Sushi Roku on Third

Walking into Sushi Roku on Third Street, I noticed cords of rope hanging from the ceiling, called “nawa-noren” which are symbols indicating the establishment is a traditional Japanese restaurant. The lighting enhances the Japanese theme and the long sushi bar.

“We have the longest sushi bar of all the Sushi Roku restaurants,” said Joe Ando, assistant Manager of the Hollywood location. “We also have an incredible Sushi Master, Juri. He has been here since the restaurant opened in 1997. The most popular seats in the restaurant are the two at the sushi bar in front of Juri,” Ando said.

Juri was born and raised in Los Angeles. After he finished high school, he went to Japan and apprenticed with some of Japan’s greatest sushi masters for four years to become a sushi chef back here with Innovative Dining Group. Juri found his home at Sushi Roku, where he weaves elements of cuisine from all over Japan.

Read the rest of my review by clicking on this link via Sushi Roku. Courtesy of the Beverly Press newspaper.

A Good “Catch” in Santa Monica

Even with reservations, we had to wait about twenty minutes for our table at Catch in the Casa del Mar hotel. Who likes to wait, when they have made a reservation? We didn’t mind at all, because we had the opportunity to sit in cozy seats next to a live four-piece band, Soul Station, featuring Terron Brooks. This group played many of our favorite lounge songs near a crackling fireplace. We later learned that Brooks has sung with Stephanie Mills, Smokey Robinson and Michael Jackson.

While sipping lovely glasses of Presecco Cantine Riondo, we looked towards the colorful lights of the ferris wheel on the Santa Monica pier. The lounge is festive and has a New York City or San Francisco vibe, instead of a casual beach feeling. People are not in flip-flops, but dressed in more formal attire.

The Maitre ‘d, Anthony Alverez, apologized for the wait and whisked us to our table with white basket weave contemporary chairs and adjustable soft back pillows. Warm and soft bread was delivered to our table with a small dish of California Olive Ranch olive oil with a grassy/lemon flavor. A lovely note to begin our dining adventure.

Click here to read the rest of the article A Good “Catch” in Santa Monica. Courtesy of the Beverly Press – Park LaBrea News. Published on Nov. 17, 2011.

25 Degrees – A Hip Burger Place

A lifelong bachelor, Johnny Grant, the honorary Mayor of Hollywood, lived in a penthouse on the 14th floor of the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. He was best- known for being the Master of Ceremony awarding celebrities stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also had his own booth at the hotel’s lively restaurant, 25 Degrees.

Grant sat in the back of the restaurant in a burgundy colored booth with red velvet flocked wallpaper. There is a plaque above his booth, honoring Mr. Grant, in this 60-seat restaurant filled with locals and tourists.

Read more by clicking on this link 25 Degrees  courtesy of the Beverly Press – Park LaBrea News published on Nov. 3, 2011.