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January 6, 2003 | Stanley Allison, Times Staff Writer
Steve Freeman has been coming to Southern California from his Maryland home about twice a year since 1975. And every time he comes, he visits the Crystal Cove Shake Shack. "I get the same sandwich every time, and when I finish the sandwich, I get either a strawberry or banana shake," Freeman, 55, said. His logic in getting the shake after the sandwich? It makes the visit last a little longer. Richard Luff, 41, of La Habra Heights has been coming to the shack for about 10 years.
May 27, 2008 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
The deeper the Lakers advance in the playoffs, the closer they move to another championship, the more the fading memory of Rudy Tomjanovich's brief, blighted tenure as their coach threatens to vanish altogether.
September 18, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
When Aatif Sharieff was growing up in a Maryland suburb, none of the other kids in his elementary school knew about Ramadan. Each year, as the Muslim month of fasting came around, Sharieff had to explain to fellow students why he couldn't eat lunch with them or drink from the water fountain. "Everybody would ask," he recalls. "It became like a broken record, 'I'm fasting, I'm spiritual.' " These days, Sharieff finds himself explaining to Muslims and non-Muslims alike why he no longer observes the traditional dawn-to-dusk fast.
May 11, 2006 | Steve Baltin
ETHAN SUPLEE has been keeping busy playing the slacker brother of Jason Lee's slacker lead character on the hit NBC sitcom "My Name Is Earl" -- and portraying an aspiring filmmaker in the new movie "Art School Confidential." After shooting five days a week, Suplee's weekends are devoted primarily to his wife, Brandy, and three children: 8- and 9-year-old stepdaughters, and a 10-month-old baby girl. "Thursday or Friday I get an e-mail from my wife with basically a weekend call sheet.
You could almost hear the sound of people connecting the dots Wednesday. The Sacramento Kings, against just about any odds you could garner at your neighborhood cigar bar, have pushed the Lakers to a fifth and deciding game in their first-round Western Conference playoff; and the first audible analytical breath--after the collective "aaahhh" from the local populace, of course--inevitably involved the Utah Jazz. And why?
December 1, 1996 | PAUL LEWIS, Paul Lewis is a professor of English at Boston College
Standing at the counter of the local bagel store, confronted by an impressive set of choices in filling out my baker's dozen, I was struck by a developing trend in food retailing. With more than 16 varieties in bins labeled everything from poppy dip'd to nutty banana, sun-dried tomato to chocolate chip, the world of bagels seemed to be reaching far beyond its original ethnic context into the once-separate realms of other kinds of comestibles.
February 18, 1993 | MAX JACOBSON
FRESH! Cafe and Patisserie joins the ranks of pleasant alternatives to run-of-the-mill breakfasts and conventional lunches in downtown Laguna Beach, an area fast becoming the most interesting culinary destination in Orange County. Owner Sam Sahli likes to think of his fare as "gourmet food at fast-food prices," and you won't get much argument from his happy customers.
December 3, 2000
I'm afraid Paul Lieberman missed the real Planet Hollywood resurrection story ("Trying to Realign the Planet," Nov. 26). To wit: Promoting Planet Hollywood (again) is not about theme restaurants, or even celebrities. It is about separating investors--first wealthy but dumb syndicators, then public suckers--from their money. Only in Hollywood can this be done twice. JEFFREY J. DENNING Long Beach Paul Lieberman's feature on Planet Hollywood and its out-of-orbit financial woes puts the chain's dark moon clearly where it belongs: on the shoulders of Robert Earl.
May 25, 2006 | Mark Sachs
IT'S been 25 years since the Go-Go's got going, and L.A.'s own sirens of sun-drenched summer hits, such as "Vacation" and "We Got the Beat," are marking the milestone with a world tour that will eventually bring them home for a Greek Theatre date July 14. For the last 14 years, however, home for lead singer Belinda Carlisle has been in the South of France, where she shares a chateau with husband Morgan Mason and their son, James Duke.
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