Back to the Kitchen: Warming up with Fall Soups

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY After a few very chilly mornings, it feels like fall is really here! I love this time of year to be out and about in the brisk weather. From a culinary standpoint, it is both exciting and creative. Walking around the open-air … [Read more...]

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

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terrNelson's fish & chips 110

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...]

Encino dancer kicks it up Zumba-style at Pilate Sports Center

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BY JUDITH A. PROFFER She busted our her best “Thriller” moves alongside Jennifer Garner in “Thirteen Going On Thirty” and was a hoofer on “Cedric the Entertainer Presents.”  When she’s not dancing with the likes of Carmen Electra on … [Read more...]

My Celeb Finds

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BY MY DAILY FIND STAFF Celebrities find the same places we do! And we find them! Have any star sightings in the 818? Contact us! Tell us who you saw! Here’s who we found… Kim Kardashian taping  Keeping up with the Kardashians at soto … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Top Chef in Noho, Dine LA, Free Kids Meals

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Chef Fabio Viviani will be at Bookstar Saturday

BY KAREN YOUNG We may be in an economic turn-down,  but it seems that's not stopping restaurateurs from opening new ventures.  The latest arrival to the San Fernando Valley food scene is Chef Fabio Viviani, "Top Chef" Season 5, who will helm the … [Read more...]

Custom blended bath and body products at Pure Sense by Paula

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BY CAROLE ROSNER I’ve walked into many stores where the fragrances are so strong my eyes water, my head hurts, and I just want to leave as soon as possible.  But stepping into the sunlit, white-walled Pure Sense by Paula in Studio City is like a … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Fabulous Fig

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Much to my surprise and delight there were an abundance of figs at the open air market this week. It is almost the end of the season, so go out and grab them quick!  My daughter was so excited that she made me buy more than I … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: The Two Most Important Words in the Language of Parenting

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. Two and A Half Men is a sitcom in which a newly divorced Alan (played by Jon Cryer), along with his 10 year old son, finds himself having to ‘temporarily’ move in with his brother Charlie (played by Charlie Sheen).  In one … [Read more...]

Bare Sole: An out-of-the-box shoe store in Burbank

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Three generations: Owner Cissy Conner (r) with her daughter, Kate Longley, and grandaughter, Kiki.  Photo: Gabriel Acevedo

BY AMANDA TRAXLER Cissy Conner’s concept for shoes with interchangeable straps—which came to her in a dream and which inspired her to open Bare Sole ,  the Burbank shoe store she runs with daughter Kate Longley—no doubt qualifies her as an … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: Uncovering a True Love of Learning

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. When I was 13, I started taking guitar lessons.  Unfortunately, it didn’t take.  After just 2 short months of struggling with fingering and calluses, I had had enough. I kept that guitar, though, for close to 20 years.  … [Read more...]