Maddalena Restaurant delights at San Antonio Winery

At Maddalena Restaurant, guests can enjoy the best eggplant parmigiana in Los Angeles and the excellent output of the San Antonio Winery, the oldest producing winery in L.A. and home to Maddalena. For National Malbec Day (April 17), I joined Melissa Gonzalo, the winery’s public relations director, for a taste of the eats and drinks…

Unbelievable Sights on a Magic Carpet Ride

In collaboration with OUE Skyspace LA and Disney’s new Aladdin movie, visitors can take a magic carpet mat ride at the Skyslide throughout the month of May. This Disney-powered experience 1,000 feet above Los Angeles at California’s dazzling, tallest open-air observation deck, is on the 69th and 70th floors of the US Bank Tower in DTLA….

LEGOLAND California Celebrate 20 years

Today, May 20th LEGOLAND turns 20! Kicking off a year full of celebration, LEGOLAND is festively decorated with colorful balloons, streamers and decorations throughout the park. Everyone knows that birthdays are one of the best times of the year. Checking into the LEGOLAND Hotel and walking to my Adventure theme room number 3010, I noticed…

Beach level dining at Coast Beach Cafe and Bar

The casual restaurant Coast Beach Café at Shutters on the Beach offers an all-day menu of California favorites, a lovely brunch and themed dinner nights. Overlooking Santa Monica beach, hotel guests and locals can walk down a flight of stairs or take the elevator to sit outside on the sunken patio, or indoors near the…

Luxurious “Wine Down” Spa at La Quinta Resort

Staying one night at the exquisite La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, I was treated to a 80 minute Wine Down Massage at Spa La Quinta. Changing into my robe and spa sandals, I sat in the Sage Lounge to await my massage therapist. While waiting in the comfortable earth tone serene room,…

Celebrate Mother’s Day in LA

For that special woman in your life, be sure and spoil her with love, flowers and good food on Sunday, May 12. Here’s some great destinations in So Cal that will help you make her day memorable: BEVERLY GROVE Brunching at Bacari W. 3rd This Mother’s Day, enjoy Mediterranean-inspired favorites from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef…

Beauty & Essex New, Memorable & Exciting Cuisine

For celebrity chef Chris Santos, life is too short for boring food. Santos, a judge on the popular cooking show “Chopped” and the executive chef and founder of Beauty & Essex in New York, Las Vegas and Hollywood’s Dream Hotel complex, was in town recently to reveal his new seasonal menu, fittingly titled “A Taste of…

2019 HOLLYWOOD BOWL FOOD + WINE

Last night I was invited to step onto the stage of one of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, the Hollywood Bowl. In the summer it is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This outdoor theatre seats nearly 18,000 concert-goers presenting some of the finest artists from all genres of music under the stars….

LA BEER HOP & dineLA Burger Bus Ride

Last night I had a preview of the dineLA Burger Trek at Everson Royce Bar in downtown LA. Out in the back beer garden style patio we enjoyed three different burgers with four different beers. The burgers were a ShackBurger from Shake Shack, Vegan Cheeseburger from Burgerlords and a Single Burger from Everson Royce Bar….