“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…

Spin The Bottle is Fun!

I was invited to Spin The Bottle with my husband last Friday night in Toluca Lake to sip and learn about a few wines, and to meet the Proprietor/President Doug LaGambina. Born in Brooklyn, LaGambina with an Italian background, enjoys a good bottle of wine. When he moved to Los Angeles in 1997 as a…

Where to Stay. Play. Getaway. in Carlsbad

Carlsbad is an ideal couples and family destination any time of the year. During October when Brick-or-Treat is at LEGOLAND every Saturday night, families have a wonderful excuse to pack their bags and take a Fall vacation. A not-too-spooky Halloween festival features a new Candy Quest walk-through at the Adventurers’ Club in Fun Town. The…

When The Buying Stops – The Killings Will Too

I was invited to Cecconi’s last week to meet the marketing genius, Peter Knights with WildAid. His mission in life is to educate the world about illegal poaching and save endangered sharks, elephants, rhinos and pangolins. He enthusiastically shared with me that President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping just agreed to end commercial…

15 Creative Fall/Halloween Culinary Treats in Los Angeles

It’s getting to be the time to sip spooky cocktails and nibble on festive Fall theme delights. Here are a few great restaurants in Los Angeles getting very creative during the month of October. Check out these 10 destinations – 1. Twerk or Treat at Chaya Downtown. The highlight of Twerk or Treat cocktail is…

10 Reasons to Visit Disneyland’s Halloween Celebration

With Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration the Halloween season runs through Nov. 1, 2015 with festive Fall decorations throughout the park, plus spooky transformations of Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain. Stay late to see the parades, fireworks or buy a ticket to trick-or-treat. Here are 10 must see and do experiences during October at Disneyland: Main…

October 1 is World Sake Day

In Japan, millions of people sip the elegant beverage sake while enjoying Japanese cuisine on October 1 – World Sake Day. It’s a 1,000 year old annual tradition to kick off the country’s sake production season. Sake is shared with family and friends during a special meal or festive celebration. In the United States, Innovative Dining…