| Nov 30, 2008
"Merci beaucoup," said the waiter at Mike & Anne's, a pleasant restaurant on Mission Street in South Pasadena, as my friend Allie and I finished our lattes and paid the bill. Allie had mentioned that there was a distinctive French theme to the shops and...
| Dec 2, 2008
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S. Irene Virbila restaurant critic>>> For those of us who love wine, Los Angeles is a wonderful city for all things vinous. We have some of the best wine shops in the country, so competitive with one another that the selection of wines and favorable...
| Dec 7, 2008
Art lovers, furniture hunters and foodies flock to the enclave of galleries, interior design showrooms and recently sprouted restaurants in downtown Culver City. The area has developed into a cultural epicenter for L.A.'s booming art scene, making it a...
| Dec 7, 2008
Bah! You dread going holiday shopping because you can't stop thinking about how much of what you're buying is mass-produced and made overseas.
Here's an alternative: Unique Los Angeles, a two-day shopping event featuring specially priced, locally made...
| Dec 10, 2008
A songwriter friend of mine once observed that some people can walk around the block and see the whole world while others can go around the world and not see a thing. Food can work the same way. With the current availability of almost anything from almost...
| Dec 14, 2008
Just south of Hollywood's soundstages and editing houses sits L.A.'s answer to Main Street, U.S.A: Larchmont Boulevard, which is peppered with stylish boutiques and inviting restaurants that cater to hip moms, foodies and families. The mix of new and...
| Dec 21, 2008
It arrives most every year, that moment when you realize you need to find another holiday gift -- fast. The less-than-enviable fallback: a lackluster candle from the Hallmark store or a Starbucks gift card you either take out of your wallet or pick up...
| Dec 24, 2008
My parents remain the only ones of their respective siblings who have no grandchildren, so we -- Mom, Dad, me, a brother and two sisters -- spend most of our Christmas Eves with the family of my Tía Maria.
Eight of her 11 children live on the same street...
| Dec 25, 2008
Christmas arrives this year at a joyless time for many Californians. The state's unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in 14 years. Families continue to lose their homes at an alarming rate, with defaults rising again despite government efforts...
| Dec 31, 2008
16161 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (in Albertsons shopping center), (714) 531-2030.
Appetizers, $5.50 to $11; large entrees, $10 to $15; individual dishes, $7 to $8; desserts, $6 to $7.
Crispy rice with...
| Feb 5, 2008
Restricted round-trip flights from Boston to Prague, Czech Republic, on Alitalia, Lufthansa, British Airways or Air France begin at $365 including taxes. Frequent buses and occasional trains serve the 80-mile route to Harrachov....