October 31, 2012 |
Pumpkins are rock stars at this time of year, not just for Halloween but for Thanksgiving too. But how many pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pies can one consume? Here are some other ways to get a pumpkin fix, near and far. The shortest trip (if you're in L.A.) is to the Lexington Social House at 1718 Vine St., Hollywood, for a Great Pumpkin. This isn't a screening of the Charlie Brown classic but a bright orange cocktail with vodka, pumpkin syrup, Baileys and cream that costs $14. And there are plenty of choices for those who want calorie-free experiences.
October 23, 2011
SUNDAY In "Masterpiece Mystery! Case Histories" Jason Isaacs (below) plays an ex-cop working as a private detective in Scotland, who struggles with personal demons, a complicated relationship with his former police partner, an ex-wife, their adorable daughter, and, in this episode, a crime novelist caught up in a road rage incident. (KOCE, 9 p.m.) First comes love, then comes marriage … then another marriage, then another, and so on and so forth. Call it polygamy, call it plural marriage, call it "Big Love," it's just the latest taboo topic explored on a new "Our America With Lisa Ling.
September 29, 2010 |
Heavy rains in the Midwest dented the pumpkin harvest last year, causing many pie lovers to hoard or ration the canned holiday staple as the supply started to run out around Thanksgiving. Food giant Nestle, which sells about 85% of the nation's canned pumpkin pie filling under its Libby's brand, said that wouldn't be a problem this year. "We're in much better shape than this time last year," Nestle spokeswoman Roz O'Hearn said. "We're more than one-third of the way through harvest and not experiencing the heavy, drenching rains" that damaged last year's crop.
October 10, 2009 |
Pumpkin pie lovers be warned: You may not find your favorite can of pie filling at the supermarket. There's a national shortage of canned pumpkin and pie filling, a result of poor weather that reduced last year's crop. Shoppers report finding bare shelves, and the supermarkets say they have been put on an "allocation," or quota, system by Libby's, a division of food giant Nestle that controls more than 80% of the canned pumpkin market. Libby's typically uses surpluses from the previous year to stock store shelves during September and October, when the annual pumpkin harvest gets underway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2007 |
The air smelled like ash instead of roasted corn. The miniature train hauling families around Lombardi Ranch on Friday passed singed scarecrows and the scorched carcass of its popular antique firetruck. There was no cornfield maze, no petting zoo, no snack stand, no stage for the Country Music Allstars' concert. But visitors to the Saugus ranch this weekend -- for a Halloween festival that almost wasn't -- will likely be counting their blessings, not their losses.
July 17, 2007 |
ONLY half of the band's original members are in the reconstituted Smashing Pumpkins, and the group's new album doesn't sound a lot like its old ones, but a capacity crowd got the full-spectrum Pumpkins experience -- challenging, indulgent, celestial, meandering -- at the Fillmore Auditorium here, where the predominant alt-rock band of the 1990s played its first West Coast concert since 2000 on Sunday.