Tuesday, February 25

Sugarcoated: Milk Tavern’s cozy design rolls nostalgic vibes with ice cream, cereal and cider

In an era when dessert is often evaluated by its Instagram potential, Los Angeles shines as one of the world’s premier cities for sweet treats. Join Daily Bruin staffers each week as they visit different dessert joints, going behind the scenes to give you an exclusive look into the creation of trending sugary concoctions. Read more...

Photo: Milk Tavern, a dessert shop in Koreatown, is known for its often daring combinations of ice cream and cereal. Patrons can create their own combinations, choosing from a variety of cereals stocked in dispensers along a wall. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Alumna-owned beauty company spreads Indian concepts of mind-body wellness

Shrankhla Holecek’s products for her brand stem from formulas that have existed for over 800 years. Founded in 2016, Holecek said Uma Oils revitalizes skin care and wellness through the principles of Ayurveda, a system of medicine unique to India. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Shrankhla Holecek created Uma Oils, a beauty and wellness brand that incorporates the principles of Ayurveda. Ayurveda, a plant-based system of medicine unique to India ascribes practical lifestyle and diet guidelines to maintain optimal beauty and health, Holecek said. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Alumna Emmy-nominated for unique cinematography for vibrant sitcom

Patti Lee welcomes visitors into the neon-lit world of “Superior Donuts.” The sitcom follows the antics of elderly donut shop owner Arthur Przybyszewski (Judd Hirsch) and his young, optimistic employee Franco (Jermaine Fowler), with visits from a colorful cast of Chicago natives. Read more...

Photo: Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series, alumna Patti Lee said she aimed to encapsulate the vibrancy of the donut shop featured in the CBS sitcom “Superior Donuts.” (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin)

Alumna weaves together comedy, gore in new tale of mob mentality in social media

A double doorbell notification from an app, humorously referencing “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” signals gruesome death in Gretchen McNeil’s new book “#MurderTrending.” Huddled at her desk for nine weeks, the UCLA alumna said she produced a seemingly simple narrative following a teenager wrongly convicted of murder, layering it with broader commentary about the omnipresence of social media. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Gretchen McNeil’s upcoming novel “#MurderTrending” takes place in a future where government-sanctioned executions are livestreamed via an app. Meant to serve as a commentary on the impact of social media, McNeil said the books reveals how the internet can magnify society’s worst impulses. The young adult novel will be released Tuesday. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Album review: ‘Liberation’

Christina Aguilera’s “Liberation” aims to paint a picture of female empowerment, but leaves listeners with a muddled image instead. Six years after the release of her pop-driven album “Lotus,” Aguilera hearkens back to the R&B and soul influence that characterizes her earlier work, also layering in more modern elements, such as trap beats reminiscent of Migos’ music. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of RCA Records)

UCLA alumna’s paintings of everyday life featured in San Antonio gallery

Ana Fernandez and her “chili queens” dish out Tex-Mex food from her San Antonio food truck, Chamoy City Limits. The truck has also become a source of inspiration for Fernandez’s paintings. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Ana Fernandez paints everyday scenes from around San Antonio. In “Collier Pool,” she captures a Latino family going for a swim in a public pool. (Courtesy of Ana Fernandez)

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