November 12, 2010 |
One of the rarest and most sought-after fruits, the Australian finger lime, has started showing up in significant quantities at the Santa Monica farmers market, creating a minor sensation. The fruit's appearance is enough to excite wonder: from the outside it looks like a little gherkin, but when sliced in half, the round, pearlescent juice vesicles ooze out of the fruit, like citrus caviar. The clean, fresh, tart lime-lemon taste is enticing enough, but the texture, crunchy and juicy, like citrus Pop Rocks, is even more prepossessing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2010 |
At least for one day, the students at Fremont Elementary School in Long Beach could be heard chanting, "Salad! Salad! Salad!" before lunch Tuesday. Maybe it helped that they had an audience, including their principal, the Long Beach mayor, a congresswoman, a county supervisor and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. And maybe it helps that teachers and food services staff, parents and a volunteer chef had all worked to put the salad bar in place and will help keep it going.
June 7, 2010 |
What's a fair without rickety roller coasters and pie-baking competitions? How about wind power technology, Segway test rides and the nation's fastest vegetable oil-powered car. That's what attendees found at last weekend's Green Solutions Expo at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, the latest in a string of fairs focused more on the environment and eco-friendly innovation than on hog races, arts and crafts shows and deep-fried nostalgia....
HOME & GARDEN
May 12, 2010 |
Actor Bruce Davison and his wife, Michele, have put their remodeled Sherman Oaks home up for sale at $1.8 million. Originally built in 1959, the updated house has a two-story atrium entry, a media room, an exercise room, six bedrooms and five bedrooms in more than 5,200 square feet. A second floor in-law apartment has its own kitchen and entrance. The gated property, with a swimming pool, a spa, a gazebo and an organic garden, is on a cul-de-sac. The actor has owned the home since 1986 and oversaw the addition of the second floor, which was completed in 2003.
HOME & GARDEN
November 28, 2009
The Atwater Village home of Rebecca Rudolph and Colin Thompson will be included in the Dec. 6 Eastside Eco-Tour. Participants can drive to Silver Lake and Los Feliz homes and gardens that demonstrate sustainable practices such as water conservation, energy efficiency and organic gardening. The homes will be open noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For a map: farmfeliz.org/EastsideEcoTour.
June 30, 2009 |
Jimmy Williams planted his first seeds when he was 4 years old. Fifty-three years later, he's still playing in the dirt. It might be difficult to find someone with a heritage more deeply connected to growing things than Williams. His stretches back to a great-grandmother who, as a slave about to be shipped to a new owner in South Carolina, decided that the one thing she couldn't do without was the handful of tomato seeds she hid in a skirt pocket.