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November 15, 1990 | JOHN RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tucked away up Rustic Canyon is a sordid bit of local history. Surrounded by the rugged mountainsides and overgrown by brush, the burned-out and crumbling buildings are what remains of the Murphy Ranch, where during the late 1930s a small group hoping to establish a Nazi utopia built an elaborate infrastructure that included a 395,000-gallon concrete water tank, a 20,000-gallon diesel fuel tank, and their own power station.
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HOME & GARDEN
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.
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FOOD
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.
FOOD
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.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2005 | John O'Dell
A Texas-based Latino newspaper group has received an $18-million investment from a pair of venture and equity firms including Rustic Canyon Partners of Los Angeles. The funding, announced Sunday, is to be used by Meximerica Media, publisher of the Rumbo chain of Spanish-language newspapers, to complete development of papers serving the Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Rio Grande Valley regions of Texas and to launch additional Rumbo papers in that state.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Betty Lou Young, a longtime denizen of Rustic Canyon who wrote books about the history of Pacific Palisades and campaigned to preserve the Santa Monica Mountains and other open spaces, has died. She was 91. Young died Thursday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after a short illness. She had been in poor health since suffering a heart attack in May, said her son, Randy Young. As co-writer and photographer for some of her books about the Palisades, Rustic Canyon and Santa Monica Canyon, he is credited as Thomas R. Young.
NEWS
May 21, 1987
Rustic Canyon homeowners have obtained a court order prohibiting their neighbor, film producer Steven Tisch, from landscaping or construction that would affect a 25-foot-wide right of way through Tisch's property. The right of way, which provides pedestrian access to Sunset Boulevard from residences on Latimer Road, has been the subject of litigation for five years.
NEWS
May 7, 1987 | BARBARA BAIRD, Times Staff Writer
Members of two Rustic Canyon homeowner groups are seeking a court order against a neighbor, film producer Steven Tisch, in a long-running legal battle over community access to a 25-foot-wide right of way through Tisch's property. Residents claim they are entitled to use the right of way, which for 50 years has provided pedestrian access to Sunset Boulevard from Latimer Road, a paved private road that ends in a cul-de-sac at Rustic Canyon Creek just south of Tisch's property.
NEWS
November 21, 1987 | ROBERT JOHN PIERSON
In Rustic Canyon, a tree-filled arroyo near Will Rogers State Beach, autumn and early winter can be enjoyed in all their Southern California character. Deciduous trees stand in sharp contrast to brilliantly hued flowers that bloom throughout the Southland. Since the 1820s, the secluded canyon has hosted grazing sheep, campers, saloons, bohemian retreats, and idiosyncratic houses.
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Betty Hallock
Chandra Gilbert is the executive chef of the newly opened vegan Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre. Gilbert moved to Los Angeles from the Bay Area, where she opened the original Gracias Madre in San Francisco with Cafe Gratitude founders Matthew and Terces Engelhart in 2009 in the Mission District. Before working with the Engelharts, she worked at the renowned San Francisco vegetarian restaurant Greens. She was also a pastry chef for Alice Waters' Café Fanny in Berkeley and was a cheese maker at Cowgirl Creamery.
NEWS
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.
FOOD
July 11, 2012
Breakfast is making a comeback in Southern California restaurants -- even in places you might not expect it. Such as at hip Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica, where pastry chef Zoe Nathan makes these amazing biscuits. Made with a full pound of bacon and 1/2 pound of butter, Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila calls them "gloriously crumbly. " So successful was the meal that it's been canceled -- not for the usual reasons, but because Nathan and Rustic Canyon owner Josh Loeb are opening up a bakery-cafe two blocks away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Betty Lou Young, a longtime denizen of Rustic Canyon who wrote books about the history of Pacific Palisades and campaigned to preserve the Santa Monica Mountains and other open spaces, has died. She was 91. Young died Thursday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after a short illness. She had been in poor health since suffering a heart attack in May, said her son, Randy Young. As co-writer and photographer for some of her books about the Palisades, Rustic Canyon and Santa Monica Canyon, he is credited as Thomas R. Young.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2009 | By Martha Groves
It was a remarkable backyard there in Pacific Palisades, the kind that produces enduring memories -- of sloshing in the culvert under Sunset Boulevard, chewing watercress plucked from the spring-fed creek, tramping through tangled woods away from watchful eyes. It made for a childhood that was part Norman Rockwell, part Robinson Crusoe. For years, Thomas Newman, an admired composer of movie soundtracks, has collected ephemera from the places where he romped as a boy -- faded photos, vintage postcards, cartoons and other relics of the Uplifters, a spirited bunch of Los Angeles Athletic Club movers and shakers who bought land from the Methodists in the early 1900s and created a country compound in Rustic Canyon.
FOOD
May 6, 2009 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, RESTAURANT CRITIC
Waiting for my order at Huckleberry in Santa Monica, I watch the line move, slowly, forward. Ballet flats, flip-flops, bicycle cleats, and Nikes, Manolos, and sturdy walking shoes and even a tiptoeing cane inch their way to the cash register. Sometimes at lunch the line is out the door, snaking past the tall wooden planters filled with herbs and greens and tomatoes, all the way into the parking lot in back.
NEWS
April 25, 1996
Part of what protects Holy Jim Canyon is the back-country road leading there. It can tear the bottom out of an ordinary car or drown it in four creek crossings. It is wild back there. Rains can flood the canyon and block your retreat. Wildfires can scorch the mountainsides and the scattered cabins. Only those who have been there know it's worth the effort and the risk.
REAL ESTATE
July 3, 2005 | Helene Lesel, Special to The Times
Bell Canyon is a serene and secluded gated community of about 800 single-family home sites. Crisscrossed by private horse and hiking trails, it sits among craggy slopes in a boulder-filled valley about three miles north of Calabasas in the unincorporated eastern section of Ventura County. History The area has been occupied for about 2,000 years and was once home to the Chumash Indians.
HOME & GARDEN
February 7, 2009 | Leslie Anne Wiggins
Miles away from the bustle of the Sunset Strip and the glitz of Beverly Hills, there's another place where Hollywood lives: the leafy Brentwood neighborhood of Mandeville Canyon. A ranch once owned by actors Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck is on the market, and the canyon's also been home to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Widmark, Eva Marie Saint and Robert Mitchum. Around here, however, the focus is more on the stars in the sky and the natural beauty.
FOOD
September 10, 2008 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Restaurant Critic
AT Rustic Canyon, September's menu brings golf ball-sized arancine fried to a deep gold. The trio of rice balls sits in a coral red heirloom tomato sauce; each contains a heart of molten fresh mozzarella. Evan Funke, the new chef at this nearly 2-year-old Santa Monica restaurant, has got it exactly right. His panzanella and burrata salad is a delicious variation on the Tuscan classic, an oval bowl heaped with tomatoes, scoops of creamy burrata (made with mozzarella and cream) and large, soft chunks of bread that have soaked up the flavors of the peppery olive oil and vinegar.
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