December 26, 2012 |
This year I had one of my best Christmas Eve dinners ever. Maybe it's because it unfolded in such a leisurely fashion--a little eating, a little dancing and listening to music, a little nibbling, a little conversation. And repeat. Watching the sunset, admiring the ring around the moon. We started about 4 p.m., shucking five dozen kumamoto oysters and watching the light fade over the horizon as we sipped a 1996 Fleury Champagne followed by a 2004 Muscadet. Bruschetta was involved too, lavished with olive oil, ricotta cheese and fresh roasted red bell peppers.
December 4, 2012 |
The Young Folks Urban Farmers return to Diep Tran's Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park for a family supper fundraiser on Dec.17. This will be the second year that the American-Vietnamese diner will host the fundraiser benefiting the group's hillside school farm project at the Los Angeles Leadership Academy. Started by Julia Carr and Daniel Lawler in 2010, Young Folks Urban Farmers is a collective of young people looking to influence the way Los Angeles eats through community involvement and interest in urban agriculture.
June 16, 2012 |
I'm visiting with my mother, and she is trying to describe the dimensions of the strawberry patch they had back on the farm in Nebraska. Big enough that you could pick enough berries to make strawberry shortcake for 25. One of the hired hands just loved strawberry shortcake, she remembers. He'd ask my grandmother, "Mrs. Jones, could we have strawberry shortcake for dinner?" "If you pick 'em," she'd answer. It must have been a sweet relief from harder work, picking strawberries in that patch under that unwavering blue sky, filling a deep basket with those crimson berries.
June 15, 2012 |
It's hardly a Trump Tower-like effort to put together a hot night life space. Sure, there's the licensing, staffing, furnishing and promoting, but it's usually something that can be done in a couple months. Unless, of course, you inherit a monster like the one that sits at 1439 Ivar Ave. in Hollywood. Nestled behind Amoeba Music, across from the ArcLight Cinemas structure, the yawning, 18,000-square-foot space has seen several incarnations come and go, and now it's been reinvented again as the super club Lure.
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April 27, 2012 |
You live in a large and diverse city. You love the idea of its many worlds. But you rarely leave your own neighborhood. And your friends are more or less like you. How do you meet those who aren't? How do you breach your own borders? Marissa Engel, 35, of Hollywood long pondered these questions. Then, last December, she took action. "Host a meal in your own home," she wrote in a post on Craigslist. "Make new friends and have a dinner party without spending anything!"
October 10, 2011 |
What is a portion size to Elizabeth and Tim McCreary? It could be eating an entire box of macaroni and cheese with hot dogs mixed in or sharing a bowl of guacamole made with six avocados. "Sometimes we'll have five to six tacos each," Elizabeth McCreary says. "It's so unhealthy. " Like many people, the McCrearys, who live in Corona, have a tough time figuring out how much to eat at meals and snacks so they don't blow their calorie budgets. Faced with little time (he's a network engineer and she's a managing paralegal)