| Jun 22, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Did you happen to catch any of "The Californians" skits on "Saturday Night Live?" The comparisons to our conversations filled with shortcuts trying to avoid traffic are spot on. It's no wonder a traffic-weary commuter's desire for a stiff cocktail......
| Jun 28, 2012
| 4:32 PM
This year, we received more than 140 entries in our second annual Battle of the Burgers! We asked you to vote for your top 20, and then we got down to testing. We're running our five favorites in Saturday's Food section, but will feature one burger recipe...
| Jul 30, 2012
| 6:03 AM
Have you ever wondered how pastry chefs and doughnut shops are able to pipe those perfectly puffed eclairs and plump jelly doughnuts with their glorious fillings? It takes a very long piping tip....
| Apr 22, 2012
Here are some of my favorite agri-adventures from a recent visit.
Pomaikai "Lucky" Farm B&B: Set on an old Japanese family farm, Lucky Farm has plenty of chickens (and roosters) and farm cats sharing several acres thickly planted with...
| May 11, 2012
| 12:31 PM
Everyone knows that Langer's serves the best pastrami sandwich in town. Guidebooks say so. National magazines say so. The subway disgorges so many Langer's-bound fressers that it has sometimes been called the Pastrami Express. Many of us think Langer's...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 10:30 AM
First published on Nov. 27, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.
It's 1922, and nothing much is up in Pasadena. Not among the orange groves, not along the leafy streets. Just as the little old ladies like it.
But wait. Down in the Arroyo Seco, a...
| Jun 30, 2012
"Few people share my obsession with food like my friend Karen. Over the years we've tackled vats of melted chocolate (not very appetizing when dripping down your hands and elbows) to make Valentine's Day truffles and handmade ice cream sandwiches like the...
| Jun 30, 2012
Dear SOS: I recently moved from San Luis Obispo to Denver. I miss the berry bars at House of Bread in San Luis; they were my favorite breakfast after a run or before class, and they were even my last meal before commencing the 18-hour drive from SLO to...
| Jul 27, 2012
Of the dozen tomato varieties displayed at Vang Thao's stand last Saturday, one, with purplish black skin over a flaming orange ground color, stood out spectacularly. It's a new variety, Indigo Rose, pigmented by anthocyanins, the same compounds...
| Dec 15, 2012
Isaiah Berlin, in his famous essay, once divided thinkers into two groups: hedgehogs, who know one big thing, and foxes, who know many things. Proust and Shakespeare. Separating writers into one camp or another has long been a sport of undergraduate...
| Dec 1, 2012
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Jessica Koslow makes jams, marmalades, chutneys and fruit...