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Pamela Pietri of Malibu tosses biodynamic mix at a workshop on starting a compost pile at Sycamore Farms in Paso Robles. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
The Forum Shops at Caesars added 60 stores and restaurants this fall, including Baccarat, Bally, Coach, Kate Spade, Sushi Roku and Boa Prime Grill. Caesars has created a public ice rink for the holidays. (Brian Janis)
The new Morongo casino near Palm Springs is aiming for a younger, hipper crowd. (Douglas Park)
Southern cuisine employs such distinctive ingredients as peppery-tasting curry leaves, tamarind and coconut milk. Sublime fresh coconut chutneys accompany almost every meal. (Barbara Hansen / LAT)
The dormant , snow-blanketed vineyards of Abeja Winery grow on a century-old farm site. The farm’s old buildings have been converted into an inn with guest cottages, one of which was a former chicken coop. (Luis Sinco / LAT)