| May 18, 2009
In the late 1960s, as reports of repression of Soviet Jews began to increase, a question began filtering to the West: "Why have you forgotten us?"
Si Frumkin, a survivor of Dachau and a prominent Los Angeles textile manufacturer, heard the question and...
| Nov 11, 2009
'Banjo Fred" Starner, an economics professor and banjo-playing folk singer who documented hobo music and culture, has died. He was 72.
Starner, of Winnetka, died Oct. 25 at a West Hills rehabilitation facility of complications from pneumonia and the...
| Mar 4, 2009
What a little beauty of a Syrah from Jonathan and Susan Pey of Spicerack Vineyards. Their "Punchdown" Syrah comes from two cool-climate sites on the Sonoma Coast. Rich and spicy with scents of cassis, black pepper and wild herbs, this is an elegant,...
| Nov 11, 2009
Barbara Fairchild joined Bon Appétit in 1978 as an editorial assistant typing (yes, on a typewriter) recipes. Today, she runs the magazine, and with the closure of Gourmet last month, has become one of the most watched women in food publishing. After all,...
| Jul 11, 2007
Tastes of Spain
Aalto, Mauro and Maurodos wines made by Mariano García are available at selected Southern California fine wine shops including K & L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, www.klwines.com; Vendome Liquor & Wine in Studio City, (818)...
| Jul 11, 2007
Who's making them
Pugs Leap Farm. Pascal Destandau's and Eric Smith's goat cheese dairy in Healdsburg produces bûches — creamy, mellow, slightly sweet logs; pavés — pyramid-shaped, a little mushroomy, with a slightly spicy finish; and Petit...
| Oct 10, 2008
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These days, when just about any topic can provoke a debate, you can add bread pudding to the list.
How is that possible, you might wonder, with something so homey and comforting and, well, inert? Blame it on the chefs. They've taken this beloved...
| May 27, 2009
2008 Domaine de l'Hortus Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé is available at Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, www.thewinecountry.com; Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, (818) 761-5373; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse....
| Sep 2, 2009
A project of Oregon's Owen Roe Winery and offshoot Corvidae winery, Mirth Chardonnay is a rare commodity -- a moderately priced Chardonnay that drinks beautifully. The 2008 vintage, from Washington grapes, is clean and crisp and not over-oaked. Notes of...
| Apr 1, 2010
2007 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo
I've been invited to a paella fest this weekend at a friend's house and I'll be toting a few bottles of this wine from the Castilla-La Mancha region deep in Spain. The 2007 Volver "La Mancha" is bold and beautiful, tasting...
| Sep 9, 2007
Judy Mello wasn't looking forward to buying a new place to live, imagining a lengthy, complicated and perhaps stressful experience.
"I figured it was going to drag on for months and months," she says. "But it wasn't like that at all." In fact, it took...
| Jul 6, 2007
Who needs telenovelas when you have Los Angeles City Hall?
In Thursday's summer of love installment, inquiring minds wondered if taxpayers have ever footed the bill for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's dalliances with Telemundo news anchor/reporter...