June 25, 1990 |
Being asked to answer a bad critic is like being shot point blank by someone who then asks you if you want a surgeon to remove the bullet he just put into your guts. The damage is done. Certainly quite a few readers who have not tried our place, will never do so after Ruth Reichl's June 10 review. But out of respect and gratitude for our supportive patrons we accept the "surgery." What restaurant can be pretentious enough to think it can satisfy everyone all the time?
April 3, 2001 |
Elbowing A-listers and Secret Service agents aside at a Beverly Hills charity bash Sunday night, we finally got close enough to former President Bill Clinton to check out those rumors that he's scouting Westside real estate. Our table mate, Raiders quarterback Rodney Peete, a Clinton pal from his days with the Washington Redskins, provided expert blocking. We were in. "What's your name?" Clinton asked, and we experienced firsthand the man's flirty charisma. Focus, girl.
May 26, 1999 |
Who knew that "the Arch"--as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is affectionately known back home in South Africa--does stand-up? After telling the crowd at the Artists for a New South Africa benefit Monday that "you're neat" for supporting the end of apartheid, the cuddly Tutu dipped into a new genre of comedy--South African jokes. "Have you heard the story about the South African who was upset because the Soviet Union and the United States were getting kudos for the space program?
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June 19, 1998 |
For those who suddenly find themselves with huge, ugly creatures they no longer want but can't find a place for, I have a solution: Eat them. The big, ugly creature to which I refer is not your husband but an iguana, a lizard which, I am led to believe, is currently out of favor in L.A. and therefore discardable.
April 28, 1991 |
It's an old-fashioned broken-in kind of comfort that makes the Farmers Market a great L. A. hangout. It offers the relaxed outdoor ambience that comes from 57 years of mellowing, enough time to work the rough edges off both the furniture and the customers. The kind of place "you can come to with your scary morning hair," says one habitue, Bon Appetit executive editor Barbara Fairchild. "You can just do it."
August 8, 1991 |
Food styling, by its nature, is the art of deception: embellishing or beautifying the mundane. It creates great potential for misrepresentation of a product or particular dish. And the boundaries of what is legally acceptable are loosely drawn. There are no formal guidelines for the way food companies may showcase their products in advertisements, according to the Federal Trade Commission, which regulates advertising. However, there was a landmark 1960s case that illustrates how far is too far.
November 7, 2001 |
Amid the scramble to cover war, terrorism and anthrax, one heartbreaking side effect of the Sept. 11 attacks has received scant public attention: the self-doubt, hand-wringing and existential angst among the editors of America's fluffier magazines. Newsmagazine editors know how to respond to horrific tragedy. They cover it. But what do you do if you're the editor of Vogue or Field & Stream?
May 23, 2000 |
Most of us have our heroes. One of mine has always been Helen Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, right up there with Nellie Bly and Brenda Starr. Bigger than life. It was a thrill to finally meet the feisty reporter, who was the special guest at a luncheon hosted by supporters of the Music Center and PBS station KCET. (Club 100 of the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County and KCET Women's Council sponsored the May 12 luncheon.
October 20, 2003 |
She's as skinny as a chopstick and probably weighs less than Calista Flockhart, but when Joan Luther walks into a Beverly Hills restaurant, there's a stir in the room, like a breeze blowing in through the open door. The maitre d' rushes up, waiters smile and nod, and sometimes the chef, often a celebrity himself, comes out to greet her. It might be one of the restaurants she represents as a publicist, it might not be. The effect is usually the same: She's a presence.