CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 |
The inflatable puppy in a hot dog bun was designed to turn heads and stop traffic. And no doubt it would on so many other corners, in so many cities other than this one. Even at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, it was a bit odd to see a bunned, 10-foot-long dog lying on its side, with big black eyes and a belly striped with ketchup and mustard. But was it any odder, really, than to walk through a web of Spider-Men - one rail-thin, one chubby, one wearing a bulging fanny pack?
September 27, 2013 |
Nearly 3,000 miles already separate Casa Diablo from Newark City Hall. But this week, Cory Booker strove mightily to increase that distance. After word leaked out that the ambitious young Newark mayor had held a brief Twitter flirtation with a comely exotic dancer here, his Senate campaign in New Jersey issued a statement downplaying the incident. "The only mildly surprising thing about this story is the news that there's a vegan strip club in Portland," Booker's campaign said, indicating that the bachelor mayor knew neither Portland nor Casa Diablo, where one kind of flesh is happily embraced and another strictly prohibited.
August 24, 2013 |
A vegan diet: That's what Santa Monica College track coach Joshua Garrett credits for helping him traverse the famed Pacific Crest Trail and possibly setting a record doing it. The rugged 2,650-mile trail runs from the border of Mexico to Canada, crossing some of the most scenic wilderness in the world. It's a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment for hikers, many of whom cover the distance in chunks over the course of several years. And then there are endurance athletes such as Garrett, 30, of Pacific Palisades, who tackled it all at once.
July 2, 2013 |
Alicia Silverstone is helping to prove what we already know, with a new twist: You can get just about anything online. Including a hookup to vegan mamas' breast milk. The "Clueless" actress, well-known for her vegan lifestyle and sometimes unusual baby-feeding habits , has started the Kind Mama Milk Share program via her blog, the Kind Life. It's aimed at pairing vegan women who cannot breast feed their babies with other like-minded individuals who have more "clean, mean, glorious breast milk" than they need.
June 8, 2013 |
In the restaurant world, being called "a regular" is a badge of honor. Phil Gittelman has been eating at Hugo's in West Hollywood almost every day for 32 years. He is so fond of the restaurant, which opened in 1980, that he is more than a customer; he's become a living time capsule for the place, a faithful repository of its stories, characters and food. The 75-year-old L.A. native lives half a block away from the restaurant, which is at Santa Monica Boulevard and Kings Road. The staff has affectionately dubbed him "Mr. G," and the owners have given him an honorary key to the front door.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 |
Some agriculture students at a Northern California high school are complaining about being bullied on Instagram and other social networks by students who are vegans. “[One student] keeps posting about goats and sheep and pigs and dead pictures and them being slaughtered,” said agriculture student Katie Velon, who attends Elk Grove High School near Sacramento. The online allegations also include angry words for the school's agriculture program, saying it “leads to the slaughtering of animals.” Other messages describe how animals are drained of blood while their hearts are still beating.