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14746 Valley Vista Boulevard, Sherman Oaks

08/13/14

14746 Valley Vista Boulevard, Sherman Oaks

Warmth & style resonate thru-out this upscale traditional home w/ contemporary flair.

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5114 Amestoy Avenue, Encino

08/13/14

5114 Amestoy Avenue, Encino

Upgraded and expanded one level gated traditional with custom appointments throughout.

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17033 Mooncrest Drive, Encino

08/13/14

17033 Mooncrest Drive, Encino

Completely remodeled, south of the boulevard, gated traditional with East Coast flair and soft contemporary highlights.

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Restaurant News: Hello and Good-bye

08/11/14

Restaurant News: Hello and Good-bye

HELLO: A triple-threat Sprinkles (and the first in the 818!) just arrived at The Americana at Brand in Glendale (in the former Jewel City Diner spot) offering cupcakes, cookies and ice cream—and not to be forgotten, the cupcake ATM! A special opening treat is s’mores ice cream (seen above), which is making its debut in Glendale and available through Sunday, August 17, before it is released in all Sprinkles locations. GOOD-BYE: Raphael in Studio City suddenly closed its doors after four years on July 29. Arnon Raphael owned the sophisticated, upscale restaurant that was designed by his wife, Terry, and managed by his children, Alon and Shoshana, before they respectively departed for graduate school and law school. Mixologist Chris Parke most recently...

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Suck It Moves to Hollywood

08/11/14

Suck It Moves to Hollywood

Tujunga Village’s loss is Hollywood’s gain. After three years in business, Suck It has moved to Sweet, the 30,000-square-foot candy emporium at Hollywood and Highland. Owner Kaileigh Brielle says she was approached by the store’s owner, who provided a “tremendous opportunity” to expand her specialty gluten-free frozen pop business. “I just couldn't pass up his offer,” says Kaileigh. “I'm surrounded by chocolatiers and artisan candy makers. We all make our product on-site. I'm inspired daily. I'm expanding my audience to people from all over the world who come to Hollywood as a destination, but I'm also still close to my friends and Suckateers in Studio City.”  She says she is grateful to all...

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A Special BBQ Bite and a Great Deal

08/11/14

A Special BBQ Bite and a Great Deal

SPECIAL BITE: Apparently the best part of eating beef brisket is the “burnt ends” which are rubbed, double-smoked and surprisingly tender and flavorful. Smoked and served with BBQ sauce, the ends are dubbed “meat candy.” Alex Benes, who is hailed as the "Sultan of Smoke" for his role as culinary director and partner at Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, says he discovered that when he made them as a treat for a gathering at one of the restaurants. "The reaction was off the hook," explains Alex. "Since we’re always looking to introduce new ways for our guests to enjoy different iconic BBQ items, we thought we’d share with everyone.” Alex is now testing them every Wednesday from 4 p.m. until they sell out, with...

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Make-At-Home Spiked Shakes from The Counter

08/04/14

Make-At-Home Spiked Shakes from The Counter

Readers have emailed requesting how to make those boozy milkshakes from The Counter, so we asked if they could share some recipes. Check out the sweet ‘n’ saucy drinks below. If you have favorite dish or drink at any restaurant in the 818, email karen@moontidemedia.com, and we’ll do our best to provide the recipe. Chocolate-Cherry Pinot Noir 8 ounces vanilla ice cream 3 ounces pinot noir 2 ounces cherry pie filling 1 ounce chocolate syrup 4 ounces whipped cream Blend ice cream, wine, cherries and chocolate in a blender until thoroughly combined. Pour into a 16- ounce pint glass. Garnish with whipped cream. Salted Caramel 10 ounces vanilla ice cream 1.5 ounces vanilla vodka 5 ounces Baileys Irish Cream 2 ounces...

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Restaurant News: Comings and Goings

08/04/14

Restaurant News: Comings and Goings

Firenze Osteria in Toluca Lake temporarily closed shop on July 31 to undergo a complete renovation with some new partnerships in the works. According to Lisa Long, who co-owns the restaurant with Chef Fabio Viviani, it is slated to re-open in late fall.  In a written statement, Lisa shared that Fabio will create new menus, including a late night supper and breakfast menu. The plans involve a new outside dining area, as well as adding "a few music people" to the team as they are adding an intimate nightclub. Burnt miso ramen and ramen burgers from the Michelin-star chef at Ramen by Omae in Sherman Oaks may be a thing of the past (or a pause), as it is currently closed. A sign on the door and a note on the website state that they are “in the process of turning...

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Farmers Market Find: Buff Bake

08/04/14

Farmers Market Find: Buff Bake

While strolling through the Studio City Farmers Market last week, I stumbled upon uniquely flavored nut butter spreads called Buff Bake–the creation of two 20-something cousins named Ashley and Brittany whose combined interests are cooking and fitness. The business is based in Orange County and started only five months ago, but their products are already carried at a dozen farmers markets, including Studio City and Calabasas.  They carry a line of  “buff butters” and “buffins” (aka muffins) online, but only the butters are available at the farmers markets. There are five flavors available in 3.5-ounce squeeze packs or 12-ounce jars: snickerdoodle almond, cookie almond, cinnamon raisin peanut, chocolate chip peanut and cranberry coconut...

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Ventura Blvd's Food Issue Party

07/30/14

Ventura Blvd's Food Issue Party

Just in time for summer, Ventura Blvd magazine partnered with the Sportsmen's Lodge for a poolside party in celebration of our premiere Food Issue. From mac and cheese, craft cocktails to fried chicken, the newly renovated Patio Cafe served up a little something for every palate. And, to top off the evening Ventura Blvd was presented with a 'Certificate of Recognition' on behalf of the City of Los Angeles. We're blushing...thank you.

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