HOME & GARDEN
May 27, 2011
In Southern California, a homeowner could almost make the argument that an outdoor dishwasher is not a spectacular luxury. Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, a high-end outdoor kitchen equipment company, introduced what it says is the first dishwasher designed for outdoor kitchens at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas last month. It costs $4,990. The company sees the outdoor kitchen as the place to be, not just a spot for an occasional party. "We want you to be able to use this as a primary kitchen," said Russ Faulk, Kalamazoo's vice president of product development.
November 8, 2010 |
Customers jam the lime-green booth at a Latino supermarket near downtown Los Angeles. Clutching pay stubs and IDs, they're applying for small loans, enough to cover a car repair or an emergency trip to Mexico or El Salvador. Standing behind counters, tapping furiously on laptop computers, three polo-shirted account executives do the initial screening in about two minutes. "How many dependents live with you?" they ask in rapid-fire Spanish. "How often do you send money home?" Latino immigrants are at the center of one of the nation's most heated political debates.
July 30, 2010 |
The California Cash for Appliances rebate program, which has lagged since launching three months ago, is expanding the list of eligible energy-efficient machines in an attempt to boost interest. Starting Thursday, customers who trade in their old electricity-guzzling machines for new eco-friendly ones can start applying for rebates of $50 for freezers, $100 for dishwashers, $100 to $750 for water heaters and $200 to $1,000 for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
April 6, 2009 |
By day, Patti Marcotte is a working mom -- dealing with the balancing act created by a 5-year-old daughter, a demanding job, a split-level house and a willful boxer puppy. Come the post-dinner hour, however, Marcotte begins operating in the shadowy world of smuggled soap.
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October 24, 2008 |
Manny Diaz greets the servers and places the finishing touches on his daily special: Alaskan salmon on a bed of Moroccan couscous, finished with a passion fruit glaze. "It's Friday, so let's sell lots of fish!" As executive chef of Pacific Grille in downtown Los Angeles, Diaz designs the menu, directs a staff of eight and prepares meals for more than 100 customers every day. It's a far cry from the first job he got after sneaking across the border in 1981: washing dishes.
October 15, 2008 |
"RACHEL Getting Married," a new movie from director Jonathan Demme and starring Anne Hathaway, opened this month and quickly became a surprise hit. In the film, Hathaway plays a recovering drug addict who's released from rehab to join her sister's raucous Connecticut wedding. Another surprise came for screenwriter Jenny Lumet, daughter of director Sidney Lumet, who didn't foresee tapping into a widespread obsession with loading the dishwasher. A crucial scene in "Rachel" involves a dishwasher-loading contest, in which the father of the bride and the bridegroom battle against the clock to discover who has the better dishwasher-loading moves.