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April 11, 1991 | RUTH REICHL
Around 1750 the Earl of Sandwich put some meat between two slices of bread and gave fast food a good name. It was several hundred years before American ingenuity came along to ruin its reputation. But fast food doesn't have to mean a hapless piece of meat or produce that's been fried to a frazzle, wrapped in layers of paper and plastic and sold for the cheapest possible price. Fast food can be made from scratch, served with pride and consumed with pleasure.
September 10, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
As America gets fatter, policymakers are seeking creative approaches to legislating health. They may have entered the school cafeteria -- and now they're eyeing your neighborhood. Amid worries of an obesity epidemic and its related illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, Los Angeles officials, among others around the country, are proposing to limit new fast-food restaurants -- a tactic that could be called health zoning.
April 15, 1993
Japan's Yaohan Department Store Co. said Wednesday that it plans to open 3,000 fast-food restaurants in China by the year 2011. Yaohan, based in Numazu, Japan, already operates burger restaurants in Japan in a joint venture with Mos Food Services Inc. Yaohan's U.S. subsidiary, Yaohan U.S.A. Corp. in Los Angeles, also operates a supermarket in Costa Mesa. The China project will be launched by Yaohan and Mos plus China Venturetech Investment Co.
August 6, 2008
Re "Fast-food meddling," Opinion, July 31 I disagree with Joe R. Hicks' position on the Los Angeles fast-food moratorium. I have seen the devastating effects of long-term consumption of foods that are high in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and low in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. In neighborhoods where fast-food restaurants predominate, regular consumption of such foods contributes to epidemics of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in adults and children.
May 23, 2001 | STEVE LOPEZ
If, like most people, your enduring lament is that there just isn't enough time in the day, here's some good news. Fast food just got faster in Southern California, where great minds refuse to stop dreaming. If you don't get your order within 30 seconds of paying for it at the drive-through window, McDonald's will hand you a coupon for a free Big Mac on your next visit.
September 13, 1992
Dana Parsons never ceases to amaze me ("Fast Food for Thought," Aug. 19). Once again he bases his opinion on vast personal knowledge of a subject without knowing any facts. Capistrano Valley High School is beginning a "fast-food" food court on the school campus. The administrators of the program have the best interests of the kids in mind, including their safety and nutrition. If Parsons took a closer look, he would find out that the meal combinations that will be offered are as nutritious, and in some cases more nutritious, as comparable meals prepared in the district.
December 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
Marriott Corp. today announced a major restructuring, including the sale of its fast food and family restaurant businesses, in an effort to reposition the company for the next decade. The company also said that it has completed the sale of its airline catering division to a group of senior managers for $570 million. That sale was expected to yield more than $200 million for Marriott.
March 6, 1987 | RUTH REICHL
You might call it gold-plated fast food. Or maybe quick cuisine. Perhaps they should put platinum arches out in front. The newest restaurant in Beverly Hills is serving cheeseburgers and French fries, but these speedy meals have taken a new twist--they actually taste good. The Acme Grill (130 S. Beverly Drive, (213) 274-5844) is serving fat burgers with a faint tang of charcoal. Its malts are made with real milk and its lemonade is neither too sweet nor too yellow. Even the pickles taste good.
February 16, 1986
It must seem a contradiction to a lot of students who are told in their health and effective living classes to try to maintain a well-balanced and nutritious diet. These same students rush outdoors for a snack break or lunch, and what do they find?--vending machines tempting them with a variety of junk food geared to hype them up and bring in a fast buck. The school profits from these sales, and cries from parents are ignored. It is a shame that the schools must take a detour from education and become a fast-food business.
On the Third Street Promenade, next to the Mann theater, on the second floor of a new corporate-looking food corridor, one finds Wolfgang Puck's fast-food adventure: Wolfgang Puck's California Express. Open for four months now, this small bright place serves fast food made to order, concocted right there, before your eyes, as you stand there with your small pink cafeteria tray. Of all of Puck's various establishments, this venue has the most limited menu and staff.
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