September 3, 1993 |
It is a balmy Wednesday evening and there are, including my table, only three parties on the newly remodeled terrace of Encino's Gourmet Grub. A radio food critic is seated right behind me, reveling in a plate of homemade turkey meatloaf. Another couple is schmoozing it up with chef and owner Mindy Lymperis as they pick through a pair of trendy mesclun salads. Everyone within earshot is talking about how delicious this food is.
September 22, 2009 |
The Let's Be Frank food trailer parked most days outside the old Helms Bakery complex is no ordinary lunch wagon. The San Francisco company that operates the hot-dog vendor serves franks and sausages made from cows that ate only grass or pigs that were raised humanely. Customers also can choose turkey or soy dogs, all on buns from L.A. Breadworks. The small business was funded in part by venture capitalist Peter Rogers and his Dry Creek Ventures, which targets clean energy, water and food businesses.
May 5, 1994 |
The government Wednesday issued a definition for "healthy" foods that will almost certainly force manufacturers to either change the names or ingredients of many products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said foods labeled "healthy" must be low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. The agency said a "healthy" food must also contain at least 10% of the recommended daily value of either Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or fiber.
July 9, 2011 |
WASHINGTON--Advertisers and food and beverage industry officials called the government's new guidelines for advertising directed toward children a "reckless" maneuver in light of today's fragile economy. After Congress asked the Federal Trade Commission, along with three other federal agencies, to develop a strategy to target childhood obesity, the FTC released a set of guidelines in April. They call on advertisers to encourage children to choose healthy foods and to limit the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars and sodium in food marketed to children.
December 16, 1991 |
It's probably not the best-known fact in supermarket circles, but Borden Inc. is fast becoming to pasta what Anheuser-Busch is to beer. In the last five years, the company that's better known for Elsie the cow has nearly quadrupled its worldwide pasta sales to an estimated $800 million in 1991. Borden holds 34% of the national pasta market, has the country's only true national brand with Creamette and doesn't appear to be reaching a comfort zone.
June 23, 2011 |
Public Enemy No. 1 in America's battle of the bulge isn't cupcakes, soda or double bacon cheeseburgers. It's the simple potato, according to Harvard University researchers. Daily consumption of an extra serving of spuds — French fries, crispy chips, mashed with butter and garlic, or simply boiled or baked — was found to cause more weight gain than downing an additional 12-ounce can of a sugary drink or taking an extra helping of red or processed meats. Altogether, after tracking the good and bad diet and lifestyle choices of more than 120,000 health professionals from around the country for at least 12 years, the research team calculated that participants gained an average of 0.8 of a pound a year, close to the U.S. average, according to a report published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.
May 21, 2006 |
One might call it the chicken soup of Korea. For years, Koreans have clung to the notion that kimchi, the pungent fermented cabbage that is synonymous with their culture, has mystical properties that ward off disease. But what was once little more than an old wives' tale has become the subject of serious research, as South Korean scientists put kimchi under their microscopes.
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April 17, 2011 |
Every weekend anglers stream to piers along Los Angeles County's beachfront, cast their lines into the ocean and plop fish into buckets and coolers to take home to eat. It's no secret that some of the fish they catch, including the abundant white croaker, are so tainted by lingering pesticides and other pollutants that they should never be eaten. For many, though, it's a meal and caution is thrown to the wind. But now, after an exhaustive scientific study and a new health advisory, authorities are asking pier anglers to be more discriminating and warning them that the number of fish on the "do not eat" list has expanded from one to five species.
June 13, 2012
The Good Food Revolution Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities Will Allen with Charles Wilson Gotham Books: 272 pp., $26
July 25, 2013 |
S. Irene Virbila has been a restaurant critic at the L.A. Times for almost 20 years; she's been writing about food for even longer. Her reviews have won awards from the James Beard Foundation and the American Food Journalists, and she's known, of course, for her excellent taste. But just for grins, we've asked her to expand her horizons and sample fast food on a regular basis. Here's her first foray (she's a fast food virgin) into the world of salt, grease and sugar: Walking fast toward my gate (which airport escapes me)