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May 14, 2005
Cherie Mercer Twohy La Betulle means white birches in Italian. I'm no botanist, but those might be white birches in the bustling parking lot next to the car wash. If you can't convince yourself, squint, or enjoy a glass of wine and use your imagination. The restaurant, specializing in Northern Italian fare, is tucked into a little shopping plaza on Foothill Boulevard and attracts a fair-to-middling crowd at lunch. The decor is a bit dated, and the service is definitely old school.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cherie Mercer Twohy | April 8, 2006
There's no shortage of Mexican food in these foothills. From fast food franchises to madre y padre establishments, taco stands are ubiquitous. Most offer quite Americanized versions of Mexican recipes. Nothing wrong with that, but if you are craving a bit more authenticity in your enchiladas, check out La Cabanita in Montrose. From mole to rajas, this family-friendly restaurant has been pleasing the locals for decades. The interior is bright and noisy ? alive with vibrant, lively conversation.
NEWS
July 8, 2006
(ARA) - This season, dress up your salads with pure honey. Honey is an all-natural sweetener that can add extra zest or a slightly sweet flavor to any salad. Pure honey also can help your dressings cling to your veggies and not trickle to the bottom of your plate. Making a homemade honey vinaigrette can be as easy as combining equal parts olive oil and honey, adding balsamic or red wine vinegar and seasoning with your favorite Italian herbs or lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Different varieties of honey boost the flavor in a dressing.
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By Veronica Rocha | October 4, 2009
GLENDALE — Some cooks have their own secret ingredients and techniques to cooking the right batch of chili, while others depend on pure luck. Burbank resident Kevin Christensen relies on both. Christensen entered his chili recipe, which he changes a bit every year, into the Glendale Elks annual Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest on Saturday at the Elks Lodge on Colorado Street. “I wouldn’t even say it’s really developed,” he said. “I just go by the seat of my pants every year until I find a winner.
FEATURES
By By Cherie Mercer Twohy | January 14, 2006
Having never visited Peru, I claim no frame of reference for how authentically Peruvian Lola's cuisine might actually be. But within my frame of reference for affordable and tasty, Lola's fits the bill. The décor is eclectic, with the focus on an open kitchen in back, where the "All You Can Eat Lunch Buffet" takes center stage Monday through Friday. Cheerful cooks man the buffet line to describe and serve the dishes available. At $7.99, this lunch buffet is a bargain, featuring several salads (mixed green, Caesar and Russian potato salad)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cherie Mercer Twohy | May 6, 2006
What a difference a day makes ? or in this case, a few weeks. Maurizio's Italian Kitchen has been a cornerstone in the Glendale Exchange for years, serving up pre- or post-movie pizzas and Italian fare. Popular for holiday brunches and family celebrations, the mostly Italian menu offered predictably good value and flavor. Since my recent visit last month, a dramatic revamp has taken place, transforming the Old World calm into a rollicking, rowdy sports bar atmosphere. The décor has changed from hand-stenciled garlands to televisions mounted in the corners, and the crowd is decidedly younger and hipper ?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lisa Dupuy | June 13, 2009
When you walk into Raffi’s Place in Glendale, it’s hard to ignore the awards on the wall. There must be 10 “Best Restaurant” certificates. Internet foodie chat rooms are filled with gushing compliments about this restaurant. With such high expectations, it was hard to judge the place fairly. But after going twice, for dinner and lunch, I feel I have an objective perspective to share with you. There are good points and bad points about Raffi’s Place.
THE818NOW
August 27, 2012
I felt summer come to an end this week. The arrival of school was made obvious by the low stock of notebooks in stores and the wedding invitations, much to my pleasure, came to a halt. The suffocating hot weather that obliterated any effort you put into looking like a graceful human being was waning from the skies, but to mark the season, I knew there was something that I needed to do: have some faloodeh. By name alone, it doesn't sound enticing, but its flavor sends taste buds into shock and submission all at once.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2006
Drink To Your Health Continued... Sounds like many of you are checking out "tea total-ing." Glad to hear it and thanks for the feedback. My last column about choosing tea for your health was too long to include this. If you missed it, you can find it on my website, www.gotoloa.com. Finding the herbs and blends that you enjoy while bringing balance to the body is truly a fun and rewarding adventure. There's a cup of tea and then, there's a "great" cup of tea. The difference is mind blowing.
NEWS
By Patrick Caneday | June 17, 2011
Chapstick. Classic flavor Chapstick. It's one of those things that transports me back to an exact moment in life. When I smell it, I am a wide-eyed child, uneasy and excited — curious about the man giving it to me, comforted because he was my father. It was the flavor I always remember him carrying in his pocket. I had some in my pocket last weekend as we made the long drive to Sequoia National Park, where we were taking Thing 1 and Thing 2 for their first camping trip. When I applied that waxy moisturizing protection to my lips, I was a 10-year-old sitting in the passenger seat as my father drove us on one of our camping trips — Simon and Garfunkel softly singing in the background of a bygone time as we made our way up steep mountainous grades in his heavily laden truck.
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By Lisa Dupuy | June 11, 2013
Favorite Place restaurant is a kind of wonderful enigma. Is it an elegant tea room or is it a quaint lunch place? Is it a spot for finger food or hearty sandwiches? The answer is, it is both. Plus, it is completely unique. Favorite Place, nestled among little storefronts down a side street off Brand Boulevard in downtown Glendale, has been a not-so-secret secret to customers for years. Signs in the window boast multiple Best of Glendale awards, mainly for Most Romantic Restaurant.
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By Kirk Silsbee | March 12, 2013
A quick show of hands here: How many SoCal cities have a resident Cuban restaurant? Not many, eh? Well, Glendale stands tall in this regard. Mambo's Café, at the corner of Victory Boulevard and Western Avenue, serves lunch and dinner, with live music two nights a week. Even the Versailles chain, the standard for Cuban cuisine among Los Angeles residents, can't boast a music schedule. Pull into the parking area that buffers the one-story building from the street traffic and you get the idea that Mambo's is a one-of-a-kind operation.
THE818NOW
August 27, 2012
I felt summer come to an end this week. The arrival of school was made obvious by the low stock of notebooks in stores and the wedding invitations, much to my pleasure, came to a halt. The suffocating hot weather that obliterated any effort you put into looking like a graceful human being was waning from the skies, but to mark the season, I knew there was something that I needed to do: have some faloodeh. By name alone, it doesn't sound enticing, but its flavor sends taste buds into shock and submission all at once.
NEWS
May 8, 2012
The rumors are true: The Girl Scouts of the USA are pairing up with Nestle to create candy bars flavored like the famous cookies -- and they'll be available this week. The bars will come in three options: Thin Mints, Caramel & Coconut and Peanut Butter Creme, all based on cookies that the Girl Scouts have sold for years to raise money. Nestle USA is based in Glendale. On Wednesday, customers can start buying the bars online in a limited-edition pre-sale on the Nestle Crunch Facebook page . Then, from June through September, the bars are to be sold at retailers nationwide.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lisa Dupuy | November 19, 2011
One of the great things about going to college is the opportunity to mingle with people of every race and ethnicity. Glendale Community College is no exception, and it has the food to prove it. Across from the school is an island of eateries, a veritable international commissary boasting Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern, American, Greek and now Pakistani food in the form of Kurry & Kabab. Opened by a Pakistani family and co-owned by the owner of India Sweets and Spices in Atwater, the plain-looking restaurant serves food that is anything but plain.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lisa Dupuy | October 23, 2011
Most aficionados of Indian food living in the Verdugo corridor know and love India's Flavor, a cozy restaurant in Sparr Heights near Montrose. The food at this family-run eatery is consistently delicious. Only problem is people are often bumping elbows with neighboring diners in the tiny dining room. Not anymore. The delightful Sikka family has just opened a second location on Brand Boulevard across from The Americana. Down a steep flight of stairs, the cavernous new space can seat five times as many people.
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By Rebecca Bryant Mohan | September 11, 2011
On a quiet, one-way Pasadena street, a few doors down from a comedy club and where you must take caution not to get run over by little old ladies trying to parallel park in front of a medical marijuana store, El Metate Café is a family-run Mexican restaurant that's not so easy to find, and nearly impossible to forget. This is the place for burritos the size of Popeye's forearms and a boiling concoction served in a giant pig-shaped mortar. It's where you can get tacos of chicken, beef, pork, brain, tongue and pig stomach.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | August 20, 2011
Every day she looked at the quaint red brick building across the street from where she lived. “I thought, 'Man, if I was ever to open a store, that would be the cutest building ever,'” said Annette Starbuck. Then, Starbuck won Food Network's “Cupcake Wars” and the $10,000 winnings are helping make her sweet dreams come true. She's getting ready to open Goodie Girls Cupcakes in that red brick building she had admired at 415 E. Broadway in Glendale. Starbuck won the premiere episode of the series' third season, filmed this past spring.
NEWS
By Patrick Caneday | June 17, 2011
Chapstick. Classic flavor Chapstick. It's one of those things that transports me back to an exact moment in life. When I smell it, I am a wide-eyed child, uneasy and excited — curious about the man giving it to me, comforted because he was my father. It was the flavor I always remember him carrying in his pocket. I had some in my pocket last weekend as we made the long drive to Sequoia National Park, where we were taking Thing 1 and Thing 2 for their first camping trip. When I applied that waxy moisturizing protection to my lips, I was a 10-year-old sitting in the passenger seat as my father drove us on one of our camping trips — Simon and Garfunkel softly singing in the background of a bygone time as we made our way up steep mountainous grades in his heavily laden truck.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stan Wawer | April 28, 2011
Knight Restaurant is hidden away among a plethora of other restaurants in an area of San Fernando Boulevard that was once known as “Beautiful Downtown Burbank.” The competition for both lunch and dinner is fierce, but Knight Restaurant delivers the goods. Knight can be deceiving from the outside, but you will be pleasantly surprised once you step past the al fresco dining area and enter the clean, stylish interior. What stands out besides the food in this Greek and Mediterranean restaurant is the fast service, the ready smiles and the chatter from the owner, who obviously loves Burbank.
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