What they're serving in London

Some people care about Kate's dress. I care more about the food. Here's the menu for today's meal at Buckingham Palace:

The palace said guests would be served a selection of canapes, including:

      _ Cornish crab salad on lemon blini

      _ Pressed duck terrine with fruit chutney

      _ Roulade of goats' cheese with caramelised walnuts

      _ Scottish smoked salmon rose on beetroot blini

      _ Miniature watercress and asparagus Tart

      _ Poached asparagus spears with Hollandaise sauce

      _ Quails eggs with celery salt

      _ Scottish langoustines with lemon mayonnaise pressed confit of pork belly with crayfish and crackling

      _ Wild mushroom and celeriac chausson

      _ Bubble and squeak (a leftover veggie dish that starts with potato and cabbage) with confit shoulder of lamb


Vote by mail info for LA city voters

Today’s the deadline to get vote by mail applications to the LA City Clerk for next Tuesday’s citywide election. Starting tomorrow, you can deliver an application by hand or fax. Applications for vote by mail ballots are on the back cover of the official sample ballot. VBM ballots also may be dropped off at any polling location on Election Day.

More information at http://cityclerk.lacity.org/election/. Phone 213-978-8050; Fax 213-978-0611 or 213-978-0612.


Local Catholic priest is out

Fr. Martin P. O’Loghlen interviewed my parents and me months before I entered my freshman year at Damien High School in LaVerne. We were not Catholics and I remember Fr. O reassuring us there were “many roads to get to the same place” – a reminder that even Lutherans can get to heaven, I suppose. We did have to pay more, however, than Catholic families.

My mom supplemented my dad’s income by making custom dresses at home. Her clientele put me through parochial schools from K-12. By the time I reached my senior year at Damien, I had developed a love of writing. I was the editor in chief of the Laconian, our weekly high school newspaper.

One Friday, Neil turned in an op-ed piece on why non-Catholics, like he and a few dozen others, should not have to attend Wednesday mass in the gym. He had left for the week before I got to it, so it fell to me to title it. I pasted (yes, literally pasted) “Mass-o-chist” across the top and sent the galleys to the printer.


Oscar nominations list

      Complete list of 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations announced Tuesday:


      1. Best Picture: ``Black Swan,'' ``The Fighter,'' ``Inception,'' ``The Kids Are All Right,'' ``The King's Speech,'' ``127 Hours,'' ``The Social Network,'' ``Toy Story 3,'' ``True Grit,'' ``Winter's Bone.''

      2. Actor: Javier Bardem, ``Biutiful''; Jeff Bridges, ``True Grit''; Jesse Eisenberg, ``The Social Network''; Colin Firth, ``The King's Speech''; James Franco, ``127 Hours.''

      3. Actress: Annette Bening, ``The Kids Are All Right''; Nicole Kidman, ``Rabbit Hole''; Jennifer Lawrence, ``Winter's Bone''; Natalie Portman, ``Black Swan''; Michelle Williams, ``Blue Valentine.''

      4. Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, ``The Fighter''; John Hawkes, ``Winter's Bone''; Jeremy Renner, ``The Town''; Mark Ruffalo, ``The Kids Are All Right''; Geoffrey Rush, ``The King's Speech.''