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Smoothie Los Angeles

Ashtala Dakota Smoothie (Drink of the Week)

FurnSaj Bakery has been one of my favorite L.A. options for falafel, shawarma, and savory Lebanese flatbreads. Charlie Succar and brother Mel opened a sister project in the same Granada Hills strip mall called...
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Shanto’s Bakery: Cedar Marks the Spot in La Crescenta [CLOSED]

Before Shanto’s Bakery arrived, I associated La Crescenta with hiking Mt. Lukens and mountain lions, since I scaled the former, and distant cousins who live in the neighborhood described frequent appearances from the latter....
Lebanese Food Los Angeles

Mantee: Subbing Lebanese Oasis for Studio City Guitar Shop

Earlier this year, 10962 Ventura Boulevard housed a tired guitar shop, an even less dynamic office space and a weed-filled back patio, but Hrag Darakjian somehow saw the potential. Darakjian, who goes by Jonathan,...
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Alcazar: Finding a Different Type of Fries in Encino [CLOSED]

The western fringe of L.A.’s San Fernando Valley is a wonderland for Middle Eastern cuisine. You’ll find dozens of Armenian, Israeli, Persian and Lebanese dining options, and when kebabs and falafel just aren’t enough,...
Lebanese Food Los Angeles

Carousel: Taking Lebanese Comfort Food for a Spin in Glendale

Greg and Rose Tcholakian opened their Lebanese kebab house in the back corner of Hollywood’s Hye Plaza in December 1983, deriving the name from a popular restaurant in Beirut. Their son Mike opened this...
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Al Sanabel Bakery: Sampling Arabic Breads in Disney Shadow

In the shadow of Disneyland, an Arabic community known as Little Gaza has sprouted up since the 1990’s, populated with immigrants from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. A row of restaurants and bakeries has...