my-God-is-this-...