March 16, 2013 |
Across the street from the Hollywood post office, a few short blocks from the 1930s complex that calls itself Crossroads of the World, Littlefork is an improbably rustic roadhouse in the middle of old Hollywood - a spare tavern, a slash of neon scrawl and a slender apron of parking lot you could imagine filling up with Packards instead of Lexus hybrids. Littlefork is the new restaurant from Jason Travi, whose Mediterranean-style cooking you may have tried at the late Fraîche in Culver City, and from David Reiss, a Westside bar owner whose portfolio includes A-frame, Sunny Spot, the Alibi Room and the Brig.
March 6, 2013 |
Built Custom Burgers, a new burger joint by The Counter will open by March 15 near the University of Southern California campus. Like The Counter, the new 1,800-square-foot space that seats up to 40 people will offer customizable creations with a lower price point and a fast-casual format. But the new Built Custom Burgers lets guests choose their burger toppings while the burger's being made. You can also create your burger online and swing by to pick it up. All the burgers will be quarter-pound patties, as opposed to The Counter's third-pound, two-thirds-pound and 1-pound burger options.
March 4, 2013 |
BEIJING - One man is completing his ascent to the pinnacle of power. The other is in the midst of a searing public humiliation. Xi Jinping, China's new Communist Party secretary, will add the title of president at the end of the annual gathering of the National People's Congress, which opens Tuesday. The corruption trial of his purged rival, Bo Xilai, is expected shortly after. Even as their fates have diverged sharply, the stories of their famous and powerful families have dominated Chinese political chatter for the last year.
March 2, 2013 |
Hinoki is a fragrant cypress most Japanese associate with extremely expensive bathtubs, popular with the wealthy because the wood is used to build the soaking tubs at onsen , Japanese hot springs. Hinoki wood is also used to build the counters of the most prestigious sushi bars; long, smooth planks that are sanded every day and given weekly baths of milk. Hinoki & the Bird, on the other hand, is the new Century City restaurant from David Myers, who became well-known as the auteur behind restaurant Sona until it closed in 2010 and who runs the Melrose Avenue brasserie Comme Ça and the South Coast Plaza pizzeria Ortica.
February 23, 2013 |
The first thing anybody is going to tell you about the Hart & the Hunter, the restaurant in the new Fairfax District Palihotel, is that you should get the biscuits, which come four to an order and are served on a board. And you should get the biscuits, which are really pretty extraordinary, as light and delicate as the angel biscuits you sometimes find in the best Southern households, but also flaky at the extremities, and layered - they naturally separate into two or three finger-burning strata, which you are going to need if you want to butter them properly.
February 21, 2013
In what has become a depressingly familiar ritual, computer security experts revealed this week that hackers with apparent ties to a foreign government - in this case, the Chinese military - had "systematically stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organizations" since 2006. But while such high-level international cyber intruders grab headlines, most successful online attacks are not all that sophisticated. Despite their Hollywood-enhanced image as inventive uber-geeks, most hackers don't actually have to work very hard to steal data or disrupt websites.
February 16, 2013 |
California rarely feels more like California than it does from a window seat at the new Hostaria del Piccolo in Venice, where life's great pageant rolls by. Graying tax attorneys cruise by on Rollerblades, women toss yoga mats into the back of their Porsches and handsome young families roll by on their bicycles as serenely as if they were ducks. As you regard the glass of wine in front of you, you may contemplate a Westside drinking game, doing shots of on-tap Merlot every time you spot a dude with interesting facial hair, a knit cap, tie-dye and a skateboard; hear a distant drum circle; or smell a clove cigarette.
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February 14, 2013 |
Supporters of Eric Garcetti are launching an independent campaign to spend money on his behalf in the Los Angeles mayor's race in an effort to level the playing field with his chief rival, Wendy Greuel. Its organizers are Mary Jane Stevenson, who was the California director of President Obama's reelection campaign, and Rick Jacobs, a Democratic fundraiser and founder of the liberal Courage Campaign. They hope it will serve as Garcetti's counterweight to independent spending by public employee unions, Hollywood moguls and other supporters of Greuel, the city controller.
February 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama doesn't refer to "drones" in his State of the Union speech, but he alluded to the targeted killing of suspected terrorists when he said, "where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans. " Obama said his administration was seeking to "forge a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counter-terrorism operations. " Four years into the effort, no such framework yet exists for what remains an officially secret process run by the White House and the CIA. LIVE STREAM: Watch the State of the Union "I recognize that in our democracy, no one should just take my word that we're doing things the right way," Obama added.
February 9, 2013 |
Le Ka is one of those difficult places to figure out, not because the cooking isn't good - it is, very - but because in the narrative of Le Ka, food seems like such a secondary thing. To get to the restaurant, you leave your car with a valet in an underground garage, hike back up the ramp (the elevator goes nowhere near where you want to be) and walk around the corner, passing two or three false entrances you may try to access, finally ending up in a dim vestibule that is far grander than you may imagine it to be. If you are of one mind, you may be led to one of the sofas on the firelit patio, where you will sip Champagne and nibble around the edges of a roasted Brussels sprout salad; if of another, you will nurse a Vieux Carre at the bar. An unusual number of pizzas sail out of the wood oven for a place that is not remotely a pizza restaurant - "flatbreads or pizza, the way you wish to call them," says the menu.