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Let’s Pretend We Have Winter in L.A.

Winters in L.A. hardly deserve the seasonal title. But down in L.A. County's equivalent of the South Pole—i.e., Long Beach—the folks behind a permanently stationary ocean liner have created a wonderland for both kids and adults.

Stop Asking Me: Vegetarian & Vegan Tamales

This column is where Dine Editor Lesley Bargar Suter usually shares her restaurant recommendations that she gives to inquiring friends and/or coworkers. But today, I’m hijacking it, and making...

Essential T: Tamales for the Holidays

Tamales: the best little Latin American presents to unwrap on Christmas. Here's where to order some of our favorites for your holiday table.

A Festivus For The Rest Of Us: Holiday Dining the Seinfeld Way

How to celebrate America's favorite made-up holiday with a traditional Festivus meal.

L.A.’s Newest Food Truck Sells Bookish Gifts

The Central Library in downtown L.A. already has one of the better gift shops in the city. Now, they're bringing their wares to you, rolling out a truck filled with literary-themed tchotchkes.

Special Hanukkah Menus Around Town

Hanukkah starts December 8, and local restaurants are gearing up with special holiday treats for the eight-day Festival of Lights.

Christmas is Cancelled. Blame John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

There's a world of cheerful shlock where things like Donny & Marie, Dancing With the Stars, and Duran Duran reunions exist. Then there's the Land Beyond Cheese, a galaxy where John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John won't stop line-dancing.

Quick Take: ‘Twas the Night Before Hanukkah

Yuletide tunes vs. Hanukkah classics (wait, those exist?) battle it out for holiday song supremacy.

Ice Ice, Baby: A Roundup of L.A.’s Ice Rinks

Aside from apocalyptic disaster movies, we rarely see snow in sunny Los Angeles. That doesn't mean we can't bring winter to us. This is Hollywood. If Tobey Maguire can become an action hero and Denise Richards can play a nuclear physicist, then we can have ice rinks with nary a snowflake in sight. Grab a friend, a thermos of hot chocolate, and an adventurous spirit as you become a blade runner -- not like a futuristic detective who hunts down renegade robots, more like Kristi Yamaguchi.