Budget Eats: Joe’s Falafel for a Fast and Fresh Mediterranean Meal

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BY KAREN YOUNG  (ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED June 17, 2012) One of my favorite things is to find little hidden eateries that are inexpensive and perfect for a quick on-the-go bite. My latest find is Joe's Falafel in a  non-descript strip mall on … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the 818

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BY KAREN YOUNG   LA Creamery seems to be infiltrating Los Angeles with its pints of luscious gourmet ice cream over the hill, but the 818 has been slow on the uptake, however there's finally some waves — Olive & Thyme in Toluca … [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...]

The Hummus Bar and Grill: A Taste of Israel in Tarzana

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There are six choices of hummus which could be a meal in itself. Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG The 818, particularly Ventura Boulevard west of the 405, has become an epicenter for Middle Eastern cuisine (Israeli, Persian, Armenian and Lebanese). There’s a plethora of restaurants serving various kabobs and hummus — each … [Read more...]

Step into a taste of the middle east at Pita Kitchen

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Stuff your own pita with the falafel plate ($8) or get it in a pita ($5) or a wrap$6)

  BY SYDNEY EMBER   The unassuming blue awning has writing in both Hebrew and Arabic, a perfect testament to the Middle East cuisine sizzling on the grill inside.  The rich aroma of lamb and cumin mingles with that of tender chicken and a hint … [Read more...]