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...]

Tula’s Restaurant and Decoy Lounge: An Unexpected Surprise for Casual Food and Drink

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BY KAREN YOUNG There’s nothing like being pleasantly surprised by a restaurant about which you  have little expectations.  And that’s exactly what happened when I was invited to dine at Tula’s in North Hollywood.  It's a quiet option … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Umami/LA Creamery Strike Deal, Sportsmen’s Lodge Comeback, Kids and Caviar

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BY KAREN YOUNG The Sportsmen's Lodge, once the legendary stomping grounds of stars like Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart and John Wayne, started its makeover in 2009 when it was acquired by Richard Weintraub. Now, the restaurant which was originally … [Read more...]

Raphael’s Star Chef, New Small Plate Menu, Happy Hour and Regional Wine Series

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BY KAREN YOUNG Amidst the stretch of sushi restaurants, pizzerias, taverns and automotive facilities on Ventura Blvd in Studio City, sits Raphael — a sleek, sophisticated, fine dining establishment without pretention, but with that certain … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Tea Party Recipes for Valentine’s Day and Other Occasions

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Who doesn’t love a tea party—especially on Valentine's Day? When I create special events, I enjoy mixing traditions and customizing them to fit the tastes of my clients. Recently, I did a party for someone who loves my ginger … [Read more...]

The Bistro Garden Unveils A New Tea Party

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BY KAREN YOUNG Spring is here  and that means it's the perfect time for having a tea party for a special celebration.  Studio City's The Bistro Garden is now offering a new concept — “Tea Party at the Garden” for special events—and you … [Read more...]

Road Trip: A Staycation or Sunnyside Up in Beverly Hills with Breakfast for Dinner

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BY JENNIFER EVANS GARDNER I’ve never been much of a breakfast for dinner person, but that may be changing. Breakfast ingredients have been making their way into late night snacks, cocktails, entrées… even desserts. Last summer, I had an … [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...]

Restaurant Review: LudoBites 6.0 = a palate popping blast

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Ludo and Krissy Lefebvre

BY KAREN YOUNG The fervor surrounding Chef Ludovic "Ludo"  Lefebvre and his growing LudoBites empire is simply mind-boggling. What Los Angeles chef breaks the news of opening a "pop up" restaurant in Sherman Oaks in a New York Times feature story … [Read more...]