| Mar 28, 2012
| 1:15 PM
Dining out for $5 or less may seem like a fantasy, but Southern California has much to offer for those on a tight budget. For affordable Vietnamese fare, for example, venture to Garden Grove or Westminster. Or look to food trucks for unique, inexpensive...
| Dec 15, 2011
"My mother, Wendy Johnson, had me brainwashed as a child. Chocolate cake with almond frosting for my birthday? Yes! Sugar cookies with almond flavoring? Delicious. It wasn't until I was in college and I made my roommate the homemade chocolate cake with...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 9:42 AM
It is toward midnight at the Pikey, the lights are fairly low and the Kinks are playing so loudly that you swear you can hear Ray Davies scratching his ears. You are seated beneath one of Ben Watts' photographs of aging Teddy Boys — tattooed...
| Sep 29, 2012
If the heart of a bakery is its oven, then Proof Bakery's is ginormous. Really. It's a gas-powered Dalton with double doors and revolving shelves that can fit 18 sheet trays — or 72 pies — at a time. The oven, about the size of a 10-foot U-...
| Sep 29, 2012
Flourless chocolate cake
Total time: 1 hour, plus cooling time
Servings: Makes 1 (8-inch-round) cake
Note: From Na Young Ma of Proof Bakery in Atwater Village.
12 ounces 60% chocolate
4 ounces (1/2 cup, or 1 stick) butter
2 tablespoons cocoa powder...
| Feb 23, 2012
After the Oscars, dessert will be served in 3-D at the Governors Ball this year. Spago pastry chef Sherry Yard has created an Austrian chocolate cake that resembles a staircase leading to a giant edible Oscar statuette that is iced in a way that makes...
| Aug 4, 2012
It's too late to lose that unwanted weight for summer. But if you start now — and aim to shed a modest 2 pounds a week — you could drop as much as 40 pounds in time to ring in 2013.
The hardest part, however, might be choosing a new diet....
| Apr 29, 2012
VIENNA — The Hotel Sacher will never be mistaken for a hip hotel. The elaborate gilt trim in public rooms, the old-school celebrity photos that adorn the walls and the tourists in line to sample Sacher torte — all evidence that guests are...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Helene An is the matriarch of the House of An and oversees the family's five restaurants and catering company. Thanh Long, the first An family restaurant, opened in San Francisco in 1971. By 1996 the second Crustacean opened in Beverly......
| Aug 12, 2010
The iconic upside-down cake of the American imagination is a golden sponge gilded with a slick of caramel, a corona of sweetened pineapple rings and incandescent maraschino cherries. Yet as sunshiny as it may seem, it hardly qualifies as a seasonal...
| Sep 20, 2010
| 4:35 PM
As the recession took their jobs over the last few years, plenty of people have turned to dessert for comfort. Denise Assad turned to it for a new career. After she was laid off in the middle of 2008 after years in public relations, advertising and...