Andre’s an Italian Institution

“Have you been here before?” asked the affable Aron Celnik as I walked into Andre’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. Shyly, I replied, “No,” even when I lived near Third St. and Poinsettia years ago. Andre’s is tucked in the back of a courtyard between the newer Whole Foods market and K-Mart shopping center. “We’ve been…

Zinc @ The Shade Hotel with Devin Alexander

When The Cheesecake Factory’s Bistro Shrimp Pasta recently topped the list of Xtreme Eating Awards with 3,120 calories, (put out by the Center for Science in the Public Interest) I shuddered to think of all the calories I consume when I go out to dine. A friend told me about a terrific chef, Devin Alexander,…

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in Beverly Hills

The newest Fleming’s chain on Beverly Drive is as eager to please their guests as a puppy dog. Smiling hostesses welcome every person walking into the beautiful interior. Joyful servers greet  patrons and share the Fleming’s menu with enthusiasm. “Is this your first visit to Fleming’s?” Tai Nguyen opened the first Fleming’s in Newport Beach…

30 Days of Devinly Decadence at Zinc @ shade

Since I have vowed to eat healthy during 2013, I was excited to meet Chef Devin Alexander to try some of her dishes at The Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Currently, Devin has 8 popular cookbooks, including the Biggest Loser cookbooks. She hosts America’s Chefs on Tour on PBS and has a show Healthy Decadence…

Pitfire Pizza is Pleasing to All Senses

Walking into the newest Pitfire Pizza on Fairfax Avenue, just one block north of Melrose, I sat down with a group of friends to try their new seasonal menu. Known for producing rustic, fire-singed pizza pies, they arrived at our table crispy, golden and topped with luscious ingredients. The dough is made with just three…

Seasons 52 is Changing the Way we Eat – Healthy!

How does one maintain a New Year’s resolution of eating healthier or losing weight while dining out? Visit the new, elegant, yet casual Seasons 52. This fresh grill and wine bar serves creative farm-to-table dishes that are all nutritionally balanced and under 475 calories. Walking into the main dining room, I felt as if I…