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February 25, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to creating uniquely delicious cocktails, Eric Alperin is one of the best mixologists in town. And this week his bar, the Varnish ? which is located in a warm, wooden speak-easy behind an unmarked door at Cole's in downtown L.A. ? is celebrating its two-year anniversary. Since the Varnish can be a tough room to get into (it's among the best and most exclusive cocktail dens in the city), we thought we'd share one of Alperin's signature cocktail recipes with you so that you can attempt to re-create his boozy magic at home.
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February 20, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
It's a good week for birthdays -- the birthdays of Westside burger joint Plan Check, Little Tokyo ramen temple Daikokuya and downtown's Varnish bar -- all of which are celebrating by offering free or discounted food or drink. Today only guests who visit Plan Check in West L.A. will receive one of chef Ernesto Uchimura's free crullers in honor of the restaurant's first birthday. 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 288-6500, www.plancheckbar.com . Little Tokyo's Daikokuya is 11 years old today.
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NEWS
February 20, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
It's a good week for birthdays -- the birthdays of Westside burger joint Plan Check, Little Tokyo ramen temple Daikokuya and downtown's Varnish bar -- all of which are celebrating by offering free or discounted food or drink. Today only guests who visit Plan Check in West L.A. will receive one of chef Ernesto Uchimura's free crullers in honor of the restaurant's first birthday. 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 288-6500, www.plancheckbar.com . Little Tokyo's Daikokuya is 11 years old today.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Cranberry is not vodka's best friend. Real vodka drinkers know this, but for years their taste has been marginalized by a craft cocktail scene obsessed with whiskey. Change is on the horizon, however. As Los Angeles bartenders vie to keep up with the next trending drink wave, venues all over town are favoring clear spirits. Well-regarded mixologists including Aidan Demarest and Marcos Tello of the cocktail consulting firm Tello/Demarest Liquid Assets are leading the way, serving as brand ambassadors to Stoli Elit vodka and Bols Genever (a grain-based, gin-like spirit)
NEWS
December 20, 1987 | DAVID HALDANE, Times Staff Writer
'I can make any student violin sound like a Stradivarius.' --Alfredo Galea Alfredo Galea has a subversive idea. In the world of violins, he says, older is not necessarily better. When one listens to a truly great instrument, he says, "what they hear is . . . not the age" but the varnish. It is a simple concept, yet one that has made the spectacled, balding gentleman a controversial figure among area musicians and the recipient of both lavish praise and bitter scorn.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2009 | Associated Press
New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has reattributed a painting in its collection to the 17th century Spanish master Velazquez. The museum had previously ascribed the portrait to the workshop of Velazquez, not to the artist himself. The museum says it made the determination after "a technical examination and cleaning" of "Portrait of a Man." The painting entered the museum's collection in 1949 as a work by Velazquez. It was demoted in 1979 after its authorship was questioned by a leading scholar.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2008 | Suzanne Muchnic
"Still Life With Lemons, Oranges and a Rose" is back at the Norton Simon Museum after a revealing conservation job. But you'd better be quick if you want to see its new look before the 1633 painting by Francisco de Zurbaran takes a trip to New York. A crown jewel of the Simon collection and one of the finest Spanish still lifes in the United States, the painting recently got some expert TLC at the J. Paul Getty Museum's conservation laboratory. Like an aging beauty queen who quietly retreats, then slips back into the public eye looking younger, the 375-year-old artwork has returned to the Pasadena museum refreshed and ready for close-up viewing.
REAL ESTATE
April 26, 1987 | Dale Baldwin
Robert Rahn of Whittier wants to know where to buy simulated beams, which were mentioned a couple of weeks ago in a column dealing with improvements that add character and therefore value to a home. He says he purchased some a few years ago, but cannot remember the source. If a reader has this information, we'll pass it along. In the April 12 column, we suggested that a do-it-yourselfer can rather easily construct his or her own false (meaning hollow) beams for a ceiling.
REAL ESTATE
July 30, 1989 | ANDY LANG, Associated Press and
QUESTION: I picked up an old bedroom bureau at an auction. The auctioneer never actually said it was an antique, but he did say it was very old. The finish on it appears to be in good condition except it is quite dirty. When I asked what the finish was, the man said it undoubtedly was varnish, but he couldn't be sure. Regardless of what the finish is, can I remove it and put on a new finish without harming the bureau? ANSWER: You should be able to refinish the bureau without hurting it in any way, but it sounds as though only a cleaning may be in order.
HOME & GARDEN
June 19, 1993 | JOHN MORELL
Question: My daughter recently moved into an apartment that was previously occupied by a heavy smoker. The manager painted the entire apartment, shampooed the carpet and installed new drapes, but a stale odor still exists. Any suggestions on eliminating the smell? C.S. Laguna Niguel Answer: "The walls may have been painted, but what about the ceiling?" asks Joe Ragsdale of Color Center in La Mirada.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to creating uniquely delicious cocktails, Eric Alperin is one of the best mixologists in town. And this week his bar, the Varnish ? which is located in a warm, wooden speak-easy behind an unmarked door at Cole's in downtown L.A. ? is celebrating its two-year anniversary. Since the Varnish can be a tough room to get into (it's among the best and most exclusive cocktail dens in the city), we thought we'd share one of Alperin's signature cocktail recipes with you so that you can attempt to re-create his boozy magic at home.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2009 | Associated Press
New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has reattributed a painting in its collection to the 17th century Spanish master Velazquez. The museum had previously ascribed the portrait to the workshop of Velazquez, not to the artist himself. The museum says it made the determination after "a technical examination and cleaning" of "Portrait of a Man." The painting entered the museum's collection in 1949 as a work by Velazquez. It was demoted in 1979 after its authorship was questioned by a leading scholar.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2009 | Charlie Amter
In downtown L.A.'s old Bank District, two new nightspots are concocting different approaches to draw cash-strapped drinkers in uncertain economic times. One wine-and-beer spot, the Must, is employing a slash-and-burn policy of serving well-liked wines on the cheap ($3 during happy hour, for example), while the other -- the homespun, tiny Varnish -- is hoping classic cocktails and a hidden location might lure those eager to squire their dates to a speak-easy-style boite.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2008 | Suzanne Muchnic
"Still Life With Lemons, Oranges and a Rose" is back at the Norton Simon Museum after a revealing conservation job. But you'd better be quick if you want to see its new look before the 1633 painting by Francisco de Zurbaran takes a trip to New York. A crown jewel of the Simon collection and one of the finest Spanish still lifes in the United States, the painting recently got some expert TLC at the J. Paul Getty Museum's conservation laboratory. Like an aging beauty queen who quietly retreats, then slips back into the public eye looking younger, the 375-year-old artwork has returned to the Pasadena museum refreshed and ready for close-up viewing.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2004 | David Pagel, Special to The Times
Karl Benjamin enjoyed a moment in the spotlight in 1959, when critic Jules Langsner coined the term "hard edge" to describe his paintings along with those of Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley and John McLaughlin, which he included in a legendary exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art titled "Four Abstract Classicists." Langsner was right on the money with his "hard edge" definition. But how he came up with the idea of classicism is anyone's guess.
HOME & GARDEN
February 27, 1999 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wood floors in the Victorian era saw plain, unfinished planks give way to parquet designs. Restoring these floors goes a long way to creating an authentic period look. Unlike unfinished planks that get their charm from natural wear patterns, shiny strip and parquet floors benefited from new finishing products such as oil, varnishes and shellacs that added a special look to the floorboards.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2004 | David Pagel, Special to The Times
Karl Benjamin enjoyed a moment in the spotlight in 1959, when critic Jules Langsner coined the term "hard edge" to describe his paintings along with those of Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley and John McLaughlin, which he included in a legendary exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art titled "Four Abstract Classicists." Langsner was right on the money with his "hard edge" definition. But how he came up with the idea of classicism is anyone's guess.
HOME & GARDEN
June 30, 1990 | ANDY LANG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The days when you could walk into a hardware store, paint establishment or home center and buy a can of varnish that would perform exactly as it did for your father and grandfather are long since gone. These days, varnish is a sweeping term used to describe a variety of clear finishes that may be glossy, semi-glossy, satiny or flat. They can be applied several different ways. They may be natural or synthetic and come under many names, some of which don't even hint they are some form of varnish.
REAL ESTATE
August 3, 1997 | POPULAR MECHANICS, FOR AP SPECIAL FEATURES
QUESTION: We are refinishing some of our furniture and we're having problems with dust particles settling into the varnished surface. What is the best way to deal with this? ANSWER: Obviously, the best solution is to try to maintain a dust-free environment for your working area. But minor imperfections and particles of dust stuck to the varnished surface can be rubbed down with fine abrasive paper between coats.
HOME & GARDEN
August 2, 1997 | JOHN MORELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Q. The redwood deck in my backyard gets a new coat of sealer-stain about once a year. Is there something I can use that will make it last longer? H.T. Seal Beach * A. Most deck stains on the market have a six-month to two-year life span, says Steve Willsey of the Orange Paint Store. That's why decks tend to be high-maintenance items, especially when they're made of redwood or cedar.
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