LATEST IN LIFESTYLE

  • Need trip advice? Keep it in the family with Cool Cousin app

    Don’t have a cool cousin to tell you where to go on your next vacation? Don’t worry — now you have dozens. Name: Cool Cousin — Travel Through People app What it does: Get travel recommendations and trip advice from “cousins” whose interests are similar to yours. Choose a metro city (12, with seven...

  • Books: Xu Hongci, Roxane Gay, Han Kang and more

    THE BIG STORY Xu Hongci was born in China in 1933, when the country faced a series of tumultuous upheavals. He joined the Communist Party at 14, got engaged, began medical school in Shanghai and didn’t imagine that he’d fall afoul of Mao Tse-tung. But he was one of 550,000 people accused of being...

  • That's why these travelers are the leaders of the pack

    I enjoyed Alex Golden’s “10 Tips Before You Pack” [Jan. 8]. However, instead of carrying a photocopy of my passport, I make a copy of it and all other important travel documents, including credit cards, and put them on a password-protected thumb drive that can be easily slipped in a purse or pocket....

  • Get tips on winter camping, learn about Anza-Borrego State Park and little-known tribes in Africa

    CAMPING Workshop Experts offer tips on how to plan, stay warm and select appropriate gear for winter camping. When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at REI stores in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., and Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St. Admission, info: Free. (714) 379-1938 for Huntington Beach; (818)...

  • Actress Shalita Grant's five laws of motion

    Actress Shalita Grant's five laws of motion

    Fitness can feel like a race to the bottom: How many pounds can I lose? Can my lunch be lighter? What’s the smallest size that’ll fit? Actress Shalita Grant is over the less-is-more attitude. Scratch being skinny. She’d much rather be strong. “We are given to feeling guilty and ashamed of ourselves,”...

  • A few great recipes for potatoes, maybe where you'd least expect them

    A few great recipes for potatoes, maybe where you'd least expect them

    Pasta is the last place most of us would think to look for potatoes — and I don’t consider gnocchi a pasta. But they play key roles in some of my favorite Italian dishes. Diced potatoes and trenette, a narrow ribbon pasta, are tossed with pesto in a signature dish from Liguria, Italy; and potatoes...

  • Farmers market report: Kale is in season. We have recipes

    Farmers market report: Kale is in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: While kale can be found year-round at most supermarkets, this member of the cabbage family prefers colder weather and is generally in season through the winter months. It’s known for its ruffled leaves on long, thick stalks, with colors ranging from that include shades of green,...

  • Xu Hongci - Mao's victim, freedom's hero - tells his story in 'No Wall Too High'

    Xu Hongci - Mao's victim, freedom's hero - tells his story in 'No Wall Too High'

    Xu Hongci is a legend in a certain Chinese subculture: The estimated 550,000 people who were accused of being “rightists” in Mao Zedong’s purge of the late 1950s and spent 20 years or more as inmates of China’s gulag archipelago. In that large crowd of unjustly, illegally imprisoned people, Xu...

  • A sub-$600 fare to Estonia from LAX on Turkish Airlines

    A sub-$600 fare to Estonia from LAX on Turkish Airlines

    You can get two and maybe three cities with this airfare deal for little more than the cost of the $564 round-trip fare from LAX to Tallinn, Estonia, on Turkish Airlines: Estonia’s capital is directly south of Helsinki on the Gulf of Finland, and an overnight layover in Istanbul may be required...

  • Five tenors are taking on Las Vegas. And they sing rock 'n' roll, not opera

    Five tenors are taking on Las Vegas. And they sing rock 'n' roll, not opera

    Tenors don’t only sing opera these days. Get ready to be rocked by five British tenors who are launching a new show this week in Las Vegas. The Tenors of Rock are the newest act to open along the Strip. Their first show at Harrah’s Las Vegas was Wednesday evening. Five British singers make up the...

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