10 Summer Fun Experiences at Universal Studios Hollywood

The Entertainment Capital of L.A. Universal Studios Hollywood offers multiple themed immersive lands that transport guests to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Here are 10 newer experiences at Universal Studios Hollywood: “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” features a lively Hogsmeade village and two thrill rides “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”…

Triple Treats – Pizza, Beer & Ice Cream at Piencone

A new family friendly restaurant opened in Los Angeles offering a playhouse patio with a small play structure on the back patio, and lots of board games for parents and their kids to play together. Piencone is an ideal spot for mom and dad to sit back and enjoy good food with a beer or…

The Shower of Hope provides Kindness to those in need

When my daughter Lizzy discovered The Shower of Hope at the Holy Family Church South Pasadena, she asked if would like to volunteer with her. I said “Sign Me Up!”   We met Mel Tillekeratne the Founder & Executive Director and Lisa Marie Nava the Operations Supervisor of The Shower of Hope. Together with their team…

Staycation Fun at the Hilton Santa Barbara

When my friend Carolyn moved up to Montecito near Santa Barbara, I was eager to take a trip to see her and tour her new home. I reserved one night at the newly rebranded Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Hotel. Located right along the American Riviera offering a coastal mediterranean atmosphere with ideal temperatures during the day, swaying…

2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Secret Room Style Lounge

This year on June 17 at the InterContinental in Century City on the Avenue of the Stars, the MTV nominee stars for the upcoming MTV Award show, showed up with their friends, managers and agents to explore the Secret Room Style Lounge. The Secret Room Lounge is a total pampering experience before the MTV Movie…

23 Dining Specials to take Dad to enjoy on Father’s Day

Here’s some great spots to take your Dad on Father’s Day – Free Glass for Dad at Eureka! On Father’s Day buy dad a whiskey drink and Eureka will give him the glass to take home. Eureka features over 40 small batch whiskeys. Signature cocktails include classic recipes like the house Old Fashioned, made with Old…

Theatre Review: You in Midair

  Sitting in the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood, an older gentleman and two young girls sitting in the front row, step onstage to make an announcement. The man is Benson Schaeffer, the father of Rebecca Shaeffer and the girls are her cousins. Benson informs us he is the husband of the performer, and father of…

10 Reasons to take an luxury AmaWaterways Cruise

Last week I met with AmaWaterways co-founders Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner to learn more about their elegant European river cruises. While enjoying a three-course lunch at the new FARMHOUSE restaurant at the newly renovated Beverly Center, Karst remarked that Executive chef and farmer Nathan Peitso (second-generation farmer of Kenter Canyon Farm) menu was similar to…

Best Brunch at Baltaire in Brentwood

Last Sunday I saw Executive Chef Travis Strickland from Baltaire at the Taste of the Nation festival in Culver City. He prepared delicious Nueske cherrywood BLT lettuce cups topped with strawberry sambal and pretty flowering cilantro sprigs. It was a hit at the fundraiser benefiting No Kid Hungry.    Chef Travis is a chef with…