| Aug 16, 2013
| 10:47 AM
How about a California rum to celebrate National Rum Day?
It turns out the Imperial Valley grows sugar cane and from that the folks at St. George Spirits in the San Francisco Bay Area produce an extraordinary St. George California Agricole Rum (formerly...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 7:32 PM
So many memorials to Julia Child today, on what would have been her 101st birthday, it made me think of her once again. Perhaps the greatest honor I've ever received was that her family chose my appreciation of her to be read aloud at her funeral. I...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 1:51 PM
Everson Royce in Pasadena is holding a special winemaker flight night Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Winemaker Mark Adams from Saxum, where he is an assistant winemaker and from Ledge Vineyards, a solo side project in Paso Robles, will be on hand to talk...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Sip-tember cocktail competition: In honor of Julia Child’s birthday on Thursday, her hometown, Pasadena, is celebrating with the launch of a citywide cocktail competition. Starting with 64 drinks from 32 restaurants and bars, patrons can vote for...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 6:18 PM
For Marcella Hazan, Italian food wasn't spaghetti and meatballs or pizza buried in cheese, and, in fact, never really existed as a simple meal on a red-checked tablecloth. The food of her native land was really the food of individual regions that...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 11:20 AM
Everybody knows that when you go anywhere near Santa Barbara, you are supposed to pull off the freeway and stop by La Super Rica, because Julia Child used to go there (which is an odd criterion by which to choose a taqueria, come to think of it), and...
| Dec 29, 2013
"Eureka!" reads the California motto, originated in the 19th century Gold Rush. Now some believe the state is on the cusp of a 21st century bonanza, only this time it will be oil that fuels a Golden State boom.
Modern prospectors are eyeing the Monterey...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 3:59 PM
So what’s to be learned from the new book “Julia Child Rules/Lessons on Savoring Life”?
Much -- and we mean much -- has been written about the chef, TV star and author (“Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” “The Way...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Three hundred sandwiches. That's the price one man gave to his girlfriend for an engagement ring. If a man tells you to make 300 sandwiches before he -- in Beyonce's lingo -- puts a ring on it, you may laugh it off as a joke, chalk it up to your future...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Over lunch recently at Howells & Hood, the creators of the show "Old Jews Telling Jokes" were chortling about their sign. Signage is often an issue at the Royal George Theatre on Chicago's North Side, a venue that does not exactly come with chaser...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 4:28 PM
“God has a great sense of humor and wants us to laugh,” preaches Pastor Paul Clairville of Burbank’s Westminster Presbyterian Church.
If, by some chance, that were not to be the case, Pastor Paul and more than 100 of his congregants who...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
I'm not talking.
Not to a phone.
It may be all the rage for celebrities in iPhone commercials to have pithy exchanges with Siri, the female-sounding voice assistant, but if you ask me, they just sound stupid.
Like actress Zooey Deschanel, in her...