December 24, 2010 |
Who's ready for a steaming-hot bowl of meat, eggs and cheese from Burger King for breakfast? Or a pizza with not just bacon but "double bacon" and six types of cheese? Rolling into 2011, fast-food joints across the country are set to deploy a potent new arsenal of greasy goodness for Americans who have grown numb to mere burgers. Think spicier, cheesier, gooier. The new items flout principles of healthful eating and instead celebrate a spirit of wanton gluttony. "There's been quite a bit of what we call carnival revival," said Darren Tristano, a restaurant expert at market researcher Technomic.
September 24, 2010 |
Grammy-winning jazz artist George Duke has worked with jazz musicians from A, as in Cannonball Adderley, to Z, as in Frank Zappa. He's produced hits for artists including Jeffrey Osborne ("Stay With Me Tonight," "On the Wings of Love") and Deniece Williams ("Let's Hear It for the Boy"), and he has a fresh album of his own out, "DÃ©jÃ Vu. " But Saturday night at UCLA's Royce Hall, he'll be doing something a bit different, blending American jazz with European orchestral traditions.
September 4, 2010 |
Business is brisk at the Aburi Itsu restaurant, a great relief for fifth-generation owner Michimasu Takayasu. The reason: The eatery specializes in eel, or unagi. The fish is hugely popular in Japan, especially in hot weather, when the delicacy is believed to boost sagging energy. Dishes are prepared by chefs specially trained in eel cooking: They scoop the squirming fish out of restaurant tanks, deftly slice off the heads, soak the rest in a soy sauce mixture and broil it to perfection over hot coals.
September 1, 2010 |
The prescription diet drug sibutramine, sold under the brand name Meridia, should be taken off the market because it raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes in some patients, the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine said Wednesday. Those risks, published in January on a government clinical-trials website and now in full in the journal, outweigh the modest benefits of the medication, said Dr. Gregory D. Curfman, the journal's executive editor and lead author of an editorial that accompanied the study.
August 26, 2010 |
President Obama served plates of barbecued gulf shrimp to guests at his 49th birthday party Aug. 9. But Kindra Arnesen, who runs a shrimp boat with her husband here in southern Louisiana, isn't nearly ready to eat what comes out of the tepid gray waters. When news first hit of the massive oil blowout 50 miles southeast of here, Arnesen filled her freezer with shrimp. She has no intention of eating fresh seafood until she stops hearing from her fellow fishermen about blobs of oil on the sea bottom and tiny droplets of dispersed hydrocarbons in the water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2010 |
Jeff Wilcox lopes across the nearly empty parking lot, aiming for a large brick building. Inside, he excitedly shows off the cavernous space, once used to make wire, vacant now for a decade. He imagines it running 24/7, filled with glowing lights, gurgling irrigation systems, whirling ventilators and workers coaxing thousands of pungent marijuana plants to bud. And that's just one part of his proposal. Wilcox, a retired builder, owns a campus of aging, idled industrial plants. On a wall in an unused conference room, a sketch of the property shows how he could fill most of the 172,000 square feet with growers raising high-end pot and entrepreneurs turning out brownies, drinks, tinctures and other products.
July 19, 2010
Fox Searchlight found the limit for how many people want to see the offbeat romantic comedy "Cyrus" this weekend, while Focus Features found there's still a bigger potential audience for indie drama "The Kids Are All Right." "Cyrus," which stars John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill more than doubled its theater count from 200 to 446 but saw its ticket sales decline from $1.3 million to a studio estimated $1.1 million. While "Cyrus" continues to play well in cities, it didn't find much of an audience in the new suburban theaters where it opened this weekend, said Fox Searchlight executive vice president of distribution Sheila DeLoach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2010 |
After an exhausting political fight to put an $11.1-billion plan for shoring up the state's water supply before voters, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now wants to yank the measure from the November ballot. The governor is working with legislative leaders to postpone the water bond proposal as its prospects appear increasingly dim. Polls suggest voters may not have the appetite for such borrowing at a time when the state budget is in continuing crisis. And the governor's vow to aggressively fight another measure on the November ballot, one that would roll back the landmark global warming bill he signed in 2006, threatens to distract from the effort to get the water bond passed.
June 20, 2010 |
There's a Calvinist streak marbling the fat of any good American eater: One hand giveth and the other taketh away. I should. I shouldn't. Pleasure and pain. I want it but I shouldn't have it. This is a good time to reflect on just how American our obsession with food really is. And unlike television shows about food, which are for the most part fun and entertaining, and, yes, even informative, books about food cross a wide array of emotion, from memoirs dripping with nostalgia about Mom's kitchen to impassioned manifestoes about changing the way we, the world, eat. Look at the shelves at your local bookstore: There are relaxing volumes by foodies, amateur and professional, which are pure pleasure.
May 27, 2010 |
In the late afternoon of April 12, 32-year-old Nguyen Tran of North Hollywood stepped into the KFC at the corner of Witmer and West 6 t h streets near downtown Los Angeles. After a few minutes of scrutinizing the menu board, and glancing at the store's signage, he leaned across the counter and asked the man behind the counter, in an almost conspiratorial voice: "Do you guys have that … you know … the Double Down?" When the cashier tentatively bobbed his head in affirmation, Tran pumped his fist in the air, uttered an excited "Sweet!"