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November 5, 2012 | By Anne Harnagel, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Hotel guests and area residents can get their morning jolt of java or ease into the  evening with a glass of wine at Stonehaus, which opened last week in Westlake Village. The rustic venue, a blend of coffeehouse and wine bar, is set amid the vineyard and olive groves at the Westlake Village Inn , a 141-room boutique hotel near the 101 Freeway in the Conejo Valley. For early risers, the gourmet coffeehouse serves private-label roasted coffee drinks, breakfast items and freshly baked pastries and breads.
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WORLD
November 24, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - As world powers in Geneva negotiate the future of Iran's nuclear development program, Islamist hard-liners here continue to warn of a deceitful, perfidious West scheming to enfeeble the Islamic Republic. Yet in the trendy, smoke-filled cafes of this busy capital city, ritualistic denunciations of the United States are as passe as instant coffee among the mostly young, jeans-clad set. "In art, in fashion, in cinema and in our daily lifestyle, we copycat American culture," said Sarah, proprietor of a cozy cafe in the basement of a high-rise in northwest Tehran.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2009 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Forget bake sales. To reduce the impact of education budget cuts, an El Sereno charter school hopes to bolster its coffers with a jolt of caffeine, opening its own neighborhood coffeehouse Saturday. Semillas Community Schools will use profits from Xocolatl Cacao, Tea and Coffee House -- which has a full menu of drinks, sandwiches and pastries -- to shield its elementary and high school from future layoffs and program cuts. "I'd rather focus on developing a new language curriculum than a new chocolate drink," said Marcos Aguilar, Semillas' executive director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
An Orange County doctor who often saw patients at Starbucks coffeehouses was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in federal prison for selling prescriptions for highly abused medications to patients with no legitimate need for them. "You abused the position," U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford told Alvin Ming-Czech Yee before sentencing him. "People came to you for healing, and they came away worse for the experience. " Yee, 44, of Mission Viejo, pleaded guilty in April to seven counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance by a practitioner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1994 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The owners of P.J. Mead's Books and Coffee will have to build a sound-buffer wall within 60 days to end a long-running neighborhood dispute. The City Council made the decision after an emotional meeting Tuesday, when the cafe owners, customers and neighbors competed for support from council members. Friction between neighbors in the 100 block of South Cambridge Street and the owners of P.J. Mead's began about 1990 when the Olde Cambridge Market and Deli became a coffeehouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
When Bob Hare opened his Hermosa Beach coffeehouse in 1958, he called it the Insomniac because it was open until 3 a.m. He brewed his coffee in a 300-pound dry-cleaning boiler and served it to such high-profile members of the Beat Generation as Allen Ginsberg and Lenny Bruce, he later recalled. The coffeehouse also became a haven for folk and blues musicians and other performers. Ginsberg read his poem "Howl" and a 16-year-old Linda Ronstadt sang, Hare said in 1992 in The Times.
NEWS
January 14, 1988 | ESTHER SCHRADER, Times Staff Writer
The ambiance was more party than protest outside the Onyx Cafe in Silver Lake Saturday night. "Make Coffee, Not War" read one sign carried proudly by a demonstrator sipping cappuccino, while another, tidily summing up the collective mood, advised, "Don't Be a Slug, Fred." Fred is Fred Hicks, owner of the Vista Theatre, next door to the Bohemian coffeehouse. Hicks owns the master lease on the property, and has been making moves to evict the Onyx since last summer.
MAGAZINE
February 3, 2002 | JAMES MCNAIR, Northern California-based James McNair is the author of 40 cookbooks, the latest of which is "Afternoon Delights" (Chronicle Books, 2001)
Every afternoon, caffeine connoisseurs across America trek to their favorite coffeehouses or bakery-cafes for a steamy or frosty concoction to revive their senses and carry them through the rest of the day. My partner, Andrew Moore, and I frequently join this throng to get our fix. And like many of our fellow patrons, we are often interested in a tantalizing treat to go along with a frothy caffe latte or spicy chai.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1997 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"So many people I talk to say they don't feel comfortable going into coffeehouses," says musician and entrepreneur Greg Ginn. "People feel they're too old, not hip, or too this or that." That's why Ginn has created a coffeehouse to appeal to more than just the Generation X hipsters often associated with the cappuccino and espresso scene. When you enter his Idea Room in east Long Beach, you don't have to know what a triple latte is to feel at home.
WORLD
December 28, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Sure, Oh Yoo-jin wanted a cup of coffee, but what the 24-year-old university student really wanted to do was commune with the residents of her tiny neighborhood cafe ? the cats. On a recent afternoon, Oh and her boyfriend shared the brightly lighted cafe with a dozen felines. There were cats lounging on the windowsills, curiously nosing customers' coffee cups or taking leisurely strolls past the register. That's the point of Seoul's newest cat cafe: Why just caffeinate when you can indulge with a purring tabby or Russian gray on your lap?
NEWS
April 4, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
An Orange County doctor has agreed to serve at least eight years in federal prison for illegally selling prescriptions for powerful painkillers and other drugs out of Starbucks coffeehouses, according to court records. Alvin Ming-Czech Yee, 44, of Mission Viejo routinely wrote prescriptions for highly abused medications to patients with no legitimate need for the medications, authorities have alleged in court papers.   Yee agreed to plead guilty to seven counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance by a practitioner and to serve eight to 10 years in prison, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. Yee admitted that he was guilty of distributing oxycodone, alprazolam and amphetamine salts to undercover officers posing as patients and to a confidential source working for the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the plea agreement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Jessica Garrison and Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
The mood was electric that crisp, clear February day as couples lined up at San Francisco City Hall to be among the first to get licenses for same-sex marriages in California. Nine tortuous years followed: The state high court halted and invalidated the San Francisco licenses, then later ruled gays and lesbians could marry. Some 18,000 couples rushed to do so before voters put a stop to the ceremonies by passing Proposition 8 in 2008. Then a federal judge and an appeals court threw that ballot initiative out. On Tuesday, the two sides rested.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Anne Harnagel, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Hotel guests and area residents can get their morning jolt of java or ease into the  evening with a glass of wine at Stonehaus, which opened last week in Westlake Village. The rustic venue, a blend of coffeehouse and wine bar, is set amid the vineyard and olive groves at the Westlake Village Inn , a 141-room boutique hotel near the 101 Freeway in the Conejo Valley. For early risers, the gourmet coffeehouse serves private-label roasted coffee drinks, breakfast items and freshly baked pastries and breads.
NATIONAL
November 2, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
CINCINNATI - Johanson Perez, a 29-year-old night baker at Panera Bread who is not a fan of President Obama, had a "70-comment fight" on Facebook with a friend over Donald Trump's $5-million offer for the president's school and passport records. "I'm sure we won't be as close after the election as we were before," said Perez, who'd stopped for lunch at Price Hill Chili, a neighborhood institution on the city's west side. "It's almost like he's in a cult. " At a nearby table, political independent Greg Littel, 20, a University of Cincinnati student who favors Obama, said he was dismayed by vandalism in his liberal neighborhood.
TRAVEL
April 29, 2012 | By Daniel Robinson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
BUDAPEST, Hungary - American coffeehouses are prized for their quick service and fast Internet - ideal for people on the go. But a century ago, European cafes were places to linger amid Gilded Age opulence. Nowhere was this more so than in Budapest, where some of its great historic cafes have survived economic crises, war and Communism. My wife, Rachel, and my mother-in-law, Edie, had never been to Hungary, but they had been hearing about Budapest and its grand avenues, delicious pastries and vibrant Jewish community all their lives: Edie's parents were born here in the 1890s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2012 | Kurt Streeter
The cafe is narrow, with a dozen little tables and a gray concrete floor. Nothing too fancy. Nothing too shiny. No espresso poured into designer porcelain with a dusting of organic cacao and a layer of orange-infused, textured milk. No movie stars. Or hardly ever. But Kaldi Coffee & Tea is home to a community of dreamers who share a singular ambition: They want to be part of the movies. Since the silent film era, people have flocked to L.A., seeking stardom. Hollywood may change, but the calculus remains the same.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of losing sleep over complaints from his Sherman Oaks neighbors and restrictions from Los Angeles city officials, the owner of the bohemian Insomnia Cafe is calling it quits. The joint is up for sale. "I'm pretty beat up," said John Dunn, who opened the Ventura Boulevard coffeehouse in 1992 and was immediately swamped with complaints from neighbors over noisy, mostly young patrons. "After 3 1/2 years of fighting with neighbors and trying to run a small business, it's time to move on."
NEWS
July 13, 1995
An article on lesbians (Westside, July 6) that doesn't stoop to preconceived notions and titillation is a welcomed relief. I take exception, however, to the suggestion based on the closing of Little Frida's, a lesbian-owned coffeehouse, that lesbians are not capable of supporting lesbian-owned businesses. On the contrary, like anyone else with money to spend, lesbians support businesses that offer quality, consistency and value. When the new owner of Little Frida's moved the coffeehouse to its last location, she chose to hire young and relatively inexperienced help with little customer service skills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
When Bob Hare opened his Hermosa Beach coffeehouse in 1958, he called it the Insomniac because it was open until 3 a.m. He brewed his coffee in a 300-pound dry-cleaning boiler and served it to such high-profile members of the Beat Generation as Allen Ginsberg and Lenny Bruce, he later recalled. The coffeehouse also became a haven for folk and blues musicians and other performers. Ginsberg read his poem "Howl" and a 16-year-old Linda Ronstadt sang, Hare said in 1992 in The Times.
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