| Jul 15, 2009
Who would have thunk? A dry Muscat from Malaga in southern Spain, better known for its luscious sweet wines? And yet Spanish wine importer Jorge Ordoñez and the late, great sweet wine producer Alois Kracher had the idea to try making a little dry wine...
| Sep 23, 2009
By most counts, the new farmers market in Moorpark is pretty nondescript. Brand new (it only opened in June), it is modest in size, with about a dozen certified producers, and has been relatively quiet so far. But against all odds, this one small market...
| Sep 2, 2009
The Encino farmers market remains the largest and best in the San Fernando Valley, with about 30 produce vendors. This count has held steady over the last decade, but the number of prepared foods and nonagricultural stands, selling everything from hot...
| Dec 16, 2009
The Santa Clarita farmers market offers experienced management, a good mix of quality local growers, and plenty of parking. It took some time after its establishment in 1993 to catch on, but the numbers of shoppers and vendors have steadily increased, and...
| Mar 11, 2010
Zinfandel is often called California's indigenous wine, but its story is not that simple. Some of the best Zinfandel-based wines from the state's best and most historic vineyards can't use the grape name on their labels.
In these bottles, Zinfandel leads...
| Sep 17, 2008
Root beer floats poured table-side, a "milkshake program" created by a sommelier, spectacular sundaes layered with gelée, meringues and buttery sablé cookies. It's a whole new world of soda fountain desserts.
If you've ever had the caramel copetta at...
| Jun 25, 2008
Total time: 15 minutes, plus marinating time
Note: From test kitchen director Donna Deane. You can substitute a sweet white wine such as Sauternes, Barsac, Monbazillac, Muscat de Rivesaltes or Muscat de St.-Jean-de-Minervois for the Muscat...
| Aug 27, 2009
Wine of the week
Selection: For those who like a white with a touch of residual sugar, the 2008 Ca' del Solo Muscat from California is a great choice. Produced by the highly regarded Bonny Doon Winery, this easy-to-like white is crisp, yet has a slight...
| Oct 5, 2009
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World Cruise Ft. Lauderdale to Rome 107 Days
2010 Departure Date: Jan. 27
Cruise Ports: Fort Lauderdale, FL; Aruba; Cartagena, Colombia; Panama Canal, Panama; Puntarenas Quetzal, Guatemala; Acapulco, Mexico; Ixtapa (Zihuantanejo), Mexico; Topolobampo,...
| Apr 26, 2006
STONEHILL TAVERN, the new restaurant at the St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach, is a kind of miracle.
It's got just about everything: a great room, crisp service, inspired modern American cooking and an impressive wine program.
But that's not the miracle,...
| Sep 8, 2004
Some people say you should thump them. Some say you should give them a sniff. Some claim the secret is all in the skin. Some tell you to play with their bellybuttons.
They're all right and they're all wrong when it comes to choosing melons. It seems...