May 31, 2000
Teena Howard, Enjoy! BURBANK -- I was amazed by Today Chinese Cuisine. Just a month old and already near perfection. The decor is meager but charming. We were seated quickly and served deliciously warm fried won tons with warm sweet and sour sauce that was an instant hit. We started with Steamed Dumplings that had a hint of ginger. The dipping sauce served with them was delectable, an equal match. The Chinese Chicken Salad was fresh, the chicken moist and topped with candied ginger and sesame seeds.
July 7, 2007
Walking into Rosemary Café, I was greeted by the smell of fresh baked muffins. What better way to whet your appetite? Rosemary Café is located on the outer edge of The Exchange (they validate parking) in Glendale halfway down the block on Wilson Avenue between Brand Boulevard and Maryland Avenue. It's warm and simple, with natural wood counters and tables, and for the size of the place, it doesn't feel cluttered. The tables are set to seat three, so my party of four sat at the counter against the window to watch the people go by. The owner, friendly and quiet, welcomed us with a smile and a bow and handed us menus.
July 8, 2006
Salerno's Italian Café on Riverside Drive in Burbank specializes in satisfying the lunchtime cravings of the denizens of nearby studios and offices. But its menu extends beyond office hours, offering both breakfast and dinner. The breakfast menu is topped by a terrific breakfast combo burrito. Egg, cheese, hash browns and three meats ? ham, bacon and sausage ? are rolled up in a soft tortilla and served with salsa. Very tasty and so much meat inside that dogs began to howl when I bit into it. (I'm not kidding!
April 1, 2006
Quality craftsmanship is a cherished tradition of the D'Argenzio family, longtime Burbank residents known for their beautiful handcrafted cabinetry. That same kind of care and craftsmanship can be found in the family's award-winning wines. The winery is in Santa Rosa. But the D'Argenzio's wanted to bring the experience of wine tasting home, so it just seemed natural to them to convert the front office of their woodworking shop to a tasting room and wine shop. And I'm glad they did. It broadens our already diverse epicurean opportunities.
August 5, 2006
Eating healthy at fast-food restaurants is a formidable challenge. At some places, it's all but impossible. But, the owners of a small storefront restaurant in Burbank want to change the way customers think about fast food and offer a healthy and fresh alternative ? right from Nature's Pantry. To me, "vegetarian burger" is an oxymoron. The secret to enjoying them is not thinking of them as burgers, but as a sandwich in its own right. And at Nature's Pantry, it is. The patty is a concoction of ground nuts, brown rice, oats, fresh mushrooms, onions and seasonings.