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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.
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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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