| Apr 25, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO BARCELONA, SPAIN
From LAX, KLM, Air France, American, Lufthansa, Delta, US Airways, Continental, British and Iberia offer connecting service (change of plane) to Barcelona. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $400, excluding taxes and...
| Oct 6, 2011
At L'Epicerie Market in Culver City, the escargots arrive in a small heap on the plate, not served in the usual shells but napped in a silky white wine sauce with ribbons of ham and velvety leaves of sautéed spinach. The dish is escargots in the style...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 11:39 AM
The Spanish are on to a good thing with tapas, those lusty little bites that bars in Spain put out in the early evening. Ever wondered how the Spanish can eat dinner at 11 or later? Because they stave off hunger pangs and socialize earlier in the...
| Sep 22, 2011
As life gets ever more hectic, I rely more and more on the civilized custom of a before-dinner apéritif. Sometimes it's all I can do to make it to that magical hour when I'm handed a Campari and soda or a glass of rosé and take a first bite of dusky olive...
| Sep 12, 2011
| 12:39 PM
Looking for an alternative to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc? Lately, some interesting whites are coming out of Rioja, and Allende's Rioja blanca is one of them. A blend of Viura and Malvasia aged in French oak, the 2008 is a rich, almost oily wine,...
| Sep 8, 2011
A 4-year-old red from Rioja for less than $20? That's why Bodegas Sierra Cantabria always gets such high marks for its price/quality ratio. Winemaker Marcos Eguren conjures up a delicious intro-level Rioja, one that anybody would be proud to serve. Modern...
| Jul 28, 2011
The concrete walls of the new M.B. Post (short for Manhattan Beach Post) are stenciled with giant faded postmarks beneath a barrel-vaulted ceiling. The design by Stephen Francis Jones of SF Jones Architects plays off the fact that from the '50s through...
| Dec 11, 2009
| 4:32 PM
"Everything I hunt, I cook nose-to-tail, and I butcher everything myself," British chef William Annesley proudly declares. Fitting for an avid hunter and cook who has cheerily branded himself as "Bloody Bill." Annesley has worked as a private chef for.......
| Nov 23, 2008
Urban Outfitters is turning the mini-mall into a scenester hangout. Picture a sleek tapas bar, chic sneaker boutique and art book store instead of Payless, Quiznos and Hallmark.
On Monday, the Philadelphia-based chain is unveiling a new retail concept,...
| 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...
| Feb 17, 2009
| 4:35 PM
Olives that flood your mouth with flavor. A foie gras lollipop wrapped in cotton candy. The definitive shrimp with garlic. Innocent-looking bites that shoot smoke out of your nostrils.
How to describe the experience at the Bazaar by José Andrés in the...