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FOOD
May 19, 2012 | By Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times
Is a hyper-curated playlist the new house-made charcuterie? Whether a restaurant's playing Lady Gaga or Langhorne Slim says as much about the place as its Mason jar drinking glasses or farm-to-table pickle plate. And in an era when even Facebook tracks one's music choices, restaurants are paying more attention than ever to what goes with the hickory-roasted carrots - not just the za'tar -laced crème fraîche but, say, also Lambchop (the band, not the meat). When a customer walks into a restaurant - even before Jack White's "Sixteen Saltines" becomes the soundtrack for the sunchoke soup - the music sets the tone for the dining experience, says Bill Chait, the restaurateur behind L.A.'s Short Order, Picca, Sotto, Rivera and Playa, among others.
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NEWS
December 20, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
The Canstruction LA design contest -- in which architects, designers, builders and engineers have created structures made out of cans of food -- will be part of next month's Downtown Art Walk, which takes place on Jan. 10. The structures will be on public exhibition in the Farmers and Merchants Bank Building at 4th and Main streets on Jan. 10 from noon to 10 p.m. and on Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. After the exhibit, the cans will be donated...
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Chris Cosentino, chef of Incanto in San Francisco, "Top Chef Masters" winner and the name behind PIGG at Umamicatessen, will host a one-night-only dinner at the downtown L.A. food emporium Wednesday. The menu, befitting the name PIGG, will be pork-centric: ham platters, pigs blood soup, sausage-stuffed dates, pasta with cured pork liver, crispy pigs ears, pigs head, etc. Each dish is unique to the dinner (not available on the regular PIGG menu). Here's the full menu: Bloody Roman beer with oysters; ham platters and pickled vegetables; raw roots, leaves and garum (the latest trendy fish sauce)
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
What says happy holidays like a big ol' slab of fudge? Local chocolate shop John Kelly Chocolates makes "The Slab," three pounds of its signature truffle fudge -- creamy stuff that's a cross between ganache and old-fashioned fudge, coated in a layer of semi-sweet chocolate. There are 17 flavors, including chocolate with walnuts, peanut butter, and semi-sweet chocolate and caramel with Hawaiian red sea salt.  The Slab measure 5-by-11 inches and serves up to 48 people. That is a lot of fudge.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
TGI Fridays' owner, Minneapolis hospitality and travel company Carlson, said -- yes, on Friday -- that it has authorized a review of strategic alternatives that may include selling the casual sit-down chain. “Capitalizing on Fridays' strong marketplace momentum, the board has determined that this is the optimum time to assess its options for the iconic restaurant brand, including a possible sale,” said Trudy Rautio, Carlson's chief executive.   TGI Fridays, whose first location opened in 1965 in New York City, claims credit for creating the Long Island iced tea and launching the first happy hour.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The fourth restaurant in the gourmet Tavern family created by chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne has opened at the newly upgraded Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The Larder at Tavern in the post-security screening area of the terminal brings freshly baked breads and an open kitchen where diners can watch hot sandwiches and other dishes being made. Travelers may eat in or choose a "picnic box" (to-go meal) featuring items such as Nicoise Spanish tuna with olives, cucumber, tomato and aioli; and a vegan cobb salad with beets, avocado and sugar snap peas.
TRAVEL
March 20, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
WHERE TO STAY Lodging options are slim around Griffith Park, perhaps because there are so many rooms in nearby Hollywood. But there are a few spots, including these. Hotel250, also known as the Hollywood Silver Lake Hotel & Suites, 250 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles 90004; (213) 639-1920, http://www.hotel250.com . This former Holiday Inn, set on a hillside south of the 101 Freeway, has 65 rooms, free Wi-Fi, parking and continental breakfast and an unheated outdoor pool.
TRAVEL
March 30, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
First published on March 20, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. It's not easy being the lungs of Los Angeles. But Griffith Park, the foremost green space in a city notorious for meager parkland and abundant smog, endures bravely, maybe even heroically. Venture into the park, or nearby Elysian Park, or one of the creative neighborhoods in between, and you'll find not only beloved landmarks such as Griffith Observatory and Dodger Stadium, but also happy surprises, such as the time-travel supply shop, or the cafe where cops dine daily to the sound of echoing gunfire, or the Korean greetings that echo at dawn every day atop Mt. Hollywood.
NEWS
January 24, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Wednesday night's judgment table on "Top Chef" was a long time coming. The loud-mouthed, obnoxious ball of annoyance, otherwise known as Josie Smith-Malave, was finally given the boot. When Padma Lakshmi told her to pack her knives, I did a fist pump. For the quickfire challenge, master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi challenged the chefs to make a sushi dish. Stefan Richter won with his yellowtail and grilled shiitake mushroom dish, but instead of immunity, he took home $5,000. Tom Colicchio was in the mood for fried chicken, so he asked the chefs to make the fried bird for the elimination challenge.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2010 | By Mark Sachs
The title is "Mad Men," but the Emmy-winning AMC series features some notable women as well, including L.A.'s own Elisabeth Moss. The onetime ballerina-in-training's role as copywriter Peggy Olson earned her an Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actress in a drama series in 2009, a year also significant for her marriage to another TV madman, "Saturday Night Live's" Fred Armisen. Here's how the newlyweds do SoCal. Life at the Tower It's always a special treat to stay at the Sunset Tower Hotel.
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