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This Month’s Special: The 2012 Food Lovers Guide

Anyone who has palled around with me even a little knows that I have a serious thing for goats. I find them generally adorable, I appreciate their nondiscriminating palates, and most of all, I like what they produce: goat’s milk yogurt, kefir, and goat cheese. For years I’ve been imagining a fantasy future for myself in which I find a patch of land, acquire a small herd of Nubians, and make incredible aged artisanal goat cheeses for a living. The hitch? I have no idea how to make goat cheese. I’ve never even made ricotta or yogurt. In the world of milk crafting, that is the equivalent of a track star having no clue how to tie his or her shoes. Read more...

Postscript: The Takeover Artist

In “The Takeover Artist,” which appears in the September Los Angeles magazine, writer-at-large Ed Leibowitz profiles John Deasy, following him through his first year as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Executive editor Matthew Segal speaks with Leibowitz about Deasy, who’s set out to radically transform a system that is facing profound challenges—challenges that will no doubt shape the city’s future.  Read more...

A Postscript Q&A: The Dream Factory

What did you think when I called you with this assignment?
I thought it was just such a great opportunity. I've been on a lot of lots and I've shot on a lot of stages, but the idea of pointing the camera at the thing rather someone that's inside it—in other words, making the location the character and presenting it more from a blue collar perspective was new. For me, that was kind of magical.  Read more...

The “Best” of LA: The Unofficial Chain Store Confessions Edition

Every August we put out our annual Best of LA issue with a cheer—and a sigh of relief. Putting the package together requires months of reporting (eating, drinking, shopping, doing—hey, we’re just sayin’, not complainin’), writing, and designing. The issue celebrates L.A.’s best local resources: independent mom-and-pop shops and L.A.-based brands, businesses, and people. But we’d be lying if we said we’re not familiar with the big box stores dotting the city. Heck, we even have some favorites. So in the Best of LA spirit, here is our first-ever unofficial list of chain store picks. Grab a hat, a pair of shades, and a cart. We’re going shopping. Read more...

Postscript: The End of the Line

In “The End of the Line,” which appears in the July issue of Los Angeles magazine, Charles Fleming writes about pedestrians dying on the region’s train tracks. Many are killed by accident—people crossing the tracks often underestimate how fast trains are moving—but it’s the suicides that are especially haunting for the people who operate the trains. Fleming talks with executive editor Matthew Segal about the story. Read more...

The Sommelier Challenge

Bacon-Wrapped Oysters
Champagne with oysters is one of the most common classic pairings. And being a champagne fanatic, I happen to love champagne with bacon just as much. I strongly believe that throwing a plate of bacon-wrapped oysters on a table with a chilled bottle of nonvintage champagne would be a great start to a dinner party. The crisp and fresh bubbly would cut right through the richness of the bacon and pair deliciously with the salty brine of the oysters.  Read more...

Chris Nichols' Queen Mary Adventures

On June 1, the Cairo Caravan, one of the oldest and largest belly dance conventions in the country, will shimmy onto the Queen Mary. What other types of events has the art deco icon hosted? Chris Nichols recounts his most memorable experiences onboard the ship  Read more...

Postscript: The Identity Thief

In the June issue, Louise Farr writes about the twisted path of Randy Kling. In her story “The Identity Thief,” she details how Kling was a lifelong criminal with a knack for credit card fraud. He was so good at amassing aliases, he was even jailed at one point under a false identity. That was before he tried pulling off his biggest scam of all and wound up killing two people in the process. Executive editor Matthew Segal speaks with Farr about the piece. Read more...

52 Great Weekends Gear

theessentials_masa_tMobile Foodie Survival Kit 
Organic spices (basil, cayenne, curry, dill, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, and more) for the bon vivant on the go. $26 at Flight 101. Read more...

A Day in the Life of L.A.’s Burger King

6:32 Kids wake up way early. Don't they know I have a packed day? Anyway, I can see 16 minutes of Nickelodeon in my near future... Read more...

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