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July 30, 2006
ON a recent flight on a major U.S. carrier from Gatwick, England, to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, I had no tray table. It had broken off and duct tape was affixed to the remaining plastic arms to prevent a gash. On the next leg of my journey, Dallas to Los Angeles, I was in an A seat. Seat C had a note on the tray: "Broken, do not use." In both cases, the seat should not have been sold. The flight attendant advised there was a shortage of maintenance personnel. ROBERT PISAPIA Westlake Village The Travel section welcomes letters.
January 30, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Airlines love to push cushier seats, more legroom and seat-to-seat chatting to woo fliers to their brand, but what about tray tables? They're not the sexiest selling point, but new designs with electronic tablets  could change that. A company called SmartTray International is partnering with Northridge-based Satterfield Aerospace to develop tray tables for economy-class travelers that go beyond the so-last-century blocks of plastic on most planes today. "The only thing more abused on airplanes than travelers is the airline tray," SmartTray President Brian Queenin said Wednesday.
February 27, 2010
The eminent Italian architect Mario Bellini created the aptly named Dune tray, whose rippled appearance is something of an optical illusion: Between the smooth top and bottom, shatter-resistant polycarbonate is textured to give the material some depth and to produce a play of light. The small version, $83, is about 18 by 12 inches; the large one, $113, is about 22 by 15 inches. Neither comes with handles; that keeps the minimalist design intact but makes carrying the tray a little trickier.
January 19, 2014 | By David Keeps
Interior designer Brian Gennett turns old book covers into striking mosaics for wall coverings, penny-tile surfaces and home décor objects that have been featured in Elle Decor magazine and are sold at Harbinger on La Cienega Boulevard. Let's cut right to it: Do people ever come at you for destroying perfectly good books? It's been mentioned to me jokingly, but, really, the books I am using are headed for the dump. There are bookstores that sell me covers that have fallen off books, and I also buy whole books at library and yard sales and the Goodwill and then recycle the paper pages.
June 13, 2010 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
Last year, just before Christmas, the manager of a city ice rink called Doreen Denny on her day off. At age 68, Denny still taught ice skating five days a week. The manager insisted she come in right away. His voice sounded odd. "There's some crazy lady here who says she has something that belongs to you," he said, trying to sound mysterious. "It's something from the '50s." "The '50s?" Denny sputtered in her clipped British accent. "I wasn't even here in the '50s." But she was. Fifty-one years before, as a wispy teenager from Twickenham, England, she and her partner had skated flawlessly for their country at the storied Broadmoor World Arena to capture the 1959 ice dancing world championship.
May 14, 1992
The letter from Mimi Jaffe (April 23) praising the food on airlines makes me wonder about her taste buds. Anybody who has been presented with a tray of airline food and has any appreciation of food must still be shuddering. Too often, I have had the misfortune of being presented with a tray containing a gray-brown lump, supposedly meat, that tastes as if it were cooked in 1990 and frozen until it was put on an airline catering truck and then reheated. Then there is the limp salad, the damp roll and a dessert that is usually reprocessed sponge with a topping of Elmer's glue or some type of pudding made mostly with cornstarch.
April 7, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE
If makers of the new Tip N' Grip Tray are to be believed, you should be able to amaze guests with this stain-defying feat: Carry the Tip N' Grip stacked with dirty dishes up a flight of white-carpeted stairs--after two margaritas--without spilling a thing.
September 20, 2009
After reading in Valli Herman's story ["Hot Colors, Cool Views," Sept. 13] that "it took more than an hour and several phone calls to have my ant-bait breakfast tray removed," I now realize why I so often see that most unappetizing sight in hotel hallways: meal trays sitting on the carpet outside the door. Disgusting! Kyle Kimbrell Playa del Rey
October 26, 1992
Dear "Jeopardy!" ("Charity Players," Morning Report, Oct. 13): I pass. I need a week off anyway from hurrying home, slapping a supper of sorts on the tray and spending half an hour yelling the right answers with my mouth full to the contestant, especially if he's a member of MENSA. The game's the thing with "Jeopardy!" For a week (with celebrity players), it won't be. FRED SCIFERS Downey
June 30, 2011
  Cocktail cubes Total time: 10 minutes, plus freezing time Servings: 20 skewers Note: Adapted from "On a Stick!" by Matt Armendariz. He recommends using cocktail picks for this dish. Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so we can showcase it on our food blog and occasionally in print. Upload pictures of the finished dish here. About 1/3 cup blackberries About 1/3 cup blueberries About 1/3 cup raspberries About 2 cups fruit juice, flavor of your choice 1. Into each section of an ice cube tray, place assorted berries, then fill with fruit juice.
December 23, 2013 | By Judi Dash
You can have your in-flight meal and use your laptop too if you've included the Aero-Tray in your carry-on gear. The Z-shaped hinged collapsible workstation opens to become a double-decker desk atop the airplane tray table (or any surface). Or angle the top tier for more ergonomic typing on the tray table or your lap. The bottom tier has a retractable shelf with a cup holder to minimize the risk of spills while multitasking. The pull-out shelf can also be used as a vertical support for a tablet computer.
November 12, 2013 | By L.A. at Home staff
Sometimes the best gifts are the things you wouldn't buy for yourself. One place to start: breakfast in bed. Los Angeles furniture maker Samuel Moyer serves up an affordable luxury in the form of his Hair of the Dog Tray, which he suggests could be used to carry cocktails by night and present pancakes in the morning. The plywood design is about a foot and a half long and available in walnut, ash or cherry finishes. Price: $100. Each tray is made to order, so Moyer said he'll need 10 to 12 days to turn each purchase around.
April 20, 2013 | By Judi Dash
The Tidy Table Tray plus Flexi-Diner looks like a giant clipboard, except the clip is on the bottom instead of the top, and it holds food instead of papers. The Tidy Table is a highchair tray, minus the highchair. The large pressure clip on its underside grabs firmly onto pretty much any tabletop. A removable insert fits over the tray, lifting out for a quick washing without having to remove the whole tray. The insert has an extended lip that helps keep spills off your child's lap and compartments in the insert hold a cup and slidable things such as peas and snacks.
January 17, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Fatty corn dogs and sugary coffee cake may become extinct in thousands of school cafeterias nationwide under a landmark new alliance among Los Angeles Unified and five other major urban school districts to leverage their vast purchasing power for healthier fare and lower prices. School districts in L.A., New York, Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Orlando, Fla., plan to announce Thursday efforts to use their collective clout - 2.5 million daily meals served and $530 million annually spent - to make wholesome food a national standard.
August 24, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Lunch items in the Los Angeles Unified School District have been in flux in recent years - for example, swapping pizza for whole-grain spaghetti - but the sagging plastic foam tray that carried the food survived for decades. That changed too earlier this month, when the foam was switched out for recyclable paper trays at all district schools. District and city leaders made it official during a Thursday lunch-hour announcement at Thomas Starr King Middle School in Los Feliz, where two years ago the activism of some sixth-graders kicked off the effort to ban plastic foam trays.
April 7, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Before games, Mission Hills Alemany Coach Tray Meeks would put on headphones, listen to music and do some dancing as if he were firing himself up for the basketball game like his players. And he was. Meeks, 35, in his seventh season as coach, helped deliver the first Southern Section and state championships since the school opened in 1956. Equally impressive was the Warriors (33-4) winning the Mission League and knocking off powers Los Angeles Loyola and Encino Crespi. For helping pull off the greatest basketball season in school history, Meeks has been named the boys' Coach of the Year by The Times.
June 25, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It’s a lap desk, an easel and a carry-all. It’s Crayola’s new Color Wonder Table Top Easel ($19.99) for tots. Unlatch and open the top of the lap desk, and it forms a pyramid with a finger-paint tray on the inside. The finger-paints show up in color only on the included paper, so spills won’t make a mess on other surfaces. The whole package measures 13 by 10 inches. Info: , (866) 896-5445,
March 28, 2007
THERE is another wonderful product out there for knife aficionados ["Seeking -- and Finding -- Knife Nirvana," by Russ Parsons, March 21], the Mino Sharp. It works extremely well and is simple to use with both German and Japanese knives. I bought it at Sur La Table and it costs just $45. It has two whetstones in it, one coarse and one fine. You fill the little tray with water and then run your knives forward and backward on each wheel. The results are fantastic. THOMAS D. ANDERSON San Diego
December 9, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
For one glorious night, Harbor City Narbonne should change its school name to Boone High, as in Tray Boone. The senior running back contributed six touchdowns and 301 yards in 36 carries to help the Gauchos win the City Section Division I championship with a 48-32 victory over Marine League rival Carson at East Los Angeles College. When it comes to turning bad starts into championship finishes, Narbonne (11-3) pulled it off. Before any of its fans had gotten comfortable in their seats, Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams had been intercepted twice by Carson's Jerrod Moton, and the Gauchos gave up a 55-yard touchdown run to Carson's Roger Jones.
December 2, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
For Narbonne, Friday night was easy pickings, especially for "T-Boone. " That's the moniker of Gauchos running back Tray Boone, who had 163 total yards on 12 touches, including a 50-yard touchdown catch, in the first half against Dorsey in a City Section Division I semifinal. His night only lasted one half, which was a half longer than Dorsey (11-2), which was thoroughly beaten, 41-7. Narbonne (10-3) advanced to the Dec. 9 championship at East L.A. College and will face Carson, which defeated San Pedro, 24-19, in the other semifinal.
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