It's hard for Gideon Daneshrad to imagine himself on the receiving end of tzedakah (charitable giving). In the 30 years since he arrived from Iran to study computer science at North Louisiana University in Monroe, Daneshrad, 56, has built himself a full life -- with four children, a...
September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm
July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Your best friend is soon to wed. You're in charge of the prenuptial ladies fete but your buddy is an iconoclast and so are you. If you're looking for bachelorette parties that score points for originality, you might consider these unusual substitutes.
June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm
February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Kosher east of Western? Out here on the edge of the eruv that runs along Western Avenue (the pole-top strung boundary that allows traditional Jews to carry on Shabbat), I live with my family in an old area of Los Angeles a few miles west of downtown called Country Club Park. It's...
November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Iran Admits Supplying Spy Drones
The London-based newspaper A-Sharq al-Awsat quoted an Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer as saying the Lebanese militia received eight drones in August. On Monday, Hezbollah sent one drone on a 10-minute sortie over northern Israel, worrying the...
November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
In the past, the dynamic and innovative Pacific Northwestern city of Seattle has been associated with Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, The Pike Street Market, The Space Needle and grunge bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana.
Today, the city can boast of having a stunning new downtown...
August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm
May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm
When Cedric Marmet lived in Paris, he watched the crowds line up outside Place L'entrecote, a famous tiny restaurant with a limited menu.
"You had no choice there," said Marmet, relaxing in the cozy dining room of his new kosher French-style bistro, Greta's. "There was one kind of...
March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm
"The Matzo Ball Heiress," by Laurie Gwen Shapiro (Red Dress Ink, $12.95).
Laurie Gwen Shapiro is not, repeat not scion to a matzah fortune, like the heroine of her hyperkinetic new novel, "The Matzo Ball Heiress."
"I'm the heiress, like, to a condo in Florida," the author and...
February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm
June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm
The Canyon Country Store -- the star-studded grocery featured in the older woman/younger man film "Laurel Canyon," starring Frances McDormand -- is actually run by two Persian Jews.
Owner David Shamsa and manager Tommy Bina have tried to maintain the store's authenticity.
September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm
"We don't do falafel or schwarma," said Avi Ben-Harouch while seated on a beige banquette in the elegant dining room of his new restaurant, Avi's Bistro in Agoura Hills. Ben-Harouch is hoping that the Wok Seared Fresh Tuna and Linguine with Kielbasa Sausage that his restaurant serves...
October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Deep red curtains, dark lighting, cushiony pillows and pictures of camels and bellydancers adorning the walls: That's what you'd expect from a restaurant reputed to be one of the best Middle Eastern eateries in Southern California.
Instead, what you find is a bright diner-like...
February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm
September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pmLeah Adler has a couple of secrets. She leaves the lime out of the guacamole. She adds burnt onions to everything from egg salad to creamed spinach crepes. And she wrote her son Steven "gastro-intestinal notes" when he wanted to play hooky from school.
"I go my own way," she says...
August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Money, Meaning and Mongolian Beef
As if in slow motion, the ominous hand of a waiter dips down into the center of view, dropping the check before I've had a chance to excuse myself to the restroom.
I'm in some Chinese restaurant in...
April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Seder at Spago,et. al.
More and more restaurants put Passover on themenu.
By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer
"I'm a Jewish girl, and my husband's a Catholic,"says Barbara Lazaroff, who has been married for 15 years to renownedchef Wolfgang Puck.
About 12 years ago, Passover was a...
September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm'Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit,'
by Mort Rosenblum (North Point Press, $25)
In his endlessly fascinating book, "Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit," Mort Rosenblum reminds us that domesticated olives were around before the Bible, "was a first draft scribbled on...
May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Today the once-legendary Spanish Kitchen restaurant is a study in decay, the "K" missing from the neon sign, the arched storefront crumbling and covered with graffiti. It stands next door to the Yavneh Hebrew Academy, in the midst of a thriving Orthodox community on Beverly...