Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG   Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is having a Spring Open House on Thursday, March 7. Enjoy a 12 oz Spring beverage for only $1 from 2-6pm. Choose from: Chai Tea Cappuccino, Scottish Breakfast Tea Cappuccino, Anniversary Blend … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Sprinkles Mail Order Ice Cream, Sushi Gift, Starbucks Evening, Pizza Rev Gift Deal, Brats Brothers Expands and Closings/Openings

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  BY KAREN YOUNG How's this for a sweet gift treat? There's many delicious food items you can deliver for the holidays — cookies, cupcakes, wine, cheese, candy, fruit, even Chicago Pizza and steak— but did you ever think that ice … [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...]

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...]

Now Open: Sweet Butter Kitchen, Cafe and Market — How Sweet It Is

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Sweet Butter owner Leslie Danielan and her "brown haired girls" — as she has coined the group name of her chefs. Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG As I entered Sweet Butter Kitchen, Cafe' and Market, I passed an outdoor pillowed sitting area through open wrought iron gates and an herb garden, to a patio courtyard with tables leading into a small café and marketplace. And for an … [Read more...]

Sweetsalt Food Shop: A Brand New Best Food Find in the Valley from a Top Chef

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Duck Confit with Lavender Honey. Photos: Karen Young

BY KRIS KELLEY RIVERA If you can’t reach me during lunchtime, there’s a good chance I’ll be at my new favorite eating spot, Sweetsalt Foodshop. Located at the entrance of Toluca Village, on Riverside Drive, there are so many good choices on … [Read more...]

blue table: A hidden food gem in Calabasas

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Turkey sandwich. Photos by Erin

BY ERINN EICHINGER The fact that I even found blue table in Calabasas is what you might call a happy accident. I was hungry, driving around Calabasas and for some reason our car turned into a tucked away strip mall. I was so not sure about this … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ The Coffee Roaster where everybody knows your name

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TEXT AND PHOTOS BY KAREN PACKER Is there really a place you can go where everybody knows your name, and the people are always glad you came? At The Coffee Roaster in Sherman Oaks it may take a week or two for the owner and her staff to memorize your … [Read more...]