Our Ventura Blvd - Our Ventura Blvd February-March 2017

Toast Café Serves Rare Green Shakshuka in Sherman Oaks

It’s easy being green for Toast Cafe’s shakshuka. [Joshua Lurie]In Israel, shahshuka vies for the title of the country’s most popular breakfast dish. The classic red version features tomato sauce graced with cracked eggs, seasoned with herbs and spices, baked and served with bread or pita for dipping. In Sherman Oaks, Tel Aviv native Yael Tal serves red shakshuka at Toast…

Blu Jam Café Expands to Tarzana’s Village Walk

Bridge breakfast and lunch with brunch carbonara. [Joshua Lurie]Blu Jam Cafe has been open since January 31 at Village Walk, a new Tarzana development with Whole Foods as an anchor tenant. Chef-owner Kamil Majer also runs branches in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills and Tokyo and has made the San Fernando Valley his primary focus. A patio-lined, 121-seat space with…

Mercado Taqueria Replaces Maradentro in Studio City

Tacos are now the Studio City focus for Jesse Gomez and Jose Acevedo. [Joshua Lurie]Maradentro, the seafood-focused Mexican food concept from Cocinas y Calaveras, Inc., arrived in Studio City in early 2015. Partners Jesse Gomez and chef/partner Jose Acevedo replaced a shorter-lived Mexican restaurant from Jeffrey Saad called La Ventura. Now Jesse is applying lessons learned and plans to introduce a…

Cellador Ales Brews Saisons and Sours in North Hills

Sara Osborne and brewer/husband Kevin do it all at Cellador Ales. [Joshua Lurie]Kevin and Sara Osborne founded Cellador Ales in a North Hills industrial park, ironically just down Roscoe Boulevard from a massive Budweiser plant. However, instead of brewing industrial lagers, the couple specializes in barrel-aged saisons and sour beers. The brewery replaces a former porn studio. Now you’ll just find a…

House of Galbi Goes Big on Korean Food in Encino

Signature galbi pairs well with seafood soon tofu. [Joshua Lurie]At House of Galbi, an ambitious new Korean restaurant in Encino, stone flower beds give way to a huge 251-seat dining room. The sprawling space features a peaked roof with exposed wood rafters and skylights, black tables with built-in tabletop grills and hoods, and orange and blue walls. A full bar features 12 taps….

The Ultimate Playlist

Written By Rich Thomas | Photographed by Monica Orozco

Noon Pacific’s Clark Dinnison wants to be the soundtrack of your life.

Art Advancement

Written by Suzanna Cullen Hamilton | Photographed by Nancy Pastor

From buying your first piece of art to cultivating a collection, a guide to enjoying the process.

Divine Light

Written by Susan Spillman | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell

For over half a century Paul Ferrante has created custom, high-end lighting fixtures.

Artistic Amsterdam

Written by Eliza Krpoyan

An artful itinerary in Holland’s eclectic capital

Sweet Harmony

Written by Linda Grasso | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell

A 14-year remodeling journey—that escalated in recent years—culminates in in an impressive space that befits a west Valley couple’s noteworthy art collection.

East Coast Vibe

Written by Joshua Lurie | Photographed by Tameka Jacobs

The owners of the popular Vibe Café transform the nightspot into a charming, airy Hamptons-style eatery.

Groundwork Coffee Revives NoHo Train Depot

Groundwork Coffee fits seamlessly into a historic NoHo building. [Joshua Lurie]Groundwork Coffee Co., the business that Richard Karno founded in 1990, merged with Jeffrey Chean’s Supreme Bean in 2011. Now Jeffrey is the “chief coffee guy” for the specialty company, which roasts in North Hollywood and operates cafes throughout LA. To start January, they installed a coffee bar and café in…

Secret Showcase

Written by Hadley Hall Meares | Photographed by Tameka Jacobs

Home to a theatre company and the site of a bustling art gallery, discover the creative heart of the NoHo Arts District.

Desert Designs

Written by Darren Elms

With the arrival of the new Andaz, a vibrant art scene takes center stage in Scottsdale.

Where Art Meets Food

Photographed by Max Pelzner

The historic Huntington puts its eateries on par with its world-class collections and stunning gardens.

Heavy Metal

Written by Heather David | Photographed by Adam Grossman

Sculpting metal dates back thousands of years, but in the foothills of Topanga Canyon the ancient art is getting a modern twist.

5 Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day in the Valley

Steak is the star at Fleming’s. [Joshua Lurie]Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the San Fernando Day with five different culinary options ranging from ice cream to fine dining, spanning from Woodland Hills to Studio City. The Bellwether The Bellwether, the breakout hit from chef Ted Hopson and front-of-house partner Ann-Marie Verdi in Studio City, is offering a $150, four-course dinner that…

Bobarrito Joins Sushi Burrito Trend in NoHo

DIY sushi burritos star at Bobarrito in NoHo. [Joshua Lurie]To start 2017, a sushi burrito, bowl and boba concept called Bobarrito built on the success of food trucks in Los Angeles, Orange County and New York City by opening a restaurant at the base of a mixed-use North Hollywood development called Muse. The space features a copper panel and glass facade….

Petal Power

With planting season in full swing, Tom Carruth, curator of the legendary rose collection at The Huntington, shares his top five artistic varieties.

Miles of Art

Written by Heather David

Up-and-coming artist Miles Lewis prides himself on discovering and fostering creative talent.

Imaginative Interiors

Think art is just for walls? From fabric to dishware, home design gets artistic like never before.

Couscous Bowl Brings Moroccan Food to Valley Village

Couscous Bowl’s namesake ingredient provides a hearty base. [Joshua Lurie]Hayat Tazi, a longtime server at Carnival Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, draws on family recipes from her Marrakesh youth, bringing a rare Moroccan restaurant called Couscous Bowl to Valley Village. Couscous Bowl started serving “authentic handmade Moroccan food” to start January in a strip mall just north of the Metro Orange line. The…

Churned Creamery Cranks Ice Cream in Westfield Topanga

Crocream is Churned Creamery’s croissant ice cream sandwich. [Joshua Lurie]Westfield Topanga is the San Fernando Valley’s marquee mall, and even though shiny new sister shopping center The Village has been getting most of the buzz in the past year, new concepts continue to populate the original facility. Ice cream-fueled Churned Creamery started at California Oaks Plaza in Murrieta and Union…

Sweet on Salsa

A woman’s search for love ends—and begins—on the dance floor.

Wasn’t Valentine’s Day just yesterday? Or was that New Year’s Eve? Was Valentine’s Day the day before New Year’s Eve? It feels like it was. Frankly, it’s difficult to keep track of the never-ending cycle of lovers’ holidays pummeling me faster and more furiously with each passing year. And now it is Valentine’s Day again … and I am still…

Salon at The Federal Bar Serves Craft Cocktails Upstairs

Horse’s Neck combines Laird’s applejack, ginger beer, Angostura bitters and citrus oil. [Joshua Lurie]The Federal Bar, a gastropub and performance venue in the NoHo Arts District, became even more interesting over Thanksgiving weekend. Damian Windsor, one of LA’s most respected bartenders, helped launch a third-floor bar called Salon featuring fine craft cocktails. The bar took four years of planning and is…

Carol Wolfe

Broker Associate, CRS, e-Pro, Luxury Home Specialist, Rodeo Realty

Broker Associate, CRS, e-Pro, Luxury Home Specialist, Rodeo Realty