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December 31, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Snooki's in, Snooki's out, Snooki's in again ... but in New Jersey. Maybe. That's pretty much how the news went this month for the diminutive Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of MTV's "Jersey Shore," who supposedly was going to be inside the New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square. Except organizers said that was never going to happen. So Snooki will be in a ball drop of her own in Seaside Heights, N.J., according to People magazine. Whatev. There are plenty of quirkier things than Snooki to drop from on high on New Year's Eve. Here are my favorites, in no particular order, that might make a great travel destination for next year.
October 9, 2005
Re "Bracing for Mammoth Change," Oct. 6 There goes the neighborhood. A once-charming mountain village has fallen victim to big-money hotel people who don't know a pine cone from a pineapple and couldn't care less. We are speaking of a modest mountain retreat that over the years has grown out of its role as an ordinary-guy ski attraction into a glitter facade that doesn't mean diddly to the spirit of the outdoors. This used to be a place where it was quite usual for the Yosemite bears to come out at night and raid the garbage cans.
May 22, 2013
  Total time: 20 minutes, plus macerating time Servings: 1 Note: From Peter Birmingham at Norman's, where the drink is made with Ron Matusalem Platino rum. Birmingham also recommends Bacardi Silver or Cruzan Estate Light rum. You'll have enough simple syrup and candied kumquats for up to 12 drinks. Candied kumquats 1 cup boiling water 1 cup sugar 12 kumquats, whole 1 stalk lemongrass, ends trimmed and two outer layers removed, slightly smashed with the side of a chef's knife 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water 1. Add the boiling water to the sugar.
May 16, 1985
In California, anytime is barbecue time. If it's been ages since you last cooked outdoors over a hot fire, then you should enjoy the recipes suggested here. Chicken, beef and lamb are grilled to perfection over sizzling hot briquettes. The result, savory entrees that surprise as well as please your family or guests.
September 24, 1987 | ROSE DOSTI, Times Staff Writer
Dear SOS: Once a meat-and-potatoes consumer, my dining habits have been greatly varied and enhanced in the past few years. The teriyaki sauce of chef Jose Lopez of Alexander's Brass Rib in Pasadena is of great interest to me. --WES Dear Wes: Here is Lopez's teriyaki sauce, which can be used with ribs, chicken, fish or shrimp.
August 27, 1989 | Alice Kahn
I was sitting in one of those bookstore cafes when I noticed a tall, dark man in the distance browsing economics, and I thought to myself: Wow. I just felt attracted, you know? Several seconds passed before I realized: That was no man; that was my husband. There is probably no discovery on Earth happier than the realization that you are in love with the person you happen to be married to. It's the kind of thing you don't think about all the time. Especially if you've been married for 23 years.
August 15, 1986 | CHARLES PERRY
One of the appetizers at the 30th Street Bistro is called beggar's purse, three little variously filled pasta sacks tied shut with green onion "strings." I was just thinking how they sounded rather like the crepe purses filled with caviar that were served at Joachim Splichal's regrettably defunct Max au Triangle in Beverly Hills when I looked up and saw Splichal himself dining at the next table. Joachim Splichal in Newport Beach?
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