Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News In and Around the San Fernando Valley

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The latest eatery to come to Sherman Oaks on the same block as My Daily Find faves La Cava and The Coffee Roaster is M Izakaya which replaced Yoshi’s Shabu Shabu. It’s a mod looking place serving small plate Japanese dishes, grilled and skewered robata and sushi. The sushi bar seats a dozen. There are also small tables available. It’s owned by the Midori chain. 13573 Ventura Blvd (at Ventura Cyn.), Sherman Oaks, 818-995-1660

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Chi Dynasty in Studio City is celebrating the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival June 3 to 6 by offering a complimentary Zong Zi for dessert—a glutinous rice ball, with a filling, wrapped in corn leaves. The fillings can be egg, beans, dates, fruits, sweet potato, walnuts, mushrooms, meat, or a combination of them. They are generally steamed. The festival is usually celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar, marking the death of Qu Yuan (a minister of the Zhou emperor).  As legend has it, boat races and ceremonial sacrifices of rice were performed each year to symbolize the valiant attempts to rescue Qu Yuan.

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The Grand Opening of Pavilions Corbin Village will be highlighted by a VIP Wine Tasting Event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Pavilions at 19800 West Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills. It will feature a variety of wines from selected wineries, food sampling, live entertainment and more. There is a minimum $25 donation per person for entry and guests must be 21 years of age or older. Donations in the form of cash, check or credit card will be accepted at the door. Cocktail attire is suggested. For more information please contact Jan Sobel at(818) 610-1054 or j.sobel@wvbgc.org.

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The third annual Old Pasadena Restaurant Week is happening June 1 -8. Experience the best of Old Pasadena’s award-winning restaurants at reduced prices, while helping feed those in need. For eight straight days, diners will indulge in three course meals at one price. Depending on the restaurant, the price per person is $15 to $35 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Union Station Homeless Services. For further info, go to: www.oldpasadena.org/restaurantweek

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Like LA Creamery on Facebook and get a special offer for Facebook friends: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays, between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Come in with a friends and buy one ice cream, sundae or shake and receive the second of equal or lesser value for free. If you come in solo, take $1 off your order. Just mention the FB Friends Deal. No coupon required. Valid through June 15. Valid at Sherman Oaks, Glendale and Canoga Park.

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Download a Jamba Juice $2 coupon for a Juice Refresher with coconut water. Choose from Purely Pineapple, Strawberry Lemonade and Tropical Mango.  Good through June 8.

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Hook Burger Bistro opened late last month in Burbank. Launched by the founders of The Habit chain, Hook Burger is a little more upscale serving craft brews along with your burger.1731 N. Victory Pl; 818-847-2100

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Prohibition Burgers and Beers has finally opened in Encino. Check out burgers with such names as Al Capone, John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Lucky Luciano and more. You get the drift. 17620 Ventura Blvd, Encino. www.prohibitionburgers.com

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