November 2013


From the Editor

For Marcel Proust a madeleine famously opened the floodgates of memory. A ripe pineapple does it for me: One nibble and I am returned to a beach that has been cleansed by a brief morning storm, a trade wind rustling through coconut palm fronds and the sweet scent of plumeria hitting like a fragrant uppercut. One bite and I’m back in Hawaii… Read



Food Lovers Guide
Edited by Lesley Bargar Suter
Join our scrumptious voyage through 80 cuisines around Los Angeles

Ghost Cat
By Mike Kessler
A vestige of L.A.’s feral origins, cougars are rarely seen but everpresent in our hills. On the trail of the feared predators

WEB EXTRA: Read “Telling Tails,” a Q&A with Mike Kessler about this feature

Taking Back the Night
By Monica Corcoran Harel

Gail Abarbanel has worked for 39 years to change the way the nation thinks about rape

On Hawaii Time
By Matt Jaffe
Road-trip through the Big Island’s quiet climes, with side trips to Kauai, Maui, and Oahu

WEB EXTRA: The story of editor-in-chief Mary Melton’s hawaiiana collection



The L.A. Aqueduct marks a watershed year; Megan Chernin educates parents on their kids’ schools; the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts opens

L.A. Archetype
A veteran firefighter on being first to the scene

Ask Chris
Dropping seedbombs with Chris Nichols

L.A. Story
Lucy Liu tells of a New Yorker’s love for the other coast

The Seen
All the parties fit to crash

How L.A. Works
The finer points of the Cinerama Dome



Prime Finds
Salvatore Ferragamo’s only-in-L.A. collection

The Luxe Life
Advertising CEO Aaron Walton, whose clients include the Dodgers, is a runway model in his other life. He shares six items he’s coveting now

Au Courant
Pearls aren’t pushovers any longer

In Store
Ermenegildo Zegna’s Rodeo Drive debut

Fall Fashion
Actors Lili Taylor and Michael Ealy study the work of David Hockney

WEB EXTRA: A Video Sneak Peek: Fall Fashion



Small Bites
Cake decorating goes sci-fi at the Sugar Lab; nothing says the holidays like a juice fast; meet David Nayfeld of Fifty Seven; Joel Stein goes to the birds; on Turkey Day Lou loves cider PLUS: Octavio Becerra’s menu at Acabar is a jet-setter, and new restaurants Mari Vanna, Little Sister, and EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

The Dine Review
Patric Kuh considers chef Evan Funke’s homage to the power of noodles at Bucato



Culture Files
Richard Avedon is back in the public eye; Bettina Korek revives a Westwood art scene; our city’s own library of Alexandria PLUS: Isabella Rossellini has an insect fetish

Street Smart
Cruise chic Abbot Kinney—no gondola required

Best of LA
Everyone’s a comedian at these laugh factories

The Guide
30 things to do in November, from taking in a fancy fight night to tracking the Afro-futuristic sounds of Janelle Monáe



Open City
By Anne Taylor Fleming
A growing obsession with external concerns is taking a toll on women’s internal ambitions

By Matthew Kredell
With new coaches at USC and UCLA, is the basketball rivalry between the two schools about to get real?

By Steve Erickson
12 Years a Slave reminds a nation of what it clearly wants to forget

By Andrea Richards
We’ve all heard about the restorative wonders of B12 injections. But are the shots really doing what everybody says they do?