CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1985
Polly Browder's letter (Jan. 12) regarding the proper preparation of tea is correct in most respects but with some important omissions. She overlooked mentioning the first step before pouring boiling water over the tea, and that is that the empty teapot must first be rinsed with boiling water. Tea is added, one teaspoon for each cup and one more for the pot. The pot (I prefer a crockery pot to the finest silver one) is covered with a cozy and allowed to steep. The first cup (I also like to rinse the empty teacup with boiling water)
July 13, 1992 |
It's enough to make Pyotr Smirnov turn in his grave. A century after the death of the great vodka entrepreneur, one of his descendants is fighting a U.S. firm for the right to sell Russia's favorite spirit under his name. "I'm the direct descendant of Pyotr Smirnov through the male line, and I have documentary proof," said Boris Smirnov, who plans to start making vodka according to what he says is a traditional family recipe in the next two months.
March 18, 2011
Angel City Brewing Where: 216 S. Alameda St., L.A. When: Opening parties happen Friday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Regular hours for the brewery, bar and store will be Wednesdays through Sundays 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Price: Beer, $5 a pint. Contact: (213) 622-1261; http://www.angelcitybrewing.com
February 4, 2010
When the weather's cool, people gravitate to rich, malty ales, and they tend to think of the dark stuff, like stout or porter. Here's another way to go. Curieux is made in the style of a Belgian tripel ale, and it's aged for eight weeks in used bourbon barrels before being bottled on the yeast. This particular batch was bottled in July. One thing this means is that it's highly carbonated -- note the Champagne-style cork. Another is that it's cloudy with yeast, as it's unfiltered.
March 17, 2011 |
As far as coffee brewing devices go, the AeroPress isn't exactly sexy. It lacks the elegance of, say, a Japanese ceramic cone dripper or the classic Chemex glass carafe. So who would have imagined that two tubes of clear copolyester plastic fitted with a gawky black plunger could attract a cult following of coffee lovers from here to Oslo? Since its introduction in 2006 by engineer and Stanford University lecturer Alan Adler in Palo Alto, Calif. (who also invented the Aerobie flying ring)
May 21, 2013 |
Growing coffee isn't hard. It's the time-consuming extraction of the beans that defeats would-be backyard growers. Every season when the coffee bushes hidden in the shade of the Wattles Farm community garden in Hollywood start to produce cherries, one of the gardeners volunteers for the process of peeling the shells, removing the fleshy pulp along with the interior parchment, and washing and air-drying the tiny beans within. “They're very enthusiastic in the beginning and are still enthusiastic at the end because the coffee is very good, but they swear they'll never do it again,” said Laurel Delp, one of the gardeners at Wattles.
January 3, 2009 |
In the heart of the Ethiopian community here, a group of friends gathered after work in an office to chew on dried khat leaves before going home to their wives and children. Sweet tea and sodas stood on a circular wooden table between green mounds of the plant, a mild narcotic grown in the Horn of Africa. As the sky grew darker the conversation became increasingly heated, flipping from religion to jobs to local politics. Suddenly, one of the men paused and turned in his chair.