Piccolo Chef's cooking school employs incisive instructors to teach competent kitchen skills, instill the confidence to cook alone, and train the taste buds of kids and adults alike. Parents wishing to cultivate culinary independence can attempt to instill a penchant for handcrafted healthy food with one of Piccolo Chef's teen-centric classes, or younger children can graduate beyond Easy-Bake Ovens during simpler classes including the 5 Ingredients or Less! lesson. Adult cooking classes, including the Feeding a Family lesson packed with sophisticated picnic-lunch items, boost culinary prowess and expand all students' culinary horizons.
Named one of the 20 Best Bakeries by Los Angeles magazine, Platine is a sweet-tooth’s favorite and a devout dentist’s Kryptonite that has been featured on Food Network and in the LA Times for its all-natural and handmade treats. Platine's snickerdoodles, chocolate galore, and signature oatmeal-raisin cookies are carefully crafted by renowned chef Jamie Cantor. Cantor spent years working at the famous French Laundry (twice named best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine) before opening Platine.
The Aztecs used a currency system in which one turkey cost 100 cacao beans and one fresh avocado was worth three beans. So with today's Groupon, where 15 US dollars gets you 35 US dollars worth of Essential Chocolate Desserts creations, that means that you'll be getting more than 100 cacao beans (in their processed, chocolaty form). That's a hefty 57% discount on wicked chocolate cake, uncommon moon pies, chocolate macaroons, and more.
Bistro Laurent shows off authentic French delicacies in its relaxed yet stylish dining space, festooned with elegantly framed vintage photographs. Armed with the bistro’s dinner menu, diners can bid bienvenue to the bavette à la Bordelaise ($14.75), a succulent hanger steak finished in a cabernet and onion balsamic reduction. Or, sink your mouth bones into one of the bistro's signature crepes, such as the Florentine, an edible envelope stuffed with spinach, smoked turkey breast, béchamel, parmesan, and elf wishes ($7.75). On the lunch menu, the biquet salad proudly brandishes its crest, emblazoned with goat cheese, grilled chicken, seasonal fresh berries, and grilled pecans ($5.95). Bistro Laurent's robust wine list offers complements for any meal and high praise for any diner who can correctly identify the tannins in a bottle of merlot.