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March 16, 2007 | Michael Ordona, Special to The Times
Falfurrias, N.M., may be tiny (population: 73), but it's not short on quirkiness. The church bell is rung by a man with a rock. A persistent pet pig follows a farmer's family into town. And while everyone else is worshiping, the local chef -- perhaps the least pious man in town -- finds the face of Jesus Christ burned into one of his tortillas. That's a good starter, but "Tortilla Heaven" doesn't deliver the main dish.
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WORLD
February 9, 2007 | Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has tens of thousands of soldiers burning marijuana fields and conducting roadblocks to quash spiraling drug violence. But Mexico's biggest threat may be a lot closer to home. The rising cost of tortillas, eggs, sugar, milk and other staples are creating anxiety among economists that price increases may get out of control.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Mexican President Felipe Calderon signed an accord with businesses Thursday to curb soaring tortilla prices and protect Mexico's poor from speculative sellers and a surge in the cost of corn driven by the U.S. ethanol industry. The corn tortilla is a staple of the Mexican diet and is especially crucial for the poor. The accord limits tortilla prices to 8.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2006 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
THE wonder, believers said, appeared in a chunk of chocolate. A worker arriving at a Fountain Valley candy factory saw it in a sugary glob at the mixing vat's spout: an amazing likeness of the Virgin Mary standing in prayer. "It's absolutely a miracle," said Jacinto Santacruz, a 26-year-old Roman Catholic who in August discovered the 2 1/2 -inch-tall statue at Bodega Chocolates. All over the world, people such as Santacruz have been finding religion in very odd places.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2006 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
The food they sell may be flat, though Herman Jacobs and his son Brian say that sales are anything but. The two own Santa Monica-based Tumaro's Gourmet Tortillas, which sells flavored varieties of the ancient staple to retailers and restaurants in the United States and around the world. In 11 years of business, the Jacobs watched as diners went through the low-carb craze, the wrap craze and the grains craze, each driving tortilla sales higher and higher.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2006 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
The headline in Popular Mechanics magazine saluted a manufacturing triumph in Los Angeles: "Tortillas Meet the Machine Age." It was 1950, and the El Zarape Tortilla Factory, among the first to automate the production of tortillas, had used a tortilla-making machine for three years. Corn and flour disks poured off the conveyor belt more than 12 times faster than they could be made by hand.
FOOD
November 30, 2005 | Barbara Hansen, Times Staff Writer
A great tortilla soup can be a revelation -- rich with an intriguing roasted-corn flavor, vibrant with color and toasty, tantalizing aromas. Classic tortilla soup, the way you'd find it in Mexico City, is simply good chicken broth combined with roasted tomatoes, onion, garlic, chiles and tortillas, cut into strips and fried. It's wonderfully satisfying, "a sort of soul food soup," as Mexican cooking authority Diana Kennedy puts it.
TRAVEL
June 26, 2005
REGARDING "When in France, Don't Eat the Fajitas" [Traveler's Journal, June 5]: I went to a Tex-Mex place in Paris called La Perla and ordered a burrito. I asked the waitress if it was very large. She said, "Mais, oui!" The burrito that appeared was about the size of a disposable lighter. To the author, Robin Rauzi, if you come back, please bring me handmade corn tortillas. Even the ones from Trader Joe's would be appreciated. David Lebovitz Paris
BUSINESS
May 28, 2004 | From Reuters
A California man has accused the world's largest tortilla maker, Gruma Corp., of flattening competitors so that it can jack up the price consumers pay for the Southern California staple. The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, filed Wednesday, also names the state's largest grocery chains as co-conspirators in a monopoly scheme that purportedly has forced smaller competing tortilla makers out of the market.
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