March 17, 2014 |
Alain Passard, the chef and owner of l'Arpège in Paris, known for his cuisine a la vegetable , will be in Los Angeles to cook at the All-Star Chef Classic, which takes place this weekend at L.A. Live. Passard's l'Arpège received three Michelin stars in 1996 and has maintained the distinction every year since then. There are now three gardens in three regions of France that provide the restaurant with organic seasonal vegetables: in the Sarthe for carrots, asparagus and leeks especially; in the Eure for celeriac and cabbage; and herbs from the Manche.
March 17, 2014 |
PARIS -- With the City of Light buried under a thick blanket of smog for a week now, authorities in the French capital took drastic steps Monday to cut the number of cars on the road and to encourage commuters to find more environmentally friendly ways of getting to work. Only cars with license plates ending in an odd number were allowed on to Paris streets during the day. Drivers with plates ending in an even number were ordered to leave their vehicles at home and use public transport, which officials have made free of charge since Friday to try to reduce pollution -- at a cost of $5.6 million a day. [Updated 1:40 p.m. PDT, March 17: Late Monday, authorities announced that the driving curbs would be lifted as of midnight because the level of pollution had dropped.
March 13, 2014 |
Director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi were on a worldwide promotional tour for "Venus," the 2006 film that earned Peter O'Toole his last Oscar nomination, when the two collaborators' seemingly nonstop travel schedule hatched the concept for a new film. "We had lots of airplane flights and came up with this idea of a couple going to Paris for 48 hours as a very easy and beautiful structure," Michell said. He and Kureishi decided to take their own 48-hour trip to Paris to outline the characters and the plot.
March 13, 2014 |
"Le Week-End" is a sour and misanthropic film masquerading as an honest and sensitive romance. A painful and unremittingly bleak look at a difficult marriage, it wants us to sit through a range of domestic horrors without offering much of anything as a reward. This is especially disheartening because on an abstract level the film's participants on both sides of the camera are talented individuals with strong resumes. Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, who star as the unhappy couple, are two of Britain's top actors.
March 9, 2014
Re "Night bike race takes a spill," Editorial, March 7 For perhaps 20 years now, Paris has routinely allowed organized bicycle and roller-blading cruises without paralyzing the city for hours each time. Depending on weather, there are between a few hundred to several thousand participants. The routes are posted online. Each departure is led by motorcycle police officers who progressively block the intersections ahead of the pack; they are relieved by the organizers of the race wearing fluorescent vests, allowing for a brief blocking of the intersections along the route.
March 7, 2014 |
Like young bucks at a county fair kissing booth, states are lining up for a chance to court Tesla Motors and its planned $5-billion battery factory. But fair warning, fellas: The intoxicating fragrance of Musk and his money masks a cold business heart. Already a loser in the race for this California girl's affections, though, is, well, California. Oh, sure, we're good enough to design and build the company's eco-luxe Model S. And Californians bought more than one-third of the $70,000-and-up cars last year.