Food conscious Wholesome2go home delivery meal service

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BY AMANDA TRAXLER When leaving for Europe to be a personal chef for a celebrity client’s movie shoot, James Barry knew that his established clientele was not pleased. Especially the woman who was finally losing her stubborn baby weight by eating … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ The Coffee Roaster where everybody knows your name

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TEXT AND PHOTOS BY KAREN PACKER Is there really a place you can go where everybody knows your name, and the people are always glad you came? At The Coffee Roaster in Sherman Oaks it may take a week or two for the owner and her staff to memorize your … [Read more...]

Lauren’s Biscotti: Not your ordinary cookie

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Lauren Leitner's motto is that her biscotti are "made with love.

BY KAREN YOUNG When a friend told me I had to try a special biscotti made by a woman named Lauren,  I said “sure” — not getting too excited or thinking much about it. I mean, what’s the big deal about biscotti?  Every biscotti I’ve ever … [Read more...]

Noho’s Vicious Dogs…are delicious dogs

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BY FRED RUBIN Being a native Chicagoan I have automatic “street cred” when it comes to judging a good hot dog. Honestly, the very first week I settled in Los Angeles thirty-three years ago, I began a search for a hot dog joint that would … [Read more...]

Sol Y Luna: Most worthy Mexican cuisine in the West Valley

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BY ERINN EICHINGER Sol Y Luna sits on a quiet stretch of Ventura Boulevard right in between Tarzana and Woodland Hills.  It’s easy to cruise by, notice the artistic sign, and keep right on going.  But as I found out on two separate visits, … [Read more...]

A Taste of Lisbon at Natas Pastries and Portuguese Cafe’

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BY CAROLE ROSNER I’ve never traveled to Portugal—never experienced the bustling capital city of Lisbon or seen the tiny island of Madeira. I haven’t gone fishing there or danced in any nightclubs.  I have, however, gone to Natas Pastries … [Read more...]

The Art of Food and Amy’s Underground Decadent Dinner Parties

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Jurist learned how to make this Lobster Ravoli was prepared for

BY KAREN YOUNG “I’m really into yummy decadence, not fussy decadence,” says Amy Jurist  as we sit in the modern kitchen of her airy home in the Studio City hills overlooking the San Fernando Valley.   Placed on the table, surrounding a … [Read more...]

Sushi Don (Sasabune) for a quick, quality sushi fix

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Mineo (Jimmy) runs Sushi Don and greets everyone like a friend.

BY KAREN YOUNG If you need a quick sushi fix that won't dent your wallet, run to Sushi Don Sasabune in Valley Village. A most affable man named Mineo (Jimmy) meticulously runs the place, which is owned by the renowned Sushi Sasabune in West Los … [Read more...]

Henry’s Hat – A Welcome New Gastropub in Studio City

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BY PAULINE ADAMEK There's a new watering hole in the Valley and you'll be happy to find that Henry's Hat, on Cahuenga West, is a cut above your average neighborhood pub. Following the success of Luna Park in San Francisco and Los Angeles, … [Read more...]

Nola Ice brings New Orleans to Sherman Oaks

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BY SYDNEY EMBER The wedding cake has a delicate hint of vanilla sugar and butter frosting. The sweet kiss of the first taste suggests bouquets of baby's breath, taffeta veils and scattered roses, and when sipped through a neon straw, blends subtly … [Read more...]