| Sep 23, 2013
| 10:03 AM
Sometimes it doesn't get better than a comforting bowl of soup. Check out these ideas for rich and hearty vegetarian one-dish meals:
If you're craving a bowl of rich mushroom soup, this recipe delivers. No less than a pound of cremini mushrooms are...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 4:00 PM
God's fingerprints are all over this place. You see it in the curl of a grape leaf, the camber of the harvest sun. Even the oak barrels are inviting. I want to cut one in half, fill it with leaves, climb in to read a long, difficult book.
This time of...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 7:38 AM
The next time you're going to throw some steaks on the grill, take them out of the refrigerator to give them time to shake off the chill before cooking. "Tempering" the meat allows it to cook more evenly, so the inside can actually cook as the outside...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 7:05 AM
October #Unprocessed is back. Are you taking the challenge?
For the fourth year in a row, Santa Monica food writer Andrew Wilder of the blog Eating Rules is challenging America to change its eating habits for the month of October. The goal? Ditch the...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 6:00 AM
"Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James is launching a collection of wines inspired by her racy novels. Apparently the author has a thing for wine-making as well as inducing housewives around the world to swoon for a fictional Christian Grey with a...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Mat Gleason, in a black Smiths T-shirt and black jeans, a point-and-shoot camera swinging from his neck, surveys the chaos inside his Chinatown art gallery, Coagula Curatorial. Hammers pound, a buzz saw whines and two workmen weld metal braces onto a...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 12:59 PM
For the oenophile who snatches up everything made from reclaimed barrels — light fixtures, chandeliers, tables, outdoor lounge chairs, platters, candelabras, key chains, rocking horses, lazy susans, bottle holders, bread boards, coat hooks —...
| Dec 12, 2013
Re "How the other half invests," Business, Dec. 8
This article on wine collectors reaping windfalls repeats a typical theme of rising markets — making money faster — but it performs a disservice as well.
As in the case of 1957 Chevrolets...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Finding ways to smuggle alcohol into areas it shouldn't be in, or where it's ridiculously overpriced, is a common problem. Sometimes, when you're sitting at an event, or perhaps in a movie theater, you may find yourself thinking, "This would be so much...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 5:00 AM
When Ken Bleifer started collecting wine 50 years ago, he didn't think of it as an investment.
He simply loved wine and, like many connoisseurs, ended up buying much more than he could ever drink. So about 10 years ago, he began selling a portion of the...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 1:06 PM
It’s officially a trend. A few days ago Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant in Santa Barbara launched its SOMM Series Wine Club for highly allocated wines. And now Michael Mina and his longtime wine director and sommelier Rajat Parr have started their...