August 15, 2012 |
I am fortunate enough to have known the Great Julia for many years. She was always an inspiration to me. Not so much for her cookbooks - quite honestly, I came of culinary age at the tail end of the era of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and didn't cook from it all that much. What inspired me about Julia was the way she lived. And that's what I reflected on in my appreciation of her written right after she died on Aug. 13, 2004. I've been lucky enough to win more than my share of awards, but few things have meant as much as the fact that her family chose to have this piece read aloud at their private funeral service for her. It's as true now as it was then.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1985
One of the main complaints about China by almost all the foreigners who had to deal with any Chinese institutions, at home and abroad, is the habit of noon nap. It had been part of the life style there for quite a long time. People, in urban and in rural alike, took to napping during the lunch break, which normally lasted one and a half hours in the winter and two hours in summer. Sometimes and at some places the break even lasted as long as three hours. Many people who lived near their offices went home to sleep.
April 29, 2009
A dining mecca 1. Rivera , 1050 S. Flower St., (213) 749-1460, www.riverarestaurant.com. Lunch weekdays, dinner daily. Entrees, $16 to $29. 2. Corkbar , 403 W. 12th St. (at Grand), (213) 746-0050, www.corkbar.com. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. until midnight weeknights and later on weekends. Sandwiches and mains, $9 to $18. 3. Drago Centro , 525 S. Flower St., (213) 228-8998, www.dragocentro.com. Lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday.
June 20, 2010 |
Bursitis, sciatica, loss of bladder control: These are not the ailments of youth. Nor are the other complaints my girlfriends and I discuss over lunch. Add in the self-loathing generated by our complaining, and you start to see the full pathos of the aging baby boomer. These days, I watch firm, smooth-skinned girls walk by with way more lust and envy than my husband does. I want to pinch their perfect flesh. I can no longer discern between a pretty young woman and a homely one because youth alone has become so deliciously beautiful to me. Ah, if only I had that girl's body, but could keep my current brain.
HOME & GARDEN
December 8, 2012 |
After a breakup with a film and television editor, I decided that 2012 would be about being proactive and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I would attempt to go on 365 dates during a 12-month period - some of which would, I hoped, be amorous or affectionate. Others would be "documentary dates," in which I would get to know people's stories. I wanted to think about men for who they are, not what they are. I figured the 365 goal gives me an emotional safety net. If I was attracted to a guy but it wasn't mutual, I could move on. I'd be disappointed and frustrated, but at least I had a plan.
May 21, 2002
"I'm going to insist he has a big lunch and big dinner before he steps in there." Lennox Lewis, on his June 8 fight with Mike Tyson.
July 21, 2002
During the management tour of the unnamed shipping facility, industry consultant Frank Hanley "chuckled and shook his head" when at 11:30 a.m., the "noisy, outsized and frenetic" work scene ceased for lunch. According to "Making Waves on the Waterfront" [June 30], he "couldn't have asked for a better demonstration of the union's power." What's with the chuckle and the shaking of the head? What is he implying here? Is he opposed to these union members taking a lunch hour? Are they supposed to wait until "work slows down" before they have a meal?
November 23, 2009
The Mercantile Where: 6600 W. Sunset Blvd. (at Seward Street), Los Angeles. When: Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Price: Lunch sandwiches, $7.50 to $11.50; lunch salads, $11 to $14; dinner small plates, $4 to $12; cheese fondue, $25 (serves two to three); nightly specials too. Contact: (323) 962-8202; www.TheMercantileLA.com.