July 26, 2011 |
The largest number of initial public offerings in four years is scheduled this week as U.S. companies rush out deals to capitalize on investors' sudden ardor for new issues. Eleven IPOs - led by the parent of Dunkin' Donuts - will go public as Wall Street gears up for what could be a frenetic period for IPOs. Investors are being drawn to the IPO sector by the recent huge gains in Internet-related companies such as LinkedIn Corp. and Zillow Inc. and by the growing excitement over upcoming deals from the likes of Zynga Inc. and Groupon Inc. Shares of LinkedIn, the social-media service for professionals, more than doubled on its first trading day in May, while real-estate website Zillow shot up 79% last week.
June 23, 2011 |
This is Los Angeles' Peruvian moment, an embrace of Andean flavors prophesied long ago by food futurists who proclaimed the cuisine to be the next big thing. There have always been pockets of our sprawling geography where ceviche is scattered with giant kernels of corn and jugs of chicha morada stain teeth a pleasant purple. But this is a citywide shift in culinary consciousness. It coalesced at Mo-Chica. Ricardo Zarate's restaurant reshaped the notions of Peruvian food with sushi-grade fish mounded in a tart puddle of citrus, and quinoa cut with crème fraîche and stirred just until it resembled risotto.
May 29, 2011
If only food were as simple as cigarettes. There are no ambiguities about the evils of smoking. It sickens people who do it and endangers those around them. Despite remarkable progress in persuading people not to take up the habit in recent decades, smoking is still the No. 1 preventable cause of death in this country, and it has no known health benefits. Overeating, especially of low-nutrition junk food, is a bad habit too. Obesity is a fast-rising threat to American health. Yet, unlike with cigarettes, we can't "quit" food.
February 20, 2011 |
The gig: Ron Boyd, 53, is chief of the Los Angeles Port Police, the 200-member force assigned to the nation's busiest seaport. That includes 43 miles of waterfront, about 7,300 acres of water channels, terminals, docks and rail yards, cargo ships, cruise ships and tankers, as well as a few thousand recreational boaters. In addition to that high-profile job, Boyd is president of the International Assn. of Airport and Seaport Police. Unintended results: Boyd was studying to be a radio or television broadcaster at Los Angeles City College when he took a job as a security guard at Universal Studios.
January 4, 2011 |
Everyone wants a piece of Facebook Inc. News that investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian Internet investment firm, will invest a combined $500 million in the social networking site has only whetted the voracious appetite of investors seeking to own a chunk of the wildly popular but privately held company, which now has an implied value of $50 billion. Facebook board member Peter Thiel has said Facebook would consider going public in 2012, in what would undoubtedly be one of the most anticipated initial public offerings ever in the Silicon Valley.
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.