Friday, December 14, 2018

REVIEW: Nostal Cafe

  As the fragrant scent of Italian cuisine with a Persian twist engulfs the air, the evening began to wash over the restaurant. A homely mood, with outdoor string lights and carpeted couches welcome all patrons in the night-time glow. Those choosing to dine inside are given a more traditional bench seating, with tables for parties of two or more...

REVIEW: Let’s Pho

Upon entering Let’s Pho, walking up the ramp towards the seating area, patrons aren’t immediately drawn in by the scent of the food. Instead, customers are invited in by the ambiance and design of the restaurant. While the restaurant is decorated with a fusion of Vietnamese and vintage decor, one arrives to a scene filled with small groups of people...

REVIEW: RING Donuts

Petite rings that fit perfectly in the palm of one’s hand are spongy in texture, sweet in taste and warm and cozy with every bite. RING Baked Tofu Donuts is a specialty donut shop that crafts gluten-free, GMO-free and nut-free baked goods with vegan options available upon request. Each bite is luscious and pillow-soft in texture and distinct in both...

REVIEW: The Original Pizza Cookery

A large wooden door next to a quaint oval window that looks into a kitchen gives a 1980s vibe to this local restaurant. Located off of Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California on Erwin Street, The Original Pizza Cookery has been around since 1975. Founded by Jordan Klempner, the Cookery has been demonstrating a love for cooking delicious food...

REVIEW: Cha Cha Chicken

There exists a long lost isle of the Caribbean, insulated by high-growing greenery and thatched eaves. It’s nestled behind a Northridge McDonald’s, and sandwiched between a barber and a skate shop. The name of this isla perdida… Cha Cha Chicken. Here, you can treat yourself to a smorgasbord of delectable food that borrows tastes from every corner of the Caribbean at...

Wrangle in some Texas-style barbecue

If you drive too fast, you will probably miss this place.  And what a shame it would be. Dr. Hogly Wogly surrounded by tall apartment buildings and local businesses on the busy Sepulveda Blvd. It is tucked in between a liquor store and a barber shop. The rooftop is covered with grey-brown shingles, black-brown wooden trims and the exterior walls...

Find strength in a warrior’s zen

It may seem like there is a yoga studio on every corner in the greater Los Angeles area. However, that is not true for the San Fernando Valley. North of the 101 between the 405 and Topanga Canyon, you will find a land sans yoga, with no legit hot yoga to practice for miles. But new business in Woodland Hills...

Crazy good sushi

A black wooden door sandwiched between the tan stucco facade of a local restaurant is reminiscent of a modern speakeasy. Located on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana, Crazy Tokyo Sushi has been in business for more than 20 years. While the alley parking behind the restaurant can be tricky, there is often enough metered spaces out front. Parking in those...

Bites and Bikes: Pedaler’s Fork

A restaurant, bike shop and coffee shop combine under one roof at Pedaler’s Fork in Old Town Calabasas. Friendly faces greet incoming visitors and offer outdoor or indoor seating, both of which are adorned with old photos and bike models that are aesthetically pleasing. Views of the quaint city can be seen from any seat in the restaurant. The...

The “Grass” was not Greener: “118 Degrees”

118 Degrees offers vegan food that tastes vegan, and not in a good way. Offering tasty raw, healthy, vegan food is difficult because options are limited. Almost all the dishes at this restaraunt could be improved with some salt or pepper, but then the dish would no longer be “healthy.” The cheese dishes would taste better if they are...