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March 20, 2012 | Rosanna Xia
The laughter starts before the noodles even hit the ground. Frozen in mid-grasp, I watch a chopstick spin uncontrollably out of my hand, flinging droplets of sesame oil as it falls. "Would you like a fork?" a waiter asks, staring at the mess. " Mei guan xi ," I tell him, everything's just fine. The saying goes that if you drop your chopsticks while eating, it will bring you bad luck. Well, I still don't know how to use chopsticks properly, which is almost worse than not knowing how to use chopsticks at all. Old habits die hard.
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SPORTS
February 20, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - With their first Cactus League game not scheduled until Saturday, the Dodgers are finding different ways to amuse themselves. A double-elimination doubles ping-pong tournament started on Wednesday, with the team of nonroster relievers Peter Moylan and Mark Lowe defeating Carl Crawford and Tony Gwynn Jr. in straight sets. Later, tournament organizer Clayton Kershaw and Shawn Tolleson beat A.J. Ellis and Mark Ellis. Earlier in the day, Andre Ethier overtook Hyun-Jin Ryu as the chopsticks competition leader.
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MAGAZINE
June 19, 2005 | Avital Binshtock
Ever since Confucius deemed knives too crude for the table, chopsticks have been Asia's utensils of choice. Elizabeth An of Crustacean restaurant says they also should be as beautiful as they are functional. For her home accessories line, An has designed chopsticks handmade in Vietnam from ebony moonwood and jade. An Family Collection chopsticks, $142 per pair, at www.anfamily.com or at Crustacean Restaurant, 9646 Little Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 205-8990.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Noto Suzuki, wearing a peach and light blue silk kimono with its flowing sleeves strapped back by two of his three assistants, held above his head a pair of chopsticks as long as a conductor's baton and a fierce single-edged knife. Kneeling at a low wooden table that already had been ritually cleansed, he readied to perform a Japanese knife ceremony that dates to the 1st century. The zither-heavy music had stopped and a packed auditorium at the Japanese American National Museum on Sunday was silent as the ceremony unfolded -- traditionally a show of hope for an abundant harvest and gratitude for all ingredients that might be sliced by a knife.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Chopsticks A Novel Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral Razorbill: 304 pp., $19.99, ages 12 and older The first indication that "Chopsticks" is significantly more than just a novel is its trailer, which encourages readers to watch, listen, feel, look, discover, view and imagine. All of those activities are not only encouraged but enabled in this ambitious and hefty tome that works as a sort of interactive scrapbook. An exercise in multimedia storytelling, "Chopsticks" is a book, but it's also an iPhone and iPad app peppered with videos, songs and instant messages that bring the story to life in a way that isn't possible with words alone.
SPORTS
February 20, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - With their first Cactus League game not scheduled until Saturday, the Dodgers are finding different ways to amuse themselves. A double-elimination doubles ping-pong tournament started on Wednesday, with the team of nonroster relievers Peter Moylan and Mark Lowe defeating Carl Crawford and Tony Gwynn Jr. in straight sets. Later, tournament organizer Clayton Kershaw and Shawn Tolleson beat A.J. Ellis and Mark Ellis. Earlier in the day, Andre Ethier overtook Hyun-Jin Ryu as the chopsticks competition leader.
BUSINESS
October 14, 1987 | Associated Press
A Minnesota factory on Tuesday shipped its first truckloads of chopsticks to Japan, a venture the company president acknowledged would remind some of "taking coals to Newcastle." A crowd of about 100 visitors and 45 workers was on hand to applaud the first shipment from the high-tech Lakewood Forest Products Ltd. plant in northern Minnesota's depressed iron mining country. "It's just kind of festive here today," said Dorothy Ylatupa, the plant secretary.
HEALTH
November 3, 2003 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
Chopsticks, with a history that dates 5,000 years, provide a simple and neat way to get small bites of food to your mouth. They also may contribute to arthritis in the fingers. A study of 2,500 elderly residents of Beijing who had used chopsticks throughout a lifetime of eating and cooking has linked the mechanical stress of manipulating chopsticks with osteoarthritis of the thumb, index and middle fingers.
OPINION
December 11, 2011 | By Yu Hua
When the young Mao Tse-tung agitated for revolution, he found a vivid way to get his point across to an uneducated audience: He picked up a single chopstick and snapped it in two. Then he picked up a handful of chopsticks: They would not break. Thus he showed that so long as everyone stood side by side, no force could withstand the tide of revolution. By gathering together China's scattered, indignant chopsticks, Mao finally was able to ascend Tiananmen — the Gate of Heavenly Peace — on Oct. 1, 1949, and announce the establishment of his republic.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 1989 | RUTH REICHL
What do you call your third restaurant when it happens to be on 3rd Street? If you're Katsu, you call it Katsu Third, 8636 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood, (213) 273-3605. And if you're Katsu, you also make it look more like a gallery than a restaurant, filling up the white space with interesting angles, recessed light and very good art. If you're Katsu, you also make the menu totally different than the one offered at the original Katsu (mainly sushi), or that served at Cafe Katsu (French inspired)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2012 | Rosanna Xia
The laughter starts before the noodles even hit the ground. Frozen in mid-grasp, I watch a chopstick spin uncontrollably out of my hand, flinging droplets of sesame oil as it falls. "Would you like a fork?" a waiter asks, staring at the mess. " Mei guan xi ," I tell him, everything's just fine. The saying goes that if you drop your chopsticks while eating, it will bring you bad luck. Well, I still don't know how to use chopsticks properly, which is almost worse than not knowing how to use chopsticks at all. Old habits die hard.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Chopsticks A Novel Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral Razorbill: 304 pp., $19.99, ages 12 and older The first indication that "Chopsticks" is significantly more than just a novel is its trailer, which encourages readers to watch, listen, feel, look, discover, view and imagine. All of those activities are not only encouraged but enabled in this ambitious and hefty tome that works as a sort of interactive scrapbook. An exercise in multimedia storytelling, "Chopsticks" is a book, but it's also an iPhone and iPad app peppered with videos, songs and instant messages that bring the story to life in a way that isn't possible with words alone.
OPINION
December 11, 2011 | By Yu Hua
When the young Mao Tse-tung agitated for revolution, he found a vivid way to get his point across to an uneducated audience: He picked up a single chopstick and snapped it in two. Then he picked up a handful of chopsticks: They would not break. Thus he showed that so long as everyone stood side by side, no force could withstand the tide of revolution. By gathering together China's scattered, indignant chopsticks, Mao finally was able to ascend Tiananmen — the Gate of Heavenly Peace — on Oct. 1, 1949, and announce the establishment of his republic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2011 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
Thanks to the conveniences of the wired world, Peter Winkler was able to write a book and find an agent and a publisher without ever having to leave his North Hollywood home. Winkler raced to produce the first biography of Dennis Hopper to come out after the actor died in May 2010. It was only when the book was on the shelves that his agent learned how he had done it. "My God, I had no idea," said Robert Diforio of Weston, Conn., who sold "Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel" to a small East Coast publisher, Barricade Books.
NEWS
June 24, 2011 | By Irene Lechowitzky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Loews Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev., is teaching kids how to mix fun with the art of sushi in a series of classes dubbed SushiSKool on the first Saturday of each month. The next one is July 2. Chef Osamu Fujita, a third-generation sushi chef, guides grade-schoolers through teens through the basics of ordering, using chopsticks and sushi etiquette. Participants sample items such as as gari (pickled ginger) and wasabi (Japanese horseradish) while making sushi and sipping ocha (green tea)
OPINION
August 15, 2010 | By Daniel K. Gardner
China's Ministry of Commerce, together with five other ministries, issued this warning in June: "Companies making disposable chopsticks will face local government restrictions aimed at decreasing the use of the throwaway utensil.... Production, circulation and recycling of disposable chopsticks should be more strictly supervised. " With summer floods devastating southern, western and northeastern China, a massive oil spill smothering the Yellow Sea off the port of Dalian, 3,000 barrels of chemicals bobbing aimlessly but threateningly in the Songhua River in the northeast, and nearly half a million newly registered cars — just since January — on Beijing roads spewing who knows how much additional carbon dioxide into the air, you may think that the government is unnecessarily overreaching in waging a war on the disposable chopstick.
NEWS
June 24, 2011 | By Irene Lechowitzky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Loews Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev., is teaching kids how to mix fun with the art of sushi in a series of classes dubbed SushiSKool on the first Saturday of each month. The next one is July 2. Chef Osamu Fujita, a third-generation sushi chef, guides grade-schoolers through teens through the basics of ordering, using chopsticks and sushi etiquette. Participants sample items such as as gari (pickled ginger) and wasabi (Japanese horseradish) while making sushi and sipping ocha (green tea)
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Noto Suzuki, wearing a peach and light blue silk kimono with its flowing sleeves strapped back by two of his three assistants, held above his head a pair of chopsticks as long as a conductor's baton and a fierce single-edged knife. Kneeling at a low wooden table that already had been ritually cleansed, he readied to perform a Japanese knife ceremony that dates to the 1st century. The zither-heavy music had stopped and a packed auditorium at the Japanese American National Museum on Sunday was silent as the ceremony unfolded -- traditionally a show of hope for an abundant harvest and gratitude for all ingredients that might be sliced by a knife.
FOOD
June 6, 2007 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
IN a city where a restaurant is considered a classic if it manages to hang around for more than a decade, 56-year-old Sakura on Centinela Avenue is a miracle of longevity. After all these years, this Japanese American restaurant is still so busy that the long-standing reservation policy holds: You can't make a reservation unless you're a party of six or more. It doesn't seem to matter whether you come early or you come late, if you're three or four, there's always a wait. Every table is taken.
MAGAZINE
June 18, 2006 | S. Irene Virbila, S. Irene Virbila is The Times' restaurant critic. She has been recognized by the Assn. of Food Journalists and the James Beard Foundation for best restaurant criticism.
SOUP SPOON Italian wedding soup Young Hollywood heads to the old Rat Pack hangout Dominick's for comforting dishes such as Italian wedding soup, a rich poultry broth with swatches of emerald greens and shreds of egg bobbing with perfect little meatballs from chef Brandon Boudet. The setting, complete with cozy bar, walls covered in vintage black-and-white photos and a seductive walled patio with an outdoor fireplace, feels like Greenwich Village in the 1950s. Dominick's, 8715 Beverly Blvd.
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