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Along a Los Angeles freeway, the 101 Cider House rules

L.A. has never been a cider city. Between the craft beer industry and wine country, Los Angeles County produces some exceptional alcohol but it’s never been the place you go to find good cider — until now. Thanks to 101 Cider House, a Westlake Village cider producer making experimental sour ciders...

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  • I tried to break it off nicely. But he held a grudge

    I tried to break it off nicely. But he held a grudge

    Writing sketch comedy, as I learned during my one and only class on sketch comedy writing last summer, relies on establishing the “game” of the scene. That is, a pattern of behavior that breaks from the everyday and from which the humor flows — often to the point of absurdity. If you think about...

  • Seven things you can do right now to put yourself on a path to better health

    Seven things you can do right now to put yourself on a path to better health

    Healthy living through better habits: How changes in sleep, stress and diet can lead to a happier you Feb. 23, 2017, 5 a.m. There’s nothing especially magic about living well: The steps we need to take are logical and pretty well-known. But that doesn’t mean a health overhaul comes easy. Too often,...

  • Healthy living: Can Fitbits make us healthier?

    Healthy living: Can Fitbits make us healthier?

    Healthy living through better habits: How changes in sleep, stress and diet can lead to a happier you Feb. 23, 2017, 5 a.m. There’s nothing especially magic about living well: The steps we need to take are logical and pretty well-known. But that doesn’t mean a health overhaul comes easy. Too often,...

  • Rochelle Gores Fredston's goal? To mix fashion and charity in L.A. to help families in need

    Rochelle Gores Fredston's goal? To mix fashion and charity in L.A. to help families in need

    Los Angeles doesn’t have a shortage of opulent charity events filled with luminaries from the entertainment, arts and fashion communities, but few manage to celebrate fashion and mobilize the industry in a way that creates change at a local level.  The  Philanthropic Society Los Angeles, founded...

  • Out of shape? You can probably blame bad habits. But it's never too late to build better ones

    Out of shape? You can probably blame bad habits. But it's never too late to build better ones

    Healthy living through better habits: How changes in sleep, stress and diet can lead to a happier you Feb. 23, 2017, 5 a.m. There’s nothing especially magic about living well: The steps we need to take are logical and pretty well-known. But that doesn’t mean a health overhaul comes easy. Too often,...

  • Why the benefits of sleep go far beyond beauty

    Why the benefits of sleep go far beyond beauty

    Healthy living through better habits: How changes in sleep, stress and diet can lead to a happier you Feb. 23, 2017, 5 a.m. There’s nothing especially magic about living well: The steps we need to take are logical and pretty well-known. But that doesn’t mean a health overhaul comes easy. Too often,...

  • Glenn Close, Christian Louboutin fete ‘Sunset Boulevard’ collaboration

    Glenn Close, Christian Louboutin fete ‘Sunset Boulevard’ collaboration

    Christian Louboutin’s Madison Avenue boutique exuded Old Hollywood glamour Tuesday evening as the French designer unveiled an exclusive pump inspired by the Norma Desmond character in “Sunset Boulevard.” “If you look at the clothes you see one with a turban, which was the inspiration [for the shoe],”...

  • Dakota Johnson, Victoria Justice turn out for Vanity Fair and L’Oréal Paris Young Hollywood party

    Dakota Johnson, Victoria Justice turn out for Vanity Fair and L’Oréal Paris Young Hollywood party

    As the host of Vanity Fair’s annual Young Hollywood party, Dakota Johnson stayed in sync with the sexy vibe of her film “Fifty Shades Darker” thanks to a Dior black lace see-through skirt and shorts combo. “I’m wearing it because it kind of looks like a sexual-like flamenco dancer,” she giggled....

  • Mr. Midcentury Modernism is ready for his Palm Springs close-up

    Mr. Midcentury Modernism is ready for his Palm Springs close-up

    You don’t have to have a Midcentury Modern home in Palm Spring to get that look, says interior designer Christopher Kennedy. You can draw design inspiration from Modernism Week — the celebration of Midcentury Modern architecture and design and preservation running through Feb. 26 in Palm Springs,...

  • Junot Diaz puts the audience center stage at REDCAT

    Junot Diaz puts the audience center stage at REDCAT

    Moments before Junot Diaz was scheduled to appear at REDCAT, a young woman who braved the storm to wait for a ticket on standby caught sight of the author and asked if he’d sign her copy of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” After the crowd had shaken off their umbrellas and filed into their...

  • Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold

    Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold

    Have a craving for sushi? Need a recommendation for Ethiopian food? Want to know where to find the best Sichuan food in the city? Need more dining questions answered? Jonathan Gold is your man. Come back here at noon today for a live chat with him. You can ask your question via Twitter using #AskJGold,...

  • Lady Gaga drops surprise Joanne World Tour merchandise lookbook

    Lady Gaga drops surprise Joanne World Tour merchandise lookbook

    Lady Gaga is back in full effect. After flying through the air in Atelier Versace at Super Bowl LI and performing with Metallica at the 2017 Grammys, Gaga has unveiled a lookbook for her Joanne World Tour merchandise capsule collection — and it’s quite the dose of the fantastical. The lookbook...

  • Milo Yiannopoulos’ book was canceled, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be published

    Milo Yiannopoulos’ book was canceled, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be published

    Milo Yiannopoulos’ book was canceled Monday. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be published. Simon & Schuster took the unusual step of canceling publication of “Dangerous,” by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, after a video surfaced that showed the Breitbart editor appearing to defend sex...

  • Tom Hanks' first book, 'Uncommon Type,' will arrive in October

    Tom Hanks' first book, 'Uncommon Type,' will arrive in October

    It seems as if Tom Hanks has been in just about everything — and soon he can be in your library too. The two-time Oscar winner has a book of fiction coming out in October. Titled “Uncommon Type: Some Stories,” the book features 17 stories that each involve a different variety of typewriter, Hanks’...

  • Bar Moruno at Grand Central Market is closing

    Bar Moruno at Grand Central Market is closing

    From a closing at Grand Central Market to new tasting menus from an L.A. veteran, here’s what’s happening in the Los Angeles food-and-drink world.  Farewell: Bar Moruno, Mozza alums Chris Feldmeier and David Rosoff’s Spanish-inspired restaurant at Grand Central Market, will close Sunday. The stall...

  • Quick and easy: 17 great chicken recipes in an hour or less

    Quick and easy: 17 great chicken recipes in an hour or less

    Chicken roulades, chicken stew, baked chicken, chicken casserole and more. Why is chicken so popular? Well, it cooks quickly. And depending on the what you buy, it’s both flavorful and diet-friendly. That, and it's versatile — combine it with almost any flavor combination. Perhaps best of all?...

  • E.L. James, author of the 'Fifty Shades' books, whips Piers Morgan on Twitter

    E.L. James, author of the 'Fifty Shades' books, whips Piers Morgan on Twitter

    British journalist Piers Morgan tried to use E.L. James to distract from his ongoing Twitter feud with J.K. Rowling, but the "Fifty Shades of Grey" author ended up spanking him on social media. "Hi @E_L_James, any chance you could start tweeting me one of your books?" Morgan tweeted at the erotica...

  • Why you'll probably want to head to Silver Lake for soft serve, even in the rain

    Why you'll probably want to head to Silver Lake for soft serve, even in the rain

    Lately, the object of our seasonally inappropriate desire has been the soft-serve ice cream at Magpies Softserve, a little storefront in a strip mall on Hyperion Boulevard in Silver Lake, that opened last summer.  Owners Warren and Rose Schwartz are both chefs —  Warren has a background in fine...

  • Warm up with some of our favorite vegetarian soup recipes

    Warm up with some of our favorite vegetarian soup recipes

    We’ve had a lot of rain this winter, and sometimes there’s nothing like a bowl of soup to warm you up. We’ve compiled 29 of our favorite recipes, from rich purees to rustic vegetable, pasta and barley-based soups. Best of all? They’re perfect for Meatless Monday. noelle.carter@latimes.com Twitter:...

  • Time for a skin refresh? Frank Body to offer 5-minute masks at Urban Outfitters

    Time for a skin refresh? Frank Body to offer 5-minute masks at Urban Outfitters

    Frank Body, the Australian skin-care company known for its coffee-based body and face products that use only natural and naturally-derived ingredients, is expanding into the burgeoning mask category. Adding to its current product range of scrubs and moisturizer for the body, face and lips, and...

  • Rooftop yoga in DTLA

    Rooftop yoga in DTLA

    Boot camp, bouncing, biking and yoga: a range of fitness events around town make it easy for workout fans to mix things up: Waiting to exhale Start your Saturday night with Deep Exhale, a rooftop yoga-dance class in downtown Los Angeles led by yoga teacher Cristi Christensen and DJ Marques Wyatt....

  • Finding books in the least expected places around L.A.

    Finding books in the least expected places around L.A.

    The back wall at the Blue Bottle Coffee in downtown Los Angeles is lined from top to bottom with books. The airy coffee destination fills the corner of the historic Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles. Behind plate-glass windows, patrons can be seen drifting to the counter for personalized...

  • Make 2017 your best wine year ever

    Make 2017 your best wine year ever

    It’s a new year, filled with new opportunities, and as the political landscape takes ungainly shape, it’s a year that will certainly be spent drinking. So as you scan the headlines and find yourself reaching for the bottle, why not make good use of the opportunity? Instead of picking up just any...

  • How and where to attend cannabis-infused dinners (and a cooking class) in Los Angeles

    How and where to attend cannabis-infused dinners (and a cooking class) in Los Angeles

    There are more reasons than ever for Angelenos to explore marijuana. In November, California passed Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults, and the sale of recreational marijuana in retail locations in 2018. While most are more familiar with smoking marijuana,...

  • Carrots are in season. We have recipes

    Carrots are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: Though you can buy orange carrots at the supermarket any time of the year, winter is the best season to find the root vegetables because the cold weather makes for crisper, sweeter roots. Winter is also when you’ll find a rainbow of colors and varieties, from deep Purple Haze and...

  • Last chance to see Daft Punk's West Hollywood pop-up shop

    Last chance to see Daft Punk's West Hollywood pop-up shop

    Dance music group Daft Punk, known for its creative collaborations with the Weeknd, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, ends its latest experiment this weekend: its first L.A.-area pop-up shop. With a nine-day run at Maxfield Gallery in West Hollywood, the shop has featured archival set pieces (such...

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  • Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together

    Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together

    With the average wedding costing upwards of $30,000, starting your new life together takes a lot of careful budgeting. After you’ve finished paying for the flowers, reception hall, caterer, photographer and everything else related to your big day, you may not have much money left over when it comes...

  • Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget

    Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget

    Planning your wedding is one of the most important management jobs you’ll ever take on. A professional wedding planner could help make the day go smoothly, but you can also achieve the same effect yourself for less money. According to TheKnot.com, the average cost for a professional wedding planner...

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    Reinvent your morning routine (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Who says your morning routine has to be boring? Actress and singer Ashley Tisdale is reinventing her morning routine with DUO, the latest shower innovation from Olay and Daybreaker, an early morning dance experience. DUO unites bar soap and...

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