One of the eternal challenges of Los Angeles dining is sussing out those little places tucked into strip malls and building lobbies. So easy to drive by, the hidden gems aren't always marked by a Pink's-sized line out front nor do many places get the advantage of foot traffic that other urban... Read more
The food world is divided on tuna. Advocates of sustainable seafood say bluefin and bigeye tuna are so overfished, they should be avoided, but albacore tuna — which is generally the kind sold canned — is fine. For a long time, animal rights activists called for avoiding yellowfin tuna, until the... Read more
Leading the way through the hubbub of the Santa Monica farmers market, Michael McCarty stops a young man passing by. Turning him toward the small group that has been following him among the vendors, McCarty places a hand on his shoulder and proclaims him the master of duck prosciutto. "I go every... Read more
Another Saturday night, another ho-hum dinner party. For some, the words "game night" may conjure images of parents' endless bridge games or an overly competitive friend rubbing his win in everyone's face, but done right, a game night can bring a group of friends together in the way a civilized... Read more
Inspiration comes in many forms, and with the rise of Pinterest, visual inspiration is now so easily uploadable. The openness of the new social network means that users can follow anyone with admirable collage skills and a symbiotic aesthetic, therefore tripling the chance to see that one perfect... Read more
What does it take to be a great host? A mixture of confidence, panache, and the ability to keep cool under pressure. But if those three elements are missing from the toolbox, there are a handful of tips that a host can rely on. Having that mental checklist means the difference between a relaxed,... Read more
Mexico has heavily influenced eating habits worldwide since colonial times through the indigenous cultivation of the tomato and avocado, but as our neighbor to the south, its culinary traditions have probably had the largest impact on modern American cuisine.
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Though emerging wine regions may not have an established viticulture hundreds of years old, they do have the advantage of giving birth to some of the most innovative wineries in the world.
Areas like the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, Canada, and Central Otago, New Zealand, have begun commanding... Read more