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S. Irene Virbila

S. Irene Virbila is a former restaurant critic and wine columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Her worldly perspective on the L.A. dining scene has won a James Beard Foundation Award in 1997 and the American Food Journalists Award in 2005. Before joining The Times in 1993, she wrote about food, wine and travel from Europe and Asia, trained as a sommelier in Paris, edited cookbooks and was part of the culinary scene in Berkeley when Chez Panisse changed everything. She left The Times in 2015.
Raise a glass to Paris at its lively wine bars

While in Paris, S. Irene Virbila explores neighborhood wine bars, convivial places enjoyed the locals and connoisseurs alike.

You don't have to dine out to enjoy the luxuries of blini — here are 3 ways to make them at home

Blini recipes from Roxana Jullapat, French Laundry's Thomas Keller and Lee Hefter, Wolfgang Puck's longtime corporate executive chef.

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