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Wolfgang Puck is opening a Spago at the Bellagio in Las Vegas

Chef, author and T.V. personality Wolfgang Puck is expanding his restaurant empire with a new location of Spago, his Beverly Hills restaurant, at the Bellagio hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The restaurant has taken over the space formerly occupied by Todd English’s Olives, which means it comes with...

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15 foods and drinks flight attendants avoid on a plane

15 foods and drinks flight attendants avoid on a plane

Although many passengers buy any kind of food that sounds good at the airport or bring their favorite snacks from home to eat on the plane, flight attendants are more selective about what they consume on the job. Although a greasy egg sandwich from Dunkin' Donuts or a bag of crunchy chips might...

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Bell peppers are in season. We have recipes

What’s in season: When it comes to sheer variety of colors, bell peppers are the amazing Technicolor fruit of the produce world. The unripe fruit starts out green, but as it matures it can range through shades of red, orange, yellow, purple and even chocolate. Regardless of color, bell peppers...

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Your summer beer party guide, plus how to select the perfect keg

Your summer beer party guide, plus how to select the perfect keg

Somehow it’s almost the end of summer in L.A., but there’s still time to throw some backyard barbecues and pool parties. You’re going to need beer, but the once simple beer run is now fraught. Sure, you could just grab some Coronas and call it a day, but with so many craft brewed options in every...

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