Tasty Tidbits: Help Boston, Beer 101, Wine Dinner, Stumptown Coffee, Brioche Pancakes

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BY KAREN YOUNG Shawna Dawson Beer, the brains behind Artisanal LA, LA Street Food Fest and Sauce LA,  has organized LAdrinks2Boston on April 27 —  a day for LA bars, restaurants and customers to raise money for the victims of the Boston … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Pedalers Fork To Open; Blu Jam Cafe To Expand to Ventura Boulevard

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BY KAREN YOUNG     For those who've been writing and asking about the  Pedalers Fork opening date in Calabasas, the wait is almost over. It's set to officially start serving  on April 22.   This farm to table  restaurant … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Joan’s on Third, Restaurant Changes, New Loteria Menu, Coffee Bargain, Top Chef Dinner, Umami Deal

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BY KAREN YOUNG Finally! Joan's on Third is coming to Studio City in April!  The location is on Ventura Place where the old post office was located.  Ventura Place is the home of the Studio City Sunday Farmer's Market  between  Laurel Canyon … [Read more...]

Raphael’s Star Chef, New Small Plate Menu, Happy Hour and Regional Wine Series

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BY KAREN YOUNG Amidst the stretch of sushi restaurants, pizzerias, taverns and automotive facilities on Ventura Blvd in Studio City, sits Raphael — a sleek, sophisticated, fine dining establishment without pretention, but with that certain … [Read more...]

The Olive Vineyard: A Gourmet Tasting Room for Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

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BY KAREN YOUNG Olive oil and vinegar tasting rooms have always been places I’ve visited on vacations — from Ojai to Los Olivos, Napa and Sonoma — and of course, Italy. Now, thanks to the entrepreneurial vision of two young couples, a fine … [Read more...]

The taste of Italian home cooking at Cafe Aldente

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BY KAREN YOUNG Café Aldente is one of those neighborhood restaurants that seriously flies under the radar. Located near the back of the strip center anchored by Peets and Chin Chin in Studio City, this small, casual eatery with a sidewalk café, … [Read more...]

The quest for the perfect salad dressings solved

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Health Nut House Dressing $5.95 16 oz.

BY KAREN YOUNG Finding the perfect salad dressing is not an easy task. It has to be flavorful without being overpowering, delicate yet zesty , natural without preservatives, and of course,  popping  with that real homemade taste. After getting … [Read more...]

LTH Studio pre-Mother's Day Trunk Show: Rubies, Turquoise, Beads, Oh My!

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Heidi St. John

BY KAREN YOUNG Wearing a simple necklace and earrings has its place, but in Heidi St. John’s world, anyone wearing only that is an exciting blank palette for her to work some styling magic. “I love when people walk in without much jewelry or … [Read more...]

Worth the Trip: Doughboys is Back; Oprah's Favorite still included

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Oprahs Favorite Thing — Doughboy's Red Velvet

BY KAREN YOUNG They bake one of Oprah's Favorite Things and it's one of my all-time favorite casual restaurants — Doughboys Cafe — and it's back — a definitive MY DAILY FIND...even if it’s a teeny bit of a drive from the 818. Doughboys … [Read more...]

Old School Mom and Pop serves up good eats at The Little Cafe

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Omelet. Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG When you live in a place as expansive as the San Fernando Valley, sometimes it’s nice to be able to visit  an old school mom and pop restaurant for a meal. You know, the kind of place where the food has that quality homemade taste … [Read more...]