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June 14, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
I reserve a special loathing for flavored alcohol. Atrocities like pomegranate, cotton candy and melon-flavored vodkas make me want to rip my taste buds out by their roots. And don't even get me started about flavored whiskey. Yes, the makers of Fireball cinnamon-flavored whiskey are rolling in the large profits they make off unseasoned drinkers at keg parties, but they should also be made to roll in a fire pit. May I suggest the special place in hell reserved for those who would befoul the sacred treaty between brown liquor and a sense of (or at least an aspiration to)
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Elmore Leonard, one of America's best known crime novelists, died Tuesday morning due to complications from a stroke, according to Leonard's Facebook page and his longtime researcher at the Detroit News , Gregg Sutter. Leonard, 87, was working on his 46th novel at the time of his death. Born in New Orleans in 1925, Leonard and his family moved to Detroit when the writer was very young and his father was working for General Motors. Leonard made the city his longtime home, and was referred to as " the Dickens of Detroit " by fans.
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FOOD
June 25, 2008
  Grilled pineapple with rum and long pepper glaze Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 to 8 Note: Dried long peppers are available at Surfas in Culver City, Nicole's in Pasadena and Cube in Los Angeles, as well as select Indian and Asian markets. Also online at salttraders.com and le-sanctuaire.com. If any glaze is unused, it will keep for a week, refrigerated, and makes a great topping for ice cream; rewarm before using. 1 large ripe pineapple 1 or 2 dried long peppers (to yield 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground pepper)
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
How about a California rum to celebrate National Rum Day? It turns out the Imperial Valley grows sugar cane and from that the folks at St. George Spirits in the San Francisco Bay Area produce an extraordinary St. George California Agricole Rum (formerly known as Agua Libre Rum) “A pure, primal, unapologetic expression of fresh California cane,” it's funky all right and captures your attention right away.  St. George California Agricole Rum is made from fresh sugar cane in the style of a Martinique rhum agricole or cachaça.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2009 | Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. With little fanfare, a deal is moving forward to provide billions in tax dollars and tax breaks to an unlikely beneficiary -- the giant British liquor producer that makes Captain Morgan rum. Under the agreement, Diageo in London will receive tax credits and other benefits worth $2.7 billion over 30 years, including the $165-million cost of building a state-of-the-art distillery on the island of St. Croix in...
NEWS
February 27, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
Rum Tasting: On Thursday, the Armory Center for the Arts is hosting a rum tasting at Everson Royce from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will sample a spectrum of rums from light to dark and young to  old, all served straight, in addition to rum-based cocktails crafted by Talmadge Lowe of Pharmacie LA . The rum tasting costs $45 per person; a portion of the proceeds will go to supporting the Armory Center for the Arts. Reservations can be made by calling (626) 765-9334. 155 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, (626)
WORLD
February 9, 2010 | By Scott Kraft
When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt arrived here in 1934 to mark the end of America's occupation of Haiti, he insisted on toasting the hand-over with local Barbancourt rum. Two decades later, the visiting Vice President Nixon personally mixed a Barbancourt rum collins for Haiti's president (who was, ahem, a whiskey drinker). And every voodoo priest and priestess in Haiti knows that soaking the ground with the golden rum -- not the three-star version, mind you, but the five-star, aged twice as long -- can raise the spirits of the dead.
FOOD
October 6, 2011 | By W. Blake Gray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At 6 a.m. on Oct. 14, 1960, Cuban national radio announced that the Communist government was nationalizing sugar mills and rum factories — including the island's most famous business, Bacardi. Cuban marines quickly headed to Bacardi's office in Havana with a one-page official document (riddled with misspellings) that gave them control. However, Fidel Castro and his cabinet made a crucial error, and the repercussions live on in the world of rum today. They went not only to the wrong building but also to the wrong city.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2009 | Kevin Thomas
For 20 years, Claire Denis has been among France's foremost filmmakers with her acute yet subtle observations of the ebbs and flows within relationships. Her perception and understanding seem to grow only richer over the years, and her newest film, "35 Shots of Rum," is surely one of her finest -- and thereby one of the best films of the year. With the greatest of ease and assurance, she catches us up in the lives of Lionel (Alex Descas), a long-widowed African immigrant, and his beautiful daughter, Josephine (Mati Diop)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
Argh, mateys! It's that time again: National Talk Like a Pirate Day. How to talk like a pirate? The Johnny Depp movies are a guide, the Disney ride they were based on, and the Talk Like A Pirate Day website . But readers know the best reference for pirate talk -- invented, yes, but still iconic -- is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure tale, " Treasure Island . " Here are some lines from the book. Feel free to borrow from them for pirate-speak to brighten up your day. There must be a way to work the expressions "smart as paint" or "I'll stake my wig" into that meeting you've got this afternoon.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
I reserve a special loathing for flavored alcohol. Atrocities like pomegranate, cotton candy and melon-flavored vodkas make me want to rip my taste buds out by their roots. And don't even get me started about flavored whiskey. Yes, the makers of Fireball cinnamon-flavored whiskey are rolling in the large profits they make off unseasoned drinkers at keg parties, but they should also be made to roll in a fire pit. May I suggest the special place in hell reserved for those who would befoul the sacred treaty between brown liquor and a sense of (or at least an aspiration to)
FOOD
April 13, 2013 | Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Former Le Cirque and Citrus chef Rémi Lauvand has landed in downtown L.A. at a sleek new restaurant called Le Ka. For his head mixologist, the acclaimed French chef (who is cooking food from all over the world at Le Ka) has chosen South Carolina native Andrew Parish. Parish is all about expanding the relationship between food and drink, often incorporating the former into the latter. Take for example his hot banana buttered rum, which employs rich butter and mashed bananas in the service of creating a mouth-watering hot cocktail that feels very much like a meal.
NEWS
February 27, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
Rum Tasting: On Thursday, the Armory Center for the Arts is hosting a rum tasting at Everson Royce from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will sample a spectrum of rums from light to dark and young to  old, all served straight, in addition to rum-based cocktails crafted by Talmadge Lowe of Pharmacie LA . The rum tasting costs $45 per person; a portion of the proceeds will go to supporting the Armory Center for the Arts. Reservations can be made by calling (626) 765-9334. 155 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, (626)
NATIONAL
January 2, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani and Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In the last-minute dealmaking to stop the nation from tumbling over the so-called fiscal cliff, Congress and the White House decided not to spare most people from a hike in Social Security payroll taxes. But they did find room for billions in special tax breaks for rum makers, racetrack owners, railroads - and Hollywood studios. Riding along on the compromise bill were dozens of provisions that renewed existing tax breaks. All told, the business tax breaks will cost more than $63 billion next year, according to an analysis by Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2012 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
FRESNO - Fresno police searched a fraternity at Fresno State University as part of an investigation into the hazing death of an 18-year-old freshman, according to newly released court documents. A search warrant filed in Fresno County Superior Court said detectives wanted to search the Theta Chi fraternity after its members evaded questions, leading to fears that they might hide or destroy evidence about the death of Phillip Dhanens of Bakersfield. Police declined to discuss the results of the search.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
Argh, mateys! It's that time again: National Talk Like a Pirate Day. How to talk like a pirate? The Johnny Depp movies are a guide, the Disney ride they were based on, and the Talk Like A Pirate Day website . But readers know the best reference for pirate talk -- invented, yes, but still iconic -- is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure tale, " Treasure Island . " Here are some lines from the book. Feel free to borrow from them for pirate-speak to brighten up your day. There must be a way to work the expressions "smart as paint" or "I'll stake my wig" into that meeting you've got this afternoon.
NEWS
September 6, 2009 | Will Weissert and Michael Felberbaum, Weissert and Felberbaum write for the Associated Press.
Cuban rum maestro Jose Navarro's taste buds sing when he sips Havana Club, the sweet spirit distilled in this farming town southeast of the capital. "It has to be Cuban," said Navarro, the oldest of the island's nine certified rum experts. "Havana Club can't exist anywhere else." But another Havana Club does exist, one made by Bermuda-based rum giant Bacardi Ltd. A variety of Cohiba cigars, once rolled exclusively for Fidel Castro, is produced by Swedish Match North America of Virginia, and a Miami firm offers its own version of Cubita, a top Cuban coffee.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 1987
Harried waitress Susan Segal enumerated some reasonable complaints in her article ("Gripes," June 14). Bill Steigerwald is another matter ("Bar Wars," June 14). I am baffled as to why such a snide misanthrope would choose to work as a bartender, one of the most people-oriented occupations. He objects to nearly everyone, even "the regular," whose only crimes are being a steady customer and tipping too well. The only people welcome at his bar are those who "cause little bother" and order "beer or simple drinks like scotch and water."
FOOD
September 1, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: My friends and I were in New Orleans in March and ate at this wonderful restaurant on St. Charles Avenue. For dessert we shared their sweet potato bread pudding. Any chance you can get that recipe for us? It was yummy! Kate McPike Rancho Cucamonga Dear Kate: Unapologetically rich, Zea's dense sweet potato bread pudding has an almost cake-like texture, with a crunchy pecan topping. It's great on its own, but baptized with a thick, sweet rum sauce, it's downright inspired.
FOOD
May 19, 2012 | JONATHAN GOLD, RESTAURANT CRITIC
Do you remember those plexiglass dollhouses that museum shops sold for a while -- brightly colored things that looked like the "Brady Bunch" house as re-imagined by a unicorn? The new Venice restaurant Sunny Spot is a little like that, a bit of Midcentury Modern on an institutional strip of Washington Boulevard in Venice with a flat roof, acres of windows and glowing, color-washed dining rooms that can't quite decide whether they're outside or in. As Beechwood, this space felt slightly generic, a loungy "Playboy After Dark" kind of place centered on its fire pit. As Sunny Spot, it booms with reggae and supports both a serious cocktail crowd and a multitude of lobster-red beer guys fresh from an afternoon on Venice Beach.
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