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All roads — and world of organics — lead to the neighborhood

All roads — and world of organics — lead to the neighborhood

| January 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

Because “everything is related to everything else” — at least that’s the answer, perhaps apocryphal, that Buckminster Fuller gave to his students in response to the question of why he took three hours to answer a single question. So bear with me while I attempt to connect the dots between the thick green “broth” that […]

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McAvoy on Preservation: Which Way SurveyLA? Staggering statistics tell the story

McAvoy on Preservation: Which Way SurveyLA? Staggering statistics tell the story

| January 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Many of you may remember a groundbreaking initiative begun almost a decade ago when the J. Paul Getty Trust partnered with the City of Los Angeles to create the city’s first-ever citywide inventory of historic places. That effort, known as SurveyLA, has completed its field survey efforts and is wrapping up the data analysis that […]

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Local chocolatiers to visit — for Valentine’s Day — and beyond

Local chocolatiers to visit — for Valentine’s Day — and beyond

| January 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

To celebrate Valentine’s Day in true chocolate style, why not go to the source? There are many local chocolatiers to visit, and there is one where you can have a “factory tour.” MAST chocolates, founded by brothers Rick and Michael Mast in Brooklyn, landed in Los Angeles last May, and the entire bean-to-bar process can […]

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Most enjoyable and most disappointing films of 2016

Most enjoyable and most disappointing films of 2016

| January 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Here are my lists of the most enjoyable … and least enjoyable / most disappointing / most overrated films I saw during 2016. The negative category includes some films that, while not the worst, were disappointing or overrated, or, while enjoyable, had huge flaws. The positive category is just how much I enjoyed them, not […]

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Places have power; historical ones ground us

Places have power; historical ones ground us

| December 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hello, again! It’s been a little over a decade since this column was last published, and I was thrilled to be asked to share my thoughts on preservation with you. Time has marched on, but the cause of preserving our neighborhoods and landmarks is still a relevant topic throughout Los Angeles today. Larchmont Chronicle publisher John […]

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Le French Butcher is like part of the family, only French

Le French Butcher is like part of the family, only French

| December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

For those who bemoan the closing of the excellent butcher shop Lindy & Grundy, there’s a new storefront for grass-fed, antibiotic-free meats: Le French Butcher. Master butcher Jean-Claude Setin and his wife Susan, who have been operating out of farmers’ market stalls, including Larchmont’s, not only want to bring quality cuts to Los Angeles, but […]

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