| Mar 23, 2008
THERE is a new pond emerging in which to fish for home buyers -- overseas.
As Southern California sales have stalled and home prices have slumped, realty agents here have geared up to help sellers tap into this market of buyers who come with pockets full...
| Dec 28, 2008
Robert Graham, a Los Angeles sculptor with a towering public presence who designed major civic monuments across the nation, died Saturday at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, his friend Roy Doumani said. Graham, who had been ill for about six months,...
| Jun 8, 2008
A good writer on the roam
I love to travel, and I love to read Susan Spano. As the world shrinks, Susan's ability to describe the offbeat and quirky makes even the most jaded destinations worth taking a second look.
--Mackay Crampton, Ojai
| Jun 1, 2009
As the sun rose over a wind-swept stretch of desert just east of Palm Springs, Cameron Barrows tramped over a series of dunes, identifying animal tracks in the sand -- kangaroo rat, shovel-nosed snake, cottontail, pocket mouse, sidewinder rattlesnake....
| Apr 15, 2010
With rain soaking their clothing and fogging up their binoculars, 50 researchers and university students armed with butterfly nets and specimen bottles fanned out across Whitewater Canyon at daybreak Monday to take the first full accounting of wildlife in...
| May 6, 2010
2007 Quinta do Vallado Douro Vinho Tinto
Dry red wines from the Douro Valley in Portugal, the traditional source for Port grapes, are the new story in this gorgeous wine region to the north of Lisbon. Top Douro wines command high prices, but here's...
| Sep 16, 2009
Hot days are not going away any time soon, and so begins the search for that elusive bottle -- a crisp, refreshing white for less than $10. I've found one in the 2008 Las Colinas del Ebro from Spain. Clean, cool and crisp, with hints of tropical fruit yet...
| Dec 12, 2007
Dear SOS: Our favorite restaurant in Palm Desert is Cuistot. On his lunch menu, the chef used to have the best chicken dish we have ever eaten. It is a vinegar chicken preparation, and we would love to have the recipe. We hope he will share it with you...
| Nov 14, 2007
I'M flipping through the hefty reserve wine list at the new Melrose Bar & Grill in West Hollywood and can't believe my eyes: 23 wines from Alsace and more than 20 Champagnes and sparkling wines at a restaurant where the pub steak is just $17. The more...
| Feb 11, 2009
It started with a 4 a.m. glass of Champagne and a carne asada taco after a night of serious bar hopping. Thirty-year-old Mark Manguera was sitting with his 25-year-old sister-in-law, Alice Shin (his wife Caroline was already sleeping soundly), when the...
| Apr 26, 2009
Of noisy beaches and quiet prairies
I believe Jane Engle needs to check out Carpinteria once again. Thanks to articles such as "Places Underrated" [April 19], it is no longer the beach town nobody knows about.
Our family has been camping there for 40...
| Sep 21, 2008
Try making tracks to Gila
Thank you for the wonderful article about the unbound nature found in the Southwest's Gila Wilderness ["Sheer Frontier," Sept. 14]. I was again disappointed that you informed your readers only of airline options as the best...