| Apr 29, 2009
You've dropped in for an espresso. Your own private barista greets you at the door and guides you to a custom-made, walnut-and-steel espresso-making station, tricked out with a swivel base and hydraulics for raising and lowering the attached grinder....
| Dec 31, 2008
It's impossible to capture the delights and terrors of a year of eating out in Los Angeles in a single short list. Some meals I'd rather forget, thank you. But others, the ones that yielded dishes that are still fresh and vibrant in memory, are the ones...
| Aug 20, 2008
Dora Jaramillo slides off the top of a wooden box to reveal 36 numbered vials of "perfume." Each number in the kit corresponds to a different aroma commonly found in coffee, some positive (lemon and butter) and some not so positive (medicinal and rubber)....
| Oct 15, 2008
LOOKING seaward from Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, there's almost no sign of the Beachcomber Cafe, but if you're astraddle a surfboard in the ocean off Surfrider Beach, you probably have a pelican's-eye view of what's so special about the place --...
| 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...