A diner doesn’t need to know Mourad Lahlou’s background to sense a special connection between Morocco and the chef at his restaurant, Mourad. The techniques and presentations are modern, but there is an unexplainable bond to tradition that makes his food unique. The menu can feel like a Rorschach test revealing the mind of its creator — his love of his adopted country and the need to express his heritage. When he came to the United States from Marrakesh as a student more than 20 years ago, planning to get a Ph.D. in economics, cooking grounded Lahlou. He had no experience in the kitchen, but he countered his homesickness by recreating Moroccan recipes — and he fell in love with cooking. He only got as far as a master’s degree, for in 1996 he took the career leap and opened Kasbah in San Rafael. There he prepared traditional food and hired belly dancers because he was advised he couldn’t open a Moroccan restaurant without entertainment. But he hated … [Read more...] about Mourad beautifully captures the soul of a chef
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The cultural critic and 'Provocations' author laments the end of the bombshell and asks why only drag queens and ‘Hustlers’ star Jennifer Lopez still possess "Hollywood's most brilliant artifact." Who killed the sex symbol? It's no mystery that in the era of #MeToo, the rules of combat have changed on the sexual battlefield. Women will no longer tolerate condescending or degrading treatment that was once business as usual in the workplace or dating arena. But in this long overdue push-back against sexual coercion and exploitation, has something valuable been lost? The sex symbol was arguably Hollywood's most brilliant artifact, propelling the young movie industry to world impact from the moment that Theda Bara flashed her coiled-snake brassiere in Cleopatra (1917). Sex was great box office. With its impudent populism, Hollywood crashed through stuffy proprieties lingering from the Victorian age and stationed itself at the bold forefront of the modern liberalization of … [Read more...] about Camille Paglia: The Death of the Hollywood Sex Symbol (Guest Column)
Manchester City beat Chelsea 4-3 on penalties to clinch Carabao Cup title. © AFP Manchester City beat Chelsea 4-3 on penalties to win a dramatic League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday which saw an incredible bust-up between Blues boss Maurizio Sarri and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Pep Guardiola's side retained the trophy they also won 12 months ago as Raheem Sterling scored the decisive spot-kick after Ederson saved from Jorginho and David Luiz hit the post. The match had finished 0-0 after extra-time, with a tense affair exploding into life in the final moments when Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted by Sarri.The Italian tried to replace the world's most expensive player towards the end of a cagey 120 minutes that ended 0-0.Kepa had received treatment for an injury in the final stages, but also has an inferior record of saving spot-kicks than Willy Caballero, who Sarri attempted to introduce.City goalkeeper Ederson denied Jorginho and David Luiz hit the post in the … [Read more...] about Manchester City Beat Chelsea 4-3 On Penalties To Clinch Carabao Cup Title
In October 2016, Charles Marlowe, aka “Vegan Cheetah,” a popular personality in the strange internet corner of vegan YouTube, went live on his vlog. Two and half hours into his four-hour broadcast, Marlowe decided to sing about a recent alleged Skype call. “I’m sorry that I didn’t want to FaceTime fuck, FaceTime fuck, FaceTime fuck,” he sang while strumming an acoustic guitar.“Scamartist in my DMs! Trying to see my cock on a Skype call,” the lyrics continued. “You were trying to show me your pussy, but I hung up the phone, because it didn’t really turn me on.”Prior to this 12-bar serenade, Marlowe gave his viewers some backstory, from his standpoint: Earlier that fall, he claimed, a woman named Anna Scanlon, another vegan YouTuber he refers to as “Anna SCAM-lon,” called him on Skype. (YouTubers moving over to Skype is sort of their version of sliding into DMs.) While drinking a Monster energy drink, vaping, … [Read more...] about Vegans On YouTube Love Drama. But This Woman Says It’s Gone Too Far.