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May 30, 1993 | KATHIE JENKINS
First there was "Twin Peaks." Then there was "Wild Palms." Now get ready for Twin Palms, the Trumps sequel that's been in pre-production since Michael Roberts closed his trendy Melrose restaurant early this year. Located on the corner of De Lacey Avenue and Green Street in Pasadena, the space gets its name from the two, 200-year-old palm trees on the lot. Roberts' menu will be a combination of French and West Indian food.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2007 | Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writer
High-profile Los Angeles trial attorneys told law students Thursday that lofty notions of jurisprudence, such as the presumption of innocence or burden of proof, are all well and good. But in defending clients, it's best to focus on how jurors actually think, they told a conference on celebrity justice at Loyola Law School.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2005 | Russ Parsons, Times Staff Writer
Michael Roberts, chef at Melrose Avenue's trendy Trumps restaurant and one of the leaders of Los Angeles' 1980s dining revolution, died Wednesday. He was 55. Roberts, who had long suffered from an inherited progressive muscular degenerative disease, died in Philadelphia, where he had lived since 2001. Originally trained as a concert pianist, Roberts began cooking seriously when he was 21 and decided on a whim to work his way through the encyclopedic "Larousse Gastronomique."
FOOD
April 6, 2005 | Russ Parsons, Times Staff Writer
Michael Roberts strode through life with the jaunty, slightly decadent air of a recently displaced count. Everything he did he did with style and grace and a heaping dollop of wit. The chef and co-owner of the landmark 1980s West Hollywood restaurant Trumps, Roberts died last week in Philadelphia at the age of 55 after a lifelong struggle with a progressive neuromuscular disease.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1993 | KATHIE JENKINS
"I think the new economics are that people don't mind spending money," says chef Michael Roberts, "but they are not interested in a chef working out ideas and doing experimental things on them . People want food to be solid and steadfast--with no surprises." And Roberts feels many of those very people live in Pasadena. That's where the former Trumps chef/co-owner plans to open his next restaurant. "I think restaurants are appreciated out there," he says.
FOOD
April 22, 1993 | KAREN STABINER
We all have the list: Things They Fed Me as a Child That I Refuse Ever to Eat Again. My mother's salmon and pickle relish patties, which always seemed to coincide with my father's decision to work late. The spaghetti casserole I inhaled as a child, whose main ingredient turned out to be Velveeta cheese. And of course, tuna-noodle casserole. It seems like everyone's mom made tuna-noodle casserole in the 1950s, and everyone had a trick to make the basic recipe unique.
FOOD
April 6, 2005 | Russ Parsons, Times Staff Writer
Michael Roberts strode through life with the jaunty, slightly decadent air of a recently displaced count. Everything he did he did with style and grace and a heaping dollop of wit. The chef and co-owner of the landmark 1980s West Hollywood restaurant Trumps, Roberts died last week in Philadelphia at the age of 55 after a lifelong struggle with a progressive neuromuscular disease.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 1992 | LAURIE OCHOA
Want to know what baby boomers worry about? Read a magazine or watch TV--advice on sagging bodies, aging parents, the kids' college tuition, the going price of vintage Moby Grape albums--it's all there. And now, it seems, even boomer food is getting on in years.
SPORTS
September 21, 1986 | Special to The Times
Coach Mike Sheppard finally has some tangible evidence to show the improvement in Cal State Long Beach football. It came Saturday in the form of a cliff-hanging, 14-13 victory over Western Michigan, squaring the 49ers' record at 1-1. "We won, which gives us a better start than either of the last two years," said Sheppard, in his third season at Long Beach. Sheppard started his first season 0-5, and the 49ers were 0-2 last season before winning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2005 | Russ Parsons, Times Staff Writer
Michael Roberts, chef at Melrose Avenue's trendy Trumps restaurant and one of the leaders of Los Angeles' 1980s dining revolution, died Wednesday. He was 55. Roberts, who had long suffered from an inherited progressive muscular degenerative disease, died in Philadelphia, where he had lived since 2001. Originally trained as a concert pianist, Roberts began cooking seriously when he was 21 and decided on a whim to work his way through the encyclopedic "Larousse Gastronomique."
SPORTS
April 8, 2001 | ED HINTON, ORLANDO SENTINEL
The latest NASCAR driver to die of a basilar skull fracture was eulogized Friday with about 60 people present. He was no Dale Earnhardt. Just an obscure rookie driver who died the same way as the NASCAR legend. Michael Roberts was a 50-year-old single parent who left behind a heartbroken daughter, Taylor--two years younger than Earnhardt's 12-year-old daughter, Taylor. Roberts died March 24 at I-44 Speedway near Lebanon, Mo.
FOOD
March 1, 2000
"For Valentine's Day, I had a '78 Zellerbach Cabernet. I'd got it at an auction. I liked everything about it. It was a '78, and that was a great year for a lot of people. It had lots of fruit and richness. It was just a great mouthful of wine. I had it with a skirt steak, rice and carrots."
BOOKS
October 8, 1995 | Alex Abella, Alex Abella is the author of "The Killing of the Saints." His next novel, "The Great American," will be published next year by Simon & Schuster
Metaphysical thrillers are hard to pull off. Witness all the attempts to duplicate Tony Hillerman and Dean Koontz; many novels barely get to the starting gate before they are dragged down by unbelievability, hokey hocus-pocus and underwritten characters. Metaphysical historical thrillers are even harder to do, belonging as they do to that arcane realm of hyper-literature where the air is rarefied and the concepts spin slowly in the crosswinds of critical theory.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1993 | KATHIE JENKINS
First there was "Twin Peaks." Then there was "Wild Palms." Now get ready for Twin Palms, the Trumps sequel that's been in pre-production since Michael Roberts closed his trendy Melrose restaurant early this year. Located on the corner of De Lacey Avenue and Green Street in Pasadena, the space gets its name from the two, 200-year-old palm trees on the lot. Roberts' menu will be a combination of French and West Indian food.
FOOD
April 22, 1993 | KAREN STABINER
We all have the list: Things They Fed Me as a Child That I Refuse Ever to Eat Again. My mother's salmon and pickle relish patties, which always seemed to coincide with my father's decision to work late. The spaghetti casserole I inhaled as a child, whose main ingredient turned out to be Velveeta cheese. And of course, tuna-noodle casserole. It seems like everyone's mom made tuna-noodle casserole in the 1950s, and everyone had a trick to make the basic recipe unique.
SPORTS
April 8, 2001 | ED HINTON, ORLANDO SENTINEL
The latest NASCAR driver to die of a basilar skull fracture was eulogized Friday with about 60 people present. He was no Dale Earnhardt. Just an obscure rookie driver who died the same way as the NASCAR legend. Michael Roberts was a 50-year-old single parent who left behind a heartbroken daughter, Taylor--two years younger than Earnhardt's 12-year-old daughter, Taylor. Roberts died March 24 at I-44 Speedway near Lebanon, Mo.
NEWS
October 18, 1988 | PAUL CIOTTI, Times Staff Writer
It's Trumps on a frantic Saturday night, and back in the kitchen the chef de cuisine has just reprimanded the cook for not keeping the lobster pot simmering. The cook has just speared a customer with a vicious epithet for ordering boned chicken. Everyone is yelling because the dishwasher forgot to replenish the clean plates. Through it all, Chef Michael Roberts leans on his cane beside the warming table and "edits" the dinner entrees before they leave the kitchen.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1993 | KATHIE JENKINS
"I think the new economics are that people don't mind spending money," says chef Michael Roberts, "but they are not interested in a chef working out ideas and doing experimental things on them . People want food to be solid and steadfast--with no surprises." And Roberts feels many of those very people live in Pasadena. That's where the former Trumps chef/co-owner plans to open his next restaurant. "I think restaurants are appreciated out there," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 1992 | LAURIE OCHOA
Want to know what baby boomers worry about? Read a magazine or watch TV--advice on sagging bodies, aging parents, the kids' college tuition, the going price of vintage Moby Grape albums--it's all there. And now, it seems, even boomer food is getting on in years.
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