Studio City is making its case as restaurant capital of the valley, and perhaps the fastest growing area, even stronger. Lemonade announced on its Facebook page that it’s coming to Studio City on Ventura Blvd. in mid-May. Lemonade is Alan Jackson’s uber successful casual, bright and modern seasonal eatery done cafeteria style. for light bites, a drink, full on meals and take out. By all counts, Studio City will be the 12th location.
Close by in Sherman Oaks, there’s a new independent organic juice bar opening this Sunday called TOTES, located next to two of MDF’s long time faves, The Coffee Roaster and La Cava. The exterior is shaped like a big T formed in white tile. TOTES is the brainchild of Chelsea (CeCe) Vudmaska-Guttierez, who grew up in a family who “juiced” decades before the current trend. The shop is 100% waste free (even the pulp with be sold or donated). All juices will be hand-pressed and bottled daily. A former second grade teacher, Guttierez has a menu for both children and adults. — both with whimsical names, such as Veggie Sundae (kale, apple, spinach and pasrley), ABCs (apple, brocolli, carrot), X-Ray Vision (carrots), and for the grown-ups — Appletini, Spicy Tonic and Dirty-tini — all with only veggies, nuts and fruit, of course. Prices will range from $6.50-$7.50 with shots ranging from $1- $3. Bring your own tote (meaning container) and the cost is $.045 by the ounce. Happy Hour is 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. daily with $1 off a 16 oz. drink. The hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 13569 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, 818.789.9700
Sherman Oak’s Sweet Butter Kitchen (and another MDF fave from way back) is already full of Valentine’s romance. Get an early start and check out V-Day merchandise, including sweet gifts and baked treats.
On Saturday and Sunday January 26 and 27, Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank will be hosting their inaugural BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS Board Game Competition, featuring nostalgic favorites like Connect4, Battleship, Jenga, Chutes & Ladders and more – here’s what you need to know: DATES: Saturday AND Sunday, January 26th and 27th (teams must be present both days). TEAMS: For this first weekend competition, only 8 2-player teams will be accepted (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!); TIME/STRUCTURE: Starting at 10:30 a.am. both days, teams will compete round-robin style in randomly selected board games, including but not limited to Connect4, Battleship, Jenga, and Chutes & Ladders. PRIZES: The winning team will receive 2 Golden Road Growlers, and the chance to drink from Tony’s coveted CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD cup, a 30oz behemoth that can be filled with the beer of their choosing. The winning team has bragging rights and access to the Chairman cup until they are unseated at a future competition. FOOD: Tony’s Darts Away’s Chef Randal St. Clair will be serving up all of their famous breakfast favorites, including Vegan and non-vegan breakfast burritos, chilaquiles, biscuits and gravy and more!
If you’re thinking of having a Super Bowl party, go a different route with another big fave —,Lusy’s Mediterranean Cafe and Grill in Valley Glen, is offering a great deal for Super Bowl party catering. Get chicken kabobs, falafel bites, hummus, Greek salad, rice, grilled tomatoes and pita to serve 8-10 for $130. They deliver! See the MDF review here!
DineLA started this week and runs through February 1. Here’s your chance to try out some new restaurants with special three course prix fixe menus (from $15-$45 per person depending on the restaurant.) Check out DineLA for more information. It’s happening in the valley and city-wide.
Panera Bread has rolled out its “Hidden Menu” with lower carb and calorie choices. The menu first snuck into New York last November and now it’s available nationwide. Tell the person who takes your order that you want to order from the Hidden Menu. You won’t find the choices on the menu or on the banner board. Not sure why they are being so sneaky, but whatever the reason — now you know! Choices include Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Roasted Turkey or Steak and for lunch and dinner — Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad or Roasted Turkey Salad, Power Steak Lettuce Wraps. Check out all the details here on the Panera website.
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