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November 7, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Alma Allen wasn't the first to transform tree trunks into side tables and stools, but during the last decade, the Joshua Tree woodworker certainly refined the concept. His work has shaped the rustic modern style you see in stores (think the stump table at West Elm). The L.A. interiors firm Commune Design commissioned him to create tables for the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and stools for the Oliver Peoples store in Malibu. Allen's latest venture: a Heath Ceramics collection of pottery with lids that Allen crafted from solid walnut ($125 to $325)
April 12, 2014 | Anne Colby
Rustic Canyon's sylvan beauty and funky charm cast its spell on Jill Soffer a dozen years ago. She liked the neighborhood's relaxed environment and abundance of sycamore trees and purchased a home there in 2002. "There's all this green around. It's not too manicured," Soffer said appreciatively. "People are easygoing, everything is a little overgrown, and the creek in the middle of everything is a little shaggy. You can hear the frogs at night. " She planned to renovate her 1920s three-bedroom house, but hadn't yet when she met and then in 2008 married Greg Adler, who had two young sons.
March 24, 1996
Early this fall, I was searching for a European vacation that offered interesting sights, exceptional food and lodging, and the opportunity to be outside and active during the day. I chose a walking tour of the Tuscany countryside with a small company called Tre Laghi Travel (2627 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA 94123; telephone [800] 777-8183.) I was not disappointed. Our group of nine people was treated to heavenly destinations and we stayed at country estates, town villas and rustic farmhouses.
February 14, 2014 | By Susan Spano
Really, River's End is a bit of heaven, where the beautiful Russian River meets the sea and the Sonoma coast in big rocks and crashing waves. A gourmet restaurant with drop-dead views is perched above the placid estuary of the river, separated by a sandy bar from the wild ocean beyond. After dinner, I had to walk only a few steps downhill to a knotty-wood cabin with a soft bed and a picture window instead of a TV. I stayed just one night, which cost me about $250 for dinner ($85) and the cabin ($162)
November 10, 2002
I read "High Price of RV Trips" (Letters, Oct. 27) with amusement. A worthwhile RV can be found for $50,000, and well-equipped units (with air conditioner, microwave, TV) start in the $60,000s. Prices go up from there depending on how luxuriously one wishes to travel. An RV is hardly economical. It is, rather, a way of being able to experience a campfire in a rustic setting and have the luxury of your own comfy mini-condo. Of course, an RVer also can "camp" at a posh full-service resort.
November 4, 2001
Diana Homer is right about accommodations problems at Yosemite National Park ("Lodging a Complaint," Letters, Oct. 21). My wife and I recently stayed in a cabin at Curry Village in the park. We knew it to be rustic, but we expected it to be clean for $95 plus an energy surcharge. There was no pad beneath the sheet, which the maid did not tuck in. By morning I found myself lying directly on the filthiest mattress one could imagine. It was disgusting. RON PALMER Ojai We recently returned after a couple of days in Yosemite National Park enjoying the fall colors and the beautiful weather.
November 2, 2003
"Polynesia: Afloat on Society's Fringe" [Oct. 19] brought back memories: In October 1964, on the way to Australia, I flew UTA French Airlines to Tahiti. Upon landing, I was surprised to find myself welcomed as Tahiti's first American jet tourist. It was night, and they put me up in a lovely hotel on Papeete's outskirts, where I awoke to a virgin paradise. Papeete was different then. I moved to the Green Hotel, six rustic rooms on the waterfront, with Stirling Hayden's Wanderer moored beside it. Jack Carpenter San Juan Capistrano Send letters to Travel, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; fax (213)
January 12, 1987
In your front-page article (Dec. 23), Burma is portrayed as an isolated, decaying and disorganized socialist autocracy, which, although "picturesque," has a "backward economy." People in Burma may use ox carts, 40-year old jeeps, and patronize the black market, but Rangoon is remarkably free of urban problems that make most growing Third World cities virtually unlivable. Such rustic items may also be a small price to pay for avoiding foreign debt. The article admits that neutrality and political stability have prevented Burma from making any new enemies since World War II. How many other countries can boast this?
November 14, 1999
After reading the article "Bearly Out of the Woods" (Oct. 31) by Greg Miller, I was compelled to reply. My husband and I have been going to Silver Lake Resort in the Sierra for more than 25 years, and we have never encountered a bear. The reason: We know better than to put trash out at night, and we close and lock the door. Yes, the cabin Miller mentioned is small, but nothing like the Unabomber's, and there are larger cabins to rent. And yes, there are no phones or televisions in the cabins.
"Perhaps you're a closet Victorian," said a friend of mine dryly to one of our dinner companions, observing with relish the frilly setting at the Secret Garden. Moorpark is a farm town that would look at home in, say, Montana, and until recently the dining scene here has been limited mainly to steak joints and Mexican restaurants. The Secret Garden adds a charming new dimension. It's in a converted old ice cream shop, and the ornate decor suggests both rustic California and fin de siecle splendor--a combination you more often see up in the gold country.
February 14, 2014 | Jonathan Gold
Have you ever tried the beets and berries at Rustic Canyon? Because the dish is kind of mind-blowing when you think about it, a mess of roasted beets and purple quinoa in a rustic pottery bowl. There are herbs scattered over the top, and a few crisply roasted pistachios, and a few chunks of buttery, ripe Reed avocado, along with a seedy smear of slightly unripe mashed berries that seems to be there more for its fragrance and acidity than for any particular flavor. There may be a hint of dairy, and I seem to remember a version of this dish with creamed horseradish, but it could probably pass as one of those vegan feel-good bowls at a place like Real Food Daily or Café Gratitude - at least until you realize that you have powered your way to the bottom without half realizing it, and that the berries are doing unspeakably wonderful things to the avocado and that this may be the first bowl of quinoa you have eaten with pleasure since the last time you went to Peru.
November 7, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
CAVE CREEK, Ariz. - Clad in a black Stetson and Tony Lama lizard-skin boots, Mayor Vince Francia adjusted the holster on his right leg. His six-shooter was loaded with blanks. At least 300 spectators milled around the dusty gravel parking lot of the Horny Toad restaurant and bar, waiting for Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. This would be a duel, a quick-draw contest between the mayors to settle a dispute over a motto claimed by both towns: Which one is "the West's Most Western Town?"
July 12, 2013 | By Alice Short
LISBON - Do you daydream about luxury lodgings with well-stocked bars and sculpted gardens? Discreet clerks and waiters who will attend to your every need? Or do your flights of fancy tend toward something more rustic: a walled fortress, perhaps, with commanding views of the lands below? To put it another way: Do you want to stay in a palace - or a castle? Sometimes it's possible to do both, as I discovered on a spring trip to Portugal. It turns out the "royal treatment" fulfilled a fantasy that I wasn't even aware of - until I walked right into it. My husband, Steve, and I had spent a few days in Madrid, visiting our daughter who was studying there, and we had decided we needed to see more of the Iberian Peninsula.
July 10, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
To know one California Pizza Kitchen restaurant is to know them all - the black-and-tan booths, low-pile carpeting and acrylic panels. Now, the 28-year-old mall staple known for a pervasive sense of sameness is undergoing what its CEO calls a "de-chaining," upgrading its image and menu to be more individual, relevant and attractive to foodies. The brand, known as CPK, is opening a prototype eatery Wednesday in the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park, its first new location near its Los Angeles home base in five years.
March 31, 2013 | By Valli Herman
Cowboys are my weakness. That's not just the title of my favorite Pam Houston book, but the truth about my undying fascination with those icons of the Wild West. These days, when most of the horses are under the hood instead of a barn roof, it's a challenge to find an authentic outpost where rootin,' tootin' cowboys still have a foothold. That's why there's Prescott. Though the mile-high city about 90 miles northwest of Phoenix is becoming a desirable retirement haven, it's more notable for its long-running rodeo, historic downtown and saloons that are the next-best thing to time travel.
February 2, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Jeremy Fox is the new chef at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen in Santa Monica, owned by Josh Loeb and Zoey Nathan. The former Ubuntu chef recently split from Barnyard in Venice and in December was running things at his Old Soul pop-up (hosted by This Is Not a Pop-Up). Fox succeeds Evan Funke, who left Rustic Canyon last year to open the forthcoming Bucato (and incidentally is cooking at This Is Not a Pop-Up for one night next week ).  "Yes, I have been busy with my new gig," Fox says via email, "and I couldn't be more excited about it. "After all this time, I finally feel right at home, like this is exactly where I am meant to be. I'll slowly be changing the menu over the next few weeks.
August 12, 2010 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic
This is Beverly Hills?, I wondered, oh so many years ago when a friend took me to lunch in a sweet little house with a fireplace on South Beverly Drive. Chez Mimi later moved to Santa Monica, and Urth Caffé now dispenses soy lattes and iced green tea from that rose-covered cottage. Back then (and now), South Beverly Drive didn't seem fancy at all, more like a small-town Main Street where you'd find shops selling nightgowns and one-piece swimming suits, baseball cards and birthday gifts.
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
December 23, 2012 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Toms Shoes has opened its first retail store and community space, in Venice, barely an alpargata's toss from the apartment living room where Blake Mycoskie started building his buy-one-give-one, commerce-meets-cause shoe empire six years ago. Inhabiting a Craftsman-style cottage on Abbot Kinney, the 2,200-square-foot indoor-outdoor space feels like a college coffee house in all the right ways. Created in collaboration with L.A.'s Commune Design, it boasts rough-hewn wooden walls and floors inside.
November 18, 2012 | By Ryan Ritchie
Motorists have plenty of reasons to stop in Las Vegas, but for those whose final destination is Ely, Nev., the most important is gas. That's because the three-hour drive north on U.S. 93 is filled with so much nothing that they'll start to ask themselves two questions: First, have those scientists who claim our planet is overpopulated ever driven this route? Second, does Ely, a town of about 4,000, really exist? The answer to the latter, thankfully, is yes. The bed Upon check-in at the Hotel Nevada & Gambling Hall (501 Aultman St.; [775]
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