November 12, 2013 |
Sometimes the best gifts are the things you wouldn't buy for yourself. One place to start: breakfast in bed. Los Angeles furniture maker Samuel Moyer serves up an affordable luxury in the form of his Hair of the Dog Tray, which he suggests could be used to carry cocktails by night and present pancakes in the morning. The plywood design is about a foot and a half long and available in walnut, ash or cherry finishes. Price: $100. Each tray is made to order, so Moyer said he'll need 10 to 12 days to turn each purchase around.
November 12, 2013 |
The popular, low-cost Kauai Sands Hotel is welcoming guests to one of “America's Prettiest Towns” -- Kapaa on the island of Kauai -- with a special offer that includes a free rental car and breakfast. The “Free Car Promotion” at the beachfront Kauai Sands includes an upgraded, pool-view room, a compact car and parking. Hotel guests also get a free continental breakfast. Rates are $135-$149 a night. The offer is good through Dec. 24. The hotel is near art galleries, boutiques and restaurants in Kapaa, recently singled out in Forbes magazine . One of the judges of the “Prettiest Towns,” travel writer Andrew Evans, sang the praises of the sleepy Kauai community.
November 9, 2013 |
Hawthorn House Bed & Breakfast, in Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland, is a lovely stop on a journey around the Ring of Kerry. Small and welcoming, all rooms are en suite and kept beautifully by hosts Noel and Mary O'Brien. Breakfasts are excellent, served in the cheery, sunny dining room. Kenmare itself is a treasure to be explored. Rooms from about $55 per person, double occupancy. Hawthorn House Bed & Breakfast, Shelbourne Street, Kenmare; http://www.hawthornhousekenmare.com Susan Goff Monrovia
October 30, 2013 |
British food regulators' proposal to lower the minimum sugar content for what can be labeled as jam has stirred up a hyperbolic debate in Parliament that pits hidebound culinary traditionalists against those seeking to boost trade. The proposed change would allow jam makers to market their wares with as little as 50% sugar content, instead of the current mandatory 60% minimum. But the law would still leave it up to the cooks to decide whether they wanted to change their recipe or stick with the old ways.
October 17, 2013 |
"Breakfast with Lucian," Geordie Greig's juicy, eye-popping book about Lucian Freud, the notoriously priapic painter best known for raw portraits that stripped his sitters bare in every sense, doesn't pretend to be objective or comprehensive. Greig offers a fond but by no means whitewashed account of how Freud's spectacularly messy life relates to his extraordinary body of work as "the greatest realist figurative painter of the twentieth century. " A grandson of Sigmund Freud, the budding artist escaped from Nazi Germany to England with his family when he was 10, in 1933.
October 16, 2013 |
Today only, Du-Par's at Los Angeles' original Farmers Market will offer a few classic menu items, including hamburgers and pancakes, at 1938 prices. Coffee is a nickel and hamburgers 25 cents as part of the promotion to celebrate the restaurant's 75th birthday. The Farmers Market Du-Par's was the first to open in the L.A.-based chain, named for founders James Dune and Edward Parsons. The chain changed hands in 2004, and the Farmers Market location was closed for two years for renovations. When it reopened, the chain noted that the pancake recipe was still 1938 vintage.
October 11, 2013 |
The folks at Waffle House and IHOP might not swoon over the message at the heart of Prince's new video, “Breakfast Can Wait,” but the Purple One has found plenty of sensual fun in the kitchen to keep pop music fans engaged in this work directed by and starring 18-year-old Danielle Curiel. Who else could make a lyric that includes a menu rundown - “Grits and gravy, cheese eggs and jam” - sound positively sexy but Prince, who reportedly gave his young collaborator complete artistic and directorial control over the video.
September 4, 2013 |
Chick-fil-A free breakfast! Sorry if you missed it. It was called off due to success. "More than 1 million customers throughout the country reserved a free breakfast entree for next week," a spokesman told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, "so we decided to discontinue using the reservation site. " With the nationwide Chick-fil-A offer, customers who visited the reservation site were able to sign up for a free breakfast entree Monday through Sept. 14 at individual locations.
September 1, 2013 |
When friends invited my husband, Tim, and me to their wedding in Occidental, Calif., I had to look up the place, even though I'm the author of a guidebook that covers much of Sonoma County. Occidental, I learned, is a postage stamp-sized hamlet (population 1,115) about 70 miles north of San Francisco and 10 miles east of the coast. As we drove in, I was surprised by its Old West flavor. In a region obsessed with all things French and Italian, Occidental is pretty darned American. It has saloons, checked-tablecloth restaurants and a white-steepled church built in 1876.
August 6, 2013 |
Taco Bell is testing its popular waffle tacos in more locations starting this week, after the breakfast product sold well in its initial Southern California run. The fast food creation, which features eggs and sausage folded up in a waffle, became the best-selling morning menu item at the five Taco Bell restaurants where it debuted this year. Starting Thursday, the mash-up will expand to 100 eateries in Fresno; Omaha; and Chattanooga, Tenn. - an extension first reported by the Associated Press.