May 20, 2012 |
The sleepy Central Coast town of Arroyo Grande, population 17,000, is the ideal place to shut out the mayhem of city life for a few days. There's not much to do except relax, drink wine, read your book and take sunset strolls. The bed. House of Another Tyme Bed & Breakfast (227 Le Point St.;  489-6313; rooms for two, $120) is a remodeled Victorian home that dates to 1916 and contains three guest rooms. The B&B is run by husband-and-wife Jack Tiedemann and Judy Zwarg.
May 12, 2012
The Red & White Wine Bar is across the street from beautiful Lake Como, with forever views, in Tremezzo, Italy. The chef and his wife are charming, friendly and speak English. The food is outstanding: It was the best pasta e fagioli I have ever had, and my husband had the lasagna three days in a row. Prices are reasonable. Red & White Wine Bar, 18 Via Portico Sampietro, Tremezzo; 011-39-0344-40095. Pizzas and pastas from about $10. Main dishes $20-22. Jade Kemble Rancho Bernardo
HOME & GARDEN
May 5, 2012 |
We met at the Santa Monica outpost of the Bodega wine bar. Though it was fairly dark inside, I recognized his face at the bar. I waved and walked toward him. As he stood up, his body did not match his face, or any of his online pictures. He was not the same guy surfing in the wetsuit, or wearing the tux, or looking all skinny with his bushy brown hair. He must have gained 50 pounds, maybe more. Beneath his beige button-down shirt I could see man boobs. "Shall we get a table?" he asked.
March 31, 2012 |
SAN JOSE - Stephen Terrell expected a group of happy users when he updated his company's Facebook profile page to the new Timeline format, allowing his mostly senior-citizen customers to register for a contest to win a trip to Hollywood to meet nonagenarian actress Betty White. Instead, there was an explosion of anger and confusion. When the Lifeline Program, the Atlanta company for which Terrell is senior vice president of branding, revamped its Facebook page last week, some elderly users trying to register for the contest were so angry and vocal that Terrell had to ban them.
February 7, 2012 |
The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that 4.9 million international visitors traveled to the United States in November, an 8% increase over November 2010 . . . . In honor of its 20 th anniversary, Taste of Solvang has expanded to five days, beginning March 14 . To purchase tickets, call (800) 719-9106 or go to www.SolvangUSA.com . . . . .Enjoy an evening of seafaring adventures on the big screen Feb. 24 at Aquarium of the Bay's newly renovated Bay Theater, on Pier 39 in San Francisco.
December 15, 2011 |
Turophiles (yes, that's what cheese lovers are called) look forward to the cheese course the way dessert hounds long for their pudding. But not every cheese course is equal. Some restaurants try to get away with industrial cheeses straight out of the fridge or, not at all prepared, offer a hunk of the Parmigiano used on their pasta. That's why we treasure the restaurants that take care with their tomme and bucheron and bleu d'Auvergne. Here's a selection of places with especially well-chosen cheeses, but they're by no means the only ones.
October 13, 2011 |
The Spanish are on to a good thing with tapas, those lusty little bites that bars in Spain put out in the early evening. Ever wondered how the Spanish can eat dinner at 11 or later? Because they stave off hunger pangs and socialize earlier in the evening at tapa bars, ordering wines by the glass and nibbling on anchovies, chorizo and garlicky sautéed shrimp. In L.A., we now have enough restaurants specializing in tapas that you could actually do some bar hopping. But that would involve a bit of driving.
March 25, 2011 |
The downtown Los Angeles nightlife scene is bearing ever more exotic fruit as the area continues to draw bar crawlers from all over Southern California. Last Saturday night, more than 1,000 twenty- and thirtysomethings swooned over the area's just-opened hot spot, Belasco Theater, paying $100 or more per ticket for a grand opening featuring one of electronic music's hottest names, Deadmau5. But the Belasco isn't just for dance fans. The massive theater at 1050 S. Hill St. has undergone a meticulous, $10-million-plus restoration and comes across as a hybrid of adjacent historic haunt the Mayan Theater and Hollywood's Music Box at the Henry Fonda.