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...]

Budget Eats: Joe’s Falafel for a Fast and Fresh Mediterranean Meal

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BY KAREN YOUNG  (ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED June 17, 2012) One of my favorite things is to find little hidden eateries that are inexpensive and perfect for a quick on-the-go bite. My latest find is Joe's Falafel in a  non-descript strip mall on … [Read more...]

The Wine Find: A Neighborhood Market Surprise for Bargain Wine and Spirits

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BY BARBARA BARRIELLE (Editor's Note:  This is the first in an ongoing column by Barbara Barrielle on wine and spirits that will take you all over the San Fernando Valley — and perhaps beyond. First stop — Studio City). I had just … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Free Therapy with Lunch, Whole Foods Wine Bar, Kids Cooking, Beer Hop, Bow & Truss, Gipsy Kings Dinner, $4 Burgers and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG Whole Foods in Tarzana  has a wine bar where you can sit down and meet up with friends.  Purchase prepared foods to enjoy along with your wine or if you're craving a steak or seafood, they'll even cook it up and serve it to you. … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: A New Burger Joint, A New Brunch Spot, Ice Cream Fun Flavors, Ladies Night Cocktails

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Stout Burger opens its second location in Studio City

BY KAREN YOUNG   Stout Burgers has finally opened its second location in Studio City (the first is in Hollywood).  Stop by for the $10 gourmet burger with a choice of  beef that is fresh ground in-house daily, organic chicken or the … [Read more...]

Pizza Maven Tonino “Toto” Morra Moves to the Valley

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BY GERRY FURTH-SIDES How's this for an introduction? Pizza maven, Tonino "Toto" Morra,  has been honored by Gourmet Magazine as “making the best crust in America” — and he's located right here in the 818. Morra makes his own … [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...]

Gourmet Dining For Less: Ramsey’s at the Club

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BY ALISON FREEBAIRN-SMITH Excessive holiday eating and spending has led many of us to tighten our wallets and watch our diets,  so we’re eating more meals at home. But, what if I told you I know a place where you can dine in style, eat gourmet … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant and Food News in the 818

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BY KAREN YOUNG LA Creamery opened three stores in a flurry this past year only to have them shutter as quickly. No matter, business is only getting better. They are still providing their artisan ice creams to upscale restaurants and stores, such … [Read more...]

Ciao Coffee and Tea: A Local Indie Gem for Assorted Drinks, Wi-Fi, Music and More

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BY RACHEL HELLER It’s a Tuesday night and 40 Valley music-lovers have wandered down to an independent coffee joint to check out a live show by three local singer-songwriters. The trio of female crooners takes turns wowing their audience, which … [Read more...]