| May 4, 2011
Right cheek or left? Actual or simulated contact? Single or double? In all its iterations, the social kiss is spreading across the U.S. like pollen in spring — warmly welcomed by some; dodged like an allergen by others.
"It's become such an...
| Jun 23, 2011
| 1:28 PM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Jason Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles on this date in 1980. This birthday currently stars as Jonathon Ames on the series "Bored to Death." He's also appeared on the big screen in films such as "Marie Antoinette," "Shopgirl" and...
| Dec 21, 2010
| 3:46 PM
An intense, 16-month construction project designed to transform the Disney California Adventure entryway from a nondescript strip mall into a circa-1920s Los Angeles streetscape will begin in earnest Jan. 4.
As part of an ongoing, $1.1 billion makeover,...
| Nov 23, 2010
| 9:39 AM
A long-term plan for Universal Studios Hollywood envisions adding seven new theme park attractions over the next two decades while removing or relocating several studio backlot tour favorites, including the "Jaws" lake, the "War of the Worlds" disaster...
| Nov 19, 2010
| 4:57 PM
As the calendar closes in on Thanksgiving, California theme parks are already setting the table for the Christmas season.
Holiday fun in the form of Halloween, Christmas and New Year's helps fill the parks during the off-season once the spring break...
| Dec 23, 2010
At Salt's Cure, an endearing new WeHo restaurant, the server brings out a wooden board with a few of the cured and smoked items we've chosen from the day's short printed menu. There's a deep red, thinly sliced duck ham that seems to concentrate the rich...
| Dec 23, 2010
After last-minute shopping at two malls and a side trip to find wrapping paper only to come home and discover you've run out of Scotch tape, nothing makes the holidays happier than a good stiff drink. It's even better if it's one that's easy to concoct...
| Nov 14, 2010
Tackling the four theme parks at Walt Disney World requires a strategic plan designed with military precision and discipline. Routes must be mapped. Sites targeted. Missions coordinated. Resupply operations planned. The weak of heart and flat of foot need...
| May 5, 2011
| 9:09 AM
Heralded as "the first new cake in 100 years" when it was introduced, the chiffon cake — one of the darlings of midcentury cuisine — became famous for its wonderfully light and airy texture, seemingly weightless as angel food but with a...
| Oct 7, 2010
There is an old road in Japan that runs from Wakasa Bay to the city of Kyoto known as the Saba Kaido, or Mackerel Road. For centuries, the road was used to carry fresh mackerel roughly 50 miles south from the sea to the former imperial capital during...
| Dec 17, 2010
| 8:10 AM
Mandarins at their best are arguably the finest-flavored of all citrus, and clementines are potentially among the best of mandarins. California farmers have planted them on tens of thousands of acres over the last decade, and they are readily available in...
| Dec 13, 2010
| 1:04 PM
As Disney California Adventure reaches the midway point of a $1.1-billion expansion, I'd like to take a speculative look at what Walt Disney Imagineering might have in mind for Phase 2 of the massive renovation project.
DCA's extreme makeover was...