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By Lauren Williams | July 25, 2013
In the land of bacon-wrapped this and barbecued-smothered that, it can be hard to find anything healthy at the Orange County Fair. Especially if you're a vegetarian. Animal-derived delights are everywhere you look, from the oversized turkey legs to the Krispy Kreme sloppy joe. There are, however, a few hidden gems at the fair for those living meatless in a meat-filled world - and they were not slathered in batter, deep-fried or sugar-filled. As an experiment, my omnivorous colleague Jill Cowan and I (a sometimes fish-eating, oftentimes vegetarian)
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By John Reger | November 8, 2007
While it is stag night for me most evenings, my friend found himself wifeless one recent midweek night. Men, especially married ones whose wives are CEOs of the family, are dangerous when left to their own devices. The choices my friend could have made for dinner would probably have been disastrous, plus I don’t even know if they sell pizza-flavored Cheez Whiz anymore. So we got together for a little male bonding time and figured the food had to be manly to fit with the theme of the evening.
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By Daniel Tedford | February 1, 2008
The Newport-Mesa school district has suspended the service of all beef products indefinitely due to an act by the United States Department of Agriculture, according to school officials. The stoppage is a result of an “administrative hold” on all beef products purchased under a contract with Westland Meat Company of Chino due to recent reports of inhumane activities at one of the company’s slaughterhouses, according to Richard Green, director of nutrition services for Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | August 26, 2011
COSTA MESA - Red, yellow and orange bell peppers were being chopped alongside iceberg lettuce. Juicy red strawberries were sliced, dainty mushrooms cut up. A stew of elk and lamb meat bubbled inside industrial-sized metal pots while steam rushed from others. Corona del Mar High School sophomore AJ Fischer, 15, worked in the middle of the active kitchen, mixing the ingredients for meatballs made from elk, venison and antelope as volunteers and kitchen staff prepared to feed hundreds.
NEWS
March 16, 2008
The Newport-Mesa School District will continue to play it safe on their school menu, officials said. The district will keep beef off the menu for another month with an estimated date to begin serving beef products set for May, school officials said. ?We want to closely examine vendor supply lines,? Director of Nutrition Services Richard Greene said. ?We are getting assurances from the USDA and manufacturers that products have been replaced.? Thousands of pounds of recalled Westland Meat Company beef ticketed for Newport-Mesa were destroyed at beef processors recently, but the school won?
LOCAL
February 22, 2008
Newport-Mesa School District officials want a refund on what they purchased from a company accused of distributing tainted beef. The district has roughly 10,000 pounds of meat at processing companies that has been recalled. Director of Nutrition Services Richard Greene said the fair market value of the meat is $15,000. Authorities suspect the beef was tainted after an undercover investigation revealed video of slaughterhouse workers using forklifts to move downed cattle. The money used to purchase the beef is through entitlement dollars — a prepaid account from the state — which is drawn on from the district to purchase food, Greene said.
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By Daniel Tedford | February 2, 2008
The Newport-Mesa school district has thrown out its beef products after the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture ordered the suspension of a Chino business after complaints of inhumane activities at one of the company’s slaughterhouses. School leaders decided to dump the meat bought from the Westland Meat Company of Chino after the reports, according to Richard Green, director of nutrition services for Newport-Mesa Unified School District. “When we see the tip of the iceberg, we put all engines in full reverse,” Green said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | April 17, 2013
Bistango has been around for 26 years and is still going strong, perhaps even better than ever. This could be attributed to its chameleon-like nature. By day, it is a power lunchtime gathering place, located in the atrium of a tall office building. By night, it is a grown-up, fine-dining restaurant (but not stuffy) that also features a bar area with a happy hour and tapas, as well as live music and a dance floor. It has always been a very attractive venue. The large space is divided into several areas by curved walls, so the noise level is manageable.
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By Terry Markowitz | April 10, 2013
Splashes, at the Surf & Sand Resort, recently had a new chef. His name is Michael Reyes, and his credentials include stints at Gotham Bar and Grill and the French Laundry. We were excited to try his cuisine at this beautiful Laguna restaurant. On a warm spring night, the windows were open to the ocean, and we sat there savoring the sight of the sun sinking into the sea (an alliterative cliché but still very beautiful). Between that and the sound of the lapping waves, it is a very romantic spot and a great place to bring out-of-town visitors.
NEWS
February 10, 2008
Have you seen the video from the Humane Society of the United States showing slaughterhouse workers using forklifts and other inhumane means to move “downer” cattle for a Chino-based supplier of meat for the National School Lunch Program? There are many words that immediately come to mind, of course. Cruel, disgusting, immoral. Whether it was criminal will be determined by the authorities. But in the meantime, the federal government has suspended the company and is doing its best to track the beef so that it won’t enter the food supply.
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By Lauren Williams | July 25, 2013
In the land of bacon-wrapped this and barbecued-smothered that, it can be hard to find anything healthy at the Orange County Fair. Especially if you're a vegetarian. Animal-derived delights are everywhere you look, from the oversized turkey legs to the Krispy Kreme sloppy joe. There are, however, a few hidden gems at the fair for those living meatless in a meat-filled world - and they were not slathered in batter, deep-fried or sugar-filled. As an experiment, my omnivorous colleague Jill Cowan and I (a sometimes fish-eating, oftentimes vegetarian)
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | April 17, 2013
Bistango has been around for 26 years and is still going strong, perhaps even better than ever. This could be attributed to its chameleon-like nature. By day, it is a power lunchtime gathering place, located in the atrium of a tall office building. By night, it is a grown-up, fine-dining restaurant (but not stuffy) that also features a bar area with a happy hour and tapas, as well as live music and a dance floor. It has always been a very attractive venue. The large space is divided into several areas by curved walls, so the noise level is manageable.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | April 10, 2013
Splashes, at the Surf & Sand Resort, recently had a new chef. His name is Michael Reyes, and his credentials include stints at Gotham Bar and Grill and the French Laundry. We were excited to try his cuisine at this beautiful Laguna restaurant. On a warm spring night, the windows were open to the ocean, and we sat there savoring the sight of the sun sinking into the sea (an alliterative cliché but still very beautiful). Between that and the sound of the lapping waves, it is a very romantic spot and a great place to bring out-of-town visitors.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 4, 2011
COSTA MESA - Regardless of whether Omaima Aree Nelson - who ate parts of her husband's body after killing him at their Costa Mesa apartment - is granted parole after 20 years in prison Wednesday, she shouldn't be allowed to eat meat of any kind again, according to a prominent animal rights group. In a letter sent to the warden at Chowchilla State Prison women's facility Tuesday, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals requested that Nelson be switched to a vegan diet if she remains incarcerated - or if she's released.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | August 26, 2011
COSTA MESA - Red, yellow and orange bell peppers were being chopped alongside iceberg lettuce. Juicy red strawberries were sliced, dainty mushrooms cut up. A stew of elk and lamb meat bubbled inside industrial-sized metal pots while steam rushed from others. Corona del Mar High School sophomore AJ Fischer, 15, worked in the middle of the active kitchen, mixing the ingredients for meatballs made from elk, venison and antelope as volunteers and kitchen staff prepared to feed hundreds.
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | May 6, 2011
Question: I have the terrible suspicion that I'm a hypocrite. I'm an animal lover, but I eat meat. I don't eat the meat of young animals, like veal and lamb, but I do eat meat, fish and fowl, along with eggs. Is there anything in the Bible referring to the practice of eating meat, or to Christ's practice? Did he eat meat? I'm aware that I'm seeking absolution for eating meat, but I do face a conflict. Although I would never hunt or fish, I eat animals that other people kill.
NEWS
March 25, 2011
Some people are hopping mad — you can count me among them — over the hasty moves by the Costa Mesa councilmen to dismantle the city government that's been painstakingly built up over many decades. Can one assume, though — this being a democracy — that the men must be doing the will of the voters? Maybe, but where did the abrupt, meat-ax approach come from, some people are asking? After all, the council's leader, elected five months ago, didn't campaign on it. Why haven't they taken the usual, prudent, scalpel approach?
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | May 30, 2010
Wearing a kilt, suspenders and feathered derby hat, Steven Garza looked every bit the part of a man celebrating his Scottish ancestry Saturday in Costa Mesa. He had high white socks and a tobacco pipe, and his friend also wore a kilt. Both walked into the Orange County Fairgrounds and headed straight for the closest musical performers. So how much of the Gardena native's heritage hails from the old country? "None at all," the 23-year-old Garza said, blowing out a thick puff of smoke.
FEATURES
By Jamie Rowe | April 22, 2010
Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on Jamie’s hometown, Bishop. Hopefully my column on the fish opener last week inspired some of you to visit Bishop this weekend. If you decide to stick around for a week, you can hit up the Taste of the Sierras on April 30 in the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-County Fairgrounds there. At $20 a pop at the door, you get to try all-you-can eat samples from some of the area’s restaurants, including Whiskey Creek, Simply Delish Catering, Convict Lake Resort, Tu-Ka-Novie, which is part of the Piute Palace Casino, and Eagle’s Landing, which is in June Lake.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | December 10, 2009
For whatever reason, I might have two steak dinners in an entire year. I don’t know if it is that I just enjoy chicken and seafood more or that I never think to order it, but I just don’t eat it that much. I do know that when I make the decision that I am hankering for red meat, I don’t want inferior beef. If I am going to use my two meat dinners, I want them to be as well done (the experience, not the meat) as possible. I used my second one of the year recently at Fleming’s, and it was a wise choice.
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