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...]

Thanksgiving Dining Guide 2012: Special Menus Across the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG If it's last minute and you're still figuring out what to do on Thanksgiving, you may want to consider a restaurant destination. We all have visions of that  perfect Thanksgiving in a house full of family and friends, but every … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: A New Liquor License, Wine Dinners, Dessert Treats,Cooking with a Top Chef, and More

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Diana Sproveri dessert table with Lollibakes and more.

BY KAREN YOUNG At last — one of MDF's fave finds ever — Mantee in Studio City (reviewed two years ago!)— finally has its liquor license and now offers a well-stocked array of Lebanese, Spanish, Italian and California wines and beer to pair … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News and Specials in the 818

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Chicken and waffles meets up with the Soul Dog.

BY KAREN YOUNG Noho’s Otis Jackson’s Soul Dog is now open on Sundays and they've added Chicken & Waffles to their menu.  Owner Don Scott relays "Gospel music will pump through our internet radio as we present our famous crispy southern … [Read more...]

Where to Catch a Lobster Meal in the San Fernando Valley

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Lobster tails at Mortons. Courtesy: Mortons

BY KAREN YOUNG There’s something about summer that brings lobster to mind.  Visions and memories of the Eastern seaboard with fresh air,  blue skies and the sparkling sea.  Cool sand between your toes, sitting close enough to the ocean to … [Read more...]

Chef Moves and Special Dinners for Valentines Day in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG The big news this Valentines weekend is a change at Georgio's Cucina in Studio City.  Chef Gary Robins has left the original "pop up" that opened last September and is replaced by Jeffrey Nimer, a James Beard nominee and owner of … [Read more...]

This Weekend: Lobster Meal Deal, Micky Dolenz, Vintage Sale, Madison Sale, Free Movies & Concerts, Chinatown and more!

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BY KAREN YOUNG From Downtown to Calabasas — so much to do, so little time, and so much for FREE.  Micky Dolenz is going to be rockin' the West Valley — do you know the words to  "Daydream Believer?" There's vintage clothes to buy and a super … [Read more...]