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  • Lisa Lucas, head of the National Book Foundation, wants you to love reading

    Lisa Lucas, head of the National Book Foundation, wants you to love reading

    Lisa Lucas is a rare combination: a high-energy bookish extrovert. “If I can convince a small fraction of people to feel the same way that I feel about reading," she said, "then I’ve done my job.” It was only her third day as head of the National Book Foundation, the third person to lead it in...

  • Where and what to eat for brunch in L.A.

    Where and what to eat for brunch in L.A.

    Brunch in Los Angeles has never been better. Some of this city's best chefs, including Ari Taymor (Alma), Nancy Silverton (Mozza) and Michael Cimarusti (Providence, Connie and Ted's) have recently introduced brunch at their restaurants. Here's a short list of where to go, and what to eat and drink when...

  • 9 tips and tricks for renting a car for your road trip this Memorial Day — or any day

    9 tips and tricks for renting a car for your road trip this Memorial Day — or any day

    By Friday, you may be on the road in celebration of the unofficial start of summer. If you’re renting a car — either at your destination or to get to your destination (which may be smart if you have limited miles on a leased car you drive at home) — here are eight ideas that might smooth the way (and...

  • Fosselman's, the Alhambra emperors of ice cream

    Fosselman's, the Alhambra emperors of ice cream

    There are few foods as inherently nostalgic as ice cream. A scoop of vanilla melting down the jigsaw pathway of a waffle cone. The high jingle of an approaching ice cream truck. The casual geometry of a banana split. Any of these can swing open the gates of childhood. Maybe because of this, ice...

  • In the Loop: Take a behind-the-scenes look at Universal's 'Walking Dead' attraction

    In the Loop: Take a behind-the-scenes look at Universal's 'Walking Dead' attraction

    Welcome to another edition of In the Loop, the Los Angeles Times' theme park newsletter. I'm Funland theme park blogger Brady MacDonald, and this week we go behind the scenes of the new "Walking Dead" attraction, step into the Mass Effect 4D holographic experience, plan a trip to Shanghai Disneyland...

  • Eat what Obama and Bourdain ate: Where to find great bun cha ha noi

    Eat what Obama and Bourdain ate: Where to find great bun cha ha noi

    The new trade agreement with Vietnam? Historic, no doubt. And President Obama’s speech on the intertwined histories of Vietnam and the United States was thrilling — who knew that Thomas Jefferson was a fan of Vietnamese rice? But what caused a small portion of the food universe to explode Monday...

  • Sherry Yard opens the Tuck Room Tavern in Westwood

    Sherry Yard opens the Tuck Room Tavern in Westwood

    Sherry Yard, the James Beard-award winning pastry chef and cookbook author who worked with Wolfgang Puck for nearly 20 years, has just opened the Tuck Room Tavern, a restaurant and bar in Westwood. It’s Yard’s third collaboration with iPic Entertainment, the plush theater chain known for its smaller...

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