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June 20, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Our final Battle of the Burgers finalist is Winston Woo of Orange County. Think this is just another chicken burger? You're wrong. With homemade Thai chili paste and a medley of flavors, it's what Woo calls "ultimate fusion. " He wrote: “The Green Curry Chicken Burger (“GCCB”) creation is an inspiration of my travel experiences across the Pacific, combined with the touches of Americana. My GCCB Ultimate Fusion Burger may be more than the 'best and baddest' burger -- quite simply, it might be the most memorable Asian-inspired fusion experience ever!
June 15, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Tammy Sanches of Victorville loves the salsa at Costa Azul in Coronado: "On vacation, my husband and I ate at an amazing restaurant in Coronado, Calif., called Costa Azul. They have the best smoked salsa we've ever had. Unfortunately, we live 2 1/2 hours away. I asked the waiter for the recipe, but he said they don't give it out. I would love to surprise my amazing husband on our anniversary with it. Could you please get the recipe?" With a wonderful blend of no less than six kinds of chiles, Costa Azul's salsa packs a nice heat.
May 21, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Recently, I was invited to a friend's house in Patzcuaro (Michoacan), Mexico , and we spent the week madly cooking. The market there was so fantastic --  fat yellow chickens, fresh chayote, baby jicama, a rainbow of fresh and dried chiles, heaps of garlic and herbs. Indian women sat with produce from their gardens on blankets in front of them. They always had the freshest ingredients, including hand-patted corn tortillas, and when things were slow, they'd trim the thorns from nopales (cactus paddles)
May 16, 2013 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
CANNES, France - The Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky has made only seven features in his nearly half-century career, but his legendary midnight movie "El Topo," a wigged-out peyote western that played to New York audiences for months in 1970, sealed his place in the annals of cult cinema. Jodorowsky last made a comeback in 1989 with the Oedipal melodrama "Santa Sangre," about a serial killer operating under the spell of his armless mother. When that project was announced at the Cannes Film Festival, a journalist wondered if a decade-long break from filmmaking had left Jodorowsky rusty.
May 7, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Gina Thomas remembers the day one of the Russian gardeners at the Wattles Farm community garden in Hollywood insisted on tasting a plump rocoto chile she had grown. She warned him to take only a tiny bite, but he insisted he didn't have a problem with hot peppers. He popped the entire thing in his mouth. A few seconds later, he flushed crimson and dashed for a hose to wash out his mouth. Two weeks later, he quit the garden. Even in the notorious world of chile peppers, the rocoto chile ( Capsicum pubescens )
April 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're looking for the trip of a lifetime, National Geographic Traveler has 50 to choose from. Its best guided expedition list for 2013 singles out tours that ignite the "inquisitive spirit" of travel. Among the adventures: an eight-day tour of Chile that pairs wine touring by bicycle with white-water rafting in northern Patagonia. Bikes, Wine and Patagonia begins in Santiago with a tour of the presidential palace and the former home of poet Pablo Neruda. On the second day, participants take to their bikes to begin two days of winery-hopping in the Casablanca and San Antonio valleys.
April 20, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
The stage lights rise, and Michelle Bachelet - former political prisoner, torture victim and socialist president of Chile from 2006 to 2010 - braces herself to deliver a dramatic farewell speech. "Pardon me if I offend the fascists," she tells her audience in Spanish, "or if I offend those that want a happy ending. But I prefer bittersweet endings. " In the compromise-seeking world of contemporary Chilean politics, such a declaration might be tantamount to career suicide. But when Bachelet's fiery language is spoken by three young women in Guillermo Calderón's play "Discurso," the actors tell us, "it's as if someone were putting words in my mouth.
April 8, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean authorities on Monday exhumed the body of Pablo Neruda to check claims by a former chauffeur that the Nobel Prize-winning poet may have been killed by government agents shortly after the 1973 overthrow of his friend, President Salvador Allende. Under a special tent and wearing protective clothing, a team of forensic pathologists that included a U.S. toxicologist gathered in the coastal resort town of Isla Negra to oversee the exhumation. Neruda died on Sept.
March 29, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Travelers who buy a ticket to Argentina , Chile or Colombia on Chilean carrier LAN Airlines have an opportunity to add on a domestic flight for $27 or less, but only until Monday. It's a cheap way to get to Patagonia's glaciers or the incomparable Iguazu Falls on the Argentina-Brazil border. The deal: The offer is part of a wider airfare sale by LAN and affiliate TAM Airlines. It's good for round-trip flights starting at $1,049 per person between Los Angeles and Santiago, Chile, (add a domestic flight for $27)
When you tell somebody about a Hunan restaurant, always begin with the steamed fish head. The fish head will be large, probably from an enormous carp or similar freshwater species, thus comical, and it will be frosted with the chopped blend of dried, fresh and fermented chiles that give Hunanese cooking its reputation for head-snapping heat. You will be able to chat about prying off chunks of soft meat, scraping down silvery skin and digging around in the cranium for gooey cartilage and bits of custardy brain.
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