Tasty Tidbits: Free Therapy with Lunch, Whole Foods Wine Bar, Kids Cooking, Beer Hop, Bow & Truss, Gipsy Kings Dinner, $4 Burgers and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG Whole Foods in Tarzana  has a wine bar where you can sit down and meet up with friends.  Purchase prepared foods to enjoy along with your wine or if you're craving a steak or seafood, they'll even cook it up and serve it to you. … [Read more...]

Two Studio City Dwellers Reveal the Magical World of Meringue in a New Cookbook Perfect for the Holidays

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BY KAREN YOUNG Studio City residents Jennifer Evans Gardner and Linda K. Jackson, co –authors of Meringue, met over homemade meringue at their respective children’s pre-school potluck many years ago. Gardner brought raspberry meringue … [Read more...]

FOODIE ROAD TRIP: The Addison at The Grand Del Mar

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BY JENNIFER EVANS GARDNER There is road trip food and then there is food worth the road trip. You know the difference.  Road trip food is a juicy burger and a thick milkshake at a roadside diner that hits the spot just so. Food worth a … [Read more...]

ROAD TRIP: BBQ Boot Camp at Alisal Guest Ranch

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BY JENNIFER EVANS GARDNER When I was 17, my friend Lynne and I took a road trip from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Galveston, Texas. We hatched our plan while lying out by the pool on a scorching hot summer day, wishing aloud that we were lying on a real … [Read more...]

ROAD TRIP: Tacos, San Diego, Waterslides and More

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The water slide.   Photos: Jennifer Evans Gardner

BY JENNIFER EVANS GARDNER (Editor's Note: This is part of a continuing "Road Trip" series by Jennifer Evans Gardner.) I stood in line for the water slide, shivering in the cool marina air, little children all around me. Too many kids for my taste, … [Read more...]

Road Trip: A Staycation or Sunnyside Up in Beverly Hills with Breakfast for Dinner

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BY JENNIFER EVANS GARDNER I’ve never been much of a breakfast for dinner person, but that may be changing. Breakfast ingredients have been making their way into late night snacks, cocktails, entrées… even desserts. Last summer, I had an … [Read more...]

Krua Thai: A spicy, cheap and delicious strip mall find

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BY JENNIFER EVANS GARDNER Ow! It’s been an hour since I finished lunch at Krua Thai and my mouth is still on fire. Don’t get me wrong. I really like this place; but you do have to take care when ordering “spicy” or even “mild-to-spicy” … [Read more...]

What’s Happening: Holiday Magic and Lights in the Valley, Los Angeles and beyond

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Lights at Two Rodeo in Beverly Hills

BY JENNIFER EVANS GARDNER I love the holidays. Not just because chestnuts are roasting in an open fire or because friends and family will gather to celebrate. Not even for the delicious scents of pine and cinnamon wafting through the air, or the … [Read more...]

ROAD TRIP Palos Verdes’ Terranea: A dream resort an hour away from the 818

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BY JENNIFER EVANS GARDNER In today’s economy, the name of the travel game is to find creative ways to cut costs.  Air travel has become not only uncomfortable with long security lines, no-frills customer service and cramped legroom -- it has … [Read more...]

Little Feet in the Kitchen cooks up big dishes

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BY JOANNE KIMES My daughter has never been much of a foodie, sticking with items found only on a kid's menu, so when I heard about Jennifer Evans Gardner's Little Feet In The Kitchen summer cooking camp, I was skeptical. The concept of this cooking … [Read more...]