Restaurants: Go French in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG You don’t have to be French to celebrate Bastille Day on  July 14.  Think of it as another reason to relish independence and experience one of the many multi-cultural restaurants in the San Fernando Valley.   From casual bistro … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Veggie and Cheesy Options for a Fourth of July (or anytime) BBQ

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Cedar-Planked Pecan, Bourbon and Brown Sugar Glazed Brie

BY GWEN KENNEALLY This 4th of July I will be making my usual ribs, salmon, burgers and hot dogs, but I have so many vegetarian and vegan friends that I will also be grilling up some fun veggie dishes. I love to create and eat wonderful … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Girasol Opens in Studio City, Michelin Offer, Free Coffee, New Menu

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The dining room of Girasol is designed by Gulla Jonsdottir of G+ who is also responsible for Red O, Hyde, Sushi Roku, and Roxbury.

BY KAREN YOUNG Another Top Chef alum has arrived in the 818 (a group which already includes Fabio Viviani/Firenze Osteria in North Hollywood,  Alex Eusebio/ Sweetsalt in Toluca Lake, and Antonia Lafaso who created the menu at Black Market … [Read more...]

Food News: Les Macarons Duverger for a Perfect Taste of Paris

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Les Macarons Duverger is now available online for gift packs, buffets, party favors and even wedding cakes!

BY KAREN YOUNG I've loved macarons since I first tasted the delicate almond meringue confection in Paris over two decades ago.  Pronounced mack-ah-rohn, it is not to be confused with the coconut  mound cookie (maca-roon).  The … [Read more...]

Summer Fun Guide: Outdoor Cinema with Entertainment, Food and Fun

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BY KAREN YOUNG Moviegoing  takes on a whole new vibe at these summer viewing venues that combine a party atmosphere with eating and entertainment. Movies on the Green :   Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills is the locale for this … [Read more...]

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

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BY KAREN YOUNG If you are looking for new appliances, check out Universal Appliances and Kitchen  Center in Studio City today.  They're having a live cooking  demonstration from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. If you miss today, stop by on Saturday from 11 a.m. … [Read more...]

Restaurants: Hidden Patio Dining in the San Fernando Valley

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Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon

BY KAREN YOUNG Summertime means dining al fresco. But what does that mean for the San Fernando Valley?  The sidewalk patio is indeed making a comeback with a sprinkling down Ventura Blvd, but where are the  patios you can't always see?  We … [Read more...]

This Weekend: Festivals, Music, Food, Theater and More Across Los Angeles

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BY KAREN YOUNG FRIDAY A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream: The Troubies are back at the Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake with this hilarious musical satire directed by Matt Walker. How Deep Is Your Love for the Troubies?! Join them as … [Read more...]

Health & Fitness Finds: Fitness Guru Dove Rose-Grennan Talks Juicing

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BY DOVE ROSE-GRENNAN Editor's Note:  We are thrilled to introduce our new columnist, Dove Rose-Grennan (left), who will be curating all the best info about health and fitness. Dove is  the owner and creator of Dove’s Bodies and has been … [Read more...]

Food Find: Fruigees Turns Organic Fruit and Veggies Into a Tasty Pudding

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BY CARINA WALKER Step aside broccoli smothered in cheese, tricking kids  (and some adults) into eating vegetables has just gotten a whole lot more fun, tastier and healthier. Fruigees, an all-natural pudding snack, packed with organic fruits … [Read more...]