January 6, 2014 |
For the third year in a row, Dish Network announced at the Consumer Electronics Show a product that gives TV viewers yet more control over the shows that are beamed into their homes. This time, though, the company isn't likely to draw a lawsuit from the major TV networks. The product in question is the Super Joey, a set top box that works in conjunction with Dish's Hopper digital video recorder. Think of the Hopper as the living room's set top and the Super Joey as an extension for the bedroom or the kitchen.
January 5, 2014
If you go GETTING THERE From LAX , Aeroflot, Air New Zealand, Air Canada, American, British, Delta, Lufthansa, Swiss and Virgin Atlantic offer nonstop service to London. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $733, including all taxes and fees. Newbury is about an hour by train from London. Info: http://www.lat.ms/1ieAeCM TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code) and 44 (country code for Britain)
December 29, 2013 |
During his working hours, John Sanders sports a Groucho Marx mustache that looks like it has been applied with an extra wide black marker. The actor portrays the dashing, malaprop-dropping, always-hopping villain Black Stache in "Peter and the Starcatcher," now on national tour at the Ahmanson Theatre through Jan. 12. The Tony Award-winning play presents the back story to the Peter Pan tale, but it also imagines how a foppishly dressed pirate came...
December 6, 2013 |
It seemed too good to be true. About a month ago, I was outside our house in Los Angeles watering plants as darkness settled in. Two guys approached me with a question. Who provided my television service? Was it DirecTV? Dish Network? Time Warner Cable? The pair promised that no matter which company it was, they could offer a better deal. As they walked up our driveway, I got a closer look. One guy was wearing a red polo shirt with Dish Network logos and a red Dish Network ball cap. The other guy was in a blue polo shirt and blue ball cap sporting DirecTV logos.
December 6, 2013 |
Apparently when it comes to selling satellite TV, anything goes. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento, satellite broadcaster DirecTV accuses Dish One, a retailer majority-owned by rival Dish Network, of using all sorts of duplicitous and illegal acts including pretending to be DirecTV representatives in an effort to poach subscribers, primarily senior citizens. Dish One has "engaged in marketing efforts to target existing DirecTV customers and convince those customers to switch to Dish Network based on false and misleading representations," DirecTV said in the suit, which makes allegations of trademark infringement, false advertising, fraud and slander.
December 5, 2013 |
If any of the wind gusts that factor so prominently in the sailing drama "All Is Lost" came along when writer-director J.C. Chandor was flipping through the film's screenplay, it's likely his slender manuscript would have been scattered like leaves in a hurricane. Totaling just 31 pages - most feature-length scripts run four times that long - Chandor's screenplay is succinct largely because there's virtually no dialogue. The film's sole character, played by Robert Redford, is sailing across the Indian Ocean when his boat's hull is pierced by a displaced cargo container, the ensuing flood of seawater disabling all electronics.
November 23, 2013 |
There are a number of things I've learned hosting my own Thanksgiving and holiday potlucks. Whether you're planning for a large gathering or small, indoors or outdoors, I hope some of these tips are helpful to you this holiday season: Invitations--Send online invitations so people can respond at a common site, such as Evite, Pingg or Crusher, and indicate which dish they'll be bringing. This is a great way for both you and your guests to keep a running tally of what you will have and what is still needed.
November 22, 2013 |
Depending on who sits at your Thanksgiving table, you may already have figured out how to serve vegetarians or people allergic to nuts. But gluten-free is another matter. Increasing numbers of people are choosing to forgo gluten (or learning they must do without it), and the holiday - with its pie crusts and dinner rolls and stuffings - poses a challenge. Turkey is generally gluten-free, but as many diners will tell you, the turkey is mostly a delivery device for dishes like gravy and stuffings that often have wheat - the primary source of gluten in our diets.
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November 17, 2013 |
So much in Los Angeles changes fast. Treasure the good things that don't. "Hello, Doris!" goes the chorus of regulars at the Original Farmers Market, when they stop by to see Doris Perez, who has been there as long as they know. Her first job was at the Desert Date Shop, with its saltwater taffy, plump medjools and deglet noors - though, truth be told, not many who visit remember her from way back then. They do from Du-par's, where she worked pies for 38 years, selling thousands each Thanksgiving Day from the parking lot when the rest of the market was closed.
November 13, 2013 |
Amid this season's flurry of massive cookbooks from important chefs such as David Kinch (Manresa), Daniel Patterson (Coi), Daniel Boulud (Daniel) and more, comes this modest entry from former Chez Panisse chef David Tanis, “One Good Dish: The Pleasures of a Simple Meal” (Artisan, 2013, $25.95). I sat down with the book the other day and read his short, but sweet introduction. What he means by one good dish is "tasty, simple and real," i.e., something a home cook could make without devoting the entire weekend to one recipe.