"You always buy me the same shit."
If you haven't heard that before, consider yourself amongst the lucky lovers whose significant others keep their thoughts to themselves. That one year your girlfriend ooh-ed and aww-ed over the flowers and cleverly-packaged chocolates you gave her? She might have ... More >>
Last week, a commenter on the "Talk" question boards on the Serious Eats website asked people what their favorite fictional foods are. It turns out many of us have shared strong relationships with the foods in the books we grew up reading.
If you're the sort of person who visits farmers markets looking for exotic citrus or perfect stone fruit or native berries -- or if you just like to watch footage of bears in bushes on YouTube -- then you have something to read this morning. Emily Green (dry gardener, water expert, former London res ... More >>
Pot aficionados looking to de-harsh their lungs as well as their vibes don't have to actually smoke. Instead of reaching for the pipe, they use a vaporizer, bake brownies, or even steep a strong tea with hot water and a pat of butter. It's funny then that Raganella, a Brooklyn-based "botanical sol ... More >>
Yes, bookstores are closing all around us, from the giant Borders to the tiny Village Books.
But Angelenos still read, and to prove it, we asked LA Weekly's staff writers, editors and freelance contributors to tell us their favorite book they read this year, and why. Answers after the jump.
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Updated at the bottom with a quote from J.K. herself. First posted at 11:44 a.m.
Merry Christmas, nerds.
Looks like Harry Potter the theme park is coming to town even though we know you've been way too nice.
The place will likely be called Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And it'll be loc ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
"It is quite true: Korean fried chicken is the new black. Or was the new black three ago when the chicken wars began to get nasty, but that's another story." The New KFC: Korean Fried Chicken.
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Hermione Granger & Draco Malfoy would like a martini. Right now, please.The grim reality that Hollywood has, at least temporarily, exhausted its source material for the Harry Potter books is setting in. What to do, what to do? Drown your sorrows in these clever cocktails devised by The Backya ... More >>
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 >>
Gendy AlimurungJ. Shea: ThestralIf you couldn't handle waiting in line for two hours to get into Nucleus Gallery's recent extremely packed Harry Potter-themed art show, this is the sort of thing you missed. That's a hanging sculpture of a thestral in the photo above. Awesome, right? The rest ... More >>
Trojans vs. Bruins, for the snitch! (Really though.)Updated after the jump: USC's quidditch captain tells us his team has fewer players than UCLA (shocker), so their chances are slim. He also shares with us the plight of the HUMAN SNITCH. This just keeps getting better.
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Nicole CamposThe Avengers, together at last! A genius ending to an insane day...
The largest exhibition room at the San Diego Convention Center is Hall H, a huge 6,000-plus seater situated at the complex's south end that every year during Comic-Con International hosts the biggest, baddest, an ... More >>
A young Potter fan. He takes no prisoners.Every couple of weeks or so, the Harry Potter store Whimsic Alley in Los Angeles hosts Potter-themed afternoon tea events. Last weekend was one such occasion. Hagrid (or a Hagrid-impersonator) was there. As was a cute Harry (okay, fine, a Harry-impers ... More >>
Under Arizona's new (and honest-to-god real) law banning "animal human hybrids," a whole lot of pop-cultural characters would be considered illegal. The law prohibits anyone in the state from "creating or attempting to create an in vitro human embryo by any means other than fertilization of a human ... More >>
Do you know what haggis is? According to a report in Reuters, 18% of Britons do not. That might not seem surprising at first -- identifying a grey mass of oatmeal, suet and offal is inherently difficult -- until you realize that it's not just that they can't identify the famous Scottish dish, but th ... More >>
By Dan Leroy
A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end ... More >>
It's tough with gift guides. Both assembling them and following them. For the assembler (that's me), they are fraught with second guessing and trying to psychically determine what will suit someone's mother, when in reality, I know nothing about her. I could tell you to get her a day at Bliss SpaÂ ... More >>
I spent a mellow, anti-hipster Halloween at my friend Mark's house in the burbs. It was supposed to be a Harry Potter party, but Mark changed his mind at the last minute. Instead of butter beer, he had Guinness and Budweiser. The entire Harry Potter aspect consisted of me, my cousin in a Tonks wig, ... More >>