Celebrating Dia del Los Muertos – FREE Taco

Celebrate Day of the Dead at the new Tacos tu Madre in Westwood. It officially opens on November 1 with Free Taco Day!  This new inventive new concept envisioned by Joshua Pourgol and Oliver Mateen. To celebrate the launch of Westwood’s new Mexican street fare inspired walk-up window, guests can swing by for a free taco from…

Innovative Cart Service at The Church Key

The Church Key earned a winning reputation with foodies and locals raving about their unique wheel cart dining service. Celebrating their second anniversary, Executive chef Steven Fretz and General Manager Joseph Sabato decided to introduce the cart service for a creative lunch experience. I invited a friend to join me for lunch last week. A…

Macallan Whiskey Tasting at Hotel Bel-Air

Kieron Elliott is a dynamic Brand Ambassador for Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey. He has a delightful Scottish accent and wicked sense of humor. For 90 minutes, Elliott enlightened and educated us about five different Macallan spirits. Here are 10 Things I learned about smelling, sipping and chewing whiskey – 1. The Macallan gives back…

World Vegan Day on Nov. 1

This Sunday is World Vegan Day! Here are 8 culinary spots in the Los Angeles to celebrate with healthy and delicious vegan dishes. Chavela  Plant-based Executive Chef Rachel Carr uses Latin inspiration in all of her vegan dishes. One of her signature dishes includes pumpkin blue corn tamales with spicy, organic blue corn tamale stuffed…

10 Things To Spot at The Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

Put The Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns on your Bucket List!  It’s entertaining and unique as you stroll through an area that has 5,000 hand-carved Illuminated Jack O’Lanterns. Some are simple, some are scary, others humorous and award winning. You will laugh and be in awe. This October through November 1, 2015, The Rise of…

Disneyland Dazzles With Diamonds

During the day and in the evening, Disneyland dazzles guests during its Diamond 60th Anniversary celebration in 2015. The beloved amusement park opened in Anaheim on July 17, 1955, as a place where Walt Disney introduced innovation to inspire the future worldwide. There are a multitude of festivities throughout Disneyland Park and California Adventure offering…

Italian at its BESTIA

The braised oxtail with cacao pasta, or Agnolotti all Vaccinara, is my number one dish served at Bestia. Chef Ori Menashe braises the oxtail for hours, rendering the meat off the bone resulting in a rich, succulent stock. Italian Grana Padano cheese, similar in taste and texture to Parmesan, pine nuts and currants add potent…

March of Dimes – LA Signature Chefs Raise Awareness and Funds

Last Sunday night my daughter and I were invited to the LA Signature Chefs annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes. Strolling along the front drive at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows we admired the 80-foot tall Moreton Bay Fig Tree. It’s the second largest of its kind in California, and possibly the United…

A Proper Sunday Brunch

Sunday is a day of exploring treasures around our great city. About 20 minutes from downtown is the bucolic small community of La Canada-Flintridge. It attracts rocket scientists due to its proximity to JPL, and entertainment executives seeking homes near the studios. There are lots of oak trees, bridal paths and bike trails throughout the…

“The Fierce Wife” Builds Friendship Between Taiwanese and Spanish Viewers

One of the most popular Taiwanese drama’s “The Fierce Wife” is now dubbed in Spanish as “La Esposa Valiente.” While attending a debut of the show at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, I learned more about the Mandarin soap opera being shown on the Latino-owned Los Angeles based cable television show KJLA,…

Cleo’s – Intoxicating Middle Eastern Cuisine

Cleo at the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood specializes in Eastern Mediterranean cuisine by executive chef Danny Elmaleh. His unique culinary style and the menu at Cleo are based on his upbringing in Haifa, Israel. Born to a Moroccan father and a Japanese mother, Elmaleh later moved to Japan where his father opened the country’s first…

Tantalizing Terrine

For my 26th wedding anniversary, I took my husband with me to review the new lunch menu at Stephane Bombet, Executive Chef Kris Morningstar and Francois Renaud’s elegant California brasserie – Terrine. Chef Morningstar has been tantalizing Los Angelenos with some of his French favorites that include beef tartare, onion soup, steak frites, escargot, tartines, and…