Multi-course Interactive Dining at Maude in Beverly Hills

My friend Allison reserves a dinner once a month at Maude in Beverly Hills. She has become a groupie of Australian chef Curtis Stone, since he opened the restaurant in 2015. She knows many of his small selective team of chefs and professional servers by their first name. I’ve been told that most come from…

10 Ways to Enjoy the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Los Angeles Food & Wine weekend starts Thursday, August 26 through August 28. It’s presented by Coastal Luxury Management and founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus. This three-night, four-day, not-to-miss culinary extravaganza takes place all over Los Angeles from Downtown LA along Grand Avenue next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, to Hollywood, Beverly…

Free Wine Tasting & Tour in LA

Right in the heart of Los Angeles is the San Antonio Winery offering locals and visitors FREE tastes of their award-winning favorite wines that include wonderful whites, robust reds, Champagnes, semi-sweet and sweet wines. Afterwards, take a tour of the winery to learn about how wine was originally made by the Franciscan Fathers of the early Spanish…

10 Unique Dishes To Eat in LA

Los Angeles is a melting pot of people from all over the world. It’s a city offering a diverse range of cuisine, with many restaurants offering a fusion of flavors with some special, one-of-a-kind dishes. As a restaurant reviewer, I’ve enjoyed some of the most unique dishes offered in California. I’ve compiled a list of…

Fun, Family-style Dining at Buca di Beppo

In the Cardinal room at the new Buca di Beppo at the Original Farmers Market, you can dine at the Pope’s table where a plexiglass box holds a bust of the pontiff. It’s fun to spin the lazy Susan resting in the middle of the table, and the Pope looks you directly eye if the…

Kayaking with Sea Otters in Monterey

On my bucket list – Kayak in Monterey Bay to observe wild sea otters up close. This desire started last year after a trip to the Monterey Aquarium. The sea otter exhibit melted my heart. These playful furry mammals have a brown, thick coat that is the densest in the animal kingdom. They are most…

8 of my Favorite dineLA Destinations

This is a great time to try a new restaurant in Los Angeles for lunch or dinner. Here are some of my favorites that are offering a dineLA menu: 1.BIRCH (Elevated Dining)- Brendan Collins newest restaurant in Hollywood  is offering guests a glass of house red or white wine. The first course is a choice of…

Sleeping in Elizabeth Taylors’ Bungalow in Beverly Hills

What do Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe all have in common? They all used to stay overnight frequently at the Beverly Hills Hotel for a length of time. After a multi-million dollar renovation on the “Pink Palace” hotel, Christopher Cowdray, Chief Executive Officer and his team started revitalizing the unique bungalows. With two…

Terrine’s Summer Cocktails Worth Sipping

Last Wednesday I attended Cocktail Hour at Terrine to sip some of mixologist Ryan Wainwright’s new summer cocktails. His focus is to make spirits the stars. His bar is filled with bowls of fresh fruit and little bottles of colorful bitters. Wainwright is a stickler on quality ingredients and detailed execution. He has taken creativity to…

Beautiful Ends July 17 at Pantages

In two words I describe the current musical at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood – Exquisitely Beautiful! Sitting in row M in the 2700 seat Pantages Theater, actress Abby Mueller portrays songwriter and singer Carole King exquisitely to a sold out crowd. She walks out onto the stage and sits at a beautiful black grand…

Romeo + Juliet in Hollywood

Sitting at a table underneath Juliet’s famous balcony scene in Romeo + Juliet: Love is a Battlefield Volume 2, Juliet sings Whitney Houston’s famous song – “I Have Nothing….if I don’t have you.”  This immersive theatre is similar to Hamilton on Broadway. Hamilton teaches American History with hip-hop and rap music.  At the Prospect Theatre…

Sam Harris Continues to Shine Onstage

I sat in the historic Pasadena Theater today to eagerly watch HAM: A Musical Memoir about Sam Harris, the dynamic singer who won the hearts of 25 million Americans, when he  won the title of  Grand Champion in the popular television show – Star Search. This was the ultimate talent show 30 years before American…