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Le Pain Quotidien Opening Soon at the Westlake Plaza

Le Pain Quotidien is opening soon at the Westlake Plaza, 2728 Towngate Road, Westlake Village in a new building adjacent to Gelson's. The same building is also slated to include the Ice Cream Lab and Pressed Juicery.

Founded in Brussels in 1990 by Alain Coumont, Le Pain Quotidien is a bakery and restaurant that serves simple, wholesome and sustainable food, made with organic and local ingredients whenever possible. With over 200 locations worldwide, including over 70 in the United States, Le Pain Quotidien invites guests to break bread and relax with friends and neighbors around the communal table.

Some of the items you'll find on the menu include croissants, soft-boiled organic eggs, organic steel-cut oatmeal, homemade organic granola and breads, organic vegan soup, roasted turkey and avocado tartine, pole-caught tuna tartine, organic lentil and avocado salad, grilled chicken cobb salad, pastries, tarts, platters, quiche and so on.

Learn more at

Now if you're like me, you might pronounce it "Lay Pain Quote-i-deen" and of course know well and good that that is way off. The video below demonstrates the proper pronunciation as "Luh Pan Koh-Ti-Dyan" which may prove helpful.

And that's how we say it... from LePain Quotidien on Vimeo.



The Melt Will Be Opening at The Promenade at Westlake in Spring 2015

The Melt will be opening this spring at The Promenade at Westlake, in the former home of Pick Up Stix (which in turn is in process of opening a new location at the Shoppes at Westlake).

The Melt is a fast casual eatery that "combines chef-inspired, all-natural, wholesome food with innovative online ordering technology in an eco-friendly environment."

The company is headquartered in San Francisco and has expanded to 11 locations in California, including Burbank. The menu includes burger melts, chicken melts, grilled cheese melts, mac & cheese, soups, salads and more.

If you take a look at their menu at, you'll see an interesting, customizable menu concept which gives you plenty of options. For example, the "Italian Job" grilled cheese melt comes with fontina and provolone and mushrooms on spicy garlic bread for $4.95. You can add charred jalapeno, fresh tomato and grilled onions for no charge. For an additional $1.50, you can add bacon or spinach. Add another $2.95 for caesar salad on the side.

I suspect this will be a place I visit with my kids. Stay tuned on grand opening date.


Pieology Opening 2nd Conejo Valley Pizzeria in Westlake Village

Update 2/4/15: According to folks at the Thousand Oaks location, the new Westlake Village location is anticipated to open on Monday, February 16th.

Posted 9/26/14: Pieology is opening a second pizzeria in the Conejo Valley, at the former ZPizza location, 5776 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The indicate it will open in December. The first Conejo Valley Pieology opened in Thousand Oaks in August 2013. Learn more about Pieology at

On a recent visit to Pieology Thousand Oaks I customized my pie with sausage, meatballs and olives.

"Make your own" pizza is all the rage these days and is the fastest growing food concept since frozen yogurt it seems:


Pinot's Palette Coming This Spring to Westlake Village

Pinot's Palette is coming soon to Westlake Village at 2879 Agoura Road (at Village Glen). Pinot's Palette is an upscale studio where adults can "Paint. Drink. Have Fun." Enjoy a night out with your friends, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and be an artist for the night. No art experience is required. Sip away and in two to three hours create a work of art.

Specific opening date will be announced at a later date. Check or for updates.


Tifa Chocolate & Gelato Opened Today at The Shoppes at Westlake Village

Update January 26, 2015: Tifa Westlake at 30760 Russell Ranch Road, Suite A, Westlake Village is now open to the public!

Originally posted July 30, 2014:

Tifa Chocolate & Gelato will be opening a location at The Shoppes at Westlake Village. Tifa serves up gelato, handmade chocolates, artisan chocolate bars, European drinking chocolate and espresso drinks at its current location at Whizin Market Square, 28888 Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills. That would make these locations about four miles apart, which is fine by me when chocolate is involved!

Watch for updates here or at


The Gallery Seafood and Chophouse Restaurant Coming Soon to Westlake Village

Over the last 12 months, The Shoppes at Westlake on Russell Ranch Road off of Lindero Canyon Road has been moving right along, with the opening of the Target store in July, followed by Total Woman Gym, Jeannine's Gourmet Food Hall, Hook Burger, Greens Up, In-N-Out Burger and others in 2014.

Among others opening at The Shoppes in 2015, The Gallery Seafood and Chophouse Restaurant is coming soon. The Gallery will feature fresh seafood, chops, oysters, innovative cocktails and more in 3,180 sq ft plus and additional 540 sq ft of outdoor seating areas.

The Gallery is located on the west side of The Shoppes, a few doors away from Hook Burger.

Other eateries anticipated to open soon at The Shoppes include Pick Up Stix, Olio e Limone Ristorante, Olio Pizzeria, Los Agaves Restaurant, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.’s Westlake Village taproom, Which Wich and TIFA Chocolate and Gelato.

Other retail stores opening this year at The Shoppes include Tilly's, Guitar Center, Sports Clips and others.

Visit for more information.


Kreation Juicery Opening at The Promenade at Westlake This Summer

According to The Promenade at Westlake's website at, Kreation Juicery is coming this summer. "Kreation Juicery provides healthy and delicious drinks, made from farmers market 100% organic fruits and vegetables, designed to invigorate the body and mind."

There are other Kreation Juicery locations in Venice, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica and Toluca Lake. This would be the first location out here in the beautiful Conejo Valley!

More information at


Pearl District Restaurant Opened in Westlake Village on Sunday, December 28th

Pearl District Restaurant opened in the Westlake Plaza at 983 S. Westlake Boulevard, #8, Westlake Village, adjacent to Sprouts, in late December. This was the former home of Fin's Seafood Grill, which closed last year.

The restaurant is named after an urban area of Portland, Oregon, formerly occupied by warehouses, light industry and railroad yards that has been redeveloped and is now noted for art galleries, upscale businesses and residences.

Pearl District's menu, available on its Facebook page at, includes entrees like grilled Scottish salmon with okinawa sweet potato puree, edaname, Asian mushroom vinaigrette, scallions and daikon sprouts, grilled prime filet mignon with truffle-chive yukon gold potato puree, grilled asparagus and crispy maui onions and southern fried chicken breast with garlic mashers, brussels sprouts, collard greens, double smoked bacon and green tomato jam. Sounds pretty good to me!


Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market Opening in Westlake Village on February 2nd

Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market is opening on Monday, February 2nd in The Westlake Plaza at 966 S. Westlake Boulevard. Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Mendocino Farms is a gourmet sandwich shop that incorporates local produce in their sandwiches, salads and soups. The name of the eatery pays tribute to the county in Northern California known for its support of the Slow Food Movement and Sustainable Farming.

Their menu includes items like the Chicken MBT (shaved, roasted free range chicken breast, local Gioia fresh mozzarella, house marinated red peppers, basil pesto, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, Scarborough Farm’s greens on ciabatta), Modern Tuna Melt (all white albacore tuna with fresh herbs, farmhouse cheddar, vegenaise, housemade pickles, red onions, tomatoes, Scarborough Farm’s greens on panini grilled buckwheat) and Prosciutto & Free Range Chicken (Creminelli prosciutto & shaved, roasted free range chicken breast with local Gioia fresh mozzarella, crushed honey roasted almonds, basil pesto, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes on panini grilled ciabatta).

Additionally, you can "build your own" sandwiches and salads using a number of fresh ingredients.

About half the items on the menu can be ordered gluten-free on request.

Founded in 2005 by Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen, Mendocino Farms aims to reconstruct fine dining entrees to the sandwich level and take classic regional sandwiches and give them a modern interpretation. The menu created by Chef Partner Judy Han features adventurous takes on traditional sandwiches like the Pork Belly Banh Mi with caramelized Kurabuta pork belly and the "Not So Fried" Chicken with fresh roasted free range chicken, fried crispies and finished with a house pickle-mustard slaw.

This is the 9th location of Mendocino Farms, which has seven Los Angeles County locations and one in Orange County. To learn more, visit

Incidentally, this is the former home of Jack's Deli, which closed its doors in November 2011. That said, this newly remodeled eatery looks nothing like the Jack's Deli that brings memories of yesteryear!

A trip down memory lane...Jack's Deli in 2011

shaved, roasted free range chicken breast, local Gioia fresh mozzarella, house marinated red peppers, basil pesto, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, Scarborough Farm’s greens on ciabatta - See more at:
shaved, roasted free range chicken breast, local Gioia fresh mozzarella, house marinated red peppers, basil pesto, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, Scarborough Farm’s greens on ciabatta - See more at:

Petra Mediterranean Cuisine Opening Soon in Westlake Village

We were driving in the Melting Pot/Stonefire Grill strip mall and I looked up and saw something new - Petra Mediterranean Cuisine at 3731 E Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks in the large eatery previously vacated by Fiamme Restaurant two years ago.

According to their website at, they are opening soon: "We've based our interior space on the famous temple of Petra, creating a variety of spaces suitable for large parties and private dining. A banquet hall is available for particularly sizable groups or business meetings. Whether dining in a group or with intimate partners, you'll enjoy our exemplary Mediterranean cuisine surrounded by splendid, authentic decor."


The Ranch in Westlake Village Closes Its Doors


A CVG Facebook page tip led us to this empty The Ranch eatery at 30843 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Westlake Village. This seemed quite sudden in that there was a post to their Facebook page at on December 28th and the message came to us just 6 days later. The Ranch has (or had) a solid 4 star Yelp rating and was well known for tasty burgers made with homemade buns. I would agree with that assessment based on my own positive experience there.


Dickey's Barbecue Pit "Coming Soon" to North Ranch Mall in Westlake Village

Update 11/5/14: Progress...but no new news as of 12/31/14.

Originally posted 6/28/14:

Thanks to tip from Rebecca P of Agoura Hills, we enjoyed a free ice cream cone at the new Haagen Dazs Scoop Shop at North Ranch Plaza, 3825 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Westlake Village and we also learned that a new Dickey's Barbecue Pit will be "coming soon" to the 2,100 sq ft storefront (previously North Ranch Cleaner, which has relocated to a new location) adjacent to Haagen Dazs and Western Bagel. Specific timing not known at this time.

This will be the third Ventura County area location of Dickey's, which opened its first location in Ventura in February 2013 and second location in Simi Valley on January 1, 2014.

Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Dallas, Texas in 1941. His sons Roland and T.O. took over in 1967 and they expanded in North Texas and started franchising in 1994.

According to its website, "Today, every location smokes all of their meats on-site at the restaurant the same way it was done in 1941. Dickey's serves up beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, polish sausage, turkey breast and chicken, with an extensive array of home-style sides from jalapeño beans to macaroni and cheese. Buttery rolls are served with every meal along with the complimentary ice cream and dill pickles. And just like always, kids eat free on Sunday."

Yes indeed. Kids Eat Free on Sundays and free soft serve ice cream when you eat there, next door to Haagen Dazs. Similarly, the Ventura Dickey's is located next to a Dippin' Dots retail location and the Simi Valley Dickey's is located near a Cold Stone Creamery.


Karma Baker Opened in Westlake Village in October

On a recent visit with the kids to the only remaining Lamppost Pizza in the Conejo Valley, I noticed the Karma Baker sign at 1145 Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village, in the Pavillions Plaza at the southwest corner of Lindero and Kanan.

Karma Baker offers up organic, vegan, dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free baked goods, including carrot cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, cookies, muffins, tarts, seasonal pies and more.

Owner Celine Ikeler has a passion for baking vegan, gluten-free with her own flour blend that, unlike most store brands, does not include beans, nuts or soy. She has partnered with vegan ultra-endurance athlete, best-seller and motivational speaker Rich Roll and his wife Julie in establishing this bakery.

Bakery hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Althought their website at indicates "by appointment" on weekends, their Facebook page indicates 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.




Barone's The Pizzeria Express Opening in Westlake Village in Early 2015

That's what the sign says at 30990 Russell Ranch Road, Westlake Village, in the former home of 9021Pho (that moved to The Lakes at Thousand Oaks) and the extraordinarily short-lived Kora Bistro and Sushi Bar, directly adjacent to The Counter Burger.

Barone's has a location in Woodland Hills and that serves up rectangular shaped "gourmet pizzas made from the healthiest ingredients and dough made from the finest flour available, fresh salads, hearty pastas, hot sandwiches and delicious deserts that will finish any meal." See more at

Sounds great! Looking forward to it!


Ice Cream Lab Coming to the Westlake Plaza in Westlake Village in Early 2015

Update 12/2/14: The Ice Cream Lab indicates they are now targeting an opening date of March 1, 2015. Stay tuned...

In May 2014, Westlake Plaza and Center announced that Ice Cream Lab is anticipated to open at the Plaza in the November time frame.

Ice Cream Lab offers “a place where you can create a delicious experiment” by using liquid nitrogen to whip up ice cream in seconds! Find out more about their process and their yummy natural ingredients here:

The Ice Cream Lab was founded by Joseph Lifschutz and Tommy Ngan, with it first location opening March 2013 at 9461 South Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills.



Sprinkles Ice Cream and Cookies Coming to The Promenade at Westlake

Sprinkles Cupcakes Westlake Village announced on its Facebook page that the reason its current store at The Promenade at Westlake is closed is that it is re-opening this Friday, December 5th, at a larger location a few doors down (at the former home of Menchies Frozen Yogurt, which closed several months ago). And the new store will carry not only cupcakes, but Sprinkles Ice Cream and Cookies! Just in time for the holidays! Follow their Facebook page at for updates.


City of Westlake Village Continues Its Prohibition of Pot-Bellied Pigs

The City of Westlake Village municipal code prohibits large animals, farm animals and livestock (except horses) such as pigs, hogs, cows, sheep, goats and wild animals, from city limits.

Up to four dogs and cats are allowed per residence, as are most tropical fish and up to three small birds for every 1,000 sq ft of land area. Betcha didn't know that.

Certain other animals are allowed, assuming minimum lot size requirements are met. For example, up to three pigeons, at least three months old, are allowed for each 1,000 sq ft of land area. Yes, you heard it here, pigeon fans.

Chickens, turkeys, peacocks, geese and ducks are permitted on parcels of 15,000 sq ft or larger, provided that not more than six (6) such fowl are maintained on the premises.

That said, pot-bellied pigs are considered livestock in Westlake Village and thus are unable to enjoy living in this fine city.

But a Westlake Village resident tried to change that at the City's July 9, 2014 City Council meeting.

At that meeting, this resident, I would assume to be a pot-bellied pig fan, proposed the possibility of unplugging this particularly unpleasant pot-bellied pig prohibition.

The City Council's Administrative Committee met on July 24th, September 19th and October 16th, involving "a considerable amount of research and discussion" according to a City report that will be presented at the November 12th City Council meeting.

Ultimately, the Committee decided that the demand for keeping pot-bellied pigs in the City was not sufficient to warrant a change to its regulations. Unless City Council overrides this conclusion on the 12th, pot-bellied pigs' preclusion from partaking in pleasureful partying in Westlake Village will be propagated in perpetuity.

If you are a pot-bellied pig, we feel your pain. Join us in Thousand Oaks, where municipal code allowas you to habitate, along with other livestock pals, assuming you have at least 50 sq ft of pen per pig and are maintain a distance of at least 40 feet away from your human's pen.

City of Westlake Village Municipal Code:

City of Thousand Oaks Municipal Code:


Westlake Village In-N-Out Burger Anticipated to Open in November Time Frame

UPDATE 11/5/14: In-N-Out Burger Westlake Village opened today at 9 am.

That's what a hamburger's all about.  According to the folks I spoke to at In-N-Out Burger's corporate office, they are anticipating a November 2014 time frame for the grand opening of the world's most uniquely appointed In-N-Out Burger at The Shoppes at Westlake Village. In fact, they are now accepting applications to work there at

As indicated last November, this 3,700 sq ft restaurant is being built on the west end of The Shoppes development, with an archtecture and color scheme that blends in with the other stores. In another words, this will be the most unique In-N-Out Burger you've ever seen.

View from the 101


Greens Up! to Open at the Shoppes at Westlake Village on Thursday, October 22nd

Greens Up!, with two locations in Santa Monica, is opening a 3rd location right here in the Conejo Valley at the Shoppes at Westlake Village, 30760 Russell Ranch Road, Suite B. The grand opening is tomorrow, Thursday, October 22nd at 11 am.

Greens Up! offers freshly prepared salad meals in a matter of minutes, using locally grown, sustainable produce.  You can create your own salad at Green Up!, including your one or more greens (spring mix, romaine, spinach, arugula and kale) and up to four toppings and a dressing for $7.50. Additional toppings, including proteins, fruits and crunchies vary in cost.

Or you can order chef's selections, such as the Spa (spinach, orange segments, red onion, dried cherries, goat cheese, sliced almonds), Sonoma Coast (romaine, spring mix, roasted turkey, red grapes, orange segments, honey-roasted walnuts, mozzarella), Jarvis (romaine, roasted turkey, croutons, tomato, smoked bacon, swiss cheese, bleu cheese) and others.

Open seven days a week, 11am to 9pm. Visit or call 818.735.9770 for more information.

Greens Up! is located in front of the Shoppes fountain, adjacent to Bowl of Heaven and across the way from Jeannine's Gourmet Food Hall


Bowl of Heaven Acai Bowls, Smoothies and Juice Bar Opens in Westlake Village

Bowl of Heaven opened late last week at the Shoppes at Westlake Village, 30768 Russell Ranch Road, Suite D. Bowl of Heaven serves up health and tasty Acai bowls, smoothies and juices. Each Acai bowl is custom made with fresh, frozen and exotic super fruits. Learn more at or call 818.991.0234.

Tried and liked this Sea Sider Acai Bowl