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Fresh Ideas For A Burbank Lunch On The Lighter Side

We’ve all been there. Just an hour for your Burbank lunch and you want something fresh, something healthy, maybe a salad or lighter meal. Where can you get in and out in under an hour and also include some vegetables in your diet?!

Salmon sandwich with a fresh side salad at Urban Eats. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Salmon sandwich with a fresh side salad at Urban Eats. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Urban Eats is known for its customizable salads and fresh menu. Never fear, you can get a beer or a fried chicken sandwich here, too. The salmon sandwich is so very good.

The wild-caught fish is flavorful and prepared perfectly. Served inside a gently pressed panini roll and accompanied by a light side salad with yummy house dressing, this sandwich is amazing.

The Canyon Grille's veggie wrap mixes colorful vegetables and cheese.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Canyon Grille’s Veggie Wrap mixes colorful vegetables and cheese. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The recently revamped menu at DeBell Golf’s The Canyon Grille has some excellent new options. For the veggie lover, the Veggie Wrap combines a bunch of colorful vegetables like avocado, peppers, cucumber and tomato with mixed greens and jack cheese in a giant tortilla wrap.

For some red meat at lunch, try The Canyon Grille’s Carne Asada Torta, which layers grilled meat with salsa, chipotle mayo and freshly made guacamole. Served on airy focaccia bread, the sandwich is absolutely delicious. Fresh french fries or a side salad complete the plate.

DeBell’s Canyon Grille boasts a gorgeous view and restful, casual vibe. It’s great for a lunch away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the office.

The carne asada torta provides a party of flavors inside a light focaccia bread. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Carne Asada Torta provides a party of flavors inside a light focaccia bread. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Getting enough tasty vegetables can be a challenge, but the Chop Stop has it covered. Serving custom salads either chopped and mixed, in a wrap or on top of beans and rice provides a variety of enjoyable ways to get one’s daily requirement of veggies.

Chop Stop's Choppurito Classic bowl.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Chop Stop’s Choppurito Classic bowl. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Choose from popular favorites on the menu or come up with your own concoction. Chop Stop makes each salad, wrap or bowl fresh to order. The place can get very busy at lunchtime and there aren’t a lot of tables inside or out, so many people get their lunch to go.

The Chop Stop is our go-to place for a fast, healthy salad. We add meat and beans or rice for a heartier lunch.

Chop Stop's Cilantro Onion bowl combines chicken and lots of flavor.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Chop Stop’s Cilantro Onion bowl combines chicken and lots of flavor. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Back in Magnolia Park, Romancing the Bean has a variety of creative and colorful salads and sandwiches for the lunchtime crowd. Recent favorites include the Salad Nicoise, the kale and Brussels sprouts salad and the cold chicken curry sandwich.

Salad Nicoise at Romancing the Bean is always fresh. This one substitutes avocado for green beans.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Salad Nicoise at Romancing the Bean is always fresh. This one substitutes avocado for green beans. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Fresh ingredients and edible flowers always brighten up Romancing the Bean’s salads. Many people add some chicken to the raw kale and Brussels sprouts salad for a heartier lunch.

The kale and Brussels sprouts salad at Romancing the Bean is chock full of healthiness.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The kale and Brussels sprouts salad at Romancing the Bean is chock full of healthiness. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The cold chicken curry sandwich on a multi-grain bread has been another popular favorite at the Magnolia Park coffee shop for quite a while now. Served with a side salad of mixed greens and a light vinaigrette, it’s another healthy option for lunch.

Cold chicken curry sandwich on rustic multi-grain bread is a mouthful of amazing tastes.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Cold chicken curry sandwich on rustic multi-grain bread is a mouthful of amazing tastes. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

However, sometimes we really need to have some fries and beer at lunch. One way to feel better about that choice is to get veggie or no-meat fare along with the fries and beer.

And for that, Tony’s Darts Away is an excellent choice for vegan and vegetarian sandwiches and salads. They make a delicious Golden State salad with yellow beets, goat cheese, pepitas and organic greens, topped with a light vinaigrette.

Golden State salad, with yellow beets, goat cheese and nuts, compensates for the fries and beer.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Golden State salad, with yellow beets, goat cheese and nuts, compensates for the fries and beer. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Throw in some great tunes and the choice of interior bar or outside patio ambiance, and lunch at Tony’s suddenly becomes a party for a few minutes until it’s time to get back to work.

In Burbank, we are lucky to have so many options for healthy and light lunches. We welcome readers to share some of their favorites dishes and restaurants with us in the comment section or via email. Maybe we’ll highlight your favorite lunch next.

Towns Burr Gallery Hosts Artist Signing For Second Saturdays

Actor and painter Richard Herd stops by Towns Burr Gallery as part of Magnolia Park’s growing Second Saturdays monthly event on Saturday evening, March 8. Herd will be on hand to sign prints of two of his paintings currently on exhibit at the gallery.

Richard Herd with some of his art. (Photo Courtesy of Towns Burr Gallery)

Richard Herd with some of his art. (Photo Courtesy of Towns Burr Gallery)

Elizabeth Crawley performs live music between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Romancing the Bean, just steps away from the art gallery, for the Second Saturdays event. Reclaimed vintage clothing store also offers special sales for the evening.

Herd is well-known for his roles in Seinfeld, Private Benjamin, Star Trek Voyager and Sgt. Bilco, among other television shows and films. Prints of his two works “Live Free Or Die” and “So Cool” will be available for purchase at the gallery event, which runs from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Luna Vine’s Inaugural Wine Dinner Shines With Creative Pairings, Inspired Menu

By Lisa Paredes
Associate
Editor

As Magnolia Park and Burbank anticipate the late-September opening of Luna Vine Wine Bar, owner Shannan VerGow co-hosted an inaugural wine dinner at neighboring Romancing the Bean with the cafe’s owner Kerry Krull on August 23 and 24. Ms. VerGow, General Manager Nick Caballero and Executive Chef Wesley Pumphrey created the menu and the wine pairings. The 30 person event nearly sold out the Friday seating, while the Saturday dinner was completely booked. This review focuses on the Saturday, August 24, event.

Fried stuffed olives with garlic aioli. (Photo Courtesy of Ashley Erikson)

Fried stuffed olives with garlic aioli. (Photo Courtesy of Ashley Erikson)

Cheese, Olives & Gruner Veltliner On this hot summer evening, the wine dinner began on a high note with a crisp white 2012 Markowitsch Gruner Veltliner from Austria. The obligatory cheese plate included a mild and aromatic Taleggio, the rich and smooth French blue La Fourme d’Ambert and creamy Queso Cabra al Vino (goat cheese soaked in wine prior to aging), served with French baguette, fresh figs and grapes and a fig preserve.

Bright green olives, stuffed with sausage and fried in a light breading, were dipped in a vibrant green garlic aioli for a delightful and deliciously tasty surprise in the first course.

Mozzarella, beet and tomato salad with a Sonoma Coast Rose. (Photo by Lisa Paredes)

Mozzarella, beet and tomato salad with a Sonoma Coast Rose. (Photo by Lisa Paredes)

Cataloupe Soup, Beet Salad and Liver Mousse The delicate flavors of the chilled cantaloupe and mint soup were brought out by the 3-Brooms Sauvignon Blanc (2011) from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. While the consistency of the soup may not have been ideal for everyone, its refreshing coolness was welcome.

A light salad of buffalo mozzarella with heirloom beets and tomato, drizzled with a balsamic reduction and a splash of pesto, was perfectly matched with a delicious Rose, a 2012 Westwood 3-part Rose, from the Sonoma Coast.

The fourth offering, a chicken liver mousse with Marsala gelatina, was served with toasted baguette. Gentle, yet rich, the mousse brought out the best in a 2009 Arbois Poulsard from Jura, France. On its own, the Poulsard tastes like an underage Pinot Noir. With the liver mousse, the flavors come alive, and combine for a lovely experience.

Braised short rib and root vegetables with cheesy polenta. (Photo Courtesy of Ashley Erikson)

Braised short rib and root vegetables with cheesy polenta. (Photo Courtesy of Ashley Erikson)

Short Rib & Shiraz The main entree of braised short rib Barolo beef with au jus, served with roasted baby root vegetables on top of a creamy pecorino cheese polenta, melted in the mouth. Cheesy and smooth, the polenta had a terrific texture and was an excellent foil for the plate. The expertly prepared short rib was perfectly paired with an exciting Shiraz from the Strathbogie Range of Australia, a 2009 Stone Dweller. The Shiraz tasted of minerals and deep red fruit, and while delicious on its own, tasted with the entree, was glorious.

Dark chocolate tart and Black Magic California Zinfandel. (Photo by Lisa Paredes)

Dark chocolate tart and Black Magic California Zinfandel. (Photo by Lisa Paredes)

Black Magic As if the meal could get any better, dessert was the definition of decadent. A rich, dark chocolate tart topped with Italian Mascarpone and sweet red raspberries was joined by Carole Shelton’s Black Magic, a late harvest California Zinfandel. Deep purple in color and sweet but not cloying, the Black Magic was drinkable enough on its own. Paired with the dark chocolate tart, the Zinfandel provided the fireworks for a grand finale to a spectacular dinner.

Mr. Pumphrey procured the cheeses and created the Chicken Liver Mousse, Braised Short Rib and Chocolate Tart, while Romancing the Bean Chef Dawn Bassett prepared the Beet Salad and Cantaloupe Soup. At a reasonable $55 per plate, including tax and gratuity, the family-style dinner provided plenty of food and drink for every palate.

If this meal is any indication of the level of food and wine to come at Luna Vine Wine Bar, Magnolia Park is in for a real treat. Like this dinner, the focus at the soon-to-debut Wine Bar will be on pairing food with a specific wine. The food offerings will be tapas style, in addition to a lunch menu with artisan salads and sandwiches. I spoke with Ms. VerGow, who is studying towards certification as a Wine Specialist and Educator and eventually as a Sommelier,  about Luna Vine’s partnership with Romancing the Bean in presenting this Wine Dinner.

“I have been a customer of Kerry’s for many years and she has been incredibly supportive of us coming into the neighborhood. We both have a passion for food and wine and believe in supporting female entrepreneurship,” explains Ms. VerGow. “Once we saw how the neighbors were responding to our smaller offerings at Ladies’ Night, we thought it would be fun to give this a try. We are very excited to be part of the evolution of Magnolia Park into a real retail and dining, walking promenade.”

Luna Vine Wine Bar’s doors will open this autumn at 3206 W. Magnolia Blvd. in the Magnolia Park district of Burbank. The next wine dinner is being planned for early October. Luna Vine’s Inaugural Wine Dinner rates a Tops In Town from myBurbank for being amazing all the way around. Cheers!

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Roadkill)

Luna Vine’s Inaugural Wine Dinner receives: Tops In Town

You May Now Romance the Bean in Magnolia Park

A Toast to the newly opened Romancing The Bean located at 3413 W. Magnolia Blvd. is partners Kerry Krull and Kevin Stolee. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Two long-time Burbank residents re-open Romancing The Bean, located at 3413 W. Magnolia Blvd., between Lima St. and Avons St.

Owners Kerry Krull and Kevin Stolee, business partners, remodeled a former dress store and have spent the last several months making changes that included several county and city requirements.

The new coffee shop features more than coffee, such as salads, soups, teas and some sandwiches.

The business includes news LED florescent light that is Eco- friendly, computer outlets and plenty of spacious seating. The operating hours will be Monday to Saturday from 7 am.  to 7 p.m.,  and Sundays from 8 a.m to 5 p.m..

 

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)