THIS WEEKEND: Winter Celebrations, Unique LA Shopping, Giving Back, Auto Fun and Theater for the Holidays

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Snow in Studio City this Sunday.  Photo: Courtesy Studio City Residents Association

BY KAREN YOUNG TONIGHT! FRIDAY Downtown Burbank Holiday Cheer:   Downtown Burbank kicks off a month-long celebration filled with free seasonal events from December 1 through January 1, 2013. It all begins with the Mayor's Tree Lighting … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Who’s Got Their Hands in the Cookie Jar?

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY As many of you know, this time of year is my favorite for baking. I love to bake lots of cookies and find new and creative ways to make gifts for friends and family. And of course, I receive tons of requests for holiday cookie … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Caviar Vending Machines, New Bar With Craft Cocktails, Special Wine Dinner, Wine and Champagne Tasting, Weekend Brunch and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG   From the "you've got to be kidding me" files: Beverly Hills Caviar has arrived in the 818 — in the form of a vending machine, that is.  The decadent biz has installed machines in Westfield Topanga, WestfieldCentury … [Read more...]

Outdoor Ice Skating across Los Angeles 2012

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BY KAREN YOUNG Who said there is no winter in Los Angeles? Grab your mittens, hats, scarves and wooly socks, and head on out to one of these outdoor ice rinks. From Downtown to Westwood, Culver City, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks and the Valley, … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND: Small Biz Saturday, Shopping Deals, American Idol’s Phillip Phillips and More What To Do

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BY KAREN YOUNG MY DAILY FIND FAVES OFFERING SPECIAL SALES FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AND THANKSGIVING WEEKEND     Sy Devore: This legendary Studio City store named after the man who was the “tailor to the stars” … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: We’re Thankful for Books!

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BY JO PERRY If you want your children to become lifelong readers, show them that you value books by giving them as gifts. Below is the first of two columns devoted to books your kids will enjoy giving and receiving during the … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Thanksgiving Part 2—Sweet and Savory Tips and Tricks to Personalize Your Menu

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and the kick off to the most magical time of the year. We all typically prepare recipes handed down from generations (mom’s turkey, grandma’s potatoes) or invite something new, … [Read more...]

This Weekend: Twilight Treats, Holiday Kick-Off, Ceramics Sale, Go Green, Flea Market Finds, Volunteerism

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Celebrate "Twilight" at Big Sugar today; Holiday celebration at Westfield Topanga.

BY KAREN YOUNG   THROUGH JANUARY 1 HOLIDAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: THE BIG SUNDAY HOLIDAY LIST: This community service organization has nearly 125 different ways for you to help this year ranging from providing Thanksgiving dinner … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Celebrate with Thanksgiving-tinis!

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY One of my dear mixoligist friends actually makes a “Turkytini” by blending Thanksgiving leftovers and shaking it with vodka and garnishing with cranberry sauce! Kind of crazy to me so here is a cornucopia of my favorite … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Take Home Thanksgiving Meals and Giving Back Events with Top Chefs and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG Get your Thanksgiving 'home for the holidays'  orders in  by  November 18 at MDF fave Sweet Butter Kitchen in Sherman Oaks. Check out Diestel Free-Range Roasted Turkey Breast, Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Streusel, … [Read more...]