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Sweet of the Week | Joan’s on Third

Every year around this time I share a cake that I really love or a round up of cakes that I love. This year in honor of my birthday tomorrow my Sweet of the Week is dedicated to a cake that should be part of every Angeleno’s life – the Strawberry Crown Cake from Joan’s on Third. Delicate white cake, fresh whipped cream and fresh strawberries. It is simple and it is perfect. What I love most about it is that it reminds me of my birthday cakes growing up. My mom would always buy me this flavor of cake. She would get it from various Valley bakeries, but that combination of white cake and a light whipped cream frosting and strawberries is a flavor that I not only love, but also crave. I spoke lovingly about it last weekend when I was on KFI 640 AM’s The Fork Report and you can list to the broadcast here (start at 01:11:04).

Joan’s on Third
8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Joan’s on Third – Studio City
12059 Ventura Pl, Studio City, CA 91604

Last Minute Valentine’s Day (Sweet) Gifts | Los Angeles

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and if you haven’t already figured out what to get the sweetheart in your life here are some perfect last minute sweet treats!The beauty of apps like Postmates and Door Dash is the ease of getting last minute treats like Joan’s on Third. You can get your goodies delivered directly to you so you can hand deliver a gift OR you can set up delivery directly to your gift recipient. So if you haven’t planned out something special for your gal pal, special someone or favorite officemate may I suggest some chocolate cloud cupcakes, sugar cookies, meringue hearts, or Valentine’s Day candies. Be it cookie, cake or chocolate, Joan’s on Third is the ideal one stop shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day sweets!

Cookies By Design

Cookies by Design offers same day hand delivery of their super cute cookie bouquets. Add a Build-a-Bear to your array of sweets for the ultimate give you all the feels Valentine’s Day gift. The best part – you can custom design your cookies too. Something to note for future holidays!


Who wouldn’t love a delivery of ice cream sandwiches? Give your special someone the gift of Coolhaus ice cream using any number of delivery services like UberEats or Caviar or stop into one of Coolhaus’ locations in Culver City and Pasadena. Chocolate cookies with strawberry ice cream certainly beats chocolate covered strawberries any day.

American Tea Room

American Tea Room’s newest seasonal creation is the perfect Valentine’s Day indulgence: Organic Maraschino Rooibos tea topped with whipped cream, a cherry and a delicate dusting of MAST Brother’s Milk Chocolate. (Think hot cocoa meeting the complexity of tea.) Grab your Valentine and enjoy some time together of a cup of The Chocolate Covered Cherry is available for a limited time at both LA American Tea Room locations (Beverly Hills & Arts District) through February 28.

Napoleon’s Macarons

It goes without saying that the world loves macarons. They’re pretty, petite, and special. And they fit snuggly into a bouquet of flowers for a delicious and creative twist to your Valentine’s Day flowers. Not going the flower route? They work perfectly on their own too and an assorted box of rose, chocolate cherry, raspberry and mandarin from Napoleon’s Macarons at the Americana at Brand are all the sweet shades of Valentine’s Day. There is plenty of parking which makes it easy to run over and pick up a quick last minute gift.



Love Birds with Wild Mushroom Polenta Hearts

February is Battle Mushroom, part of the monthly food fight “Beet n’ Squash You” hosted by Mel of Gourmet Fury and Leela of She Simmers.




Many people think about mushrooms in the same way they think about Valentine’s Day: they view this flavorful fungus with disdain and annoyance. I am among those who love both mushrooms and Valentine’s Day. With mushrooms I choose to look beyond the dirt-coated exterior to find the rich earthy flavor below. The same goes for Valentine’s Day. I look beyond the crass commercialization of this day and prefer to view it as a pure celebration of love. Diamonds and flowers aside, it can be a nice excuse to simply remember the romance of a first kiss.

Keeping those themes in mind I have created a simple meal to share with the one you love. Wild Mushroom Polenta Hearts are rich and comforting. The creamy polenta marries well with the unabashed flavors of the Shiitake, Maitake, and Cremini mushrooms. Add freshly grated Parmigiano to accentuate the savory notes of the mushrooms.

I paired these polenta hearts with a perfectly roasted chicken brightly seasoned with lemon and herbs. The chicken had a crisp skin with moist and tender meat below. The Wild Mushroom Polenta Hearts and roasted chicken were simply beautiful together. I finished the dish with spiced honey and crushed fried sage for added depth.

This is not only a recipe for a delicious meal, it is a recipe for instant seduction.

Wild Mushroom Polenta:

1 cup polenta

4 cups water

1/2 cup cremini

1/2 cup maitake

1/4 cup shitake

1/2 cup Parmigiano

In a heavy sauce pan bring water to a boil. Once water is boiling slowly stream in polenta. Create a vortex in the water with your whisk before you begin pouring in polenta. Whisk constantly for 3 – 5 minutes until polenta begins to thicken. Once polenta thickens low simmer for another 30 minutes stirring frequently.

Meanwhile saute mushrooms with 3 tablespoons of butter until they become golden brown.

When the polenta is ready, mix in the mushrooms and Parmigiano. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Evenly spread polenta onto a lined sheet pan. Let cool. Once cooled cover the polenta wit
h plastic wrap and leave in the refrigerator over night or for an hour to cool.

Use a heart cookie cutter to create polenta hearts. Before serving sear polenta hearts in a non-stick skillet over high heat. Use a little butter to get a nice, crisp brown edge to your polenta. Let the polenta sear, untouched for 2 -4 minutes per side.

* I purchased a roasted chicken from Joan’s on Third. It is easy to prepare a roasted chicken, but for a quick and delicious weeknight meal Joan’s on Third offers daily hot dinner items available after 4pm. Why not let someone do the cooking for you!

Joan’s on Third

8350 West Third Street

Los Angeles, CA 90048

Picnic City

It seems that everyone in Los Angeles is packing a picnic this summer. There is a plethora of picnic friendly places and events popping up all over town. Los Angeles has become a venerable picnic city.

I used to only associate packing a picnic in the summertime with the Hollywood Bowl. Being a native Angeleno, when summer rolls around I have always frequented the Bowl. I love the novelty of packing up delectable treats for my friends and I to slowly savor at our seats while enjoying the performances and the sun setting overhead. This year I am venturing out and packing more picnics, but not just for the Hollywood Bowl.

Yesterday I enjoyed a perfect evening of indulgence at Barnsdall Park. Each Friday during the summer, Silverlake Wine holds a tasting. On this particular Friday, the place was packed. The wine was crisp and refreshing, the picnic perfection, and the sun sparkling off the Hollyhock House enchanting.

For my picnic at Barnsdall Park I made a roasted shrimp and orzo salad, a minty cucumber yogurt dip with crunchy pita chips and a fresh fruit salad. Packed carefully in my tote and spread across our little blanket we enjoyed a brilliant summer evening.

Roasted Shrimp and Orzo (serving for 3):

* recipe modified from Barefoot Contessa

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 pound of orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cups minced scallions
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 cups chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 3 persian cucumbers, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • small wedge of fresh feta, diced
Diced onion, dill, parsley, cucmbers and set aside. Mix lemon juice with a pince of salt pepper and a tablespoon of oliveoil.
Cook orzo in a pot of salted boiling water 9-11 minutes. While the orzo is cooking toss shrimp in EVOO, salt and pepper and place on a baking dish and roast for 5-6 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees.
When the orzo is cooked and strained pour lemon juice with EVOO over pasta. Toss the hot pasta with the roasted shrimp and the diced onion, dill, parsley and cucumbers. Allow the flavors combine for an hour. Salt and pepper the dish to taste. Add feta before serving.

For picnics at the Hollywood Bowl I usually turn to Joan’s on Third to do the work for me. The daily selection of fresh deli salads and entrees are always the ideal picnic food. My favorites are the lightly breaded chicken Milanese or the poached salmon topped with toybox tomatoes, garlic, and basil. I usually accompany an entrée with either Israeli couscous with mushrooms and parsley, crunchy sweet Szechwan green beans, or baby beets with goat cheese and walnuts. Any choice from Joan’s many salad offerings is always delicious. Also not to be missed is the selection of cupcakes, cookies, and bars. My favorites are the chocolate coconut cupcake and the strawberry cream puff – a light pillow of sweetness! Joan’s on Third is a one-stop shop for a perfectly packed picnic.

Where to go when you pack a picnic: