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February 15, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
You know, folks once came to this country on small wooden sailing ships. Think the Mayflower, the Pilgrims and Plymouth Rock.  Those souls were, I venture, a tad bit more, uh, hardy than most of us today. As evidence, I give you the epic tale of the crippled Carnival cruise ship Triumph, whose passengers -- like Gilligan, the Skipper, the professor and, oh, you know the rest -- went out for a four-day tour and barely got back. First, let's start with a little history of the Mayflower, courtesy of that font of lazy wisdom, Wikipedia: There were about 150 passengers and crew on the 110-foot-long ship.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
When the luck of the Irish holds, the lovers buy Claddagh rings for their valentines, frat boys gearing up for St. Paddy's Day go for Guinness caps with built-in bottle openers - and come Christmas, there's a run on plum pudding and St. Nicks in Kelly green. But holidays alone don't explain how a small Irish store survives year after year in a Hollywood mini-mall. The plain brown shopping complex set back from Vine Street houses the usual suspects: a pawnshop, check cashing, Thai massage, tattoos.
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Mardi Gras is next Tuesday -- got your king cake? At first sight, it may come across as, well, a little unusual. A large wreath-shaped cake bedazzled in vibrant shades of purple, green and gold - there's nothing subtle about it. It might be flavored simply with a touch of cinnamon sugar, or maybe it's decked out with any of a number of creative fillings. Help yourself to a slice, or two - just be careful you don't accidentally bite into the plastic baby. Behold the wonder that is the king cake.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Ricardo Lopez
The dismantling of Hostess Brands Inc. continued this week as bidders, including the owner of Pabst Brewing Co., emerged to buy the bankrupt company's bread and cake brands. C. Dean Metropoulos & Co., the private equity firm that owns the popular Pabst beer label, is one of the likely stalking horse bidders for Hostess cake brands such as Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and CupCakes, according to a person close to the deal. Metropoulos would be joined by Apollo Global Management, a private equity firm that owns major companies such as Carl's Jr. parent CKE, the source said.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
At the commander in chief's inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center, President Obama will host 4,000 armed service members, Alicia Keyes and Jamie Foxx will perform, and a six-tiered cake from Duff Goldman's Charm City Cakes , of "Ace of Cakes" fame, will be eaten. The cake -- layers of red velvet, lemon poppy seed, pineapple coconut and pumpkin chocolate chip with Swiss buttercream -- is decorated with the presidential seal, emblems of each U.S. military branch, hand-painted red, white and blue stars and stripes, and patriotic fondant bunting.
FOOD
December 15, 2012
Oh, no, not another Mexican wedding cake! But these are out-of-this-world, melt-in-your-mouth, can't-stop-eating favorites! - Deb Love, Santa Monica PHOTOS: Holiday Cookie Bake-off winning cookies and bakers Mexican wedding cakes Total time: 1 hour Servings: Makes about 3 dozen cookies. Note: Adapted from Deb Love. 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) butter 1/4 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for rolling 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cold water 2 cups (9.5 ounces)
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | By Jessica Ritz
Los Angeles paper artist Anna Bondoc, whose how-to behind seasonal place cards was posted Friday on L.A. at Home, has offered a bonus DIY project for readers: a snowflake cake stencil that you can download as a pdf and print at home. Bondoc, who worked as a chef in New York City , is an avid home baker. What she produces in her home kitchen reflects the sensibility visible in her art: She avoids overly elaborate embellishments, and when it comes to baked goods, "I don't make icing," she says.
NEWS
November 15, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
When a recipe calls for zest, it's referring to the outermost layer of a citrus fruit -- that colored part of the skin that gives oranges, lemons and limes their vibrant colors. It's the zest that contains those rich, fragrant oils that give so much flavor to a dish or recipe. There are many ways to zest a fruit, whether using a citrus zester (pictured above), a grater, a microplane or rasp, vegetable peeler or even a good old-fashioned paring knife.  Simple as it may be, there are still some tips to keep in mind: Make sure you remove only the outermost layer of colored zest, leaving the white pith behind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Frances Hashimoto, one of Little Tokyo's most influential business leaders who fought to preserve the neighborhood's Japanese cultural traditions and who invented the popular fusion dessert known as mochi ice cream, died of lung cancer Sunday at her Pasadena home. She was 69. Hashimoto was the feisty, visionary president of Mikawaya, the 102-year-old, three-generation family business selling traditional Japanese sweet pastries and snacks. At the urging of her widowed mother, she left teaching and took over the family business at age 27, vastly expanding its reach from a single shop in Little Tokyo to four retail stores in Southern California.
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