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Restaurants, Squid Ink New Cheerios Protein: Sugar, Salt and Lentils

New Cheerios Protein: Sugar, Salt and Lentils

The lineup of Cheerios flavors continues to grow. The newest addition is called simply Cheerios Protein, which comes in two versions — Cinnamon Almond, and Oats & Honey. With General Mills showing disappointing sales, the company is clearly trying to figure out ways to attract more customers. Chief executive officer Ken Powell told Reuters:...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink <i>Delicious!</i>: Ruth Reichl's First Novel + Her Recipe for Gingerbread

Delicious!: Ruth Reichl's First Novel + Her Recipe for Gingerbread

There was much anticipation for the publication last month of Ruth Reichl's first novel, Delicious!  - no surprise, considering that she is one of the most acclaimed food writers of our time. Her impressive resume includes serving as restaurant critic for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, editor-in-chief for...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Leila's in Oak Park Still Making Great Food After 15 Years

Leila's in Oak Park Still Making Great Food After 15 Years

A common complaint from people who live in the West San Fernando Valley and points beyond is that there's a dearth of fine restaurants for a special meal out. The fans of Leila's in Oak Park would beg to differ. It's been 15 years since Leila's was launched in a nondescript suburban...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink How to Give Your KitchenAid Mixer a Makeover

How to Give Your KitchenAid Mixer a Makeover

There was a whole lot of singing, drinking, cheating and crying this season on the ABC drama, Nashville - but no baking. Which kind of surprised us, considering that lead character Rayna Jaymes has a lime green KitchenAid mixer sitting on the counter of her designer kitchen. If we had...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Roasted Vegetable Recipes For Mid-Week Passover Dinners

Roasted Vegetable Recipes For Mid-Week Passover Dinners

If you're preparing for Passover, which begins the evening of April 14, right now your head is probably full of visions of charoset, horseradish, gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, tsimmes, roast chicken, brisket,  potato kugel, macaroons and angel food cake. Which pretty much takes care of the first seder, the feast that starts the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink A New Comfort Food Cookbook from Carla Hall + Her Recipe for Butternut Squash Tarte Tatin

A New Comfort Food Cookbook from Carla Hall + Her Recipe for Butternut Squash Tarte Tatin

In her role as one of the co-hosts of the ABC food show The Chew, chef Carla Hall comes across as someone who would be a fun and quirky friend. You get the same feeling from her new cookbook, Carla's Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World. The collection of 130...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Chick-fil-A Builds New Restaurants ... But No Bridges to LGBT Community

Chick-fil-A Builds New Restaurants ... But No Bridges to LGBT Community

The controversy-prone Chick-fil-A chain announced that it's building 88 new restaurants nationwide this year, including one being hatched this May in Thousand Oaks. This week it also was announced that within five years Chick-fil-A restaurants will stop serving chickens raised with antibiotics. As reported by CNN, the move reflects widespread concern about drugs...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Oreo Introduces Cookie Dough and Marshmallow Crispy Flavors

Oreo Introduces Cookie Dough and Marshmallow Crispy Flavors

Now that sugar has been declared Public Enemy Number One, perhaps we should have been more cautious about trying out two new Oreo flavors: cookie dough and marshmallow crispy. We could lie and say we just scarfed down one of each, purely for the purposes of scientific evaluation. That, of...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink New Erewhon Store Coming to Calabasas

New Erewhon Store Coming to Calabasas

How's this for a strategically placed billboard? Erewhon Natural Foods Market has put up a double-sided display on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, across the street from a bustling Whole Foods Market. The ad announces that a new Erewhon is "coming soon" to Calabasas. The prominent sign seeks to grab...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink New From Cheerios: Dark Chocolate Crunch

New From Cheerios: Dark Chocolate Crunch

Right about now a lot of us are reconsidering our New Year's resolutions, especially those annoying ones that require us to eat less refined carbs and sugar. Helping lead us astray are the folks who make processed foods. This past weekend newspapers carried coupons enticing us to try yogurt topped…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Garlic Powder From China: Naughty or Nice Spice?

Garlic Powder From China: Naughty or Nice Spice?

Making a mad dash through Whole Foods Market, buying ingredients for a holiday dinner, I didn't bother to read labels. It wasn't until later, about to shake some "365" brand garlic powder into a pot, that I took a closer look at the jar and saw these words: "Product of…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Fashion Finds for Food Lovers

5 Fashion Finds for Food Lovers

Holiday shopping can be challenging, especially when seeking the perfect present for your favorite fashionista. We're here to help, with five foodie fashion finds. Best of all, these unique items are gifts for the planet, too, keeping beverage bottles, juice pouches and paper bags out of landfills or bringing clean…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Health Benefits of Instant Coffee + You Are What You Drink?

The Health Benefits of Instant Coffee + You Are What You Drink?

Recent studies have reported numerous health benefits linked to coffee consumption. Harvard School of Public Health says that research shows that drinking coffee "may protect against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver cancer and liver cirrhosis" and possibly cardiovascular disease. But what about instant coffee? It appears that the speedy…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Get Ready For Thanksgivukkah: Recipes From Eric Greenspan and Julieanna Hever

Get Ready For Thanksgivukkah: Recipes From Eric Greenspan and Julieanna Hever

Two worlds will converge this month, when Hanukkah overlaps with Thanksgiving. The mashup of, well, mashed potatoes and potato latkes is a once-in-a-lifetime event. As Time Magazine reports, the two holidays won't coincide again until the year 79811, due to the funky mathematics of the Hebrew and secular calendars. The…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Scott Conant's <em>The Scarpetta Cookbook</em> Elevates Basic Italian, and Chocolate Cake (Recipe)

Scott Conant's The Scarpetta Cookbook Elevates Basic Italian, and Chocolate Cake (Recipe)

If you've never had the chance to eat at one of Scott Conant's five Scarpetta restaurants (Beverly Hills, kind of pricey, etc.), you can still sample his much-praised food by cooking it yourself, using the recipes in The Scarpetta Cookbook. With 125 of his signature dishes (beautifully photographed by Brent…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Talking Trash About Coffee Cups

Talking Trash About Coffee Cups

More and more customer recycling bins are popping up in Starbucks around Los Angeles. That's the good news. The downside is that this may not be making much of a difference in the stream of coffee cups that end up in landfills. For starters, some of the local recycling bins…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink <em>The Heart of the Plate</em> by Mollie Katzen + A Recipe for Mushroom Bread Pudding

The Heart of the Plate by Mollie Katzen + A Recipe for Mushroom Bread Pudding

Perhaps no cookbook author has done as much to glorify vegetables as Mollie Katzen, who is credited with changing the way many of us eat. Over the years her philosophy about food has evolved, inspiring her to rewrite her original Moosewood Cookbook as well as The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. Now,…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink <em>WSJ</em> Reports Anti-Quinoa Backlash + Border Grill Recipe for Quinoa Fritters

WSJ Reports Anti-Quinoa Backlash + Border Grill Recipe for Quinoa Fritters

There are a lot of quinoa haters out there. At least that's what The Wall Street Journal would have us believe. The front page of the Sept. 14-15 weekend print edition carried the headline: "Foodies' Ingrained Loyalty to Quinoa Sprouts a Backlash." While we liked the headline writer's clever play…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 6 Great Knishes in Los Angeles

6 Great Knishes in Los Angeles

Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 3), we'll be bringing you periodic lists of some of the best things we've found to eat and drink around town. Ice cream sandwiches and bowls of tsukemen, fish tacos and dan dan mien, cups of boba and…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Westlake Village Hungry for In-N-Out Burger

Westlake Village Hungry for In-N-Out Burger

You might assume that residents of the upscale community of Westlake Village have access to every imaginable amenity, but it seems something is missing -- what they really, really crave is In-N-Out Burger. This came up during planning discussions on The Shoppes at Westlake Village Center (which you know is…
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