| 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...
| Oct 16, 2010
Actress Jane Seymour and her husband, director-producer James Keach, have listed a house in Sherman Oaks for sale at $2,195,000 or for one-year lease at $5,900 a month.
The traditional home was built in 1960 for Keach's parents — character actor,...
| Nov 12, 2010
| 9:44 AM
It already feels as if 2011 is shaping up as a tweener ye
ar for new rides and attractions at U.S. theme parks.
Last year saw the blockbuster debuts of Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida and the "World of...
| Oct 12, 2010
| 5:35 PM
I like to think of Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain as the "introductory level" for Halloween theme park events, a chance for the curious but cautious to dip their toes into a bloody pool filled with haunted mazes, scare zones and maniacal...
| 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...
| Sep 18, 2010
Set in and around Berkeley, "Parenthood" unfolds principally in three family residences that vary in architectural style.
The first is the house of Zeek and Camille Braverman (Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia). "They have lived there 30 years, filled...
| 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 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,...