November 28, 2013 |
Christina Rivera hates to see food go to waste, so she is cracking down at her Silver Lake restaurant. Rivera began weighing the trash generated by Gobi Mongolian BBQ House with an eye toward shrinking the pile of scraps, peels and other organic material. She put up signs noting that some 40% of the nation's food supply is thrown out each year. Then she did something that put some patrons into a rage: On busy all-you-can-eat nights, the restaurant now charges an extra fee for any plate with leftover food.
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September 30, 2013 |
I have an unfamiliar refrigerator in my familiar kitchen. It's sleek, shiny and smudge-proof. So why am I missing my old one, a clunky, black, last-century model, its drawers and shelves held together with duct tape and Super Glue? The ice maker hadn't worked in years. The vegetable drawer had been terminally stuck until I bought a new one online last month. And the water hose had broken so many times over the years that I spent hundreds of dollars on repairs before I learned to fix it myself.
April 7, 2013 |
An outdoor game between the Kings and the Ducks, to be played amid the palm trees and history of Dodger Stadium, is moving closer to reality. Details are still being negotiated, but plans call for the teams to face off in a regular-season game on Jan. 25, 2014, using the portable rink and refrigeration equipment the NHL owns and has deployed at sites such as Chicago's Wrigley Field and Boston's Fenway Park. A formal announcement is tentatively set for April 17 or 18. The NHL Players' Assn.
March 1, 2013 |
For more than four years, photographer Mark Menjivar photographed the contents of strangers' refrigerators for his exhibit "You Are What You Eat," which has traveled to museums and universities across the country. In a short article by Mark Wilson at the Fast Company website, Menjivar said, "One person likened me asking to photograph their fridge to me asking them to pose nude for the camera. " Quick. Go open your refrigerator door and just look. What do you see? No straightening, editing, culling allowed.
September 17, 2012 |
The decline of my 10-year-old refrigerator started with an unsettling wheezing sound and ended with a death rattle that would have cost $500 to fix. So I, like 10 million other Americans each year, dropped money on a new fridge and had the broken one hauled away. But I was nagged by a lingering concern: What happened to my hulking old Amana? The Pacific Sales where I bought my new Samsung offered a free haul-away service, but what did that company do with it? Where, exactly, was it hauled away to?
September 1, 2012 |
At one time, Thompsons were the No. 1 table grape, raisin grape and wine grape in California. In a way, that very ubiquity became the Thompson's downfall. After so long at the top of the heap, they became generic. In some cases, that was justified: A Thompson Seedless picked green is about as innocuous as a grape can be. But given a chance to ripen, a Thompson can become a pretty danged good piece of fruit. Choose them when they're really ripe and you'll be surprised at how floral and sophisticated their flavor can be. How to choose: Thompsons don't start to get really delicious until the color turns golden, almost amber.