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Times Staff WriterFATHER John Bakas walked the crowded cobblestone streets of Old Havana, dined on spicy red beans and rice at an outdoor cafe and led vesper services at a 2-year-old Greek Orthodox Church near Havana Bay. Several members of his congregation, St. Sophia...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterON COUNTERS of neighborhood taquerías and Oaxacan restaurants, at Salvadoran farmers market stands and Eastside backyard parties, even at swank Hollywood restaurants, you can see the huge glass vitroleros, beehive-shaped jars filled with aguas frescas...
A mix and mash of agua fresca outlets to quench your thirst Finding freshly made aguas frescas isn't as easy as it used to be -- many restaurants now use commercial powders and mixes. Many too are overly sugary. Look for aguas in pitchers or...
Associated PressVincent Ford, a songwriter credited with composing the Bob Marley reggae classic "No Woman, No Cry," has died in Jamaica. He was 68. Ford died Sunday at a hospital of complications from diabetes, said Paul Kelly, a spokesman for the Kingston-based Bob...
Tags: Death, Science and Technology, Diabetes, Health, Physiology
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterRich, creamy root beers, spicy-hot ginger ales, pithy citrus drinks with real tang, complex, herb-scented colas -- they're all out there, along with surprising one-of-a-kind fizzies in flavors as diverse as spruce, Key lime and espresso. This is the new...
The Book of Night Women A Novel Marlon James Riverhead: 418 pp., $26.95 "People say that Montpelier Estate was so huge that you could tell you're there as soon as the wind start blowing to the east," declares the narrator of Marlon James' second...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMarch 12, 2008 Most Americans' knowledge of the Panama Canal was acquired in a haze of junior high school history -- somewhere alongside "trust busting" and the "bully pulpit" in the unit on Teddy Roosevelt and turn-of-the-century Amer- ican confidence....
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterDear SOS: I recently checked out Amaranta Cocina Mexicana at the Westfield Shopping Center in Woodland Hills. I'm not a vegetarian, but our server made us try these amazing hibiscus flower enchiladas that were truly life-changing. Do you think you could...
Tags: Zucchini, Sour Cream, Tomatoes, Onions, Summer Squash
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterHurricane Dean gained strength in the Caribbean today and bore down on the Yucatan Peninsula and the resorts of the Mayan Riviera, where tens of thousands of residents and tourists were forced to seek shelter. The eye of the storm, packing 140 mph winds,...
Tags: Hurricanes, Floods, Mexico, Meteorological Disasters, Refugee
For tourist information on selected foreign destinations, contact the government offices below. For information about a country not listed, call the United Nations at (212) 963-1234, dial 0 and ask for the number of the country's U.N. mission or...
Chicago Tribune ReporterWhen it comes to winter getaways, many of us think warm: Cabo, Jamaica, Miami. These are the literal hot spots, where bone-chilling winter blahs melt like so many snowflakes into sandy beaches, tropical drinks and balmy sunsets. But a quick jaunt to Cabo,...
Here's a list of great-for-cake bakeries that have opened in the last year, as well as some that have expanded or are expanding. Cafe Blanc, 298 E. 17th St., Unit B, Costa Mesa, (949) 631-9999; www.cafeblanc.us. CakeWalk, 1326 E. 1st St., Los Angeles,...
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