Vanarin Kuch grew up in his family’s bakeries in Houston, Texas, watching old episodes of Iron Chef for inspiration. “Being of Cambodian immigrants, my entire family, even to this day, has always owned a doughnut shop — so I’ve kind of always been in the industry, totally illegally working at 13 and 14 frying doughnuts,” he jokes. Kuch went to culinary school and later worked in some of Houston’s best restaurants, including the city’s outpost of Jean-Georges and later at the acclaimed Tiny Boxwoods , where he served for three years as the pastry chef. His work led to a nomination for Food & Wine ’s Best New Pastry Chef, and he also appeared on Top Chef: Just Desserts . A move to New York City led to jobs at fine-dining restaurants Gotham Bar and Grill and Boulud Sud. “Then an opportunity came, and it was pretty much my mom’s scheming way of giving me back to Houston,” he said. “She’s like, ‘I found a really great place. It would be a really good bakery.’ It’s next … [Read more...] about This “Top Chef” Star Is Serving Houston’s Most Playful Pastries
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Albert Pujols seemed like a long shot in early August to reach 700 home runs, still more than a dozen swings from the hallowed mark and his power stroke all but gone. Or so it appeared. Now showing the pop of his youth in the final weeks of his career, the 42-year-old slugger got there with two long shots. Pujols hit his 700th home run, connecting for his second drive of the game and becoming the fourth player in major league history to make it to the milestone as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-0 Friday night. Pujols joined Barry Bonds (762 homers), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) in one of baseball’s most exclusive clubs. This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 12 “Don’t get me wrong, I know where my places stand in this game, but since Day One when I made my debut, I was never about numbers, never about chasing … [Read more...] about Barry Bonds gets some new company in the 700 Home Run Club
Marco Rubio hopes to sway voters interested in Chick-fil-A, Ram trucks, and Duck Dynasty. John Fetterman is searching for fans of microbreweries, Teslas and the Dave Matthews Band. And Michael Bennet wants to reach people who like Taylor Swift and Lizzo — while avoiding devoted listeners of Jason Aldean. Candidates in some of the highest-profile midterm races are using Facebook and Instagram ad targeting to aim messages at voters based on their music tastes, sports fandoms, shopping destinations and television habits, a CNN review of data from the social media platforms found. The data, which Facebook parent company Meta has started to make public in recent months, provides a snapshot into how political campaigns are slicing and dicing online groups of voters based on very specific interests. And it's a sign that as America grows more politically polarized, the candidates are using cultural icons as proxies for politics. "There are very few things in American culture, … [Read more...] about Political candidates are targeting you on social media based on these interests. Here’s how.
Damon Hill hopes the FIA’s decision to install a new CEO, Natalie Robyn, reverses what he sees as a “degrading” of the sport’s governing body. The CEO role has been created at the FIA to complement that of the president, Mohammed ben Sulayem, with Robyn appointed due to her considerable experience in the automotive industry at companies including Volvo, Nissan and Daimler-Chrysler, although not in motorsport. In the last 12 months, the FIA’s reputation has taken a hit largely due to the way in which the climax to the 2021 title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was managed, leading to race director Michael Masi being removed from his job. There also appears to be something of a power struggle ongoing between the FIA and Formula 1, with bones of contention including plans to increase the number of sprint qualifying events and, more recently, the timing of the 2023 F1 calendar announcement. Hill, the 1996 World Champion with Williams , feels the FIA’s position has been … [Read more...] about Damon Hill: ‘Degrading FIA need to match Formula 1’s power and weight’
"MARILYN MONROE DIES; PILLS BLAMED" That was the front-page headline on an Aug. 6, 1962, Los Angeles Times story that began, "Marilyn Monroe, a troubled beauty who failed to find happiness as Hollywood's brightest star, was discovered dead in her Brentwood home of an apparent overdose of sleeping pills Sunday." More than 60 years after her death at age 36, the "blonde bombshell" is as much of a sensation as she ever was. The longevity is fueled in part by bizarre speculation that the actress was murdered, with suspects ranging from the Kennedys and the CIA to Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa and the Mafia. But mainly Marilyn Monroe's sex appeal has lasting commercial appeal, as capsulized by a 1973 headline in the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal: "MM: Still Making Money." Just this year, Andy Warhol's silk-screen portrait "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn" sold for more than $195 million at Christie's, a record for a 20th-century artwork sold at auction. On Wednesday, Netflix will release a … [Read more...] about Marilyn Monroe: Larger than life, and even larger in death
Note: This story contains spoilers for the new film "Don't Worry Darling." - - - In conversation with fellow actress-director Maggie Gyllenhaal for Interview magazine, Olivia Wilde asked, "You know the incels?" She was explaining to Gyllenhaal how she based a character in her latest film, "Don't Worry Darling," on Jordan Peterson, a professor-turned-proselytizer whom Wilde described as "this pseudointellectual hero to the incel community." Gyllenhaal responded with a concise, "No." She did not know the incels. But after a single viewing of "Don't Worry Darling" - an actual film released Friday, not just a vehicle for star-studded scandals - it would be hard to maintain this ignorance. Based on a story by Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke and screenwriter Katie Silberman, the thriller follows a 1950s housewife as she descends into what men around her decry as madness, despite it actually being a state of enlightenment. The dysfunction she becomes suspicious of in her once-perfect … [Read more...] about Let’s talk about the big reveal in ‘Don’t Worry Darling’
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 21 TORONTO (AP) — Canadian troops are being sent to assist the recovery from the devastation of storm Fiona, which swept away houses, stripped off roofs and knocked out power across the country's Atlantic provinces. After surging north from the Caribbean as a hurricane, Fiona came ashore before dawn Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone, battering Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Quebec with hurricane-strength winds, heavy rains and huge waves. Defense Minister Anita Anand said Saturday that troops would help remove fallen trees and other debris, restore transportation links and do whatever else is required for as long as it takes. She didn’t specify how many troops would be deployed. Fiona was blamed for at least five deaths in the Caribbean, but there was … [Read more...] about Canadian military to help clean up Fiona’s devastation