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...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Summer Sangria

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Make this sangria with red or white wine.

BY GWEN KENNEALLY This weekend I will be catering a 'friendraiser/thank you event’ for supporters of  El Nido Family Centers. Founded in Los Angeles in 1925,  it was created as a counseling service for girls. Believing that “a child … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Dine LA Restaurant Week, Taste of Farmer’s Market, Daily Grill, Spumante Wine Dinner, Chipotle Anniversary

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BY KAREN YOUNG Dine LA Restaurant Week is back starting today through July 26.   Here’s your chance to try out some new restaurants with special three course prix fixe menus  (from $15-$45 per person depending on the … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: A Toast to Bastille Day

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Here is a cocktail just perfect for summer and to help us celebrate Bastille Day, the French national holiday that commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Veggie and Cheesy Options for a Fourth of July (or anytime) BBQ

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Cedar-Planked Pecan, Bourbon and Brown Sugar Glazed Brie

BY GWEN KENNEALLY This 4th of July I will be making my usual ribs, salmon, burgers and hot dogs, but I have so many vegetarian and vegan friends that I will also be grilling up some fun veggie dishes. I love to create and eat wonderful … [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...]

Food News: Les Macarons Duverger for a Perfect Taste of Paris

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Les Macarons Duverger is now available online for gift packs, buffets, party favors and even wedding cakes!

BY KAREN YOUNG I've loved macarons since I first tasted the delicate almond meringue confection in Paris over two decades ago.  Pronounced mack-ah-rohn, it is not to be confused with the coconut  mound cookie (maca-roon).  The … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND: Food Festivals, Tutoring Freebie, Comedy, Music and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG SPECIAL FREEBIE! FREE Summer Math Tutoring Offer: Sherman Oaks resident and math tutor extraordinaire, Annie Katz, is offering FREE tutoring sessions to only TEN MyDailyFind.com readers that's worth $70.   For this summer … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Stella’s Campari Orange Spritzer

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campari orange juice

BY GWEN KENNEALLY Earlier this week I was getting a mani/pedi and I got to talking to another client, Stella Angelova, the multi-talented  gymnast and choreographer who is owns her own couture design company. As we were being pampered we started … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Peachy Keen Recipes for Summer

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I have pie clients doing cartwheels because peaches are in season and I must say that the crop is one of  the best in years! I love the basic old fashioned deep dish pie, as well as  mixing peaches  up with other non … [Read more...]