CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 |
The Highland Park Patient Collective has been praised by Yelp reviewers for its sample room where patients can try their meds, its PlayStation 3 and stockpile of games and its cheap outdoor kush that's good for rolling blunts. But don't expect the residents of Mar Vista to roll out the welcome mat when the collective moves into what used to be a landmark health food store. The former Mrs. Gooch's market on the corner of Palms and Centinela has been mostly empty for 10 years.
August 3, 2013 |
Jessica Koslow is rummaging around in her room-sized walk-in refrigerator at Sqirl, looking for fruit. There are several cases of tiny, intensely flavored Santa Rosa plums from farmer James Burch. Wait, no. How about some of these dry-farmed Blenheim apricots from Mike Cirone of See Canyon? She hoists a case onto her shoulder and hurries to her kitchen. It's time to make jam. While home preserving has the reputation of being unforgiving and demanding, watching a master like Koslow, you realize how easy it really is, especially when you start with the kind of fruit that is flooding the markets right now. A former pastry chef, Koslow turned her jam-making hobby into a business, then she turned the jam business into a store, turned the store into a coffee shop, turned the coffee shop into a restaurant and now is expanding into the space next door, a gourmet market and wine shop that she will share with her old friend and mentor Lou Amdur.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 |
Lights, camera ... police action? An amateur film crew's robbery scene took a dangerous real-life turn Thursday when police, unaware the takeover at a Glendora coffee shop was staged, swarmed the building with their weapons drawn. It began just before 7:20 a.m., Glendora Police Capt. Tim Staab said, when a woman walking up to Classic Coffee saw a man inside who was wearing a bandanna covering his face and carrying what appeared to be a gun. She ran back to her car and called 911, Staab said, prompting all eight of the Police Department's on-duty officers to rush to the scene.
July 8, 2013 |
You're a coffee fiend keeping track of every new specialty coffee shop that opens in L.A.? With one new cafe opening after another, it's not so easy anymore. But it is a lot easier to come across a great brewed coffee or perfect pull of espresso, whether in south Santa Monica or North Hollywood, Westside or East L.A. The steady stream of new-wave coffee that began several years ago has turned into an espresso-fueled torrent. One of the newest is Go Get Em Tiger on Larchmont, from the team behind G&B Coffee, which only just opened last month in downtown's Grand Central Market.
June 9, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO NANJING, CHINA From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Nanjing is offered on Air China, China Eastern and United. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $950, including taxes and fees. I spent 14 days in China traveling entirely by high-speed trains. I rode first class from Shanghai's Hongqiao Station to Nanjing; the trip took about two hours and cost $40. It's easier to buy tickets at http://www.chinatraintickets.net and have them delivered to your hotel rather than doing it at the station.
May 17, 2013 |
BAGHDAD - Bombings in Iraq near a Sunni Muslim mosque, a busy shopping street and a funeral procession left at least 70 people dead Friday as the security situation continued to show signs of unraveling. The explosions brought the week's death toll to more than 110. That followed the killing of 712 people in April, which according to the United Nations was the deadliest month in Iraq since June 2008. The bloodshed has increased as the country undergoes its biggest political test since the departure of U.S. troops in late 2011.