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: Restaurant and Wine News in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG If you are looking for new appliances, check out Universal Appliances and Kitchen  Center in Studio City today.  They're having a live cooking  demonstration from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. If you miss today, stop by on Saturday from 11 a.m. … [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...]

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...]

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: Restaurant News in the 818

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BY KAREN YOUNG Join MDF's very own Gwen Kenneally for an interactive  "sweet and savory" cooking class at Whole Foods Tarzana this Saturday, February 23 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  It's the perfect date night — or come alone or with friends. … [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...]