| Jun 3, 2010
At first encounter, the kitschy side of Solvang can be off-putting, what with all the shop windows filled with cutesy figurines and souvenirs of the Danish-themed town. But on closer acquaintance, when window boxes spill over with flowers and old-...
| May 24, 2010
Life in a fishbowl naturally comes with fishbowl moments. For celebrities who battle weight problems, those moments can be painfully embarrassing — or divinely cathartic:
• In an interview with the L.A. Times' Chris Lee in 2008, Kevin Smith...
| Sep 30, 2010
Baking is my Zen state; my meditation aids include a cherry-red standing mixer, a big-bowl food processor, a blender and a hand mixer.
The kitchen is the best room in our Santa Monica house. It is also about the same size as the studio apartments I've...
| Oct 11, 2010
| 6:19 PM
The new ElecTRONica nighttime party has activated a dead zone at Disney California Adventure, turning a long-dormant corner of the Anaheim theme park into a teeming, pulsating, alcohol-infused, all-ages nightclub.
ElecTRONica, which serves as a movie...
| Aug 15, 2010
Alfred A. Knopf: 318 pp., $25.95
There is a game in which one child suggests several things — a rose, say, a chocolate cake, a steam engine — and another improvises a story linking them. Giles Foden's...
| Feb 7, 2011
| 5:08 PM
| Jan 27, 2011
Chaya Brasserie, the 27-year-old French-Japanese restaurant, closed for a week in November to freshen up the interior. And when the doors swung open again, it had a new menu and a new chef. Shigefumi Tachibe, corporate chef of the Chaya Group, which...
| Jan 24, 2011
| 12:48 AM
NOTE: This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period. They kicked off their weight loss "strategies" on Jan. 10.
Two weeks into all of this and starting the third, there is a lot I have learned: Fruit juices may be...
| Mar 3, 2011
Chefs seem to be caught playing musical chairs more than usual lately, so much so that it's hard to keep up on all the moves. In mid-November, Ben Bailly, the baby-faced French chef at Petrossian, grabbed the head chef job at Fraîche in Culver City,...
| Jan 13, 2011
Snap. Snap. Snap. In my mind's eye, I see a layout for a design or architecture magazine. The salvaged wood boards, some silvery and weathered, a few whitewashed, used for the restaurant's exterior. The wide barn doors leading out to the courtyard in...
| Mar 8, 2011
| 11:01 AM
Eric Carle's famous book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" has become a foot soldier (well, a many-footed soldier) in the war against child obesity.
The storybook character, beloved by parents and children since he emerged from an egg -- pop! -- on a...