February 20, 2013 |
It's a good week for birthdays -- the birthdays of Westside burger joint Plan Check, Little Tokyo ramen temple Daikokuya and downtown's Varnish bar -- all of which are celebrating by offering free or discounted food or drink. Today only guests who visit Plan Check in West L.A. will receive one of chef Ernesto Uchimura's free crullers in honor of the restaurant's first birthday. 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 288-6500, www.plancheckbar.com . Little Tokyo's Daikokuya is 11 years old today.
August 25, 2011 |
Employees who worked overtime to serve the crowds at Little Tokyo's Daikokuya ramen restaurant — which attracts long lines of young, late-night diners — weren't properly paid for their extra hours, according to a government agency. Los Angeles-based Bishamon Group Restaurants, which owns Daikokuya, has agreed to pay $145,000 in back wages to 66 employees, the U.S. Labor Department said. The agency's wage and hour division found violations not only at the Little Tokyo location but also at six of the company's other restaurants in Monterey Park, Covina, Arcadia, Costa Mesa and downtown Los Angeles.
February 21, 2013 |
Handsome Coffee Roasters turns 1 on Monday, Feb. 25, and the downtown cafe is celebrating by offering free coffee to customers who stop by from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free coffee is just part of the onslaught of birthday freebies and discounts this week -- there's still time to get $5 bowls of ramen at Daikokuya in Little Tokyo through Friday, and Varnish bar downtown will be pouring free drinks on Sunday. (See the link below.) 582 Mateo St., Los Angeles, (213) 621-4194, www.handsomecoffee.com.
June 20, 1993
I was very disappointed in your article "A Vacation Becomes an Adventure" (Taking the Kids, April 25). I felt you discouraged people from traveling with their kids. Yes, it is difficult to travel with children. It's hard to have kids period. But by the time my daughter was 4 and my son 6, they had traveled to Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Italy, France, England, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. Although it was never easy, my children know how to sit still on a plane or in a restaurant and they can order rice, count to 10, say hello, goodby and please and thank you in several languages.
March 7, 2009
As host of the weekly show "Off-Ramp" on KPCC-FM (89.3), I take exception to Susan Harris' letter about the death of talk on KLSX [Letters, Feb. 28]. She wrote, "There is always NPR when you feel like being educated." OK, granted there's lots of education and enlightening debate and all that on KPCC, but my producer Queena Kim and I always strive to include at least a modicum of mindless entertainment on our show. Surely my bad Andy Rooney impression ("I knew Burl Ives, and he hated that snowman with his fancy vest.
January 21, 2007
I was very pleased to read Andrew Bender's article on cheap (but quality) eats in Tokyo ["Stretching Your Yen in Tokyo," Jan. 14]. I travel to Japan -- mostly Tokyo -- for pleasure twice a year. Like Bender, I often get asked if eating in Japan is expensive, as if eating at Nobu-style restaurants is the norm. It was great to see some of my favorite places listed, especially Kyushu Jangara ramen, where I took some friends from England who met me in Tokyo over New Year's. They didn't understand why I nearly forced them to go until they sipped the soup base and sighed.