From smelly garbage to filthy riches
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From smelly garbage to filthy riches
Pamela Pietri of Malibu tosses biodynamic mix at a workshop on starting a compost pile at Sycamore Farms in Paso Robles. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Filling in the architecture
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)
A treasured holiday from meat
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)