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Tasty Tidbits: Karen Young's Valley Restaurant and Food Round Up

Find out what's in, what's out, and specials around town in this roundup of restaurant news around the San Fernando Valley

Are there restaurants you’ve been wanting to try but haven’t because of cost? Now’s the time because DineLA Restaurant Week is back and celebrating its bi-annual run— this week through January 22 and January 29-February 3. This is an opportunity to indulge in a selection of three-course prix fixe meals for lunch and/or dinner at a special price.  It’s the perfect opportunity to get out of your neighborhood and go somewhere new—or stay in the neighborhood and revisit your favorites. Over 300 restaurants will be featured in one of three dining categories with—deluxe ($) dining (lunch $16, dinner $26); Premier ($$) Dining (lunch $22, dinner $34); and Fine ($$$) Dining (lunch $28, dinner $44). Prices and meals vary by restaurant and exclude beverages tax and gratuity. Check out the list of restaurants here by neighborhood or name.

Olive Vineyard in Agoura Hills is having a New Years special on select bottles of oil and vinegar. Purchase up to six large bottles for $13.95 each (regular price $17.95). Click here for coupon. Coupon must be present at check-out. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Not valid on Gourmet Oils / Vinegars. One per household.

Woodland Hills Wine Company is having a Greek Happy Hour this Friday, January 27, from 5-7 p.m. Markus Stolz, WSET certified Greek wine expert and a Greek resident since 2003, has made it his mission to bring the finest examples of modern-styled Greek wines to the international market. Sample eight wines, along with regional appetizers. $15 per person.

Chili’s is now joining Cheesecake Factory and Daily Grill with lower calorie options with their new Lighter Choices menu with seven entrees. The Lighter Choice items are featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com and meet HealthyDiningFinder’s nutrition criteria: not more than 750 calories, 25 grams fat and 8 grams saturated fat. Choices include Grilled Chicken Salad (420 calories);Santa Fe Chicken Wrap 680 calories); Grilled Chicken Sandwich (610 calories); 6 ounce Classic Sirloin Served with steamed broccoli (260 calories); Margarita Grilled Chicken served with rice, black beans, tortilla strips and house-made pico de gallo (550 calories); Sweet & Spicy Chicken Served with rice and steamed broccoli (670 calories);Lighter Choice Grilled Salmon with Garlic & Herbs served with rice and steamed broccoli (480 calories).

P.F. Chang’s is ringing in the Year of the Dragon with a special gift for guests. In honor of the 15-day Chinese celebration, guests who visit any P.F. Chang’s ithrough February 6 will receive a red envelope containing an unknown reward. On the guests’ next visit, a P.F. Chang’s manager or server will open the envelope and reveal its contents.* The secret offer could be a discount on the meal (10%-50%), a free appetizer, or dessert and must be redeemed by March 4, 2012. Red envelopes are a traditional Chinese gift of the New Year and the red color symbolizes good luck while warding off evil spirits. To honor the occasion, P.F. Chang’s has partnered with Tsingtao Lager to create a specialty cocktail— the limited edition Dragon Punch featuring Tsingtao, Skyy Infusions Dragon Fruit Vodka and mixed with Sriracha. For more information on Chinese New Year at P.F. Chang’s, please visit: www.pfchangs.com/dragon and www.facebook/pfchangs.

Cold Stone Creamery® is offering a limited time addition—Hot for Cookie™— to their Hot Stone™ Warm and Delicious™ plated dessert line. This sweet treat is made with a warm medley of a baked chocolate chip cookie and cookie dough topped with french vanilla ice cream, whipped topping and shaved chocolate. 

Barney’s Beanery has a huge new Happy Hour HALF PRICE appetizer menu from 4-7 p.m. weekdays. Check out such items as: Spicy Chicken Wings, Sweet & Spicy Asian Style Chicken Wings, Hand Breaded Crispy Chicken Fingers (with fries), Parmesan Breaded Mushrooms, Sauteed Mushrooms, Fried Pickles, Crispy Mozzarella Sticks, Jalapeno Corn Muffins, Chips & Salsa (with guac), Cheese Nachos, Irish Nachos and Tacquitos.

About this column: Find out what's in, what's out and specials around town in this roundup of restaurant news around the San Fernando Valley. Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of MyDailyFind.com, a lifestyle site with a free subscriber newsletter about where to eat, shop, play in the 818.

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