| Jun 25, 2008
THE SERVER quickly unfolds a portable table, sets down a pan of saganaki -- fried cheese -- and sets it on fire. The blue flame soars upward and he calls out "Opa!" and disappears. From the main dining room, cheerful Greek music from a trio in the back...
| Jul 10, 2008
| 7:16 PM
The original shish kebab, they say, was broiled over campfires on Turkish nomads' swords.
Oh, sure. Give me a break. A nomad warrior, whose life depended on his razor-sharp blade, would ruin the temper of his sword's steel by sticking it in a fire,...
| Mar 9, 2008
Early travelers crossing the desert to Syria got their first view of Damascus from the top of Jebel Qassioun, a gently sloped mountain northwest of town. It was not a sight they soon forgot.
The prophet Muhammad refused to descend into the city,...
| Dec 21, 2008
To me, travel means trying to understand places, appreciating them for what they are, and making them my own. But sometimes my ability to do that breaks down.
It happened in Jerusalem, one of the oldest, most revered and emotional cities in the world....
| Jan 7, 2009
Just because the expense-account lunch is largely a thing of the past doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy the meal, even celebrate it. Instead of depending on the kindness of menus, use a little homespun imagination.
Thinking outside the lunch box is...
| Apr 15, 2009
One Saturday night in May 1964, a group of friends from UCLA and their wives gathered together for a dinner that whimsically celebrated the French Revolution. There were crepes, fromages, French wines and true Champagne.
It was so much fun they decided...
| Mar 1, 2009
I'm Sorry You
Feel That Way
The Astonishing but True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother and Friend to Man & Dog
Putnam/Amy Einhorn Books:
208 pp., $23.95
Here's a quick way to determine if you're going to enjoy Diana...
| Jul 22, 2009
As soon as you place your order at Pita Pockets in Northridge, a cook slaps a soft round of dough onto the wall of a blazing tandoor-like oven. After a few moments, a bubbly disk of laffa, catacombed with air pockets and rich with yeasty char, is ready to...
| Oct 21, 2009
Like a classic storybook bistro, with smart burgundy awnings, lacy curtains and flower boxes at the windows, Mantee exudes a warm and welcoming aura. So why is the small dining room so empty?
Because most diners at this diminutive Lebanese-Armenian...