October 14, 2013 |
Shari Belafonte's home is a castle. And she has just listed her unusual home in the Box Canyon area at $1.26 million, The Times has confirmed. The distinctive residence, built in 1956 and called - appropriately - the Castle, is described as a cliff-top “feudal fortress” on Realtor.com . Set on six acres, the 3,465-square-foot home features steeply pitched roofs, three fireplaces, a turret gym (perhaps a modern take on a torture chamber),...
October 3, 2013 |
"Brooklyn Castle" (PBS, Monday). "I think that this is a good thing for kids to be exposed to," coach Elizabeth Vicary says in Katie Dellamaggiore's 2012 film about a fearsome and lovable inner-city middle-school chess team, "the idea that truth isn't quite so simple as right and wrong and they're studying on a level where the answers aren't really clear to anybody -- or unclear to me, and I'm very good at it. " Getting a broadcast premiere this...
August 30, 2013 |
The news traveled quickly, by way of phone calls and text messages, spreading throughout the sport of figure skating. The Ice Castle was closing down. The small rink, nestled amid pines beside Lake Arrowhead, had served as an unlikely mecca for skaters from around the world, turning out champions for the better part of three decades. Michelle Kwan trained there, as did Robin Cousins, Nicole Bobek, Chen Lu and Surya Bonaly. Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, the gold medal pair from the 2010 Winter Olympics, made it their home base.
August 15, 2013 |
Yes, yes, yes, even in this pause before the onslaught of the fall, there is plenty of scripted TV not in repeats and certainly, you should all still be watching the Three Bs--"Broadchurch," "Borgen" and "Breaking Bad. " But everyone needs a change of pace, so here's my first (and possibly only) All Reality picks o' the week. "Duck Dynasty": The beards 'n' bandannas of A&E's crazy-hot reality series "Duck Dynasty" are back, and if you aren't already one of the millions making the show the No. 2 cable series (behind "The Walking Dead")
August 13, 2013 |
"Doomsday Castle," the new unscripted National Geographic Channel series premiering Tuesday from the producers of the hit "Doomsday Preppers," is looking to put a whole new spin on the phrase "family bonding. " Forget board games and Sunday night dinners -- American prepper Brent Sr. and his children Brent II, Ashley, Lindsay, Dawn Marie and Michael are coming together to build a self-sufficient, medieval castle to protect themselves from the chaos that the apocalypse will bring. Although many predicted end times dates have come and gone, Brent Sr. and his family are on a mission to assure the world that there will be a doomsday -- it's just a matter of when.
July 25, 2013 |
As President Obama's healthcare law rolls out in the coming years, business owners are figuring out how they will comply with coverage mandates. One popular restaurant chain, White Castle, may in the future hire only part-time workers once the law is fully implemented, according to Vice President Jamie Richardson. Richardson told NPR in an interview that the company is trying to figure out how to keep costs down. Quiz: How well do you know fast food? "If you're full-time at White Castle, you're going to stay full-time at White Castle," he said.
July 21, 2013 |
Marine Gen. John F. Kelly works in a fortress-like headquarters near the Miami airport. Starting this fall, he will live in Casa Sur, an elegant home with a pool and gardens on one of the area's swankiest streets. The five-bedroom residence, across the street from the famed Biltmore Golf Course, is provided rent-free to Kelly as head of U.S. Southern Command, which oversees military operations in most of Latin America and the Caribbean. The cost to taxpayers? $160,000 a year, plus $402,000 for renovations and security improvements that are now underway.
July 12, 2013 |
PONTEVEDRA, Spain - Galicia, the Atlantic-splashed left shoulder of Spain, grabbed my attention with photos of spectacular scenery and tempting cuisine. But truth be told, I wanted to see something more: the region's Sotomayor Castle, a medieval fortress that bears my surname. I wanted to brag a bit about having spent a night at "my castle. " Like many Americans, I'm delving into my family's genealogy, and although our roots are proudly anchored in Mexico, I found it fun to explore the origins of the Sotomayor name in Galicia on a six-day visit.
July 12, 2013 |
LISBON - Do you daydream about luxury lodgings with well-stocked bars and sculpted gardens? Discreet clerks and waiters who will attend to your every need? Or do your flights of fancy tend toward something more rustic: a walled fortress, perhaps, with commanding views of the lands below? To put it another way: Do you want to stay in a palace - or a castle? Sometimes it's possible to do both, as I discovered on a spring trip to Portugal. It turns out the "royal treatment" fulfilled a fantasy that I wasn't even aware of - until I walked right into it. My husband, Steve, and I had spent a few days in Madrid, visiting our daughter who was studying there, and we had decided we needed to see more of the Iberian Peninsula.
June 16, 2013 |
Many Napa Valley wineries are beginning to welcome visits from families, and they're making a serious effort to keep the kids engaged. Lest we forget, wineries are farms, and in many cases they have farm animals, game birds, fish ponds, picnic grounds and other kid magnets. Not all of wine country is kid-friendly, mind you, but you can find ample attractions to make this a satisfying destination for serious wine lovers … and grape juice lovers too. The tab: We spent about $647 for a family of four, including $315 for one night at the Villagio Inn, $260 on meals and $72 on a castle tour and wine tasting.