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October 9, 2005
I was thrilled by your piece celebrating the cuisine of Australia ["Oz at the Head of the Table," Sept. 25]. We are set to travel to Sydney again in February -- our fifth trip in five years. We have lived there for two months at a time and savor the food there. Even the food in the malls or food halls is superb. I read the letter from a Melbourne citizen in the Oct. 2 Travel section. He said that Melbourne is far superior to Sydney as far as culinary fare. He cited the Flower Drum.
February 22, 2004
Thank you for Ross Newhan's great article on Zov's Bistro ("From Syria, With Love," Jan. 25). Tustin and Orange County are fortunate to have not only this mecca of fine cuisine, but also the very generous and community-minded Karamardian family. We happily dine at Zov's and revel in its honors. But the lasting impression we have is of an entrepreneur and her family who have earned the appreciation of a grateful community. Linda Jennings Tustin
October 6, 2005
We beg to differ with S. Irene Virbila's article "One Big Garden Party" (Sept. 26), in which she characterizes Knoll's Black Forest Inn as "dowdy." The Knoll family provided an elegant linen service that was the center of European cuisine for the Westside for 40 years. The restaurant was immaculate, the service and food superb. It is a disservice to besmirch the memory of this former standard of excellence. RICHARD HUBACHER West Los Angeles
November 21, 2002
S. Irene Virbila seems to have no idea what authentic Mexican cuisine is like ("Confusion in the Kitchen," Oct. 31). We knew that we were going to educate people on this matter. That is why we opened the Spanish Kitchen. However, for a food critic to insinuate that soft tacos, guacamole and green enchiladas are the only authentic things on the menu is embarrassing. Soft tacos, like most tacos, are a relatively new item to Mexican cuisine and meant to be eaten as a roadside snack much like a hot dog. It has no place on a dinner menu.
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
April 28, 2013
Nobu Hotel, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas; (702) 785-6677, . 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.
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.
February 15, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
You could say the Antinori family knows something about Tuscan wine: after all, they've been involved in wine in Tuscany for the past 625 years, ever since Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered the Winemakers' Guild of the city of Florence way back in 1385. That's no typo -- we're talking 14th century. And now this spring the 25th and 26th generation (that would be Marchese Piero Antinori and his daughters Albiera, Allegra and Alessia) are set to open Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar outside Florence, Italy, seven years after the four of them thought up the concept.
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.
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