Holidays

Red velvet cake tends to come up during Valentine’s Day. Beyond all the food coloring, the pastry’s biggest characteristic is its slightly tart flavor.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

As younger generations take over legacy businesses, they’re promoting heart-shaped food on Instagram to keep profits up.

from KCRW Features

Peter McGraw, a 53-year-old singleton and author of “Solo,” talks about the benefits of being uncoupled, especially on Valentine’s Day.

‘Solo’ and loving it: Singlehood means more space, energy, money

Peter McGraw, a 53-year-old singleton and author of “Solo,” talks about the benefits of being uncoupled, especially on Valentine’s Day.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Cathy Asapahu shops for berries for a dessert tasting at Ayara Thai.

Market Report: Cathy Asapahu creates a dessert tasting to celebrate the Lunar New Year

Cathy Asapahu shops for berries for a dessert tasting at Ayara Thai.

from Good Food

The pineapple bun is a flaky, fluffy, and crumbly Hong Kong Cantonese snack. It’s made from a milk bread dough that’s enriched with butter, sugar, and eggs.

Indulge in fluffy pineapple buns this Lunar New Year

The pineapple bun is a flaky, fluffy, and crumbly Hong Kong Cantonese snack. It’s made from a milk bread dough that’s enriched with butter, sugar, and eggs.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Elvis Mitchell’s favorite Christmas films include unusual selections: “The Odessa File,” “Comfort and Joy,” and the songs that define them.

Elvis Mitchell on unconventional Christmas films: ‘The Odessa File’ & ‘Comfort and Joy’

Elvis Mitchell’s favorite Christmas films include unusual selections: “The Odessa File,” “Comfort and Joy,” and the songs that define them.

from The Treatment

Vendors at the marketplace say people from as far as New York go there to buy supplies like corn husks and nativity scenes for Christmas.

At DTLA’s Piñata District, vendors sell goodies for Christmas season

Vendors at the marketplace say people from as far as New York go there to buy supplies like corn husks and nativity scenes for Christmas.

from Greater LA

At least 15 productions of “A Christmas Carol” exist in SoCal, and each theater adds a twist to the play.

‘A Christmas Carol’ plays bring quirky holiday experience to LA

At least 15 productions of “A Christmas Carol” exist in SoCal, and each theater adds a twist to the play.

from Greater LA

Santa Claus ‘Conquers Martians,’ theatergoers in Fullerton

Terrible Christmas movie is now cult classic campy theater

Santa Claus ‘Conquers Martians,’ theatergoers in Fullerton

from Greater LA

Which LA charities make an impact and need support? Evan Kleiman points to No Us Without You, Student Lunch Box, Hollywood Food Coalition, and Adopt an Elder.

Where should your charitable donations go this year?

Which LA charities make an impact and need support? Evan Kleiman points to No Us Without You, Student Lunch Box, Hollywood Food Coalition, and Adopt an Elder.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Lesly Gonzalez works 10-hour days leading up to Christmas. Does the heavy workload dampen her holiday spirit?

What’s work like for an LA postal carrier before Christmas?

U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Lesly Gonzalez works 10-hour days leading up to Christmas. Does the heavy workload dampen her holiday spirit?

from Greater LA

Since 1925, members of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club have been meeting bright and early to sing songs, solve puzzles, and eat ham and eggs.

At nearly century-old LA Breakfast Club, everyone’s ‘a ham or an egg’

Since 1925, members of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club have been meeting bright and early to sing songs, solve puzzles, and eat ham and eggs.

from Greater LA

From rum, mezcal, and gin to micheladas, punches, and tiki drinks, these 57 recipes will satisfy your craving for a creative tipple.

So many cocktail recipes for New Year's Eve (or any other holiday party)

From rum, mezcal, and gin to micheladas, punches, and tiki drinks, these 57 recipes will satisfy your craving for a creative tipple.

from Good Food

Can this 1992 Tim Burton film about the Dark Knight make your days merry and bright? Vox’s Alex Abad-Santos says “Batman Returns” is the best Christmas rom-com.

‘Batman Returns’: Christmas classic? It’s silly, gruesome, about togetherness

Can this 1992 Tim Burton film about the Dark Knight make your days merry and bright? Vox’s Alex Abad-Santos says “Batman Returns” is the best Christmas rom-com.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Year after year, a Fullerton theater sells out a camped-up comedy about Santa Claus on Mars. The stage show is based on a 1964 B-movie.

Terrible Christmas movie is now cult classic campy theater

Year after year, a Fullerton theater sells out a camped-up comedy about Santa Claus on Mars. The stage show is based on a 1964 B-movie.

from KCRW Features

For many in the Latino community, the act of making and eating tamales brings people together during the holiday season.

Tamaladas are epitome of a holiday banquet: Gustavo Arellano

For many in the Latino community, the act of making and eating tamales brings people together during the holiday season.

from Greater LA

Bringing people together through music is a big part of KCRW’s work. Meet everyone who makes Press Play happen, and a song or two that’s special to us.

Press Play’s holiday music picks and why they matter to us

Bringing people together through music is a big part of KCRW’s work. Meet everyone who makes Press Play happen, and a song or two that’s special to us.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

At Christmas, Filipinos traditionally display a star-shaped lantern called a parol in their window or outside their home. But that can be pricey, so some locals get creative.

For Christmas, this Filipino tradition needs shells – or creativity

At Christmas, Filipinos traditionally display a star-shaped lantern called a parol in their window or outside their home. But that can be pricey, so some locals get creative.

from KCRW Features

LA aficionados Patt Morrison and Fritz Coleman discuss where and how Angelenos can experience winter holiday charm despite the temperate weather.

Where to experience a White Christmas in LA

LA aficionados Patt Morrison and Fritz Coleman discuss where and how Angelenos can experience winter holiday charm despite the temperate weather.

from Greater LA

Musician Arturo Sandoval discusses what makes a Christmas song “swing,” his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie, and his December 23 show at Disney Concert Hall.

Swing in the holidays with Arturo Sandoval

Musician Arturo Sandoval discusses what makes a Christmas song “swing,” his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie, and his December 23 show at Disney Concert Hall.

from Greater LA