More than just a good cup of Joe

“Behind every great man, is a great woman,” comes to mind while talking to Brad Gold, owner of Black Dog Coffee.  His wife Evie often helps him create new menu items at his café in the Miracle Mile. Years ago, while Evie was in Palm Desert with some girlfriends, she dined at a restaurant that served…

Food Good for Your Soul

As we sat down in our booth at the Water Grill near the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, I unfolded my extra-large white linen napkin.  Near the top was a large buttonhole. “Sixty percent of our guests fasten their napkin to the top button of their shirt,” stated our waiter. “It saves our diners on…

Boy Meets Girl

It’s a great boy meets girl story. The boy is Nick Jacobs, a graduate from Beverly Hills high school and the Institute of Culinary Education in New York.  After working with some of the top chefs learning the best “tricks of the trade,” he grew tired of the traffic and snow in New York and moved…

Visually Spectacular

“In my country children get to play with fire,” shared Executive Chef Mohan Ismail born and raised in Singapore.  “My mom worked nights, so when I was five or six years old I cooked a lot of egg dishes.”  His mother was his inspiration to becoming a chef. “The way I cook and manage people, is…

Napa Valley Experience

Executive Chef Joseph Gillard at Napa Valley Grille appreciates farmers. Raised on a 40-acre farm in Michigan with goats, chickens, rabbits, pigs, pheasants and cows, his family had a large vegetable garden and market stand to provide sustenance and income. At the age of five, he became infatuated with food while watching Julia Childs on…

Caviar: The new Health Craze

As we took our seat inside the elegant décor of Petrossian restaurant, Sally, a tan, blonde and stylish woman walked in with a man and two gorgeous girls. The girls were so excited to lunch at Petrossian that they let out a squeal of glee when they saw Christopher Klapp, the General Manager and their favorite server, Carlos. …

No Empty Tables at Wolfgang’s

Ryan Seacrest and Larry King  dined at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse last week.  It’s a great place for steaks and cocktails. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse was 100% full at 8pm on a Friday night. It’s not Puck’s, it’s another lively place on N. Canon Drive in Beverly Hills.  People come from all over Los Angeles to order the Porterhouse…