January 31, 2014 |
Have you ever had dinner guests ring the doorbell early and catch you frantically vacuuming the living room or furiously deboning anchovies at the sink? Or what about when half the party calls from the freeway, stuck in traffic, to confess that they're going to be very, very late? For the last couple of months, I've pretty much scratched the dinner party (except for near neighbors) in favor of the relaxed Sunday lunch. With traffic the way it is in L.A., I don't have to worry that people are spending an hour and a half or even two driving across town on a Friday or Saturday night.
January 17, 2014 |
LA RIOJA, Spain - "I'll only be a minute," says Juan Muga of Bodegas Muga as he heads off to a whitewashed building next to a vineyard. I walk along the vineyard, taking in the idyllic view of Tempranillo vines stretching across the Ebro river valley, framed by the Sierra Cantabria and Demanda mountain ranges in Spain. Just days before the harvest in October, blue skies, big vistas and bees, dive-bombing wildflowers between the vines. Smelling smoke, I turn to see that Muga, U.S. marketing director for his family's estate, has rolled out a grill and set grapevine cuttings alight.
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January 10, 2014 |
When teenager Franklin McCain decided to make a stand against segregation at the F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960, two thoughts weighed on him. "If I were lucky, I would go to jail for a long, long time. If I were not quite so lucky," he recalled to a reporter five decades later, "I would come back to my campus … in a pine box. " The black teenager and the three close friends who joined him that day were not arrested - at least not that time. Nor did white Greensboro react violently to their "sit-in," although threats poured in. But that day - Feb. 1, 1960 - proved crucial.
December 27, 2013 |
A stir in the upscale restaurant at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills was evident as soon as the men with the forest-thick beards and camouflage gear entered, accompanied by wife, kids and entourage. The group instantly seemed out of place among the lunchtime crowd of sharply attired patrons, many in suits and ties. But it was immediately clear that more than a few of the customers recognized them as the Robertsons of A&E's "Duck Dynasty. " PHOTOS: Rednecks generate greenbacks on TV It was late February, more than nine months before "Duck Dynasty" became the lightning rod for one of the year's most contentious TV controversies.
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December 24, 2013 |
Guillermina Villa is famous for the seafood she prepares at El Pescadito Tacos y Mariscos, a lunch truck that has been serving customers for more than 25 years near the intersection of Compton Avenue and 62nd Street in South L.A.'s Florence-Firestone neighborhood. Customers who grew up in the largely industrial area travel great distances - from as far as North Hollywood, Rancho Cucamonga and Oxnard - to treat themselves to favorites like shrimp tacos and empanadas. But these days a new sign on Villa's truck advertises a smattering of new menu items such as quesadillas made with whole wheat tortillas and ceviche served with a side of plain yogurt and fruit.
December 24, 2013 |
The Secret Santa of Glendora works swiftly, cheerfully, her blond ponytail bouncing out from underneath her fuzzy red hat on this December afternoon as she glides from table to table. The guy eating the scrambled eggs gets a nudge about his sorry Raiders. The couple with the waffles gets an earful about that crazy Yasiel Puig. Statistics are liberally poured out like syrup. Opinions are plunked into the middle of the table like a bottle of hot sauce. She loves the Kansas City Chiefs.