| Jul 27, 2013
| 8:00 AM
In the astute new road-trip movie "Crystal Fairy," set mostly in Chile's Atacama Desert, Michael Cera plays an archetypal Ugly American.
In fact, Cera plays several versions of the Ugly American popularized through generations of movies, novels and...
| Jul 20, 2013
Paiche are enormous. Paiche have teeth on their tongues. Paiche, living fossils barely evolved since the Miocene epoch, have lungs and breathe air, which is pretty unusual for fish. Paiche are also easy to catch, a problem even in the sparsely populated...
| Sep 1, 2012
The fresh green chile season is short, usually about a month, and Southern California roasts will continue for only two more weeks, possibly three depending on how the harvest holds out.
The Santa Monica Pico farmers market will have a roasting every...
| Nov 24, 2012
Dear SOS: I enjoy reading your column, and it occurred to me that you might be able to answer my request. "It was a dark and stormy night," like many we've recently had, when friends and I happened into Smitty's in Pasadena after the theater. Not being...
| Dec 22, 2012
My family has lived in Southern California for more than 25 years now, but at the holidays we still seem to think of ourselves as transplanted New Mexicans. We string red chile lights, bake anise-flavored biscochito cookies, put out the candle-lit paper...
| May 16, 2013
| 12:39 PM
CANNES, France — The Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky has made only seven features in his nearly half-century career, but his legendary midnight movie "El Topo," a wigged-out peyote western that played to New York audiences for months in 1970,...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 12:32 PM
Sept. 18: Envelopes containing letters and granular substances are sent to NBC News in New York and the New York Post. Both are mailed from Trenton, N.J.
Sept. 22: Editorial page assistant at New York Post who opens letters to the editor notices...
| Jan 26, 2013
Maybe it's the sense of danger that reels you in at first. The crazy name, the wild picture slapped on the bottle. Before you know it, you're on for the ride, and the best ones leave you reduced to a sweaty and speechless mess. When it's finally over, you...
| Nov 10, 2012
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes, plus cooling time
Note: Adapted from Quinn and Karen Hatfield. In downsizing this dish for the home kitchen, the recipe calls for a single type of squash. If increasing or doubling the recipe, the...
| Jun 29, 2013
Dear SOS: I really enjoy your column. I would love to get the recipe for Jason's Deli's Southwest chicken chili. It's amazing!
Dear Diana: Jason's Deli was happy to share its recipe, which we've adapted below.
| Sep 1, 2012
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped green onions (about 2 onions, green parts only)
1/3 to ½ cup roasted, peeled, chopped green chile
1 cup corn kernels (about 1 ear)
1/2 teaspoon salt...
| Mar 30, 2013
15 minutes. Makes about 1 cup vinaigrette
1/2 cup fish sauce, preferably Red Boat brand
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons (1 ounce) shrimp paste
7 ounces coconut palm sugar, grated (about 1...