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September 6, 2007
"I will not eat oysters," Woody Allen once remarked. "I want my food dead -- not sick, not wounded -- dead!" We're guessing Mr. Allen would forgo the dining adventures below, which include eating a live octopus. And crickets. And food so hot your throat does two consecutive cartwheels and a back flip. Sick of being gastronomic wusses, we challenged ourselves to eat like the other half eats (or at least those who partake of the bugs and live fish options prevalent in places such as Asia)
June 6, 2007 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Maurice Marsac, a French character actor who often played haughty waiters, most notably in "The Jerk," and who also was a nationally ranked croquet player, has died. He was 92. Marsac died of cardiac arrest May 6 at a hospital care facility in Santa Rosa, Calif., said Mark Jaqua, a distant relative. His death came less than three weeks after his wife of 55 years, Melanie, died at 90 in her sleep April 16 at their Oakmont, Calif., home.
January 24, 2007
I find S. Irene Virbila's reviews enjoyable, informative and entertaining, though many do not correspond to my budget or geographical location. Today's critique ["On Prime Turf in Santa Monica," Jan. 17] is pure platinum. I felt I was actually in the place, soaking up the vintage warmth and ambience, laughing with the waiters, eagerly awaiting a gastronomic acme only to be disappointed and seriously cash depleted. Thanks as always for an excellent read. JANE LOWRY Newport Beach
May 14, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A Hilton Los Angeles Airport waiter whose suspension touched off union protests and the suspension of at least 67 workers has been fired, union officials said Saturday. Sergio Reyes, who the union said was fired late Friday, had been suspended Wednesday for reasons not publicly disclosed.
April 30, 2006 | Donna Abu-Nasr, Associated Press Writer
I was still looking over the menu when the commotion began. The waiter sprinted in and shut off the TV that was airing a female pop singer's video clip. Another waiter hastily put up a wooden partition to screen me from the male diners. Saudi Arabia's religious police were on the prowl. Eating out in Riyadh can be a stressful experience. The restaurants are trendy and serve all manner of local and foreign delicacies.
December 30, 2005 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
Acting on tips from informants, police have arrested a homeless man in connection with the April stabbing death of a man near the Grove shopping center, officials said Thursday. Kim McMurray, 43, was picked up at Pan Pacific Park on Tuesday, culminating an investigation that began more than eight months ago with the death of aspiring actor Eric Gelman in an apparent robbery attempt. Gelman, a waiter at a popular Fairfax District restaurant, was stabbed as he walked to his car after his shift.
October 6, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
IF you've ever suspected a waitress of spitting in your soda, your worst fears will be confirmed in the film "Waiting ...." From the kitchen staff's defiling of customer dinners to the waiters' sexualized antics and unwashed hands, the new food-service comedy contains so many vile and gag-inducing scenes that even die-hard restaurant-goers will want to cook at home. "All of the stuff in the movie is a comedic exaggeration of what happens.
September 1, 2005 | Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer
Freshly pressed olive oil can ease the pain of living too well -- literally -- researchers said Wednesday. The throat-stinging squeezings of the pulped olive -- the only vegetable oil that can be consumed without processing -- contains a compound that has the same pain-relieving effect as ibuprofen, scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia reported in research published in the journal Nature.
June 14, 2005 | Steve Harvey
Talk about ordering off the menu. In an Anaheim Hills restaurant, a 40ish husband informed waiter Nick Gannon that he and his wife were running late and wanted to see a movie playing elsewhere in the shopping center. "Can you go get us the movie times and we'll be ready to order by the time you come back," the husband said. Gannon politely told him that he could not because he was also waiting on other tables. A better reply would have been: I'll be your server, not your servant.
June 3, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Pierre Salvadori's "Apres Vous" is a romantic comedy in the classic French tradition, which means that Salvadori always takes emotions seriously no matter how abundant the laughter he inspires. This delightfully spirited film is perfectly cast, and it's hard to imagine how Daniel Auteuil, Jose Garcia and Sandrine Kiberlain could possibly improve upon their irresistible, multifaceted portrayals.
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