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Margy Rochlin

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Toast That Tastes Like $200 Steak

The Italian dish Crostini di sugo all'uso di Natale, or Christmas toast, may sound like it only makes an appearance in December. But at Solo Ciccia, part of Dario Cecchini’s mini-restaurant empire in the tiny town of Panzano in the Chianti region of Italy, it’s a menu perennial. Cecchini is......
Wine Guy Lou Amdur Takes The Terror Out Of Terroir; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Lou Amdur's Beat-The-Heat Booze Crib Sheet

As soon as the National Weather Service predicted a four-day heat wave for early October we started pulling together an it’s too hot to get off the couch survivalist checklist as seriously as any cast member of Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers. However, because our mini-apocalypse is so short term –......
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Bénédicte Charpiat on Making Fake Food For French Movies

Oddball inventions are the motor that drives Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, which opens July 18, a bittersweet French-language romantic comedy based on Boris Vian's book of the same name that throws dozens of Gondry’s signature doo-hickeys, gee-gaws and handcrafted gizmos at you in every single scene. The charmingly lazy chief protagonist,......
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The Punisher aka Frank Castle's Favorite L.A. Restaurants

If you read our interview with writer Nathan Edmondson  then you already know that downtown mainstay Nickel Diner - as well as their popular maple bacon donut - makes repeat appearances in the new series of Marvel Comic's The Punisher. But would you like to hear what an ex-U.S. Marine turned......
Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore of Downton Abbey

What to Expect From Downton Abbey's Mrs. Patmore in Season Four

Season four of Julian Fellowes' addictively soapy period drama Downton Abbey premieres here this Sunday, on Jan. 5 -- but it's already aired in the UK. What should we expect from the first episode? One thing, according to London's free tabloid Metro News, is that we will find Lady Mary......