July 20, 2013 |
On summer nights, who doesn't love a beer garden? Sitting outside at long communal tables, tucking into juicy sausages, hoisting a stein of beer. Though you can now buy your own traditional beer garden tables and benches, somehow having six or eight people in your backyard doesn't a beer garden make. You need a boisterous crowd. Draft beers in big mugs. Sausages and wursts. Definitely fries or slaw. Strings of lights. Maybe an oompah band. Standard Biergarten You can't beat the campy rooftop Biergarten of the Standard hote l at 5th and Flower for its wide-angle view of downtown skyscrapers.
May 30, 2013 |
Food and volunteers continue to arrive in Moore, Okla., where last week's tornado killed 24 people and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes. Volunteers nationwide have packaged and sent essentials such as lentils, rice and dehydrated vegetables and pallets of water. They've sent paper goods and diapers and blankets. But some folks showed up at the storm-ravaged region with one thing on their minds: barbecue - for the tornado victims, for first responders, for just about anyone who was hungry.
May 30, 2013 |
Of course you are familiar with the phrase “bring home the bacon,” but did you know it now has an international meaning? Seems that a Chinese meat processing company has agreed to pay $4.7 billion to buy Smithfield Foods Inc., a U.S. firm that is the world's largest pork producer. As my colleagues Ken Bensinger and Tiffany Hsu wrote Wednesday: The deal, the largest-ever purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm, underscores the rapidly evolving taste of China's growing middle class, which is demanding more high-quality protein in a nation that has been beset by food safety scares.
May 29, 2013 |
China is hungry. The world's most populous country has for years been on an agricultural buying binge, scooping up supplies of soybeans, palm oil, cotton and just about anything else that can be culled from the soil. Now, with 1.3 billion mouths to feed, the Asian giant is turning its eyes to meat. On Wednesday, a Chinese meat processor agreed to purchase the world's largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods Inc., for $4.7 billion. The deal, the largest-ever purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm, underscores the rapidly evolving taste of China's growing middle class, which is demanding more high-quality protein in a nation that has been beset by food safety scares.
May 29, 2013 |
Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's leading pork producer, is being sold to Shuanghui International Holdings, owner of China's largest meat processing business, for $7.1 billion. Smithfield shareholders, who along with antitrust regulators must still approve the deal, would get $34 per share in cash, a 31% premium over the closing stock price on Tuesday. With 138.8 million outstanding shares, the value of the takeover, sans debt, is $4.7 billion. Hong Kong-based Shuanghui is a majority shareholder of mega-meat company Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co., which produces more than 2.7 million tons of meat a year.
May 1, 2013 |
If you're driving down Sunset Boulevard near La Brea Avenue, you may recognize a familiar red sign written in Thai. Pa Ord, the beloved Thai boat noodle restaurant in Thai Town, has opened a second location. The new Pa Ord opened mid-April on the northeast corner of Sunset and La Brea. The noodle joint took over the old Thai Foon space sandwiched between Ono Hawaiian BBQ and a NutriShop vitamin store. The new location has a slightly different menu from the first, but not to worry, the crispy pork and boat noodles are still available.