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January 17, 2014 | By John Sedlar
Being a chef who grew up in Santa Fe, N.M., but cooks in Los Angeles, I have sometimes found it difficult to find ingredients I ate as a boy and still like to cook. I used to import all my own New Mexican chile pods and powders, other seasonings, blue corn tortillas, and various kinds of corn and beans, such as chicos (green corn) and Estancia pinto beans, the world's best. And now at Rivera, my cooking includes all the cocinas of Mexico, South America, Central America and Spain.
January 17, 2014 | By Jeff Spurrier
Spring-like weather hasn't brought smiles at the Venice Community Garden. The locals who tend the garden's 54 plots recently learned that they have until the end of the month to clear out. With real estate prices rising, gardeners at the privately owned site learned more than a year ago that the property would go on the market someday. "But we were thinking in 10 years," said master gardener Kip Wood, one of the people who founded the community garden about four years ago. The number of community gardens in the Los Angeles area has grown to more than 100. The wave of popularity is so strong that leaders of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council have lost track of an exact count.
January 2, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Acorn owners Maggie Lobl, Erin Tanaka and Laura Tanaka said they wanted to open a home and garden boutique in Eagle Rock because of Colorado Boulevard's amiable vibe. “It's so friendly here,” Lobl said. “People really walk in this neighborhood and favor local indie shops.” Indeed, earlier this week, repeat visitors from the neighborhood stopped in to shop for gifts and peruse the sunny, welcoming space. Packed with terrariums, planters, books and ceramics, the former paintball supply store features a refreshing variety of accessories that won't break the bank: graphic Pehr tea towels ($13.50)
December 30, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A married couple from Garden Grove who investigators suspect died in a murder-suicide were identified Monday by Orange County coroner's officials. Thanh Vuong, 51, and Yvone Tran, 39, were found with gunshot wounds Thursday in their home in the 1500 block of Sail Avenue. Paramedics pronounced them dead at the scene. Police went to the house after receiving a 911 hang-up call from the home at 4:16 a.m. A male relative called the Garden Grove Police Department shortly after and said a family member may have shot his wife and then himself.
December 28, 2013 | By Jason Song
A 55-year-old man died Friday night after being struck while he was crossing a Garden Grove street in a wheelchair, authorities said Saturday. Leonard Christian was wheeling himself across the eastbound lanes of Chapman Avenue near West Street around 11 p.m. when he was hit by an SUV, according to Garden Grove police. Christian was not in the marked crosswalk. The driver, Juan Lopez of Santa Ana, did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and has not been cited for a traffic violation, police said.
December 27, 2013 | By Anh Do
Organizers of the largest Tet Festival in the U.S. - an event long linked with Garden Grove - are not only moving the event, but also undertaking a robust marketing campaign in hopes of luring more immigrants and vendors to the festival's new home at the Orange County fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. For weeks, a team led by Nina Tran, president of the Union of Vietnamese Students Assns., which organizes the festival, scoured neighboring cities for a replacement venue after Garden Grove officials demanded more money to help host the event.
December 27, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
The Global Garden started two years ago with the mission of meeting the people and exploring the cultures of Los Angeles through the prism of what we plant. Now as 2013 comes to an end and I close out this series, I've been thinking back on how the experience has changed what I put into my own garden and subsequently what goes onto my plate. It began with a rooted hoja santa stalk given to me by a gardener from the Francis Avenue Community Garden in Koreatown. I knew the herb with the huge leaves from my travels in southern Mexico and didn't expect it would survive in my east-facing hillside garden in Echo Park.
December 26, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Investigators believe a Garden Grove man fatally shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself Thursday morning in an apparent murder-suicide. Police received a 911 hang-up call from the home of the couple in the 1500 block of Sail Avenue at 4:16 a.m. A male relative of the couple then called the Garden Grove Police Department and said a family member may have shot his wife and then himself. When officers arrived at the home they found a 39-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man with gunshot wounds, police said.
December 23, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Food and garden writer Debora Robertson's wonderful book, "Gifts From the Garden: 100 Gorgeous Homegrown Presents," offers an abundance of ideas created from the most basic of materials: garden bounty. There are purple hyacinths planted in teacups, jasmine-scented bath bombs, a pizza herb window box and soaps that can be made from marigolds, honey and oatmeal. For a last-minute gift that can be made in minutes -- the 50th and last installment of our Handmade Holidays gift guide -- Robertson suggests planting herbs or small flowers in any pretty tin cans you might have in the cupboard or recycling bin. (At ReForm School in Silver Lake recently, we spotted succulents planted in colorful El Pato hot sauce cans for $8.)
December 19, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Darden Restaurants Inc. said it would separate itself from its Red Lobster business while halting expansion at Olive Garden and stopping acquisitions “for the foreseeable future.” Orlando, Fla.-based Darden has struggled recently along with the rest of the casual dining sector as price-conscious consumers moved into the cheaper fast-casual tier that includes chains such as Smashburger and Panera. Darden said the Red Lobster move may take the form of a tax-free spinoff to shareholders or an outright sale.
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