| Jul 26, 2011
Gabriel Dieblas Roman took orders from cartel bosses in Mexico, hard men who ruled by fear, but he wouldn't approve a shipment without talking to a plucky, middle-aged woman from Compton.
Guadalupe "Lupita" Villalobos ran a storefront botanica where...
| Mar 30, 2012
| 1:52 PM
First published on Jan. 30, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.
The tourists think big. Arriving in Southern California, they expect to conquer Disneyland and Hollywood, perhaps on the same day, in between the surfing and snowboarding. Then...
| Sep 15, 2011
Last week, chef John Sedlar celebrated the 30th anniversary of his seminal, erstwhile restaurant Saint Estèphe with a sparkly cocktail party and an elaborate tasting menu for a select group of admirers who remember the go-go '80s and his particular mark...
| Nov 10, 2011
Each year I keep a running log to track restaurants slated to open each month. When this January rolled around and I started my new list, I fully expected the pace of openings to slow to a trickle.
That hasn't happened. Instead, despite the curdled...
| Nov 3, 2011
The air outside GreenBar Collective craft distillery in Monrovia is getting warm, but it still crackles with the crispness of fall. Inside the bright, white warehouse, two employees bottle fresh apple bitters while Keith Taylor, the bar manager for...
| Dec 1, 2011
Here they come: the relatives. And they're hungry too. So where are you going to feed them? Why not one of the new generation of brunches that have been popping up at some very good restaurants lately? Brunch is convivial and fun, not to mention much less...
| Jan 5, 2012
The best meals of the year aren't necessarily about foie gras and truffles, or indulgent tasting menus, or even the technically best cooking of 2011. They're those dinners that surprised and delighted, that wove food and wine and friendship together in...
| Apr 21, 2012
1903: "The Landmarks Club Cook Book." A collection of recipes edited by the sage of the Southwest, Charles Fletcher Lummis, that included more than 40 Mexican recipes, this first-of-its-kind effort was sold to help repair Southern California's crumbling...
| May 19, 2012
Is a hyper-curated playlist the new house-made charcuterie? Whether a restaurant's playing Lady Gaga or Langhorne Slim says as much about the place as its Mason jar drinking glasses or farm-to-table pickle plate. And in an era when even Facebook tracks...
| Apr 28, 2011
Lunch is the meal of the proletariat. While the leisure class brunches, the worker bees among us grab that much-anticipated moment of down time that comes with the consumption of a hearty sandwich, plate of meat or lightly dressed salad that is known to...
| Feb 17, 2011
| 4:33 PM
The semifinalists for the 2011 James Beard Foundation's restaurant and chef awards were announced Thursday. (Good luck getting on the James Beard website.) There are 19 categories, including best new restaurant, outstanding chef, rising star chef of the...