August 4, 2013
Regarding "Packing to Avoid Extra Fees" by Ellise Pierce (More for Your Money, July 21): Ridiculous article that makes a simple subject far too complicated. Below is my time-honored list of what a well-dressed woman needs for a month in a temperate climate. I always travel in early spring or late fall when the leaves are off the trees, thus affording an excellent view of the architecture. Only coat required is a raincoat with an attached hood. Then you need one pair of slacks, one skirt, one jumper or dress, one vest, five tops (one matches the skirt and the slacks and the others are turtlenecks or mock turtles in optional colors or stripes)
August 3, 2013 |
Max Wittek took snaps from the first-team center during warmups, was first up when quarterbacks began throwing passes to receivers and again during seven-on-seven drills. Cody Kessler took the first snap with the offense during a pre-workout drill and also for the final full-squad drill. So it went Saturday in USC's initial training camp practice, the third-year sophomores alternating opportunities as Coach Lane Kiffin revealed no obvious sign indicating the front-runner to start the Aug. 29 opener at Hawaii.
July 29, 2013 |
How many words does it take to sum up not just a distinctive sound in country music, but to describe a whole period, one that includes an attitude and a level of singing, songwriting and instrumental expertise that represents one of the pinnacles of the whole genre over the last century? Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill and his longtime friend, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, need just one: "Bakersfield. " "If you want to define country music to me in its greatest era," Gill, 56, said last week, "it would be Bakersfield - it would be Buck and Merle, those songs and those instruments.
July 27, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Two candidates have emerged as the clear favorites to become the new board president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Lionsgate Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-Chairman Rob Friedman and veteran studio publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs. On Tuesday night the 48 members of the academy's board of governors will meet to choose a replacement for one-term president Hawk Koch, who served only a year on the job because of term limits.
July 24, 2013 |
Wednesday is National Tequila Day and, aside from drunken college students who remorsefully refer to it as "to-kill-ya," the spirit is enjoying a renaissance. A growing number of Los Angeles bars and restaurants curate lists of the fiery stuff similar to the way sommeliers curate fine wine lists. Like good sushi, which connoisseurs know better than to smother in wasabi and soy sauce, quality tequila shouldn't be drowned in lime juice and salt. Swirl it, sip it, enjoy it. Here are my favorite places to tipple tequila.
July 24, 2013 |
Trader Joe's came out on top of a list of favorite North American grocery chains, chosen by more than 6,600 consumers surveyed by Market Force Information. The report, released Wednesday, showed Publix Super Markets and Whole Foods Market rounding out the top three favorites. In the West, Safeway ruled the list. Kroger led in the South and the Midwest, and Stop & Shop reigned in the Northeast. In Canada, Loblaws was the preferred brand. Wal-Mart had the lowest satisfaction score of the 30 brands studied -- even though its score was nearly four out of five, with five the best possible score.
July 20, 2013 |
How many ways can you stuff an egg? It seems like today's chefs are determined to find yet one more way. Here are a few favorites from L.A. area restaurants: Clementine: Radishes and chives. Freddy Small's: "Buffalo deviled eggs" - blue cheese and hot sauce, garnished with crisp chicken skin and micro-celery. Haven Gastropub: Smoked salt, bacon, pickles and chives. Jar: Homemade aioli, mustard, Tabasco and topped with crab, chives and Spanish paprika Josie: Crispy bacon, pickled beets and scallions.
July 19, 2013 |
Fight club Roy Englebrecht's career as a fight promoter spans four decades. Here's his top-10 list of fighters who have appeared in his shows: Johnny Tapia: The late, legendary brawler fought first seven bouts for Englebrecht. Shane Mosley: "Fought for us early, local kid, very exciting fighter, future world champion. " Carlos "El Famoso" Hernandez: "Made his pro debut for us. Great smile, highly articulate and another future world champion. " John Armijo: "The 'Fighting Lifeguard' from Huntington Beach.
July 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Dodgers have a simple explanation for how they turned around their season: They became healthy. The team's blueprint for reaching the playoffs is equally simple. "One of the biggest keys is having our guys out there," first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. As the Dodgers return from the All-Star break Friday here against the Nationals, they are only 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West. And they are as close to full strength as they have been this season.
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.