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November 24, 1985
Dear Calendar, Thank you for keeping me and my dreams alive. May God bless you. Love, PETER DUFFY Anaheim
March 11, 2011 | BILL PLASCHKE
If a conference tournament establishes an identity for next week's Big Dance, well, gulp, ugh, meet your UCLA Bruins. They will be the awkward kid cowering in the darkest corner. They will be the uncoordinated mope dragged to the middle of the floor. They won't be dancing pretty, and they won't be dancing long. How could this happen? How could a 22-win Ben Howland team simply fail to show up for a Pac-10 Conference tournament opener against a 16-loss Oregon team? How could an earnest, disciplined group with visions of a Sweet 16 turn into playground pups who lost their focus, lost their tempers, eventually lost their will and, in one memorable moment, lost their minds by trying to play with six men on the court?
June 8, 2003 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
It was two years in the making, but now this newly built home is one of the largest and most expensive estates on the market in the greater Coachella Valley-Palm Springs area. Called Castillo de Suenos (Castle of Dreams), the house looks like a traditional Spanish Colonial estate with its bell tower and hand-painted tiles. It has a New World interior, however, with computer-controlled "smart home" automation and a projection theater.
July 1, 2009 | Jenn Garbee
Slap a generous scoop of ice cream between two cookies, tidy up the edges and pop the whole thing in the freezer until it firms up. How difficult can it really be to make a great ice cream sandwich? The ice cream is easy. You can really let your imagination go, as far as flavors are concerned, though you'll be better off choosing premium brands -- they tend to freeze more solidly than less expensive types, which often contain stabilizers.
November 24, 1985
I had always suspected that the Calendar staff made up the names and letters it published. First, there were comparisons of mad Spanish kings, rock stars, ordinary folk and members of the animal kingdom; then letters from celebrities, etc. But the Nov. 10 letters section convinced me, when I saw a correction in your Imperfections section from a Heatherun H. Whipple. Come now, are we readers honestly expected to believe that a person with such a name actually exists ?
In his book "Awakenings," the neurologist Oliver Sacks describes how, as a young doctor in 1969, three years after entering Mount Carmel Hospital in the Bronx, he administered the drug L-DOPA to post-encephalitic patients who had survived the worldwide sleeping-sickness epidemic of the '20s. In almost every case he observed in them an astonishing renewal. These people--most of them "frozen," trancelike, vegetating in hospitals--were considered beyond recovery. L-DOPA "awakened" them to life.
January 12, 1985 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
A small, cluttered, dusty newspaper back shop in Orange County isn't one of the usual movie-making haunts for director Karel Reisz. After all, consider his insistence on a richly detailed milieu in his earlier movies--such as the European cultural domes of "Isadora," the New York underworld lairs of "The Gambler," the timeless Victorian manors of "The French Lieutenant's Woman."
July 18, 2003 | AL MARTINEZ
The life of a drug addict is raw and lonely, spinning on the intensity of its needs for food, sleep and a fix. The world around him is a grim, almost surreal, place, a tightly enclosed space bereft of moral substance or overriding goals. Days and nights blend into one, and only the glowing addiction, like another moon, shines in his sky. I've been aware of this world over the years, but I have never seen it captured so well as in a documentary called "Foo-Foo Dust."
January 13, 2008 | Christopher Reynolds; Jane Engle; Vani Rangachar; Susan Spano; Hugo Martin; Chris Erskine; Rosemary McClure; Mary E. Forgione; Catharine Hamm
Santa Barbara -- what's not to love? Except maybe the prices, which means a weekend getaway can cost a pretty penny. The challenge to the Travel staff: Find nice hotels, good restaurants and enjoyable activities without breaking the budget. So we ate, we slept, we played, all in the name of research. Here's what we turned up. 223 Castillo St.; (800) 468-1988 or (805) 966-2219; BRISAS DEL MAR, INN AT THE BEACH This hotel has probably never looked better.
October 28, 2007 | Rosemary McClure
Add first-class comfort to your economy-class flight with a silk pillow by Silk 'N Dreams. Designed to cradle the head and neck, the contoured neck pillow scrunches to fit in a briefcase or handbag and has a removable charmeuse silk cover that is machine washable ($45). Looking for a gift for the traveler who has everything? The company's On the Go set includes the silk neck pillow, a matching eye mask and ear plugs, and it comes in a pretty drawstring carrying bag ($95).
October 18, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Shave ice with attitude. That's the spin Conejo Valley moms Lisa Kudirka and Karen Bain hope will hook franchise buyers on their unconventional take on selling shave ice treats. From a glowing blue counter at their Thousand Oaks shop, bar-style beverage guns squirt chilled root beer, mango, bubble gum, green tea and other flavors atop the snow-like confections. Plasma televisions feature extreme sports bloopers. Snowboarder and surfer lingo fills the menu. High-energy music sets the mood.
June 21, 2007 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
THIS summer, pastry chef Danielle Keene is hosting a new Ice Cream Shoppe on Tuesday nights at Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica. She's an ice cream lover through and through and relishes memories of ice cream nights with her family when she was growing up. This once-a-week event is a tribute to childhood nostalgia, but she also brings all her newfound pastry skills to her ice cream creations.
May 7, 2006
I recently read Susan Spano's article about the Hotel Degres de Notre-Dame in Paris ["Sweet Dreams in the Big 3"] in my local newspaper. I have stayed at the Degres every year for the last 15 and love the place. I've also tried to keep it a secret, but now the word is out. Darn. By the way, there's a restaurant near the Sorbonne called Au Bistrot de la Sorbonne with the same owner who serves the same simple but excellent food as the Degres. What I wouldn't give right now for their tasty confit du canard.
March 19, 2006
I read with great delight Susan Spano's insights on the cost of lodging in Europe ["Sweet Dreams in the Big Three," March 12]. She documents bargain doubles for $150 to $180 a night. For longtime travelers, that is sticker shock indeed. I remember carrying, along with my backpack, a dog-eared travelers' bible called "Europe on $5 a Day." Ah, yes, those were the days. Remember 3 British pounds to the dollar? Six-hundred drachmas would get you to Istanbul with enough left over for a bottle of raki.
March 12, 2006 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
QUINTESSENTIALLY LOVELY, Paris is the city of dreams. Take, for instance, 72 hours in a suite at the Crillon on the Place de la Concorde. That legendary hotel recently offered a three-night package, including airport transfers, breakfast, a tour of the premises and lunch at its vaunted Les Ambassadeurs restaurant. The price: $30,000. At about the same time, six of the city's top hotels, including the Crillon, were fined for price-fixing.
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