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Food & Fun in LA
Stories and photographs by Bonnie Carroll


Wonder chef Wolfgang Puck and his amazing staff again presented a star quality surprize for the attendees of the Academy Awards. Each year he outdoes himself in creative ideas to delight and surprise guests at the prestigious event. His chocolate Oscar desserts and Oscar inspired dishes have given him a chef celebrity beyond his own imagination, and that is quite something. I love Wolfgang and know many of his wonderfully talented chefs. I feel graced to have enjoyed so many of his restaurant venues which dot the landscape from Malibu to Maui, and applaud him for his annual "Wine & Food" Festival in Los Angeles to assist Meals on Wheels and the Sisters of St. Vincent. Bravo to Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff; successful people who make the time to give back!  Photo: Barbara with Sister of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels founder.


The Ultimate Cookie Contest brought out a bevy of bakers to try their luck at becoming the best cookie baker in the area. Children at the City of Beverly Hills Farmer's Market were ecstatic to see the "Cookie Monster" dancing and playing around the judging stage, where members of the selection team were busy tasting and enjoying the many varieties of cookies in the competition. According to the market manager Greta Dunlap "this was a wonderful event for the market and we look forward to doing it again next year."

Yang Chow Restaurant -- Politically Correct Food

The City of Los Angeles Chinese New Year Parade was a wonderful experience for the local residents and visitors alike. Exquisite and colorful dragon dancers brought in the "Year of the Rooster" with excitement and style, along with marching bands, organization members, and politicians. I rarely have a chance to see all the LA politico's and they were all there waving for votes. Children along the parade route set off gun power snaps to ward off bad spirits, and many of us went to local restaurants for a family lunch. My favorite place in China Town is Yang Chow, located at 819 N. Broadway.

Yang Chow Restaurant is deceptively plain, but the interior is charming, with photos of all the City of Los Angeles mayors, police chiefs and council people, along with a few celebrities lined up on the wall. The food is "hands-down" the very best I've had anywhere, including San Francisco and New York, with very reasonable prices. The owners and their staff are quite friendly and helpful, and you always take something home for dinner, due to the large portions. Specialties include Kung Pao Fresh Conch, Sauteed Clams, General Tseng's Chicken, Lemon Scallops, Yang Chow Lam and Sizzling Platter with Beef and Scallops. Noodle and rice dishes rule here, and the restaurant caters to large family groups. A very Happy New Year from a Chinese calendar "horse"!


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