| Feb 3, 2014
| 1:39 PM
Even the residents of Sunland-Tujunga would agree the community is not exactly a foodie mecca. Still there are some good reasons to head over to this historical, artsy section of our valley. Sure, there are plenty of smoke shops, body shops and wrought...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 4:48 PM
When I was a little kid, my father was an executive with Pan American Airways. I would sometimes get to tag along on his business lunches in Manhattan. I remember linen tablecloths, waiters in neat clothes and a table full of men's hands holding amber-...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 2:03 PM
Yay! The Winter Olympic Games are now open in Sochi, Russia. I admit that I'm addicted to the games — be they summer or winter editions. However, my favorites are the winter games, so I'm keeping a close watch on the events as well as the athletes,...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 3:58 PM
The best breakfast view in La Cañada is in the Flintridge Proper bar. Sit against the south wall. Look out the window to the north.
The majestic San Gabriel Mountains rise directly behind Trader Joe’s and Starbucks. Natalie, the pretty server,...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 10:12 AM
A local sous chef who competed on the Food Network's weekly competition, "Chopped," participated in a question-and-answer session Sunday night after patrons of his workplace, the Flintridge Proper, watched the program on a TV there.
Though he placed...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 10:21 AM
A few exits east of La Cañada Flintridge, in a mini-mall anchored by a security-bar-heavy liquor store, sits a little restaurant with a big heart. Pizza of Venice oozes neighborliness and a spirit of unbridled experimentation. The one long, communal table...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 1:54 PM
For vegans, gluten-free eaters, allergy sufferers, and those concerned about added hormones and antibiotics, going out to eat must be like stepping into a mine field. Is the food truly toxin-free? Has there been cross-contamination? For sufferers of...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 10:00 AM
It's ironic that at Frame 128, a restaurant dedicated to luxury, the shining star is the humblest of foods: soup. With the Soup King in charge, how could it be otherwise?
Chef Kareem Shaw was dubbed Soup King by none other than the governor of Michigan....
| Jan 2, 2014
| 6:42 PM
The first thing they tell you when you sit down at Brand 158, the month-old restaurant across from the Americana, is that they don’t accept tips. Staff are paid competitive wages and the best tip, they say, is a patron’s return visit. The...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 3:27 PM
When I think about Roy Choi, I miss my friend, Laura Canales.
Choi is the Korean-American, Los Angeles chef who reinvented the food truck with his gourmet Kogi BBQ Korean taco trucks. He is the author of “L.A. Son,” a thoughtful cookbook/...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 3:00 PM
The oddly shaped building at the corner of Chevy Chase Drive and Acacia Avenue in south Glendale houses a rather unique paired product offering.
In the back, per a big sign that reads, simply “Laundry,” is a coin-operated laundromat. At the...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 3:48 PM
“It's a Mustache Bash! It's big. It's stylish.” That was the flier's catchy description of last Friday's event at Katsuya Restaurant at the Americana at Brand.
The gimmick was that party-goers were encouraged to come dressed as a character...