Oceanside – Swim. Sip. Dine. Stay. Bike. Explore.

Oceanside is a small, casual beach community to explore by foot or bicycle. Located next to Camp Pendelton and along the Pacific Ocean, Oceanside is a terrific vacation destination for couples and families. Here are some great things to see and do: SWIM There is a swim side and surf or paddles board side near…

Terranea Chef’s Table Dinner

Last month, I experienced a Chef’s Table Spring’s Bounty Themed evening featuring Justin Winery and benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Located on the patio of one of Terranea’s villas atop a bluff on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it was an intimate and interactive farm-to-Terranea communal dining experience with a seasonally-themed menu, celebrating locally and…

Trivia Night at 3 Square Cafe

Sitting on the patio at 3 Square Cafe on Abbot Kinney in Venice on a Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. we received a buzzer and were asked for our team name. Since we were newbies to Trivia Night, we had no idea how much fun locals have at 3 Square Cafe while biting into a gourmet…

Take away Gjusta in Venice

Our first impression of Gjusta was Alton the affable guard helping us find a place to park in the parking lot. Next was a pastry chef bringing out a tray of little decadent blackberry pies. WOW! I’ve heard great things about Gjusta’s adorning sister Gjelina on Abbot Kinney. Since it is almost impossible to secure…

The New Pistachio Diet

Researchers have discovered that eating pistachios provides fiber, protein, potassium, and may improve blood pressure. Here are 7 health benefits: 1. Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free and sodium-free food that contains 13 grams of fat per serving, the majority of which (11.5 grams) comes from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fat contributes only 1.5 grams…

10 Mother’s Day Venues in So Cal

Don’t let Mom cook this Sunday. Instead take her out to one of these fun dining spots. Some offer complimentary champagne and others give Mom a special gift after her meal. All will pamper Mom and help make her special day memorable. 1. Downtown LA Diners can enjoy Bottega Louie’s lobster hash, salmon mille-feuille and…

10 New Culinary Choices at The Hollywood Bowl for this Summer 2015

Walking onto the stage of the Hollywood Bowl and looking out to the box seats all the way up to the $1 seats is a “pinch me” moment. I was invited by the wonderful LA Phil and Patina Group P.R. team to experience a multitude of dining options served at the historic Hollywood Bowl. Back for…

10 Places In LA To Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Looking for a fun place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles? Check out these muy bueno hot-spots: 1. Cinco de Mayo at Spaghetinni and the Dave Koz Lounge Menu Features short rib tacos and shrimp ceviche along with all new small plates, specialty margaritas (yes, skinny too) and tequila + Tecate shots. The legendary…