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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Wonder/Hostess thrift shop and bakery at 6325 San Fernando Road Glendale November 2012

Twinkies are coming back!

There was an uproar when Hostess filed for bankruptcy last November, ending the production of some our favorite sweets likeTwinkies. Now there’s a good chance those golden sponge cakes with the cream filling, will be back on store shelves in Burbank and elsewhere in a few months. The reason: the successful bid of $410 million offered by private equity firms Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co., according to CNN Money. Hostess reportedly accepted the bid on Monday, March... Read More →

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It’s National Ice Cream Day — yummy!!!

Go ahead have a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream. It’s National Ice Cream Day! I’m serious. Back in 1984, then President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and July 15 as National Ice Cream Day. Since then, hundreds of new ice cream flavors have been introduced. So what are the two favorite flavors? In a PR Newswire release, the king of ice cream flavors and the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, Baskin-Robbins, announced that in a recent survey it... Read More →

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Photo:FLLewis/Media City G -- Debell Golf Club 1500 East Walnut Avenue, Burbank 91501

Lunch at DeBell Clubhouse Grill gets thumbs down review

I joined friends for lunch on the patio of the Clubhouse Grill at the DeBell Golf Club in Burbank yesterday, and it was a big disappointment. The views of the hillsides and golf greens were terrific, but the food and the service were totally sub par. First, our table was dirty and we had to ask the waitress to clean it off. She gave it a quick wipe — leaving behind food stuck to the table surface. After we ordered, it took 20 minutes or so for our food to... Read More →

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Grab a freebie on National Donut Day

In case you didn’t know it — the donut or doughnut — that delicious hole in the center confection — is being celebrated today. Back in 1938, the Salvation Army declared the first Friday of June National Donut Day apparently to honor the women volunteers who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Now the day is for anyone who enjoys those yummy munchies with the captivating aroma. Despite all the bad press about the calorie load in donuts —... Read More →

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West Coast chicken cooking contest offering $10,000 grand prize

Do you have an original fresh chicken recipe that gets wows and cheers from family and friends? If you prepare your dish with locally grown ingredients then you might have a recipe which could win the $10,000 grand prize in the 3rd Annual Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest. Included in the first place prize, a one-year supply of Foster Farms chicken. Home, amateur, and professional chefs from California, Oregon and Washington are encouraged to submit their original fresh... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: Watermelon and hot summer days

Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn It’s now the end of July and the beginning of August. The hot summer weather causes people to sweat a lot. Sometimes, excessive heat can make people feel weak. In cases like this, it is good to eat a lot of healthy foods. Some of the best foods to eat during the hot summer are fruits. Among these fruits are watermelons. Watermelons have a nutrient called lycopene. It is said that lycopene can help prevent... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: The tomato debate

Is a tomato a fruit or vegetable? This was a question that was on a test I took in elementary school. Regardless of its correct label, everyone knows that tomatoes are good for you. Times magazine listed tomatoes as one of the 10 foods that prevent cancer. There are many different ways to prepare tomatoes to eat. I however, simply enjoy cutting up slices of tomatoes to eat raw while dipping them in sugar. I have two different tomato stories to tell you. Tomatoes were first... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- The oldest Bob's Big Boy restaurant anywhere is on Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake neighborhood of Burbank

Photo Gallery: Have you checked out Bob’s Big Boy lately?

Something new at an old favorite. Built in 1949, Bob’s Big Boy at 4211 West Riverside Drive,  is the oldest triple-B restaurant in the country and a local and state landmark as well. And it’s still packing them in — tourists and local folks. A while back, I hung out at a counter seat taking care of serious business with one of those triple-B burgers and grooving to the back-in-the-day oldies music. My server, a smiley guy named Alex, was terrific. He recommended the raspberry ice tea which had a great taste– not watered down like... Read More →

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Friday night fireworks return to Dodger Stadium

A fan-favorite returns to Dodger Stadium tonight. The dazzling eye-popping Friday night fireworks are back this season and kicks-off tonight, after the Dodgers play the San Francisco Giants. Fans can watch the fireworks show from the outfield grass. Pizza Hut is sponsoring this series of fireworks shows on Friday nights from now through the end of summer. Here is the schedule: April 1, April 15, April 29, May 13, May 27, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 22, July 29, August 26, and September 16. Also, the fast food chain... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City Groove -- A crowd waits outside for tables on Thanksgiving at the popular Burbank restaurant, the Tallyrand November 25, 2010

Holiday Highlights: Dining at the Tally Rand

 I joined friends for Thanksgiving dinner at the Tallyrand located at 1700 West Olive Avenue in Burbank. Surprisingly, there were several different entrees on the special menu, but I went for the traditional turkey dinner — which is one of the specialities at the Rand. I was not disappointed.  It was a very good meal, except they only served pumpkin pie and I had a taste for apple pie. The holiday season is a busy time at this long-time Burbank eatery known for its great breakfast, home style cooking, and reasonable prices. Oh, and they... Read More →

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/ White House -- Assistant pastry chef Susie Morrison puts some finishing touches on the White House gingerbread house in the China Room November 29, 2010

Holiday Highlights: Fabulous gingerbread house at the White House

Assistant pastry chef, Susie Morrison, adds some final details to the gingerbread house — one of many holiday traditions at the White House.  The confection weighs 350 pounds!  Oh, that doesn’t include the mini-replica of Bo Obama out front.  The gingerbread White House is covered in white chocolate. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind creation.

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Photo: Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images/Mrs-O.org --First Lady Michelle Obama tours New York herb garden with local school children and some First Ladies from various countries September 24, 2010

Photo Gallery: The Michelle Obama website

Catching up on some of the activities of First Lady and Health Advocate, Michelle Obama.  Mrs-O, a website dedicated to the first lady’s fashion, style, and special interests, is a faithful follower of almost everything Michelle. Also there’s a ton of comments, from some of the thousands of Michelle fans, on the two-year-old site. I’m a Michelle follower and an occasional visitor to Mrs-O. In the photo above, Mrs. Obama toured an herb garden with a group of curious school children, last Thursday, September 24. Several First Ladies, from a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G --Molly Adkins carefully hands over a yogurt treat to a customer at Pinkerry in Burbank, September 6, 2010

UPDATED: Hot temperatures and cool yogurt treats in Burbank

 UPDATED: 3:40 p.m.  At 1 p.m., it was 106 in the Media City. At 3:30 p.m. 109!!  This afternoon the city of Burbank announced the designation of three cooling centers for today and tomorrow: Joslyn Adult Center, Buena Vista and Central Libraries. Joslyn Adult Center at 1301 West Olive Avenue, will be opened 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.  Burbankers over 55 are encouraged to visit the center for some relief from the heat. The hours for the  Buena Vista Library at 300 North Buena Vista are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For the... Read More →

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Bummer: Baskin-Robbins dumps French Vanilla

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G –A couple enjoys some ice cream at Baskin- Robbins on South Victory Boulevard in Burbank, back in May 2007 Hey, what’s going on? The ice cream giant, Baskin-Robbins, is sending an old favorite, French Vanilla, to its “Deep Freeze,” as part of the company’s 65th birthday celebration. Last week, BR announced the retirement of not one, but five of the 31 signature flavors.  Also getting the boot Caramel Praline Cheesecake, Campfire S’mores, Apple Pie a La Mode, and Superfudge Truffle.             Srinivas... Read More →

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Celebrity Chef Rachael Ray blogs on White House program

Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House  — Hundreds of chefs from around the country gathered on the south lawn of the White House for a “Let’s Move” event on June 4, 2010 First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program has expanded to include hundreds of chefs from communities all across the nation. Chefs from 37 states assembled at the White House on Friday, June 4, 2010 to support “Chefs Move to Schools” phase of the first lady’s program. “Let’s Move” is aimed at fighting childhood obesity. The chefs will... Read More →

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Holiday Tidbits: How to save 1,000 calories and still celebrate

Want to keep your holiday calorie in-take in check, remember to go for white meat instead of dark. A decision like that can save you a few hundred calories during this holiday season of eat, drink, and be merry. The InStyle website has a nice reminder post on how you can make some sensible choices with a little extra effort. Jackie Keller, a celebrity wellness coach for stars like Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron, has this suggestion for slowing down the urge to graze at the food tables:”Trick yourself into allowing the... Read More →

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