| Feb 6, 2013
Let's cut to the chase, sweetheart: Valentine's Day begins at home. True, Feb. 14 falls on a Thursday this year, which may present a challenge — or not! Here are a few ideas we have to address the age-old question (paraphrased, of course): How do...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 7:10 PM
Lamb Chop is the world's most famous sock puppet. And this week, she's back in Roanoke for a command performance.
Mallory Lewis and the puppet her mother Shari created were honored during the Monday meeting of Roanoke City Council. Lewis and Lamb Chop...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 7:58 AM
In just one month, Ouzo Bay has made a swaggering debut in Harbor East.
Every decision concerning the atmosphere, menu and service feels exactly right. The food is prepared with extraordinary care and presented with casual grace. Dinner there is fun....
| Oct 21, 2010
When the platter of steaming, saucy chicken chunks is set on our table at Omar, a months-old Uighur restaurant in San Gabriel, it's clear we're in uncharted culinary territory. The sauce is dappled with tingle-inducing Sichuan peppercorns and chocolate...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 2:12 PM
This terrific Vacqueyras from a great year comes from a domaine named for the granite cliffs called Dentelles de Montmirail at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Cézanne country. This 2009 is the southern Rhone at its best, a truly beautiful expression of...
| Jun 10, 2010
Southern California can be thought of as a crazy quilt of humanity stitched together with the spices and flavors of many nations. And at no time is that more apparent than during the FIFA World Cup, which takes place every four years and riles up every...
| Apr 21, 2011
Easter in Scandinavia, like many holiday celebrations in this part of the world, is a colorful patchwork of customs, including bits and pieces of a lot of things: Passover, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Easter bunny, cute witches, huge...
| Nov 25, 2010
Like their brethren here, sommeliers in France are making their own wines. One is Marc Besnardeau, a Paris sommelier, who married Mireille Farjon and became a vigneron. Her family estate, Domaine Les Grands Bois in Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, has vines...
| Aug 25, 2011
If you're hungry for a little of Beijing and beyond — northern Chinese dumplings, buns and hand-pulled noodles or maybe even cumin-scented lamb kebabs in the style of Xinjiang's food stalls — look no further. Here's where to get your fix of...
| Sep 22, 2011
From Hansel Family Vineyards comes this fine expression of Russian River Pinot. Round and silky, with a beautiful balance and taste of red plums and black cherries, the 2009 is a splurge, but worth it for a California Pinot of this quality.
Save it for a...
| Mar 10, 2012
You probably know your barbecue: Bludso's in Compton for meaty beef ribs; sliced brisket from Phillips in Leimert Park; maybe farmers market fixture Bigmista's platter of pulled pork, ribs, brisket and links. But here are a few lesser-known spots to add...