Our Ventura Blvd - Our Ventura Blvd September/October 2017

Amen for Ramen

Cold ramen disappears before winter arrives. [Joshua Lurie]Most ramen lovers can’t wait for fall to arrive, so they can return to their piping hot noodle soup of choice. In the meantime, though warm weather persists, some of the best ramen shops know how to play it cool. Tamashii Ramen House, a growing chain from Colin Fung and wife Mona, is…

Pubbing…Like the Brits

Geezer’s Cubano sandwich comes with plantain chips.[Joshua Lurie]If popular rapper Jay Wayne Jenkins can call himself Young Jeezy, then surely Geezer’s Public House can go by Young Geezy. Despite leading with the term “geezer,” the new new gastropub in Woodland Hills definitely leans young. (The name is the British equivalent to “dude,” by the way—which explains its use here.) Hospitality…

Perfect Perch

Clients of interior designer Annie Fitzgerald love her ability to integrate color and texture—as well as add elegance—to a space. Here she takes that aesthetic to her own new home—a mid-century modern in Sherman Oaks.

Clients of interior designer Annie Fitzgerald love her ability to integrate color and texture—as well as add elegance—to a space. Here she takes that aesthetic to her own new home—a mid-century modern in Sherman Oaks.

Crème de la Cream

Crème ice is a fun Italian ice and ice cream mash-up. [Joshua Lurie]Labor Day is just a state of mind. Summer seemingly lasts forever in L.A., and Angelenos always need sweet, frozen salvation. In Sherman Oaks, Sonny’s Amazing Italian Ices & Cremes is your best bet—thanks to their unique crème ice. When I called to check their hours, the person who answered…

Flavor Bursting Thai Food

Ka nom jeen nam ngiew is a rarely seen Thai dish. [Joshua Lurie]Regional Thai cooking has become an increasingly popular part of L.A. life thanks to restaurants like Jitlada and Night + Market. In the Valley, Chiang Mai Urban Thai Kitchen is one of your best bets, a family-run Valley Village restaurant that specializes in northern Thai dishes. The menu resembles…

Helluva Brunch

Huevos con mole is a popular Mexican breakfast option. [Joshua Lurie]L.A.’s unique neighborhood restaurants can often feel out of reach. Since 2012, Myke’s Cafe has been a Pacoima favorite for creative brunch dishes like tamale “French toast,” red velvet pancakes slathered with cream cheese frosting, and a Bro Snicker burger with Snickers and bacon folded inside the patty. All of…

Where Steak Meets Seafood

Smoked salmon waffle is a creative starter. [Joshua Lurie]It took opening 15 restaurants for other companies over the course of a grueling career that started at age 18, but Nigel Davenport finally struck out on his own—opening a contemporary grill with father Carl called Davenport’s. Nigel clearly learned his lessons well. The family-run restaurant (Nigel’s sister is also involved—handling marketing and the…

Women We Love

Meet 8 women who are doing extraordinary things with their lives and—whether shattering glass ceilings or inspiring others—they’re making the world a better place. Here we share the reasons we chose them as well as some other noteworthy and interesting tidbits.

Meet 8 women who are doing extraordinary things with their lives and—whether shattering glass ceilings or inspiring others—they’re making the world a better place. Here we share the reasons we chose them as well as some other noteworthy and interesting tidbits.

Artisan Cheese & Wine

Shelley Janson Owner

12023 Ventura Blvd. Studio City  |  818-505-0207  |  artisancheeseandwine.com Starting her career in the marketing department of Estee Lauder in New York, Shelley Janson relocated to L.A. and has owned three businesses: Epicurean School of Culinary Arts, a marketing firm for nonprofit organizations and now Artisan Cheese & Wine in Studio City (formerly named Artisan Cheese Gallery.) She opened Artisan…

Nachshon Minyan

Rabbi/Cantor Judy Greenfeld Spiritual Leader

17046 Ventura Blvd. Encino  |  818-789-7314  |  NachshonMinyan.org Thirteen years after Judy Greenfeld became ordained as a Cantor, she returned to the seminary to become a Rabbi as well. This dual role is rare and innovative and enhances her spiritual leadership. After working at several traditional temples, she started the Nachshon Minyan synagogue in an effort to unite like-minded people…

WeVillage (Sherman Oaks)

Karen Beninati Founder & CEO

13335 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks  |  818-233-8218  |  wevillage.com WeVillage is a fully licensed child care facility that started in Oregon in 2009. In addition to four locations in that state, WeVillage opened a branch in Sherman Oaks this year. Founder & CEO Karen Beninati worked as a movie producer before transitioning to the field of child care eight years…

Compass Financial

Joni Deakins Financial Advisor

15760 Ventura Blvd., Suite 700, Encino  |  818-995-9492  |  lplfinancial.lpl.com Compass Financial Advisors, founded by financial advisor Joni Deakins and her husband, Mark, a decade ago, helps individuals, families and businesses work toward their financial goals. The couple will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this year and have three sons: Charlie, Jack and Henry. As a family, they enjoy traveling,…

Closet Therapy

Kristin Muckley Owner

1355 N. Sierra Bonita Ave., West Hollywood  |  424-302-7972 | closettherapynow.com With a background in psychology and social work, it was a natural fit for Kristin Muckley to open a business helping clients organize their closets—and their lives. “By combining my background as a therapist with closet organizing, I help women see that it’s not only physical clutter in their…

Montrésor

Lisa Long & Ann Booth Luly Owners

Photographed by Cathy Nelson Arkle 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City  | 818-760-7081 | montresor.LA Montrésor is an eclectic bistro rooted in French tradition with a twist on American cuisine, fashion and art in a fairytale setting. The from-scratch menu by Chef David Feau is influenced by seasonal and local ingredients and features palate-pleasing French dishes. Owners Lisa Long and Ann…

Cat Sherwin

Studio City

Studio City  |  323-975-1454  |  catsherwin.com Cat Sherwin is a Los Angeles-based freelance makeup artist and hair stylist. Born in Britain, she lived in Sydney, Australia for 14 years before relocating to the U.S. Her experi- ence spans live and reality television, drama, print and motion commercial, publicity and editorial. When she’s off the clock, Cat enjoys yoga, meditation, hiking,…

mali + lili

JoAnne Wannarachue Lord Founder/Partner

L to R: Lili Lord, JoAnne Wannarachue Lord, Mali Lord, Luc110 E 9th Street A1073, Los Angeles  |  maliandlili.com  |  Instagram: mali_and_lili Founder JoAnne Lord has worked in the fashion industry for 20+ years, as buyer, merchandise manager and VP of merchandising for various large companies. After the birth of her second child, she wanted more flexibility in her career…

iLEAD Encino

Farnaz Mobasheri Kaufman Director of Intellectual Curiosity

17400 Vanowen Street, Lake Balboa  |  818-796-3144 | ileadencino.org iLEAD Encino offers a hybrid learning environment through independent study and guided, in-studio, project-based instruction led by credentialed facilitators. Founding administrator Farnaz Mobasheri Kaufman has worked in the field of education for 20 years. After teaching at an LAUSD school for 17 years, she opened her own educational studio, which led…

Bloom Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc.

Neetu Khurana Sodhi, DO, MPH Owner/Founder

Dr. Neetu K. Sodhi, Ranveer Sher Sodhi, Kabir Sher Sodhi18555 Ventura Boulevard, Suite C, Tarzana  | 818-639-9700 | bloomobgyn.com Bloom Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a variety of medical services to its clients, relating to fertility, pregnancy, birth, general gynecology, weight loss as well as aesthetic services. Owner and founder Dr. Neetu Sodhi trained at Harbor UCLA and Kern Medical and…

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, CA Properties

Stephanie Payab Luxury Collection Specialist

16810 Ventura Blvd., Encino  |  818-269-2796  |  StephaniePayab.com  |  CalBRE#01394407 Stephanie Payab has worked in real estate for 14 years and is a Luxury Collection Specialist for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, California Properties. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, whether trying new restaurants, cooking at home, walking in the hills or traveling. “My clients know that I am there…

Terranea Resort

Catering Team

L to R: Laura Knight, Eleni Cuevas, Tiffany Hong, Kadija Fofana, Victoria Caporaso, Jennifer Messerli, Christina Canalez100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes  |  310-265-2883  |  terranea.com Terranea Resort, an events destination boasting panoramic views of the coastline and Catalina Island, is the site of special events for groups of two to 900+. The resort’s team of catering and culinary experts…

The Women of The Agency

TheAgencyRE.com

Top L to R: Kathrin Nicholson, Jamison Malone, Tracy Taggart; Middle L to R: Laura Stupsker, Andrea Korchek, Denise Snanoudj, Sarah Ghodsi; Bottom L to R: Rebekah Schwartz Sklar, Zohar Daniel, Michelle Schwartz; Not photographed: Christine Agopian, Ellie Hartoonian, Adrienne Martz, Jordan Reghetti   The Agency is a full-service, luxury real estate brokerage founded in Beverly Hills in 2011, which…

Tall Orders

Fall is the season to tend our trees—whether planting or trimming. Here’s some advice from an expert.

WRITTEN BY DIANE HAITHMAN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY TAMEKA JACOBS This story began with a close encounter with a redwood tree on Fruitland Drive in Studio City. Could this be a young version of the famous giants that grow in Sequoia National Park, someday to soar more than 250 feet, shattering the sidewalk and street as it widens to a circumference…

Buff on the Boulevard

From a bootcamp-meets-high-tech-workout to a spin studio with a social twist, 3 innovative ways to jump-start your fitness routine this fall.

ASHTON WHITEWRITTEN BY HEATHER DAVID Spin Wheels The bright and airy studio at Beatbike is the brainchild of 27-year-old venture capitalist-turned-fitness entrepreneur, Ashton White. “My original goal was to create the Starbucks of spin, meaning I want the workouts to be customizable. I also want everyone to feel like they belong here,” she says. The clientele ranges from the super-fit…

Sole Focus

Whether you are into classic, comfy or mildly sadistic styles, Valley shoe lovers can rejoice. Three terrific shops are now part of our retail landscape.

THE KINGDOM  FOR UPTOWN GIRLS Ladies, you don’t need to go over the hill for an array of high-end shoes anymore. The Kingdom in Calabasas opened this past summer—stocked with everything you’d find in the shoe department at Barney’s and more. Opened by a former real estate broker and a fashion industry executive, the luxury boutique offers 1,400 square feet…

To the Root of It

Tuccio’s chef Gavin Humes elevates Italian fare by putting veggies center stage.

  WRITTEN BY JOSHUA LURIE Pull into Warner Center Towers in Woodland Hills and you’ll see legs churning on exercise bikes in Equinox’s windows. Delve deeper into the complex, and until recently, your next most exciting option has either been a parking garage or a bank. Office towers aren’t typically culinary destinations, but Tuccio’s is changing the rules. Gina Shields…

Feeling Fine

From how to slow down the aging process with bioidentical hormones to the safest, most effective birth control methods, we get the latest take on women’s health from Dr. Shira Miller.

PHOTOGRAPHED BY STARLA FORTUNATO Dr. Shira Miller is the founder and medical director of The Integrative Center for Health & Wellness, a concierge consultative service in Sherman Oaks. She specializes in replacing hormones that are lost (in both men and women) during the aging process. And that is where VB Editor Linda Grasso begins her questioning. Prescribing hormones for menopausal women can…

Just A Doll

The story of how Madame Alexander almost ruined my life

WRITTEN BY KATHLEEN LACCINOLE | ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES She set me up. And I’m exhausted. The doll maker, originally named Bertha, was born to immigrants in New York’s lower east side. She attached the title of “Madame” to her name as a marketing ploy—and it stuck. In truth, she was a wife, mother, businesswoman and a ballbuster. She did…

In His Bones

Halloween may be in October, but for one Valley resident it’s been front and center since summer. Rick Polizzi has been busy working with his team to put on one of the most spectacular holiday displays in all of LA.

  An Emmy award-winning producer on The Simpsons for more than a decade, and as creative director for the 20th Century Fox theme park in Dubai, Rick Polizzi certainly has a sense of how to entertain the masses. And if one had any doubt, all they’d need to do is visit his Sherman Oaks property in late October, when his…

Duly Noted

Two Encino moms come up with a fun way to connect with kids while inspiring positive thinking.

When moms Sharona Saltzman and Hadas Propper first met at their daughters’ Encino elementary school, little did they know they would become business partners. The idea stemmed out of small handwritten notes that Sharona would put in her daughter, Shayna’s, lunchbox. “I would write something that would make her laugh and teach her something too,” she recalls. Turns out Shayna…

Bella in the Valley

A serious cooking enthusiast invites us into her Sherman Oaks kitchen to share the 5 appliances she can’t live without. Written by Heather David Photographed by Michael Becker

WRITTEN BY HEATHER DAVID | PHOTOGRAPHED BY MICHAEL BECKER To say Chiara Vergati Iorfida loves food would be an understatement. The native Italian has spent nearly every day of her life both enjoying and preparing fresh, local food. “Learning to cook was a very natural process for me. I grew up in Milan, but I spent summers in the South…