Gwendolyn-Mary Candles and Perfumes: From Sherman Oaks to France and Back

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BY KAREN YOUNG Sherman Oaks resident Kathleen Laccinole  has always joked that "in my next life I'll be a perfumer."  As she explains,  "I have an extremely 'emotional' nose and love, love, love scent." In reality, Laccinole spent many … [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...]

Health & Fitness Finds: Fitness Guru Dove Rose-Grennan Talks Juicing

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BY DOVE ROSE-GRENNAN Editor's Note:  We are thrilled to introduce our new columnist, Dove Rose-Grennan (left), who will be curating all the best info about health and fitness. Dove is  the owner and creator of Dove’s Bodies and has been … [Read more...]

Food Find: Fruigees Turns Organic Fruit and Veggies Into a Tasty Pudding

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BY CARINA WALKER Step aside broccoli smothered in cheese, tricking kids  (and some adults) into eating vegetables has just gotten a whole lot more fun, tastier and healthier. Fruigees, an all-natural pudding snack, packed with organic fruits … [Read more...]

Where to Shop for the Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG Looking for a gift for mom? Check out some of these local, independently owned businesses in the 818 where you'll receive personal service and beautiful gift wrap.  These are some of my favorites across the 818. If there’s a … [Read more...]

Food Find: Artisanal Bread Handcrafted and Made-To-Order

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BY JUDITH A. PROFFER You’re strolling on the tree-lined street of one of your favorite Sherman Oaks neighborhoods when the yeasty, hearty, warm and swoon-worthy aroma of freshly baked bread stops you in your tracks.  Your head snaps to the … [Read more...]

Food Find: New Artisan Vegan “Cheese” Draws Raves at the Studio City Farmers Market

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BY CAROLE ROSNER Studio City residents Allen and Lois Keller never imagined  launching a food business. Yes, they are creative (she’s an artist and he’s a musician/writer/advertising guy) and resourceful, but neither thought of themselves … [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...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Jeweled Crimson Cocktail

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY As I wander around the markets I am beginning to see sure signs that spring is not so far away. I long for the light and pretty tastes that I associate with this time of the year. Blood oranges are among the most abundant … [Read more...]

Give the Gift of Heaven Massage — It’s the Perfect Valentine at an Affordable Price

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BY KAREN YOUNG     In these stressed out times, getting a massage is a healthy way to relax and ease muscle tension, however, choosing where to get a massage can either be dicey or expensive.  The big name spas or hotel … [Read more...]