If you're following the L.A.-based reality show Shahs of Sunset, (and we're certainly not judging you if you aren't) you've probably become acquainted with Asa Asa Soltan Rahmati. And if that's the case, you've probably noticed that her favorite things are music, gold and Persian food. In what we gu ... More >>
Nick Hornby rose to fame for expertly explaining the man-boy world to legions. His memoir Fever Pitch chronicles his devotion to the Arsenal football (soccer) league. His novels High Fidelity, About a Boy and, more recently, Juliet, Naked talk of grown men still struggling with relationships.
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Season three of PBS' Downton Abbey doesn't kick off until January. While we're waiting for our fill of Mrs. Patmore's kitchen quips (come to think of it, Maggie Smith's character really does look a spot like Gordon Ramsay), cookbook author Emily Ansara Baines has come to our mushy pea rescue. Or not ... More >>
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"Chains and whips excite me," Rihanna sings. "You're a dirty little whore, and I'm going to send you home to your parents covered in cum," Lena Dunham's love interest tells her on "Girls." ... 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.
After cops swarmed the Studio City mansion of Miley Cyrus last week based on a false report of a home invasion with shots fired, experts are warning that such hacker-like pranks, called SWAT-ting, are all the rage with teens.
And this could be (cue Fox 11 News-announcer-voice) dangerous for your ch ... More >>
With her flame-colored ringlets, Merida, the barely adolescent heroine of Pixar's 13th feature, looks like a wee Rebekah Brooks, maybe a pint-size Florence Welch. Despite these resemblances, Merida remains an original: Brave, set in the Scottish Highlands in the 10th century, is the animation studio ... More >>
Looking for a book about the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society? Perhaps you need a Jolly Roger doormat for the house. Maybe you just want to pick up some time-travel sickness pills, a spray-bottle of barbarian repellant or a few fresh dinosaur eggs before you blast to the past. Whatever yo ... More >>
The weekend rain- and windstorm that tore through Los Angeles County left over 8,000 residents without power last night -- about half SoCal Edison customers and half L.A. DWP.
And according to City News Service, thousands are still in the dark this morning, mainly in the Mid-Wilshire area.
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Yes, 87 percent of critics Rottentomatoes.com like it, and yes, it broke a record with $19.7 million from midnight showings across the country last night.
But according to our review of The Hunger Games, written by Melissa Anderson, while the film rages against our culture (especially its fixation ... More >>
You can't replace the feeling of lounging on the couch with a scrunched-up newspaper. But with the web, at least you don't need to worry about getting ink on your hands and bagel. Here's a roundup of some food-related stories from our country's newspapers this week. Lucky for us, it's mostly free. F ... 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 your content comes ... 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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Sacha Baron Cohen is The DictatorWe know -- you're excited about The Dark Knight Rises. And The Avengers. And Hunger Games. So are we. We're also excited about a lot of other movies whose marketing campaigns have not inundated us with white noise (yet). Allow us to suggest a few more films to ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
"The invasion of the small plates is not finished, oh no. It is marching down our streets and avenues, invading our towns and villages, leaving behind nothing in its wake but duck-slider crumbs, rem ... More >>
If you live in any proximity to a middle school or teenage girl, you probably know all about The Hunger Games, the young adult dystopian trilogy by Suzanne Collins. You will also know that the movie comes out in March. What you might not know is that there is also a cookbook about the trilogy ... More >>
When we talked to author Emily Ansara Baines about her recently published book The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook, we asked her about the joys of sourcing squirrel in Los Angeles and about cooking -- and eating -- muskrat. (She suggests substituting chicken for squirrel, unless you're reall ... More >>
Legend, a young adult novel by local author Marie Lu released on Tuesday, is set in a dystopian future of Los Angeles, California. The story is told from the perspective of the two main characters, who are teenagers, a boy named Day and a girl named June, on different sides of a civil war pitting th ... More >>