August 14, 2013 |
I'm a sucker for a good pretzel wherever I find one. And in these parts, Röckenwagner Bakery makes some of the best. Hans Röckenwagner also has a pretzel burger at his 3 Square Cafe & Bakery in Venice that's one of my guilty pleasures. When I heard that Wendy's had come out with a limited-edition premium pretzel bacon cheeseburger, of course I had to give it a try. I was curious to see if the $4.69 burger could measure up to Röckenwagner's considerably more expensive $12.50 (including fries)
August 5, 2013 |
For a $330,000 burger, taste testers thought the flavor fell a little flat. The hefty price tag, however, wasn't for some fancy, rare cut of meat. In fact, this meat had never so much as mooed in a previous life: It was beef grown in a laboratory. Dutch scientists Monday unveiled their ambitious research project, years in the making, with a public taste test of their cultured beef in London. Volunteer tasters sampled hamburger made from the lab-grown beef made from stem cells.
August 1, 2013 |
More than 50,000 pounds of ground beef packed at a Kansas plant have been recalled over fears of a possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. The ground beef was produced by National Beef Co. on July 18 and sold to retailers, wholesalers and food service distributors across the country, the USDA said. An investigation determined National Beef was the sole supplier of the beef that tested positive for E. coli, the USDA said. Quiz: How well do you know fast food?
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July 29, 2013 |
I've been a vegetarian for most of my life, which means that over the years I've been subjected to plenty of unsolicited opinions about my health and my decision to stop eating meat. There were epic battles with my grandmother, who grew up on a hog farm in Minnesota and believes eating animals is part of human nature. "It has to do with teeth," is her cryptic explanation. My other grandmother, a New Yorker with a New Age streak, insists that I need beef, chicken and fish even more than most people because of my blood type.
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June 25, 2013 |
In response to recent incidents involving vicious dogs roaming the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County will increase staffing and equipment and add another call center to help curb the problem, officials said. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved nearly $775,000 for the project immediately and has earmarked an additional $2.4 million for approval soon, said Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who represents the area. The money was allocated in response to last month's fatal mauling of a Littlerock woman by a pack of pit bulls as she was taking an early morning walk near her home.
June 22, 2013 |
The stunning Côtes du Rhône "Petit Ours Brun" (little brown bear) tastes like a youthful Cornas. The grapes come from a parcel that winemaker Matthieu Barret calls "no man's land"; it lies just between the official boundaries of Cornas and St. Joseph. The wine is 100% Syrah from 40-year-old, low-yielding vines. Oh, and it's also certified biodynamic. The taste is cool fruit, earth, bruised blackberries and that indefinable wild quality that makes Syrah from this part of the Rhone pure magic.
May 14, 2013 |
Now that Bludso's Bar & Que has opened in the former Tar Pit space on La Brea Avenue, I can indulge in Kevin Bludso's Texas-style smoked beef brisket more than once in a blue moon. His original locale is in Compton, but the new location, opened in collaboration with Jason Bernstein and James Starr, the owners of the Golden State on Fairfax, is miles closer. It also has an ample, even huge, sit-down area - and a full bar, which is sweet. And I have the choice of take home or eat there.
April 16, 2013 |
Thousands of tests across the European Union revealed that nearly 5% of foods marketed as beef contained horse meat, according to results released Tuesday. However, European officials said health risks from the mislabeled meat were minor. A much smaller fraction of the horse meat run through separate tests -- 0.5% -- contained a veterinary drug banned for humans to eat, the tests found. A day earlier, European food safety officials estimated that the risk of suffering toxic effects from accidentally ingesting horse meat was lower than 1 in 100 million.
April 15, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - The bombings at the Boston Marathon didn't so much heighten concern or raise fears among the Angels as much as affirm what they have felt for a while, that as professional athletes playing America's pastime they could be targets. "If somebody is crazy enough, you can probably do quite a bit of damage because there are just certain places that are pretty exposed," slugger Mark Trumbo said. "I think, by and large, there is a good level of security in stadiums, but I don't think anybody is 100% safe unless you're the President and have 24/7 security.
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April 15, 2013 |
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday his department will increase officer deployments at sporting events in response to explosions that killed at least two and injured nearly two dozen others at the Boston Marathon. Beginning with the Dodgers-San Diego Padres baseball game Monday evening, Beck said the additional police presence would include deployment of bomb-squad personnel, dogs and other "precautions geared to preventing a similar event. " "We will be increasing deployment at all scheduled sporting events in the near future," Beck said. "I've already been in contact with the Dodgers about this.