Not All Burgers Are the Same – The Burger Kitchen

  There are three grades of burger restaurants.  McDonalds is the basic level, and   a Johnny Rockets style is a step up.  At the top of the burger pyramid is The Burger Kitchen that sells gourmet burgers from $9 to $50.  Is the quality of the beef and other ingredients worth the extra price?  I wanted…

A True Taste of Paris

 Flying across the Atlantic to California for a vacation in 1978, Huguette, a petite and pretty Parisian woman, desired a traditional croissant and café au lait. Fortunately, a kind soul directed her to one of the only French café’s in Los Angeles, Michel Richard’s on Robertson and Third. Her life changed forever as she developed…

A Chef with a Big Heart and Soul

 The first time I met Chef Andrea Cavaliere was not at his restaurant, Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, but at Melrose Avenue Elementary School.  Dressed in a traditional white chef’s jacket, he was helping children age’s 6-11 plant eggplant, lettuce, parsley, lemon thyme and cilantro herbs in a unique Woolly School Garden along the backside of…

A Neighborhood Gem: California Chicken Café

  While pregnant with both my daughters I craved healthy food.  Fortunately, I lived near a California Chicken Café and at least once a week, I’d pick up a Rotisserie chicken with sides or one of their delicious wrap sandwiches. Years later, I happily discovered the original California Chicken Café across the street from my…