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...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG Take a Bao officially opened  in Studio City on October 31 at 11838 Ventura Blvd., expanding the menu from its Century City location. Check it out for asian fusion baos, small plates, rice bowls, salads, soups, chicken wings, … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News Comings and Goings in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG Visit Du-pars in Studio City tomorrow (August 2) between 6 a.m. -  noon and get a short stack of pancakes at the 1948 price —.40 cents.  CBS 2 will broadcast live with weatherman Josh Rubenstein doing the local weather starting at … [Read more...]

Conscious Comfort Food Headlines Otis Jackson's Soul Dog

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BY KAREN YOUNG It started with a “snap.” Yeah, you know the sound. It’s that juicy snap which occurs when you bite into a perfectly cooked hot dog. That's what happened when I bit into an Otis Jackson’s Soul Dog—and I’m … [Read more...]

New Restaurant: Oakfire Debuts in Sherman Oaks

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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...]

It's Burger Madness as Umami Burger Finally Opens in Studio City

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BY KAREN YOUNG After months and months of waiting, Umami Valli (aka Valley) finally opens today at 11 a.m. in Studio City. The fifth rendition of this insanely popular burger restaurant has gone upscale in a Hollywood Regency style, designed by … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Xtreme Desserts Opens, Umami Update, Natas Dinner

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BY KAREN YOUNG At last, the original Red Velvet Cookie has found a permanent home. XTREME DESSERTS, one of My Daily Find’s absolutely favorite dessert companies, and the creator of this scrumptious cookie, just opened their first store in Studio … [Read more...]

Living large with Brats Brothers authentic gourmet sausages

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(NOTE: Since this article first appeared, Brats Brothers moved to  a new and bigger location in Sherman Oaks. Beer and wine is now served 13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (just east of Dixie Cyn).) BY KAREN YOUNG There are times when I … [Read more...]

QBowl: Quality Teriyaki Bowl for a fresh, quick and inexpensive bite

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BY KAREN YOUNG When I first saw the sign go up for Quality Teriyaki Bowl, I mused about the name which sounded so incredibly unimaginative. Visions of bad teriyaki bowls, laden with corn starch sauce, found in food courts in malls across America … [Read more...]

Fab Hot Dogs: Serving up some of the best dogs this side of NYC

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BY KAREN YOUNG It’s the place where every dog is made to order and sauces are freshly prepared all day long. Some say it’s the best dog this side of NYC. So, when you hear about a dog that’s this good, you’ve got to try it. But, I must … [Read more...]