Ciao Coffee and Tea: A Local Indie Gem for Assorted Drinks, Wi-Fi, Music and More

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BY RACHEL HELLER It’s a Tuesday night and 40 Valley music-lovers have wandered down to an independent coffee joint to check out a live show by three local singer-songwriters. The trio of female crooners takes turns wowing their audience, which … [Read more...]

Frootsii: A One-Stop Sweet Shop for Boba, Cupcakes, Shaved Ice and Fro-Yo

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BY RACHEL HELLER When you’ve got a craving for boba, nothing else will suffice. Until recently, my dining partner and I would have to slog through “over-the-hill” traffic in the Little Osaka neighborhood (Olympic and Sawtelle) to get the perfect … [Read more...]

Dine 24/7 at Crave Cafe in Sherman Oaks

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BY RACHEL HELLER It’s almost midnight on a Friday in Sherman Oaks, and you’re feeling peckish. Where to go? Scores of savvy Valley denizens already know. Ambling into the bright Ventura Blvd. storefront of Crave Café in the wee morning hours, you’ll … [Read more...]

Encino’s Cantor Judy Greenfeld reaches out to the unaffiliated

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BY RACHEL HELLER Of all the reasons why people lose their faith, there are few Cantor Judy Greenfeld doesn't understand. At age 16, Greenfeld's father was held up outside a theater and shot to death. The youngest of five children growing up in … [Read more...]

Fundraiser celebrates adults with special needs

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BY RACHEL HELLER For most Valley families, a trip to the Los Angeles Zoo is a quick Sunday adventure, only a suggestion away. But for those with developmental disabilities, it's an all-too-rare occasion. Enter Chaverim ("friends" in Hebrew), a West … [Read more...]