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October 15, 2009 | Chris Barton; August Brown; Mikael Wood
Michael Bublé "Crazy Love" (Reprise) In a release introducing Grammy-winning vocalist Michael Bublé's new album, he is mentioned in the same sentence as a choirboy, Elvis and Louis Armstrong. Curious company, but when an artist sells roughly 20 million CDs worldwide, there can be a sense of becoming, musically, all things to all people. Though it takes a bit of straining to hear all the above references on the Canadian crooner's latest collection, its mix of brassy standards and tastefully done originals from the world of jazz and pop will give those familiar with Bublé's work pretty much exactly what they want.
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February 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Vanilla Ice has made a career out of being embarrassing in a wholly self-aware way. The rapper's latest foray into cringe-inducing territory? Shucking and jiving for Kraft macaroni and cheese. Ice lends his “Ninja Rap” to a new commercial for pasta shaped like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The song appeared on the soundtrack to 1991's “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze,” and the branded mac likely coincides with a reboot of the live action film set to hit theaters later this year.
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May 20, 2010 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: I am a huge fan of the vanilla cupcakes at Joan's on Third. I have tried all the other cupcake spots in town, and they can't compare. Is there any way you can obtain the recipe? Thanks. Justin Radell Los Angeles Dear Justin: With a light crumb and bright vanilla flavor, this is one cupcake that doesn't need to rely on a ton of decoration to be a hit. Joan's on Third was happy to share its recipe for vanilla cupcakes. They're simple and easy to make, and are sure to be a hit at home.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2013 | By David Ng
Banksy has a new calling: architecture critic. The British street artist, who has taken up a residency in New York for the month of October, has criticized the One World Trade Center building as "vanilla" in an op-ed piece that the artist claims was rejected by the New York Times. The article, titled "Shyscraper," was published Monday on the artist's official website. "Today's piece was going to be an op-ed column in the New York Times," wrote Banksy. "But they declined to publish what I supplied.
NEWS
March 21, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Want to reduce your portion size? Try eating food that smells good. A study published Wednesday by the new journal Flavour has found that people took smaller bites of vanilla custard when it was accompanied by a more intense aroma. "Smaller bite sizes are known to elicit weaker food sensations, lower flavor release and more satiation," writes lead auhor René de Wijk of the Netherlands' Top Institute Food and Nutrition. Smaller bites, then, could help make people more satisfied with their meal - and want to eat less.
FOOD
September 1, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: My friends and I were in New Orleans in March and ate at this wonderful restaurant on St. Charles Avenue. For dessert we shared their sweet potato bread pudding. Any chance you can get that recipe for us? It was yummy! Kate McPike Rancho Cucamonga Dear Kate: Unapologetically rich, Zea's dense sweet potato bread pudding has an almost cake-like texture, with a crunchy pecan topping. It's great on its own, but baptized with a thick, sweet rum sauce, it's downright inspired.
FOOD
June 14, 2006
Total time: 20 minutes, plus several hours chilling and freezing time Servings: 4 Note: From Pazzo Gelato in Silver Lake. Vanilla paste and Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract can be purchased at Surfas in Culver City, Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma stores. Gelato 3 cups whole organic milk 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 cup vanilla paste 1 teaspoon Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk and sugar.
FOOD
December 23, 2010
  Hemingway's nog Total time: 5 minutes Servings: 1 Note: Adapted from Alex Straus, Hemingway's Bar. To make vanilla simple syrup, place 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, into a small pot; boil until the sugar is dissolved. Strain and cool before using. This makes 1 cup; it will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks. 1 1/2 ounces dark rum (Straus uses Atlantico) 3/4 ounce vanilla simple syrup (or vanilla liqueur such as Licor 43)
FOOD
June 14, 2006
Total time: 15 minutes, plus several hours macerating time Servings: 4 Note: From 25 Degrees. Vanilla paste is available at Surfas in Culver City, Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma stores. Strawberries macerated with rum 1 cup sugar 3 cups strawberries, quartered 2 tablespoons vanilla paste or 1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise and seeds scraped 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1/2 cup dark rum Pinch of salt Combine the sugar, strawberries, vanilla paste, lemon juice, rum and salt with one-half cup of water.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 1991
For someone so vocal about his music and image not being a black-and-white thing, Ice sure has a funny way of showing it by calling himself "Vanilla." JAMES SILVANI Laguna Beach
FOOD
July 16, 2013
Berry Pavlova with vanilla whipped cream and pistachios Total time: About 20 minutes, plus macerating time for the berries Servings: 10 to 12 Note: Banyuls vinegar is available at Surfas in Culver City, Nicole's in Pasadena and the Cheese Store of Silver Lake. You can also use balsamic vinegar. 1/4 cup shelled pistachios 2 pints strawberries 1/2 pint blueberries 1/2 pint blackberries 1/2 pint raspberries 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon Banyuls vinegar 1 pint whipping cream, chilled 1 vanilla bean, split 1 Pavlova shell 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
FOOD
June 18, 2013
Total time: 20 minutes, plus freezing time Servings: 4 Note: From 25 Degrees in Hollywood. 1 quart half-and-half 1 vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise, seeds scraped 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 12 egg yolks 1. In a medium saucepan, heat the half-and-half with the vanilla bean and seeds over medium heat until just simmering. 2. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar and egg yolks until the mixture turns a pale lemon color. Slowly whisk the warm half-and-half into the egg yolk mixture.
AUTOS
June 7, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
What do you do with a car that is approaching sales of 40 million globally since its introduction 47 years ago? Don't mess it up, and don't forget the competition. That sums up the challenge for Toyota in launching the 11th generation of its workhorse Corolla sedan, the economy-car equivalent to Ford's Model T. The latest Corolla, a complete redesign, was unveiled at a Toyota news conference in Santa Monica on Thursday. The new Corolla, to hit dealerships this fall, boasts more aggressive styling, more room and more standard features, including higher-grade interior materials, Bluetooth connectivity and LED lights typical of more expensive cars.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Vanilla Ice is no stranger to reality TV, but his latest venture may be his strangest one yet. "Vanilla Ice Goes Amish" is actually a series and it will be debuting on DIY Network later this year. The title pretty much says it all. Ice (real name Robert Van Winkle) will embed himself in the Amish community, which prides itself in a strong work ethic and some awesome barn raisings. And they accomplish their master craftsmanship without the aid of electricity. The series, which was announced as part of DIY's Upfront presentation to advertisers Tuesday, is currently in production.
FOOD
March 23, 2013
Once you've mastered the basic techniques, you can really start to play around with your "peeps. " Vanilla flavoring can be substituted with another flavoring, such as almond, mint or lemon extract. Or you can use powdered spices such as ground cinnamon. You can even use rose- or orange blossom water, which is actually quite delicious. Start by beating in about one-fourth teaspoon of the flavoring at a time and then adding more to reach the desired taste. Colored sugars are available at most grocery stores as well as at cooking and baking supply stores, but you can make your own custom hues: Place granulated sugar in a sealable plastic bag or jar with a few drops of food coloring, then shake until the coloring is evenly distributed.
FOOD
September 1, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: My friends and I were in New Orleans in March and ate at this wonderful restaurant on St. Charles Avenue. For dessert we shared their sweet potato bread pudding. Any chance you can get that recipe for us? It was yummy! Kate McPike Rancho Cucamonga Dear Kate: Unapologetically rich, Zea's dense sweet potato bread pudding has an almost cake-like texture, with a crunchy pecan topping. It's great on its own, but baptized with a thick, sweet rum sauce, it's downright inspired.
FOOD
October 23, 1986
Giant cookies, shaped like haunted houses, make fun party refreshments on Halloween. This recipe makes two jumbo pastries--enough for a crowd of tiny goblins to crumble and munch along with cups of milk.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Unilever United States Inc. said today a Unilever subsidiary has agreed to buy Sheffield Products Co. from Kraft Inc. for an undisclosed price. Sheffield, which produces refined specialty proteins and pharmaceutical grade lactose and is a processor of vanilla beans, is based in Norwich, N.Y. It is to become part of Unilever's Naarden, Holland-based Quest International division, which has flavor and food-ingredient operations in Owings Mills, Md.
TRAVEL
April 22, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times
Here are some of my favorite agri-adventures from a recent visit. BIG ISLAND Pomaikai "Lucky" Farm B&B: Set on an old Japanese family farm, Lucky Farm has plenty of chickens (and roosters) and farm cats sharing several acres thickly planted with exotic fruits and flowers as well as working coffee and macadamia nut orchards. There are three rustic but clean rooms - you'll probably want either the converted coffee shed, a light, airy space separate from the rest of the buildings, or one of the garden rooms, particularly No. 1, which is on the end and gets extra light.
NEWS
March 21, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Want to reduce your portion size? Try eating food that smells good. A study published Wednesday by the new journal Flavour has found that people took smaller bites of vanilla custard when it was accompanied by a more intense aroma. "Smaller bite sizes are known to elicit weaker food sensations, lower flavor release and more satiation," writes lead auhor René de Wijk of the Netherlands' Top Institute Food and Nutrition. Smaller bites, then, could help make people more satisfied with their meal - and want to eat less.
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