Two Taste of the Nation LA Events in 2019

Taste of the Nation LA is celebrating its 30th charitable food festival on May 4, 2019 with favorite chef chairs Bruce Kalman, Dakota Weiss, and Nick Shipp. Special guest chefs include Top Chef’s Katsuji Tanabe. The public is invited to a special preview night on Monday, March 25 at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills. Tickets are available for sale to enjoy a…

Pleasing Peruvian plates at Los Balcones Hollywood

New chef Michelangelo Aliaga at Los Balcones in Hollywood incorporates proteins with Peruvian staple ingredients – corn, potatoes, peppers, quinoa, rice and beans to create authentic and hearty South American fare. Raised in Peru by Italian parents who immigrated to South America, I learned that Chef Michelangelo’s grandfather inspired him to become a chef. After…

Spoken Word & Music (M)IYAMOTO is BLACK Enough

For only two nights at the the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the National Sawdust Projects dynamic musical social commentary (M)IYAMOTO IS BLACK ENOUGH performs at the Lovelace Studio Theater. The show opens with a lively beating of the drums by Sean Dixon to set the tempo. Soon two more musicians – Andy…

Lackawanna Blues Wins Hearts in LA

Taking my seat during the opening night of Lackawanna Blues, two women named Pam and Sally sat down next to me. They started talking about their friend, writer, performer and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson. They shared with me how Pam is Ruben’s publicist, and that the first reading of Lackawanna Blues was in the living room…

Festive St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in LA

Wear some green and head outside to join others in drinking green beer, while enjoying special St. Patrick Day fare. Here’s a slew of lucky spots to celebrate this weekend: Ike’s Love & Sandwiches – On St. Patrick’s Day Ike’s Love & Sandwiches is offering $7 sandwiches all day long. There are over 500 sandwich combinations that…

Heavenly Hock + Hoof

Chefs and partners Kat Hu and Justin Yi turn offals and vegetables into gourmet fare at Hock + Hoof, next to the historic Hotel Alexandria in downtown Los Angeles. The restaurant, which opened last May, has already earned quite a following because of its creative options blending French techniques with Asian ingredients and flavors. These…

5-Star Spa Day at La Prairie inside the Waldorf Astoria

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills was awarded Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel shortly after it opened in 2017. An anonymous Forbes inspector evaluated the art-deco style hotel on 900 objective standards. Besides 119 beautifully appointed deluxe rooms and 51 suites, designed by renowned interior design firm Pierre Yves Rochon, Inc, the hotel offers world-class dining overseen by…

Hooray for Pi Day specials

This year Pi Day is on Thursday, March 14 (3/14). It’s an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π. Here’s some fun specials around Los Angeles – Blaze Pizza is making pizzas for $3.14 each. Get the Blaze Pizza app on Thursday, March 14 to enjoy a pizza at this price – Blaze Pizza Pi…

A fine Fellow in Westwood

After cooking in the kitchen of The Churchill, Cliffs Edge, and The Larchmont, Executive Chef Michael Bryant is now showcasing some of his beloved dishes and adding a few new ones at the upscale Fellow in Westwood. I fondly remember meeting Chef Bryant three years ago while dining at The Larchmont, before it changed into…