After a weekend of all-time high temperatures, the heat wave gripping Southern California will ease slightly on Monday -- but many inland areas will remain in the triple digits. Temperatures will fall about 10 degrees in many areas Monday. But you might not notice much improvement, given how hot it has been. An excessive heat warning remains in effect for many parts of the region through Monday night. The National Weather Service said the coast will see the most relief Monday.
For the entire month of May, The Times will be presenting a food festival called Food Bowl. The festival will include special programs, dining experiences and forums as well as conversation about issues of sustainability, food waste and hunger. The events will draw on L.A.'s own chefs and food folks, as well as renown chefs from around the globe. The festival will be centered around a Night Market, to be held at Grand Park in downtown L.A. from May 10-14, and will include over 50 restaurants and food trucks, along with lots of food, drinks and live entertainment. For the rest of the month, there will be individual events in kitchens and restaurants, at bars and coffee shops, in farmers markets and even in buses.
Road trips make me antsy. As a hiker and runner, I build in as many stops as my buddies will tolerate on the four-hour or so drive between L.A. and Morro Bay. Here are five hikes that take you from blacktop to nature -- and back again. Wendy Trail in Newbury Park: A 15-minute detour from U.S. 101 takes you into the grasslands and meadows of the Santa Monica Mountains. Walk a few flat miles on this trail and you'll come to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, where kids can play in the outdoor wikiup or view artifacts inside.
One of next year's most exciting places to eat in Los Angeles may actually be a mall. Westfield Century City plans to open more than 10 restaurants, bars and coffee shops as part of its $950-million makeover, along with the West Coast's first Eataly Italian marketplace. Here's an alphabetical look at what you'll be waiting in line to eat at the Century City mall next year: Compartes Chocolatier: The Los Angeles chocolate brand has been making chocolate in L.A. since 1950. Known for owner Jonathan Grahm's playful flavors and packaging, each of the company's two existing stores (on Melrose Avenue and in Brentwood) has a colorful chocolate bar wall. No word yet on whether the Century City location will have one, but we're expecting great, big, Instagram-worthy things.
To get to Windrose Farm, travel a winding road through San Luis Obispo County, down a long lane buttressed by oak trees, a field dotted with sheep, and you'll find an arrangement of farm buildings and a broad one-story house behind the tallest oak tree of them all. Apple trees fill out the middle distance. A stone Buddha's head the size of a stove sits beneath the enormous tree in front of the house. In the kitchen, Barbara Spencer is cutting vegetables. The house she shares with her husband, Bill, 69, is the gateway to their 50-acre farm, and the kitchen is its center, both spiritually and physically.