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August 12, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
In Chef Eric Kopelow's kitchen, soup cauldrons are the size of hot tubs. The hand mixer resemble a jackhammer, and the mixing bowls are as big as huge kettledrums. Instead of measuring ingredients with tablespoons or cups, Kopelow doles out portions in quarts and gallons — often hundreds of gallons. "There is nothing here that's small," he said. "The smallest portion we make is five gallons. " Big equipment and huge portions are the norm in the central kitchen for Universal Studios Hollywood, where Kopelow, 49, and his cooks prepare the food to feed as many as 25,000 daily visitors, depending on the time of year.
January 12, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Staying on a diet while eating out is getting easier as more restaurant chains offer menu items that don't break the calorie bank. The newest entrant is the Daily Grill, which just debuted its Simply 600 menu. The lunch and dinner items , which are 600 calories or less, include a blackened ahi tuna salad (319 calories), a pan-seared salmon burger (554 calories), fish tacos (548), a Thai noodle chicken salad (472) and chicken meatballs with angel hair pasta (590 calories). Fat grams were not revealed.
October 17, 1997
A program to bring fresh produce directly from farmers to an elementary school salad bar may result in healthier eating patterns by students, officials said. Wendy Wax, principal of McKinley Elementary School, said that about one-third of the school's 500 children are now choosing the salad bar. Wax said parents of McKinley students prepare produce for the salad bar daily, and farmers deliver twice weekly. "It has had such a great total effect on our school in terms of healthy eating," Wax said.
April 13, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
A few months ago, after chef Brandon Boudet toured his newly acquired Mid-City pub Tom Bergin's, a man and his daughter stopped by to reminisce. As the man walked his 30-ish pregnant daughter around the wood-paneled room, he told her a secret. "He told her 'This is where I proposed to your mom,'" Boudet said. "And she just started crying. She said her mom had just passed away six months beforehand. There are some serious stories in this place. " For 63 years, the Irish cottage pub Tom Bergin's has stood out as a winsome incongruity amid the stone palaces of Museum Row near Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue (the original Tom Bergin's was built in 1936 and moved to its current location 13 years later)
December 9, 2009
9021Pho LOCATION 490 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 275-7077. PRICES Pho , $8.95; dinner salads (can be ordered as an entree), $10 to $11; appetizers, $7 to $8; entrees, $13 to $17. BEST DISHES Chicken pho , papaya-prawn salad, spicy 'n' sour soup, garlic eggplant, grilled pork sausage salad. DETAILS Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. Visa and MasterCard. Street and evening city lot parking behind the restaurant.
June 1, 1989 | Compiled by researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
The content of school lunches emerges periodically as a issue, such as when officials debate whether ketchup can be classified as a vegetable, whether it is unhealthy to serve whole milk to youngsters or--most recently--whether a chemical used on apples poses a danger to students. Here are the elementary schools lunch menus, and the cost, on a recent Tuesday in five communities around Los Angeles County and three regions of the Los Angeles Unified School District. ARCADIA--$1.
October 21, 1998
Re "Feud Involving Valli's Wife Investigated," Oct. 15. My advice to the Vallis and the Avalons is get over themselves. Everyone is made to feel special at the Secret Garden Restaurant. You are no better than anyone else and deserve no special attention. The Secret Garden is a wonderful place that I would highly recommend. When you take into consideration that the meal includes a delicious large bowl of soup, then is followed by a choice of salad (not one of which is a typical "American" salad of iceberg and a tomato)
September 25, 1990
Oh, I get it. A tossed salad commentary! Just throw up a half a dozen serious subjects, i.e., abortion, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, women murdered in the workplace, etc. (whose potential for serious debate could fill columns) and see where they land on a piece of paper. Add a pinch of paranoia; a dash of Republican rhetoric; a couple of cups of right-wing catch phrases and toss it all in a big bowl of hot air and top it off with a nice dressing of "moral insanity" (whatever that means)
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