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  • How to handle a passenger who insists on preaching loudly from the Bible on a red-eye flight

    How to handle a passenger who insists on preaching loudly from the Bible on a red-eye flight

    I’m a flight attendant, not a cop. But on a recent flight from Miami to Rio de Janeiro, I was forced to wrestle a passenger to the floor, restrain her with airline-issued flex cuffs and turn her over to Brazilian police.  The incident began about 4 a.m. The aircraft cabin was dark, save for the...

  • Jonathan Gold's 10 best dishes of 2016

    Jonathan Gold's 10 best dishes of 2016

    2016, by all accounts, was a year from which we will not soon recover; a year when the social-media obsessives among us were reduced to peeking at Twitter feeds between their fingers. But the food wasn’t bad – the year saw the rise of Filipino cooking, a wave of woman chefs and the resurgence of...

  • Some Las Vegas hotels have increased their resort fees. Here's what it will cost you now

    Some Las Vegas hotels have increased their resort fees. Here's what it will cost you now

    The $200-a-night room you just reserved in Las Vegas? It’ll cost you a bit more now given the two biggest players on the Strip — MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment — have increased resort fees at many of their hotels. I’ve learned that MGM Resorts last month increased the resort fees at some...

  • 13 YA authors on writing in the age of Trump

    13 YA authors on writing in the age of Trump

    The raw, initial reaction to Trump’s nomination has subsided; now many young adults are processing how they might be affected by the new administration. Students expressed their support on Twitter for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration protection measure, sharing tweets...

  • Holiday time in Las Vegas: Where to go and what to see

    Holiday time in Las Vegas: Where to go and what to see

    Yep, even Las Vegas gets into the holiday swing of things — despite its desert location. You can find snow (indoors) and colorful decorations everywhere you go.  Visitors between now and the end of the year will be treated to a variety of displays and activities that would even get Ebenezer Scrooge...

  • Don't soak your dried beans! Now even the cool kids agree

    Don't soak your dried beans! Now even the cool kids agree

    Are you still soaking dried beans? Why?  For years I’ve been telling people that you don’t need to soak most beans. Now the cool kids are agreeing. Yesterday my old e-friend, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, published on Serious Eats his findings on cooking black beans. The headline: “So you like flavor? Don’t...

  • A French chef makes a plate of vegetables into a work of art

    A French chef makes a plate of vegetables into a work of art

    We live in a time of outrageously beautiful food, when our Instagram feeds routinely show the latest garden on a plate from kitchens in Copenhagen or Mugaritz, when lunch at the corner restaurant can mean the chef’s market haul translated into a Caravaggio still life. Even so, the dish of seasonal...

  • 10 foods you can eat past the expiration date

    10 foods you can eat past the expiration date

    Do you find yourself throwing milk, eggs and meat away because they're past the expiration date? You could be unnecessarily wasting good food.  According to a study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, we're taking those expiration...

  • The top 5: Our favorite holiday cookies for 2016

    The top 5: Our favorite holiday cookies for 2016

    For the last several days, the aroma of freshly baked cookies has been wafting out of the Test Kitchen into the newsroom. It’s cookie time again at the Food section. This year, over 100 entries were submitted in our sixth Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off, and almost 20,000 votes were cast...

  • John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' survives censorship attempt in Idaho

    John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' survives censorship attempt in Idaho

    John Steinbeck's classic 1937 novella "Of Mice and Men" won't be banned from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, classrooms after all. The city's school board voted Monday to keep the book as part of the ninth-grade school curriculum, disappointing community members who wanted it restricted to "voluntary, small-group...

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