Restaurants: Hidden Patio Dining in the San Fernando Valley

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Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon

BY KAREN YOUNG Summertime means dining al fresco. But what does that mean for the San Fernando Valley?  The sidewalk patio is indeed making a comeback with a sprinkling down Ventura Blvd, but where are the  patios you can't always see?  We … [Read more...]

New Restaurant: Peasant Wine Bistro Opens in Tarzana

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BY KAREN YOUNG     Tarzana has a new neighborhood restaurant — and from what I could tell in just one visit, it might just be around awhile — that is — if people can find it.  Restaurateur Greg Woodbury opened Peasant … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, New Menu, Dine LA and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG There's more exciting news happening on Ventura Place in Studio City. Last week's Tasty Tidbits brought the news of  Joan's on Third coming.  Now there's another restaurant opening just down the street in  a few weeks … [Read more...]

Welcome 2013: The New Years Eve Dining Guide for the 818

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Dining in the 818

BY KAREN YOUNG Still looking for a special New Years Eve dinner in the 818? Here’s some select restaurants with festive menus, a variety of cuisines, entertainment, times and budgets. Click on the links for more … [Read more...]

Travel: Oxnard — LA’s Affordable Beachside Community

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BY MARY MCGRATH For many years, Oxnard was one of those requisite pit stops between LA and Santa Barbara. It wasn’t a place I even considered visiting until recently. Now, Oxnard is now its own destination and has its own story to tell. … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Ye Olde King’s Head Opens This Week; Frank Leon’s The Village Coming Soon

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kingshead585 Photo: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG The British Are Coming: It's the year of the Brit with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, so it's fitting that the  Ye Olde King's Head  is expanding from its first location in Santa Monica (which has been a fixture … [Read more...]

Red Room Food and Wine Bar: A New Wine Bar Hits Encino

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Dine and drink at the bar or at small tables.

BY KAREN YOUNG Coral Tree Cafe just surprised me in a big way. Both the Brentwood and Encino locations have always served as my mid-way meet and eat places to catch up with friends. It’s  easy  to grab coffee or a casual meal. Little did I … [Read more...]