February 2, 2013 |
When you order shoyu ramen, you see the noodle chef spoon soy sauce into the bowl before he ladles in the bone broth; when you specify that you want your noodles al dente, you see him check their status a couple of times before swishing them out of the boiling water. If you ask for green-chile butter, the restaurant's equivalent of what some other noodle shops call a "flavor bomb," you are served it on the side, to mix in as you like. Sitting at the counter is kind of a demystifying process, in the way that being able to see a sushi chef flash his knife through a half-dozen kinds of silvery fish helps you to understand what the difference might be between mackerel and gizzard shad.
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.
March 25, 2014 |
Elizabeth Stein wanted to create a nutritious gluten-free product, because she found that as a holistic nutrition counselor there was too little to recommend to her clients who avoid gluten. So in January she introduced her line of three quick-cooking and one slow-cooking hot cereals. Purely Elizabeth cereals are made with oats, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, kaniwa, hemp, flax and chia. She also has four versions of granola, including cranberry-pecan and pumpkin-fig.
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.