Food

No guilt when eating at this fast food chain

I had a great lunch the other day at Panera Bread in the Marina and I am impressed by the quality of their food. As you may have heard, Health magazine recently released its list of healthiest fast food restaurants in the country, and Panera Bread ranked at the top thanks to its “comprehensive menu of healthy choices for every... Read more →

Entertainment

One-man show is a real ordeal

No matter how endearing you might find Frank South to be, spending two hours with him is a real ordeal. He paces, he twitches, he rages, he apologizes, he laments, he speaks in non-sequiturs, and he fights with his personal demons. In short, he displays vividly the ailments that have afflicted him for a lifetime: attention deficit... Read more →

Community Profiles

Little fish swims across ‘the pond’

Isabella Siering hung in the starting position for the 100 meter backstroke event at the Northern German Championship in Hanover, Germany. The 10-year-old was tired. She and her dad, Frank, had jumped on a plane and flown to Hanover when they realized she was eligible to compete in the championship, but she was suffering from jet lag and... Read more →

Food

Fighting for control

When you hear the theme song from “Rocky,” what images does it conjure? I see the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps which I ran up at the beginning, but not at the end, of the Philadelphia Marathon. I see a thick gray sweat suit not ideal for exercise. And I see a glass full of raw eggs which are absolutely not the best pre or post... Read more →

Entertainment

Double your pleasure

MADISON CAMPUS — While many arts organizations are cutting back in light of the struggling economy, the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center is planning to expand during its sophomore season, offering twice the number of performances presented during its debut. The Broad Stage, which was... Read more →

Life

Best vacations may include manual labor

Although we find ourselves in an unusually challenging time, I’m discovering it also provides us with a unique opportunity to re-evaluate our lives and our choices. I have been speaking to different people about travel plans, and whether our current economy has brought about a change in their vacation planning. One recurrent theme, both... Read more →

Food

In to Indian food

Food is very trendy, just like clothes, names of children and travel destinations. Right now India is leading the pack with the huge success of Bollywood and of course “Slum Dog Millionaire.” Suddenly all things Indian are appealing and food is not the least of it. I have always loved all things Indian, having traveled there for... Read more →

Entertainment

All at sea about ‘The Seafarer’

Sometimes siblings communicate with each other in a secret, private language that is unintelligible to the rest of the world. In Conor McPherson’s play, “The Seafarer,” the language is Irish. Not Gaelic Irish. It’s English-Irish, actually, spoken with a brogue so thick and obscure that it might as well be Chinese. The... Read more →

Community Profiles

Chef combines education and ample talent

PCH — Chef Whitney Werner makes his bacon doing more than making bacon. During his 25-plus years in the hospitality industry he has taken a thoroughly unconventional approach to his role as chef that has brought him financial success and praise from his peers. “When it comes to chefs, people are always talking about what we call... Read more →