Entertaining

Vermouth
June 2012

Vermouth

Karen and Quinn Hatfield show off the venerable fortified wine’s culinary side

Rhum Agricole
June 2012

Rhum Agricole

A pilgrimage to Martinique finds cane consummated as a heavenly spirit made from freshly pressed sugarcane wine

Nigella Seed
March 2012

Nigella Seed

Farmshop’s Jeff Cerciello shares an ancient secret—and a recipe for avocado hummus

Liquid Smoke
March 2012

Liquid Smoke

Cocktailia’s newest trend catches fire—plus, recipes from some of the country’s best barkeeps

Fortified Wine
February 2012

Fortified Wine

Grab a glass—premier sommelier Maxwell Leer is leading a magical tasting tour

Bathtub Gin
January 2012

Bathtub Gin

A recipe to take the venerable spirit from mundane to magical

Piment d’Espelette
January 2012

Piment d’Espelette

Spicy meets sweet in Ludo Lefebvre’s latest confection

Ponche en Nogada
December 2011

Ponche en Nogada

Mixologist Julian Cox serves up a punch that puts a new spin on old Mexico—and he’s pouring it exclusively for LA readers.

Video Interview John Sedlar
December 2011

Video Interview John Sedlar

The chef extraordinaire takes you into his Rivera kitchen to show you the tricks to top-tier tortillas.

PANTRY: Maize
December 2011

PANTRY: Maize

John Rivera Sedlar’s fresh-corn tortillas are a sublime use of the quotidian grain—now he shows how you can make them at home.

Chef’s Table
November 2011

Chef’s Table

What do culinary stars serve when they entertain at home? Five of the city’s best answer the question—with recipes.

Balsamic
October 2011

Balsamic

One chef proves aged Italian vinegar wields the power to uniquely juxtapose flavors.

Cool Factor
August 2011

Cool Factor

Nothing’s better in August than a tall, cold one—see how bartenders across the U.S. take the pause that refreshes.

Tequila
July 2011

Tequila

New iterations of premium agave give sippers their choice of taste sensations; plus, 13 brands worth a try.

Nastoyka
June 2011

Nastoyka

From Russia with love, infused vodka and the cocktails it inspires.

The Smoking Gun
April 2011

The Smoking Gun

With its origins in the smokiest of spirits, this combination of rum and bitters is right on target.

Pickle Back
March 2011

Pickle Back

A two-fisted combo of Jameson Irish whiskey and pickle juice—how can you go wrong?

Sherry Reconsidered
February 2011

Sherry Reconsidered

It’s long been revered as a spirit—now today’s cocktalians are giving the libation a second go-round in eight delectable recipes.

Kürbiskernöl
January 2011

Kürbiskernöl

The golden influence of pumpkin-seed oil is felt far and wide.

Martini
January 2011

Martini

An evolution that expands the definition of a classic cocktail; plus, five recipes.

Holiday Gift Guide
December 2010

Holiday Gift Guide

The second annual compendium of unique holiday gifts for the pickiest people in your life, each sure to hit just the right note.

WEB EXCLUSIVE Collective Good Taste
November 2010

WEB EXCLUSIVE Collective Good Taste

There are only two rules of cooking club: (1) You do not talk about cooking club, (2) and never leave without setting a date for the next cooking club.

Cognac Cocktails
November 2010

Cognac Cocktails

It's better late than never, as the venerable spirit makes is reinvigorated in cocktails by the Roger Room’s Damian Windsor.

The Perfect Cup
September 2010

The Perfect Cup

The great coffee debate still brews, but one purveyor translates the new wave of coffee roasting into a potent potable.

Sorriso Cocktail
July 2010

Sorriso Cocktail

Francesco Lafranconi melds gin, vodka, sweet sherry and maraschino liqueur to create a cocktail that is both complex and perfectly balanced.

Rum Runner
June 2010

Rum Runner

The premier cocktailians of Caña put their own inimitable L.A. spin on what was once the drink of the tropics.

Haute Coffee
May 2010

Haute Coffee

If you are looking for a great cup of java, check out these recommendations from our resident coffee connoisseurs.

True to Form Eddy Sykes
May 2010

True to Form Eddy Sykes

Owner of ChersonProm, Sykes dreams of design that is moving in every sense of the word—and everything he turns out proves it.

True to Form Meier/Ferrer
May 2010

True to Form Meier/Ferrer

Proof that two halves do make a whole, especially when it comes to designing spectacular elemental furniture.

A Taste of Pinot Paradise
April 2010

A Taste of Pinot Paradise

Santa Barbara is pinot noir heaven, but just which one is best? We give 'em a taste test.

Paradise Poured
February 2010

Paradise Poured

Tiki is back—5 recipes you'll remember, reimagined for a new generation.

L.A. Cocktails Parting Shots
January 2010

L.A. Cocktails Parting Shots

Say hello to top-tier tequila's little buddy.

Close to Home
August 2009

Close to Home

Longtime friends Sally Horchow and Lulu Powers find the best bashes can be had right in one's own backyard, with local food including Oxnard strawberries, produce from the Hollywood Farmers' Market, Harrison Clarke Rosé from Santa Ynez and Redwood Hill Farm cheeses.

Perfume for the Palate
August 2009

Perfume for the Palate

Histoires de Parfums masters Gérald Ghislain and Magali Sénéquier inspire the ultimate scent-driven dinner party, proving "without the aroma, there is no flavor."

palate—July 2009
July 2009

palate—July 2009

Lora Zarubin's picks for the best snacks and beverages for summer, including Spanish beers, Sue Moore's top dogs in Glendale, Scoops gelato and Argentine grilling.

Ojai’s Main Squeeze
March 2009

Ojai’s Main Squeeze

Lora Zarubin's love of all things citrus leads to some inspirational cooking with tangerines, grapefruits, oranges and more. Recipes for spot prawn paella and tangerine negronis included.

And the Award for Best Menu...
February 2009

And the Award for Best Menu...

It’s easy to forget that Oscar parties didn't really exist before Wolfgang Puck über-agent Swifty Lazar and began hosting their annual events.

Gentle Feast
November 2008

Gentle Feast

Kathy Freston celebrates the holidays with friends over a sumptuous vegan meal prepared by famed chef Tal Ronnen.

Almost Heaven
October 2008

Almost Heaven

Elizabeth Poett continues a famly tradition of organic-beef farming at Rancho San Julien near Santa Barbara.