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...]

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...]

Tasty Tidbits: Wine/Beer Meals and Special Deals This Week in the 818

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BY KAREN YOUNG TONIGHT (Sept. 25): The Local Peasant in Sherman Oaks is celebrating LA Beer Week  with German chef specials with beer pairing suggestions featuring Stone Brewery. Beer flights are available. Loteria Grill is offering a … [Read more...]

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...]

New Restaurant: Oakfire Debuts in Sherman Oaks

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

BY KAREN YOUNG In another sign that Los Angeles restaurateurs are finding the San Fernando Valley worthy of growing their empires, restaurant impresario Greg Morris (The Spanish Kitchen, Olive, The Oaks Gourmet, The Belmont, The Cutting Room, … [Read more...]

Smoke City Market Brings a Real Taste of Texas to the 818

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Meats cook in the smoker for six to fourteen hours.

BY KAREN YOUNG The first thing I noticed after eating at Smoke City Market was the smell of smoke on my hands. I’m talking about smoke from a smoker— one that smokes meat, that is.  And with that, there’s a few things that must first must be … [Read more...]

Authentic finger licking wonder food at The Kansas City BBQ Company

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BY CAROLE ROSNER The first thing you notice when you walk into The Kansas City BBQ Company is the aroma—it’s smoky, woody, robust and mouthwatering. The scent of hickory lingers on your hands and clothes after you leave the place, but it’s … [Read more...]

Kogi BBQ: The Food Truck that started the Revolution is in the 818

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The Kogi Truck is roaming the Valley. Find it on Twitter.

BY KAREN YOUNG My teenage son and I first found the Kogi BBQ truck via Twitter one late night almost a year ago parked outside the El Bar in Universal City. We waited over an hour in a line, so by the time we got to the front, we were starving and … [Read more...]