March 16, 2013 |
In a city that could be considered the melting pot of the world, it's only fitting that our pick for a St. Patrick's Day cocktail is Mexican. Created by mixologist Gilbert Marquez for Santa Monica's nouveau Mexican restaurant Mercado, the drink is called the Irish Poet. The spicy libation is fueled by the smoky flavor of mezcal, the heat of seeded poblano peppers, the zing of fresh lime juice and a lick of chipotle pepper-infused salt. Inspiration for the drink struck Marquez after a riotous tequila-drinking session with a loquacious Irishman in Mexico.
March 16, 2013 |
It's a Catholic thing. It's an immigrant-underdog thing. It's an acoustic-punk thing. There are many reasons why, for the last 10 or 11 years - the precise number is lost in the fog of memory - the L.A. Chicano band Ollin has celebrated St. Patrick's Day by paying tribute to the Pogues, the Anglo Irish ensemble that slammed the lilting grace of traditional Celtic music together with punk's raw energy during the Reagan-Thatcher era. Ollin's annual...
March 14, 2013 |
Mistakes are the portals of discovery. At least that's what James Joyce, one of Ireland's most famous writers - and a notorious drinker - once said. The phrase rings particularly true on St. Patrick's Day, the saucy Irish holiday that is marked by an epic consumption of alcohol and plenty of corned beef and cabbage. To honor Joyce, we make the annual mistake of drinking too much and discover that we wake up feeling green. Here are some of our favorite places to make those mistakes and many others this Sunday - framed by the back of a cab, of course.
March 11, 2013 |
Intrade, the popular online betting site, abruptly shut down Sunday citing "financial irregularities" that the firm said it will investigate. The Dublin-based website, which has faced previous scrutiny over its business model, allowed consumers to place bets on world events such as elections and the selection of a new pope. In a statement posted to its website Sunday, Intrade said it would immediately halt all trades, settle all open positions and cease all banking transactions for customers.
March 7, 2013
Gear up for St. Patrick's Day by attending the 11th Annual L.A. County Irish Fair and Music Festival. The event features nine stages of Irish entertainment and attractions including a faux ancient Irish village, shamrock rides, sheepherding demonstrations, face painting and Irish beer drinking contests. There's also Rusty O'Flatery: the World's Tallest Leprechaun. Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $16. (213) 305-9653; http://www.la-irishfair.com .
February 19, 2013 |
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny offered an emotional apology Tuesday for government involvement in a harsh system of laundries run by Roman Catholic nuns, where women and girls labored long hours behind locked doors, unpaid and often bewildered about why they were there. “As a society, for many years we failed you,” Kenny said in a televised official apology Tuesday before the Irish Parliament. “This is a national shame.” Kenny stopped, his voice breaking, and then concluded, “Let me hope that this day and this debate heralds a new dawn for all those who feared that the dark midnight might never end.” The apology came two weeks after a report found that the Irish government had been involved in the infamous Magdalen laundries , helping to send girls and women into the workhouses, paying them through government programs and contracts, and bringing runaways back in the hands of police.
February 14, 2013 |
London bookmakers see a contest among Nigeria's Cardinal Francis Arinze, Marc Ouellet of Canada and Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana, each of whom would present a smiling face of Catholicism as the next pope. (Either of the Africans might also guide the church to a future in the developing world.) Liberals hope for someone like Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna, who seems open to sharing power with laypeople. Some longtime Vatican watchers say the Italians seek to reassert their control, in order to fix the management problems inside the bureaucracy.
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February 14, 2013 |
When the luck of the Irish holds, the lovers buy Claddagh rings for their valentines, frat boys gearing up for St. Paddy's Day go for Guinness caps with built-in bottle openers - and come Christmas, there's a run on plum pudding and St. Nicks in Kelly green. But holidays alone don't explain how a small Irish store survives year after year in a Hollywood mini-mall. The plain brown shopping complex set back from Vine Street houses the usual suspects: a pawnshop, check cashing, Thai massage, tattoos.
February 4, 2013
The recent death of an Irish terrorist has raised the possibility of a resolution of a tangled legal controversy pitting the U.S. Department of Justice against a college that sponsored a research project about the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. But it will not be simple. In 1998, the governments of Britain and Ireland and Protestant and Catholic politicians in Northern Ireland signed the Good Friday Agreement. The historic compact was designed to bring a definitive end to sectarian violence that had cost more than 3,000 lives, and to establish a new political order in which pro-British Protestants would share power with Catholic nationalists.
January 29, 2013 |
Horse meat has been discovered in some hamburgers in Spain, weeks after equine DNA was found mixed into beef sold in Britain and Ireland. Tests by Spain's Organization of Consumers Unions, found that out of 20 samples of fresh, packaged burgers in supermarkets, two contained horse meat. The affected samples were sold by Spanish grocery chains Ahorramas and Eroski, according to the group, which said the results aren't a sign of a food-safety issue, but "consumer deception.