March 12, 2008
Owners of a restaurant in Media District West have transformed the site from Euro cuisine to American chophouse, specializing in Southern dishes. Savannah Burbank on 3400 W. Olive Ave. replaced French 75 Bistro last month, in a move that was meant as a departure from the restaurant’s growing reputation as a place for special events, said David Wilhelm, president of Culinary Adventures Restaurants, which owns both eateries. “The honest answer is that the restaurant wasn’t doing the sales volume we had anticipated it would do,” he said.
December 10, 2005
Refreshing, sparkling, reasonably priced -- these words, used to describe Prosecco wine, might just as well describe Prosecco the restaurant. A true Italian trattoria, Prosecco's is a place of casual elegance specializing in personal service, where regulars are greeted by name and individual preferences are indulged. Where the warmth and tastes of Tuscany can be found in the simple, well-prepared dishes set before you. Begin with the wonderful soups. Prosecco's soups are dairy-free, but they're so rich and creamy, you'll wonder how they do it. The Roasted Corn Chowder, always on the menu, is savory, hearty and topped with crispy proscuitto.
June 21, 2003
Molly Shore Graduation is not an ending, Burroughs High School Associated Student Body President Brent Schackman told his fellow graduates Thursday night. "It's a commencement, and so begins the rest of our lives," Schackman told 428 fellow seniors and a capacity crowd seated in the Memorial Field bleachers. Before class salutatorian Timothy Salamon spoke, he played a sea chantey on the kazoo, a novelty that has become a tradition among student speakers at Burroughs commencement exercises.
December 19, 2009
It is very easy to drive on the main commercial portion of Brand Boulevard in Glendale between Colorado Street and Glenoaks Boulevard and find restaurants varying in ethnicity, price and quality. But you need to continue traveling farther north to find top-notch culinary excellence at a marvelous gem called Gennaro’s. This stretch of Brand is still primarily business-oriented, but the look and feel are different, and Gennaro’s reflects this mood. Upon entering you notice décor that is elegant but not ostentatious — upscale in a manner that seems appropriate for an excellent Italian meal.
April 7, 2007
Some kids have mentors that take them to ballgames, help with their homework, or simply guide them through the obstacles of life. I have a food mentor. As soon as I got teeth, I was chewing on a gyro and learning that raw fish comes on a roll of rice. My mentor is my cousin Anita, who lives in Oregon now and works for Harry and David. So when she's not sending me Moose Munch, she is here visiting her old hometown and teaching me a thing or two about food. Last week, I knew the perfect place to take my mentor for lunch was Octopus Japanese Restaurant.
June 24, 2009
Consider L.A. a model for water Faced with our current water problems, one solution for Burbank that I don’t believe has been brought to the fore is a program the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is offering their customers. That is a cash incentive to replace their grass lawns with drought-tolerant plants. Along with the cutbacks in other water usage, it should make a big dent. But unless there are penalties, some people will not restrict their usage in other areas.
March 18, 2009
In 1959, a quartet of teenage musicians from Liverpool, England, were playing small local clubs under the name of Johnny and the Moondogs. The following year, they would change their name to the Beatles. Across the pond, the United States would start the year with 48 states and end it with 50. The men who would grow up to be the 42nd and 43rd leaders of those states were in grade school, and two more years would pass before the country’s current president would be born. In Burbank, folks were doing much the same as people all over the nation — listening to Elvis, Paul Anka and Bobby Darin on the radio, watching new shows like “Bonanza” and “The Twilight Zone” on TV, and going to see movies like “Ben-Hur” and “Some Like It Hot.” That was also the year that two young entrepreneurial Burbankers named Al and Delores Thomas gathered up $5,000 and opened The Tallyrand Restaurant on Olive Avenue.
May 19, 2007
This is not your parents’ Chinese restaurant. Forget the red vinyl booths, papier-mâché dragons and rice-paper lanterns hanging everywhere. And don’t expect the kitschy plates or pots of tea. It is a minor detail, but it says everything. The fortune cookies are delicious. Instead of the usual break-your-teeth perfunctory after-dinner treat, here they bring fortune cookies wrapped in brightly colored foil that are fresh and have been partially dipped in white chocolate.