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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
For years, Orange County has been the contrarian while its neighbors have used distinctive and easy-to-spot letter grades to alert would-be diners what to expect when they swing open the door to a restaurant. Now, Orange County is studying whether it too should move in that direction - but rather than assign letter grades, it's considering using colors. Think traffic lights. The color-coded system advanced by the county grand jury - green, yellow and red - would be similar to those used in Sacramento and Alameda counties.
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BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Newport Beach, one of Southern California's most affluent cities, is about to transform an industrial area near John Wayne Airport into a distinctly urban community of homes and shops. Uptown Newport Village will replace a pair of aging industrial buildings on 25 acres near the airport with a walkable neighborhood of shops, restaurants, parks and upscale homes and apartments, according to Shopoff Group, an Irvine developer. Mayor Rush N. Hill, who is an architect, said he is excited about the project and pleased that it will be a dense neighborhood by local standards.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The amount Americans tip on restaurant bills appears to be declining compared with five years ago, a new survey found. The online poll of about 2,600 men and women in the U.S. found that a majority of Americans tip their food servers less than 20% and that one in 10 tip nothing at all. Nearly 60% of those who said they tip less than 20% said the reason was that they "couldn't afford to on top of the cost of a meal," the survey reported....
TRAVEL
March 9, 2014 | By Jen Leo
If you're a farm-to-table foodie or just a fan of farms and farmers, this website and app are for you. Name: farmstarliving.com and iOS app. The app is available for Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. What it does: Offers a directory of restaurants around the United States that serve food from local farmers. You can also search state by state for farms that are open to the public and offer hayrides, mazes, petting zoos, bed-and-breakfasts, you-pick-it orchards and much more.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Are restaurants that thrive on insulting their customers a dying breed? It seems the Chinese restaurant dubbed “London's rudest restaurant” is giving up the insults and promising to reopen with kinder, gentler service. BBC News Magazine reports . According to writer Jon Kelly, the patrons of Wong Kei in London's Chinatown “were cajoled, bullied, insulted and mocked by waiting staff. Perversely, many diners loved it. Each night scores would queue up at the 500-cover restaurant to be verbally abused over the chicken satay and pork fried noodles.” Doesn't sound much different than the famed San Francisco Chinatown restaurant Sam Wo, also known for insulting customers and world's rudest waiter, Edsel Ford Fung.
WORLD
March 5, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to lie and take the blame after Pistorius accidentally fired a shot in a popular restaurant in an upscale Johannesburg neighborhood last year, according to testimony in the South African Olympic athlete's murder trial Wednesday. Boxer Kevin Lerena told the Gauteng North High Court that he was with Pistorius and other friends at Tasha's restaurant in Melrose Arch in January 2013, weeks before Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his apartment in the early hours of Valentine's Day that year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Marisa Gerber
E-cigarettes have been promoted as a safer alternative to cancer-causing tobacco products that can wean heavy smokers off their habit. But on Tuesday, Los Angeles officials joined a growing list of cities that treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces. The decision came after an impassioned and at times highly personal debate at the City Council that highlighted the backlash the smokeless cigarettes have generated as their popularity grows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The manager of a seaside restaurant in Santa Barbara described a chaotic scene after a huge wave crashed into, and broke through, a dining-room window Saturday, prompting screams from stunned patrons. The large wave hit the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf about 9:30 a.m., crashing through a window that was shattered, most likely by debris picked up from the damaged pier, floor manager Gerry Mora told The Times. Patrons were "mostly just shocked and stunned," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Patrons of the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara were "shocked and stunned" after a huge wave crashed into the restaurant Saturday, breaking a window and prompting employees to evacuate the dining room. Gerry Mora, a manager at the restaurant, told The Times he was concentrating on a waiting list that was building up at about 9:30 a.m. when he heard "screaming and shouting. " One of the servers ran from the back of the restaurant saying "the window's broke, the window's broke," Mora recalled.
TRAVEL
March 2, 2014
Thank you, Andrew Bender, for a wonderful article highlighting the vibrant community of Oklahoma City ["A Hip Second Life as Restaurants," Feb. 23]. I'm from there and really enjoyed the mention of places I've been and restaurants I've tried. I'm excited to have new places to visit when I head back later in the year. OKC is a wonderful city with wonderful people. I grow tired of the attitude I routinely run into of a place with no redeeming value. Yes, I live in L.A. now, but I miss my old city.
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