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WP_20130628_002We West Valley-ers have long had to make the trip to Studio City, Sherman Oaks or at the very least Encino to find a restaurant that offers something a bit interesting, innovative, and stylish for our dining experience. Could it be that those days are coming to an end? Perhaps not in the near future, but there is hope in a new Woodland Hills establishment, “The Local Peasant.”

In a large, open, warehouse-like space, with the entire front wall open to the street and outdoor seating, the atmosphere is that of a lively, urban pub. In a nod to the current cocktail culture, the drink menu is divided into pre and post-prohibition cocktails. It’s nice that they give as much attention to the classics (sidecar, negroni) as to their own innovative concoctions, our favorites being the “Gordon’s Cup” and the “Basil Pepper Martini.”

The food is a modern spin on your typical bar fare- homemade salt & vinegar crisps, cheese fritters, meatballs, and porkbelly with pickled watermelon rind and tamarind. The “Bacon & Eggs” pairs deviled eggs with brown sugar chili applewood smoked bacon…mmmm! There are gluten-free and vegan choices, such as the standout edamame vegetable salad with corn, roasted peppers, jicama, and avocado- a perfect choice if you want something light and healthy after pigging out on porkbelly! There are also more substantial dishes, such as pizzas, chicken stew, salmon and lamb shank. We haven’t been here enough times to try all of it yet, but we will definitely be working on it.

The Local Peasant was a very welcome surprise for us here in the West Valley. It’s a fun, stylish restaurant with innovative food and drinks that would definitely hold it’s own in West Hollywood- but we’re glad to have it here in Woodland Hills. And I dare say, if you are living in West Hollywood, it’s well worth a trip over the hill!

The Local Peasant :: 22901 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills

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Two years ago I took a nutrition class so I could meet the needs of my son who was diagnosed with ADHD. I learned about the negative affects of pesticides, eating meat, and processed foods. The benefits of organics were extolled as well as whole grains (especially ancient grains). Then came the “if your going to make one change” comment. The nutritionist told me that my son must have raw milk. I’m sure the look on my face told the whole story. “Don’t people die from raw milk?” I asked. He went on to tell me of all the health benefits but I couldn’t hear him. I wasn’t going to take any chances. No raw milk. And that was that!

Fast forward a couple of years. In addition to ADHD our son now has an added label of Aspergers. We’ve been through a lot with him. I’ve learned a lot about brain development, specifically the frontal lobe, which where ADHD impacts the brain. I’ve also been moving towards locally grown foods (my backyard), and organics.  So on a recent trip to visit family I had a long conversation with my sister-in-law about whole foods and more specifically, raw milk. She shared with me the virtues of raw milk, how it is a self digesting food, it has all the enzymes the body needs to sustain itself, and how it is really safer than pasteurized milk. Best of all the taste is amazing!

That was enough for me. When we got home I bought some raw skim milk ($3.99 for a half gallon) at Henry’s Market. The kids couldn’t taste the difference. I’m not sure how much of a difference it’s made so far but I feel better. I then learned it was better not to buy skim raw milk because the fats in milk really help the growth of the frontal lobe, which helps with ADHD and executive brain functions. For now, I’m sold on whole raw milk ($8.99 for a half gallon). The price is a lot. I’m not used to paying a premium for anything, soooo I am serving the raw milk at breakfast, lunch and dinner and regular organic milk for all other purposes (in cooking).  Hopefully it will make a difference – any little bit helps!

posted by John