| 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 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...
| Sep 11, 2011
If I close my eyes, I can almost see Bright Angel Creek spilling into the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I've been here only twice and don't know if I'll ever make it again because it's a long, hard trip down from the rim —...
| Oct 10, 2008
| 8:49 AM
These days, when just about any topic can provoke a debate, you can add bread pudding to the list.
How is that possible, you might wonder, with something so homey and comforting and, well, inert? Blame it on the chefs. They've taken this beloved...
| Jan 20, 2010
During a recent visit with my sister and her family, we were invited to share Shabbat dinner with our cousins. My sister volunteered to bring dessert. Because the meal would be kosher, with chicken the main course, that meant making something parve --...
| Mar 24, 2010
| 1:24 PM
The name Caffe Roma probably doesn't ring a bell with most Angelenos. Though the Beverly Hills cafe doesn't have the name recognition of Valentino, Osteria Angelini or Drago, say, it has been, for many years, the hangout for a certain louche 90210 set...
| Mar 28, 2007
Brisket is my favorite part of the Passover meal, and yet, until very recently, I had never made one. This year, when it looked like I would be in New York for Passover, my brother suggested we hold a Seder at his apartment on the Upper West Side....
| Mar 18, 2010
For years, I wrote to the sound of tango music from the '20s and '30s — Don Barreto, Roberto Firpo, Ada Falcón and, of course, the king of them all, Carlos Gardel, who died in a plane crash in 1935. Not that I'd ever been to Argentina at that point:...
| Nov 18, 2009
When Thanksgiving spread around the country in the mid-19th century, it was in the hope that holiday good feelings would heal the rift between North and South. So, the Thanksgiving menu had a certain amount of can't-we-all-get-together culinary...
| Sep 19, 2007
"Desperately seeking a romantic restaurant" was the subject line on a recent e-mail. Good one. It's not so easy, especially when the seeker adds, "some place dark, quiet, by the beach." Abode, a new restaurant tucked behind Tengu on Ocean Boulevard in...
| Aug 22, 2007
IN a climate like the American South's, you'd think people would want light, refreshing desserts -- sorbets, maybe. Actually, Southerners are crazy for cake.
Crazy-kooky-nutsy, with frosting on it. They make fruitcakes, angel cakes, chocolate cakes,...