| Dec 3, 2006
WHEN the vagaries of climate, geography and history combine to give you great ingredients, the best thing a cook can do is get out of the way. That is the essential philosophy behind California cuisine, a movement that was in large part born in Southern...
| Dec 3, 2006
1841 William Wolfskill planted the first local commercial orange groves on 2 acres east of what is now Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles.
1881 On Dec. 4, the Los Angeles Times began publication as the Los Angeles Daily Times. The first...
| Jul 18, 2010
The days when taking home a souvenir from your favorite hotel meant a bad logo T-shirt or golf visor are long gone.
How about a Rebecca Minkoff bag? The W Hotel's stores have one in an exclusive shade of turquoise. A pair of Band of Outsiders pajamas?...
| Oct 11, 2006
With the solemnity of a courtier entrusted with the royal crown, Elizabeth Blau, chef Kerry Simon's partner in Simon L.A., glides across the dining room carrying his signature "junk food sampler." She looks so serious — until she breaks into a...
| Aug 9, 2006
Never underestimate Wolfgang Puck. He's such a familiar face, beaming from the covers of his cookbooks or exhorting viewers of the Food Network to "live, love, eat " that we tend to forget he's not just chef to the Oscars and a celebrity in his own right,...
| Dec 6, 2006
What makes a great restaurant? An irresistible vibe, terrific food, attentive, professional service and a sense of style. There's no shortage of Los Angeles dining rooms that fit that description.
But there's a subset of great restaurants that's much...
| May 30, 2007
The model of the entrepreneur chef or restaurateur is so pervasive that someone who's content to have just one restaurant could almost be considered a slacker these days. In the wake of L.A.'s original and famous global empires such as those of Wolfgang...
| Dec 9, 2007
Shift into holiday shopping mode with a Costa Mesa hotel deal that lets you hit the malls in Orange County, then spend the night for as little as $110.
The deal: The Costa Mesa special, available at nine hotels through Dec. 30, includes nightly dining...
| Feb 10, 2009
This year's Grammys parties, downsized because of the economy, made for more intimate affairs -- and tighter guest lists. So tight that Ne-Yo got turned away at his own midnight breakfast get-together Saturday at the Kress club in Hollywood. As one...
| Mar 26, 2009
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New York has George Soros. L.A. has Eli Broad. Vegas? Bet you thought everyone was busy wagering. Wrong. The city, historically known more for carnality than compassion, has a range of denizens working not only for a better city but a better world....
| Jul 23, 2008
REVERING la bonne cuisine as they do, many French are still fighting the good fight to hold the line against le fast food.
But long gone are the days when the mention of a cheeseburger could earn you a Gallic sneer and protesters drove tractors into a...