| Oct 26, 2008
Catherine Malandrino wants you to feel at home. The French-born designer, known for her feminine, ultra-wearable designs, has opened a 6,000-square-foot boutique on La Cienega Boulevard that evokes the look and feel of a breezy California manse....
| Nov 5, 2008
A baguette, still warm from the oven, its golden crust trellised with cracks. Sandwiched inside, a bright green thatch of cilantro and jalapeños, a tangle of pickled carrots and daikon, a smear of pâté. Loaded between that, maybe a layer of rich barbecued...
| Apr 23, 2008
The server asks the two of us about coffee. We look at each other knowing there's no question -- we're going with the siphon, a Japanese contraption for brewing coffee that looks straight out of a chemistry lab. I love the magic-show of it, the moment...
| May 14, 2008
There is just a breath of wind in North Hollywood. The fan palms barely tremble.
Basir Beria steps out of his shop on Lankershim Boulevard with a red fighter kite. He walks to a planter where people drop their cigarette butts and kicks up some dust to...
| May 21, 2008
Total time: 30 minutes, plus freezing time
Note: Adapted from "Cucina del Sole" by Nancy Harmon Jenkins. "Coviglia should not be frozen hard," she writes. If you must keep them in the freezer longer than 2 to 3 hours, transfer them out of...
| Jul 30, 2008
Total time: 20 minutes, plus freezing time
Note: An easy way to make chocolate shavings is simply to scrape the side of a chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler.
3/4 cup sugar
3 cups warm espresso, or strong brewed coffee with 1...
| Dec 6, 2007
As the writers strike continues, celebrities across the entertainment industry, most of whom can afford many months without a paycheck, are offering help, some secretly, to the others who live hand-to-mouth.
Free food at picket lines is being...
| May 16, 2007
In the shadow of the Westside Pavilion in West L.A. stands a tiny building that houses a world. People come there for burgers and pie, and they keep coming back because something about the place is magnetic. They can't stay away.
The people who work...
| Jan 4, 2008
The vacation sort of just flew by.
After dropping their packs at a hostel, Ryan Ainsworth and his buddy Richie Bendelow found a shop selling 500 herbal potions that promised to make them high and happy in 500 ways. But the young British...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 7:39 PM
In the modern pantheon of the world's dictators, Moammar Kadafi stood apart. Far apart.
Erratic and mercurial, he fancied himself a political philosopher, practiced an unorthodox and deadly diplomacy, and cut a sometimes cartoonish figure in flowing...
| Jun 3, 2010
Dear SOS: I need a recipe from Café O'Lei in Kihei, Maui. We had the best Kona coffee crème brulee and would kill for this recipe. Would you be able to get it?
Dear Laurie: Café O'Lei was happy to share their recipe for this...