Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Vegan Joint

  Written by Silvik Hagopian Stepping foot into The Vegan Joint, an immediate greeting is given by the only waitress in the restaurant, an Asian woman clad in a bright turquoise T-shirt and black short hair severely cut to her earlobes. The entrance room looks like a small café upon walking in. Overwhelming sunlight floods into the mustard-colored room, making the light seem...

California Mad Poppers

Written by Lital Shoshan  Perhaps it’s a fad but California Mad Poppers, located on Shoup Avenue and Sherman Way, may be onto something with its frozen popcorn. Opening the door to the store, the smell of freshly-popped kernels greats the nose. An eye-popping, colorful menu captures attention. Sticky, gooey caramel and hand-popped popcorn combine to make a frozen treat delight. At California...

Exotic Thai Café

Written by Lynn Levitt From the outside, Exotic Thai Café is not exactly appealing. Located at the end of a seedy strip mall on Ventura Boulevard and Fallbrook Avenue in Woodland Hills, Calif., it is somewhat of a turn-off.  But, the front door opens, the atmosphere changes and the walls of the San Fernando Valley transform to a gem somewhere...

Shalimar Cuisine of India

Written by Kashish Nizami Located in the corner of a mini mall on the quiet western end of Ventura Boulevard, Shalimar may look like a modest restaurant from the outside, but with even the slightest closer look it’s clear that the eatery is modeled to make its patrons feel like royalty. Stepping foot on the green carpet pathway to the...

Follow Your Heart

Written by Jeremy Nation Passing the threshold from the busy street gives an impression of being inside a small snobby place in New York. Inside a niche health food store, one might be surprised to find Follow Your Heart's restaurant section nestled away in the back where a more adventurous shopper might pick up some fermented kombucha tea or raw...

El Taco Llama

Written by Calvin B. Alagot Photo by John Gutierrez Location: 8709 Corbin Ave Northridge, CA 91324 (818) 885-5918     There are a few El Taco Llama locations in the San Fernando Valley, but the Northridge location is undeniably the best. Parking is terrible, seating is scarce during rush and there are plenty of homeless people roaming about, but once you have tried this Mexican fast...

Cavaretta’s Italian Deli & Groceries

Written by Kristen Aslanian Photo by John Gutierrez   Location: 22045 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303 Phone: (818) 340-6626 Mon.- Sat. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.     Cavaretta’s is more than just your traditional deli, it’s is also a grocery store which imports groceries from places like Italy and New York. With Boar’s Head umbrellas swaying in...

Burritos El Chavo Restaurant

Written by Evelia Rodriguez   Location: 6032 Reseda Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356 Hours: Open 7 Days a week   Burritos El Chavo is a very well-known local restaurant in Tarzana. Just a couple of streets down from Pierce College. You can hop on the Orange Line Bus and get off on Reseda Boulevard. For students who want a quick bite but are afraid to...

That’s So Organic


Revolutionary food for a fast moving city.


A little slice of Italy in your backyard

Portia Medina/ The Bull   Nestled between an optometrist and a locksmith in a large strip mall on the south east corner of Devonshire Street and Mason Avenue is where you will find San Carlo Italian Deli. The small suburban storefront houses two rows of authentic Italian groceries just across from the deli counter where you place your order.   The deli case...