Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants and Special Events in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG   More Umami: Burbank (at the edge of Toluca Lake) is the now the home of the 17th Umami Burger to open in just five years. With recent openings in Miami and Oakland and the upcoming mega-locale in Greenwich Village, New … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Girasol Opens in Studio City, Michelin Offer, Free Coffee, New Menu

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The dining room of Girasol is designed by Gulla Jonsdottir of G+ who is also responsible for Red O, Hyde, Sushi Roku, and Roxbury.

BY KAREN YOUNG Another Top Chef alum has arrived in the 818 (a group which already includes Fabio Viviani/Firenze Osteria in North Hollywood,  Alex Eusebio/ Sweetsalt in Toluca Lake, and Antonia Lafaso who created the menu at Black Market … [Read more...]

This Weekend: Father’s Day Deals, Freebies and Fun Events for All Ages

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BY KAREN YOUNG DAD'S DAY DEALS Need a gift for dad? No Roses Jewelry is offering 20% off on gifts for Dad, including business card holders by Tracy Hall, Silver for Men by Samvel and all cuff links and key fobs.  Just mention My Daily … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Cactus Taqueria, Daily Grill Wine Tasting, SugarFish, Tuning Fork, Firenze Osteria

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BY KAREN YOUNG Cactus Taqueria opened on Friday in the former Henry's Taco's location on the corner of Tujunga and Moorpark in Studio City.  As most know, Henry's replaced Studio Sub across the street a couple months ago. Although both are … [Read more...]

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...]

A Restaurant Worth the Drive: Fig & Olive on Melrose Place for a Taste of the Mediterranean

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BY KAREN YOUNG One of my favorite go-to restaurants "over-the-hill" is Fig & Olive  in West Hollywood. I first enjoyed the restaurant in New York (where there are three locations), so when it opened here  nearly 2 1/2 years ago  I was … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, Food News and More in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG   The Local Peasant just opened its second location in Woodland Hills in the space that formerly housed Casa De Carlos.   It's  very similar to the original location in Sherman Oaks except they feature 27 craft tap … [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...]

Worth the Drive to Dine: Petrossian on Robertson

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  BY KAREN YOUNG Caviar. That seemingly unapproachable, mysterious, allusive, expensive delicacy that people seem to love or hate (or rather, never thought about) depending on one’s palate and pocketbook. I’ve always had the palate … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Lemonade is Coming, Totes Juices To Open, Sweet Butter Valentine, Superbowl Food, Panera’s Hidden Menu, Dine LA, Breakfast of Champions

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BY KAREN YOUNG Studio City is making its case as restaurant capital of the valley, and perhaps the fastest growing area,  even stronger.  Lemonade announced on its Facebook page that it's coming to  Studio City on Ventura Blvd. in mid-May. … [Read more...]