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BUSINESS
September 1, 1999 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cacique Inc. will soon take its place at the cutting edge of e-commerce. The Industry manufacturer of Hispanic-style cheeses, creams and yogurt has paired up with Ironside Technologies Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., to introduce an Internet-based business-to-business system that could ultimately benefit other manufacturers.
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BUSINESS
August 17, 1999 | E. Scott Reckard
Mission Foods Corp. will sponsor a tortilla factory attraction in a "made in California" section of Walt Disney Co.'s new Anaheim theme park, Disney's California Adventure, officials said Monday. Mission, which moved its U.S. headquarters from Los Angeles to Dallas last year, will release details Wednesday in Rancho Cucamonga, where the company operates a large manufacturing plant, spokeswoman Rosa Esquivel said. Mission is a subsidiary of Mexico City-based Gruma S.A. de C.V.
NEWS
August 4, 1999 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At just 1 month old, Maria Isabel Esquivel is chubby, smiling and alert, and her older brother and sisters now run with bounding strides through the family's tiny cornfield in this dirt-poor Indian village. The vigor of the Esquivel children brings to life the startling statistics that are emerging from several ambitious nutrition projects in the Mexican countryside.
NEWS
December 31, 1998 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Setting a good example is the credo of this weekend's gubernatorial inaugural celebration, from its carefully nurtured ethnic diversity to its consciously California cuisine, from its subsidized ticket prices to the new first couple's volunteerism. Even in the unusual pairing of Sunday's inaugural gala sponsors from labor and management alike, Gov.-elect Gray Davis intends to telegraph his intentions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1998 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to bring good luck for the New Year and teach the next generation a centuries-old Japanese tradition, hundreds gathered Sunday at a strawberry farm to learn the fine culinary art of mochi making. Making these sticky balls of crushed rice is tricky business. And Glenn Tanaka, president of the Orange Coast Optimist Club, which sponsored the event, said that its goal is to resurrect the New Year's custom. "It's supposed to be good luck to start the New Year off right," Tanaka said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1998 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Holding fistfuls of congealed hot rice, Jimmy Otsuka dashed from a bay of rice steamers over to the concrete bowl and slammed down a sticky glob for the girls to mash. "We want some rice!" yelled 9-year-old Rukka Suzuki of Fountain Valley as she and her friends huddled around an empty concrete bowl--called an usa--all clutching hand-carved wooden mallets.
NEWS
August 3, 1998 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You knew chai had gone mainstream when the sweetly spicy, milky tea brewed along the sides of dusty Himalayan roads started spilling into the cardboard cups of America. Today, there are chai Web sites, chai hotlines, chai fan clubs and chai associations. On food market shelves there's kosher chai, decaffeinated chai, chai concentrate and chai powder. There are chai lattes, chai punch, chai granita style, chai Popsicles and chai ice cream.
NEWS
June 23, 1998 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eddy Warman beams at the appetizer just placed before him at his restaurant, Girasoles, a trendy hangout for Mexican politicians. Grabbing a spoon, the public relations executive stuffs the crunchy, brown morsels into a soft taco. "This is like caviar," he gushes. But the $11.50 dish, a favorite of senators and expense-account executives, is hardly an imported delicacy.
NEWS
April 6, 1998 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Reacting to steady growth in the nation's Muslim population, suppliers of consumer goods from meat to cosmetics are moving to meet a growing demand for products that comply with Islamic dietary laws. In Los Angeles and Orange counties, where an estimated 400,000 Muslims live, the number of grocery stores specializing in Islamic food, known as halal--an Arabic word meaning "permitted"--have doubled over the last three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1997 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The masa was ready. A large bowl of thick cornmeal dough that holds together tamales and generations of Mexican families sat on the table, ready to be molded into the traditional Christmas staple. The meat had been slowly boiled, the chiles cooked and seasoned. The cornhusks were soaked in warm water, the rough leaves giving way to soft and translucent wrappers.
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