Back to the Kitchen: Have a Summer Luau Party!

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BY  GWEN KENNEALLY Where did the Luau come from and where does Hawaiian food get its influences? Hawaiian chefs are accustomed to mixing and matching a multitude of Polynesian, Eastern and Western flavors. Flawlessly and bravely creating a unique … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant and Food News in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG Raphael in Studio City is starting its Regional Wine Series dinners on May 9.   This first dinner features wines from Italy paired with Chef Adam Horton’s creative  global creations.  Feast on an antipasti with … [Read more...]

Lusy’s International Cuisine: A Quaint Mediterranean Love Affair in a Strip Mall

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BY KAREN YOUNG I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—some of the best food in the San Fernando Valley can be found in strip malls off the beaten path. This time my wanderings landed me at Lusy’s International Cuisine at Woodman … [Read more...]

Charlie’s Pantry: A New Gourmet Eatery and Market Takes Root in the 818

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BY KAREN YOUNG The long wait is over. Charlie’s Pantry quietly opened its doors last Thursday. Located in Studio City underneath California Pizza Kitchen, this new eatery is a welcome addition to the 818. Similar to Sweet Butter, Sweetsalt … [Read more...]

Olive & Thyme: A Gourmet Marketplace and Cafe takes root in Toluca Lake

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BY KAREN YOUNG Another sign that the city food vibe is now filtering to the Valley is the opening of Olive & Thyme in Toluca Lake.  For years, many of us valley-ites have previously had to take a trip over the hill for a gourmet … [Read more...]

The Olive Vineyard: A Gourmet Tasting Room for Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

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BY KAREN YOUNG Olive oil and vinegar tasting rooms have always been places I’ve visited on vacations — from Ojai to Los Olivos, Napa and Sonoma — and of course, Italy. Now, thanks to the entrepreneurial vision of two young couples, a fine … [Read more...]

A Surprise Find: A novel indoor Asian mini-mall and supermarket in the 818

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Galleria Market in Northridge has a massive food court. Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG I drove to Northridge with my teen daughter and her friend last week with the intention of going to the brick and mortar Get Shaved ( a MDF fave) only to find it didn't open until 2 pm.  Since there was no turning back after we drove … [Read more...]

Farm Fresh To You: Fruits and vegetables delivered to your door

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Seasonal bounty. Photos: Carole Rosser.

BY CAROLE ROSNER Imagine just picked, best of the season, sun-ripened, organic berries, melons, herbs, citrus fruits, lettuces, avocados and so much more delivered to your front door whenever you want them. There’s no trip to a grocery store where … [Read more...]

Star Restaurant Supply: Restaurant quality products at a discount

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Cutting boards and stuff. Photos: Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER If you’re a chef, caterer or restaurant owner, you’ve probably shopped at Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply Company in Van Nuys sometime in the past 50 years. Even if you're a novice, cooking in your own kitchen, Star has … [Read more...]

Plush Puffs: Gourmet marshmallows take center stage

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Ann Hickey, President of Plush Puffs. Photo: Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER Vanilla Bean, Caramel Swirl, Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Chipetta—these aren’t the newest flavors of trendy frozen yogurt or expensive coffee drinks. They are, however, some of the flavors of Plush Puffs®—light-as-air, … [Read more...]