| Feb 11, 2009
Seriously, what is wrong with this town? If Celestino Drago, one of the best-known Italian restaurateurs in Southern California, can't get a crowd for his most ambitious restaurant yet, and a very glamorous one at that, then what? The fact that Drago...
| Aug 7, 2008
Susan Spano's Postcards From Rome
When it's 100 degrees on the Piazza Navona, gelato is better than Bernini. It's coolness in a cup, practically every flavor you ever dreamed of, intense and uncut.
Romans make up reasons to pass by their favorite...
| Aug 13, 2008
YOU SNAG a parking spot on the street in the middle of Brand Boulevard's endless row of car dealerships and as you get out of the car, you can feel the salesmen go into high alert. A possible buyer for that gas-guzzling truck? No, just another food...
| Sep 17, 2008
Root beer floats poured table-side, a "milkshake program" created by a sommelier, spectacular sundaes layered with gelée, meringues and buttery sablé cookies. It's a whole new world of soda fountain desserts.
If you've ever had the caramel copetta at...
| Sep 24, 2008
Locally, it's a world of flavors
Here's where to sample the flavors created by half a dozen chefs and artisans who bring together world ingredients for all the right reasons.
Moles la Tia. Cutting-edge East L.A. cuisine from chef Rocio Camacho. Her...
| Oct 1, 2008
TODAY marks the start of Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday signaling the end of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. According to culinary historian and former Times food writer Charles Perry, " ''Fitr,' or the 'breaking of fast,' is traditionally associated...
| Oct 1, 2008
Total time: 40 minutes, plus soaking and chilling times
Note: Adapted from "Cardamom and Lime: Recipes from the Arabian Gulf," by Sarah al-Hamad. She writes, "Milky desserts are very popular in the Middle East, and this one is a particular...
| Jan 19, 2005
Tomorrow night is the beginning of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday corresponding to the final day of the Mecca pilgrimage. Non-Muslims are probably more familiar with Eid al-Fitr, which ends the Ramadan fast, but Eid al-Adha -- the Feast of the...
| Jul 25, 2008
| 3:01 PM
One particularly sauna-ish day a friend mentions he is eating nothing but raw food right now because turning on the stove just feels like too much effort. It sounds a bit extreme, but he could be even more uninspired. He could be doing nothing but...
| Dec 19, 2007
Frozen tangerine soufflé
Total time: 35 minutes, plus freezing time
Servings: 8 to 10
Note: This can also be made in individual servings using 8 ( 1/2 -cup) ramekins.
1 (1/4 -ounce) packet unflavored gelatin
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract...
| Dec 19, 2007
IT'S late Christmas morning and all of the presents have been unwrapped. Even if just for the moment, the kids are lulled into quiet. Southern California's bright winter sunshine floods in through the windows. Now it's time for the grown-ups to relax into...