Robata Fun at INKO NITO

Following the success of Inko Nito’s first location in downtown’s Arts District, the Zuma group-owned eatery has opened its second location in Los Angeles in the former Bianconi space on Third Street. What makes eating at this modern robatayaki restaurant particularly fun is the open robata grill kitchen in the middle of the eatery. Diners…

BLACK! at the Zephyr Theatre

Sitting in the Zephyr Theatre to watch a touching one man show by British playwright, actor and storyteller Michael Washington Brown, I felt as if I was attending a Black Studies class at a local college.  With a simple set, this multimedia experience is enhanced with images and music as Brown examines race from a…

The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona

Screenwriter and playwright José Rivera (over 26 plays and an Academy Award nominated Motorcycle Diaries) wrote “The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona” with an interesting story line about death and communicating with loved ones in the afterlife. In the Playbill, Rivera was interviewed by Rachel Wiegardt-Egel about his inspiration for the play. About ten years…

Sneak Peek into the 70th Emmy Awards Governors Ball

Recently I had the opportunity to see, taste and experience the 2018 Emmy Awards Governors Ball at L.A. Live up on the Event Deck. For the 23rd year, legendary Chef and Patina Restaurant Group Founder Joachim Splichal and the Patina Catering team will serve the nominees, presenters and guests an array of 35 chef-driven small plates…

Disney’s Halloween Time Culinary Delights

Now through Oct. 31, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure offer a culinary crawl of spooky food options. The talented Disneyland chefs are cooking up a Haunted Firehouse chicken sandwich at the Carnation Café on Main Street; an Enchanted Black Rose mousse at the Red Rose Tavern in Fantasyland; and a Mansion Spider bundt cake at…

Celebrating Julia Child at Border Grill

In honor of chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger being the first women to receive the Julia Award from the distinguished Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, their downtown Los Angeles restaurant Border Grill is offering a menu inspired by the famed cooking icon until Nov. 1. I recently tried the…

L.A. LOVES Alex’s Lemonade, Celebrity Chefs & Culinary Delights

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade is a culinary event hosted by James Beard Foundation winners Executive chef Suzanne Goin & Caroline Styne (Lucques, AOC, Tavern)  and David Lentz, (The Hungry Cat). Money raised from this event helps fund childhood cancer research, as well as emotional, financial and logistical support programs such as SuperSibs and Travel For Care for cancer families.  All chefs &…

GRANVILLE – Globally Inspired Dining

A little over one year ago, Granville remodeled the former Jerry’s Deli space across from Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Since I’m familiar with this mini-chain restaurant in Burbank, Studio City and Glendale, I was excited to join some friends for dinner in West Hollywood a couple weeks ago.  Noticing all the tables along the sidewalk…

Rosh Hashana Dine In or Take Home in LA

Celebrate the Jewish New Year on Sunday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 10 at one of the following restaurants in LA: The First Night At Jar Chef Suzanne Tracht presents Rosh Hashana on the first night of the Jewish Holiday – Sunday, September 9, 2018.  Suzanne includes many of her classics, while adding some traditional Eastern…