Food

Fine wine right at home

There’s an area in the south of France where great wines are produced, and from the vineyards you can see oyster beds in the blue Mediterranean Sea. The best village to experience the oyster and wine relationship is Bouzigues, in the area called Coteaux du Languedoc, near the well known town of Sete. A few miles west of Bouzigues,... Read more →

Arts

Delighted by the discourse

“The Daily Show” used to do a segment called “Great Moments In Punditry” in which talk show transcripts were re-read by actors. It was funny because the actual arguments were too childish to take seriously — and because the actors reading the lines were children. For grownups who care about politics, but... Read more →

Life

Don’t let kids’ diets get tricked by Halloween treats

It’s All Hallows Eve — do you know what your kids are eating? This Halloween, don’t let your little ones get tricked by the smiling jack-o-lantern bucket, which typically hides about 250 pieces of candy, amounting to a frightening 9,000 calories. The sad reality is that many children actually eat their way through the entire... Read more →

Mommie Brain

On a mission to lose that baby weight

Right after I had my son, I went to my good friend’s wedding. This wedding had been stressing me out for some time. I had gained 52 pounds (yes 52 on my 5-foot,4-inch frame) and in the two to three months since, I had lost just less than 30 of it. I thought an ex-boyfriend of mine was going to be there and though tremendously happy... Read more →

Community Profiles

Violinist on the rise

DOWNTOWN — When you think about it, life is a series of forks in the road. They could be as trivial as where to go for lunch or as daunting as whether or not to move halfway across the world for employment. For violinist Jennifer Argenti, these “sliding doors” are key to finding her way. “Every decision that you make... Read more →

Food

Sun, surf and seafood

Ah, the beach. You can do so much there. You can sunbathe, swim, surf, boat, read or just relax. But whenever I walk on the boardwalk, gazing at the sun setting over the horizon, the one thing that comes to my mind is ... seafood. There are so many restaurants on the beach, but out of all of them, a new one caught my eye. That place is... Read more →

Health

Protect feet when trick or treating

Many Halloween costumes are convenient enough to have room for shoes to fit underneath the costume, keeping the impeccable design of the costume untarnished. For those other costumes, homemade or handed down, think outside the shoe. Finding colored cloth to match the costume to put over the shoe is an easy out, proving to be cheap and simple.... Read more →

Life

Adventures in Central Asia

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a series on Central Asia. TTKKU stands for Central Asia’s Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. To locate the five “Stans” think of a rectangle bounded by China on the east, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran on the south, the Caspian Sea on the... Read more →

Food

Eating lobster during a recession

GENERAL COMMENT: We’re in a recession right? People are eating at home to save money, right? Well, you wouldn’t know it at the Enterprise Fish Co. in Santa Monica. Try and get a table on a Tuesday night, and watch the lobsters go by while you wait at the bar. WHERE: 174 Kinney St., just off Ocean Avenue — (310)... Read more →