February 19, 2010 |
I'm watching what I eat up here. First I watch it, then I eat it. Total elapsed time, about 4 seconds -- a new North American record. What's really doing me in are these Japadogs (about $9). Japadogs are basically Japanese hot dogs, served from a couple of simple carts on busy Burrard Street, one of the main Vancouver thoroughfares. Japadogs have seaweed on them and a whole bunch of other stuff that could be good for you -- I'm not sure. But don't let that put you off, because bite for bite, Japadogs might be the best thing you ever barked down.
April 27, 2008 |
UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute, or CNSI for short, is the first Los Angeles project by the New York-based architect Rafael Viñoly. It is something of a stealth building. Its broad, low façade, overlooking the Court of Sciences near the southern edge of the UCLA campus, has a modesty that borders on the bland. Sure, the cantilevered glass-and-metal box protruding from the third floor is enough to catch your eye. So is a ground-level auditorium, in the form of a squat drum, edging out toward the pedestrian walkway that runs along the front.
March 21, 2008
Re "Zev tours growth areas in a fury," column, March 19 Thanks for Steve Lopez's wild tour with L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. In our neighborhood, we're asking the same kinds of questions about development. Will we be at maximum density when we all bump heads picking up our morning paper? In our case, a developer purchased nearly an entire block of homes and has a large condo project underway. So is that enough density on one block? Apparently not in the eyes of city planners, as they're now considering allowing the same developer to do a similar condo project on our side of the Monopoly board too. When I asked a city department if the project required a traffic plan, I was told, "Nope, the project's too small."
July 9, 2006 |
The first thing you notice about Janet Mitsui Brown's remodeled Mar Vista home is its sense of balance, harmony and consistency. The slate on the fence posts is repeated on the chimney, the front steps and into the foyer. The red-toned wood of the double front doors appears again in the eaves and around the windows. The lanterns flanking the fence posts and porch unify its design, a combination of Asian and Craftsman features.
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December 14, 2005 |
Elephants may be an unlikely star in a political drama, but the ones who inhabit the Los Angeles Zoo are taking center stage -- and that stage may get a lot bigger. A long-awaited report by city officials on whether the elephants should stay at the zoo or be retired to a sanctuary declares the elephants to be well-tended but in need of more space. The zoo, which is a city department, has been gearing up for several years for the elaborate "Elephants of Surin" exhibit.
May 10, 2005 |
The English? "I love them, some of my best friends are English," says my left-leaning, politically correct French son-in-law. We all know what that phrase really means: The English and the French just don't like each other. And not for the first time, the future of Europe may be affected by the tendency of either country to do the opposite of what the other is doing. The English think of the French as provincial, shifty, unwashed and very bad at making correct change.