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 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...]

The Wine Find: Trader Joe’s has the Muscle to Bargain for Wines—and It Doesn’t Stop with Charles Shaw!

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BY BARBARA BARRIELLE Face it.  It is hard to beat the Trader Joe's  formula.  Easy-to-navigate smallish stores with rather delectable offerings (sea salt and caramel, holiday peppermint and chocolate every which way,  quick party … [Read more...]

The Wine Find: A Neighborhood Market Surprise for Bargain Wine and Spirits

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BY BARBARA BARRIELLE (Editor's Note:  This is the first in an ongoing column by Barbara Barrielle on wine and spirits that will take you all over the San Fernando Valley — and perhaps beyond. First stop — Studio City). I had just … [Read more...]

The Olive Vineyard: A Gourmet Tasting Room for Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

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BY KAREN YOUNG Olive oil and vinegar tasting rooms have always been places I’ve visited on vacations — from Ojai to Los Olivos, Napa and Sonoma — and of course, Italy. Now, thanks to the entrepreneurial vision of two young couples, a fine … [Read more...]

A Surprise Find: A novel indoor Asian mini-mall and supermarket in the 818

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Galleria Market in Northridge has a massive food court. Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG I drove to Northridge with my teen daughter and her friend last week with the intention of going to the brick and mortar Get Shaved ( a MDF fave) only to find it didn't open until 2 pm.  Since there was no turning back after we drove … [Read more...]

Farm Fresh To You: Fruits and vegetables delivered to your door

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Seasonal bounty. Photos: Carole Rosser.

BY CAROLE ROSNER Imagine just picked, best of the season, sun-ripened, organic berries, melons, herbs, citrus fruits, lettuces, avocados and so much more delivered to your front door whenever you want them. There’s no trip to a grocery store where … [Read more...]

Star Restaurant Supply: Restaurant quality products at a discount

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Cutting boards and stuff. Photos: Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER If you’re a chef, caterer or restaurant owner, you’ve probably shopped at Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply Company in Van Nuys sometime in the past 50 years. Even if you're a novice, cooking in your own kitchen, Star has … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ Farm Boy: Fruit, vegetables, fro yo, sushi, Asian specialities and more

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Chap Chae (glass noodles)

BY CAROLE ROSNER Years ago, I lived in New York City and earned very little money in my first grown up job. I searched out cheap eats and often ended up buying food from the small, relatively inexpensive, fruit and vegetable markets that lined my … [Read more...]

The gastronomic pleasures of Studio City’s Artisan Cheese Gallery

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BY CAROLE ROSNER The holidays may be over, but as Martha Stewart and The Barefoot Contessa will tell you, it's always wise to keep some food staples on hand to be able to whip up that quick bite. The Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City can make … [Read more...]