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November 20, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Cooking can sound pretty unglamorous at home, but what about cooking in Barcelona, Spain ? The five-day Barcelona Culinary Tour from Tourcrafters includes learning how to cook an authentic Spanish meal -- and sampling the results. The food-themed trip also includes a guided tour of the city's historic Boqueria Market, a free tapas and wine stop, and time to stroll the city on your own. The $450 per person price comes with the option of adding on Gothic or Gaudi architectural tours (at additional cost)
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April 23, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Actress Mischa Barton has been named celebrity ambassador for  the 2014 BritWeek Robertson Shopping Stroll on Saturday. This is the second year for the shopping event on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles. Participants include luxury venues such as Chanel , Tommy Hilfiger , Paul & Joe , Tory Burch and Michael Kors , as well as British stores Anya Hindmarch , Ted Baker , Reiss , Joseph and All Saints . The retailers plan to offer special discounts, fashion presentations and promotions during the daylong event, which is sponsored by SoCal Mini Dealers . BritWeek is is a nonprofit organization that puts on programs each spring to promote British creativity across multiple categories, including fashion, design, retail, music, the arts and more.
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TRAVEL
September 16, 2012 | By Katherine Calos
A place of beginnings and endings, Berkeley Plantation, about halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg, Va., is part of your life. Each time you celebrate Thanksgiving, there's an echo of the first Thanksgiving held here in 1619 (pre-Pilgrim, Berkeley happily reminds us). Each time the solemn notes of taps play at the end of a day or the end of a life, they echo the notes first sounded at Berkeley during the Civil War. Why it's a treasure: Power radiates from every handmade brick in those 3-foot walls completed in 1726.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK - When her team, the Seattle Seahawks, made it to the Super Bowl, Mabel Chan knew she was going to travel to the East Coast to cheer them to victory. "It's the Super Bowl! In New York City!" she said recently, standing in a crowded New York street a few feet from where fellow tourists screamed as they slid down a giant toboggan slide that had been erected earlier in the week. It's not a statement that would exactly warm the cockles of the hearts of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker or the state's other politicians.
TRAVEL
March 24, 2013 | By Catherine Watson
MÉRIDA, Mexico - Until this winter, Mérida had just been a busy city I passed through on my way to the ancient Mayan ruins. Then, in mid-December, I made it my destination. I pretty much had to: I'd been hearing the city's name all fall, from house-hunting shows on TV to acquaintances in Minnesota trading tips about winter getaways. Even my new dog groomer turned out to be renovating a house here. Was Mérida, the capital of Yucatán state, going to be Mexico's next big Yankee magnet - a new Ajijic or San Miguel de Allende?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2010
Instead of staying cooped up indoors on Christmas Day, why not get outside and explore some local wildlife? Franklin Canyon Park will host a leisurely birding stroll through the park's grasslands. 2600 Franklin Canyon Road, Beverly Hills. 8 a.m. Free with admission. (310) 858-7272. Lamountains.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2008
Re "Some Love for Canter's" [Letters, Feb. 14]: I too appreciate Canter's in particular, and Fairfax Avenue in general. After all, where else can one feel the atmosphere of New York, Eastern Europe and the Middle East simply by taking a stroll? Eddie Cress Sylmar
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1989
The Pan Pacific Auditorium is gone but not forgotten. Let us keep the facade and restore it as a symbol of what was Los Angeles. Now what? May I suggest that a competition be held for local artists, architects, and designers to design a simple skeletal structure to encompass the site. (No "Flying Clouds" over a freeway, which should be forgotten or built over the Los Angeles River.) I envision an open-air structure through which the public could stroll. But please, no shopping malls, no food or vending machines, no music or entertainment.
MAGAZINE
December 9, 1990
Can someone please explain why, when Ann Richards divorced, it was considered a "failed marriage." Yet when writing about Williams, I quote, "Along the way, he married, fathered two daughters, then divorced in 1964." The writer, making it sound as if Williams' divorce was just a stroll through the park, feeds into the so-called macho image. It appears to me that J. Michael Kennedy has a little of the same prejudice that has made Clayton Williams so popular in Texas. ROBERT OLIVER Fullerton
BOOKS
September 29, 1991
Re your review of "Carl Sandburg" (July 14), Marilyn Monroe figured in one of those "apparently platonic" relationships with Sandburg, as some of us who were employed at 20th Century-Fox studios in 1962 recall. Each of them had apartment "dressing rooms" in the Stars Building across from our Cafe de Paris. Sandburg was on the lot working on the screenplay for "The Greatest Story Ever Told" for producer/director George Stevens. At noon sometimes, Marilyn and Carl would come out of their apartments and stroll hand-in-hand down the street leading away from the cafe, two unique talents, half-a-century apart in age, but one in companionship.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Driving to Silver Lake the other day to visit his father, Leonardo DiCaprio passed through the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue, the neighborhood where he spent the first nine years of his life. Back then, DiCaprio says, he'd be in the car, riding to and from school, and see micro-skirted prostitutes on every corner. In the alleyway near his home, he'd occasionally notice people smoking crack and shooting heroin. "I try to tell my godson, who lives close to that area, what it was like, how there used to be a major prostitution ring on my street corner, crime and violence everywhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Christy Khoshaba
When Kim Kardashian posted a steamy hot photo of herself this week on Twitter, it was as if the reality-TV starlet had swung back into her old, pre-Kanye West ways. Let's recap: Sexy swimsuit? Check. Sultry makeup? Double check. Showing off her, er, assets? Heck yes. OK, so maybe Kardashian was just showing off her post-pregnancy body? But it was a reminder of the Kardashian we used to know. Because the Kardashian we've grown accustomed to lately has definitely changed up her sartorial choices, makeup decisions and hair hues while she continues to date rapper West.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 | By Bob Pool
The man in the red coat and top hat strolling along Hollywood Boulevard had a few words of advice for the tourists from Texas. "When you get to Beverly Hills, it's Ro- day -o Drive," Gregg Donovan says. It's not some bull-riding event, so don't pronounce it that way, he tells them. Donovan should know. He spent 11 years as Beverly Hills' official greeter before being laid off as the recession deepened. These days he has traded Rodeo Drive for Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.
HEALTH
May 25, 2013 | Charles Fleming, Los Angeles Times
High in the hills, perched between Hollywood and Vine and the Hollywood sign, sits scenic Lake Hollywood, a reservoir held back by a dam designed by the great water wrangler William Mulholland. Flanked by a classic California mix of oak, pine, eucalyptus, agave and sage, and circled by a pedestrian trail reopened in April after being off-limits for seven years, this is one of the city's great mountain walking spots, and it's less than 10 minutes from the 101 Freeway. 1. You may begin your walk at any one of three gates.
TRAVEL
March 24, 2013 | By Catherine Watson
MÉRIDA, Mexico - Until this winter, Mérida had just been a busy city I passed through on my way to the ancient Mayan ruins. Then, in mid-December, I made it my destination. I pretty much had to: I'd been hearing the city's name all fall, from house-hunting shows on TV to acquaintances in Minnesota trading tips about winter getaways. Even my new dog groomer turned out to be renovating a house here. Was Mérida, the capital of Yucatán state, going to be Mexico's next big Yankee magnet - a new Ajijic or San Miguel de Allende?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Loving Shakespeare with a love so immoderate it would take a Shakespeare to describe it, I was pretty well pre-sold on "Shakespeare Uncovered," a six-part analytical-historical gambol through several of his plays, beginning Friday on PBS. By the same token, I am liable to be more critical of the product; but as it turns out, it's a treat. Each episode has a different host, and each represents a personal journey through the play (or in some cases, plays), telling the story from beginning to end, but embroidering it with clips and commentary to explore the meaning of the work in its time and our time.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2003
Three cheers for Daryl H. Miller's report on "The Producers" ("Hope Springs Eternal," Dec. 21). I had high hopes for this musical. After all, I loved the movie. Ten minutes into the show, I felt my intelligence assaulted and insulted. Miller was too kind in his review. It was an inexcusable piece of low-class slapstick trash. My group remained to the end. I left early and took a stroll on Hollywood Boulevard, which was infinitely more entertaining than "The Producers." Ned Wolfe Northridge The bias against "The Producers" continues.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Robert Edward (Ted) Turner III, aka "Terrible Ted," is short on words and long on bravado, in the view of one writer. He is that way even when someone is writing a book about his baby, the Cable News Network, the writer says. "Ted's out there," said author Hank Whittemore, in what may be one of the understatements of the decade. "He's like a brief tornado in your life." Whittemore has written "CNN: The Inside Story," a 308-page chronicle of the little network that could.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman and Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
PARK CITY, Utah - Come to the Sundance Film Festival and there's a good chance you may never make it into a theater, because there's plenty of drama to keep one entertained elsewhere, most of it along this mountain town's Main Street. A camel strutted up the thoroughfare Friday, joining the usual caravan of black Cadillac Escalades that ferry celebrities to and fro. The dromedary was part of a publicity stunt for a movie that wasn't even playing in the festival, and police promptly showed up to move the ship of the desert off the main drag.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - What started out as a discussion about whether people could stroll naked through this liberal city's storied streets ended up Tuesday as a discussion about the role of local government. Faced with complaints about a band of so-called "Naked Guys" gathering daily in the Castro District, Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation last month to ban public nudity citywide, except for at permitted festivals and parades. "This legislation has strong support in the community," Wiener said to kick off the debate before Tuesday's vote.
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