June 15, 2010 |
California's political watchdog agency may soon ask state tax officials or a court to seize funds from a state pension board member who has failed to pay two fines for ethics code violations. Garnishing wages or placing a lien on future tax refunds of Priya Mathur, an eight-year veteran of the California Public Employees' Retirement System board, are the next steps the Fair Political Practices Commission would take if she doesn't pay $7,000 in fines, said Roman Porter, the agency's executive director.
March 21, 2007 |
AS we stand at our bar stations for the first drill, I take a final survey of my arsenal -- a four-button soda shooter, half a dozen juices and mixers, glassware and a shelf full of liquor. I'm ready. "Kamikaze!" shouts Dan Mackey, instructor and owner of Pacific Bartending School in Torrance. I pull out a Boston shaker and try to remember what's next. I'm at the school's introductory class to learn cocktail basics, but I'm also here on a personal quest.
May 10, 2006 |
THEY may not be glamorous, but they're irresistible -- big dewy piles of parsley, tender and fragrant cilantro, floppy basil, fuzzy mint. We grab them reflexively, tossing them into shopping cart or market basket. More often than not, we bring them back to our kitchens only to throw them into the bottom drawers of our refrigerators, where they languish until we toss them into a hasty pesto -- if we remember them at all. But there's a world of possibility out there besides pesto.
May 11, 2005 |
WHEN a friend, originally from India, invited me to a "street food" party in Simi Valley, I expected a sort of outdoor fair where I would wander among food booths. Instead, I found a fun party in someone's home where a young caterer, Raunaq Savur, had prepared a buffet of Bombay street snacks. Savur was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), a city famous for the delicious treats offered by street vendors. Street food is everywhere there, from the beaches to the heart of the city.
May 19, 2003 |
The rough-cut DVD for tonight's NBC movie "Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart" arrived encased in plastic and accompanied by the book of the same name that inspired it and, alarmingly enough, a nutcracker and two walnuts. I looked at my editor. This could not, in the year of our Lord 2003, be a powerful-woman-as-emasculator-type reference, could it? "I think there's a walnut-cracking scene in the movie," she said, and then she moved quickly away. Both, it turns out, are true.
January 5, 2003 |
Human beings have, no doubt, tried to eat just about everything on the planet. All you have to do is watch an infant shovel anything within arm's distance into his mouth to know that virtually nothing is safe from our appetites. Some items, such as oysters and snails, don't have a lot of appeal to the eye, though many people find them delicious. But what could be prettier--or more appealing--than a flower?