Preview of the Longines Masters Los Angeles

This year’s Longines Masters Los Angeles is in a new location. It’s set in Long Beach at the Convention Center next to a sandy beach and grassy park. The horses and their riders have views of the historic Queen Mary and Carnival Cruise ships docked in the harbor. This year the event begins today, September…

8 Fun Activities in October in Palm Springs

Hopefully the cooler fall days are just around the corner and weekend jaunts to Greater Palm Springs is appealing with beautiful weather in October. Enjoy a world class concert, ride a camel, tour a mansion, and participate in athletic challenges. Click here to see where to stay – https://dineandtravel.me/tag/palm-springs/ Here are  8 fun events – Sunnylands Opens…

Meeting the Cast of Michal Mann’s HEAT

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently held a sold-out screening of Michael Mann’s 1995 classic film “Heat” on Sept. 7 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The film recently underwent a 4K DCP restoration by Mann and Stefan Sonnenfeld, of Company 3. After the screening, an all-star cast including…

La Brea’s Newest Brunch Destination – Odys + Penelope

I regret I never dined at Hatfield’s, that took over Michel Richard’s restaurant Citrus on Melrose Ave. Fortunately the dynamic culinary couple, Karen and Quinn Hatfield (met when they both worked together at Spago) quickly opened a more fast-casual cafe nearby in 2012, Sycamore Kitchen. Located inside a former iconic print shop along the design…

We will never forget 9/11/01

I was very moved today as we drove by Pepperdine University in Malibu. Cars were pulled over to the side and people were gathered on the massive lawn that is usually off-limits to visitors. For September 11 Pepperdine honors all of the victims with full-sized flags lined in rows. The display commemorates the lives lost…

Trump vs. Clinton Debate Tonight

You know tonight’s debate is the first of three meetings between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It’s taking place at Hofstra University in New York. Topics to be addressed tonight include “America’s Direction,” “Achieving Prosperity” and “Securing America.” For those in LA, you can watch it on television tonight, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. It starts…

Primetime TV Red Carpet Ready Lounge

I was invited to the Primetime TV Lounge to learn what the 2016 nominees and winners may wear for this year’s 68th Emmy Awards show and later the Governors Ball. Located on the second floor of the W Hotel were rooms of beauty products, dazzling dresses, jewelry and gifts for television stars. Walking up the stairs…

Make Your own Emmy Award Cocktails

Tonight during the 68th Emmy Award Governor’s Ball, the dashing Charles Joly, award-winning bartender of World Class Spirits, is making two festive craft cocktails for the biggest party in Los Angeles. The nominees and winners will be sipping a refreshing Ketel One Moonlighter and robust The Emmys Old Fashioned. The Television Academy presented me with…

Experience exotic India cuisine at Badmaash

For my daughter’s 21st birthday, she requested we celebrate at an Indian restaurant. I have always wanted to try Badmaash in downtown LA, near Little Tokyo and the Arts District, so I made a reservation for dinner. Walking into the multi-level Indian restaurant, we noticed the bright colorful walls, and an Indian movie projected high…

5 Best Cheeseburger Spots in LA

Since National Cheeseburger Day is September 18, I thought I would list my favorite burger spots in LA. These are my go-to places to sink my teeth into a burger layered with textures and flavors. K Ramen. Burger. Beer. – Located at the lively The Americana on Brand in Glendale, above Katsura is a great…

Burgers Galore at Umami Burger

When Umamicatessen opened a few years ago on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, there was a line out the door. Restaurateur Adam Fleishman’s multi-concept restaurant and bar with a deli, burger section, ice cream and artisan coffee, all in one location was a big hit. Recently, Fleischman decided to rework the Umamicatessen concept and convert…

LAMILL Coffee Boutique in Silverlake

It seems that a new organic, fair-trade, cold-brewed coffee purveyor pops up everyday, and I thoroughly enjoy the potent brews arising from these coffee houses. Creme brulee cappuccino arrives with a hard crust of caramelized sugar on top, just like the popular dessert. Crack through the brulee and sip a bit of heaven. (photo by…