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February 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
1. Ouli , 1505 ½ Echo Park Ave., www.ouli.us 2. Beatrice Valenzuela , 1547 Echo Park Ave., (213) 986-8914, www.beatricevalenzuela.com 3. Cookbook , 1549 Echo Park Ave., (213) 250-1900, www.cookbookla.com 4. Chango , 1559 Echo Park Ave., (213) 977-9161, www.changoechopark.com 5. Valerie Echo Park , 1665 Echo Park Ave., (213) 250-9365, www.valerieconfections.com 6. Neighborhood Salon , 1838 Echo Park Ave., (323) 284-8609, www.neighborhoodsalon.net 7. Echo Park Pottery/Peter Shire Studio , 1850 Echo Park Ave., (323)
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April 23, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Cat haters, read no further. Cat lovers, rejoice. Your feline fantasy is coming true, in the form of a cat cafe. For four days starting Thursday, humans can hang out with friendly cats while eating, drinking and dangling feathery toys from fishing lines. Purina One and the North Shore Animal League, the country's largest no-kill shelter, teamed to create the pop-up cafe. They hope New York soon will be home to permanent cat cafes, which are catching on in cities known for tight living spaces and no-pet apartment buildings.
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BUSINESS
February 23, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
By the end of the year, Panera will have opened two more cafes that look and feel just like any of chain's other branches. But at the new locations, customers will be able to pay whatever they want for the food - even nothing at all. At a time of high unemployment, when about one in every seven American households is known as “food insecure,” Panera is joining a small but growing group of restaurants serving meals that are literally priceless....
FOOD
April 23, 2014
2 1/4 cups flour 1 cup brown sugar, packed 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 3/4 cup corn oil 1 cup sliced almonds 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 egg 1 cup buttermilk Mix flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, salt and ginger. Blend in oil until smooth. Remove 3/4 cup mixture and combine with almonds and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Starbucks is breaking up the love affair between smokers and their joe. The classic pairing of coffee and cigarettes will be no more at the java giant, which beginning June 1 will prohibit anyone up to 25 feet from a Starbucks store from lighting up. The Seattle giant already bans smoking inside its cafes. But spokeswoman Jaime Riley said the expanded rule stems from “a sense of responsibility to provide customers with a safe and healthy environment.” The new decree applies to all 7,000 company-owned stores within the U.S. and Canada, regardless of whether the cafes feature outdoor seating.
TRAVEL
February 6, 2011 | By Mark Vanhoenacker, Special to the Los Angeles Times
After an espresso or two has kicked jet lag into the long grass, I find no better place to plot a course in a city than at an independent bookstore cafe. Many operate more as cultural and community centers than as businesses, with late hours and a medium-sized town's worth of on-site readings, tastings and concerts out of any weather that may be annoying you. Check out their posters and bulletin boards for options farther afield. And ask the staff: Bookstore cafes usually have a nicotine-tinged finger or two on a city's pulse.
TRAVEL
December 6, 2009 | By Monica Corcoran
Arriving in a new European city is exhilarating at any time of day, but I have always been more intrigued by the first nightfall. Dusk, to be precise. It's that time -- as the sun descends and the shadows of buildings inch forward ominously -- when you take one last squint at your guidebook and think, "Is it going to be the hotel bar or the great unknown?" In Lisbon, I chose the latter. Here, in Portugal's 33-square-mile hilly capital city, the day is done when you see old women yanking the colorful laundry off the lines that hang outside their windows.
WORLD
December 28, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Sure, Oh Yoo-jin wanted a cup of coffee, but what the 24-year-old university student really wanted to do was commune with the residents of her tiny neighborhood cafe ? the cats. On a recent afternoon, Oh and her boyfriend shared the brightly lighted cafe with a dozen felines. There were cats lounging on the windowsills, curiously nosing customers' coffee cups or taking leisurely strolls past the register. That's the point of Seoul's newest cat cafe: Why just caffeinate when you can indulge with a purring tabby or Russian gray on your lap?
NEWS
January 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A former administrator on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica was convicted of ordering arson attacks that destroyed two seaside cafes in 1999. Bernard Bonnet, 53, was sentenced to three years in prison--two of them suspended--after a court convicted him of destroying property by fire and complicity. He immediately appealed the decision. Prosecutors argued that Bonnet ordered the attacks out of revenge after having been unable to close the cafes by legal means.
TRAVEL
October 20, 1991
I enjoyed very much your article on Budapest cafes and dining, but some of the misspellings are painful to one who can read and write Hungarian. The most obvious one is paradiscom (totally meaningless) for paradicsom (tomato), which means, literally, "paradise." KLARA CSERNY HUNT Camarillo
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Margaret Wappler
Mimi Pond is the cartoonist that time almost forgot. Her credits should've sealed her in the pantheon of coolness forever: She wrote "The Simpsons'" first episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," as well as episodes of the children's TV show-cum-surrealist theater project "Pee-wee's Playhouse. " In 1982, her cult-classic book, "The Valley Girls' Guide to Life," taught wannabe Vals how to dress in a, like, totally tubular style. She wrote and illustrated four other humorous books on fashion, including 1985's "Shoes Never Lie," which tapped the stiletto obsession long before "Sex and the City," as well as comics for many publications, including this newspaper.
TRAVEL
February 22, 2014
Cafe Gitane, adjacent to the Jane Hotel in the West Village, offers pastries from four-star Balthazar Bakery, along with menu items such as herbed goat cheese with pomegranate syrup. It's a good place to nourish yourself before exploring the High Line, three blocks away. Open 7 a.m.-midnight Sundays-Thursdays, 7 a.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Cafe Gitane, 113 Jane St., (212) 255-4143, http://www.cafegitanenyc.com Ruth Kramer Ziony Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder and Deborah Vankin, This post has been updated.
The origins of Dumb Starbucks , the seemingly rogue coffee shop that opened in the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles over the weekend, have been revealed: Nathan Fielder of the Comedy Central show "Nathan For You" said Monday that he's the owner of the faux cafe.  The store, which has been serving out-the-door lines for the last several days, has attracted attention for its storefront with a nearly exact copy of a legitimate Starbucks Corp....
HOME & GARDEN
February 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
1. Ouli , 1505 ½ Echo Park Ave., www.ouli.us 2. Beatrice Valenzuela , 1547 Echo Park Ave., (213) 986-8914, www.beatricevalenzuela.com 3. Cookbook , 1549 Echo Park Ave., (213) 250-1900, www.cookbookla.com 4. Chango , 1559 Echo Park Ave., (213) 977-9161, www.changoechopark.com 5. Valerie Echo Park , 1665 Echo Park Ave., (213) 250-9365, www.valerieconfections.com 6. Neighborhood Salon , 1838 Echo Park Ave., (323) 284-8609, www.neighborhoodsalon.net 7. Echo Park Pottery/Peter Shire Studio , 1850 Echo Park Ave., (323)
SPORTS
December 24, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The Secret Santa of Glendora works swiftly, cheerfully, her blond ponytail bouncing out from underneath her fuzzy red hat on this December afternoon as she glides from table to table. The guy eating the scrambled eggs gets a nudge about his sorry Raiders. The couple with the waffles gets an earful about that crazy Yasiel Puig. Statistics are liberally poured out like syrup. Opinions are plunked into the middle of the table like a bottle of hot sauce. She loves the Kansas City Chiefs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | Mary MacVean
On Thanksgiving, the folks at Cafe Gratitude feel that everybody else has finally caught on. Plates are printed with the question that goes around many holiday tables: "What are you grateful for?" And each day, there is a question of the day -- a practice some find too precious for words and some take as a nudge to live mindfully. Thursday's question was the obvious: "What are you grateful for?" "We're supposed to be grateful 365 days a year," said Ryland Engelhart, one of the owners of the chain of Cafe Gratitude restaurants and the company's chief inspiration officer.
TRAVEL
August 18, 1985
I wanted you to know how much I enjoy and have enjoyed reading the columns of Beverly Beyer and Ed Rabey. They are so upbeat and full of the kind of information that is specific enough so that you can actually utilize the cafes, etc., and places they describe. They have style and great good humor. Thanks for a very good Travel Section. VERLA DONNER Sherman Oaks
NEWS
November 28, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
On Thanksgiving, the folks at Cafe Gratitude feel that everybody else has finally caught on. At Cafe Gratitude, plates are printed with the question that goes around many holiday tables: "What are you grateful for?" And each day at Cafe Gratitude, there is a question of the day - a practice some find too precious for words and some take as a nudge to live mindfully. Thursday's question was the obvious: "What are you grateful for?" "We're supposed to be grateful 365 days a year," said Ryland Engelhart, one of the owners of the chain of Cafe Gratitude restaurants and the company's chief inspiration officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2013 | By David Colker
Before Wes Anderson directed his first feature film, he'd hang out at an eclectic coffee shop in Dallas where he met a 70-something yoga teacher - Kumar Pallana - who was like a one-man Ed Sullivan variety show. To entertain customers in the cafe owned by his son, Pallana would juggle, do magic tricks and perform a vaudeville staple: plate spinning. Anderson and his buddy, actor-writer Owen Wilson, made Pallana an offer. "They said they were shooting a movie and 'Are you interested in being in it?
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