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  • Sambar brings an enlightened plane of Indian cuisine to Culver City

    Sambar brings an enlightened plane of Indian cuisine to Culver City

    Your ideas about porchetta may have been formed in the hills east of Rome or at a truck parked in Umbria, or perhaps with the fennel-scented suckling pig they sometimes serve at Sotto, the stuffed roasts in the case at McCall's Meat & Fish Co. or the sandwiches from Mozza2Go. You can find a lot...

  • Why aren't Italians fat? It's a question of pasta portion size

    Why aren't Italians fat? It's a question of pasta portion size

    That’s a question Elizabeth Minchilli, an American who has lived in Rome for years, is constantly asked. Full disclosure: The food writer happens to be on the slender side herself. Her answer comes in the pasta chapter of her new book coming out April 7, “Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the...

  • Craftsman and Wolves patisserie to bring the 'rebel within' to Culver City

    Craftsman and Wolves patisserie to bring the 'rebel within' to Culver City

    Craftsman and Wolves, the San Francisco patisserie and retail store known for its chocolate croissant stacks and soft egg-stuffed "rebel within" muffin, will open a location in Culver City. The Southern California outlet is slated to open in August in the new Platform boutique retail center.  The...

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  • Settlement in Sony Pictures hacking case gets judge's OK

    Settlement in Sony Pictures hacking case gets judge's OK

    A judge approved a multimillion-dollar settlement Wednesday in a class-action lawsuit filed by former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose private information was stolen in a massive data breach. The U.S. government blamed the 2014 hack on North Korea, calling it an attempt to derail the...

  • Firestone Walker Brewing opens taproom restaurant in Venice

    Firestone Walker Brewing opens taproom restaurant in Venice

    Firestone Walker, California’s fourth largest craft brewery, has opened the doors on the long-anticipated Los Angeles outpost, which includes a lounge, a restaurant, retail space, and an on-site brewery (that’s still in bureaucratic limbo). First announced in September 2013 the progress on the...

  • Bet you didn't know these 5 new restaurants are open for lunch

    Bet you didn't know these 5 new restaurants are open for lunch

    The idea of a dinner-only restaurant is quickly fading, as more new restaurants are either opening with lunch, or adding lunch service after only a few weeks. Below are five new restaurants serving lunch. Because your midday meal shouldn't be limited to six-inch sandwiches at Subway. And if you...

  • Man called a hero after subduing combative Metro passenger with chokehold

    Man called a hero after subduing combative Metro passenger with chokehold

    A Metro train passenger who used a chokehold to subdue a combative shirtless man aboard an Expo line car is being lauded as a hero for his swift actions. Adrian Kaczmarek was recorded in a cellphone video stopping the unruly and apparently impaired man, who confronted a bicyclist on the train about...

  • Datebook: The art of Robert Mapplethorpe, photographs in Play-Doh, and zipper paintings

    Datebook: The art of Robert Mapplethorpe, photographs in Play-Doh, and zipper paintings

    A photographer’s legendary erotic portfolios. A Los Angeles painter's early works -- crafted from zippers. And an artist who uses lingerie to reflect contemporary attitudes in pop culture. Plus, the painted works of a noted poet, a group show that explores form and abstraction and famous photography...

  • 'Women Laughing Alone With Salad': A playwright's raucous riff on sexism and body shame

    'Women Laughing Alone With Salad': A playwright's raucous riff on sexism and body shame

    Is “Women Laughing Alone With Salad” the first play inspired by an Internet meme? In 2011 the feminist website the Hairpin published stock photographs of slender models appearing to exult over forkfuls of mixed greens. We’d all seen these images in advertisements, but we’d never really looked at...

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