THIS WEEKEND: Spend it San Fernando Valley-Centric

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BY KAREN YOUNG       (PLACE THE CURSOR ON THE PHOTO AND SCROLL TO THE RIGHT OR LEFT) Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend: Harrisons in Tarzana has absolutely beautiful diamond necklaces (see above photo) in stock for … [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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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...]

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...]

This Weekend: Holiday Happenings with Santa, Gladiators, Shopping, Theater and More

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 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...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, Sushi Party Platters, Henry’s Tacos, Loteria Grill and Gift Card Deals

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BY KAREN YOUNG Sushi Don in North Hollywood  (a fast casual offshoot of Sasabune in West L.A.) has one amazing daily deal on party platters through December 31. Mix and match any  four party platters for $100.  There are two kinds of platters: … [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...]

Holiday Gift Guide: Shop Local Small Businesses in the San Fernando Valley

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BY  KAREN YOUNG Stay away from the madness of the malls and shop local, independently owned businesses. Despite the holiday rush, it’s guaranteed you’ll receive personal service and beautiful gift wrap. Here’s a list of some of my … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND: Winter Celebrations, Unique LA Shopping, Giving Back, Auto Fun and Theater for the Holidays

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Snow in Studio City this Sunday.  Photo: Courtesy Studio City Residents Association

BY KAREN YOUNG TONIGHT! FRIDAY Downtown Burbank Holiday Cheer:   Downtown Burbank kicks off a month-long celebration filled with free seasonal events from December 1 through January 1, 2013. It all begins with the Mayor's Tree Lighting … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND: Small Biz Saturday, Shopping Deals, American Idol’s Phillip Phillips and More What To Do

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BY KAREN YOUNG MY DAILY FIND FAVES OFFERING SPECIAL SALES FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AND THANKSGIVING WEEKEND     Sy Devore: This legendary Studio City store named after the man who was the “tailor to the stars” … [Read more...]