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Emily Dwass

Chinese chicken salad; Credit: Lovi's Delicatessen

Lovi Family's New Upscale Calabasas Spot Is a Delicatessen, Not a Deli

For more than three decades, the Lovi family has operated successful mom-and-pop-style delis in the San Fernando and Conejo Valleys. With their latest venture, though, they’re launching something new: upscale deli dining. Opening Monday, Lovi’s Delicatessen, in the heart of Calabasas, will have a large dining room, a separate full......
Crunchy French Toast; Credit: Blu Jam Cafe

Blu Jam Cafe Opens in Woodland Hills

A crowd has been gathering most mornings at one end of a nondescript, old-school strip mall in Woodland Hills. It doesn’t seem like a promising spot for destination dining – but that’s exactly what’s going on, with people in the area lining up for the new location of Blu Jam......
Thousands of flavor pairings; Credit: E. Dwass

The Vegetarian Flavor Bible Is Not a Cookbook

Two-time James Beard Award-winning author Karen Page has written an impressive follow-up to her classic, The Flavor Bible. This time, she turns her attention to plant-based cooking in The Vegetarian Flavor Bible. The 554-page tome (with photos by Andrew Dornenburg) includes no recipes but instead a detailed history of veggie......
As the Torah makes its way through the balcony during Yom Kippur services

Santa Barbara Favorite Jeannine's Opens in Westlake Village

Named for the original owner, Jeannine’s started out selling cookies and muffins in a little bakery on upper State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. That eventually grew to three restaurants serving a full breakfast and lunch menu. Now they've opened a new eatery in L.A. The 7,500 square foot Westlake Village spot, billed......
Nordstrom's white chocolate bread pudding; Credit: Nordstrom Friends and Family Cookbook

Nordstrom's White Chocolate Bread Pudding Is Kind of Awesome

After hearing raves about the white chocolate bread pudding at the Nordstrom Café Bistro in Canoga Park, we had to check it out – three times, actually. Happily, the dessert lives up to the hype. But don’t get in your car just yet and head to the West San Fernando......
Cheerios protein; Credit: E. Dwass

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:......

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......
Leila's grilled Scottish salmon; Credit: Scott Anthony Everts

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......