February 8, 2014 |
PHOENIX -- There's a long-running joke among writers about how many players claim to be in the best shape of their lives when reporting to spring training. In the case of catcher A.J. Ellis, it might really be true. Ellis reported to the Dodgers camp Saturday noticeably leaner than he was a year ago. Ellis said he dropped 15 pounds over the winter. “Trying to take stress off my lower body,” Ellis said. “I want to catch 120, 125 games this year. I want to be physically ready to do that.” Ellis started 109 games last season.
December 23, 2013 |
Cracker Barrel has heeded to an old adage: The customer is always right. Late Sunday, the Tennessee-based restaurant chain, which has 625 locations in 42 states, reversed course and said it would resume selling "Duck Dynasty" merchandise. Customer outcry, the company said, forced it to reevaluate its decision to stop carrying merchandise from the popular reality TV show after controversial comments made by the show's star in a recent magazine interview. "You told us we made a mistake," the company said on its Facebook page . "And, you weren't shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings.
December 11, 2013 |
For the oenophile who snatches up everything made from reclaimed barrels - light fixtures, chandeliers, tables, outdoor lounge chairs, platters, candelabras, key chains, rocking horses, lazy susans, bottle holders, bread boards, coat hooks - here's something he or she probably doesn't have yet. Sunglasses made from reclaimed oak wine barrels. And not just any wine barrels, but those once used for Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines. Talk about provenance. Actually, the barrels under discussion were used to age the Coastal Crush Red blend.
December 7, 2013 |
On a visit earlier this year to California's Central Coast wine country, I fell in love not just with some excellent pinots, but also with a set of lawn furniture handmade from the staves of old wine barrels. And, yes, I did buy a couple of chairs and a table for a not-particularly-reasonable price, with no regrets. The chairs are oversized and comfy with staves that extend from the sides of the seat to hold a wineglass stem wedged between. Better yet every time I sit on my suburbs-of-L.A.
October 1, 2013 |
The golden barrel cactus may be endangered in Mexico, but the plant has found new life north of the border as a top accent in low-water landscapes. Sometimes called mother-in-law's cushion, the golden barrel cactus ( Echinocactus grusonii ) may not send out its crown of pale yellow blossoms for 15 years, maybe more. The cactus can get 3 feet high and nearly as wide -- truly barrel sized. Although drought tolerant, regular watering will spur faster growth, said Shelly Jensen of Worldwide Exotics Nursery.
June 7, 2013 |
Las Vegas will roll out the red carpet for dads on June 16, offering a variety of testosterone-infused challenges for Father's Day, from trying to stay atop a mechanical bull to taking flight for some barrel rolls. The PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will offer a special “BBQ, beer and bull rides” event. Dads who down a half-rack of pork ribs will receive a free 22-ounce draft (PBR, of course) and a complimentary ride on the mechanical bull for however long that may last.