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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1998
Re "Mexico Is Savoring Its Roots," June 23: Thanks for the keen insight into changes in Mexico. It really changes my opinion when I read about the country's new trend in cuisine, an "$11.50 dish, a favorite of senators" being a plate of worms. JOHN CROWLEY Redondo Beach
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TRAVEL
April 11, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO CHARLESTON, S.C. From LAX , American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Southwest offer connecting service (change of planes) to Charleston. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $327, including all taxes and fees. WHERE TO STAY Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St., (843) 722-4900, http://www.charlestonplace.com . Part of the luxury group once known as Orient Express and now known as Belmond (Santa Barbara's El Encanto is part of the group)
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NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Travel magazines routinely pick Charleston, S.C., as a must-see U.S. destination, and this year is no exception. Travel + Leisure readers named it the country's best city to visit, over bigger hubs like San Francisco and New York City. Here's a tour package that's flexible and inexpensive -- and provides a taste of  the city's Southern cuisine. Wild Dunes Resort is on a barrier island called Isle of Palms about a half hour from Charleston. The package includes staying in a one-bedroom condo and taking one of four culinary tours of the city.
FOOD
April 11, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Culling my bookshelves recently, I came across my much-thumbed copy of "Unmentionable Cuisine" and remembered the dinners, years ago, that Bonnie Hughes of the late Augusta's Restaurant in Berkeley organized with author Calvin W. Schwabe. The menus read something like this: deep-fried turkey testicles with Parmesan, baked lamb eyes with truffles and shiitake, veal brains in coconut cream, intestine dumplings, and fried crickets and peanuts - and that's just for appetizers. Main dishes included red-cooked duck tongues, whole stuffed frog, grilled guinea pig, and grilled rattlesnake marinated in whiskey, ginger and soy. The dinners had the thrill of the illicit, and everyone had a merry time.
TRAVEL
November 20, 2011 | By Heidi Fuller-Love, Special to the Los Angeles Times
  As the sun set over Angkor Wat, the temple built for King Suryavarman II in the 12th century, I nosed my Vespa out into the line of three-wheeled tuktuks, bikes and cars. In my pink crash helmet and Gucci bike goggles, I felt as frivolous as an extra in the '60s movie "Quadrophenia," but my mission was a serious one: I was planning to travel the nearly 200 miles from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in three days, stopping on the way to sample some of the weirdest and most wonderful foods Cambodia has to offer.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2011
EVENTS L.A.'s gourmet food truck onslaught has been the culinary story of the last few years. At the KCRW Global Street Food festival, local twitterati will get a reminder that this is how the rest of the world has eaten since well, the first street-side ad hoc stove. "Good Food's" Evan Kleiman hosts a discussion on the scene with Jonathan Gold, chef Jet Tila, Gustavo Arellano and food writers from Malaysia and Mexico City. And, yes, there will be tasting from India Jones, Nom Nom Truck, Let's Be Frank and many others.
NEWS
April 21, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times Food editor
Sometimes it's not the places you travel that you remember most, but the people you meet. That's certainly true of Kaaloa's Super J's Authentic Hawaiian restaurant on the Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. I was on a mission to try as many plate-lunch places as I could. Surely I must be missing something, I thought, after yet another meal of mushy rice, overcooked meat and bland macaroni salad. Then, our last night on the island, our hosts at Pomakai “Lucky” Farms bed and breakfast insisted we try local favorite Super J's. We'd driven past it several times and it didn't look like much, basically a convenience store with some chairs out front.
FOOD
November 17, 2004
What can one say except I am in complete agreement with S. Irene Virbila regarding the horror of the near $400 meal served with panache at Bastide ["Foie Gras Pina Colada?" Nov. 3]. The foie gras sorbet did me in. The sauces and/or drizzles on everything clogged the palate. But you said it much better. Thanks for telling it like it is. Jane J. Wallace Los Angeles It was with great dismay and disappointment that we read S. Irene Virbila's review of Bastide. We dined at Bastide and had many of the same dishes she reviewed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1986 | DAVID NELSON
Doug Organ is a good chef, as chefs go, and as chefs go, he's going. Having reigned both as the enfant terrible of local haute cuisine and the darling of the county's self-described "foodies," this 24-year-old master of the roasts and hashes (and the beurre blancs and sautes a la minute) soon will be departing his home range in search of more scintillating foreign stockpots.
FOOD
July 1, 2010 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, RESTAURANT CRITIC
I've always had a soft spot for Chaya Brasserie in West Hollywood. I love the soaring emerald bamboo grove in the middle of the room, the charming Asian-accented brasserie decor and executive chef Shigefumi Tachibe's sophisticated French-Japanese cuisine. By all rights, the place should feel dated but isn't in the least. After some 26 years (it opened in 1984), the Chaya brand is still going strong with Chaya Venice, Chaya San Francisco and the newish Chaya in downtown L.A., plus several macrobiotic M Café de Chaya cafes in the Los Angeles area.
FOOD
February 15, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
The plum sour was created to complement the modern Chinese cuisine served at chic Hakkasan Beverly Hills. This tart libation combines woodsy Japanese whiskey, tangy fresh-squeezed lemon juice, aromatic plum liqueur and pleasingly sweet brown sugar syrup. A single shaken egg white gives the cocktail frothy wings. Hakkasan Beverly Hills, 233 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 888-8661, hakkasan.com/beverlyhills. jessica.gelt@latimes.com Plum sour 2 minutes.
TRAVEL
February 2, 2014 | By Katrina Woznicki
Taos, N.M., has had many lives: a pre-colonial Native American community, a Spanish settlement and, more recently, an artists' colony for those seeking a quieter pace. Today, many come to Taos to ski, but this resilient small town is enjoying an artistic renaissance after the 2008 economic downturn. The town of just 5,700 has about 80 galleries featuring imaginative, provocative art that captures Native American culture and the beauty of the Southwest. The tab: Our family of three spent about $300 a night for lodging and less than $150 a day on food and sightseeing.
HOME & GARDEN
January 3, 2014 | By Claire Berger
Am I the only person in the world who has felt a passionate rush from a perfect mouthful of food? I didn't think so. Because for me, and maybe you, the line between food and sex is blurred beyond recognition. Let's start at the beginning - my childhood, with a guilty Jewish mom and dad who parented with tasty bribery. I got a cookie (or three) after a long day at school, an extra serving of pasta for a good deed and a special dessert because, well, my mom just really liked sweets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Politicians and businessmen mingled amid mint-green tablecloths as cups of locally sourced red butter lettuce salad circulated. The night's keynote speaker, a county public health official, spoke warmly of the restaurant's offerings. It was an unusual restaurant opening for Monterey Park's Garvey Avenue, a largely Chinese immigrant neighborhood populated mostly by ginseng shops and cheap restaurants and bakeries - most of which have B letter grades from the county health inspector.
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
As of today, “ Modernist Cuisine at Home ” by Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet has been turned into a brilliant interactive app by the geniuses at Inkling. Go to Inkling.com to download the free sample chapter "A Modernist Meal at Home. " After that, any of the 24 individual chapters ("Breakfast Eggs," "Cooking Sous Vide" or "Cheeseburger," anyone?) are available at $4.99 each. The entire book with 416 recipes, almost 1,700 photos and 37 technique videos is $79.99 on Inkling or at the Apple app store . Expensive?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Mark Caro
Renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, an inspirational and notoriously mercurial figure whose eponymous restaurant became an international destination and who pioneered a bold, distinctly American form of haute cuisine, has died. He was 54. Rescue crews called to Trotter's apartment in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago on Tuesday morning found him unresponsive. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A Cook County medical examiner's spokesman said Trotter's death did not appear suspicious and indicated that he had a history of seizures and strokes.
FOOD
April 13, 1989 | JOAN DRAKE, Times Staff Writer
In 1889 Richard D'Oyly Carte opened a hotel between the Strand and River Thames that was unlike any other that had ever been built in London. Rising over the ruins of the 13th-Century Palace of Savoy, its seven stories were the first in the city to be constructed of concrete and steel with electricity supplied by its own generating station and a private artesian well supplying soft water. Other extravagances included the 67 bathrooms, elevators panelled in Japanese red lacquer and speaking-tubes that enabled communications between floors.
TRAVEL
September 4, 2011 | By David Farley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A family from the Midwest formed a crescent around the posted menu outside an Italian restaurant on Mulberry Street, the main (and only) drag of Manhattan's shrinking Little Italy. It didn't take long for the Latino restaurant barker - the guys who stand on the sidewalk trying to lure in the indecisive and hungry - to pounce: " Ciao, bellas ," he said, using the Spanish plural of the Italian noun. "Come in and eat," he added, motioning with a sweep of his arm toward the open door.
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Travel magazines routinely pick Charleston, S.C., as a must-see U.S. destination, and this year is no exception. Travel + Leisure readers named it the country's best city to visit, over bigger hubs like San Francisco and New York City. Here's a tour package that's flexible and inexpensive -- and provides a taste of  the city's Southern cuisine. Wild Dunes Resort is on a barrier island called Isle of Palms about a half hour from Charleston. The package includes staying in a one-bedroom condo and taking one of four culinary tours of the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The unnamed president in "Haute Cuisine," an ode to traditional French cuisine and professional pride, summons a self-taught culinary expert from the provinces to be his personal chef at the Élysée Palace. "Give me the best of France," he tells her. Cue the truffles. Food porn is not the raison d'être of Christian Vincent's feature, but there's no shortage of loving close-ups of savories and sweets, and such phrases as "chanterelle fricassee" are uttered with profound regard. Hoo-hahs over oysters and homemade cream cheese are presented as momentous.
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