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November 28, 2007
Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Servings: 4 Note: Adapted from "The Tenth Muse" by Judith Jones. 6 slices day-old white bread, crusts removed 1 cup milk 3 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil, or a combination 3 very large white onions, thinly sliced 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon allspice Salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup pine nuts...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Two miles from Disneyland, a stretch of strip malls in Anaheim has transformed into an enclave catering to California's Arab American community. It lacks the immense sprawl of nearby Little Saigon or the decades-long history of Chinatown in Los Angeles, but the place now known as Little Arabia is a destination for Arab Americans from around the state and, lately, a go-to place for foodies in search of Middle Eastern dishes. Yet Little Arabia is largely unknown to the millions of tourists who flood into Anaheim every year - and it remains below the radar even to longtime residents in the city's west side.
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FOOD
October 28, 1998 | CHARLES PERRY
When people visit Middle Eastern restaurants, they often find themselves saying, "Hey, we're eating Rice-A-Roni!" Close enough. The "San Francisco Treat" is a traditional pilaf known as rizz bi-sha'riyya in Arabic and sehriyeli pilav in Turkish. It goes back more than 500 years. A 15th century Damascus cookbook entitled "Kitab al-Tibakha" included the following short and sweet recipe: "Brown noodles in the oven and cook them with rice." Why do this?
TRAVEL
February 8, 2014
Nopi in London is a wonderful restaurant run by two guys from Jerusalem, one Israeli and one Palestinian. It serves Middle Eastern food prepared with surprising spices and herbs. Nopi, 21-22 Warwick St.; 011-44-20-7494-9584, http://www.nopi-restaurant.com . Reservations recommended. Patricia L. Moore Los Angeles
FOOD
December 8, 2012
Hanukkah kubanah with fig jam (pull-apart Middle Eastern bread) Total time: 5 hours, plus about 2 hours rising time Servings: 8 1 envelope active dry yeast (¼ ounce or 2¼ teaspoons) 1/3 cup lukewarm water (about 110 degrees) 2 tablespoons sugar, divided 1/3 cup fig jam or other jam or jelly 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 cup mild olive oil, divided 3/4 cup hot water (about 150 degrees) 3 cups flour (about 13.6 ounces)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2008 | Valerie J. Nelson, Nelson is a Times staff writer.
Elizabeth Warnock Fernea, a scholar of women's studies in the Middle East who delved into the subject as a newlywed in 1956 in Iraq and whose memoir about the experience, "Guests of the Sheik," was the first of several of her works that examined the role of women in the region, has died. She was 81.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1991 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Avaz artistic director Anthony Shay likes to call his locally based folk company "the CNN of the Arts . . . We have a dance for every (world) crisis." In the wake of the Persian Gulf War, however, his remarks have gained an edge of gallows humor as Avaz faces its own crisis because of the traditional Middle Eastern music and dance presented by the 60-member company. Avaz's normal performance schedule has shrunk to the point that, Shay says, "this upcoming season, our entire activity is dead."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2007 | Katherine Tulich
FOR 20 years Zov's Bistro, Bakery and Cafe has not only been an Orange County institution, but a nationally recognized and awarded restaurant. Though founder and chef Zov Karamardian could easily sit back and rest on her culinary laurels, she has pushed on, opening two new O.C. locations. Earlier this year, Zov's Newport Coast opened its doors and, more recently, Zov's Cafe and Bakery set up shop in Irvine.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Middle East has been the center of cultural ferment for millenniums, from the dominance of Egypt to the campaigns of Alexander to the incursions of the Crusaders and beyond. It also has been a perpetual flash point, ignited by dreams of empire, ethnicity, religion and oil. The contradictions between those two factors--cultural connectivity and seemingly endless conflicts--underscored a concert of world music and dance Saturday night at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
HEALTH
December 14, 1998 | CORRINE SUTILA
After a lifetime of seesaw dieting, I made a promise to myself when I reached 50. I announced to the world that I would not endure even one more miserable day of hunger, weakness or feelings of deprivation. I would let my body do what it would--and there would be no more weigh-ins, no more restrictions, no more diets. Actually, with the pressure off, my weight more or less stabilized at an acceptable "chubby."
WORLD
November 8, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - An outbreak of polio among children in war-torn Syria has prompted a mass immunization campaign that aims to vaccinate 20 million children in seven Middle Eastern nations and territories, the United Nations and the World Health Organization said Friday. An emergency drive to prevent the transmission of the crippling ailment and other preventable diseases has already resulted in the vaccination of 650,000 children in Syria, including 116,000 in the northeastern province of Dair Alzour, where the polio outbreak was confirmed a week ago, the international agencies said in a statement.
WORLD
June 9, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Two years into a civil war that shows no signs of ending, the Obama administration is considering resettling refugees who have fled Syria, part of an international effort that could bring thousands of Syrians to American cities and towns. A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families. The State Department is "ready to consider the idea," an official from the department said, if the administration receives a formal request from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the usual procedure.
WORLD
April 20, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Divisions between Syrian rebels and their foreign supporters came into focus Saturday as a leading opposition group demanded international military action - including drone strikes - to halt missile attacks and alleged chemical-weapons use against Syrian civilians. At a meeting intended to smooth differences between the rebels and supporters, the Syrian National Coalition criticized its Western and Middle Eastern backers for failing to stop attacks by President Bashar Assad's forces that it said are imperiling thousands.
FOOD
December 8, 2012 | By Faye Levy
As a child in Hebrew school, I was taught the story of the Hanukkah miracle: When the Jews in the land of Israel defeated the foreigners, the priests seeking to rekindle the temple's eternal light found enough ritually pure oil for only one day. Miraculously that oil lasted for eight days. Since then, Jews have been celebrating Hanukkah every year by lighting candles every day for eight days. Children in Israel play with dreidels inscribed with the first Hebrew letters of the phrase "a big miracle happened here "; in Washington, D.C., my birthplace, our dreidels had the first letters of "a big miracle happened there . " Until I lived in Israel, I associated the holiday with latkes, or potato pancakes.
FOOD
December 8, 2012
Hanukkah kubanah with fig jam (pull-apart Middle Eastern bread) Total time: 5 hours, plus about 2 hours rising time Servings: 8 1 envelope active dry yeast (¼ ounce or 2¼ teaspoons) 1/3 cup lukewarm water (about 110 degrees) 2 tablespoons sugar, divided 1/3 cup fig jam or other jam or jelly 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 cup mild olive oil, divided 3/4 cup hot water (about 150 degrees) 3 cups flour (about 13.6 ounces)
NATIONAL
November 21, 2012 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
With a single gun linked to the fatal shootings of three Brooklyn shopkeepers since July - each of Middle Eastern descent - New York police have asked for help from FBI experts who profile serial killers. The latest killing took place Friday night, when Rahmatollah Vahidipour, 78, was gunned down inside his boutique in the Flatbush neighborhood. "In the past three nights, police officers and detectives were here questioning, trying to get a clue, trying to investigate," Abraham Shokirian, a son-in-law of Vahidipour, said in a phone interview Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2009 | Martin Rubin, Rubin is a critic and the author of "Sarah Gertrude Millin: A South African Life."
The British writer Barry Unsworth creates fiction animated by his prodigious imagination, which roams to far-off places and times. He is perhaps best known for "Sacred Hunger," his novel about the slave trade, which shared the 1992 Man Booker Prize with Michael Ondaatje's "The English Patient." But beginning with his very first book, "The Partnership," Unsworth showed a penchant for the exotic locale in a different era.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
“The Daily Show” was in reruns last week as violent protests erupted across the Muslim world, but back on the air Monday night, Jon Stewart addressed the turmoil in the Middle East - and particularly what he sees as the hypocritical conservative response to it. It's always awkward for such a topical show to respond to big news several days after it's broken, but on the bright side, the downtime gave “The Daily Show's” research team...
SPORTS
June 25, 2012 | Wire reports
A month before the London Games, Saudi Arabia appears to be moving closer to sending female athletes to the Olympics for the first time amid mounting pressure on the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom to grant women more rights. Deliberations by Saudi officials on sending women to the Games have been wrapped in secrecy for fear of a backlash from the powerful religious establishment within a deeply traditional society, in which women are severely restricted in public life and are not even allowed to drive.
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