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June 16, 2011 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
  Dear SOS: Have you tried the roasted veggie burger at Upper West in Santa Monica? If you haven't, you must. It is hands down the best veggie burger on the planet. Would love to see if the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen can come up with the recipe. Carly Irion Santa Monica carlyirion@gmail.com Dear Carly: Upper West's version of the veggie burger is a wildly flavorful combination of ingredients, packed into a generous patty and grilled to perfection. Served topped with a thick, smoky tomato aioli, roasted piquillo peppers, sliced avocado and a chunky, sweet-tart pineapple relish, this is one burger that might even make a convert out of the most ardent meat lover (at least temporarily)
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FOOD
January 12, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: My family and I just got back from a trip to Traverse City, Mich., where I had the absolute best veggie burger I've ever had. Is there any way you could coax North Peak Brewery Co. to give up its recipe for its Black Bean and Portobello Mushroom Burger? Stephanie Schultz Playa del Rey Dear Stephanie: This burger even had some non-vegetarians going for it. The restaurant also sometimes serves it with provolone cheese and sliced avocado along with a dab of basil pesto aioli on toasted ciabatta rolls.
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OPINION
April 20, 2002
It's a shame that Rich Ganis' "Burger King Uncowed" (Opinion, April 14) presented the "BK Veggie" in such a negative light, because the fate of millions of animals depends on this product's success. In the article I was quoted as cautioning that if the BK Veggie flops, "it might set the growth of the movement [to protect animals] back 10 years." Ganis dismissed my assertion by saying, "That's an awful lot to hang on the fate of one sandwich. The truth is, Burger King's new entree will do little to keep animals out of the slaughterhouse."
FOOD
June 16, 2011 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
  Dear SOS: Have you tried the roasted veggie burger at Upper West in Santa Monica? If you haven't, you must. It is hands down the best veggie burger on the planet. Would love to see if the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen can come up with the recipe. Carly Irion Santa Monica carlyirion@gmail.com Dear Carly: Upper West's version of the veggie burger is a wildly flavorful combination of ingredients, packed into a generous patty and grilled to perfection. Served topped with a thick, smoky tomato aioli, roasted piquillo peppers, sliced avocado and a chunky, sweet-tart pineapple relish, this is one burger that might even make a convert out of the most ardent meat lover (at least temporarily)
BUSINESS
October 15, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Could a vegetarian diet be hazardous to a company's financial health? Gardenburger Inc., an Irvine company that claims to have originated the veggie burger, said Friday that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company, which the official history on its website says was founded in 1985 by a "health nut," said in a statement that it planned to continue operations and emerge as a private firm. Gardenburger executives declined to be interviewed. In documents filed in U.S.
BUSINESS
January 5, 1993 | Reuters
McDonald's Corp., the fast-food giant that built a worldwide reputation on the hamburger, launched its first meatless burger Monday to cheers from vegetarians and animal rights campaigners. The "veggie burger"--made of potatoes, peas, sweetcorn, carrots, onion and spices--went on sale at 84 Dutch restaurants, a McDonald's spokeswoman said. At $2.60, including a cottage cheese and chives dressing, it costs slightly less than a Big Mac.
NEWS
March 29, 1998
The question March 15: Procter & Gamble's much-touted fat-free Olestra chips are coming to the market this month. What other inventive food products would you like to see on the grocery shelves? Husked, pre-buttered corn on the cob. Pizza containing Novacaine to prevent mouth pain. Ice cream containing maple syrup to stop drips. Marc Kessler, Los Angeles * Wrinkle-removing chocolate.
BUSINESS
May 14, 1998 | DENISE GELLENE
Advertiser: Gardenburger Agency: Hal Riney & Partners Heartland, Chicago Challenge: Convince consumers that a burger made of rice, wheat, onions and mushrooms is as good as the real thing. The Ad: In the animated spot, aspiring hula dancer Vern tries to impress Edna by inviting her to a luau. But when Edna arrives, she wants something "tasty and healthy" instead of the traditional roast pig. Vern saves the day by serving Gardenburgers, as Edna "squeals with delight."
NEWS
August 7, 1992 | MAX JACOBSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The '40s diner made a big comeback during the '80s, when the fountain drinks, sloppy burgers and other vernacular foods of a more inno cent time became virtual icons. Dozens of nearly identical retro-diners sprang up, as if stamped out by some giant, old-fashioned cookie cutter. Ruby's, a chain based in Orange County, has been one of the most successful purveyors of this sort of culinary nostalgia.
OPINION
April 14, 2002 | RICH GANIS, Rich Ganis is the policy director for the Center for Informed Food Choice in Oakland.
The addition of a vegetarian option to Burger King's sandwich menu last month was greeted with a rousing cheer by a one-time nemesis of the fast-food giant. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which only last year engaged in a heated (and ultimately successful) effort to get the company to hold its meat suppliers accountable to basic animal welfare standards, had high praise for the "BK Veggie." "The new veggie burger is sure to both raise Burger King's revenues and lower Americans' cholesterol levels," said Bruce Friedrich, PETA's national campaign coordinator.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2009 | Jessica Gelt
For ages, it was accepted that there were only four primary tastes on the tongue from which all others arose. Those would be sweet, sour, salty and bitter. But over the last few decades, a fifth taste called "umami" has gained acceptance among gourmands worldwide. A Japanese scientist identified it in 1908, and it can best be described as savory. That flavor (enhanced by an all-natural umami rub made of proprietary ingredients) is the secret in the sauce at the ascendant L.A. chain Umami Burger.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Could a vegetarian diet be hazardous to a company's financial health? Gardenburger Inc., an Irvine company that claims to have originated the veggie burger, said Friday that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company, which the official history on its website says was founded in 1985 by a "health nut," said in a statement that it planned to continue operations and emerge as a private firm. Gardenburger executives declined to be interviewed. In documents filed in U.S.
OPINION
April 20, 2002
It's a shame that Rich Ganis' "Burger King Uncowed" (Opinion, April 14) presented the "BK Veggie" in such a negative light, because the fate of millions of animals depends on this product's success. In the article I was quoted as cautioning that if the BK Veggie flops, "it might set the growth of the movement [to protect animals] back 10 years." Ganis dismissed my assertion by saying, "That's an awful lot to hang on the fate of one sandwich. The truth is, Burger King's new entree will do little to keep animals out of the slaughterhouse."
OPINION
April 14, 2002 | RICH GANIS, Rich Ganis is the policy director for the Center for Informed Food Choice in Oakland.
The addition of a vegetarian option to Burger King's sandwich menu last month was greeted with a rousing cheer by a one-time nemesis of the fast-food giant. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which only last year engaged in a heated (and ultimately successful) effort to get the company to hold its meat suppliers accountable to basic animal welfare standards, had high praise for the "BK Veggie." "The new veggie burger is sure to both raise Burger King's revenues and lower Americans' cholesterol levels," said Bruce Friedrich, PETA's national campaign coordinator.
BUSINESS
October 2, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Less than a week after unloading its frozen-bagel division, Kellogg Co. said Friday that it's getting into the vegetarian-burger business, with hopes of broadening its appeal to health-conscious consumers. The world's largest cereal maker, which has suffered in recent years with sagging sales and profit, agreed to acquire Worthington Foods Inc. for $307 million.
BUSINESS
May 14, 1998 | DENISE GELLENE
Advertiser: Gardenburger Agency: Hal Riney & Partners Heartland, Chicago Challenge: Convince consumers that a burger made of rice, wheat, onions and mushrooms is as good as the real thing. The Ad: In the animated spot, aspiring hula dancer Vern tries to impress Edna by inviting her to a luau. But when Edna arrives, she wants something "tasty and healthy" instead of the traditional roast pig. Vern saves the day by serving Gardenburgers, as Edna "squeals with delight."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2009 | Jessica Gelt
For ages, it was accepted that there were only four primary tastes on the tongue from which all others arose. Those would be sweet, sour, salty and bitter. But over the last few decades, a fifth taste called "umami" has gained acceptance among gourmands worldwide. A Japanese scientist identified it in 1908, and it can best be described as savory. That flavor (enhanced by an all-natural umami rub made of proprietary ingredients) is the secret in the sauce at the ascendant L.A. chain Umami Burger.
FOOD
July 13, 1989 | ROSE DOSTI, Times Staff Writer
DEAR SOS: For years I've been going to the Old World restaurant for their Veggie Burgers and love them. I've tried to re-create them at home, with no success. Could you get the recipe for me? --SUZANNE DEAR SUZANNE: You and hundreds, perhaps thousands of readers have hankered for these extraordinary burgers made exclusively with vegetables and eggs, and so have we. We've tried for years to obtain a recipe to no avail.
NEWS
March 29, 1998
The question March 15: Procter & Gamble's much-touted fat-free Olestra chips are coming to the market this month. What other inventive food products would you like to see on the grocery shelves? Husked, pre-buttered corn on the cob. Pizza containing Novacaine to prevent mouth pain. Ice cream containing maple syrup to stop drips. Marc Kessler, Los Angeles * Wrinkle-removing chocolate.
NEWS
November 21, 1996 | BARRY BEARAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is the exotic land of sacred cows, where autos must dodge around the wandering cattle in the streets and the Hindu faithful would rather go hungry than bite into a juicy hamburger. So it has been a curious thing these past few weeks, watching the hordes who are always in line, beef-less people who deserve a break today, getting up and getting away to McDonald's. They come on pilgrimage to the world famous golden arches--and they are curious, excited and even reverent.
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