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SPORTS
May 1, 1993
I understand that Eric Davis and Darryl Strawberry have often dreamed of playing together on a championship team. The altruistic Dodger management should grant them their wish by sending them on a bus up Interstate 5 to their single-A team in Bakersfield. If they can't hit there, they can blame their failing on the blazing hot weather and the town's scarcity of fine French cuisine. JOHN RHYNE Fresno
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TRAVEL
April 28, 2013
Nobu Hotel, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas; (702) 785-6677, http://www.nobucaesarspalace.com . Doubles $169 to $459 a night. Adjacent to the hotel is the dramatic 12,775-square-foot Nobu restaurant, whose Latin-infused Japanese cuisine (entrees $14 to $95) informs the hotel's in-room dining menu; hotel guests get preferential reservations. At Qua, the Caesars Palace spa, therapeutic treatments are $50 to $1,200.
TRAVEL
March 10, 2012
After taking in the view from the Sydney Tower Eye, we took the elevator to the fifth floor and Food on Five, the food-court floor of the Westfield Sydney Shopping Centre. There were more than 20 specialty and international cuisine store-front restaurants. Dinner for two was less than $15. We ate there two more times with excellent meals. The only caution is that some weekday nights most close at 5:30. Westfield Sydney Shopping Centre, http://www.westfield.com.au/sydney/store-profiles/cafes-restaurants/level5 Alan Johnson Seal Beach
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
New head chef at Patina: Joachim Splichal, founder of Patina Restaurant Group, names Charles Olalia executive chef of Patina, his landmark restaurant at the Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown. Olalia, 29, was formerly chef de cuisine and started at the restaurant in 2010 after working as a private chef with Oracle and in the kitchens at the French Laundry in Napa Valley and Guy Savoy in Las Vegas. 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 972-3331, www.patinarestaurant.com . New in Silver Lake: Hyperion Public has opened in Silver Lake, serving "contemporary American cuisine with light organic options, paired with craft and local tap beers, wine and cocktails.
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
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