| Dec 23, 2008
Most legislative bodies operate by majority rule: Get more votes than your opponents, and you win. It works that way with legislation, and in most of the democratic world it works that way when adopting the annual budget, a political body's most vital...
| Mar 28, 2009
Down the wrong road?
Re “Indian firm unveils the world’s cheapest car,” March 24
The reality is upon us: The bulk of the world's population -- in India and, most likely, soon in China -- will have access to personal motorized...
| Aug 13, 2010
Customers have been wondering for weeks when they'd show up, and now Wong Farms' desert mangoes, among the most exotic and eagerly sought fruits grown in California, are back at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market. Juicy, sweet and aromatic, they're...
| Jul 25, 2007
A bite of cheese, a sip of wine. The idea of little tastes to go with wine is so universally appealing that the explosion of wine bars in this town is no surprise. It's big fun to be able to go out without investing in a full-on dinner.
So when the Ritz-...
| Mar 25, 2009
Building a home pizza oven, fast and cheap
Want a pizza oven at your house? You can convert your regular range for less than $40.
The goal is to build a wide insert with a low ceiling that will concentrate the heat when baking. It should be wide...
| Jul 18, 2007
Total time: About 20 minutes, plus fermenting time
Note: Adapted from wine director/sommelier Holly Smith at Eno, Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The sangria will keep refrigerated for 1 week. To make a simple syrup, mix equal parts sugar and...
| Apr 8, 2009
Bring a bottle of this Grüner Veltliner to a dinner party and guaranteed it won't disappear without anybody noticing it, the way an oaky Chardonnay or an indifferent Sauvignon Blanc might. Racy and full of life, the 2007 Kurt Angerer "Kies" has the...
| May 27, 2009
These are recommended sources for blueberries and closely related wild fruits. Unless otherwise specified, they sell fresh southern highbush blueberries. Seasons depend on nature and may change.
* Biotta Swiss organic wild bilberry juice, wine-like and...
| Mar 4, 2010
Dear SOS: We just had a wonderful brunch at the Ahwahnee in Yosemite and they had the best mac 'n' cheese. Is there any way you are able to get the recipe? We asked, but no one was anxious to share it. Thank you.
Dear Mary: The...
| Aug 15, 2007
Can openers, along with toasters and bicycle pumps, are perhaps some of the finest achievements of the mechanical age. Armed with a trusty opener, you can transform a pantry filled with canned goods into an endless array of dinners. Without one, you're...
| Apr 11, 2008
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Miki Izumisawa isn't your typical sushi chef. If Japanese customers come to her cafe "expecting an ordinary sushi restaurant," she says, "they will be surprised."
At 242 Cafe Fusion Sushi in Laguna Beach, Izumisawa can be found painstakingly assembling a...