Gregg Hunter’s Newspace

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A recent survey in the journal Alcoholism. Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that heavy drinkers outlive teetotalers and moderate drinkers (like thee and me). (Moderate drinking is considered to be one to three drinks per day.) The study showed that heavy drinking is thought to improve heart health, circulation and sociability. I’ll drink to that!

How about a crepe treat today at the attractive. newish Revo Café in Atwater Village’s first mini-mall? Savory crepe choices range from $6 for a rather bready but tasty ham and cheese crepe to the VIP crepe, a build your own with a five item option for $7.90. Sweet crepe treats range from a fruit jam crepe for $3.50 to the Atwater Village $6 special with Nutella and your choice of fruits.

Relax and sip a really deluxe cup of coffee or a frappe with your delicious, handsomely presented mini-meal at 3134 Glendale Blvd. Revo Café is open daily from 7 a.m. with breakfast crepes til very late evenings. There’s adjoining self-parking.

After a shaky start in the same block-long complex, Indochine Vien has stood the test of time with an ethnic menu featuring savory soup with rice noodles in clear broth. You can even add meat, chicken or veggies or try the Goi Cuon, a pair of spring rolls filled with grilled chicken, steamed shrimp, vermicelli rice noodles with shredded greens and bean sprouts in Viet rice paper and peanut sauce. Prices are mid-range with most dishes under $10 and the menu abounds with vegetarian choices.

Do a bit of grazing by sharing specialties. On several visits the Palate has been satisfied but never over-sated with tasty foods. There’s free self-parking and all dishes are packaged for convenient take-out. The youthful staff is quite accommodating. For more info or log onto www.indochinevien.com.

Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grills in Toluca Lake, Burbank, Sherman Oaks and beyond feature fresh, organic and real specialties that taste nearly as good as they are good for you at sensible prices in a semi fast- food setting.

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