Restaurants: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2013 in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG Cinco de Mayo is recognized as a regional holiday in Mexico and around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. It is often confused with Mexican Independence Day which is on September 16. Cinco de Mayo … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipes for the Best Tea Party Ever

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I can always tell when it is Spring because of the many inquiries I receive about afternoon teas for bridal and baby showers, birthday parties and girls reunions. I am also bombarded with requests for tea recipes. I … [Read more...]

Food Find: Artisanal Bread Handcrafted and Made-To-Order

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BY JUDITH A. PROFFER You’re strolling on the tree-lined street of one of your favorite Sherman Oaks neighborhoods when the yeasty, hearty, warm and swoon-worthy aroma of freshly baked bread stops you in your tracks.  Your head snaps to the … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Help Boston, Beer 101, Wine Dinner, Stumptown Coffee, Brioche Pancakes

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BY KAREN YOUNG Shawna Dawson Beer, the brains behind Artisanal LA, LA Street Food Fest and Sauce LA,  has organized LAdrinks2Boston on April 27 —  a day for LA bars, restaurants and customers to raise money for the victims of the Boston … [Read more...]

Food Find: New Artisan Vegan “Cheese” Draws Raves at the Studio City Farmers Market

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BY CAROLE ROSNER Studio City residents Allen and Lois Keller never imagined  launching a food business. Yes, they are creative (she’s an artist and he’s a musician/writer/advertising guy) and resourceful, but neither thought of themselves … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Celebrate Earth Day All Year With “Green” Recipes

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY   Earth Day, which was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970, was first organized  to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet, as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: The Mid-Summer Nights Dream

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 BY GWEN KENNEALLY "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind". William Shakespeare  If music be the food of love —play on—and make sure you have a cocktail in hand to celebrate … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Pedalers Fork To Open; Blu Jam Cafe To Expand to Ventura Boulevard

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BY KAREN YOUNG     For those who've been writing and asking about the  Pedalers Fork opening date in Calabasas, the wait is almost over. It's set to officially start serving  on April 22.   This farm to table  restaurant … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Surprise of Cooking with Garlic

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I was interviewed by The Food Network a few years ago and asked what food most resembles my personality. I had to say garlic — peel the many layers to reveal the heat. It has many flavors —  from spicy when raw and sweet … [Read more...]

Freebies and Deals for Tax Day and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG Today is tax day, so hopefully you've gotten your taxes done or have filed an extension.  If not, you can still get a deal! Some businesses in the 818 (and all over L.A.) are marking tax day and other days in April with … [Read more...]