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Saturday, Nov 18


The secrets to a Thanksgiving #tablescape that will blow up on Instagram

For the Thanksgiving that Diana and Josh Perrin host every year, they draw inspiration from tablescapes they feature on their hugely popular Casa de Perrin Instagram feed, which has more than 288,000 followers.


Designer Azzedine Alaia, known for clingy style, dies at 77

Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaia, a fashion iconoclast whose clingy styles helped define the 1980s and who dressed famous women from Hollywood to the White House, has died at age 77.


Books: The National Book Award winners, Alexander Chee on his mentor Kit Reed and more

Hello, readers! I’m Carolyn Kellogg, book editor of the L.A. Times, with this week’s newsletter with some great bookish stories to carry you through Thanksgiving.

The key to a happy life? Gratitude that goes beyond Thanksgiving

The importance of gratitude goes beyond a picture-perfect Thanksgiving tableau.


I miss her every Thanksgiving, and try not to wonder 'What if...?'

I remember her every year at this time — and when I see the Missed Connections on Craigslist, where strangers who were too shy to connect when they first crossed paths hope to unite.

Thanksgiving treats that won't ruin your diet

A traditional made-from-scratch Thanksgiving feast isn’t for everyone. For those who would prefer to lighten their day-of workloads, or have the option of healthful dishes for vegan and gluten-free guests, here are some easy and nutrient…


Invest in a fragrant spring by planting sweet peas — now

There's nothing quite as fragrant as sweet peas. You can make this lovely English garden-type scene a reality in your yard, but you need to act now, because fall is prime time for planting this cool-weather flower in Southern California.


Steve Aoki is known for ‘caking’ his music fans, but getting them dressed is his latest move

DJ Steve Aoki is going beyond the music with the U.S. launch of his high-end men's streetwear label, Dim Mak Collection, at selects Saks Fifth Avenue stores. This year, he has been busy launching a number of fashion collaborations…

Friday, Nov 17


What will be on your Thanksgiving plate? It depends on where you’ll be

As Americans gather around the dinner table this Thanksgiving, the food on their plates will differ — except for stuffing; nearly everyone eats stuffing. We looked at Google search trends of holiday recipes to find regional differences.


Jonathan Gold goes to Bell for Rocio Camacho's take on a boozy Oaxacan taqueria


If you have traveled outside your neighborhood for Mexican food in the last decade or so, you have probably run across the cooking of Rocio Camacho, a Oaxacan-born chef who is occasionally described as a Johnny Appleseed of mole. I first…


Sick of Thanksgiving recipes? Try this zombie apocalypse alternative dinner

After a long day, it’s never easy deciding what to serve for dinner — especially if that day entailed surviving the zombie apocalypse with limited resources and trembling, bare hands.


Salads, hash and more great recipes using Brussels sprouts, now in season

What’s in season: Resembling miniature cabbage heads, Brussels sprouts grow in small, tight rows on long stalks, with larger sprouts at the bottom, tapering off into smaller sprouts toward the top. A member of the cabbage family, the…


What's in Alana Hadid's closet? The busy fashion maven takes us on a style tour

She may not be as famous as her supermodel half-sisters, but the personal stylist is building eyewear and clothing lines that are inspired by her family.


Gwyneth Paltrow talks about her growing Goop empire — and its link to her favorite childhood candy store

Goop Lab in the Brentwood Country Mart is another sign of the company's growth. It joins a new magazine, health summits and plans for holiday gift shops.

In the harvest season, life is in the kitchen. I could walk from house to house, stirring things

It’s hardly a cowboy’s life, hitting plastic buttons all day and plugging in various devices. Our dads and grandpas, who won world wars, would scoff.

Thursday, Nov 16


The Standard Hollywood and cannabis brand Lord Jones to open an in-hotel boutique early next year

Boutique hotel group Standard International and cannabis-infused confection maker Lord Jones have announced a partnership that includes opening a retail shop in the lobby of the Standard Hollywood early next year.

Whereforeart thou, rock gods? 'Uncommon People' has the answer

It’s probably safe to assume that most of us have wanted to be a rock star at some point in our lives. The impulse is usually fleeting, however, and instead, we embrace the ritual of vicariously basking in the glory of the genuine article,…


Alexander Chee on the life, work and loss of his mentor, Kit Reed

The first day of Kit Reed’s advanced fiction class, sitting in the yellow Victorian house I would come to know simply as “Lawn Avenue,” was my first time for so many things. I had never been taught by a professor in her own home, for…


Pop-up shop salutes the city with L.A.-inspired items that won't break the bank

Mayor Eric Garcetti was only half-joking when he said he would have liked for the new LA Original pop-up shop to be housed in City Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Masa and bone marrow stuffing and a Tecate-brined turkey: Thanksgiving with Broken Spanish chef Ray Garcia

On a bright November afternoon in downtown Los Angeles, the kitchen engines at Broken Spanish, chef Ray Garcia’s modernist Mexican restaurant, are in high holiday gear. Garcia has gathered his core crew, friends and family, for a holiday…


Want to spice up your holiday party looks? That's simple. Wear velvet

A touch of velvet is essential to stand out in the holiday party crowds this season.


19 vegetable dishes that are perfect for the holidays

Glazed cippolini onions with pancetta. Roasted butternut squash with dukkah. Califlower steaks with romesco and more. We’ve compiled 19 of our favorite vegetable dishes, perfect for fall meals and holiday planning.


What comes after skinny jeans? Luxe denim line Jean Atelier has a few fancy ideas

For almost as long as he can remember, entrepreneur and designer Jerome Dahan has had his finger on the pulse of the denim world — first as a teenager in Montreal when he fashioned his first pair of jeans, then as a game-changing designer…


Officials are still searching for the source of 4 Legionnaires' cases. Disneyland cooling towers haven't been ruled out

Disneyland shut down two cooling towers contaminated with Legionella after 11 people who spent time at the park were infected with Legionnaires'. But four more people who didn't visit the park were also infected, raising questions about…


You’d never guess this custom console is an Ikea cabinet

When interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel posted photos of her kitchen remodel on her blog, her kitchen cabinets – Ikea cabinet bases faced with custom two-tone Shaker doors and copper and brass door pulls – went viral.


When astronaut Scott Kelly told Bill Nye about space

During his year aboard the International Space Station, the longest space mission in American history, astronaut Scott Kelly received a call from his daughter. Braced for bad news, he asked what was wrong.


Masha Gessen, Jesmyn Ward, Robin Benway and Frank Bidart win National Book Awards

Jesmyn Ward won her second National Book Award for fiction — for “Sing, Unburied, Sing” on Wednesday night at a ceremony in New York. She took the stage and looked down at her phone, explaining that she wasn’t being rude — “my speech is on…

Wednesday, Nov 15


Anaheim Legionnaires' outbreak grows; 11 cases linked to Disneyland visits

The number of people diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease after spending time in Anaheim or Disneyland increased to 15, Orange County health officials said Wednesday.


The joy of autumnal ice cream, in Italy and in Los Angeles

When I first traveled to Italy in the 1970s, everything was seasonal — it wasn’t a choice, it’s just how it was. Supermarkets didn’t exist, grocery stores were tiny, and although there were the beginnings of industrialized food, the old…


5 wines to pair with your Thanksgiving feast

Of all the advice you’ll get this year about what wines to bring to Thanksgiving, none are more pertinent or relevant than these two rules: 1. Keep it simple and 2. Make people happy (including yourself).