September 9, 2010 |
Familiar restaurant names are starting to show up in the parade of brightly painted food trucks jostling for customers. In Los Angeles, the venerable Canter's Deli, a fixture on Fairfax Avenue since 1931, is now also serving potato pancakes and matzo-ball soup from a truck. The upscale Border Grill restaurants have two trucks, serving gourmet tamales in paper cups so they're convenient for pedestrians to eat. For dessert, there's the Sprinkles Cupcakes chain, which added a truck to its 11 brick-and-mortar locations last year.
HOME & GARDEN
August 22, 2009 |
In the heat of August, many plants look as if they are barely hanging in there. Not so cannas. Cannas thrive on scorching days. These tropical plants resemble tiki torches aflame with flowers in lipstick red, banana yellow and the orange of a ripe apricot. Some of the most vigorous and dramatic cannas can shoot up 5 to 7 feet. Ventura County horticulturist John Schoustra says the trick to spectacular cannas is pruning. "The minute you see seedpods, cut off that stem all the way to the ground, which makes room for a new vigorous one," he says.
December 7, 2008 |
From the rock layer beneath the Los Padres National Forest, several hot springs bubble to the surface. But the Sespe Hot Springs, in the heart of the Sespe Wilderness, have a reputation among hikers as the hottest in Southern California. No one, it seems, keeps an official ranking of hot springs, but having soaked in a few natural hot springs over the years, I wanted to answer the question: Is Sespe Hot Springs tepid, like dishwater, or "¡Ay, caramba!" hot?
February 9, 2008 |
Sizzler, the steak restaurant chain mainly located in the western U.S., was put up for sale by the Australian buyout firm that purchased it in 2005. Pacific Equity Partners, a Sydney-based private equity firm, hired investment bank Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin to find a buyer, Sizzler said. Pacific Equity Partners acquired Worldwide Restaurant Concepts Inc., Sizzler's owner, for $208 million.
October 24, 2005 |
What can you say about a 50-year-old restaurant chain that (almost) died? You can say that in Sizzler's latest incarnation, it's trying to recapture a reputation for quality and value it last possessed two decades ago. "Some people in the industry thought we went away," Ken Cole told me last week.
May 23, 2005 |
All that sunshine and all those black clothes. It was hard to think of anything else for a while at KROQ-FM's annual Weenie Roast concert, held Saturday in the near-record heat at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. The earliest acts on the main stage, which opened for business a little before 4 p.m., defied the old advice about wearing white to keep cool, choosing instead to appear cool in modern-rock's color of choice.