Rachel Dowd

Prada, prana, yoga


See that girl in the front row? I've seen her adjust those Hard Tail pants, so she knows that her thong is showing," says Malissa Shriver, speaking after a Maha Yoga flow class on a recent Sunday…

A taste of honey


Mead wants a makeover. "I would like to see mead have what happened to craft beers in the '90s," says David Myers, founder of Colorado meadery Redstone. "People would go into a small town and ask…

‘Abbey’ road


Rule of thumb: When you need a police helicopter to disperse the masses, that's a good party. Visits from the police's helipad squad are a milestone of nights at the Abbey Food & Bar, a West…

Dough pros rise up


For Eric Kayser, founder of Breadbar, it's all about the loaf. A fourth-generation baker, Kayser learned the craft of artisan bread over a four-year Tour de France, the craftman's custom that gave…

Craving hang-ups


Patrons love the chandeliers at West Hills steakhouse Chapter 8. They can't keep their hands off them. "That happened this weekend," says owner Brad Sinefrock, pointing to the missing crystal spears…

It takes a Mammoth village


After WWII, the U.S. Forest Service couldn't sell Mammoth Mountain. Too high, too much snow, too far from Los Angeles. Last October, hotel mogul Barry S. Sternlicht paid $365 million for Mammoth, the…

Petite patisseries


Here's hoping that the new year will see the cupcake lose its claw-like grip on the collective pastry consciousness. We're tired of bakeries that ride a trend while hewing to the sugar-and-shortening…

White wine in disguise


Doug Swim, manager for the Los Feliz arm of tapas eatery Cobras & Matadors, is conducting a stealth marketing campaign for the Spanish white wine Albarino. If diners order a glass of Pinot Grigio, he…

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