Downtown’s European Cafe

As we left the fascinating Cleopatra exhibit at the California Science Center, I thought we might try the much touted Bottega Louie for brunch. Driving south on Grand, we noticed a crowd milling about on the corner near the entrance of the building. Since parking is free downtown on Sundays, we skipped a pay lot…

Upper West a Santa Monica Bistro

Walking into the Upper West restaurant off Pico Blvd., I admired the colorful paintings by French artist Humbert Curcuru. One of the owners of the restaurant, Mr. Fred, explained to me that the “Art Vault” on the walls of his restaurant, rotates a new artist every three months. “We hold an opening reception for the…

The Roof at The Hotel Wilshire

Chef Eric Greenspan is known for his culinary creativity at The Foundry on Melrose. A friend excitedly told me about his new restaurant, The Roof, on the top of a newer hotel in our neighborhood, The Hotel Wilshire. When her friends and family members from out-of-town come to visit, she reserves a room for them…

Bella Vista at The Four Seasons Resort – The Biltmore

As part of he Epicure.SB culinary extravaganza held during the month of October in Santa Barbara, Chef Alessandro Cartumini of Bella Vista is featuring “The best of Santa Barbara from A to V”. Inside the five-star Four Seasons Biltmore Resort, Chef Alessandro is preparing a unique five-course dinner paired with wines. Abalone ceviche with finger limes is…

El Cid: Dinner Theater Reborn on Sunset

In the 1960s, El Cid, a popular dinner-theatre venue, opened on Sunset Boulevard.  The Spanish-style tavern was housed in a 1905 structure, originally built by film director, D.W. Griffith, where he debuted his epic film “The Birth of a Nation”. In its early years, El Cid was a frequent hangout for Hollywood celebs, including Marlon…