New Restaurant: Tuning Fork Gastropub for Good Eats, Drinks and All Around Fun

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BY KAREN YOUNG The latest entry in the San Fernando Valley dining scene is Tuning Fork Gastropub, which opened March 8 on Ventura Place in Studio City, replacing the three decades old Sompun Thai Restaurant. The space was completely gutted and … [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...]

Village Fish Market — A Great Catch in Calabasas

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BY  DEBBIE PAPPALAU Sure, Justin Bieber has his crib nearby and Britney Spears calls Lake Sherwood home sweet home but the new neighbor that’s got me as giddy as a heartstruck teenager is Village Fish Market in Calabasas. You … [Read more...]

Budget Eats: Joe’s Falafel for a Fast and Fresh Mediterranean Meal

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BY KAREN YOUNG  (ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED June 17, 2012) One of my favorite things is to find little hidden eateries that are inexpensive and perfect for a quick on-the-go bite. My latest find is Joe's Falafel in a  non-descript strip mall on … [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...]

Cupid’s Meal 2013: Valentine’s Day Dining in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG If you’ve decided to make Valentine’s Day a dining experience this year, here’s  a diverse list  of restaurants in the 818 featuring special menus for Cupid’s holiday with varying cuisine and price points.  Where will … [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...]

Tasty Tidbits: Joan’s on Third, Restaurant Changes, New Loteria Menu, Coffee Bargain, Top Chef Dinner, Umami Deal

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BY KAREN YOUNG Finally! Joan's on Third is coming to Studio City in April!  The location is on Ventura Place where the old post office was located.  Ventura Place is the home of the Studio City Sunday Farmer's Market  between  Laurel Canyon … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG Sherman Oaks' The Local Peasant is expanding to  a second location in Woodland Hills this February.  Co-owner Karl Makinen says that it will be very similar to the Sherman Oaks location except they will feature 27 craft tap … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Sprinkles Mail Order Ice Cream, Sushi Gift, Starbucks Evening, Pizza Rev Gift Deal, Brats Brothers Expands and Closings/Openings

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  BY KAREN YOUNG How's this for a sweet gift treat? There's many delicious food items you can deliver for the holidays — cookies, cupcakes, wine, cheese, candy, fruit, even Chicago Pizza and steak— but did you ever think that ice … [Read more...]