In to Indian food

Food is very trendy, just like clothes, names of children and travel destinations. Right now India is leading the pack with the huge success of Bollywood and of course “Slum Dog Millionaire.” Suddenly all things Indian are appealing and food is not the least of it. I have always loved all things Indian, having traveled there for... Read more →


All at sea about ‘The Seafarer’

Sometimes siblings communicate with each other in a secret, private language that is unintelligible to the rest of the world. In Conor McPherson’s play, “The Seafarer,” the language is Irish. Not Gaelic Irish. It’s English-Irish, actually, spoken with a brogue so thick and obscure that it might as well be Chinese. The... Read more →

Community Profiles

Chef combines education and ample talent

PCH — Chef Whitney Werner makes his bacon doing more than making bacon. During his 25-plus years in the hospitality industry he has taken a thoroughly unconventional approach to his role as chef that has brought him financial success and praise from his peers. “When it comes to chefs, people are always talking about what we call... Read more →

Book Review

‘Where the Heart Leads’

“I sent you to school — to a college — so you can make best use of the good head the Lord gave you. A good head is a gift. Gaining knowledge is a privilege.” Thomas’s father tells him. Thomas has come back to find his father is about to lose the family mill and has settled in town because of hard times. Thomas is... Read more →


Singing the praises of nutritional yeast

While hiking in Vermont, I stumbled upon this quaint little movie theater in Montpelier. They serve popcorn made with real butter, sea salt and this yummy, flaky, cheesy flavored stuff sprinkled on top. It was 1996 when I first learned about nutritional yeast and I have been singing its praises from the mountain tops ever since. I also... Read more →


Bollywood comes to The Edye

MADISON CAMPUS — Tongues will be in cheeks, eyes will be winking and, hopefully, everybody in attendance will get the intended parody. The style of song and dance that comes along with India’s Bollywood cinema isn’t necessarily intended to be funny, but the exuberance of its performers, the vibrant colors of its outfits and... Read more →


No way to treat a theater-lover

As Queen Victoria used to say, “We are not amused.” Heaven knows, we wanted to be, but there is something just a little off-putting about the musical “No Way to Treat a Lady,” currently having its Los Angeles premiere at The Colony Theatre in Burbank. Too much music, maybe? Too much plot? Originally, William... Read more →


A taste of Vietnam

I had an interesting experience on Easter Sunday in Canoga Park. I signed through Slow Food L.A. to take a Vietnamese cooking class at a private home. Since Vietnamese food is one of my all-time favorites I jumped at the chance to learn from home cooks. There were about 15 people attending and we walked into a home with three Vietnamese... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Being comfortable in your own skin

Today is my birthday. Happy birthday to me! I am 38 for those who are curious. Now, I have never been one for freaking out over getting older, though when I turned 20 I do distinctly remember thrashing around my dorm room distraught that no matter what I did I would no longer ever be considered a child prodigy. Janet Jackson was big at the... Read more →

Community Profiles

Beer is for chicks, too

DOWNTOWN — The last thing you want to say to Christina Perozzi is “Oh, I’m not a beer drinker.” “That, to me, is like throwing down the gauntlet,” Perozzi said as she sipped her Allagash White, an unfiltered Belgian-style brew flavored with coriander and bitter orange peel. Or at least that’s how... Read more →


Going back to nature

Bow to the queen of … the fats. That’s how Susan Allport refers to omega-3 fats in her book, “The Queen of Fats.” When omega-6’s were found to be essential, they were deemed the king for being, at the time, the only truly essential fatty acid. But we all know that behind every man is a strong woman. She... Read more →


Living in perfect eHarmony

If you’re like most normal single people in your mid-30s, and you no longer hit the bars scoping for action, you’ve probably tried an online dating site. Most of us are loathe to admit this fact, but really, who wants to have a computerized matchmaker fix you up with the love of your life? It sounds so sterile, so unromantic... Read more →


No longer curious

My neighborhood is slowly becoming more, how shall I say it, gentrified, sophisticated, hip and cool. When little gourmet stores and café’s begin popping up all around with words like “organic” and “artisan,” you know the neighborhood has turned that corner. Well, Mar Vista is coming into its own. We now... Read more →


‘Brief Affair’ with Hitler?

Anna (Jenny O’Hara) has been almost dying for years. But each time she is carted off to the hospital, she rallies, bounces out of her “deathbed” and returns to her home in Brooklyn. While fiercely clinging to life, however, she is slowly losing her grip on reality. Or so it seems. Her grown children have once again gathered... Read more →

Community Profiles

Helping the homeless reconnect with families

CITYWIDE — Using a simple greeting and granola bar, Ron Hooks attempts to make a connection. “Hey, how are you doing?” Hooks asks as he hands the granola bar to a homeless individual. The act of offering food and a few simple introductory words can go a long way toward establishing a meaningful relationship with a... Read more →