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More broiling temperatures on Labor Day, but also some signs of relief on the way

Los Angeles Times

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.


Los Angeles Times Food Bowl: What to do Week 4

Los Angeles Times

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 trip: 5 hikes to make on your next drive from L.A. to Morro Bay

Los Angeles Times

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.


All the new restaurants headed for the Westfield Century City mall, including Din Tai Fung

Los Angeles Times

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.


Drive the narrow, winding, spectacular back-door route to Big Sur: Nacimiento-Fergusson Road

Los Angeles Times

Each of these essential California adventures has been tried and tested by a Travel section staffer or contributor. Why: It'll quicken your pulse, drop your jaw and demand your full attention. What: Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, a winding, two-lane highway, begins in the Salinas Valley countryside north of Paso Robles, next to the often-overlooked Mission San Antonio de Padua and the Army's Ft. Then for 7 miles, via dozens of switchback turns, it wends its way down the western slopes to Big Sur. It meets Highway 1 at Kirk Creek, about 4 miles south of Lucia and 10 miles north of Mud Creek, where landslide repairs have closed Highway 1. Motorcyclists have loved Nacimiento-Fergusson Road for years, and traffic has been relatively thin.