Restaurants: Go French in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG You don’t have to be French to celebrate Bastille Day on  July 14.  Think of it as another reason to relish independence and experience one of the many multi-cultural restaurants in the San Fernando Valley.   From casual bistro … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Girasol Opens in Studio City, Michelin Offer, Free Coffee, New Menu

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The dining room of Girasol is designed by Gulla Jonsdottir of G+ who is also responsible for Red O, Hyde, Sushi Roku, and Roxbury.

BY KAREN YOUNG Another Top Chef alum has arrived in the 818 (a group which already includes Fabio Viviani/Firenze Osteria in North Hollywood,  Alex Eusebio/ Sweetsalt in Toluca Lake, and Antonia Lafaso who created the menu at Black Market … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Dining, Dessert and Tea in the San Fernando Valley 2013

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BY KAREN YOUNG Celebrate mom or the mom-like person in your life at one of these restaurants and bakeries preparing special Mother's Day offers and menus. MOTHER'S DAY TEAS     SWEET BUTTER KITCHEN This Sherman Oaks … [Read more...]

This Weekend: What’s Happening Around Town

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Celebrate three years with Tony's Darts Away; Get a taste of art in Burbank.

BY KAREN YOUNG Noho Dine Out Fridays: Get out into the community for a weekly food truck fest, boutique vendors and street performers. Dogs welcome too! Every Friday,  5 p.m. -8 p.m., The Parking Lot at 11458 Burbank Blvd, North … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Taco Wars, Umami/LA Creamery, Vegan News, Grilled Cheese, Free Cone Day, and Tax Season Deals

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BY KAREN YOUNG Taco wars will soon be happening in the Tujunga/Moorpark area of Studio City.  As most people know, the beloved Henry's Tacos left its landmark location of 51 years and moved a taco's throw across the street, replacing Studio Sub … [Read more...]

Easter Sunday Brunch in the San Fernando Valley 2013

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Spoonful in Studio City is having a Gospel Brunch and an Easter Bonnet contest!

BY KAREN YOUNG While most all 818 restaurants are open on Easter Sunday,  there's a limited number offering special menus. Here's a handful to get you started. EAST VALLEY The Bistro Garden  The three course champagne brunch  at … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant and Food News in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG Lotería Grill at The Promenade in Westlake now has full service, sit-down dining.  West Valley patrons can enjoy Chef/Owner Jimmy Shaw’s unique take on regional Mexican cuisine, including Mole Poblano con Pollo, … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, Umami, Hugos, Valentine Idea, Secret Menus and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG Last week we reported that Osteria Coppola in Sherman Oaks has closed. Now, a new  eatery, On the  Thirty, has already leased the premises with a beer and wine license. Sounds like a sports bar, but no confirmation yet. … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurants Openings and Closings, Food/Drink Deals, Hot Wings, Burgers and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG       Osteria Coppola in Sherman Oaks seems to have suddenly shut down  as paper is now covering its window. Perhaps that's just an ill-fated location having previously housed Panini Cafe and Pomodoro. … [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...]