ROAD TRIP: BBQ Boot Camp at Alisal Guest Ranch

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BY JENNIFER EVANS GARDNER When I was 17, my friend Lynne and I took a road trip from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Galveston, Texas. We hatched our plan while lying out by the pool on a scorching hot summer day, wishing aloud that we were lying on a real … [Read more...]

Worth the Drive: Have Fun with Wine at the Second Glass Wine Riot

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BY KAREN YOUNG If you’re a wine lover or just interested in learning, check out the Second Glass Wine Riot on March 25 and 26 (purchase tickets in advance). It’s a traveling expo-style party for 300 people on the dining deck of the recently … [Read more...]

Olive & Thyme: A Gourmet Marketplace and Cafe takes root in Toluca Lake

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BY KAREN YOUNG Another sign that the city food vibe is now filtering to the Valley is the opening of Olive & Thyme in Toluca Lake.  For years, many of us valley-ites have previously had to take a trip over the hill for a gourmet … [Read more...]

The Perfect Valentine: The Haute Chocolate Affair

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The theme of the December dinner was Winter Wonderland. Here guests mingle before dinner with appetizers and drinks.

BY KAREN YOUNG Some of the best times I've had since launching My Daily Find have been evenings spent at Amy's Culinary Adventure's Decadent Underground Dinners — with innovative food and wine, cocktails, and wonderfully interesting guests.  For … [Read more...]

Dishing up specialty cooking classes in the 818

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Pizza dough rolling seen here at Cook LA.   Photo: Cook LA

BY KAREN YOUNG Select restaurants and cooking schools are having special classes and events coming up — from a Top Chef to Vegan, Cookies, French and Gourmet Kids — for pros, serious cooks and those who just want to have fun! The Academy of … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND AND MORE: Underground Dinner Party, Jewelry Trunk Shows, Starbucks, Boutique, Pottery, Music and Holiday Celebrations

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BY KAREN YOUNG A couple past My Daily Find favorites are popping up with new finds this weekend. There' s some fun boutiques, free Starbucks, music trunk shows and some very special holiday celebrations over the hill. Also, don't miss getting a deal … [Read more...]

This Sunday! Chef Neal Fraser and The Apron Project benefits families in Africa; Local event to raise awareness and funds

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BY JOCELYN FREID What if you had less then a dollar a day to feed your family but couldn’t afford the wood to cook it? That is the reality of women living across Africa, but one couple, Tal and Terence, are dedicated to helping the problem.  … [Read more...]

A Day in the Kitchen Cooking School is more like a Day in a Europe

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Diane Mohlief

BY CAROLE ROSNER Traveling through the gates of a private residence in Encino leads you to more than just a traditional cooking class. Breathtaking gardens surround an English country cottage where recipes, tips and secrets from one of L.A’s most … [Read more...]

Meet/Greet/Bake with Barbara Fairchild and Bon Appétit Desserts

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Bon Appetit Editor-in-Chief Barbara Fairchild wil be at Westfield-Topanga on November 14 for a meet/greet/bake.

BY KAREN YOUNG For all you dessert lovers who like to bake, or those who just like to salivate, Bon Appetit has just released the bible of all dessert cookbooks — Bon Appétit  Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful. Written … [Read more...]

Cook LA: A new cooking school with a modern edge

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BY CAROLE ROSNER Studio City’s newly opened cooking school, Cook L.A., is welcoming, convenient, educational, and fun. The space at Cook L.A. looks like a cross between a home kitchen and a modern commercial kitchen. All classes are hands-on … [Read more...]