March 12, 2008 |
DARIO CECCHINI is in the beef aging room at Harvey Gussman's tiny mid-Wilshire butcher shop. With a connoisseur's eye he inspects the stacks of short loins suspended from the ceiling, carefully examining the color, stroking the surfaces, sniffing. Then a photographer starts taking pictures. Cecchini flashes a maniacal grin, grabs a loin and cradles it like a baby. Then he plants a big kiss on it. If one can be said to ham it up with a piece of beef, Cecchini is doing it. You don't become the most famous butcher in the world by being shy. Cecchini's butcher shop in Panzano, in the Chianti countryside outside of Florence, is a culinary shrine, drawing gastronomic travelers from all over the world.
December 23, 2012 |
With Christmas right around the corner and online shopping orders at a close, Angelenos looking to pick up last-minute holiday gifts can find a selection of food gifts made in L.A. at an unexpected place - the neighborhood butcher. Lindy and Grundy , located on North Fairfax Avenue, is stocked with sustainably raised meats for holiday meals, and stocking stuffers, too. The butcher shop carries locally made, artisanal goods including Jennifer Gregori's Crack Caramel small-batch caramels, Elliott Shaffner 's holiday pimiento cheese made from a passed-down family recipe and Gindo's Spice of Life 's fresh pepper sauce containing no preservatives or artificial flavors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1996 |
A 22-year-old man accused of gunning down a Moorpark grocery clerk over the weekend could receive the death penalty after prosecutors Tuesday charged him with murder committed during a robbery. John Charles Alvez of Lancaster is accused of robbing and fatally shooting 21-year-old Marco Aurelio Rodriguez in the family-owned butcher shop, Carniceria Rodriguez, in Moorpark. Because the slaying occurred during a robbery, the suspect is eligible for the death penalty, Deputy Dist. Atty. James D.
November 9, 1997 |
In the comfort of his Jolly Good Meat Products processing plant in South-Central Los Angeles, Martin Lunt proclaims his "philosophy of life." "Tough times do not last," Lunt says, his bald head dabbed with flour from the morning's batch of Melton Mowbray pork pies, "but tough people do." In 1979, as an expat Brit fresh off the plane, Lunt could not have anticipated the need for such perseverance.
May 18, 2005 |
Strings of sausages hang from a pole, a dozen kinds. Beef loins are aging the leisurely old-fashioned way -- you can see them through windows. Behind the red marble countertop, a butcher is deftly cutting up chickens: One smooth slice and voila, the leg is free, another and it's neatly split into thigh and drumstick. If you said this scene was taking place in an old-time butcher shop, you'd be wrong: We're at the meat counter at a new Whole Foods supermarket in Thousand Oaks.
February 23, 1993 |
An enraged crowd outside a courthouse in Liverpool tried Monday to attack two 10-year-old boys accused in the brutal killing of 2-year-old James Bulger--a crime that has stunned and outraged Britain. Six persons were arrested when members of the crowd of 300 screamed profanities and rushed two police vans taking the boys back to a detention center after the youngsters appeared in court.
January 20, 2011 |
To the connected diner, it may seem that Erika Nakamura and Amelia Posada arrived in Los Angeles ages ago. The larger-than-life personas behind Lindy & Grundy are practically household names among local foodies, though their butcher shop selling locally sourced, pasture-raised organic meat on Fairfax Avenue has yet to open. This tweeting team of cleaver-wielding butcherettes, as they call themselves, has been tapping into the city's technologically engaged food culture, making the presence of their shop known well before it sells its first beef cheek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2001 |
I never thought there was anything unusual about working as a child. Plenty children in my neighborhood in Ensenada's Colonia Obrera worked to help their families. It was a normal part of growing up. While I regretted not being able to join some of my more fortunate friends to play or shoot some hoops, I enjoyed the feeling of taking part in the adult world--except at times, such as when I got my initiation at a butcher shop at the age of 10.
HOME & GARDEN
July 3, 2003 |
Here WE ARE, heading back to our favorite butcher shop. To Porterville, Calif., we go. The city that never sleeps. "He was married to one of those women with no lips," says my buddy Irv, "so her lipstick always looked crooked." Irv is weaving stories as we zigzag our way to Porterville, a couple of hours and 50 tall tales from Los Angeles. It's like being on the road with a 45-year-old Tom Sawyer. The speedometer reaches 70. Irv's mouth tops 85.