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  • I'm ready for Christmas, a holiday so significant Tchaikovsky set it to music

    I'm ready for Christmas, a holiday so significant Tchaikovsky set it to music

    I’ve been writing now for 40 years, not long. But my goal remains simple: to write something half as good as John Lennon’s worst song. Seriously, sometimes I wish he were worse. Sometimes I wish he hadn’t set the bar quite so high. As you may know, I like bars and music and games of chance. I also...

  • Three Christmas beers to drink for the holidays

    Three Christmas beers to drink for the holidays

    If the stress of the holidays turns your mood from festive to furtive, there are many craft beers that can help restore your holiday spirit —  maybe too many. Most of the more than 5,000 craft breweries in the country are making a specialty beer for the holidays. But don’t get overwhelmed by all...

  • Looking for holiday dinner recipes? Wow them with this crown roast

    Looking for holiday dinner recipes? Wow them with this crown roast

    When it comes to the holiday meal, everything revolves around the main course. You want sides that match, sauces that work and, of course, cocktails and beverages that compliment. But what about all that work? With a little advance preparation, this spiced crown roast makes a dramatic presentation...

  • Hanukkah decor for eight nights — and beyond

    Hanukkah decor for eight nights — and beyond

    The first night of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve this year, but if you look at the average store’s offering of decor for each holiday, you’ll find a stark difference: While the Christmas aisle holds all sorts of paraphernalia from splashy to sophisticated, typical Hanukkah flair tends to be limited....

  • The sweet results of this year's Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off

    The sweet results of this year's Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off

    For those of us who love to bake, the holidays can be an especially sweet time of year. This is the season we stock up on festive cookies and family favorites to set out at parties and share with those closest to us. But beyond the colorful icing and sugar rush, these homemade creations are about...

  • Jonathan Gold goes on a holiday tamale crawl across L.A.

    Jonathan Gold goes on a holiday tamale crawl across L.A.

    I don’t think you can find them all on Google, but this is probably the 12th or 13th time I have been assigned to write a year-end tamale piece, and for almost all of them I have made the rounds of more or less the same Boyle Heights tamaleros before declaring once again that Juanito’s is definitively...

  • A farm-to-holiday-table dinner at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles

    A farm-to-holiday-table dinner at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles

    To get to Windrose Farm, travel a winding road through San Luis Obispo County, down a long lane buttressed by oak trees, a field dotted with sheep, and you’ll find an arrangement of farm buildings and a broad one-story house behind the tallest oak tree of them all. Foothills rise in the back of...

  • Where to dine out on New Year's Eve

    Where to dine out on New Year's Eve

    It’s actually time to start thinking about your New Year’s Eve plans. Anyone else have that Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” song in their heads? Make your dinner reservations now.  If you’d like to spend the evening out, we’ve got a few suggestions. Just make sure there’s enough Champagne for...

  • Why you can't buy 'stuff' at Joymode's holiday pop-up shop in Silver Lake

    Why you can't buy 'stuff' at Joymode's holiday pop-up shop in Silver Lake

    Don't expect to leave the Joymode pop-up shop in Silver Lake with bags.  The 2-month-old company believes that nobody needs more things — but everyone needs things to make memorable experiences. "A lot of things you need for a specific moment," said Joe Fernandez, chief executive and co-founder...

  • Gift ideas to make traveling easier

    Gift ideas to make traveling easier

    The goal: Take the hassle out of travel. The gift: anything that does that. Here are some items that can smooth the way, whether it’s across the state or around the world. Our 2016 holiday gift guide is here, over 200 gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list » Separate your tech and clothing...

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