CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2011 |
It was a new, foodie-type twist to the old inner-city gun buyback program. Hunger Action L.A., an advocacy group that helps to feed the poor and promotes healthful eating, called on Koreatown residents to surrender their high-calorie soft drinks on Saturday and get a bag of fresh fruits and vegetables in return. The "soda exchange," which was held as part of an annual food fair at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, wasn't exactly a raging success, however. Only two residents from the area around Normandie Avenue and Olympic Boulevard took their sodas to the fair.
June 5, 2011 |
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World A Pedestrian in Paris John Baxter Harper Perennial: 336 pp., $14.99 "Paris belongs to its piétons — the pedestrians. One goes naturally à pied — on foot. And it's only on foot that you discover its richness and variety," explains John Baxter, who has written many books on Paris, reading, cooking, movies and sex. Perhaps his Francophilia began when he married a French woman, or perhaps earlier when he first read Hemingway (although "read" seems too tame a word for a man who seems to have devoured the work)
May 12, 2011 |
Wheat beer just cries out for fruit flavors. Citrus and raspberry are traditional in Germany, and we've seen a couple of fine American apricot wheat beers. Now a Hawaiian brewery has taken the obvious step, throwing in locally grown pineapple. The combination works so well you might wonder why nobody seems to have tried it before. The beer pours medium gold and cloudy with a high though not terribly persistent head. At first all you're likely to detect in the nose is a nice bright Hefeweizen aroma of bananas and clove.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2011 |
The State Bar of California has declined to discipline a Los Angeles attorney who was accused of orchestrating a massive fraud in representing Nicaraguan banana workers in lawsuits against U.S. corporations, according to a document reviewed by The Times. Then-Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Victoria G. Chaney had referred attorney Juan Dominguez, a personal injury lawyer whose ads are ubiquitous on Los Angeles buses, to the state bar after she made findings that he was central in a scheme to recruit fake plaintiffs, coach them to lie about working on Dole-affiliated banana farms, and fabricate medical evidence.
November 5, 2010 |
My 86-year-old sister takes amitriptyline. I worry that this drug could be affecting her balance. She uses a cane and always seems unsteady on her feet. She has fallen many times. Is amitriptyline safe for someone her age? This antidepressant is generally considered inappropriate for older people. Although it is sometimes prescribed to ease nerve pain or help people sleep, amitriptyline can cause mental confusion, lack of coordination, dizziness, dry mouth, blurred vision and constipation.
November 2, 2010 |
Sen. Harry Reid strolled into Nevada Democratic Party headquarters just before lunch Tuesday to thank volunteers busily phoning voters who had yet to cast their ballots. He handed a small loaf of banana nut bread wrapped in yellow cellophane to Ruth Fuggins, though she wasn't exactly sure why. Fuggins, a 66-year-old retired bank supervisor, has been volunteering for the Democrat's campaign for about a year, but doesn't know Reid personally. Regardless, she was touched by the somewhat awkward gesture: Reid isn't a show boater and Fuggins appreciated that.
August 27, 2010 |
You remember Tom Buchanan, of course — sometime Yale football star and war hero and, most important, a relatively minor, yet pivotal, character in "The Great Gatsby. " In F. Scott Fitzgerald's revered novel he is presented as a boor and a blunderer who somehow manages to do the right thing when his wife, Daisy, accidentally kills his mistress in a hit-and-run accident. "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy," Fitzgerald wrote, "they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money and their vast carelessness … and let other people clean up the mess they had made.
August 19, 2010
Creamy coconut and banana pops Total time: 20 minutes, plus freezing time Servings: Makes about 6 to 8 popsicles, depending on the size of the mold 1 1/2 cups full-fat Greek yogurt 2 bananas, very ripe 1/2 cup whole milk 1/2 cup coconut milk 3 tablespoons honey 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1. Place the yogurt, bananas, milk, coconut milk and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth. Stir in coconut flakes, then re-cover the blender and pulse briefly to combine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2010 |
Let's face it: The Los Angeles area is in danger of losing its reputation as the capital of offbeat museums. The latest blow was the news that the International Banana Museum, founded almost four decades ago in Altadena, has peeled off to a Salton Sea community after a brief stay in Hesperia. Its 17,000 artifacts, ranging from a banana lounge to a petrified banana, were owned by museum creator Ken Bannister, 71. But after he moved to Apple Valley, he realized he could no longer manage his treasures.