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  • Roxana Jullapat pops up with bakers making dinner

    Roxana Jullapat pops up with bakers making dinner

    Roxana Jullapat, until recently the pastry chef at Cook’s County on Melrose Avenue, is popping up Jan. 10 for the kickoff of a series of pop-up dinners cooked by bakers called, appropriately, "Bakers Making Everything." “Bakers are bakers but not everybody can cook,” she says. “I found two other...

  • Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

    Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

    City engineers, public works officials and developers stood on a hilltop just north of downtown on a recent weekday and gazed at a low-lying railroad yard dotted with weeds on the far side of the Los Angeles River channel. To the uninitiated, it was a mildly depressing vista of concrete, unwanted...

  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

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  • L.A.'s share of river restoration could hit $1.2 billion

    L.A.'s share of river restoration could hit $1.2 billion

    Returning the Los Angeles River to a more natural state has long been a dream of city officials, who see it as a way of adding parkland, restoring habitat and attracting investment along its curving path from Griffith Park to downtown. That effort seemed to get a big boost last year when Mayor...

  • Learn to make ollas, more in water workshop for gardeners

    Learn to make ollas, more in water workshop for gardeners

    As spring nears, it’s vital that gardeners start to anticipate their water needs over the next few seasons. The Los Angeles Community Garden Council is sponsoring free public water workshops at community gardens and farmers markets.  On Sunday, starting at 10 a.m., the workshop comes to Elysian...

  • Fatal motorcycle crash shuts down 2 and 5 freeway connector

    Fatal motorcycle crash shuts down 2 and 5 freeway connector

    A fatal motorcycle accident Tuesday night shut down the transition road from the southbound 2 Freeway to the southbound 5 Freeway, snarling traffic for evening commuters, authorities said. The California Highway Patrol received reports about 5 p.m. that a motorcycle and its driver were  in the...

  • Man barricaded in Elysian Valley home, SWAT team called

    Man barricaded in Elysian Valley home, SWAT team called

    The Los Angeles Police Department has sealed off the area around an Elysian Valley home where a man is barricaded. About 2:15 p.m., police received reports of a man acting violently and erratically in the 23800 block of Denby Avenue, Officer Muria Vanegas said. Officers have issued calls for the...

  • Roxana Jullapat pops up with bakers making dinner

    Roxana Jullapat pops up with bakers making dinner

    Roxana Jullapat, until recently the pastry chef at Cook’s County on Melrose Avenue, is popping up Jan. 10 for the kickoff of a series of pop-up dinners cooked by bakers called, appropriately, "Bakers Making Everything." “Bakers are bakers but not everybody can cook,” she says. “I found two other...

  • River Road is a quick route to fond memories for old-time drag racers

    River Road is a quick route to fond memories for old-time drag racers

    Two by two, the hot rods lined up on the wide-open road running alongside the Los Angeles River. When the starter's arms dropped, tires squealed and V-8 engines roared as the teenage drivers floored their accelerators and sped into the night, ushering in what would soon become a national drag-racing...

  • Judge rejects bid to prevent demolition of historic L.A. bridge
    Judge rejects bid to prevent demolition of historic L.A. bridge

    Backers of a plan to remake an aging bridge spanning the Los Angeles River into a green space for bicyclists and pedestrians suffered another blow Monday, when a Superior Court judge rejected their bid to prevent the upcoming demolition of the bridge.

    The nonprofit EnrichLA and architectural firm...

  • Garcetti thanks President Obama for 'listening' on L.A. River project
    Garcetti thanks President Obama for 'listening' on L.A. River project

    With new backing from the federal government, city officials celebrated a step forward Thursday for a $1-billion plan to revitalize a strip of the Los Angeles River. After originally pushing for a cheaper $453-million plan, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced this week that it now supports...

  • Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization
    Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

    City engineers, public works officials and developers stood on a hilltop just north of downtown on a recent weekday and gazed at a low-lying railroad yard dotted with weeds on the far side of the Los Angeles River channel.

    To the uninitiated, it was a mildly depressing vista of concrete, unwanted...

  • Gift pick No. 10: Treeline Woodworks' inexpensive planters
    Gift pick No. 10: Treeline Woodworks' inexpensive planters

    From its workshop in L.A.'s Elysian Valley neighborhood, Treeline Woodworks crafts indoor planters that start at just $29. The fact that the wood is reclaimed is almost incidental; more important is the design, simple forms that leave focus on beautiful contrasts in grain. 

    Treeline suggests placing...

  • Growing okra, a backyard crop that can take the heat
    Growing okra, a backyard crop that can take the heat

  • Shepard Fairey to DJ at rocker Josh Mintz's art-music show
    Shepard Fairey to DJ at rocker Josh Mintz's art-music show

    “Hey, that was my idea!” is a complaint that’s so 2012.

    “It was my idea to steal that idea!” is more of the moment -- particularly if that moment is next Saturday.

    Josh Mintz, lead singer of the band Friend Slash Lover, will host an evening of art and music on June 29 -- called “It Was My Idea...

  • Mayor Villaraigosa signs final budget, highlights tree trimming

    Outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday signed his final city budget next to an enormous ficus Tuesday, whose trimming became exhibit A for symbolizing a touted surge in city services.The tree, on the curb in front of the Elysian Valley home of Maria Concepcion Guzman, 74, was...

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