| Dec 3, 2012
| 11:44 AM
What to get a little boy for Christmas that isn’t the usual toy car set, video game or sports item? One fresh-faced activist suggests an Easy-Bake Oven.
McKenna, 13, is petitioning toy maker Hasbro to stop marketing the kitchen set only to young...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 7:59 AM
Spoiler alert: This post contains a recap of Wednesday's "Top Chef" episode.
Chicago native Chrissy Camba lived to see another round — though at times her fate looked questionable — on the 10th season of Bravo’s award-winning television...
| Dec 22, 2012
The first responsibility of any great restaurant is to keep you in the bubble, the soft-serve cocoon of illusion where you forget the world exists for anything but your pleasure. And the newly redesigned Spago, from the moment you toss your keys to the...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 1:19 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will allow Californians to make certain foods and baked goods at home and then sell them to stores, restaurants and directly to consumers.
On Friday, Brown signed AB 1616, which supporters say will create a...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 12:52 PM
The evolution of airport food continues, from stale burgers in the past to today's higher-end offerings from Spago founder Wolfgang Puck and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
Puck's Wolfgang Puck Express and Morimoto's Skewers restaurants, now open at LAX,...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 8:21 AM
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc., the nationwide restaurant-arcade chain for adults, said it expects to price its initial public offering at $12 to $14 a share.
The Dallas-based company, sort of a Chuck E. Cheese for grown-ups, will offer 7.7...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 2:24 PM
Kelsey Grammer continues his whirlwind of real estate activity, popping properties on and off the market.
The latest to rejoin the swirl is an estate in Malibu’s gated Serra Retreat community, listed at $14.995 million.
Set on 4.75 acres in...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 8:26 AM
The Better Business Bureau chapter that predominantly served the Los Angeles area is no more.
The BBB of the Southland was expelled Tuesday from the national organization, losing the right to use the BBB name and logo.
The move comes after a 2010 ABC...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 4:15 PM
The just-expelled Better Business Bureau of the Southland has no plans to end its mission of fighting for southern California consumers.
The former Los Angeles affiliate of Council of Better Business Bureaus has renamed itself the Business Consumer...
| Jan 19, 2013
Some 30 years after Wolfgang Puck introduced a wood-burning oven and his sophisticated pizza at the original Spago, we're enjoying a pizza renaissance. And many of the newer pizzerie and restaurants are turning out pies better than typical neighborhood...
| Jan 12, 2013
If you want to understand Bestia, you should probably take a look at the cassoeula, a version of a traditional cabbage stew popular in Milan.
At Alfredo de Gran San Bernardo, the Milanese businessmen's restaurant where I first tried the dish,...
| Oct 27, 2012
"The revolution has succeeded and it's been televised," says Michael McCarty, sitting over a plate of heirloom tomatoes with burrata on the patio of his Santa Monica restaurant, Michael's. "Five-year-olds are watching 'Top Chef' now."
And the next...