Emily Schuman writes the award-winning blog (and now book) Cupcakes and Cashmere, which chronicles her daily posts about everything that inspires her, from fashion and food, to beauty and interior design. Emily lives in L.A. with her husband, Geoffrey, and their two cats.

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LA Foodie is Drew Hubbard and Ben Waters. They’re looking for the best eats in Los Angeles and usually finding them. LA Foodie gives us their top picks for dineLA's Summer Restaurant Week.

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Restaurant Week isn’t just a time to check out new spots or revisit old favorites. It’s a great time to expand your usual geographic boundaries and explore a new neighborhood. Why not let Metro LA take you there? Metro Rail can put you within easy walking distance of dozens of restaurants on the Restaurant Week list. You won’t have to drive around endlessly looking for a parking spot or shell out $10 for valet. You’ll be doing right by the environment.

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LA-based designer Trina Turk is as influenced by her upbringing as she is by her collector’s eye for the Golden State’s modernist artistry and craftsmanship. Her love of 60s and 70s vintage apparel, jewelry and accessories, modernist and graphic arts, and mid-century modern architecture are showcased in her ready-to-wear, accessory, and home collections. Turk has seven boutiques across the country, including Los Angeles. Turk’s numerous licenses and collaborations include the recently announced Banana Republic collaboration for Summer 2012.

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Jason Bentley is the Music Director for KCRW 89.9 FM and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic. Jason gives us his top picks for dineLA's Summer Restaurant Week.

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No, vats of boiling oil don’t necessarily have to result in some kind of twisted medieval torture. It’s actually just part of the process for producing fried chicken, one of the most beloved dishes worldwide. Los Angeles chefs have embraced the bird, and they’re producing versions that draw on diverse cultures to please palates.

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On a recent weekday afternoon, two thirty-something girlfriends met up at 3 Square Cafe, Hans Röckenwagner’s modern Venice restaurant. They scored one of the several sidewalk tables. As they perused the menus, the third member of their party watched passers-by. That would be Joffrey, a Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix, who was chilling under the table.

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The San Fernando Valley is well-known to foodies as the home to some of the city’s best sushi restaurants. But there’s a lot more to the 818 than yellowtail and omakase. So without further ado, our well researched, very subjective list of a dozen essential San Fernando Valley restaurants. And because no roundup of the Valley’s key eats would be complete without them, a couple of sushi spots are included.

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There's nothing like a nice lunch to break up your daily routine. For many, a good workplace not only means having an awesome boss and coworkers or an easy commute, there also needs to be a plethora of solid lunch options. In the West LA area, the stretch of Sawtelle Blvd. between Santa Monica and Olympic, known as "Little Osaka," is an amazing "lunch time cafeteria" devoid of corporate, strip-mall restaurants. And if you're into Asian food, the 2pm post-lunch food coma that follows will be completely worth it. Here are some places we enjoy in Little Osaka.

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