Inside the 2019 Emmy’s Governors Ball

This weekend the Television Academy is hosting the 71st Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. After the televised award show, the stars and guests will walk on a long red carpet to one of Hollywood’s largest dinner party. Cheryl Cecchetto and Sequoia Productions have created a gorgeous “Brilliance in Motion” theme for the Governors Ball inside…

Inspired after learning his son “Buddy” was being bullied at his prestigious private school by a racist student, Tony Award-winning actor and writer John Leguizamo delved into books about Latin history to find his son, and himself a Latin hero. While researching, he discovered honorable Latin leaders and epic civilizations that school textbooks overlook. With…

Glamorous CLEO in Hollywood

Chef Martin Heierling, raised in New Zealand, offers a new seafood-centric Mediterranean menu at the newly reopened CLEO in Hollywood. He works with fishmonger Patty Glennon and a variety of California family farms to present the freshest seafood and organic produce for his mezze specialties, which include a new plant-based section and raw bar. Founder…

Atrium LA is a culinary vacation

At one of L.A.’s newer restaurants, Atrium LA, Executive Chef Hunter Pritchett creatively uses local ingredients to make classic fare with a fusion of LA’s different cultures. Bread and corn are enhanced with Korean flavors, salads have Middle Eastern spices, chops are Japanese inspired and desserts become creative Mexican treats. Located on Vermont Avenue, the entrance can…

Weekend Fun at Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach

One on the highlights of staying overnight during Labor Day weekend at Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, was dining under towering trees on the al fresco deck at Oak Grill. Every Sunday through October, 2019 locals and hotel guests are enjoying an elevated multi-course barbecue dinner by the talented Executive Chef Brittany Valles. She oversees…

Finding JOY on a NCL Cruise

I had no idea I would be so pampered in luxury on the revitalized Norwegian Joy during her inaugural sailing to Ensenada, Mexico. Once I presented my passport upon check in, I received a private key card to the Penthouse in The Haven Courtyard. This new, spacious and beautifully appointed concierge enclave offers the most…

Rustic Italian fare at Union Pasadena

When Executive chef Bruce Kalman left his restaurant Union, I wondered what would happen to this Old Pasadena favorite. Kalman made Union a star, and in return his culinary career took off launching him into Bravo’s Season 15 Top Chef contention. After four years at Union, he decided to focus on some new projects. Owner…

Catalina Island’s Hotel Atwater is better than ever

There are three ways to arrive on Catalina Island – helicopter, airplane and boat. The most economical mode of transportation is taking one of the high speed Catalina Express boats from Long Beach, San Pedro or Dana Point.  Within one hour, your will be transported to a more laid back vibe, rich in history, and abundant…

10 Things to See & Do in San Pedro, CA

The waterfront area of San Pedro offers a multitude of fun things to see and do. One of my favorite experiences is boarding and taking a self-guided tour the Battleship IOWA, enjoying brunch at the new French Bistro La Buvette Bistro, strolling through CRAFTED and taking a two-hour whale watching trip along the coast in search…