| Aug 4, 2009
A city of dualities, La Cañada Flintridge is home to both NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the pastoral Descanso Gardens, boasting pristine natural beauty yet also at the cutting edge of technology. It's nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel...
| Aug 5, 2009
Puck really knows how to pick them. Locations, that is. Wolfgang Puck, who burst onto the scene in 1982 with a little place called Spago, has just opened a new restaurant downtown at L.A. Live. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill sits center stage, right on the L....
| Mar 11, 2009
Total time: 1 1/2 hours
Note: The beauty of this weekday, no-frills dinner recipe is that an herb-spice paste made at the beginning becomes a wagon train of flavor that carries through every element of the dish.
2 cloves garlic, chopped...
| Mar 11, 2009
As outdoor herb gardens perk up with spring, resist the temptation to rush out to harvest the new leaves. Let your garden grow. Instead, take a moment to revisit cooking with dried herbs.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, fresh isn't always better.
| Oct 14, 2009
A classic expression of Nebbiolo from one of the best wine cooperatives in the world, Barbaresco's baby bro carries a taste of black cherries and earth from the Langhe region around Alba. Elegant and chiseled, it's a bit softer than a Barbaresco, just...
| Nov 4, 2009
There's an unquestionable comfort in Hoang Yen's chao. The Vietnamese congee is a homey, hearty meal of rice boiled down until it takes on a consistency somewhere between that of oatmeal and Cream of Wheat. Even for those whose childhood memories...
| Nov 4, 2009
Thomas Keller's Catalan beef stew is a spectacular, meaty dish of tender short ribs, fennel, fingerling potatoes and leeks, savory with the addition of oil-cured Spanish olives, fragrant with orange peel, garnished with fennel fronds and finished with...
| Nov 10, 2009
| 2:38 PM
When a family friend first suggested to Corrine Glass that she buy the Studio City lot, her response wasn't "no."
"I looked at him," Glass recalls, "and said, 'You're absolutely out of your mind.' " The parcel had stood vacant for decades, declared...
| Nov 19, 2009
There are at least a couple of ways to deal with the fact that you have yet to plan Thanksgiving dinner: reservations at any of the dozens of restaurants that will be celebrating the holiday, or takeout.
In addition to the listings below, check your...
| Apr 1, 2009
Rivera *** 1/2
1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, (213) 749-1460, www.riverarestaurant.com.
Cozy and elegant Latin restaurant with ceviche bar and communal table at one end, banquettes along the wall and a small bar with specially...
| Mar 31, 2009
| 8:18 PM
John Rivera Sedlar, the chef who brought us Saint Estephe, Bikini and Abiquiu (may they all rest in peace) is back and back in a big way. At the new Rivera within shouting distance of L.A. Live, the 54-year-old chef is firing on all cylinders. Rivera is...