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...]

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...]

The Wine Find: Bubbles are the Perfect Way to Greet 2013 — Or Any Day!

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BY BARBARA BARRIELLE Champagne is, of course, the traditional toast to the New Year. And, as most of us know, it is the sparkling beverage that comes from the French wine-growing region of Champagne, and has influenced all other sparkling … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND: Holiday Happenings For All Ages

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The choir from the Colburn School will perform at the 52rd Annual

BY KAREN YOUNG FROM THE MDF HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS FILES: THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON CLICK BELOW: The MDF Guide to Festive Holiday Lights and Boat Parades The MDF Guide to Outdoor Ice Skating Across Los Angeles Shop Local: The MDF … [Read more...]