| Sep 22, 2011
As life gets ever more hectic, I rely more and more on the civilized custom of a before-dinner apéritif. Sometimes it's all I can do to make it to that magical hour when I'm handed a Campari and soda or a glass of rosé and take a first bite of dusky olive...
| Nov 24, 2011
The Strand House in Manhattan Beach commands an enviable position at the edge of the ocean-side town overlooking the pier. No accident, since owner Michael Zislis is already a big presence here with his Shade Hotel and a number of casual restaurants,...
| Dec 1, 2011
The menu at Kentro Greek Kitchen might as well be a manifesto. The downtown Fullerton restaurant is practically revolutionary, a stereotype-smashing example of what a Greek restaurant can and should be. Here there are no azure murals of the Aegean, no...
| Jul 14, 2011
Written on the mirror of the women's bathroom at Café Gratitude, a new raw and vegan restaurant, are the words, "I adore myself and everyone else." The sentiment is part of the positivity campaign that the restaurant has been waging since opening on...
| May 12, 2011
London restaurant details
St. John Hotel, 1 Leicester St., London, 3301-8069, http://www.stjohnhotellondon.com. Appetizers, $12.50 to $30; main courses, $30 to $42; desserts, $7 to $13.50.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66...
| Jun 5, 2011
Remember when it seemed preposterous that a French three-star chef would sign on for a restaurant in Las Vegas? And it turned out that not one but four highly decorated French chefs eventually launched Vegas outposts?
Even in these rocky economic times,...
| Jun 5, 2011
All the restaurants mentioned are in the Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas. Reservations can be made by calling the central number at (702) 698-7000. The casino's restaurants also include Comme Ça and Scarpetta and an innovative...
| Jun 2, 2011
Is there a more stunning hotel lobby than the one at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel? With its heavy painted beams, chic leather daybeds and grand proportions, it exudes old Hollywood glamour. A stately hush hovers over the vast room, and most of the...
| Jan 7, 2009
The multitude of moles at East Los Angeles' Moles la Tía might just complete a culinary color wheel: Circle through the menu and you'll find the cheery yellow of the passion fruit mole, the herbaceous green of the finas hierbas mole, the pristine ivory of...
| Jan 6, 2009
| 2:15 PM
Not everyone can make it to Washington for the inauguration, but can we find another way to pass a winter weekend and still feel some of that presidential pizazz?
Yes we can.
And Chicago is just the place to do it.
As President-elect Barack Obama...
| Jan 21, 2009
In downtown Santa Monica, people walk. Stand in front of the new Riva on Wilshire between 3rd and 4th streets and it's quite the spectacle as buff new mothers jog behind strollers, friends giggle over their haul from sales on the Third Street Promenade,...