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FOOD
March 3, 2004
I wanted to comment on Leslee Komaiko's Caesar salad bit in Restaurant Journal ("Render Unto Caesar That Which Is Leafy," Feb. 25). I have strong opinions about the Caesar salad and know a little about it as a result of my being from Tijuana, my dad having owned a Caesar-serving steakhouse there in the 1960s, and my having done research in Tijuana, as a freelance food writer, for various food stories. I too have noticed a lot of whole-leaf Caesars (WLCs) out there, and as far as I'm concerned, this is good news.
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SCIENCE
April 12, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Bed bugs have re-emerged as an urban blight in the past several years, forcing people out of homes, resisting chemical pesticides and evading other removal tactics. But researchers are building bug-catchers inspired by an age-old folk remedy to this “ancient scourge”: kidney bean leaves. Their experiments, described in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, tested the home-grown solution and even made synthetic leaves that could help scientists devise an easy, environmentally friendly method of trapping bugs before they establish a full invasion.
NEWS
October 28, 2004
I was so disappointed in Randy Lewis' pedestrian piece, "Exploring New Frontiers" [Oct. 21]. My gosh, he missed what makes "Has Been" great: humor! Folds and Shatner have created a masterpiece that creatively balances the gravity of real life and its absurdity. What about the comic "I Can't Get Behind That," in which Shatner and Henry Rollins trade heated gripes about leaf blowers and Valley girl talk to a wonderfully orchestrated Folds cacophony? Even if Shatner and Folds didn't intend this result (which I can't believe)
BOOKS
February 15, 1998
by Robert Graves I had long known the diverse tastes of the wood, Each leaf, each bark, rank earth from every hollow; Knew the smells of bird's breath and of bat's wing; Yet sight I lacked: until you stole upon me, Touching my eyelids with light finger-tips. The trees blazed out, their colours whirled together, Nor ever before had I been aware of sky. From "Erotic Poems," selected and edited by Peter Washington (Everyman's Library/Alfred A. Knopf: 286 pp., $10.95)
OPINION
October 1, 2003
"Air Board Cracks Down on Lawn Mowers, Diesel Trucks" (Sept. 26) raises a question about statistical accuracy. I own a lawn mower, one of 14 million in use in California, according to the California Air Resources Board. The board goes on to state that these small-engine machines emit "152 tons of smog-forming fumes daily." I use my mower about twice a month during the summer, less in the winter. Is the board suggesting all 14 million mowers are used daily? And, just how does it weigh the fumes?
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Now that Thanksgiving is past, it's time to start thinking about end-of-the-year festivities and special holiday treats. You might want to check out what Valerie Confections has in store this year at the Los Angeles-based confectionary company's fourth annual fall open house.  On Thursday (today), the Westlake neighborhood shop (near the corner of Virgil Avenue and Beverly Boulevard) will host tastings of tea-infused truffles . On Friday, owner Valerie Gordon will present her premium loose leaf teas in flavors such as Blushing Betty, Toasted Fig and Blood Orange & Black along with petits fours to complement them.
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