My balls are fake. After almost three months of allowing myself to believe that I might, indeed, have stumbled upon Lou Gehrig's home-run ball from the 1937 World Series, and another even more valuable ball signed by the 19th-century Hall of Famer Vic "The Delaware Peach" Willis, the balls have come ... More >>
Naming a neighborhood restaurant after its own neighborhood, or what's perceived to be its neighborhood, can be dicey business in greater Los Angeles. Take AltaEats, located on North Allen Avenue near New York, for example. Chef and co-owner Paul Ragan notes that the restaurant he recently opened ... More >>
Pasadena PinotFest Grand Tasting Praise the pinot! That's the theme of this tasting event, now in its sixth year. Sample 200 pinot noirs from California and Oregon wineries, including several exclusive to PinotFest. Also enjoy food courtesy of Noir Food & Wine and Altadena Town & Country Club. WHAT ... More >>
There's a wheelbarrow in the kitchen. How it got there doesn't bear thinking about. The moment for thought is long gone. With every bang of my shin on the barrow, it dawns on me that this is only the first load of many of oranges, lemons and tangerines that needs picking, trimming, washing, dryi ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad. "By the end of the day your palate will be scrambled, your liver probably beginning to fail, and any remaining resources will be so depleted that you can only fall into the generous arms of your DD or Metro Operator." L.A. Cra ... More >>
It's July at Los Angeles farmers markets, which means some pretty spectacular tomatoes and stone fruit and citrus, plus eggplant and artichokes and lettuces and, well, we could go on. On Wednesday afternoons for the last few weeks, the Altadena farmers market has been in full swing, making it well w ... More >>
Los Angeles is no stranger to C.S.A. (community supported agriculture) subscriptions -- services that offer a curated box of fresh, seasonal produce delivered or picked up each week by community members for a monthly fee -- but none of them quite resemble the latest project from Atladena's John Muir ... More >>
Just a quick reminder that although many Los Angeles-area farmers markets will be closed for business on Wednesday (including West L.A., Gardena, Lawndale, Altadena and Barnsdall Park), the morning Santa Monica Farmers Market will be open during its regular hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Eating L.A.: On the Altadena Farmer's Market. Gastronomy: A recipe for a whole wheat strawberry cake. The Associated Press: Radioactive bluefin arrives in Southern California. Consuming LA: The 7 best Cuban pastries at Porto's Bakery and Cafe. E*star LA: The best places to eat oysters in L.A.
One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. You could forgive Allison Anders' neighbors on her tree-lined street in Altadena for thinking she is just like them. Her house is pleasantly messy; her garden, a work in progre ... More >>
After many months of planning meetings and wrangling with local permits and bureaucracy, Joseph Shuldiner -- founder of the Institute of Domestic Technology -- can finally announce the May 30 start date for the new and highly-anticipated Altadena farmers market at Loma Alta Park. It'll be right nex ... More >>
Chickens are nothing new to L.A. -- Highland Park has the white noise of the freeway juxtaposed with the crows of several competing roosters who live along the Arroyo. Then there are the famed Freeway Chickens of Los Angeles, who have been living under the Vineland off-ramp of the Hollywood Freeway ... More >>
In these DIY times, what consitutes "underground?" If you have a website and a sign up list, is your function really off the radar? For the underground food event Eat Well Market founded by Aimee Silver and taking place on Jan. 29, the term seems to mean a single layer of secrecy -- she's not widel ... More >>
Leo Bulgarini's new gelato outpost in Culver City -- Bulgarini took over the lease at Teaforest Tea & Coffee Bar on Washington Blvd. last month -- officially opened last week. This despite the fact that the gelato maker's gelateria in Altadena lost power in the violent windstorm that battered much o ... More >>
Fans of Bulgarini Gelato know the drill: head to Pasadena from wherever else you are, climb up Lake Avenue to Altadena, traveling up practically into the Mt. Wilson clouds, and then turn off into the vast concrete landscape of a Rite Aid parking lot. There, at the end of a long patio, you'll find Le ... More >>
Guzzle & NoshAssorted flavors at Gelato Bar in Los Feliz.Yesterday, we listed the 5 Best Ice Cream Shops in Los Angeles. Today, we move onto gelato. Taxonomy is crucial in these matters. 5. Gelato Bar (Los Feliz, Studio City): Owned by Gail Silverton (sister of Mozza pizza queen Nancy), Gela ... More >>
LASDStop, or I'll annoy you.If you're going to be a stick-up kid, try not be deterred by a 15-pound chihuahua. A pair of robbers in Altadena were nearly thwarted by Paco the chihuahua during a robbery earlier this month. One of the thugs even pointed a shotgun at the pooch as the pair dema ... More >>
There's a reason Bulgarini Gelato is a perennial topper on Best Gelato lists, our own and others. While other gelaterias do a superb job of capturing the essence of a particular flavor, Bulgarini somehow captures the flavor itself. Nowhere is this more true than their pistachio gelato.
Delicieuse is plastered with charts and signs extolling the virtues of goat's milk, but we don't seek out ice cream for its curative powers. Nor do we trek to Redondo Beach for Delicieuse's goat's milk ice cream. We come for the incredible sorbets.
The most famous flavor at Carmela Ice Cream is its salted caramel. Listed first on the menu, it's almost always in stock. If it wasn't, the little Pasadena shop might have a riot on its hands. Perfectly balanced between sweet and salty, it's even richer and, dare we say, better than the superb sal ... More >>
Felicia FriesemaTomato and garlic jams at the Altadena Urban Farmers Market So what is the best farmers market in L.A.? The answer depends on what's most important to you in a market: variety, number of organic vendors, quality of the bakers, sense of community, distance the farms have to tra ... More >>
Anne Fishbein This week's Counter Intelligence goes bi-coastal, as our critic travels to New York City -- there for the James Beard awards, of which he picked up a few more to stash in his overstuffed Altadena closet -- to check out the dinner scene. Man, or some of them, cannot live in San G ... More >>
Flickr/dubh What's the country reading today food-wise? Here's a roundup of some of the food-related stories from other newspapers, many of which print their food sections mid-week. And remember, even if you don't actually buy papers these days (or not; this paper is free), it's where most of ... More >>
The Dragtones: the Hives, the Hi-Winders and the guy from the San Fernando Valley
Try the "cupcakes" from Heirloom L.A.
AOL takes on longtime local bloggers with its hyperlocal news sites in Los Angeles
A. ScattergoodCook Books in Altadena Janet Jarvits' bookstore is more like a casual museum than an ordinary bookstore: a dusty, cluttered, literally voluminous space, vertically loaded with rows and rows of cookbooks, all of them used, many of them published long before most of us picked up ... More >>
A. ScattergoodNutella at Super King in Altadena The cult of Nutella is a large, insanely devoted and extraordinarily loyal group. Imagine a chocoholic crossed with an AC Milan fan. Maybe journalists eat more of the stuff than most people (possible), because when the European Parliament voted ... More >>
Tomorrow begins the the most widely watched sporting event in the world, the 2010 FIFA World Cup. And for the next month, from June to July 11th, even Laker mania will take a back seat to soccer. The World Cup, held for the first time in Africa, showcases 32 countries. And while you can of co ... More >>
As fans of Bulgarini Gelato know all too well, to get your fix of Leo Bulgarini's remarkable gelato, you have to pilgrimage north to Altadena, up the gradually inclining Lake Avenue all the way to the San Gabriel foothills and the vast concrete universe of a Rite Aid parking lot. Your trek is ... More >>
On Thursday the Weekly will publish our Restaurant Issue: 99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die. For the days leading up to the issue, we'll be posting a few of Jonathan Gold's items on the blog. Check back each day as we count down. Bulgarini Goat's Milk Gelato: Los Angeles is a world capital ... More >>
Lake Avenue, as it thrusts up towards Altadena, has long been where Pasadena sequesters its fast-food restaurants, and at the heart of it, you can find nearly every drive-thru window that has ever sponsored a football broadcast. The street has also been hospitable to a few left-of-center fast-food j ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad. "Until we can persuade significant chunks of Extramadura or the Costa Brava to emigrate, we can at least console ourselves with the Valencian paellas and fideos at LA Paella near the Beverly Center." Ask Mr. Gold: Spain ... More >>
Kevin ScanlonLast week at blogging.la, Chal Pivik said, "Despite re-opening in late 2006 after nearly five years of renovations and additions, Griffith Observatory remains one of LA's relatively off-the-radar attractions, even though parking and admission is free." I completely agreed, and spent mu ... More >>
Jazz in L.A., June 6-12
Just another perfect day
Where community is more important than consistency
Bulgarini Gelato finds a home
Mysterious, private and sensual . . . the backyard in Los Angeles