Worth the Trip: Doughboys is Back; Oprah's Favorite still included

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Oprahs Favorite Thing — Doughboy's Red Velvet

BY KAREN YOUNG They bake one of Oprah's Favorite Things and it's one of my all-time favorite casual restaurants — Doughboys Cafe — and it's back — a definitive MY DAILY FIND...even if it’s a teeny bit of a drive from the 818. Doughboys … [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...]

Hugo’s Gives World Cuisine a Healthy Take and an Expansion to the West Valley

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BY RICH LEIVENBERG I’ve known Tom Kaplan for almost 30 years and in that time I have almost never seen him without a smile. It is that smile, that sweetness and serene happiness, that he brings to his Hugo’s restaurants and taco stands. How … [Read more...]

Kings Road Cafe: A City Friend Comes to the Valley

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Kings Road. Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG Kings Road Café opened on Beverly Blvd. in West Hollywood the same year I moved from the City to the Valley. That was 1990. I spent a lot of time going back "over the hill" to Kings Road in those early days for meetings and to … [Read more...]

Q-Cina Green Cafe: Indulge your inner foodie at prices that can’t be beat

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Seared ahi tuna and crab wrap with guacamole, arugula, tomato and herb ponzu aioli. ($9). Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG  (THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED DOWN) Q-Cina Green Café is one of those exciting food finds tucked away in a strip mall that makes you say “why is this not located right next to my house because if so, it would be my new dining … [Read more...]