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February 18, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter was a bit of a culinary mash-up. Our chat participants indulged this weekend in dishes such as chicken wings, uni and pizza. Here's a look at the highlights: Pictures of these two dishes almost made me cry with jealousy. Check out this recipe for fish sauce wings with a mound of garlic from the Ravenouse Couple blog. And if you're an uni lover, you'll want to get some tissues ready. Here's a photo from Danny, a.k.a. KungFooPanda, of homemade uni orecchiette with uni cream sauce and a ton of fresh uni on top. Just had to wipe my brow.
February 16, 2013 | By Liesl Bradner
Geographically, California is more than 94% rural. Despite that statistic from the 2010 census, many residents consider rural California the stretch of the 5 Freeway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. That discovery was a bit disconcerting for agriculture writer and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton. So two years ago she logged close to 10,000 miles traveling from her home in Marin County to the far-flung destinations of Modoc County, Raisin City and Lost Hills. With her infant daughter in tow she gathered stories and photographed locales and landscapes she identified as "places where the culture and the economy are defined by the direct use of natural resources.
February 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Robbie Rogers said he had to choose between being a soccer player or being himself. He ultimately chose to be himself, stepping away from his sport Friday in a powerful blog post in which he revealed he is gay. "I always thought I could hide this secret," wrote Rogers, 25, a former Mater Dei High standout who played five seasons in Major League Soccer and had 18 appearances with the U.S. national team. "Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could ever have imagined.
February 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Dr. Tomoko Kurokawa shares several passions: medicine, travel and food. She also writes compelling stories about her experiences and adventures on her blog, Tomostyle . The family practitioner who lives in Los Angeles and Tokyo brings a fresh perspective on travel to places most of us never go. Her medical missions have taken her to wartime Liberia and post- quake Haiti where food often was in short supply. And she has eaten things most of us would never try (more on that later)
February 11, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
It tells you all you need to know about food vlogger Nicole Presley that her riff on a "holiday" such as Valentine's Day leads to a mad scientist video that ends with her marrying a salted caramel chocolate flan. Yes, marrying, as in wedding dress and bouquet included.  Such zaniness is a calling card of sorts for the food blogger and vlogger born and raised in East Los Angeles. Presley's food blog -- called Presley's Pantry -- is a high-spirited affair that represents her journey to rediscover traditional cultural favorites such as red chicharones -- chunks of pork fat fried crispy and drenched in a spicy red chile salsa.
February 10, 2013 | By Todd Martens
It's brunch at the Grammys! Live updates from the pre-telecast. 4:10 p.m.: Final update from the pre-show: The 70 th award this afternoon went to the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach for producer of the year. “Wow,” said Auerbach, who moments ago was on stage when the Black Keys' “El Camino” took the rock album Grammy. In addition to “El Camino,” Auerbach's production credits included the Grammy-winning Dr. John album “Locked Down.” “Thank you so much for Nonesuch for supporting these kind of projects that I love doing,” said Auerbach.
February 8, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Around south New Jersey, there are plenty of people proud of their connection to Angels star Mike Trout - no matter how tenuous the relationship. For example, Vaughn Champion was a two-time all-conference pick and two-time team MVP at Absegami High in Galloway. But when visitors stop by the house, the first home video his dad pulls out is the one featuring Mike Trout. "We've shown it to quite a few people," Champion says. In it, Champion, then a freshman second baseman, fields Trout's one-hop smash to start a double play - the only ground-ball double play Trout hit into in four seasons at Millville High.
February 5, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Xi Jinping has a secret admirer and Chinese are yearning to find out who he (or she) is. Since Xi was named Communist Party general secretary in November, a mysterious blogger has been chronicling his every move. There are photographs of Xi on his computer, Xi at a vegetable market, Xi serving meals to the poor, Xi napping on a bus. Not the most scintillating coverage, but it is remarkable in China, where the movements of the leadership are choreographed down to the last handshake and released only to the tightly controlled state media.
February 5, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become active again at the Huffington Post , restarting his blog after a three-year layoff. Abdul-Jabbar's 2013 debut was a critique of the HBO series "Girls. " The show's creator, Lena Dunham, told E! Online that she only skimmed Abdul-Jabbar's post, hesitant to read a "mixed review. " "I blurted out to my dad, 'Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reviewed "Girls," ' " said Dunham, noting that her father's response was, 'I don't even know how to process that.
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