Nobu: Not Your Typical Japanese Restaurant

 “You can’t go wrong with a truffle butter sauce,” stated our waiter at Nobu West Hollywood as I told him I was enjoying the tender rib eye steak with thin crispy onion strips and chives. The luscious truffle butter sauce was full of heavenly flavors. Opened in 2008, and designed by David Rockwell in the old…

La Sandia: Upscale Mexican Cuisine

 Last week, on Mexican Independence day, I decided to lunch at Richard Sandoval’s newest Mexican restaurant, La Sandia, at the Santa Monica Place. A friend met me at the impressively renovated, open-air, modern shopping mall. The third floor now has an exciting, chef-driven rooftop dining-deck. Here, noted executive chefs from around the world have opened…

Tropical Trader Vic’s

LA LIVE is the newest spot for Dining, Music, Sports, and the Grammy Museum Stepping into Trader Vic’s at the new L.A. LIVE near the Staple Center is like being transported back into the 1940s. It’s Polynesian decor, music, and food will entice you to unwind, close your eyes and pretend you are in an…

Satisfying Every Appetite at the Grand Lux Cafe

Walking into the Grand Lux Café on the corner of La Cienega and Third Street at the base of the Beverly Center, my daughter exclaimed, “I feel like I’m in Las Vegas.” The marble floors, rich jewel tones and gold accents reminded us of the Cheesecake Factory at the Caesar Forum.  Our waiter explained that Grand…

Culina is Molto Bene

After an hour of shopping on Robertson Blvd, I was looking forward to meeting a friend at Culina for a “ladies lunch.” Attached to the Four Seasons Beverly Hills with a separate entrance (no need to walk through the lobby doors), we opted to sit outside on the soothing patio decorated in lemon yellows, avocado…

Culina: A Modern Twist on Italian Cuisine

After an hour of shopping on Robertson Blvd, I was looking forward to meeting a friend at Culina for lunch. Located at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills via Culina: A Modern Twist on Italian Cuisine.

Fabio is Top Chef’s Fan Favorite

Walking up to the front door of the newly opened FIRENZE OSTERIA, I read a saying on the wall “In order to get a good hug, you have to give one first.”  This is a mantra that the owners Fabio Viviani, Jacopo Falleni and Lisa Long, teach their staff daily. Fabio Viviana is living a dream come…

Best Mai Tais in Glendale

Without knowing it was a special event, we walked into a 73rd birthday celebration at Damon’s in Glendale last night. We had tickets to the Glendale Center Theater and thought we would have a light dinner at Damon’s. Balloons decorated the entryway and throughout the restaurant and tables. Two huge birthday cakes (by nearby Porto’s)…

Fun French Dining

Walking into Café Beaujolais I noticed the waiters all wore t-shirts that read “Everything French, but the Attitude.” The word “but” has an X over it and the word “Even” is underneath. This is a place where the French waiters (they all have the accent) smile and are friendly. Their attitude is charming.  The French music…