| Jun 14, 2013
Drinking with dad is an underrated pleasure. After a whiskey or maybe a few beers he'll start to open up. He might tell you about that time in college when he got busted for something he once busted you for. He'll tell you how he fell in love with your...
| Mar 16, 2013
Remember when you couldn't go to a restaurant without coming across yet another flourless chocolate cake? And when that trend finally passed, the chocolate fashion became precious, over-elaborate tastings of this and that. I'm glad that's finally passé....
| Jun 13, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Father's Day 2012 dining guide: Freebies, cocktails and more...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 10:03 AM
First published on Sept. 25, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.
You're an outsider heading to the Westside of Los Angeles -- not the beach cities, but Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Westwood and the nearby well-heeled neighborhoods south of the Santa...
| Jun 23, 2012
When I was in college, breakfast of toasted bagel, cream cheese and lox eaten with the Sunday paper spread all over the table seemed like a wonderful luxury. Later I discovered the nuances of gum-free cream cheese and the bialys and Nova from Russ &...
| Jul 15, 2012
If all of California had been created by a romance novelist, it would probably look like Santa Barbara -- whitewashed walls, red-tile roofs, gentle slopes, lapping waves, swaying fronds, stately churches and private estates suitable for Oprah, Rob Lowe...
| Jul 15, 2012
WHERE TO STAY
Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai; (805) 646-2536, http://www.ojairetreat.com. Main house and four cottages (12 units in all) on 5 acres. No TV or phones, free Wi-Fi. Rates $99-$289 (and no lodging tax, because it's a nonprofit)....
| Aug 4, 2012
This weather practically demands a picnic. But having the time to make the entire spread is often more dream than reality. That's where some of L.A.'s top restaurants step in with takeout picnics to order. OK, you didn't make everything yourself. Get over...
| Sep 9, 2010
I have a confession to make: I hate brunch buffets, those all you-can-eat affairs where, faced with a selection as long as a football field, you promptly lose your mind and pile your plate to the point you're confronting far more than you can...
| Jul 17, 2011
Saying goodbye to single life deserves a worthy celebration — whether you’re a man or a woman. It’s a tradition that has evolved over the centuries into equal opportunity hedonism.
According to event planner and co-author Mindy Weiss...
| Aug 26, 2009
The other Sunday I was standing in the middle of a swarm of shoppers at my local Long Beach farmers market, trying to decide between getting more of John Tenerelli's terrific Fantasia nectarines or yet another box of Garcia Family Farms' figs, so ripe...