| Jun 16, 2010
"Shame about syrah, really," I was thinking the other day while washing down a cheeseburger with a glass of 2003 Ojai Thompson Vineyard Syrah from California's Santa Barbara County. The wine was big, meaty even. Yet, it was balanced, in proportion,...
| 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...
| Sep 13, 2006
As my friends and I walk toward the entrance of the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills — yes, it really is off an alley — two couples push open the door, still deep in conversation. They're chatting about the grandchildren, about the last...
| Sep 27, 2006
Now that the summer crowds have thinned out, it's a great time for a road trip — and La Jolla, the beautiful little town on the coast just above San Diego, beckons. The light there is particularly gorgeous this time of year — golden, sparkling...
| Jun 28, 2009
Robert Young, a pioneering Sonoma County farmer who changed his crop from prunes to grapes and helped produce some of the first vineyard-designated wines in California, has died. He was 90.
Young died June 19 at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital from...
| Oct 23, 2009
G. Patrick Ziemann, the former Roman Catholic bishop of Santa Rosa who resigned in 1999 amid sexual and financial scandals, has died. He was 68.
Ziemann died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at a monastery in Arizona, said his brother, Joe.
The bishop gave...
| Nov 20, 2009
Jeanne-Claude, whose collaboration with her husband Christo in creating massive environmental works of art such as the 24-mile-long "Running Fence" in California in the 1970s attracted worldwide attention for decades, has died. She was 74.
| Jun 29, 2009
PETALUMA -- A boxer-mix with a prominent under-bite named Pabst has been crowned the world's ugliest dog.
The annual World's Ugliest Dog contest was held Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Northern California.
Pabst was rescued from a shelter by Miles...
| Mar 23, 2010
| 11:41 AM
LOS ANGELES -- A judge put the criminal case against a man charged with stalking reality T.V. star Audrina Patridge on hold so doctors can evaluate his mental competency.
Zachary Loring tried to enter a guilty plea Tuesday to a felony charge that he...
| May 21, 2008
| 10:48 AM
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1) Avalon Harbor Beach (Los Angeles)
After being in the list for top ten foulest beaches for five years, Avalon Beach took the top spot as foulest beach in California.
2) Santa Monica Municipal Pier (Los Angeles)
Although Santa Monica...
| May 17, 2009
Arnold Schwarzenegger unleashed Armageddon last week. No, not the sequel to the movie where the giant asteroid threatens Earth, but rather his proposed budget, which seemed to menace California.
There were two budgets, actually. One, which assumed voters...