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November 6, 2012 | By Rosemary McClure
Stake out a cool view of the Gulf of California from the renovated pool at Mexico 's Las Ventanas al Paraiso , an upscale Baja resort that is celebrating its 15th year with a multimillion-dollar upgrade. The hotel, between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas , has updated its pool, redesigned the spa adding an indoor/outdoor setting and opened La Marisqueria raw bar and demo kitchen. There are new beach cabanas with private plunge pools and Jacuzzis.  The resort also is offering a new menu, which managing director Martein van Wagenberg calls "locally sourced, nationally inspired.
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FOOD
February 20, 2002 | ANA MARIA GABRIEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A very old Rhodesli Sephardic woman once told Joseph Benon he had the gift of sabor. According to the ancient lore of the Spanish Jews, this means he was born with the flavor of Sephardic food in his mouth. "You have to be blessed with sabor to know what this is all about," says Benon, bustling about his Westwood kitchen, serving up steaming platters of keftes de gallina (chicken patties), beselias (fresh peas with meat) and arroz estilo sepora (Sepora's rice).
TRAVEL
June 13, 1999
My wife and I, having read your article about the language school Ecole des Trois Ponts in Roanne, France ("Off to Learn the Lingo," Jan. 11, 1998), decided to try it out. We went in May 1998 and were so delighted that we returned in October and then again in May. Our French has improved enormously, and more important, we have made many new friends. The friendly staff, excellent cuisine and peaceful ambience of this country chateau make for a wonderful, relaxing vacation. Many thanks for your article.
NEWS
March 15, 1987
Regarding the ongoing series, Body Worry, I hereby offer myself as a subject for a Chunk Factor Study whereby I will be sent to luxuriate (and exercise) on a tropical isle, travel to exotic locales to report on fine cuisine, have my measurements taken, and maybe even learn to ride a bike. I have all my hair, have only lifted heavy boxes of textbooks in a school library, and am sincere about stopping the spread of fat below the Equator. The way Mr. Remar Sutton is braving the battle appeals to me. LOIS COHN Long Beach
NEWS
February 26, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The inimitable Zagat has just released its 2013 "30 Under 30" awards, honoring the top young culinary talents in the Los Angeles area.  The 30 honorees were feted Monday night at a cocktail party at the Emerson Theatre with Zagat founders Tim and Nina Zagat on hand to do the honors. The Zagat survey, which started as a homemade newsletter and morphed over the years into a publishing juggernaut, has embraced the digital age. The guides are now online, and coverage of this event included a live feed  and a Google+ Live Hangout.
FOOD
November 5, 1987 | JOAN DRAKE
The Fifth Annual American Wine & Food Festival, benefiting the West Los Angeles Chapter of Meals on Wheels and Cuisine a Roulettes, will be held Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. This year's event will be held on the "Back to the Future" set at Universal Studios. Honorary benefit chairman is Vincent Price. Once again this year 15 chefs from around the country and 45 wineries will offer a tasting of their finest cuisine and wines.
NEWS
August 9, 1988 | Jack Smith, Jack Smith,
The myth about fads is that they all begin in Southern California and sweep outward over the world like waves from a stone thrown into a pond. Living at the heart of this eccentric birthplace, I ought to be aware of every fad from its very origin. In fact, by the time I recognize a fad it is already passe or on its way out. People who frequent the "in" restaurants were already tiring of nouvelle cuisine , having recognized it for the fraud it was, when I first discovered it.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Playa on Beverly Boulevard, the 2-year-old "urban Latin" restaurant from chef John Sedlar and his partner, Bill Chait, will close Wednesday. "While the restaurant has been critically successful and John has tremendously enjoyed the creative process of introducing Baja and Mexi-China inspired menus to Angelenos," an announcement said "the concept has not met the high expectations John and Bill set for it when opening two years ago. " ...
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