Santa Monica’s Ambassador: Michael McCarty

“Every dish leaving my kitchen has to have something green, crunchy, and an herb,” explained restaurant legend, Michael McCarty, to a group of people  touring his kitchen.  I remember the restaurant, Michael’s, in the 80s while I was at UCLA.  It was the ultimate date restaurant offering a romantically fun indoor/outdoor setting and delicious California/French…

Best Thai Noodles in Town

It’s so ghetto, but in a good way,” stated a man with tattoos from Amsterdam who sat next to us while dining at Saramluang Cafe. He shared with us that he has lived in Los Angeles for over ten years and dines at Saramluang at least once a week. Call it a ghetto, dive, or bare…

Little Italy in WeHo

Walking into Dominick’s in West Hollywood is like stepping into a museum. Who knew the place has one of the largest Jim Beam glass, ceramic and china decanter collections in Los Angeles? Inside the favorite watering hole of the Rat and Brat Pack are shelves near the ceiling with hundreds of old whiskey bottles shaped…

Newest Treasure in the South Bay – Baleen

After days of record-breaking heat and thunderstorms, we decided to explore Redondo Beach for a weekend getaway.  I’ve heard good things about a new chef at Baleen restaurant at The Portofino Hotel. Since the hotel is offering accommodation and dining specials, we decided to reserve one night. Walking into Baleen, I was pleasantly surprised by…