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Summer’s here, time to drink yellow beer

It wasn’t so long ago that straw yellow beer was considered the enemy of the craft beer movement. Light lager represented the unimaginative hegemony of the giant breweries, while pungent pale ales and inky stouts were deemed more flavorful, genuine expressions of the brewer’s trade. But recently,...

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12 bottles of Australian shiraz to try, starting at just $13

12 bottles of Australian shiraz to try, starting at just $13

If not for a typo on a registration form, the world-famous Barossa Valley wine region in South Australia would have been spelled like the place it is named for in Andalusia, Spain: "Barrosa," for the Barrosa Ridge. That misplacement of two letters likely didn't make much difference, though. English...

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Tomatoes are in season. We have recipes.

What’s in season: Varieties of heirloom and other tomatoes are showing up at a number of markets. Though the quality of supermarket tomatoes continues to improve, it’s still hard to beat the flavor offered by local farmers at various stands, with colorful fruit in all shapes and sizes, and names...

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11 sangria recipes to cool you off this summer

11 sangria recipes to cool you off this summer

It’s summer. Cool off with a cool glass of sangria. Whether you prefer a rich red sangria or something on the lighter side, you can have a pitcher ready to go in minutes, made even more colorful with all the fresh summer fruit to be found in the markets right now. Here are 11 of our favorite recipes...

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  • Figs are in season. We have recipes

    Figs are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: Fig season is short, appearing for just a few weeks during the hot summer months. While there are many varieties of figs, the fruit — actually, a fig is an inverted flower — can be divided into two classes: green and black. Here in California, black figs, including smaller Mission...

  • How to grill seafood bruschetta like an Italian

    How to grill seafood bruschetta like an Italian

    When Americans think about the grill, we tend to think of steak and burgers. When Italians think about the grill — la griglia — they may think of steak too, but more often sausages or, in summer, fish and seafood. That country, after all, is a giant peninsula surrounded by seas and dotted with...

  • In a Sawtelle mini-mall, Jonathan Gold finds a restaurant that feels like a living Instagram photo

    In a Sawtelle mini-mall, Jonathan Gold finds a restaurant that feels like a living Instagram photo

    Is there a restaurant more of 2017 than Kato? Could such a thing exist? Because from the moment you find your way to the tiny place, hidden at the back of a mini-mall, it feels as if you have wandered into a living Instagram photo, where the walls are pale, the food is bright and the people in...

  • Zucchini and other summer squash are in season. We have recipes

    Zucchini and other summer squash are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: One of the quintessential vegetables of summer, zucchini, and other summer squash are now filling market stands. There are a number of varieties of the summer squash beyond classic green zucchini: from softball-sized, white-green Eight Ball and stout Mexican zucchini, to yellow...

  • Jonathan Gold willingly waits in line for hours at Pizzana, where Neapolitan pizza goes L.A.

    Jonathan Gold willingly waits in line for hours at Pizzana, where Neapolitan pizza goes L.A.

    Pizza, as every New Yorker is fond of telling you, is the food of the people; cheap, tasty sustenance sold by the slice. But in Los Angeles, pizza has another dimension, as anyone who has ever considered dropping six grand on a custom pizza oven can attest — in certain circles a wood-burning Italian-made...

  • Plums are in season. We have recipes

    Plums are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: The Santa Rosa plum, lightly fragrant and boasting a sweet-tart flavor, is often considered the gold standard when it comes to plums. Originally introduced to the public in 1906 by Luther Burbank, it’s just one of the more than 100 types of plums we can credit to the legendary...

  • Apricots are in season. We have recipes

    Apricots are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: Apricots and other stone fruit are a common sight at market stands this time of year, but the flavorful fruit are really starting to come into season. Apricots, including sweet, plump Helena apricots, large Robadas, cult-favorite Blenheims and fragrant Poppy apricots, as well...

  • Why you should be grilling with mayonnaise

    Why you should be grilling with mayonnaise

    You can – and should – grill almost everything using mayonnaise. Here's why, plus some tips, tricks and recipe ideas.

  • Michael's in Santa Monica still looks like 1979, but it tastes very 2017

    Michael's in Santa Monica still looks like 1979, but it tastes very 2017

    Have you been to Michael’s lately? Because the Stellas are still on the walls, the Charles Garabedian drawings are still kind of naughty, and the guys at the front bar are still drinking complicated things that involve whiskey more expensive than you can afford. It’s all very disco-era until you...

  • Okra is in season. We have recipes

    Okra is in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: Though okra is found in a number of cuisines throughout the world — including African (from which the pods were introduced to the American South), Thai and Indian — the member of the mallow family is often a challenge to cook, even for fans, because of its rather gelatinous texture....

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