The Wine Find: Bubbles are the Perfect Way to Greet 2013 — Or Any Day!

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BY BARBARA BARRIELLE Champagne is, of course, the traditional toast to the New Year. And, as most of us know, it is the sparkling beverage that comes from the French wine-growing region of Champagne, and has influenced all other sparkling … [Read more...]

What’s Happening This Weekend Through New Years Day

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Happy New Years!

BY KAREN YOUNG FROM THE MDF HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS FILES: THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON CLICK BELOW: The MDF Guide for Where to Dine on New Years Eve in the 818 The MDF Guide to Festive Holiday Lights and Boat Parades The MDF Guide to … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Tips and Tricks for Hosting a New Years Eve Cocktail Party

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The cocktail parties that we throw are not like our mother’s (remember that somewhat goofy food?); instead we have  a cornucopia of amazing small plate taste treats. Plus, you can have a grand assortment to accommodate all … [Read more...]

Welcome 2013: The New Years Eve Dining Guide for the 818

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Dining in the 818

BY KAREN YOUNG Still looking for a special New Years Eve dinner in the 818? Here’s some select restaurants with festive menus, a variety of cuisines, entertainment, times and budgets. Click on the links for more … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND: Holiday Happenings For All Ages

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The choir from the Colburn School will perform at the 52rd Annual

BY KAREN YOUNG FROM THE MDF HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS FILES: THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON CLICK BELOW: The MDF Guide to Festive Holiday Lights and Boat Parades The MDF Guide to Outdoor Ice Skating Across Los Angeles Shop Local: The MDF … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: A Holiday Menu Perfect for a Tree Trimming Party

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry — and trim a tree!

BY GWEN KENNEALLY There are many great reasons to throw a party with friends and family this time of year. In order to make entertaining easier, it's best to prepare a menu to make ahead of time so you make a spectacular presentation and … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Sprinkles Mail Order Ice Cream, Sushi Gift, Starbucks Evening, Pizza Rev Gift Deal, Brats Brothers Expands and Closings/Openings

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  BY KAREN YOUNG How's this for a sweet gift treat? There's many delicious food items you can deliver for the holidays — cookies, cupcakes, wine, cheese, candy, fruit, even Chicago Pizza and steak— but did you ever think that ice … [Read more...]

The Wine Find: Trader Joe’s has the Muscle to Bargain for Wines—and It Doesn’t Stop with Charles Shaw!

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traderjoes

BY BARBARA BARRIELLE Face it.  It is hard to beat the Trader Joe's  formula.  Easy-to-navigate smallish stores with rather delectable offerings (sea salt and caramel, holiday peppermint and chocolate every which way,  quick party … [Read more...]

Kimmy Tang’s 9021Pho Comes to Sherman Oaks and Glendale

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BY GERRY FURTH-SIDES She is, as my mother would say, as “big as a minute” but her energy fills a room. So Chef Kimmy Tang, owner-chef of the 9021Pho, always “had me” just with her radiant smile and bear hug.  But that would downplay … [Read more...]

This Weekend: Holiday Happenings with Santa, Gladiators, Shopping, Theater and More

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 BY KAREN YOUNG FROM THE MDF HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS FILES: THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON CLICK BELOW: The MDF Guide to Festive Holiday Lights and Boat Parades The MDF Guide to Outdoor Ice Skating Across Los Angeles Shop Local: The MDF … [Read more...]