New Restaurant: Tuning Fork Gastropub for Good Eats, Drinks and All Around Fun

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BY KAREN YOUNG The latest entry in the San Fernando Valley dining scene is Tuning Fork Gastropub, which opened March 8 on Ventura Place in Studio City, replacing the three decades old Sompun Thai Restaurant. The space was completely gutted and … [Read more...]

New Restaurant: Peasant Wine Bistro Opens in Tarzana

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BY KAREN YOUNG     Tarzana has a new neighborhood restaurant — and from what I could tell in just one visit, it might just be around awhile — that is — if people can find it.  Restaurateur Greg Woodbury opened Peasant … [Read more...]

TRAVEL: Destination Del Mar — Opulent Luxury or Beachy Vibe

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BY MARY McGRATH       Another getaway was in order, and this weekend, Del Mar was our chosen spot. I hadn’t been to this area in a number of years. My fond recollections only centered on my rich wild aunt who liked to … [Read more...]

This Weekend: What’s Happening Around Town

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BY KAREN YOUNG       Guys and Dolls. Jr.: Join the Walter Reed Middle School community on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 for their spring musical theater production of “Guys and Dolls, Jr.!” An impressive … [Read more...]

See “Oz The Great and Powerful” with MyMovieDeals.com

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BY KAREN YOUNG Studio City residents Frank Buckley and Gordon Ho  never imagined when they met ten years ago at Beeman Park where their sons played  t-ball that they would now be in business together in a venture separate from their … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: For the Love of Artichoke

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The artichoke is a perennial in the thistle group of the sunflower family and is believed to be a native of the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. In full growth, the plant spreads to cover an area about six feet in … [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...]

Budget Eats: Joe’s Falafel for a Fast and Fresh Mediterranean Meal

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BY KAREN YOUNG  (ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED June 17, 2012) One of my favorite things is to find little hidden eateries that are inexpensive and perfect for a quick on-the-go bite. My latest find is Joe's Falafel in a  non-descript strip mall on … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Magic of Fennel

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I found the most amazing fennel this weekend at the open-air market. With its umbels of tiny yellow flowers and dark green or bronze wispy leaves and subtle hint of licorice flavor, fennel is one of my most favorite vegetables. … [Read more...]

Worth the Drive to Dine: Petrossian on Robertson

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  BY KAREN YOUNG Caviar. That seemingly unapproachable, mysterious, allusive, expensive delicacy that people seem to love or hate (or rather, never thought about) depending on one’s palate and pocketbook. I’ve always had the palate … [Read more...]