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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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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 1988
We, as management of St. James's Club, feel compelled to respond to the tone and manner of some of the remarks made by Jonathan Gold ("Club Fed--For Members Only," June 19). Gold made obvious attempts to ridicule the appearance and dress of some of our members and guests. Surely this type of journalism is better suited to the National Enquirer than to The Times. Our Steamed Sea Bass dish, which Gold found so offensive and which he calls an "epitome of misguided British Nouvelle cuisine," is, in fact, not British at all, but was created at the three-star restaurant Lucas Carton in Paris.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Former Patina executive chef Tony Esnault has taken the reins of the kitchen at the downtown restaurant Church & State. Owner Yassmin Sarmadi tapped Esnault to work at Spring, a new French restaurant slated to open on the ground floor of the Douglas Building on Spring Street in late 2013, but Esnault ended up stepping into former Church & State chef Jeremy Berlin's spot. Esnault will still be the chef at Spring when it opens. Esnault's menu additions at Church & State include a chicory and citrus salad, coq au vin and nettle soup.
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
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.
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