When Life Gives You Lemons, Brighten Your Day at Lemonade

You may have noticed a plethora of Lemonade signs throughout Los Angeles, not lemonade stands, but a modern, fast-casual, cafeteria-style restaurant. The co-founder, Alan Jackson is the grandson of the 50s and 60s actor Alan Ladd. His mother is Ladd’s daughter and his father is legendary Los Angeles talk show radio host, Michael Jackson. Instead…

Host Your Own Academy Awards Oscar Party

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a “Stars Under The Stars” Oscars Preview of the Governors Ball at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Under a canopy of twinkling lights I was in awe to experience what our Hollywood Elite will get to experience on March 2. One of the first people I interviewed was…

Bunker Hill – Downtown’s Hot Sports Bar

The downtown restaurant and bar scene has blossomed over the past few years. A newish-hot sports bar is Bunker Hill Bar & Grill, located on the ground floor of a downtown Los Angeles landmark building at Fifth and Flower. This comfortable lunch and after-work place joins the Kwan brothers group of restaurants that include multiple Wokcano’s,…

Cafe Rockenwagner: Ingenious Cuisine with a German Flair

I’ve been fascinated with Hans Röckenwagner since the 1980s, when I used to take clients to his restaurant Röckenwagner in Santa Monica on Main Street. Out of town clients loved the unique interior design, splendid food, and his famous German pretzel rolls. It soon became one of the top restaurants in Southern California. In my…

5 Places to Take Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Specials for Two at Cecconi’s Executive Chef Andrea Cavaliere prepares a share seafood platter for two for $38 that include oysters mignonette, cured salmon, and octopus ceviche. His wood roasted turbot for two is $58. There is also a double chocolate tart with wild berries for two for $15. 8764 Melrose Ave. (310)432-2000. Romantic Dining at The…

Red Med at Formosa Cafe

The legendary Formosa Café has been in Vincent Jung’s family for three generations. Originally opening in 1925 in a red trolley car that once rolled down Santa Monica Blvd. It became the Formosa Café when Jung’s grandfather Lem Quom, partnered with the owner in 1945, and later took full ownership in the 1970s. Recently, Vincent…

Top Chef at Sea with Celebrity Cruises

Starting July 2014, there will be an exciting new culinary program on four different Celebrity Cruises as the luxury cruise line partners with the Emmy Award winning BRAVO television series “Top Chef.” According to Lisa Kauffman, VP of Marketing, Celebrity Cruises, “We are thrilled to offer new, diverse experiences in the coming year that invite vacationers…

Visiting New Orleans during Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras season begins in New Orleans with parades, King’s cakes and festivities during Carnival. Mardi Gras Day or “Fat Tuesday” is always 47 days prior to Easter Sunday. It’s the last day of the Carnival season and falls on the first day of Lent. For 2014, it will be on March 4. Most visitors…