April 6, 2014 |
HENDERSON, Nev. -- I like to hang out at the Green Valley Ranch sports book, my occasional home away from home. Especially now, during the NCAA basketball tournament. But the other night, as I sipped my beer, I looked at the empty seat next to me. My eyes welled with tears. I didn't want anyone to see me crying, to be confused as some emotional drinker, but I couldn't help but think of him, how I knew he'd love to be here with me. His name was George Sommers. My grandpa. He was larger than life: bald, the big glasses and a classic New York accent.
April 5, 2014 |
I have such a strong memory of nibbling on charred octopus tentacles between sips of ouzo on a terrace overlooking the sea in Santorini. Much as I've tried, I haven't turned up that particular way of eating octopus in SoCal. The good news, though, is that lately the tasty cephalopod is showing up on more local menus - not only at Mediterranean restaurants but also at places with Mexican and Peruvian dishes. It's about time. Picca Peruvian Cantina At this exuberant Peruvian cantina, one of the standbys on the menu is chef-owner Ricardo Zarate's anticucho de pulpo - a small dish of boiled octopus marinated in lots of Peruvian chiles accented with oregano and cumin, then grilled over charcoal on the robata . It's served with baked and fried Kennebec potatoes and drizzled with a fiery rocoto rustico , a sauce of jalapeño and Peruvian black mint.
April 5, 2014 |
A retired librarian became the first of the at least 30 people killed in last month's landslide in Washington to be memorialized as several hundred people gathered to remember her life Saturday afternoon. Two weeks ago, Linda McPherson was reading a newspaper alongside her husband of 46 years when, in a quick blast of mud, she was killed at the age of 69. Gary McPherson was left injured in a freezing pile of the muck. Rescuers haven't abandoned the Snohomish County town of Oso. Thirteen people remained missing as of Saturday night.
April 4, 2014 |
Architect Frank Gehry's design for the long-in-the-works Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington was dealt a serious setback on Thursday when a federal commission voted to reject the controversial design. The National Capital Planning Commission said that it disapproves of the current design by Gehry, singling out the design's call for large, metal tapestries and the effect that those tapestries would have on the view to and from Capitol Hill. The commission, which voted 7-3 to reject the design, also requested that the memorial's backers revise the design to better accommodate pedestrian traffic, public lighting and other factors.
March 30, 2014 |
Hobie Alter, who died Saturday at the age of 80, was known as the Henry Ford of surfing. In 1958, he developed the mass-produced foam surfboard with a partner. He later popularized sailing by inventing a lightweight, high-performance catamaran. The impact of his innovation was big; it allowed people who couldn't lift heavy wood boards to surf, and it opened sailing up to those who could never afford yacht club dues. OBITUARY: Hobie Alter shaped Southern California surf culture Alter once said he never wanted to work east of Pacific Coast Highway, and he got his wish.
March 13, 2014 |
Dustin Brown doesn't recall much about the only nine-game winning streak in the Kings' history, a run that began on Jan. 21, 2010, and extended through Feb. 6 of that year. The Kings can match that club record Thursday night with a victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Staples Center. “The one game I remember in that streak was in Jersey. We were down I think 2-0, and Zeus scored a goal late in the second and then we scored a goal with a minute left and Dewy scored with like 10 seconds left,” Brown said, referring to teammates Michal Handzus and Drew Doughty.
March 10, 2014 |
What would Memorial Day be without the opening of something new on the theme park scene? Las Vegas' cool pool parties start this month, but families with children will have to wait until May for new Cowabunga Bay water park in Henderson and the debut of the Tornado water ride at Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas. Cowabunga Bay in suburban Vegas will open May 24 with seven water slides inside a park that has a '60s vibe , according to the website. A sampling of the slides: Zuma ZooMa puts visitors into a capsule and "blasts" them through a high-speed loop.
March 8, 2014 |
At least 500 film industry workers gathered in West Hollywood on Friday night to pay tribute to Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old assistant camerawoman killed on a film set last month in Georgia. Hundreds of union members walked along Sunset Boulevard from the Directors Guild of America building to a parking lot behind the headquarters of the International Cinematographers Guild, where they held candles, and watched videos of Jones' life on two large video screens. Several wore T-shirts with the messages: "We're all Sarah Jones" and "Never Forget.
March 3, 2014 |
The Clippers didn't overlook the Suns during their first meeting last December at Staples Center, but Los Angeles was surprised at just how good Phoenix was. The Clippers, who play the Suns on Tuesday night in Phoenix, recalled what happened during that 19-point loss to the Suns. "They killed us," Blake Griffin said after practice Monday. "They dominated almost every aspect. They got all the '50-50' balls. Offensive rebounds. Ran on us. Hit threes. Everything. " The Suns scored 107 points on the Clippers in that game and they shot 12 for 31 (38.7%)
February 28, 2014 |
VIERA, Fla. - If the notion of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer appeals, Florida's spring training scene may be just the ticket. It's a chance to see whom the Dodgers might play in the regular season or - dare I say it? - in a playoff series. That and not having to moisturize every 10 minutes pretty much make Florida's Grapefruit League my preferred spring training destination. Not that I'm an expert on spring training or Florida or especially the playoffs, the latter having been an impossibility if you grew up, as I did, as a Washington Senators fan in the '60s.