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

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Tacos at Loteria Grill.

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...]

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...]

Easter Sunday Brunch in the San Fernando Valley 2013

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Spoonful in Studio City is having a Gospel Brunch and an Easter Bonnet contest!

BY KAREN YOUNG While most all 818 restaurants are open on Easter Sunday,  there's a limited number offering special menus. Here's a handful to get you started. EAST VALLEY The Bistro Garden  The three course champagne brunch  at … [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...]

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...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, Henry’s Tacos, Katsu-ya, Cafe Aldente and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG Last weekend saw the opening of Peasant Wine Bistro in Tarzana.  Restaurateur Greg Woodbury, who  opened Bleecker Street, but broke ties a couple years ago, has brought on  Executive Chef Marcel Vinson (also from Bleecker) … [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...]