February 28, 2009
As President Barack Obama and the first lady settle into their White House routine, they should keep in mind just how their style, clothes and food choices influence Americans. When President Ronald Reagan said he liked jelly beans, candy sales of the traditional Easter favorite skyrocketed. Likewise, when President Richard Nixon returned from China in 1972 and announced how delicious the food was there, Americans flocked to Chinese food restaurants across the nation. Americans have been dining at Chinese food restaurants since the 1860s, when the first immigrants opened small noodle shops to feed the many who arrived during the California Gold Rush.
February 2, 2000
Robert Blechl SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Great Wok restaurant was shut down by health inspectors Jan. 21 after a customer complained of food poisoning. The facility reopened Jan. 24 after a mandatory 48-hour closure. Officials said they closed the restaurant, at 101 N. Victory Blvd., because of potential contamination of food, utensils and equipment and because they detected the presence of vermin. "They weren't performing well in terms of basic food practices," said Art Tilzer of the Consumer Protection Bureau, which is part of Environmental Health Division of the L.A. County Health Department.
June 9, 2006
Chamber to host April mixer The Glendale Chamber of Commerce will hold its April mixer at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Professional Business Bank, 250 N. Orange St., Glendale. The event will feature networking, refreshments, prizes and a chance to meet the city's newest business members. Parking will be available on the street or with validation at the Orange Street garage. For more information, call (818) 240-7870. New Chinese restaurant opens Wok Talk, a new Chinese and sushi roll restaurant, has opened at 932 E. Colorado St. between Adams Street and Glendale Avenue.
December 16, 2006
If you like Chinese food, it is well worth your while to try the Magic Wok. For this column, my wife, Anne, and I asked my in-laws, Harry and Margaret Dickinson, to join us at the Magic Wok on a Wednesday night. Our dinner was excellent from the very beginning. As we walked in, the aromas were tantalizing. The atmosphere was casual, and matching this, the décor was understated. Anne is recovering from a foot operation, so it was a real plus that the tables were placed far enough apart to allow easy access.
June 18, 2005
Bill Scollon At Gourmet 88, good fortune begins when you step in the door. The Chinese symbol "88," according to the menu, means good health and good fortune. The restaurant lives up to that billing with a wide selection of fresh dishes that are -- fortunately -- delicious. Gourmet 88 specializes in Mandarin cuisine, which is a style of cooking created hundreds of years ago in Beijing's Forbidden City. Sometimes called the food of the emperors, Mandarin cooking seeks harmony through contrast combining crispy textures with smooth ones, sweet with sour and contrasting colors.
December 2, 2006
Montrose is Glendale as it was, and as it should be. People walk there and people talk there. The pace is gentle. There is plenty of free parking, and the whole experience is anchored by tried-and-true eateries ranging from my morning haunt, The City Hall Coffee Shop, to one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in all of California, The Magic Wok. Even better, over the past five years a new wave of restaurants of various cuisines and atmospheres has...