July 17, 2013 |
How do you take your coffee? In a cup? That's the dilemma facing astronauts needing their caffeine fix in space. The almost-zero-gravity environment makes pouring hot coffee into a cup a dangerous task, said Mark Weislogel, who studies fluid dynamics at Portland State University (and whose faculty profile photo bears an uncanny resemblance to another college professor). It may be hard to get the coffee to move, let alone go into your cup. Working with much more important fluids, such as fuel and water, is essential to establishing a permanent human presence in space.
July 16, 2013 |
Coca-Cola Co. earnings Tuesday showed the beverage maker's key business -- soft drinks -- is fizzling as more health-conscious Americans drink less soda. The company's second-quarter volume growth came in well below expectations, showing declines in some parts of the world. Executives blamed currency exchange head winds, weak consumer confidence and wet, chilly weather. Net income for the quarter that ended June 28 fell 4% from the year-earlier quarter to $2.68 billion . Adjusted earnings came in at 63 cents a share.
July 16, 2013 |
Officials are working to understand what caused an astronaut's helmet to fill with water - a serious leak that scrapped a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, NASA representatives said at a news conference Tuesday. The mysterious leak put roughly 1 to 1.5 liters of water into the suit of the European Space Agency's Luca Parmitano, whose helmet began to flood partway through the exercise. The water eventually got into his eyes and at times prevented him from speaking.
July 12, 2013 |
The Roost: Because you like drinking with your grandpa - or just that guy at the end of the bar who looks like him. A dyed-in-the-wool dive in Atwater Village, the Roost is the kind of place you go to get lost. It's dark inside, day and night, with the sole illumination coming from a series of hanging lights equipped with dim red bulbs that make the place feel comfortingly womb-like. Worn, red booths line the walls, and the tables are topped with faux-wood Formica that is peeling up at the corners.
July 9, 2013 |
Stone fruits are coming into season, ushering in peach cobblers, plum galettes and all manner of ice creams and sorbets. It's also Bellini time. For the uninitiated, the Bellini is the Venetian aperitivo of white peach juice and Prosecco, the sparkling wine from the Veneto. The original was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani at Harry's Bar in Venice (not the one south of Santa Monica but the original watery city) sometime before the Second World War, but it wasn't named "the Bellini" until 1948.
July 4, 2013 |
Happy 4th of July! How are you celebrating Independence Day? With a parade, or a barbecue? A day at the beach, or a picnic? Surely, there are fireworks in your future. If you're still looking for a few items to round out your Fourth of July menu, may we offer up a few suggestions? We've combed through the L.A. Times Test Kitchen archives for some of our favorite holiday recipes. We compiled them into photo galleries so you can flip through and see what catches your eye: -- 5 ways to do fried chicken -- 15 of our best burger recipes -- 89 recipes that scream 'Summer'!
July 4, 2013 |
First discovered by Captain James Cook in 1773, the tiny Kingdom of Tonga sits amid crystal blue waters in the southern Pacific Ocean. Much closer to home in North Hollywood, the Tonga Hut is a welcoming island in its own right amid the Valley's summer-heated suburban sprawl. This month, the Tonga Hut is celebrating 55 years of pineapple garnishes and fire-breathing totems, ensuring its continued status as the oldest operating tiki bar in Los Angeles. And it shows no signs of slowing down.
July 3, 2013 |
This Fourth of July leave the super-hot grill duty to the sturdy member of your family who goes in for that whole bubbling, dripping meat scene. You're more of an ice-cold beverage kind of person. Especially if the drink in question has a bit of a kick. Plus, serving pre-dinner cocktails makes you the hero of any party. But when you're working out of a home kitchen that isn't yours, it's classy to keep it simple. There will be enough happening on the stove without you trying to cook up lavender-honey simple syrup. In searching for some quality cocktail recipes that are delicious enough to satisfy a cocktail connoisseur while being straightforward enough to please everyone, I stumbled across a nifty little cookbook called "Happy Hour at Home" by Barbara Scott-Goodman.
July 2, 2013 |
A special weekend package at Westin Guadalajara in Mexico is custom-made for tequila aficionados. The package includes accommodations in Guadalajara and a round-trip, 25-mile train ride for two to the town of Tequila, the home of tequila-making. The trip also includes a tour of one of the oldest distilleries in Latin America and tequila tasting. Guests depart on Saturday for the daylong trip. The package includes a buffet breakfast, shuttle service to and from the train station, 10% off all food and beverage at the Westin Guadalajara , and late check-out at 4 p.m. on Sunday, based upon availability. The package, created in partnership with Casa Cuervo, was designed to give participants an opportunity to learn how tequila is made.
June 25, 2013 |
A native of Torino in Italy's Piedmont region, Marino Monferrato is general manager of Cecconi's in West Hollywood. In Italy, he worked with three-star Michelin chef Gualtiero Marchesi , then in London and in France. In 1994, Valentino's Piero Selvaggio lured him to Los Angeles to work at Primi Ristorante. He later became maitre d' and general manager at Masa's in San Francisco. At Cecconi's, the West Coast outpost of the trendy Cecconi's in London's Mayfair area, Monferrato can't keep himself from fiddling with the wine list.