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March 4, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Three weeks in and the Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America" still doesn't disappoint. On Sunday night's episode there were fires, saffron gelato, burnt burgers, and Carla Johnson from Long Beach proved once again, she's the best hot mess that reality food TV has ever seen. Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell took their teams into a gelato studio in New York to make some wacky flavor combinations. After showing the chefs how to make gelato and a waffle cone, the chefs let their teams loose in the kitchen.
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March 4, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Three weeks in and the Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America" still doesn't disappoint. On Sunday night's episode there were fires, saffron gelato, burnt burgers, and Carla Johnson from Long Beach proved once again, she's the best hot mess that reality food TV has ever seen. Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell took their teams into a gelato studio in New York to make some wacky flavor combinations. After showing the chefs how to make gelato and a waffle cone, the chefs let their teams loose in the kitchen.
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REAL ESTATE
December 28, 1997 | ROBERT SMAUS, TIMES GARDEN EDITOR
QUESTION: I just planted a bunch of mail-order saffron crocus (so I could harvest my own spice), and none of them is blooming. Did I plant them too late? --J.B., Pacific Palisades ANSWER: Even an October planting of this fall-flowering bulb should have bloomed. If you planted later than that, the flowers may have "aborted," according to Dan Davids of Davids & Royston Bulb Co. They were there--inside the bulb--but didn't open. Or the bulbs may have been too small to bloom their first year.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2011
Downtown's Perch has perhaps the best bar view in all Los Angeles — a scintillating rooftop vista in the Historic Core, surrounded by a skyscraper scene straight out of a Jay McInerney novel. But should you want to make that view a little blurrier, their "apertif hour" is a great chance to try its neo-French bistro wares at prices that won't leave your wallet feeling vertigo. From 4 to 6 p.m. daily, you can pick up a draft of Kronenbourg 1664 beer for the bargain price of $5; a smattering of wines or champagne-liqueur cocktails at $6; $7 nets you a Jacques Collins (saffron gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, soda and saffron)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 1989 | CHARLES PERRY
Things aren't always as stark as they seem. Bellini's looks like just a little neighborhood trattoria-- and not in the most elegant Pico Boulevard neighborhood, either--and it is a bit bleak inside. Gray walls. Butcher paper on the tables. Pen-and-ink drawings of old men's faces. But the menu is full of bright spots. The food tends to be light and inventive, most of it in effect vegetarian, including a couple of cheeseless pizzas. There is a decided personal tone to it, including a mild mania for fennel.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010
The empty nest looms like the existential void in "The Kids Grow Up," documentarian Doug Block's latest examination of the mysteries of the family. Having explored his parents' marriage in "51 Birch Street," here he focuses his lens at even shorter range as he suffers through the final year at home for his college-bound only child. For those who can get past his self-involvement, "Kids" strikes more than a few deep chords. Block wears his neuroses so guilelessly on his sleeve and organizes his material with such skill, that what might have been insufferable navel-gazing attains poignancy.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2011
Downtown's Perch has perhaps the best bar view in all Los Angeles — a scintillating rooftop vista in the Historic Core, surrounded by a skyscraper scene straight out of a Jay McInerney novel. But should you want to make that view a little blurrier, their "apertif hour" is a great chance to try its neo-French bistro wares at prices that won't leave your wallet feeling vertigo. From 4 to 6 p.m. daily, you can pick up a draft of Kronenbourg 1664 beer for the bargain price of $5; a smattering of wines or champagne-liqueur cocktails at $6; $7 nets you a Jacques Collins (saffron gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, soda and saffron)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 1986 | CHARLES PERRY
One of the appetizers at the 30th Street Bistro is called beggar's purse, three little variously filled pasta sacks tied shut with green onion "strings." I was just thinking how they sounded rather like the crepe purses filled with caviar that were served at Joachim Splichal's regrettably defunct Max au Triangle in Beverly Hills when I looked up and saw Splichal himself dining at the next table. Joachim Splichal in Newport Beach?
FOOD
January 5, 1989 | JOAN DRAKE, Times Staff Writer
Question: I would like to know the difference between saffron and safflower. And what do these two herbs do in rice or other dishes? Answer: Saffron (Crocus sativus) is a perennial with funnel-shaped blue or purple flowers that appear in autumn. Each flower has three orange stigmas, the source of the spice. Estimates vary, but it takes somewhere between 75,000 and 250,000 stigmas to produce one pound of saffron. Since these must be collected by hand, the spice is very expensive.
TRAVEL
July 22, 2007
The interior of 12th century Sanjusangendo Temple in Kyoto, Japan, captivates many tourists with its 1,001 gilded statues of the Kannon Buddha. But it was the simple contrast of its austere exterior that moved Katherine L. Waitman of Los Angeles when she visited Kyoto last spring. "We stepped outside, and the monk just happened to be passing by," she said. She caught the scene with an Olympus Stylus 740 digital.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010
The empty nest looms like the existential void in "The Kids Grow Up," documentarian Doug Block's latest examination of the mysteries of the family. Having explored his parents' marriage in "51 Birch Street," here he focuses his lens at even shorter range as he suffers through the final year at home for his college-bound only child. For those who can get past his self-involvement, "Kids" strikes more than a few deep chords. Block wears his neuroses so guilelessly on his sleeve and organizes his material with such skill, that what might have been insufferable navel-gazing attains poignancy.
OPINION
September 27, 2007
The images that were being smuggled out of Myanmar were beautiful and terrifying: Buddhist monks chanting in the streets for peaceful political change, ringed by supporters signaling their willingness to use their bodies to protect the monks from attack. Then there was silence. At 3 p.m.
TRAVEL
July 22, 2007
The interior of 12th century Sanjusangendo Temple in Kyoto, Japan, captivates many tourists with its 1,001 gilded statues of the Kannon Buddha. But it was the simple contrast of its austere exterior that moved Katherine L. Waitman of Los Angeles when she visited Kyoto last spring. "We stepped outside, and the monk just happened to be passing by," she said. She caught the scene with an Olympus Stylus 740 digital.
FOOD
February 15, 2006 | Charles Perry, Times Staff Writer
IT'S punched-up barbecue, barbecue for the nose: smoky grilled meat swathed with heady scents of saffron, butter, onions and aromatic rice. No wonder the shah of Iran wanted his chelo kebab. About 150 years ago, Naser od-Din Shah was yearning for the kebabs he'd grown up on in Azerbaijan, so he ordered an Azerbaijani homeboy to open a chelo kebab stand just outside his palace in Tehran. That way he could send out for a fragrant skewer or two whenever he felt like it.
HEALTH
June 20, 2005 | Elena Conis
The color of Buddhist monks' robes and the artist Christo's "The Gates," saffron is also the name for the spice derived from the dried stigmas of the crocus flower (Crocus sativus). Native to India and the near and Middle East, pure saffron is highly precious: A thousand flowers yield just a few grams. The higher the altitude in which it is grown, the more precious the carotenoid-rich spice is considered.
HEALTH
June 20, 2005 | Elena Conis
The color of Buddhist monks' robes and the artist Christo's "The Gates," saffron is also the name for the spice derived from the dried stigmas of the crocus flower (Crocus sativus). Native to India and the near and Middle East, pure saffron is highly precious: A thousand flowers yield just a few grams. The higher the altitude in which it is grown, the more precious the carotenoid-rich spice is considered.
FOOD
July 10, 1986 | JOAN DRAKE, Times Staff Writer
Question: I clipped the column of a few weeks ago in which you listed herbs that are interchangeable. It did not mention saffron--is there a substitute for this expensive spice? Answer: If it's the yellow color desired, and not the taste, safflower flowers, sometimes called Mexican saffron, or even marigold petals may be substituted, writes Tom Stobart in "Herbs, Spices and Flavorings" (Overlook Press: $15.95, 1982).
MAGAZINE
June 19, 2005 | Andrew John Ignatius Vontz, Andrew John Ignatius Vontz last wrote for the magazine about hipster hairstyles.
At Hollywood hot spot Mood on a recent Wednesday night, pimped-out SUVs lined the curb, and past the impenetrable velvet ropes Jay-Z and his posse were partying to hip-hop and '80s mashups amid Indonesian-themed decor featuring temple bells, Shiva statues and pillar-sized carvings of Buddhist monks. The dance floor was stocked with more candy than aisle two at 7-Eleven.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2005 | Geraldine Baum, Times Staff Writer
This city of black and shades of gray was swimming in saffron Saturday as Central Park, the great public arts project of the 19th century, came alive with the first great public art project of the 21st century. It's called "The Gates." After 26 years of trying to convince New York to allow them to install the project, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, themselves New Yorkers, finally saw it happen.
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