Divine Dining at DISH

Every time I attend a local fundraising event, I always bid on a DISH restaurant certificate. I love the place. The food is good, the prices are right and Martin the busboy, always gives me a hug and kiss on the cheek upon arrival. Everyone in La Cañada has dined at least once at DISH….

A Sit Down with the Scarlet Tea Room

Throughout the years, friends in La Cañada have said positive things about longtime LCF resident Karen Mikaelian, owner of the Scarlet Tea Room. I finally met her last week while enjoying an afternoon tea ceremony with two friends to celebrate a girlfriend’s birthday. Mikaelian, is a spunky blonde, Greek Armenian, who loves food. A jeweler by…

Japanese Food with an American Flair

Gazing out a window facing Third St. near the Beverly Center, I watched various people walking by, while waiting for a friend to join me for lunch. A server inside The Izaka-Ya by Katsu-Ya, welcomed me and handed a packaged pre-moistened terry cotton towelette and two menus. Hungry patrons entered and took seats at the…

Petrossian’s Pizzazz is Giselle Wellman

I was excited to meet chef Giselle Wellman and experience her cooking at Petrossian Boutique and Restaurant. This 27-year-old has been the Executive Chef for a little over a year and has creatively tweaked the menu. Born and raised in San Diego, both her parents are Jewish and from Mexico City. “There is a huge…

Cruise Lingo

While cruising throughout the years we’ve heard a lot of interesting cruise lingo. What is a Poop deck? Lido deck? Tender? For some reason, a vacation at sea can be filled with unfamiliar words and misunderstood terms. What do these words mean and where did they originate? We talked with some seasoned cruisers and captains…

River Cruise Adventures

While cruising down the Yangtze river in China, we realized that river cruising offers a different type of sailing vacation, than a traditional cruise out on the open seas. The waters are smooth, so no one onboard risks getting motion sickness. It’s also an interesting way to explore some of the world’s great cities, as…

Cooking at Sea

For those Epicureans out there, cruising is a great way to experience different luxurious tastes and flavors from around the world. Here are a few of our favorite cruise lines that offer culinary classes and experiences while at sea. Crystal Cruises offers classes with tastings and occasional market shopping in various ports. Learn about Spanish…

The Grill on the Alley

  Just steps from Rodeo Drive sits the Beverly Hills institution, The Grill on the Alley. A friend and I visited The Grill for lunch, where we heard the happy chatter of regulars sipping beverages and dining on Cobb salads, chicken pot pies and daily specials. The restaurant was packed with people at 1:30 p.m….

Palm – Old World Hospitality

Last month I enjoyed a “ladies lunch” with two girlfriends at Palm Restaurant in West Hollywood. The first Palm opened in 1926 on 837 2nd Ave. in New York City. Two Italians, Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi, from Parma, Italy obtained their business license to open a restaurant. Since their accents were so thick, when they said…