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July 4, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
A faint meaty aroma drifts through parts of the Vernon industrial district south of downtown Los Angeles, hinting at a seldom-discussed facet of the Southland persona: Frankly, we're the wurst. Although obscured by the giant meat-packing industry in the nation's heartland, Southern California is arguably the hot dog and sausage capital of the Western U.S. Of the 150-million hot dogs Americans are pegged to wolf down Thursday, some of the most famous originate in the area. Hoffy has produced its hand-tied, natural-casing meat links in Vernon for more than 75 years.
July 4, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake was kitschy long before being kitschy became a hallmark of counterculture cool. The venerable German beer garden on Glendale Boulevard, which has always been earnest about its over-the-top Bavarian-themed decor and dirndl-clad bartenders, is now situated across the street from one of hipsterdom's most self-consciously ironic and aggressively kitschy bars, the Cha Cha Lounge. This faded Frau of Silver Lake was cool long before a pilgrimage of the young and tragically hip led to a steady gentrification process that last fall resulted in Forbes magazine dubbing Silver Lake "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhood.
June 26, 2013 | By Isabella Alsobrook
During this month's 100-mile diet, I have primarily subsisted on fruits and vegetables. Our primary protein source has been the humble egg, which I have come to believe is the perfect food. When I think a plant-based dinner is a little boring, I put an egg on it, thus adding a delicious balance of fat, protein and yumminess. Still, I felt that I was missing out on meat. I have eaten meat only three times in the last month and there is not a whole lot one can do with cauliflower. I had reached an impasse, when an old family friend came to my rescue.
June 21, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- For animal lovers in China, the week seemed to bring one discouraging headline after another. First, tourists in a southern resort reportedly manhandled a stranded dolphin and took photos with it rather than immediately call for help; the mammal later died. Then, customs authorities announced that they had caught two men trying to smuggle more than 200 bear paws into the country from Russia; the feet are considered a delicacy in some parts of China.  On Friday, the southern city of Yulin went ahead with a dog meat festival, over the objection of activists who complained many of the table-bound canines were abducted strays and pets being slaughtered at unlicensed butcheries.
June 17, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Nutritionists known for issuing warnings about the health risks of eating red meat reiterated their message this week, confirming a link between red meat consumption and Type 2 diabetes -- and showing, in a new follow-up study, that the association persists over time. The team, which included Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist Dr. Walter Willett , reported that people who said they increased their intake of red meat -- beef, pork or lamb -- over a four-year period had a higher chance of developing Type 2 diabetes in the subsequent four-year period than people who said the amount of red meat they ate stayed stable or went down.
June 14, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Is it a coincidence that the start of the backyard cookout season coincides so neatly with Father's Day? I think not. Certainly, we men have escaped the grill ghetto -- no longer is that the only thing we're presumed to be able to do. But equally certainly, it is something that we do love to do, and do often. So we ought to do it well. Grilling is essentially a very simple way of cooking -- simple seasonings, simple cuts, simple techniques. So while Moses may have needed 10 commandments, I'll offer only six. Salt early, salt often . I learned the value of this from Zuni Café chef Judy Rogers.
June 4, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Can a vegetarian diet add years to your life? A new study suggests the answer could be yes. After examining the health records of 73,308 people for an average of nearly six years, researchers discovered that vegetarians were 12% less likely to die during that period than people who ate meat more than once a week. Researchers from Loma Linda University in California recruited members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, who are strongly encouraged to follow a vegetarian diet.
May 30, 2013 | By Alice Short
Food and volunteers continue to arrive in Moore, Okla., where last week's tornado killed 24 people and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes. Volunteers nationwide have packaged and sent essentials such as lentils, rice and dehydrated vegetables and pallets of water. They've sent paper goods and diapers and blankets. But some folks showed up at the storm-ravaged region with one thing on their minds: barbecue - for the tornado victims, for first responders, for just about anyone who was hungry.
May 29, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
China is hungry. The world's most populous country has for years been on an agricultural buying binge, scooping up supplies of soybeans, palm oil, cotton and just about anything else that can be culled from the soil. Now, with 1.3 billion mouths to feed, the Asian giant is turning its eyes to meat. On Wednesday, a Chinese meat processor agreed to purchase the world's largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods Inc., for $4.7 billion. The deal, the largest-ever purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm, underscores the rapidly evolving taste of China's growing middle class, which is demanding more high-quality protein in a nation that has been beset by food safety scares.
May 20, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
In what even U.S. Customs officials are describing as a “weird” week of sorts, border protection officers seized nearly half a pound of exotic meat, a dead primate and hundreds of handbags made with reptile skin coming in from Nigeria. “We intercept and seize a multitude of remarkable items,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection  field operations director Todd Owen said. Remarkable? Unusual is another way to put it. On May 6, officers at Los Angeles International Airport checked the bag of a 31-year-old man coming in from Nigeria.
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