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...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG Sherman Oaks' The Local Peasant is expanding to  a second location in Woodland Hills this February.  Co-owner Karl Makinen says that it will be very similar to the Sherman Oaks location except they will feature 27 craft tap … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, Sushi Party Platters, Henry’s Tacos, Loteria Grill and Gift Card Deals

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BY KAREN YOUNG Sushi Don in North Hollywood  (a fast casual offshoot of Sasabune in West L.A.) has one amazing daily deal on party platters through December 31. Mix and match any  four party platters for $100.  There are two kinds of platters: … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Take Home Thanksgiving Meals and Giving Back Events with Top Chefs and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG Get your Thanksgiving 'home for the holidays'  orders in  by  November 18 at MDF fave Sweet Butter Kitchen in Sherman Oaks. Check out Diestel Free-Range Roasted Turkey Breast, Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Streusel, … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG   Harvest Moon Kitchen and Marketplace soft opened last week on Magnolia just east of Whitsett in Valley Village, but will be having its grand opening this Saturday, November 4 with lots of free samples.  This is the … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Get a Jumpstart Making Homemade Gifts Early This Year

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Yes, I am serious.  Despite the fact that it's fall and over 100 degrees! I love the bountiful autumn harvest, but frankly it is just too darn hot! But the weather does not affect shopping inventory. I was at Costco last … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: A New Restaurant, A New Sweets Biz, A New Sweet Butter Menu, A New Pancake Special and A New Dine LA

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BY KAREN YOUNG Noho has got a new restaurant perfect for summer.  Following the success of  The Federal Bar on Lankershim in North Hollywood, which opened just over a year ago, Knitting Factory Entertainment (KFE) and CEO Morgan Margolis … [Read more...]

New Food Club Delivers Vegan and Organic Meals to Your Home—And More

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Roasted Vegetable Couscous

BY RACHEL WEIL There are a slew of food services that deliver meals to your home, but finding one that offers gourmet vegan, organic and local food along with personal consulting  from the owner is next to none.** MotherOrganica, headed by … [Read more...]

Plush Puffs: Gourmet marshmallows take center stage

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Ann Hickey, President of Plush Puffs. Photo: Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER Vanilla Bean, Caramel Swirl, Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Chipetta—these aren’t the newest flavors of trendy frozen yogurt or expensive coffee drinks. They are, however, some of the flavors of Plush Puffs®—light-as-air, … [Read more...]

The Art of Food and Amy’s Underground Decadent Dinner Parties

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Jurist learned how to make this Lobster Ravoli was prepared for

BY KAREN YOUNG “I’m really into yummy decadence, not fussy decadence,” says Amy Jurist  as we sit in the modern kitchen of her airy home in the Studio City hills overlooking the San Fernando Valley.   Placed on the table, surrounding a … [Read more...]