February 19, 2013 |
An apparent natural gas explosion and fire at a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant and wine bar Tuesday evening left at least seven people hurt, police said. The blast happened just outside the Country Club Plaza, a posh Kansas City shopping district, at JJ's Restaurant, according to witness and local media reports. Seven or eight injured people were taken to hospitals, police Sgt. Tony Sanders told the Associated Press. Police spokeswoman Rhonda Flores said an initial call for three ambulances had been increased to 10. The blast apparently was triggered by a car crash, which Flores said appeared to be an accident. "I was sitting in my living room folding laundry, and felt in my chest -- and heard -- an explosion," said Jamie Lawless, who lives about two blocks from JJ's, a popular wine bar. "I started freaking out, and I was looking around, and then I saw other people walking outside.
February 19, 2013 |
At least 16 people were hurt and a popular wine bar was destroyed by an apparent natural gas explosion and ensuing fire at an upscale shopping district in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday evening. Residents reported smelling natural gas and seeing utility crews in the area before the conflagration. A strong scent of gas hung in the air afterward. “Early indications are that a contractor doing underground work struck a natural gas line, but the investigation continues,” Missouri Gas Energy, a natural-gas provider, said in a statement.
January 31, 2013 |
L&E Oyster Bar , everybody's favorite little seafood shack in Silver Lake, is getting a little less little. Tonight L&E is opening its second story - an extension that will roughly double the seating capacity to nearly 100. The upstairs version of L&E will focus almost entirely on appetizers and cold dishes - oysters and some of the new fish “charcuterie” being cooked up by chef Spencer Bezaire. Think dishes such as beet-cured salmon, like gravlax served with Meyer lemon crème fraiche; house-cured tuna belly, called mojama , with harissa; albacore rillettes, served in their own little sardine cans; and assorted seafood terrines and sausages.
January 14, 2013 |
Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and AOC restaurant have had as many "absolutely final last days" as your average carpet store. But this time, they say, they mean it. The latest official closing date is Saturday, Jan. 19, before they move to their new digs at 8700 W. 3rd Street (the old Il Covo space). If you want to get one last meal at the pioneer small plates/wine bar, call (323) 653-6359. There's no final word yet on when the new place will be ready -- all indications point to early February.
December 24, 2012 |
I was at a holiday party on Friday when the subject of gun control reared its head somewhere between the appetizer table and the wine bar. The host -- my friend Alan -- is a Canadian who thinks the American attitude toward guns borders on the insane. While Canada, with tight limits on gun ownership, is relatively free of gun violence, the United States, awash in enough guns to arm every man, woman and child in the country, suffers repeated incidents of gun-related killings -- most recently the horrific slaughter of 6- and 7-year-olds in Newtown, Conn.
HOME & GARDEN
December 15, 2012 |
It was a stormy fall day a year ago when I met my friend Dave for coffee. He in turn had invited another of his friends to join us. The two men had just returned from a European trek, London to Croatia. I was surprised by Dave's friend. He was about 33, an incredibly handsome photographer with charm and confidence that made it clear he came from money. We matched wits with one another, an exchange that ended with seductive eye glances. After we left, I told Dave I was interested.