CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1987
Reading about the farm labor shortage, I suggest that he Hands-Across people, and their friends who attend the elaborate "charity" events, get down to the nitty-gritty and volunteer to work in the fields this summer. Instead of caviar, they can nibble on a tomato or some strawberries sans cream. (They seem to have voracious appetites.) Stoop labor is better than aerobics for exercise and think of all that fresh air. MILDRED CAMERON Lake Elsinore
May 26, 1989 |
Like Josef Beuys and his piles of felt, Georg Herold has power that comes from the ability to decode and then recode the meanings of common things--bricks, bits of clothing, pellets of caviar--into a personal iconography that says a lot by refusing to say anything. This is not double talk; this is the strategy of an art that has decided that language and everything that flows from it is in such contextual flux that it must be sidestepped altogether. If anything, the work proves that this is not possible.
December 13, 1986
In referring to carp as "garbage fish" tasting like "a pincushion dipped in Pennzoil," it's obvious that Paul Dean has never tasted ekree. This delicacy, made from carp eggs by my Romanian grandmother, is a version of inexpensive caviar. And although I cannot comment about the taste of monkey brains, thymus glands can be delicious when sauteed and properly seasoned. It sounds to me like Dean is a McDonald's kind of guy who might profit by expanding his epicureal horizons.
December 7, 2009
Bouchon Beverly Hills Where: 235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills When: Open daily for lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Price: Raw bar, fruits de mer and caviar, $7 to $135; salads, $10.50 to $13.50; hors d'oeuvres, $6.50 to $48.50; main dishes, $18.95 to $36.50; sides, $7 to $7.50; cheeses, $9.75 to $15.25; desserts, $5.50 to $9.50. Contact: (310) 271-9910; www.bouchonbistro.com. Reservations advised.
April 14, 2002
In "Just Like Family" (by Heather King, March 10), the gay couple is described as swishy, catty--cartoonish even--but also lovable. It's as if Angelenos can only deal with gay couples who are quasi-eccentric. How about writing an article that doesn't buy into the "just call me Martha, darling!" jungle print lava-lava-wearing older gay couple stereotype? What about the regular Joe gay couples who live next to so many L.A. residents? We are out there, in plain jeans, working like everyone else and eating dinner like everyone else with no caviar or lobster-stuffed tomatoes in sight.
August 8, 2004
Years of spiraling prices have been supremely frustrating for avocado enthusiasts ("Avocado Growers See Mexican Threat," July 22). What was once an inexpensive item has morphed into something akin to produce-aisle caviar. But unlike caviar, which is produced from dwindling, over-farmed species, avocados are an agricultural crop whose supply can be readily adapted to meet demand. In Mexico, avocados remain plentiful and relatively cheap, their prices in line with other agricultural items.
November 20, 1997 |
Although the Garden of Eden opened its antique Moroccan doors just two weeks ago, the club's already the local of choice for the private party set. Eden's thrown a half dozen galas, and the gala-ist of all occurred last Friday, when Detour magazine sponsored a party there for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's 30th anniversary screening of the all-time cult favorite "The Valley of the Dolls."
March 23, 2003
It is a sad state of affairs that the families of U.S. Marines serving in the Middle East must struggle to make ends meet here at home ("Times Are Tough for Those Left Behind," March 18). While these Marines are willing to fight and perhaps die for this country, they should not have the added worry of how their families are surviving at home. This is a shameful situation, and steps should be taken immediately to issue much-needed help in the way of extra money, food, housing, etc., to the families of these brave men and women.
October 22, 1987 |
In France, the home of the bistro, the revolution has arrived at last. No longer need you take for granted the hearty pork, cabbage, potato and beans that were the bistro diet of yesteryear. The names may be the same, but with luck the traditional confit and cassoulet, ramekin and ragout will conceal a refreshingly new approach to traditional dishes. Consider that favorite, escargots a la Bourguignonne, for instance.