5 Best Cheeseburger Spots in LA

Since National Cheeseburger Day is September 18, I thought I would list my favorite burger spots in LA. These are my go-to places to sink my teeth into a burger layered with textures and flavors. K Ramen. Burger. Beer. – Located at the lively The Americana on Brand in Glendale, above Katsura is a great…

Burgers Galore at Umami Burger

When Umamicatessen opened a few years ago on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, there was a line out the door. Restaurateur Adam Fleishman’s multi-concept restaurant and bar with a deli, burger section, ice cream and artisan coffee, all in one location was a big hit. Recently, Fleischman decided to rework the Umamicatessen concept and convert…

LAMILL Coffee Boutique in Silverlake

It seems that a new organic, fair-trade, cold-brewed coffee purveyor pops up everyday, and I thoroughly enjoy the potent brews arising from these coffee houses. Creme brulee cappuccino arrives with a hard crust of caramelized sugar on top, just like the popular dessert. Crack through the brulee and sip a bit of heaven. (photo by…

The Newly Opened Napa Valley Grille

For 15 years, Napa Valley Grille has been a dining destination for UCLA parents taking their college students to a fancy dinner. It’s one of my favorite restaurants before a UCLA basketball game. The outdoor patio is ideal to meet friends for a glass of wine and elevated fare before seeing a show at the…

15 LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade Moments

Yesterday (September 10, 2016) I enjoyed an afternoon of food, wine, cocktails and music during a fundraiser for the Alex’s Lemonade Foundation. This year the venue was at UCLA between the majestic Royce Hall and Powell Library. It was an ideal spot for James Beard winner and Executive chef Suzanne Goin to host the benefit…

Brunch at Odys + Penelope

I regret I never dined at Hatfield’s that occupied the former Michel Richard restaurant Citrus on Melrose Ave. Fortunately the dynamic culinary couple, Karen and Quinn Hatfield, who met when they worked at Spago, quickly opened a more fast-casual cafe nearby in 2012, Sycamore Kitchen. Ody + Penelope’s shrimp and grits is a twist on…

Sneak Peek into the 68th EMMYS AWARDS GOVERNORS BALL

Today I attended a preview of the 2016 Television Academy Emmys Awards festivities at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  The opportunity allowed me to see, touch, taste and learn about this year’s “Nature’s Elegance” theme with interactive food, beverage and design masters stations. The 2016 Emmys celebration will set a new record, planning three separate balls that…

Spooky Fun at Roger’s Gardens

During Labor Day weekend one of Newport Beach’s special destinations – Roger’s Gardens, opened their annual Grimm Tales boutique. It’s sightly spooky with fascinating folklore rooms – Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Each room is filled with Halloween decorations to inspire you to enhance your home during Halloween. Located in Corona…

More Than Fine – Wood & Vine

In 2011, I gave the newly opened restaurant Wood & Vine a stellar review. The talented Executive chef Gavin Mills was very creative in the small kitchen (I’ve been told it might be the smallest restaurant kitchen in LA). Originally it was built as a gathering space for friends and neighboring locals to come enjoy…