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Giant doughnut home again at Long Beach's new Dunkin' Donuts

Mon Dec 08, 2014

LONG BEACH – The prodigal pastry has returned. The iconic doughnut sign that has drawn motorists’ eyes on Seventh Street since the 1950s has been restored and was returned to its home Monday at the site of a new Dunkin’ Donuts that is opening Tuesday. Dunkin’ Donuts created controversy in January when the

McDonald's takes O.C. test burger to the nation

Mon Dec 08, 2014

A year-long McDonald’s custom burger test that launched first in Orange County is growing from four locations to 2,000 across the U.S., the fast-food chain said Monday. The “Create Your Taste” menu lets McDonald’s customers build their own burger with upscale ingredients while using a touch-screen tablet. A bulk o

San Clemente woman pursues 'The Bachelor'

Mon Dec 08, 2014

ABC has unveiled the array of women competing for the temporary affection of Chris Soule in the upcoming season of “The Bachelor,” and it includes one local, Trina Scherenberg of San Clemente. According to her biography on ABC’s website, Trina is a 33-year-old special education teacher. She has two graduate degrees, and

'Hunger Games' tops a slow weekend at the box office

Mon Dec 08, 2014

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” continues to dominate the domestic box office, but awards season hopefuls “Wild” and “The Imitation Game” proved their might with impressive limited-release showings on the sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend. In its third weekend in release, “Mockingjay

Photos: KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball delivers a big gift along with the stocking stuffers

Mon Dec 08, 2014

KIIS-FM’s annual Jingle Ball will sound like torture to some and heaven to others: an all-night, non-stop marathon of the biggest names in pop music, interspersed by app sales, alcohol ads, and, of course, screaming teenage girls who pledge their vocal cords’ allegiance to whoever their favorite performer is. This year’

Millennial madness: Retailers, restaurants take aim at Generation Y

Mon Dec 08, 2014

The average age of Wienerschnitzel’s most loyal customer is 47. And that’s a big problem for fast-food executive J.R. Galardi, whose chief task is mining the company’s next generation of customers: millennials. The generation of 77 million, ages 18 to 36, represents 24 percent of the population, on par with baby boo

The latest in faux jewelry: Metallic tattoos

Mon Dec 01, 2014

From across the room, they appear to be gold and silver bracelets that fit snugly on a wrist or necklaces that rest against the collarbone. But up close, you realize you’re looking at optical illusions: The jewelry is actually a stack of temporary metallic tattoos, one of the biggest accessory trends of the year. The designs in

Feathered fashion is taking wing for fall

Mon Dec 01, 2014

One of the easiest ways to take an outfit from day into evening through the holiday season is to incorporate one feathered item. When feathers – faux or rooster, ostrich and turkey – accent a vest, line the hem of a dress, or cover an entire short skirt, they make a basic piece flirty, tactile, festive, irreverent and let’s fac

Holiday baking: How to turn apples, pears, pomegranates into tasty treats

Mon Dec 01, 2014

Fall tiptoes slowly into Southern California. It’s a stubborn transition, with summer-style heat lingering long after thoughts of sweater weather swirl. Cooler nights promise change, as do the scent and scene of my kitchen: the aroma of ripening pears; the glory of multicolored pumpkins piled on the table; crisp apples toppled helter-skelt

Quick Fix: Easy-Peasy peas and pancetta

Mon Dec 01, 2014

Frozen peas take on a delectable edge when paired with crisp-cooked pancetta – flavorful pork belly cured with salt and spices. At my local supermarket, the diced pancetta is stocked in the refrigerated deli along with the specialty cheeses. Peas and Pancetta Yield: 6 servings 3 cups frozen peas 1/2 cup dice

Why did these 12 TV shows 'jump the shark'?

Mon Dec 01, 2014

Anyone who enjoyed the first six seasons of “Sons of Anarchy” must be pained by the pointlessness of the overly violent final one. The series, once as good as any drama on TV, comes to a dismal end with two final episodes on FX, at 10 p.m. today and Dec. 9. Perhaps no show in history has fallen as far, and the

Simple but sophisticated appetizers to kick off the party season

Mon Dec 01, 2014

Appetizers start a holiday party off right, especially if they are eye-catching as well as scrumptious. One way to make the spread opulent is to supplement homemade appetizers with store-bought fare. Purchased delicacies might include a glorious cheese platter augmented with a bowl of mixed olives or candied nuts, some dried fruit or tiny Champa

Rancho Los Alamitos gives a glimpse into Christmas past

Mon Dec 01, 2014

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on Long Beach’s ranchos. Next week: Rancho Los Alamitos. Holidays are a time when families gather to reminisce and reflect on the year past. But in a quiet corner of Long Beach, families are invited to look beyond the experiences of their own lifeti

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