Pacifique pleases your palate

In the sophisticated dining room of the new Pacifique restaurant on La Cienega, guests can sit in intimate Japanese izakaya-style booths with curtains for a discreet dining experience. Pacifique is located at the former Le Petit Bistro, which closed its doors in 2018 after 25 years in business. Restaurateur Joel Herzer and partner and designer…

Egg House is LA’s newest Instagram worthy pop-up

I guarantee you will smile while exploring West Hollywood’s egg-themed pop-up – The Egg House. It’s a multi-sensory “Eggventure” by female founder Biubiu Xu and a team of “eggcellent” creators, designers, and artists. It first debuted in the Lower East Side of NYC in 2018 and has since traveled to Shanghai, China and now Los Angeles….

NO KID HUNGRY Food Festival

Taste of the Nation LA is celebrating its 30th charitable food festival on May 4, 2019 with some of LA’s favorite chefs This year the chef chairs include Bruce Kalman, Dakota Weiss, and Nick Shipp. I was invited to a special preview night last month at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills. The multi-course dinner was paired with MacRostie…

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…