Dining at Upstairs 2 is a cure to the 405 blues

Driving on the 405 freeway anytime after 3:30 p.m. puts me in a bad mood – but a visit to the intimate Upstairs 2 restaurant in West Los Angeles, with its flavorful Mediterranean-inspired small plates, is a surefire way to quickly lift my spirits.Located upstairs in The Wine House – Los Angeles’ largest wine store…

King Tut now at the California Science Center in Los Angeles

King Tut visits Los Angeles for the third time. The first time was in 1978, and the second time was in 2005. This time, his exhibit offers Los Angelenos a peek at some of the most beautiful objects with 66 artifacts never seen before now. The exhibit brings “blurry history of the Boy King into…

10 Reasons why to Visit Carlsbad

During the months of March through May, the seaside community of Carlsbad in Southern California celebrates with their famous blooming ranuculus. Near the center of town is a field ablaze with a kaleidoscope of flowers. Restaurants, hotels and spas incorporate flowers into their wellness programs, cocktails and special dining menus. Here are 10  Petal to…

7 Fun Pi Day Facts & Specials on Delicious Pies

Each year on March 14 in National Pi Day. Here are some fun facts and some great spots offering pie deals. Pi Day is celebrated each year on March 14, to commemorate the irrational number of 3.141592653. Marie Callender’s is offering a free slice of pie today, March 14 in honor of Pi Day. Download…

Candytopia is Santa Monica’s Sweetest Spot

Don’t suffer from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), get your ticket to one of the the most colorful and sweetest experiences in Los Angeles. The night I toured Candytopia, Tyra Banks and Josh Duhamel followed right behind me. Banks stopped in the candy art gallery and admired the Prince portrait made with 1.5k pieces of…

My Governors Ball Red Carpet Experience

Excitedly I walked on the 90th Oscars red carpet before the Academy Awards and the Oscars Governors Ball preview. Event producer Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions and her team created an elegant white and gold room that “transports those who have won before, those who may win and those who will win in the future,…

Be still my heart at Mi Corazon

After finding success with their first location of Mi Corazon (“my heart” in Spanish) in Glendale, husband-and-wife duo Jeremy and Vanessa Swan have continued to spread their love of food with a new location in Silver Lake. Situated in the former Maré space on Hyperion, Mi Corazon offers up delicious homemade Mexican cooking with a…

Gloria Steinem Roars at LACC

I was invited to interview Gloria Steinem while she was a featured speaker at “A Conversation on DACA” at Los Angeles City College with Samantha Ramirez-Herrera. Hours before she arrived in California, this elegant 80+ year old was campaigning for Marie Newman, Congressional candidate in the city of Chicago, against Dan Lipinski who inherited his…

The Oasis Death Valley

With the recent rain, desert wildflowers are rising from the parched ground at the largest U.S. National Park outside of Alaska. While the density of wildflowers varies each year, the fact that wildflowers bloom in one of the driest destinations in the world, defies logic and reason. With a population under 300 people during spring, Death…