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January 5, 2012
MUSIC The local art-noise duo No Age made its name at the grotty downtown venue the Smell, and they'll headline the club's 14th anniversary show (which, in fast-moving punk circles, makes it practically from the Mesozoic). Guests include Heller Keller, Palm Reader and others. The Smell, 247 S. Main St., L.A. 9 p.m. Thu. $5.
April 26, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Let me state my bias up front. I like hot sauce. I like it on eggs. I like it in ramen. I like it on stir-fry dishes and Mexican food, and I don't think you can honestly call yourself a Californian if you're not a hot sauce lover. And so I went to Irwindale last week to investigate the Sriracha sauce standoff. As you may have heard, city officials are waging battle against the manufacturer, responding to citizen complaints that jalapeño-scented air blowing out of the hot sauce plant can irritate your throat and make your eyes water, especially during the late summer, which is pepper-grinding season.
July 23, 2009 | Ju-min Park
As a connoisseur of kimchi, South Korea's national dish, Kim Soon-ja takes a package of the fermented cabbage everywhere -- even overseas. But there has always been one indelicate matter: how to mask the garlicky and often offensively pungent odor. "My tour guide asked me not to take out my kimchi in public because it can be distasteful to foreigners," Kim, 56, says of a trip to Europe several years ago.
April 24, 2014 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Irwindale officials decided Wednesday to delay the adoption of a resolution that would have officially designated the spicy smell of Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.  The city and sauce maker Huy Fong Foods have agreed to discuss a solution and the City Council decided to table the issue until a council meeting on May 14, said City Atty. Fred Galante.  "We've been in communication since the last hearing to see if there is a way to resolve this whole matter," Galante said.
July 23, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Space may be a near-vacuum, but apparently it has a distinct odor, and now NASA has hired a scent chemist to try to reproduce that characteristic smell.  The odor might prove intriguing to visitors at exhibitions, such as when the space shuttle Endeavour is exhibited at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, but NASA has a more practical purpose in mind: to acclimate potential astronauts before they make their first visits to orbit. For a short article in the Atlantic, author Megan Garber talked to several astronauts, who noted that food, body odors and other expected scents are present, of course.
December 23, 2010
POP MUSIC Do some giving and terrify your parents with punk rock at the third annual Riot Grrrl X-Mas Carnival. Smash your head and the patriarchy to the carnal sounds of the Splinters, the Outskirts and more. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Women's Center. The Smell, 247 S. Main St., L.A. 9 p.m. Sun. $5. .
October 19, 2009 | Chris Lee
Short of someone inventing Smell-o-Vision before Oct. 28's global rollout of the feature documentary "Michael Jackson's This Is It," fans will never get to know one of the most visceral aspects of working with the King of Pop. "He had this amazing fragrance," said Mekia Cox, one of 11 backup dancers who worked with Jackson between April and June on "This Is It," his series of 50 sold-out concerts scheduled to start taking place at London's O2...
June 30, 2011
The local combo So Many Wizards has a bit of Vampire Weekend's humid single-string guitar riffery to it, but the band approaches songwriting in a nonlinear fashion that makes the twee-ness of its vocals seem studied and wry instead of cloying. Here the band releases a new single, "Inner City/Best Friends. " The Smell, 247 S. Main St., L.A. 9 p.m. Fri. $5. .
October 31, 2013 | By Frank Shyong and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
In a declaration filed Thursday morning, David Tran, chief executive and founder of Huy Fong Foods, said the first complaints about the Sriracha hot sauce factory in late 2012 came from an Irwindale city councilman's son. The declaration does not name the councilman's son, but sources told The Times it refers to the son of councilman Hector Manuel Ortiz. The Irwindale City Council and city manager have not responded to requests for comment made Thursday morning. According to the declaration, Huy Fong Foods responded to the son's first complaint last year by installing filters.
October 4, 2013 | By Monte Morin
When it comes to zeroing in on nectar-rich flowers, worker honeybees rely heavily on their expert sense of smell. But new research suggests pollution from diesel exhaust may fool the honeybee's "nose," making their search for staple flowers all the more difficult. In a paper published recently in Scientific Reports , English scientists concluded that two components of diesel exhaust -- nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide -- could alter the odor of the many chemicals that combine to give a flower its signature smell.
April 22, 2014 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
After months of heated negotiations with the city of Irwindale over the smell of Sriracha hot sauce, Huy Fong Foods Chief Executive David Tran is appealing to a higher power: a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) visited the hot sauce factory Tuesday and spoke with Tran about potentially relocating to the San Fernando Valley. Cardenas is one of dozens of politicians nationwide who have publicly invited Sriracha to locate within their jurisdiction.
April 18, 2014 | By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
Between the bouncy music and the stacks of colorful jeans, visitors to the Benetton store on Chicago's Michigan Avenue might catch a whiff of a growing marketing trend. Mounted high in the corner beside the store entrance, a scent diffuser, installed in November, spreads a bright spring fragrance modeled after Benetton's Verde cologne. "It finishes the emotion we are trying to create in the store," said Robert Argueta, director of visual merchandising for the United Colors of Benetton, who also is testing the scent in Benetton's New York flagship store.
April 16, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you want to know what a national park smells like, head to Yosemite National Park and inhale. Maybe you'll catch the sweet scent of lupine or the butterscotch aroma of a ponderosa pine. What you are unlikely to smell is wild strawberries -- unless you buy a national park air freshener. Just in time for National Park Week , which starts Saturday, Air Wick has launched new "limited edition scents" named for the Channel Islands , Yosemite and Biscayne national parks and Gulf Islands National Seashore . Yosemite is described as smelling like "wild strawberries fused with soothing mists of mountain rain.
April 16, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location. Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple cities in California that have offered to host the Sriracha factory. He invited them to tour the facility in Irwindale and decide if their communities would complain about the odors that arise during production.
April 9, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
The Irwindale City Council has voted unanimously to declare the spicy smell of Sriracha hot sauce production a public nuisance. Once the council adopts an expected official resolution at its next meeting, hot sauce maker Huy Fong Foods will have about 90 days to mitigate the odor, which residents say burns their eyes and throats at certain times of day. The 4-0 vote during a Wednesday night hearing came despite assurances from company attorney...
April 2, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Stephen Colbert embraced his inner conservative attack dog when he interviewed actor John Malkovich on his show Tuesday night. Malkovich stars in the new biopic "Cesar Chavez" as the owner of a large industrial grape farm who doesn't take kindly to Chavez's attempts to unionize farm workers. Naturally, in Colbert's eyes, Malkovich is playing the hero. "It's difficult for me to think of someone who can call Richard Nixon on the phone as a hero," Malkovich replied. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "It wasn't enough for [Chavez and the workers]
October 31, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Everyone knows the Internet is all about cats, but Dell may have taken that too literally with one of its new computers. The Texas company on Wednesday issued one of the funniest customer service notes in the world of tech when it offered to replace a part in laptops that smell like cat urine. For months users have taken to Dell's community forum to complain that the Dell Latitude 6430u laptop smells like it was assembled near a litter box. Many in the thread point out that they have had to apologize to their clients when they take out their laptop in front of them while others expressed their frustration with Dell because they have scolded their cats for the odor.
March 21, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Want to reduce your portion size? Try eating food that smells good. A study published Wednesday by the new journal Flavour has found that people took smaller bites of vanilla custard when it was accompanied by a more intense aroma. "Smaller bite sizes are known to elicit weaker food sensations, lower flavor release and more satiation," writes lead auhor René de Wijk of the Netherlands' Top Institute Food and Nutrition. Smaller bites, then, could help make people more satisfied with their meal - and want to eat less.
March 20, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Breathe in deeply and feel the power of your nose. If your sense of smell is firing on all cylinders, you can distinguish among a dizzying array of 1 trillion different odors, according to a new study in the journal Science. Bad perfume, baby skin, lavender rubbed between your fingers, real apple pie in the oven, and apple-pie-scented candles -- the diverse world of odor is yours for the smelling. "Our sense of smell is amazing," said Leslie Vosshall, who studies olfaction at the Rockefeller University in New York City.
March 13, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - The caller who reported a gas smell minutes before a deadly explosion that destroyed two Manhattan buildings had noticed the same odor the night before but did not report it at the time, officials said Thursday, indicating the catastrophe could have been averted if utility crews had been alerted earlier. At least eight people were killed in Wednesday morning's blast on Park Avenue, between 116th and 117th streets in East Harlem. In a biting wind and temperatures in the 20s, rescue workers continued searching for more people possibly buried beneath the rubble.
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