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…

The new Olio – The Crepe Kitchen

A few years ago, I met Yafit Barades, the owner of The Crepe + Kitchen at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. I was struck by the sweet hospitality she extended to every guest. Her charming personality was contagious. New menu items at Olio Crepe Kitchen include the fallafel spinach wrap, served…

K Ramen: Ramen, Poke, Burgers and Beer!

So far the culinary trends in 2016 have been ramen restaurants popping up all over Los Angeles. What if you don’t like ramen? Well, then there is poke. In some neighborhoods there are poke cafes every half mile. Elevated gourmet burger joints continue to be popular this year too. The SBE Hospitality group discovered that…

Palm Springs July 4th Events

Fourth of July is special in Palm Springs to watch fireworks while lounging poolside or riding the down Palm Canyon Drive with a drink in hand. Sit and dine al fresco at one of the numerous restaurants offering outdoor dining patios. Here are 10 Fun Events during Fourth of July and throughout the summer months –…

Former Bestia Chefs Cruise LA

I recently attended a lively tasting at START LOS ANGELES on Venice Blvd. Parked in the open space was a colorful Pico House food truck. What makes this food truck special from others is that three former chefs of Bestia partnered together and created their own culinary menu . The owners of the food truck…

La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills

Walking into the Italian supper club La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills, my friends and I felt as if we stepped back in time. The restaurant was opened in 1966 by former Villa Capri waiters Jimmy Ullo and George Smith. Investors included Frank Sinatra and movie star George Raft who were looking to dine at…