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Architect builds a career on huge projects

The gig: Michael Hong, 56, is the founder and senior principal designer of Michael Hong Architects in Culver City. Hong was the master planner of the $3.5-billion Baha Mar project, a 1,000-acre resort, casino, hotel, convention center and beachfront entertainment venue in the Bahamas. His 12-person...

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  • Jamaica Crist of Jamaica's Cakes likes a good Girl Scout cookie too

    Jamaica Crist of Jamaica's Cakes likes a good Girl Scout cookie too

    Jamaica Crist, owner of Jamaica's Cakes in West Los Angeles, isn't from Jamaica, and she doesn't make Jamaican-style desserts either — despite the countless customers who walk in expecting banana fritters or cornmeal pudding. Crist actually grew up on a farm in Oregon and started her baking career...

  • Cadet, Kris Tominaga's new Santa Monica restaurant, not yet a major

    Cadet, Kris Tominaga's new Santa Monica restaurant, not yet a major

    If you were a restaurant guy tasked with opening a chill but on-trend restaurant in the city of Santa Monica at the moment, you might come up with something that looks a lot like Cadet. The exposed brick goes without saying, and the big grill for wood-roasting and the low-key music that could probably...

  • Why aren't Italians fat? It's a question of pasta portion size

    Why aren't Italians fat? It's a question of pasta portion size

    That’s a question Elizabeth Minchilli, an American who has lived in Rome for years, is constantly asked. Full disclosure: The food writer happens to be on the slender side herself.

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