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Each time a new restaurant opens up on Ventura Blvd, between Studio City and Sherman Oaks, I get excited. I love seeing the area I grew up in become a...

Frozen yogurt has come and gone and come again as a trend. First in the 1980s and 1990s, frozen yogurt shops were on every corner. Then, in the last decade, places such as Pinkberry and Yogurtland started popping up. But with the motto: "Be Bold. Be Different. Blend-In," Humphrey Yogart has stood the test of time for more than thirty years and that is why it is my Please The Palate "pick of the week." I began going to Humphrey Yogart, located in a strip mall in Sherman Oaks in the 1980s, when I was in high school. Humphrey's was always different than the rest of the frozen yogurt shops. In fact, just from the name, you can tell they follow their motto to "be different." The name "yogART" is the playful name for their art of blending frozen yogurt with ingredients to create individualized flavors.
If you grew up in the San Fernando Valley, you know Stanley's Restaurant. It was a local mainstay for 32 years. When I was in high school, my friends and I would meet for lunch at Stanley's. One of my first jobs in high school, and after the first year in college, was as a hostess at Stanley's. Ever since then, whenever I went to the valley to visit my parents or for an appointment (almost weekly), I would stop by Stanley's to pick up lunch or dinner. And every single time, I ordered the Stanley's Chinese Chicken Salad. The salad itself was simple - iceberg lettuce, shredded chicken, crispy noodles, green onions, sesame seeds, and mandarin oranges. It came in a large bowl, and it was one of the first places I remember in Los Angeles in the 1980s offering big fresh salads in large open bowls. And, the sesame dressing, with its touch of sweetness, is what made the salad. The other favorite was the sourdough bread with crunchy crust and soft middle that was served with all meals. Stanley's was a staple in my life and I was really brokenhearted when they abruptly closed in August 2015. But Stanley's is back and my Chinese Chicken Salad is back! And that is why it is the Please The Palate "pick of the week."