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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.
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;
March 22, 2010
La Vida Restaurant & Lounge Where: 1448 N. Gower St., Los Angeles When: Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; dinner, 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 5 to 11 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays. Price: Appetizers $9 to $16; entrees $19 to $30; lunch specials $15. Contact: (323) 962-0800;
August 18, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Las Vegas kicks off its restaurant week at the end of August with an added bonus: Part of the proceeds will go to a local food bank that feeds the needy in southernNevada. The deal: Restaurant weeks with special fixed-price menus have become a fixture in cities nationwide. More than 80 restaurants are participating in Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2011 . I suggest perusing the list to see what fixed-price menus will work for you. Prices range from $20.11, $30.11 and $50.11 per person for multi-course meals.
September 15, 2008 | AL MARTINEZ
In the rush of events that keep us pumping through life like chipmunks on a treadmill, one finds it necessary upon occasion to take a moment to acknowledge a person of some importance. It's why I pause today to say goodbye to Alice. As a waitress for 50 years at an L.A. drinking place called the Redwood, she embodied two eras of newspapering, from hard-drinking reporters, photographers and editors to a cooler, more sober clientele of journalists. The Red Dog, as columnist Jack Smith used to call it, was just up the street from what was once Times Mirror Square, and it summoned us to eat and drink in the presence of each other at a friendlier, less frantic period in the life of the Los Angeles Times.
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