November 15, 2013 |
ALEPPO, Syria - The bags of pita bread are stacked in tight formation on the sidewalk, as if standing at attention. From here they will be dispersed across the rebel-held neighborhood to small, nondescript distribution centers: the bike repair shop down the street, the corner convenience store or the electrician's shop. The long lines that used to form outside bakeries, tempting targets for government air attacks, are gone. "We created the center for the protection of the people," said Abu Muhammad, a member of the bakery committee for the Bustan Qasir and Kalaseh neighborhoods.
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October 28, 2013 |
The owner of a Westside bakery has been charged with two dozen misdemeanor criminal counts for alleged health code violations that included allowing rats and pigeons to infest his business. Peter Plotitsa, 53, is accused of continuing to operate the Cake Collection after he was ordered in January to close the business by county health inspectors who observed evidence of rodent droppings, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. In a follow-up inspection at the Sawtelle neighborhood bakery in July, "investigators allegedly observed live rats, live pigeons roosting, rodent and pigeon droppings as well as gnaw marks on the building," officials with the city attorney's office said in a statement.
September 4, 2013 |
It's possible that New York Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner was simply suffering from low blood sugar when he verbally attacked a man who tried to shame him Wednesday as Weiner campaigned in an Orthodox Jewish section of Brooklyn. After all, his left cheek was bulging like a chipmunk when he heard someone in the bakery call him a “scumbag.” Or it could just be that he's had it, sick of being moralized at by people who are too dense to grasp that Weiner, who has already apologized for his mortifying sexual improprieties and begged his wife for forgiveness, has Moved On. “Takes one to know one, jackass,” said Weiner, turning around to the confront the man who'd lobbed the verbal grenade.
August 9, 2013 |
Some of the best bakeries in Los Angeles are heeding the call for gluten-free desserts. Short Cake, Sycamore Kitchen and Huckleberry have all developed more than just a flourless chocolate cake or a macaroon to satisfy the strong demand for baked goods without wheat, barley or rye. “You can't deny there's a huge demand for gluten-free pastries,” said Karen Hatfield, owner and baker at Sycamore Kitchen, on LaBrea Boulevard near 1 st ...
April 29, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Crack open the Ho Hos and Twinkies you've been hoarding. The new Hostess Brands said Monday that it would open bakeries in Indianapolis, Indiana and Illinois. The announcement came a week after Hostess Brands said it planned to reopen and hire for its bakeries in Georgia and Kansas. Hostess filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012. In November, a federal bankruptcy judge gave Hostess the go-ahead to wind down after failed negotiations with its striking bakers union.
April 11, 2013
ART Frances Anderton, the host of KCRW's "DnA: Design and Architecture," hosts two conversations with figures from L.A.'s top museums and culinary scene, including LACMA Director Michael Govan and famed pastry chef Sherry Yard. A pop-up gallery housing cutting-edge designs will also be featured as well as music by KCRW's Liza Richardson. Ticket holders get a complimentary Father's Office beer or a Helms Bakery cookie. Helms Bakery, 8758 Venice Blvd. #100, L.A. Noon. Sun. $10 to $15. (310)