CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2012 |
In an Echo Park home, four friends gather around a fist-sized clay pot steaming with a rare vintage of pu'er - an aged tea from southern China whose most exotic variations sell for $1,500 a pound or more. They delicately pour the amber brew into tiny tasting cups. Then, holding the porcelain cups with just two fingers, they take in the fragrance. Finally, they sip, gingerly. The verdict is unanimous. "It's kind of got that dirty bandage taste," Louise Yang says. Her husband, Will Yardley, is more diplomatic.
July 8, 2010 |
I was at a tea stall near my hotel here in Srinagar, along a strip of houseboats and slowly decaying hotels known as the Boulevard, when the police patrol pulled up Wednesday morning and ordered the tea-wallahs to close down for curfew. As the workers scrambled to comply, the lead officer, identified on his lapel as Mussafar Shah, and a subordinate started striking them on their backs and legs with four-foot wooden sticks known as lathis . I took out my cellphone — in reality, the camera wasn't switched on, but I hoped its presence would stem the beatings — identified myself as press and showed my Indian media card.
December 3, 2012 |
David Oliver Relin, Gregory Mortenson's co-author on the bestseller "Three Cups of Tea," has died. The 49-year-old committed suicide Nov. 15 in Oregon, the Multnomah County medical examiner announced late Sunday, saying blunt force trauma to the head was the cause of death. Relin's suicide adds to the shadow cast on "Three Cups of Tea," which tells of Mortenson's travels in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan and his work creating schools for the children, particularly girls, in those remote regions.
November 15, 2000
I thoroughly enjoyed Laura Calder's article on tea ("Crumpets, Tea & Co.," Nov. 1) and the other article on crumpets. I plan to try the recipes soon. I am a devoted reader of your section. Thank you for finally acknowledging those of us who choose to buck the trends and not participate in coffee madness. Though the tea article was very thorough in the tea-making process, it left one important thing out: Sources for good tea in L.A. I have been a tea drinker all my life, and am a recent transplant to Palos Verdes from Washington, D.C. I have been unable to find a place on this side of town (or anywhere in L.A., for that matter)
February 16, 1997
Regarding reader Jonathan Korejko's letter ("Time for Tea," Feb. 2) in reaction to your Lincoln, England, article [in which he urged Americans to drink tea while there], I'd bet that if you shook him awake in the middle of the night back in Lincoln and asked him what he drank while in the Los Angeles area for a family reunion, he'd answer "tea"--not our American coffee. So much for leaving your tea dependency at home, English duplicity and "when in Rome . . ." theories. BILL POWELL Toluca Lake
February 2, 1997
We were in the Los Angeles area for a family reunion and were delighted to see your article about Lincoln, England ("A Victorian Holiday," Dec. 15). You obviously got to know our city during your visit, and your report was well observed. We have but one criticism: Next time, leave your coffee dependency at home, and give your taste buds a holiday too! English tea is a marvelous beverage; light, warming and refreshing. Enjoyable at all times, tea is a must when you visit Lincoln.
April 18, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- Greg Mortenson's “Three Cups of Tea” purports to describe the Montana philanthropist's harrowing adventures in Pakistan that led him to launch a charity for building schools in the impoverished region. But did it really happen the way he said it did? And if not, are readers entitled to their money back? That was the subject of a federal court hearing Wednesday in Great Falls, Mont., where Mortenson and his publishers are seeking dismissal of a lawsuit that aims to obtain class-action relief for book-buyers allegedly defrauded by purported fabrications in the book and its sequel, “Stones into Schools.” The Montana attorney general already has completed an investigation into charges that Mortenson and the Bozeman-based Central Asia Institute he co-founded mishandled money donated to the popular charity, substantiating many of the financial allegations.
January 12, 2014 |
The event: Guests didn't need to be British to attend Saturday's BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party, “but you have to love the Brits,” joked Nigel Daly, the chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' L.A. chapter. The scene: Sure enough, Hollywood VIPs -- British and otherwise -- streamed nonstop into the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to meet the organization's members and mingle with fellow BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Awards and yet-to-be-named potential Oscar nominees. PHOTOS: Stars dress for BAFTA tea party The crowd: Among others in the crush were Sandra Bullock, writer/director Alfonso Cuaron and producers David Heyman and Gabriela Rodriguez of “Gravity;” Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, director Paul Greengrass, writer Billy Ray and producer Dana Brunetti of “Captain Phillips;” Bradley Cooper, director David O. Russell, and producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle of “American Hustle;” Leonardo DiCaprio, director Martin Scorsese and producer Joey McFarland of “Wolf of Wall Street;” Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, director Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley of “12 Years a Slave;” Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins of “Blue Jasmine;” Jacqueline Bisset of “Dancing on the Edge;” Rebecca Ferguson, Janet McTeer, James Frain and writer Emma Frost of “The White Queen;” Daniel Bruhl of “Rush;” Steve Coogan and producers Tracey Seaward and Gaby Tana of “Philomena;”...
June 21, 2012 |
Starbucks Coffee Co. will continue expanding beyond its coffee-serving cafes with its first stand-alone tea shop. The store, which will operate under the company's Tazo brand, is scheduled to open in the fall in a Seattle shopping center across town from Starbucks' headquarters. It will feature a staff-run blending bar where customers can mix their own tea from more than 80 loose-leaf choices. They also will be able to choose among iced teas, tea lattes and full-leaf tea sachets.
February 13, 2014 |
Forget about tea and sympathy. How about tea and morphine? Each of the opium wars launched by France and Britain in 19th century China was less a war on drugs than a war for drugs. The imperialist adventurers were after tea and morphine, and they got what they were after. Morphine is an opiate, tea is loaded with caffeine. The thirst for both was strong in the West, and the East was their common source. A modest but absorbing print exhibition drawn from a promised gift to the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and newly opened at the Hammer Museum pictures one set of unintended consequences that arose in those drug wars' wake.