Melting Pot Tours- A Historical Tour of the Original Farmers Market

Joining a small gathering of people in front of the iconic clock tower at the original Farmers Market on the corner of Third and Fairfax, I was introduced to an orthopedic surgeon and his daughter from Newport Beach, a mother and son from New Jersey, a young woman from the high desert, and a stylish…

Jar – Not Just Another Restaurant

Sitting in upholstered brown chairs with black caster wheels in a minimally decorated wood paneled room, I felt a warm sense of comfort. The white linen tablecloths, women dressed in little black dresses, and male guests dressed in jackets and ties add to the elegance of the dining room. Who gets dressed up to dine…

Oliverio at the Avalon

Marilyn Monroe lived at the mid century designed Beverly Carlton Hotel for a few years in the late 40s and 50s. Designed by architect Sam Reisbord and and modern American design pioneer and legendary graphic designer, Alvin Lustig. Monroe swam in the unique hourglass shaped pool and posed for photos along the legendary pool deck….

Normandie Bakery and Pate

Walking into the covered patio of the Authentic French Normandie Country Bakery, I was greeted by a pretty, petite blonde woman with bright pink nail polish. Raised in a charcuterie in Normandie, France, she learned her hard work ethic by working side-by-side with her father. At six she butchered her first pig. Years later she…

Elements Kitchen and Lounge – Second Visit

I was in a grumpy mood last time I reviewed Elements Kitchen in Pasadena. Two obnoxiously drunk guests ruined the ambience.  The food was good, however I felt it was too pricey for the portions served.  Lastly, I was disappointed with my dessert.  The crème fraiche was very sour instead of slightly sweet. My first…

Grub-Comfort Food with a Twist

Who would open a restaurant on Seward St. near recording and post-production studios, vacant lots, and a performing arts magnet school? The Grub gals, Betty Fraser and Denise De Carlo did over ten years ago. The gals happily ran a successful catering business and were looking for a space to store all of their supplies…