| May 7, 2010
Back in January, my husband suggested we take a trip to Disney World for Spring Break. I agreed it would be a great experience for my kids since my 5-year-old daughter is in awe of princesses and my almost 7-year-old son loves roller coasters. But...
| Jun 17, 2010
Eighty-year-old Negroamaro vines definitely qualify as "old vines," but this rich, full-bodied Salento Rosso from Puglia in southern Italy tastes fresh and youthful. A deep ruby red, the 2008 Li Veli Passamante has soft tannins and flavors of dark...
| Jul 22, 2009
With her smooth, glowing complexion, Lynne Bonner Redd looks younger than her 46 years. Ask her secret, and she'll tell you it's not a nip or tuck.
It's simply aloe."Aloe is part of my overall health and beauty philosophy," says the Pikesville,...
| Dec 5, 2007
Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Note: Adapted from Eric Greenspan. Duck fat is available at Bristol Farms and Whole Foods markets, Surfas in Culver City and Monsieur Marcel at the Original Farmer's Market in Los Angeles, and can be special...
| Sep 21, 2008
A frenzy overtakes the teeming harbor here as a wooden-hulled riverboat chugs into port.
"It's here!" cries an expectant buyer, one of many shoving his way toward the craft in a sweaty mercantile crush. "The gold! The purple gold!"
The cargo is acai...
| Sep 17, 2008
Taste-testing dry sodas
We TASTED more than three dozen sodas to find the driest, most aperitif-worthy substitutes. We tasted only chilled sodas from glass bottles (to avoid the metallic taste of cans) and sipped them in Champagne flutes. Sodas were...
| Jul 8, 2010
After Colin Archipley and his wife sold their tiny Venice house and bought 2 acres of land in Escondido in 2005, he started caring for the 200 avocado trees on the land just because they were there.
That turned out to be a catalyst for a new life for the...
| Jul 8, 2010
The menu at Sattdown Jamaican Grill is instantly intriguing. Scanning its pages past the salmon with garlic-orange zest crust and the shrimp seared in olive oil with jerk seasoning, to the vegetarian curry roti, you quickly realize, we're not in...
| Jan 10, 2009
These days, digging some holes and planting a little lettuce or a few beets is a political act. Just ask Julie Stern, who shares a backyard organic garden with her neighbor in Topanga Canyon. Stern worked at the polls on election day. "There's a feeling...
| Mar 19, 2008
Total time: 45 minutes plus cooling time
Servings: Makes 5 1/2 dozen small pancakes
Note: Kamut flour is available at Whole Foods stores and select health food markets.
4 large leeks, white parts only, washed and thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
| Feb 18, 2008
FIVE years ago I made the most difficult, painful decision of my life. I converted from a carnivore to a vegetarian.
A bit of back story. I moved to L.A. in 1992 after growing up in Nebraska, where beef is sacrosanct. Enough Nebraskans are consumed...
| Sep 26, 2007
Total time: 7 minutes
Note: From Literati II. Soft ginger candy (or sugared ginger) such as Ginger Chews are available at most Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Gelson's and Bristol Farms. To make a simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water...