Wildcat Lounge Offers Farm-to-Bar

Walking along State Street, we hopped onto an electric trolley to take us to Wildcats. This Eco-friendly shuttle is part of Santa Barbara’s car-free initiative. For 50 cents the trolley takes residents and visitors from Sterns Wharf up to the Arlington Theater. It then goes to the Santa Barbara Zoo and back to the wharf….

Fleming’s Steakhouse and Bar at L.A. Live

What makes Fleming’s Steakhouse different from other steakhouses is their tableside martini. The bartenders make eight varieties including a vintage vodka martini, appletini, and sparkling peach martini. A server picks up the creative cocktail from the bar and brings a silver martini shaker and iced cold martini glass to the table. He shakes it for about…

Papilles Bistro – Tantalize Your Tastebuds

If you blink, you may not see the sign for Papilles Bistro. Driving on Franklin near the 101 freeway, we spotted this newer restaurant tucked away in a small strip mall between the historic Castle Argyle and Hollywood Tower building. The restaurant is tiny, yet serves delicious California cuisine with a French flair. The owners…

Ocean and Vine: Satsifying the Senses

Keith Roberts, Executive Chef at Ocean & Vine at the Loews Santa Monica hotel may be one of the nicest chefs in Los Angeles. I met Roberts with some friends at Ocean & Vine on a glorious summer day for lunch. Roberts enjoys coming out of his kitchen to stroll through the dining room and…