Back in 2011, when it seemed like the entire Bay Area was seized with Chez Panisse 40th anniversary fever, Hong Kong-born, San Francisco-based filmmaker Wayne Wang (Chan Is Missing, Joy Luck Club, Smoke) asked Chez Panisse's founder, Alice Waters, if there was a role he could play. Waters suggested ... More >>
Five years ago, William Close's house in Malibu caught fire and burned to the ground. This was even more devastating because his life's work -- a collection of giant, almost sculptural instruments, including something he calls his Earth Harp, painstakingly constructed over the past decade -- acted a ... More >>
It used to be easy to shower celebrities with lavish gifts. Back in the good old days, companies put together gift baskets worth tens of thousands of dollars that they gave to presenters and other celebrities attending awards shows such as the Oscars and Emmys. Then those spoilsport Feds decided t ... More >>
Domino's, we may have wronged you. Last month, we wrote about the pizza chain's new "gluten-free" crust, and how the company added a bunch of disclaimers to that description, including saying the new pizza "was not recommended for people with celiac disease." Although the pizza was made with gluten ... More >>
Los Angeles is a special place. While the rest of America opts for eggs and a mimosa on Sunday mornings, a good portion of Los Angelenos prefer Chinese banquet-style restaurants for their weekly fix of turnip cake and tea. The long impatient lines and lack of parking spaces on Valley Boulevard is pr ... More >>
It's Tax Day, one of a few days this Election Year that you'll likely be remotely interested in tearing apart the finer parts of the so-called Buffett Tax and seeing how it would have directly affected you, or not. At least, that interest will hold for a few seconds, until you've stared at your sad ... More >>
Guzzle & NoshMatzoh ball soup at Mezze.It's almost impossible to find a decent matzoh ball at a restaurant in Los Angeles. Even at the finest delis, the standard matzoh ball is as large as a softball and nearly as hard. Perhaps this could be justified by some complex sociocultural explanation ... More >>
Making L.A. interior design a lot more colorful
Cheesecake FactoryLos Angeles Cheesecake Factory locations Want to know how America really eats? I guess track where NBA players go after a game. Nation's Restaurant News recently published a list of our 15 favorite casual and family restaurant chains, and The Cheesecake Factory, reportedly a ... More >>
Anne FishbeinMr. Gold, with dim sum menuDear Mr. Gold: How do you feel about chain restaurants in Los Angeles? Are there any that you find satisfying? Are there lessons to be learned from large corporate feeding troughs? --Daniela G., Los Angeles Dear Ms. G.: Do I go to chain restaurants? Al ... More >>
KFCThis did not make the listSome restaurants, it seems, are trying their best to kill you as quickly as possible. While we knew that most dishes at places like The Cheesecake Factory and Outback Steakhouse were incredibly unhealthy, we still didn't know which ones were the absolute worst of ... More >>
If you're lucky, your job buys you dinner. If you're really lucky, that doesn't just mean P.F. Chang's or Daily Grill. We talked to ten more top restaurants around L.A. and tried to find out what they're feeding their staff tonight. Picasa user KeithChefs eat too.
Boiled Fish à la San Gabriel Valley
And overcoming the Romanian-goat-herder problem
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge lowered bail to $2.1 million for 23-year-old Aubrey Louis Berry, an Atlanta entertainment promoter who allegedly shot to death aspiring rapper Dolla. Berrys' bail was originally $5 million. Judge Terry Bork said the bail reduction was "appropriate." Atlan ... More >>
In the night kitchen
County employees stole gift vouchers from foster kids. They might not be fired.
Today was Bring-Your-Kid-to-Picket Day at the WGA strike, and the three-foot-and-under marchers were in abundance proudly waving their signs. A favorite among strikers was a little cutie with a sign that read, "I'm little but I know how to share." She looked so tired from all that marching in the su ... More >>
Life, love and loss in the films of a cinematic giant
Thirty-five new entires to the list
Bring your own parking meter
Ericka Griffin figured she was finally getting her big break when she got a teaching job at an exclusive Santa Monica private school. Instead, the school’s elite taught her the lesson of her life.