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Gathering for Good – and Baked Goods

“The great uniter of all people is food and social rights,” says Rustic Canyon Family of Restaurants Co-Owner Zoe Nathan. The celebrated baker has teamed up with a group of women and top bakers and pastry chefs across Los Angeles to create Bake & Gather, a grassroots campaign to bring people together in a family-friendly, bake sale-inspired setting to raise funds for causes the community feels passionate about. The first...

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Date Night: The Pan Am Experience

Does anyone ever deliberately set out to eat airplane food? If that food is part of Air Hollywood’s Pan Am Experience, you definitely should! Avoid the crowds at LAX, leave your luggage at home and head instead to a cluster of warehouses off the 118 Freeway in San Fernando to board a Pan Am 747 for a flight to the 1970s. Pan American World Airways disbanded in 1991 and the...

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Family Recipes: Pancakes On the House

Chef Kristina Mikyste of Doma Kitchen shares a fun dish you can top any way you like  Ricotta cheese is an unusual addition to pancakes, but it is similar to the farmers’ cheese Kristina Mikyste used growing up in Lithuania – in a family of chefs. Needless to say, the family did a lot of cooking. “Especially Sunday,” says Mikyste, “because it’s a family day, so we always cooked. It’s...

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Community News: Eat Out to Help the Hungry

Since 2008, the Dine Out For No Kid Hungry program has raised more than $37 million to help end childhood hunger right here in the U.S. You might be surprised to learn in community news that, according to a study by the USDA Household Food Security, more than 16 million children here face hunger. It is easy to support the No Kid Hungry campaign, organized by the nonprofit Share Our...

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Dongpo Kitchen Opens at Universal CityWalk

There's a new restaurant player in town at Universal CityWalk. Dongpo Kitchen, inspired by restaurant Meizhou Dongpo and its owners, Chef Mr. Wang and his wife Mrs. Liang, is serving up authentic Sichuan cuisine in the first-ever U.S. casual dining concept exclusively at the iconic open-air destination. Renowned for its Sichuan-style fusion of traditional and creative cooking, Meizhou Dongpo has  more than 100 locations across China. In 2008, the 20-year...

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Frozen Fruit Co Launches Flagship Soft Serve Store In Santa Monica

There is a new frozen dessert player in Santa Monica, one that aims to change your entire perception of what soft serve should taste like and be made of giving families in Los Angeles things to do. The recently opened Frozen Fruit Co makes an entirely new type of soft serve made just from fruit. Dairy free, vegan, paleo and only sweetened with natural fruit sugars, it’s designed to be...

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Blackberry Crumble: A Sweet Taste of Childhood

Katie Shyne of Taste on Melrose shares fond memories and a Spiced Blackberry Crumble recipe. Doesn’t blackberry picking with your mom sound like a delicious way to spend a morning? Katie Shyne, executive pastry chef at Taste on Melrose, brings her childhood memory and a childhood favorite recipe to life in this Spiced Blackberry Crumble. “It’s one of the first things I learned how to make when I was a...

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Hop To IHOP For Free Pancakes

Among March’s many holidays is National Pancake Day. It might not be the best known March holiday, but IHOP restaurants make it a special occasion for several reasons. On National Pancake Day, which this year is March 8, the popular restaurant chain offers customers a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. But IHOP is doing more than just dishing out free food. The promotion also helps raise awareness and funds...

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Santa Monica’s Pono Burger Receives Green Business Certification

Pono Burger in Santa Monica has been certified as a Green Business by the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program (SMGBC), making it one of only 13 restaurants currently certified. Chef Makani of Pono Burger has always been a proponent of community, sourcing all of her ingredients locally and working directly with farmers. “What we take into our bodies becomes part of us. That’s why we source our ingredients from...

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Holiday Recipes From Milo and Olive

When Erin Eastland was moving to Southern California from New York in 2005, it didn’t take her long to figure out that she wanted to call Santa Monica home. It helped that she and her family scoped out the city on a Wednesday. “We came upon the farmers’ market and I was like, ‘We’re done,’” says the mom of two, who is now executive chef at Milo and Olive, a...

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New Gluten-Free Breads at La Brea Bakery

Due to the large demand for gluten-free breads nowadays, La Brea Bakery (www.labreabakery.com) which first opened in Los Angeles 26 years ago, has recently introduced its own gluten-free breads. Best known for its artisan breads, La Brea Bakery was looking to offer customers something that was tasty and healthy, thus the creation of the new breads. To begin, the bakery is offering two classic flavors. The first is the White...

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Mendocino Farms Opens New Location At The Point In El Segundo

Mendocino Farms, Southern California’s sandwich destination with a mission of helping guests “Eat Happy,” opened its 11th restaurant, at 840 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 100, El Segundo, Sept. 5. Mendocino Farms features a dynamic chef-driven menu that changes with the seasons and offers guests a high-quality dining option at affordable prices in a warm, kid-friendly environment. A true neighborhood gathering place, the family-friendly space has a warm, spacious atmosphere with indoor...

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Places to Eat - Atticus Creamery & Pies

Pie À La Mode Near the Farmers Market

After L.A. Parent’s 35th Birthday Bash, held Aug. 2 at The Original Farmers Market, my co-workers and I decided to continue the celebration at Atticus Creamery & Pies, which opened its second L.A. location nearby at 6015 W. 3rd St. The family-owned shops offer natural, freshly made ice cream with unique flavors such as Salted Chocolate Bacon Brittle, Honey Honeycomb and Cereal & Milk. Their layered pies with flavors including...

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Wake Up: A Millennial Dad’s Guide to Los Angeles Coffee

I’m tired. My son, Hank, is now 10 months old and wakes up every morning at 5:30. I used to wake up at 8:30 a.m. Those days are over. Now my alarm clock is a howling cry from the next room. Now it’s all about this little angel – and yet all I can think about is the devil’s bean. And here’s the rest of my morning: a diaper change...

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Ice Cream Month Isn’t Over at Baskin-Robbins

A Sweet Deal from Baskin-Robbins to end National Ice Cream Month July is National Ice Cream Month, and Baskin-Robbins (www.baskinrobbins.com) is wrapping it up by offering a cool discount. For one day only— on Friday, July 31— Baskin-Robbins is offering a 31percent discount on all ice cream sundaes at participating Baskin-Robbins locations in SoCal. Ice cream lovers can choose Classic Two-Scoop Sundaes, Brownie Sundaes, Banana Royale Sundaes, Classic Banana Splits...

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Box Lunch

One of my fondest childhood memories is of my mom packing picnic lunches in lacquer Japanese bento boxes. I loved having a variety of small bites compartmentalized and displayed neatly in front of me. On a recent visit with my family to Sushi Roku in Pasadena, I was delighted to discover their new Okosama (kids’) menu, featuring Japanese favorites in bento boxes for diners ages 10 and under. This top-rated...

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Farm Fresh for Families

Farm-to-table dining is now affordable and convenient for busy Los Angeles families. Mendocino Farms, founded by husband and wife team, Mario del Pero and Ellen Chen, offers organic, healthy and farm fresh sandwiches, entrée salads, soups and side salads using only the best locally sourced ingredients. Chef Partner Judy Han has crafted a menu based on traditional sandwiches with modern twists like the Pork Belly Banh Mi, the "Not So...

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Kids Can Rock Out With Hard Rock’s New Menu

Kids not only get a lesson in rock history while dining at Hard Rock Café, but also a lesson in healthy eating. The restaurant, known for its impressive display of rock memorabilia and music videos (and now fun ideas for kids), has launched a new kids’ menu that’s sure to be a hit with little rockers across the country. The “Roxtars” menu offers the usual kid fare – burgers, mac...

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Fun Ideas For Kids – Pizza Party Extraordinaire

CPK Made This Mom a Party Pooper No More I’ve got to be honest. Throwing birthday parties is a parental duty of which I’m not particularly fond. There’s so much pressure in the planning, the execution and the clean-up. So here’s my set of criteria for planning these annual events. The party must be: Not. At. My. House. Enjoyable for both children and parents Quick, easy and painless Affordable With...

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Holy Cow is Right!

Nestled out yonder in Santa Monica is Holy Cow BBQ, a new eatery specializing in good ol’ fashioned barbecue with a California flair. Founder and barbecue aficionado Rob Serritella, the guy responsible for Los Feliz eatery MESSHALL, opened this Texas roadhouse-style kitchen in late 2014. The farm-to-table restaurant seeks out local, organic, sustainable and natural foods (that’s the “California flair” part). Everything is carefully smoked, resulting in a menu filled...

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Where to Find L.A.’s Coolest Ice Cream and Gelato Shops

Considering our year-round sunny weather, it’s no wonder Los Angeles has a seemingly endless array of ice cream parlors, gelaterias and FroYo shops. If you’re ready to venture beyond the shop on the corner for something truly special, here are six spots that are absolutely worth a try. Scoops original location is on hip-as-can-be Heliotrope Drive (712 N., Heliotrope Dr., L.A.; 323-906-2649), where they dish up creative ice cream flavor...

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Grown Up Tastes for Little Diners

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, known for its modern American comfort food, unique cocktails, premium whiskeys, and craft beers, launches a new children’s menu this month with slight variations on its grown up offerings. Younger diners can choose from favorites such as burgers, fried chicken, grilled BBQ chicken skewers, mac n’ cheese, cruller donuts, and root beer floats. All selections are served up the Plan Check way with distinctive renditions of...

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International Plates for Picky Palates

My child, once a baby who gummed anything I put in front of him, has become a quintessential picky toddler. Every suggestion is met with a cheerful, but firm, “No,” and I’ve watched his culinary world narrow into a rotating Lazy Susan of hot dogs, chicken fingers and fish sticks. This is something I swore I would never allow. Experts say to keep presenting toddlers with new foods, and not...

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New Veggie Options at Stonefire Grill

If you’re a busy parent who appreciates quality restaurant food at family-friendly prices, you’ll want to know about Stonefire Grill, a family-owned restaurant chain with seven locations in L.A. and Orange counties. Known for their mesquite BBQ chicken, cracked pepper garlic tri tip, lemon garlic salmon, made-to-order pizzas and an array of healthy salads, the restaurant has introduced several new items focusing on lean meats and vegetarian options: Sandwiches Slow...

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Coffee With Kids In Sliver Lake

Visit this fun neighborhood with the kids for coffee, shopping, snacks and play. by Erin Mahoney Harris Silver Lake might have a reputation as a hipster haven, but it’s become increasingly welcoming to families with young children as well, particularly with the opening of the lovely Silver Lake Meadow and the proliferation of family-friendly boutiques, coffee houses and cafes. LAMILL Coffee Boutique (1636 Silver Lake Blvd.; 323-663-4441; www.lamillcoffee.com) has been...

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