Lavish Brunch at The Grove Los Angeles

Recently I attended a lavish brunch at The Grove in Los Angeles featuring a multitude of dishes prepared by James Beard award winning Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel. A long communal table was elegantly set up near the dancing water fountain near Dominique Ansel Bakery and restaurant 189 by Dominique Ansel. This talented chef has other bakeries…

Artful and flavorful fare at LN2

At LN2 on Melrose, Executive Chef Chris Robbins creates a menu that truly depicts the flavors he loves. His state-of-the-art, wood-burning pizza oven enhances fresh California ingredients and artistically crafted dishes. Robbins and his wife, Mica Ray, proudly showed my husband and I their famed pizza oven. “This is the Ferrari of pizza ovens,” Robbins…

20th Anniversary for The Lobster in Santa Monica

The Lobster, at the entrance of the historic Santa Monica sign, is a popular fine-dining seafood restaurant. Recognized as a one of the most picturesque sunset dining destinations in Southern California,  in 1923 this building was a final stop of Route 66 in the west. It’s as much a part of Santa Monica’s history as…

Review: “Miss Saigon” – National Tour (Los Angeles)

Covering the red carpet on the Opening Night of Miss Saigon at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, I was starstruck to see British actor Greg Ellis walk down the carpet. He performed in the original Miss Saigon when it premiered in the West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1989. The show was…

National Ice Cream Day is July 21

FUN FACT: In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. This year National Ice Cream Day is tomorrow, Sunday, July 21. Here’s some of my favorite spots to treat yourself to a creamy and sweet cool treat: FREE ice cream at Halo Top…

Theatre Review: “The Play That Goes Wrong” at the Ahmanson Theatre

What I enjoyed about “The Play That Goes Wrong” by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Company is that it’s a play within a play. We are sitting in the audience watching “The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society” perform their newest murder mystery “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” As my daughter and…

Find sanctuary at Toluca Lake’s Santuari

Santuari, a new restaurant located inside the historic Toluca Lake Tennis Club, has opened its doors to the public. Executive Chef Brendan Mica prepares exciting Mediterranean influences with fresh California ingredients. For years this upscale wellness facility was a sanctuary for celebrities and executives from nearby motion picture and television studios. They played tennis, used…

10 Things to See & Do in Manhattan, NY

According to NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism arm, there were a record-breaking 65.2 million visitors exploring NYC in 2018. Most were out of state visitors, however there were over one millions tourists from Great Britain and China visiting “The Big Apple.” There are hundreds of things to see and do in New York City….

10 Sights to Walk and See in Sausalito

Sausalito is located between the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin offering a waterfront flotilla of colorful houseboats, tall mast sailboats and luxury yachts on Richardson Bay with Mount Tamalpais in the backdrop.  The beauty of this enclave has inspired painters, photographers, sculptors, and songwriters including musician Otis Redding. He wrote “Sittin’ On The Dock of…