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March 3, 2014 | By Tenny Tatusian
Big Mama's and Papa's Pizza has never had a day like this. Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres put the bright red-and-yellow pizza boxes in front of millions of viewers Sunday night, and the 20-location chain found instant fame. [Updated, 3:29 p.m. PST March 3: DeGeneres interviewed deliveryman Edgar Martirosyan on her talk show Monday. (See the video at the bottom of this post.) He recounted the experience: "You said, 'Just follow me,' and I'm going and I'm on a stage. I was in shock.
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TRAVEL
February 28, 2014 | By Jill Schensul
On a recent three-week vacation, I was reminded - forced to remember, perhaps - that there are plenty of ways to save: There are cheaper alternatives or ways to get discounts for almost anything. You can even get money back on that extravagant pair of boots or replacement lens you just had to buy. Tipping: I was a waitress once, so I leave good tips. But when you're abroad, it can pay to know the customs and read the bill. In Japan and South Korea, tipping is frowned upon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A 21-year-old Escondido man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of committing one of the highest profile petty thefts in county history: stealing Girl Scout cookie money. After a chase and struggle, David Betancort was arrested on suspicion of swiping a “tip jar” from Girl Scouts selling cookies outside an Escondido supermarket Saturday, law enforcement officials said. The tips were meant to buy cookies to send to military personnel overseas, a program known as Operation Thin Mint.
TRAVEL
February 23, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Do you just live in your neighborhood, or are you a local voyager? This app offers travel tips from locals who discover and rediscover their cities as if they were on a hunt for hidden treasure. Name: Localeur Available for: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch What it does: Provides ideas on art and culture, entertainment, fitness and outdoors, food and dining, neighborhoods, night life and shopping in Austin, Texas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York City and San Francisco.
IMAGE
February 16, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Heavy metals and beauty as armor were big themes at the fall 2014 collections shown during New York Fashion Week. We don't just mean the metaphorical power of a strong red lip, but literally using pigments like war paint and metallic shimmer like chain mail. The concept was most apparent at Alexander Wang , whose whole collection had a survivalist vibe. The message certainly carried through to the models' hair and makeup, with faces contoured and highlighted to create amplified light and shadow and hair shellacked to the side to look almost like a helmet.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Noelle Carter
So you're planning a romantic dinner at home for Valentine's Day. Whether this is your first time cooking for someone new, or you've celebrated with the same special someone for years, this is one meal you want to be special. And we're here to help. I've combed through our recipe database to find 43 special recipes perfect for two. From colorful first courses and salads to elegant main dishes -- including beef, fish, poultry and even vegan options -- the list covers everything to cater to a wide variety of tastes and diets.
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February 9, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Former model Babette loves living "off the grid," as she puts it on her website. But that doesn't mean, ever, letting herself go. On the subject, she says: Philosophy: "It's important to keep up appearances, even when no one is looking. " Exercise: "A body in motions stays in motion. " Her friend Kathryn Moore attests that Babette routinely walks five miles a day. Skin: She likes a sun-kissed look but tans easily, so doesn't overdo it. Beauty products: "What I can find in the drugstore, nothing expensive, whatever works.
NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By Noelle Carter
Have you ever lusted after those great brick ovens you see in pizzerias and bakeries? Well, for about $40, you too can bake like the pros. I did a story a couple of years ago on homemade pizza, and did a bit of research (actually, I got a little obsessed) on converting a normal home oven into a brick oven. As you can see from the photo above, a brick oven conversion is not complicated at all. You'll need to get the right bricks (you need firebricks, as regular bricks aren't made to withstand the heat)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Below are a few tips on new releases of note, as published in Sunday's Times.  Lo-Fang, “Blue Film” (4AD) Lo-Fang is the pseudonym of Matthew Hemerlein, a singer and pop composer who wrote, recorded and played all the instruments on this debut. Drawing on digital R&B, modern pop, “Kid A”-era Radiohead and electronic music, he presents three- and four-minute song bursts that are tightly structured but labyrinthine in detail. “When We're Fine” floats on a digital loop, a tiny-but-mighty rhythm, backward-spinning bleeps and bloops and a catchy chorus.
TRAVEL
January 31, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Besides providing ideas and inspiration for your trip, the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Jan. 18 and 19 handed out money-saving tips at its panel sessions. Here are some that we gathered: • A service called Roomer can help you offset your costs for a hotel room you paid for and suddenly can't use. You list your room with Roomer, and it tries to find a buyer. Conversely, travelers can save money by buying rooms that others can't use. A recent search for random dates showed a $108-a-night charge on Roomer for the Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D.C.; the best rate for that date on its website was $173.
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