Samke Harra at Cafe du Liban

The Top 5 Dishes in Tarzana

11/05/2018

Joshua Lurie

Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of “Tarzan,” subdivided his sprawling Tarzana Ranch in 1923, and within a decade, his land and surrounding plots officially became Tarzana. Since then, the neighborhood has thrived between the Santa Monica Mountains to the south and Victory Boulevard to the north. Tarzana has become a hotbed for Middle Eastern and Asian food in recent decades. Start culinary explorations with these 5 dishes.

Dave’s Hotts Wicked Good Peppa Spread at Dave’s Chillin N Grillin

The Best House Made Sauces at L.A. Restaurants

11/05/2018

Joshua Lurie

The Asapahu family’s seven-sauce line-up has been the backbone of Ayara Thai Cuisine, a beloved restaurant on a Westchester side street that debuted in 2004. As Vanda Asapahu states, “As our restaurant grew, visitors came to love not only the food we prepared, but also the sauces served with them, whether they were used as dressings, dips or marinades.” Top sellers include When Tigers Cry steak sauce, a nuanced dip or marinade that’s geared toward grilled meat. This sauce balances roasted chiles with tangy tamarind, umami-rich fish flakes and fish sauce, garlic, red onions, and cane sugar. Thai Chili-Lime "seafood dipping sauce" delivers bite to cooked crab and salmon or raw oysters. This bottle blends Thai chiles, garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, and cane sugar. Thai Peanut Sauce balances sweetness with umami-rich hoisin, garlic, onion, and cane sugar and works as a grilled meat dip, dressing, or sandwich spread. 8-ounce bottles of all sauces cost $9.75.

6245 W. 87th St., Los Angeles 90045

Warner Bros. Studio event

Spotlight: Warner Bros. Studios Brings Creative Expertise to Events

11/01/2018

The world’s busiest motion picture and television studio can double as your own private event venue. Picture this, your group surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a working studio. With three screening rooms, 13 historic backlot sets, a fine dining room, museums and a premier theater, they have the capacity for an intimate retreat for 20 guests or an extravaganza for 3,000.

House-Charred Bloody Mary at Lunetta All Day

The Best Bloody Marys in Los Angeles

10/29/2018

Joshua Lurie

Weekend brunch is practically a sport in L.A., and the Bloody Mary is undoubtedly the queen of cocktails during that meal. Paris bartender Fernand Petiot supposedly created the drink in 1921 at the city’s famed New York Bar and imported his recipe to Manhattan, where word of the tomato-based vodka cocktail spread. The drink supposedly name checks Mary, Queen of Scots, who burned Protestants at the stake in the 16th Century for refusing to convert to Catholicism. Thankfully, the blood red drink is far less gruesome. Many restaurants treat the drink like an art form, carefully crafting house-made mixes and garnishes. Discover 10 of L.A.’s best, most unique Bloody Marys.

Boiled ox bone soup with assorted beef at Musse

The Top 5 Dishes in Northridge

10/29/2018

Joshua Lurie

Orange groves and agriculture used to define Northridge, a city that officially formed in 1910 as Zelzah and was briefly known as North Los Angeles before settling into its current name. Northridge has proven quite resilient, bouncing back from the notorious 1994 earthquake and now houses an eclectic international community fueled in no small part by Cal State University, Northridge. The school started in 1958 and educates approximately 40,000 undergrads per year. Northridge has developed a deep culinary roster to feed students, families, and visitors. Start by eating these five dishes.

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