Back to the Kitchen: Veggie and Cheesy Options for a Fourth of July (or anytime) BBQ

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Cedar-Planked Pecan, Bourbon and Brown Sugar Glazed Brie

BY GWEN KENNEALLY This 4th of July I will be making my usual ribs, salmon, burgers and hot dogs, but I have so many vegetarian and vegan friends that I will also be grilling up some fun veggie dishes. I love to create and eat wonderful … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Girasol Opens in Studio City, Michelin Offer, Free Coffee, New Menu

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The dining room of Girasol is designed by Gulla Jonsdottir of G+ who is also responsible for Red O, Hyde, Sushi Roku, and Roxbury.

BY KAREN YOUNG Another Top Chef alum has arrived in the 818 (a group which already includes Fabio Viviani/Firenze Osteria in North Hollywood,  Alex Eusebio/ Sweetsalt in Toluca Lake, and Antonia Lafaso who created the menu at Black Market … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant and Wine News in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG If you are looking for new appliances, check out Universal Appliances and Kitchen  Center in Studio City today.  They're having a live cooking  demonstration from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. If you miss today, stop by on Saturday from 11 a.m. … [Read more...]

Health & Fitness Finds: Fitness Guru Dove Rose-Grennan Talks Juicing

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BY DOVE ROSE-GRENNAN Editor's Note:  We are thrilled to introduce our new columnist, Dove Rose-Grennan (left), who will be curating all the best info about health and fitness. Dove is  the owner and creator of Dove’s Bodies and has been … [Read more...]

Food Find: Fruigees Turns Organic Fruit and Veggies Into a Tasty Pudding

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BY CARINA WALKER Step aside broccoli smothered in cheese, tricking kids  (and some adults) into eating vegetables has just gotten a whole lot more fun, tastier and healthier. Fruigees, an all-natural pudding snack, packed with organic fruits … [Read more...]

A Restaurant Worth the Drive: Fig & Olive on Melrose Place for a Taste of the Mediterranean

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BY KAREN YOUNG One of my favorite go-to restaurants "over-the-hill" is Fig & Olive  in West Hollywood. I first enjoyed the restaurant in New York (where there are three locations), so when it opened here  nearly 2 1/2 years ago  I was … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Brussels Sprouts — The Now Trend and Everyone’s New Best Friend

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Brussels sprouts in a cake? Read on!

BY  GWEN KENNEALLY This past holiday season the surprising star of my events was brussels sprouts! Between Chanukah, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years parties ,I’ll bet I served thousands! Roasted, grilled, sautéed, shaved in a salad, … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG   Harvest Moon Kitchen and Marketplace soft opened last week on Magnolia just east of Whitsett in Valley Village, but will be having its grand opening this Saturday, November 4 with lots of free samples.  This is the … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Pressed Juicery, Pink Ribbon Cookies, National Taco Day, Panera Contest, Ladies Martini Night and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG   Sweet Butter Kitchen  in Sherman Oaks is donating all the proceeds of their homemade pink ribbon cookies to breast cancer research this week. October 4 is National Taco Day. To celebrate, the legendary Casa Vega is … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the 818—and Beyond

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The Daily Grill offers entrees under 600, such as this chicken meatball and angel hair dish for 590 calories.

BY KAREN YOUNG The Cheesecake Factory now has competition for their SkinnyLicious menu. The Daily Grill is now offering a Simply 600 Menu made up of meals that are 600 calories or less. Choose from salads, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, seafood, … [Read more...]