POWERPLANT SUPERFOOD CAFEIf you are a Mid-City foody, you’ve likely sat down at Powerplant Superfood Cafe, a mostly vegan restaurant on Pico Boulevard just east of Fairfax. It’s a small space with a big menu, and owner/operator Cynthia Moore just celebrated the shop’s fifth birthday — no small feat in the topsy-turvy…

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BLU ELEFANT CELEBRATES 6 YEARS!Starting from scratch six years ago, Inri Aguilar successfully built up a popular local community cafe where artists, politicians, community movers and shakers come to sit, eat, drink lots of coffee, plan, work on projects, and have meetings. Some come to find an antidote to loneliness by surrounding themselves with muted…

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SOTO'S KITCHEN - From Their Family To Yours

SOTO'S KITCHEN - From Their Family To YoursDo a search for Soto’s Kitchen and the first thing you'll find are thirty-four, well-earned 5 Star reviews on Yelp.Located in the pocket mall on the n.e. corner of La Brea and San Vicente, you might miss them if you blinked. The Kitchen originally only opened Saturday, Sunday and…

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RICE AND BEANS THE JAMAICAN WAYFROM NATRALIART 3426 W. Washington Blvd. 90018 www.natraliartrestaurant.com  Here is an incredible rice and beans recipe from Charles (Juicy), owner and Chef at Natraliart, a Jamaican restaurant that's been in our community for 35 years!                           …

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Papa Cristo's

Papa Cristo'sThere's a reason this neighborhood Greek Restaurant has been in business 70 years.   Did you grow up in a gregarious home where whatever came out of the kitchen was delicious and everyone was welcome? Well, if you didn’t, you’re lucky to have Papa Cristo’s C&K Importing nearby as a second home –…

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Olson's Scandinavian Deli

Olson's Scandinavian Deli The first time I'd heard about Olson's Deli was about 6 years ago at a party in the Hollywood Hills.  Irene, the hostess, laid out an array of Scandinavian appetizers; herring, pickled cucumbers, gravlax (prepared raw salmon), and liver pate. She told me she had bought these delicacies at Olson’s,…

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Brownstone Bistro, Sunday Brunch Community FAVE

Brownstone Bistro,  Sunday Brunch Community FAVE I’ve walked past Mid-City’s Brownstone Bistro at 5047 Pico Blvd. at least a dozen times and never paid much attention to it. That changed one recent Sunday after I decided to try the Bistro’s Sunday Brunch buffet. Before going, I checked out several comments about the restaurant on Yelp, which…

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Looking for Meatless Alternatives In Our Community?

More and more people are eating less meat (fish is meat) – with A-list celebs, like former president Bill Clinton and J. Lo making headlines on a regular basis. Even Beyonce and Jay Z gave it a shot, with a recent 22-day ‘cleanse.’But it’s not just celebs; millions of…

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Honey Bee's for Breakfast and Lunch

Honey Bee's for Breakfast and LunchEating at Honey Bee’s House of Breakfast illustrated a personal breakfast dilemma that comes up in my kitchen often – American or Central American breakfast? Walking into the cozy restaurant on Adams Blvd, west of Crenshaw, on a busy Saturday morning, my jaw dropped when I saw the El Clasicoplate and I…

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Kang Nam

Kang NamI must admit: I’ve always played it safe with Korean food. When I arrived at Kang Nam all I knew from Yelp reviews was that this was a traditional spot where Korean adults could enjoy a good old school Korean meal.  So, I jumped into this culinary adventure by asking…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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