Favorite “ask the yenta questions!”

WOW! Six months has flown by! I’d thought I’d take a look back at at some of the “Ask the Yenta” questions that received the greatest response, and it’s all because of you!
Ask the Yenta
Dear Yenta, I have a couple of kitchen knives that need sharpening – any suggestions? Thanks.”

Good question.  I’ve had the same set of kitchen knives for many years and I know I need a couple sharpened (ok, so I don’t cook that much, but still…)

Here are a some great places you can take your knives to:

Ross Cutlery – downtown
Gary’s Knife Sharpening Service – check website for farmers market locations where you can find him (Beverly Hills to Culver City).

But hey, here is the really great news! Bristol Farms will do it for free and while you wait! Yay! They will do up to 5 knives at a time (straight-edged knives). Call ahead to make sure the service is available at your local store – and that there’s no line.

“Dear Yenta, Where can I find the best gelato that has multiple dairy free options especially CHOCOLATE sorbet?”

Here is your list of some top spots with non-dairy options:

Al Gelato (no website) is a fantastic place to go and have some gelato or sorbet, and they’ve got your chocolate sorbet!!
806 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90035 (310) 659-8069

Yogurt Stop – located in WeHo, this is a  fantastic new self serve yogurt shop and they have one non-dairy choice a week – plus they have LOADS of awesome toppings.

The Hugo’s Tacos in Atwater Village has a much talked about non-dairy soft serve.

Mashti Malone’s is known for very exotic sorbet like Rose Sorbet with Sour Cherry.

Keep your eyes open for Nice Cream a vegan ice cream shop coming soon to the Cahuenga Pass!!

“Dear Yenta, I live and work in OC and next week I need to bring some fun, sweet treats to a business meeting in West LA.  Any Suggestions? Thanks!”?

Compartes Chocolatier
912 S. Barrington Ave.,
Truffles, “Love Nuts” (seriously, they’re awesome!), chocolate dipped apricots or chocolate dipped marshmallows!!
Just to make your mouth water – here is the description of the Love Nuts: we hand roast nuts with real tahitian vanilla beans while quickly caramelizing them in our old fashioned copper candy kettle. Sprinkle them in the finest quality sea salt and then hand enrob them in layer upon layer of delicious Venezuelan chocolate. To finish them off, we cover them in French cocoa powder. All available in beautiful sheer organza gift bags.

Susie Cakes
11708 San Vicente Blvd.
All handmade from the owner Susie’s grandmother’s recipes.  CUPCAKES!! But they also have awesome cookies – Whoopie Pies, Frosted Molasses Snap Cookies, and Frosted Animal Cookies – yum!!!

Buttercake Bakery
10595 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90064
Simple homemade style cakes, cupcakes and cookies!

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Are your toenails real?

Monday, August 10, 2009


Okay, so I had a truly shocking yet exhilarating moment this weekend at a BBQ, when a guest at the gathering shared that her beautiful French pedicure was fake. WHAT???!!! Her toes were gorgeous, seriously!! Then she said they were press-on toenails.  WHAT???!!! Am I the only one?…Not only did I have no idea that was such a thing as press-on toenails, but how could they look so good?! click here to read more!!!!