February 15, 2014
On a recent girlfriends weekend, I had a wonderful experience at the chef's table at Root 246 in Solvang, Calif. For $88 each, we were treated to a multicourse chef-designed meal with wine (or beer) pairings. Chef Seth Nelson and his staff could not have been more welcoming. Dining in the kitchen was a fun first. The food and wine were excellent, and the experience was first rate. Root 246 , 420 Alisal Road, Solvang, Calif.; (805) 686-8681, http://www.root-246.com . Jane Kimball Ladera Ranch
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February 13, 2014 |
Chen Si, 35, and her husband visited Los Angeles from Shanghai for the first time in December, excited about local attractions like Disneyland and Hollywood. They were less enthused about the idea of American food. They booked a room in San Gabriel, where friends said they could find "acceptable" Chinese food in the surrounding neighborhood, Si said. The once-quiet suburb about 12 miles east of downtown Los Angeles is in the midst of a transformation built on the growing international reputation of its Chinese food and services.
February 13, 2014 |
A shipment of Sochi-bound yogurt intended for American athletes competing in the Olympic Games won't be making it to Russia after all. Chobani Inc. of New York said Thursday it was donating more than 5,000 individual cups of its Greek yogurt to food banks in New York and New Jersey. "As a proud supporter of the Olympics and Team USA over the past four years, we're disappointed our athletes won't be able to enjoy Chobani while they compete in the Games as we all hoped, and are deeply appreciative to everyone who tried to help get it there," said Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani's chief executive. "[W]
February 9, 2014 |
People like rich, tasty food - and sweet, smooth desserts. That's a recipe the Cheesecake Factory Inc. has been following for more than three decades. The company's roots can be traced to the home kitchen of Evelyn Overton, who ran a small baked goods business from the family home in Detroit in the 1940s. She and her husband, Oscar, later moved to California to launch a bakery. In 1978, their son, David, opened the first Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Beverly Hills. "I didn't know what I was doing," David Overton told The Times in a 2011 interview.
February 8, 2014
Nopi in London is a wonderful restaurant run by two guys from Jerusalem, one Israeli and one Palestinian. It serves Middle Eastern food prepared with surprising spices and herbs. Nopi, 21-22 Warwick St.; 011-44-20-7494-9584, http://www.nopi-restaurant.com . Reservations recommended. Patricia L. Moore Los Angeles
February 7, 2014 |
Valentine's Day is one of the busiest times of the year for a restaurant. If all goes well, it can be an unforgettable meal a couple will remember for the rest of their lives. But with all that pressure to be perfect, things can go horribly wrong. There are countless rings to hide, requests for "the most romantic table" and fires to put out when couples decide to break up in the middle of the dining room. Oh those fires. Josie LeBalch, chef at Josie Restaurant and Next Door by Josie has seen her fair share of Valentine's Day proposals.
February 5, 2014
Re "Glove law steams chefs," Feb. 2 Your article about complaints from chefs over California's new law requiring restaurant workers to use gloves for handling ready-to-eat food misses an important point. Gloves seem like a good idea at first, but Mother Nature is more complicated than that. Latex causes allergies, vinyl can release toxins and may be a carcinogen, other types often tear and can end up in food, and most degrade if they come into contact with alcohol. The known and unknown long-term health risks of gloves need to be weighed against their benefits.
February 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a nearly $1-trillion farm bill, a hard-fought compromise that sets policy over agricultural subsidies, nutrition programs and the food stamp safety net for the next five years. The Senate approved the measure, 68-32, as a cross-section of farm state senators from both parties fought opposition from budget hawks and some liberals and sent the bill to the White House for President Obama's signature.
February 4, 2014 |
TEHRAN -- For the third consecutive day, low-income Iranian families lined up Tuesday in harsh winter weather outside government - run distribution centers to pick up free food parcels. The nationwide handouts are part of an effort by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to alleviate poverty and counter soaring consumer prices. Everyone who makes less than 5 million rials per month -- the equivalent of about $200 -- is entitled to one food basket. Outside distribution centers at the government-run department stores Shahrvand (Citizen)
February 3, 2014 |
The logic seems simple enough: the consumption of healthy foods is low, and obesity is high, in neighborhoods where supermarkets are notably absent; so, opening supermarkets in those neighborhoods should boost consumption of healthier foods and drive down obesity. Right? Not so fast, says the first American study gauging the success of a popular initiative aimed at combatting obesity: improving access to fresh produce and healthy food in the nation's "food deserts. " Six months after the grand opening of a new supermarket in Philadelphia, the study found, residents of the surrounding low-income neighborhood were not eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, nor were they less likely to be obese than were low-income Philadelphians across town whose neighborhood continued to be a food desert.