How Persian Ice Cream Found Its Way to the Center of Los Angeles Food Culture

A few weeks ago, my brother-in-law purchased an ice cream machine on sale. Although he might be the human version of Bob the Builder and incredibly well-versed in just about any task he sets his mind to, my brother-in-law is no chef or ice cream maker. Why, then, purchase the tool? “To make akbar mashti, […]

Trump Smacks California by Cancelling $929 Million Grant for the Bullet Train

The Trump administration officially canceled $929 million in federal grants earmarked for California’s ambitious high-speed rail project, escalating tensions between the federal government and the most-populous U.S. state. Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory said in a letter Thursday to Brian Kelly, the chief executive officer of the state agency running the project, that California has […]

The Race Is on to Find the Next Sustainable Superstar Seafood

“There is no more normal in California,” says Kenny Belov, the owner of Two X Sea, a seafood restaurant and wholesaler on San Francisco’s waterfront. He’s not talking about the state’s wildfires or housing prices–although he certainly could be. Instead he means California fish: “People will drop their gear in the water, but there is […]

New Documentary Shines Light on Latinx Winemakers in Sonoma and Napa Valley

Depending on the topography and winds of change, wine harvest season in the Northern Hemisphere can start as early as August and last through October. But harvest wouldn’t be possible without countless laborers who often work very hard for very little. In California, Latinos make up the bulk of this group: a combination of multigenerational […]

PG&E Records $10.5 Billion Charge in California’s Camp Fire

Less than four months after the deadly Camp Fire started in Paradise, Calif., Pacific Gas and Electric appears ready to accept culpability for starting it–and pay the consequences. The California utility giant said in a government filing Thursday that while the cause is still under investigation, “PG&E Corporation believes it is probable that the utility’s […]