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  • Disposal fees in auto repair aren't good business

    Disposal fees in auto repair aren't good business
    Q: My wife recently got a front-end alignment on her 2008 Jeep Liberty, and we saw on the receipt when she returned home that she was charged a disposal fee. For a front-end alignment? What is there to dispose of? I called another shop in town, and they said they don't charge a disposal fee. Is this a legit charge?
  • Eight great condiments of the world: A highly selective guide

    Eight great condiments of the world: A highly selective guide
    Since we don't have the space or time to count, define or even (sadly) try all the condiments in the world, we thought we'd pick out eight of our favorites. Here are eight wonders of the world, as it were, each in their own small bowls.  Fish sauce: A...

    Corkage fee policies vary at L.A. restaurants

    Corkage fee policies vary at L.A. restaurants
    Here is a sampling of corkage fees and policies at a few local restaurants. All Wolfgang Puck fine-dining restaurants, including Spago and Cut in Beverly Hills and WP30 downtown: $50 per bottle with a maximum of three bottles. They ask that the wine not...

    Pullman bread loaves, a culinary legacy of the new national monument

     Pullman bread loaves, a culinary legacy of the new national monument
    If you traveled by rail at the end of the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th, you may have been part of the glittering clientele from business, arts, politics and leisure who crossed the country in style in a Pullman car. You wore your Sunday best,...

    A lesson in up-to-date good taste at Gjusta in Venice

    A lesson in up-to-date good taste at Gjusta in Venice
    To get to Gjusta, you tool past Santa Monica's Main Street boutiques, past Jonathan Borofsky's leering ballerina clown on the corner of Main and Rose, and turn left just after the giant Claes Oldenburg binoculars that mark Google's Los Angeles offices....