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November 4, 2010
  Miso-sake marinade Total time: 5 minutes, plus marinating time Servings: Makes 2 cups marinade Note: This savory miso marinade works for most meats, such as boneless pork chops, beef and chicken, as well as fish fillets such as cod and a variety of raw vegetables. For meat and seafood, try a mild and sweet white miso, such as saikyo. For vegetables, look for red or white miso that contains whole grains, such as moromi, koji or tsubu. The grains give the vegetables another layer of texture and flavor.
April 24, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Something stinks in Irwindale. In recent months, officials in the largely industrial San Gabriel Valley city have appeared to be on a crusade to shut down Huy Fong Foods, the company that makes a wildly popular Sriracha sauce, for emitting chili and garlic odors that bother some neighbors. While a city should protect residents from harmful and/or unpleasant fumes, Irwindale's aggressive and unreasonable tactics have threatened to drive a home-grown enterprise out of state and bolstered California's unfortunate reputation as a bad place to do business.
March 25, 2004 | Leslee Komaiko
Hot, cold, straight up, or blended into a nouveau martini, sake is in. Now the beverage is getting a new kind of treatment: an entire museum exhibition. "Kampai! The Arts of Japanese Sake" runs through June 20 at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. "People mostly know sake as a drink they have with sushi," explains curator Meher McArthur. "I wanted to introduce the idea that sake is much more than a drink: how it is related to native religious traditions, festivals and celebrations."
February 21, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
Millions of people are unhappy that Russia's Adelina Sotnikova beat out South Korea's Yuna Kim for a gold medal in Olympic women's figure skating.  I'm not sure I am. The reason for that is tied up in the fact that figure skating -- for all its balletic grace and beauty -- is a sport.   I'll be honest: I don't remember much about Sotnikova's free skate at the Sochi Olympics, except that she gave a hammy wave to the judges near the end of her routine.   Yes, her long program was jam-packed with jumps, and it was entertaining to watch her unique spins.
February 13, 2010
It's great at a sushi bar, but sake can be a chore at home because the traditional bottle and cups topple easily and need constant refills. Alexander Purcell of the L.A. design studio Aprro has a solution: Inspired by the shape of fugu (the Japanese word for blowfish) and World War II sea mines, Purcell created a unique decanter-and-cups set called the Sake Bomb -- an allusion to the distinctly American drink that involves dropping a shot of hot sake into a glass of beer. The 8-ounce ceramic container, handmade in Los Angeles, can be microwaved or refrigerated to accommodate a hot or cold drink.
December 5, 2002 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
ARE you ready to fly? Here, at the trendy Tengu in Westwood, where a DJ spins funky music while you dine on superb sushi and other divine culinary treats, it is quite possible to feel like you've taken off if you indulge in one or more of the restaurant's seven sake flights. From New York to San Francisco to Los Angeles, thrill-seekers and connoisseurs are engaging in the latest cosmopolitan drink experience.
January 21, 2004 | David Shaw, Times Staff Writer
When Trevor Hammond was a 15-year-old high school freshman in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, his grandfather was working in a McDonnell Douglas aircraft plant just outside Tokyo. "I was already pretty bored with Kansas," Hammond says now, "and since our local high school had a class in Japanese, I went to my mom and said, 'If I take Japanese, will you let me go see Grandpa?' " Mom said yes, and thus began a most unusual odyssey.
The newest wine produced in the Napa Valley is very different from all the others, for it isn't made from the grapes for which the valley is famous. The wine is sake, and it is brewed from rice instead. Kohnan Inc.'s $6-million Hakusan Sake brewery opened in Napa last month to become the fourth sake production facility in California. Sales of Japan's national drink are soaring in America, especially in California.
February 3, 2009 | John M. Glionna
As master brewers have done for 13 centuries before him, the sake factory boss is everywhere at once in his rustic timbered building along Japan's rugged northern coastline: helping to drag sacks of rice, gently issuing instructions to his four brewing assistants, consulting with his own boss, a fifth-generation owner.
August 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sake Plant Planned in Colorado: A Japanese company is building a sake plant, complete with an Oriental teahouse for visitors, on land near Golden, Colo., that it bought from Adolph Coors Co. in 1989, a spokesman said. The $7-million Tatsuuma-Honke Brewing Co. plant, scheduled to open next spring, will be one of five sake breweries in the United States. Most of the plants are in Northern California.
October 31, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
In "Sake Bomb," twentysomething video blogger Sebastian (Eugene Kim) has a problem few film characters ever face: a sense of relentless, righteous rage for which there is no simple solution. For Sebastian, life as an Asian American male is one of perpetual defense against silent accusations of foreignness, meek quietness and - the one that really stings - small genitalia. To disabuse the world (or at least his 10 subscribers) of such stereotypes, he bleats the concepts of Asian American Studies 101 over the Internet.
September 23, 2013 | Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The days before Sunday's broadcast of the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards were filled with dissension. Not just the usual palaver over who should win and who would win, but also over a departure from the customary "In Memoriam" segment and a question of who had been singled out for special tribute - "special superstar tribute," as it was described in the opening teaser - and who had not. Who was in: James Gandolfini, memorialized by Edie Falco; Jonathan...
September 7, 2013 | Jessica Gelt
There are times when hard liquor feels too, well, hard, but beer or wine just won't do. That's when it's best to get creative. Take, for example, an interesting little tipple created by mixologist Dave Fernie (Harvard & Stone, Pour Vous) for chef Phillip Lee's new Scratch Bar on La Cienega Boulevard's restaurant row. Nigori sake serves as the base of this light refresher, which is pepped up by the addition of fresh pineapple and lime juices and a touch of simple syrup. The final, pleasing twist is delivered via a pinch of salt.
June 14, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra is expected to be released from jail Sunday, just 15 months into his three-year term, the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting . After pleading no contest in October 2011 to three grand theft auto charges and one count of filing a false financial report, the 50-year-old former member of the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies underwent a drug and alcohol rehabiltation. He was sentenced to three years in prison by L.A. County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig on March 5, 2012.
March 1, 2013 | By Tina Susman
The nation's toughest gun control law hasn't even taken effect, but New York lawmakers are considering tweaking the restrictions, especially if the gun owners happen to be from Hollywood. Permitting filmmakers to use genuine assault weapons -- banned under the state law passed in January -- is one of the measures under consideration by legislators in the state capital, Albany. Another possible change that lawmakers say might be necessary: exempting law enforcement officials from the assault weapons ban. At a news conference this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo conceded that some "technical corrections" may be necessary to permit the entertainment industry to use genuine assault weapons -- without real ammunition -- while shooting movies and TV series in the state.
February 28, 2013
At a forum held by the Univision broadcasting network in September, President Obama said the most important lesson he'd learned in his first term was that "you can't change Washington from the inside; you can only change it from the outside. " That helps explain why he has issued a barrage of public statements and made a slew of appearances in the past week aimed at persuading congressional Republicans to cancel looming across-the-board cuts in federal spending, rather than meeting with congressional leaders to hammer out a deal.
September 7, 1989
The latest Senate hearings were not as productive as they could have been had the insurance commissioner not been suffering from a sudden and unfortunate back ailment. Both for her sake and for the sake of the people of California, I hope Roxani Gillespie has a speedy recovery from this complete loss of her spine. MASON YOST Glendale
August 13, 1997
For Pitt's sake, what's all the fuss about Brad's nude photos? You've seen one, you've seen 'em all ("Judge Orders Recall of Magazine Over Nude Photos," Aug. 8). PATTI GARRITY Manhattan Beach
February 15, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal, Los Angeles Times
For Larry Zanoff, the armorer who lent Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" its firepower, fake blood can be a serious occupational hazard. "The gun gets splattered with fake blood," he said. "Now it's all gummed up; it doesn't want to work anymore. That's why we had backup guns, multiples and multiples of them. " Zanoff, 48, has never had a shortage of guns in his life. The son of a defense industry engineer who was also a competitive rifle shooter, Zanoff showed at age 6 an aptitude for disassembling his father's firearms.
January 30, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
When it begins this Thursday evening at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the first LA Art Book Fair will showcase print books through an unexpected lens. Featuring publishers from 20 foreign countries and a dozen states, this is a celebration for both artists and enthusiasts, an expression of the diversity of books as a creative medium, not just a delivery system for words and images but an aesthetic territory all its own. What you'll find are not just art books as we generally think of them, but also smaller editions, artist one-offs, handmade books, ephemera, zines.
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