Fab Hot Dogs: Serving up some of the best dogs this side of NYC

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BY KAREN YOUNG It’s the place where every dog is made to order and sauces are freshly prepared all day long. Some say it’s the best dog this side of NYC. So, when you hear about a dog that’s this good, you’ve got to try it. But, I must … [Read more...]

Tantalizing Thai at Sri Siam Cafe

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Pad Thai  Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG I'm starting to think that some the best food I've eaten in the San Fernando Valley lately is coming out of restaurants located in strip malls or off the beaten track. Rather than a dining experience, these kind of eateries are for … [Read more...]

OlivA Restaurant: A Little Bit of Italy in the Neighborhood

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Fresh checca and focaccio bread; soup.

BY KAREN YOUNG The first note of worth about any ethnic restaurant is whether people from that country are patrons. Putting this theory to work, most any time I walk into OlivA in Sherman Oaks, the odds are that there are people at various tables … [Read more...]

Puro Sabor: A Peruvian gastronomical wonder

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Ceviche. Photos: Karen Young.

BY KAREN YOUNG One of the most interesting aspects of the San Fernando Valley is its diversity of cultures and with that comes some truly authentic ethnic eateries — in perhaps some out of the way places that are so worth the drive — and Puro … [Read more...]

Where to Watch the 2010 World Cup in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG Beginning June 11 and running through July 11, 32 nations will gather at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.  Sports bars and restaurants all over Los Angeles will be opening their doors for … [Read more...]

The taste of Italian home cooking at Cafe Aldente

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BY KAREN YOUNG Café Aldente is one of those neighborhood restaurants that seriously flies under the radar. Located near the back of the strip center anchored by Peets and Chin Chin in Studio City, this small, casual eatery with a sidewalk café, … [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...]

Got Lobster? Check out these restaurants in the 818

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BY KAREN YOUNG There's something about summer that brings lobster to mind.  Visions and memories of the Eastern seaboard with fresh air,  blue skies and the sparkling sea.  Cool sand between your toes, sitting close enough to the ocean to feel a … [Read more...]

The quest for the perfect salad dressings solved

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Health Nut House Dressing $5.95 16 oz.

BY KAREN YOUNG Finding the perfect salad dressing is not an easy task. It has to be flavorful without being overpowering, delicate yet zesty , natural without preservatives, and of course,  popping  with that real homemade taste. After getting … [Read more...]

Authentic finger licking wonder food at The Kansas City BBQ Company

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BY CAROLE ROSNER The first thing you notice when you walk into The Kansas City BBQ Company is the aroma—it’s smoky, woody, robust and mouthwatering. The scent of hickory lingers on your hands and clothes after you leave the place, but it’s … [Read more...]