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August 14, 2012
Susan Feniger's passion for food has deep roots in the Los Angeles dining scene. She and business partner Mary Sue Milliken opened their first restaurant, City Cafe, in 1981. Today, they share the Border Grill restaurants while Feniger on her own runs Street . As part of the legendary Too Hot Tamales , Feniger and Milliken were among the Food Network's first breakout stars. In addition, she has appeared on "Top Chef Masters" and has written many cookbooks with Milliken and also is the solo author of her newest, called "Street Food".
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HOME & GARDEN
January 3, 2014 | By Claire Berger
Am I the only person in the world who has felt a passionate rush from a perfect mouthful of food? I didn't think so. Because for me, and maybe you, the line between food and sex is blurred beyond recognition. Let's start at the beginning - my childhood, with a guilty Jewish mom and dad who parented with tasty bribery. I got a cookie (or three) after a long day at school, an extra serving of pasta for a good deed and a special dessert because, well, my mom just really liked sweets.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
A renowned chef like Susan Feniger would know if something's being spread too thin, and she insists this isn't the case with her time and her still-burgeoning restaurant empire. "I go between Street, the Border Grills here and in Las Vegas, Ciudad, the food truck, the Border Grill kiosk downtown, and if we can ever get through the political nightmare, we'll have a Border Grill Taqueria at LAX," Feniger says. "I'm really optimistic, and because of this experience with all the red tape, I've finally learned my way around City Hall after 18 years.
NEWS
June 17, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Art, food, learning and music will all be embraced as the inaugural Life Is Beautiful festival takes over downtown Las Vegas on Oct. 26 and 27. The first-of-its-kind Life Is Beautiful , or L.I.B., event is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors.  More than 50 musical groups -- established bands and emerging artists -- will perform on four stages and at some indoor venues. Headliners include the popular Vegas-based bands Imagine Dragons and the Killers . Other entertainment will be provided by performers from various Cirque du Soleil productions in Las Vegas.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012
FOOD L.A.'s interest in all things gourmet and artisanal shows no signs of abating, and The Taste (presented by The Times) attempts to provide a thorough overview. Guests include Susan Feniger, Ludovic Lefebvre and Thomas Keller; seminars include sessions on local produce, high-end cocktailing and a survey of hidden L.A. cuisines. Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., L.A. Times vary, Sat.-Mon. $65. events.latimes.com/taste.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
And the Lifetime Achievement award goes to...Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. That would be the Elizabeth Burns Lifetime Achievement Award, to be exact, presented by the Los Angeles chapter of the California Restaurant Association at Hotel Casa del Mar on June 7th. Some 30 years ago Feniger and Milliken were the new kids on the block, cooking from a small storefront on Melrose Avenue next to the L.A. Eyeworks store. The two young cooks met in a tough French kitchen in Chicago at a time when a woman in a professional kitchen was still a rarity - and in a French kitchen practically unheard of. But the two stuck it out, formed a friendship and eventually ended up in Los Angeles.
HEALTH
December 22, 2012
Ever wonder how other people cultivate happiness? Here are a few ideas. Susan Feniger, chef • Preparing a dish of California avocados drizzled with olive oil and salt • Picking tomatoes in her garden • Spending time on the deck of her house with her partner, Liz, and their dogs, Augie and Chewie • Shopping at the Indian market   Andrew Weil, doctor, author and proponent of integrative medicine ...
NEWS
June 17, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Art, food, learning and music will all be embraced as the inaugural Life Is Beautiful festival takes over downtown Las Vegas on Oct. 26 and 27. The first-of-its-kind Life Is Beautiful , or L.I.B., event is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors.  More than 50 musical groups -- established bands and emerging artists -- will perform on four stages and at some indoor venues. Headliners include the popular Vegas-based bands Imagine Dragons and the Killers . Other entertainment will be provided by performers from various Cirque du Soleil productions in Las Vegas.
MAGAZINE
March 15, 1998 | Margaret Chapman
Mood music's a must at most restaurants, but what's going on in the kitchens? A quick survey found that some local chefs create in silence while others crave a particular sound to boost their creative juices: Hans Rockenwagner, chef and owner of Rockenwagner: the sounds of the '70s, in particular, "anything by the Bee Gees." Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill: big-band salsa. Chefs at Yang Chow: "concentrate on their cooking," but sometimes listen to soft rock, a la KOST.
NEWS
September 26, 1999 | JEANNINE STEIN
Through good times and bad, sickness and health, boyfriends, lovers and husbands, girlfriends endure. That complex, rewarding, unique relationship between women and girls is the subject of "Girlfriends" (Running Press) by Jayne Wexler and Lauren Cowen, the same team responsible for the similarly themed "Daughters & Mothers."
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
And the Lifetime Achievement award goes to...Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. That would be the Elizabeth Burns Lifetime Achievement Award, to be exact, presented by the Los Angeles chapter of the California Restaurant Association at Hotel Casa del Mar on June 7th. Some 30 years ago Feniger and Milliken were the new kids on the block, cooking from a small storefront on Melrose Avenue next to the L.A. Eyeworks store. The two young cooks met in a tough French kitchen in Chicago at a time when a woman in a professional kitchen was still a rarity - and in a French kitchen practically unheard of. But the two stuck it out, formed a friendship and eventually ended up in Los Angeles.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Mary Sue Milliken is half of the power duo behind the Border Grill restaurants, food trucks and prepared foods. Milliken and business partner Susan Feniger started the gourmet Mexican food movement in Los Angeles after learning recipes and techniques during a road trip to Mexico in the '80s. They now have restaurant locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Las Vegas. Milliken is also the co-author with Feniger of five cookbooks and a "Top Chef Masters" champion.  What's coming up next on your menu?
HEALTH
December 22, 2012
Ever wonder how other people cultivate happiness? Here are a few ideas. Susan Feniger, chef • Preparing a dish of California avocados drizzled with olive oil and salt • Picking tomatoes in her garden • Spending time on the deck of her house with her partner, Liz, and their dogs, Augie and Chewie • Shopping at the Indian market   Andrew Weil, doctor, author and proponent of integrative medicine ...
HEALTH
December 22, 2012 | By Elise Oberliesen
The quest for happiness sends millions of people into bookstores, doctors' offices and pharmacies - especially at this time of year, when well-being seems to be a national requirement. Of course, the pursuit of happiness is relatively new to humankind - our ancestors were much too focused on their day-to-day survival to spend much time contemplating contentment - but scientists and writers have worked to fill the void in the last few decades, flooding the marketplace with theories and checklists.
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Restaurant Critic
The folks behind the website Find. Eat. Drink. have created an app for the iPhone. Like the website, it collects recommendations from top chefs, bartenders and others in the food and wine spheres for where to eat, where to shop, where to drink. The advice, some of it very passionate, doesn't come from Joe Blow but from the likes of Alex Day, of Proprietors LLC and Death & Co. , or Ana Sortun, chef-owner of Oleana near Boston. Want to know where Mugaritz 's Andoni Luis Aduriz, one of the Spanish Basque country's top chefs, likes to eat?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012
FOOD L.A.'s interest in all things gourmet and artisanal shows no signs of abating, and The Taste (presented by The Times) attempts to provide a thorough overview. Guests include Susan Feniger, Ludovic Lefebvre and Thomas Keller; seminars include sessions on local produce, high-end cocktailing and a survey of hidden L.A. cuisines. Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., L.A. Times vary, Sat.-Mon. $65. events.latimes.com/taste.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Mary Sue Milliken is half of the power duo behind the Border Grill restaurants, food trucks and prepared foods. Milliken and business partner Susan Feniger started the gourmet Mexican food movement in Los Angeles after learning recipes and techniques during a road trip to Mexico in the '80s. They now have restaurant locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Las Vegas. Milliken is also the co-author with Feniger of five cookbooks and a "Top Chef Masters" champion.  What's coming up next on your menu?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2011 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Mary Sue Milliken called it "my evil vacation. " John Rivera Sedlar considered escaping to Paris. Professional chefs are used to cooking under intense pressure, but the two Los Angeles restaurateurs battling in "Top Chef Masters" underestimated the gastronomic challenges — particularly the ruthless time pressures — that awaited them in the just-launched new season of the culinary competition. Milliken (Border Grill, Truck) was nearly eliminated in last Wednesday's premiere episode for a chocolate cupcake that was dismissed as insipid by the judges, while Sedlar (Playa, Rivera)
NEWS
August 14, 2012
Susan Feniger's passion for food has deep roots in the Los Angeles dining scene. She and business partner Mary Sue Milliken opened their first restaurant, City Cafe, in 1981. Today, they share the Border Grill restaurants while Feniger on her own runs Street . As part of the legendary Too Hot Tamales , Feniger and Milliken were among the Food Network's first breakout stars. In addition, she has appeared on "Top Chef Masters" and has written many cookbooks with Milliken and also is the solo author of her newest, called "Street Food".
FOOD
August 4, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times
My dad has never been much of a food guy. I still remember his go-to comfort dish when I was a kid was something he called "bread soup," which, if I recall correctly, consisted of torn-up white bread soaked in milk. I guess growing up in North Dakota will do that to you. But when it came to melons, he was way ahead of the curve. Served a wedge of cantaloupe, he'd sprinkle it with salt and pepper. I've never seen anyone else do that, but the combination is terrific - a good melon is way too wonderful to be treated only as a sweet.
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