Beach level dining at Coast Beach Cafe and Bar

The casual restaurant Coast Beach Café at Shutters on the Beach offers an all-day menu of California favorites, a lovely brunch and themed dinner nights. Overlooking Santa Monica beach, hotel guests and locals can walk down a flight of stairs or take the elevator to sit outside on the sunken patio, or indoors near the…

Luxurious “Wine Down” Spa at La Quinta Resort

Staying one night at the exquisite La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, I was treated to a 80 minute Wine Down Massage at Spa La Quinta. Changing into my robe and spa sandals, I sat in the Sage Lounge to await my massage therapist. While waiting in the comfortable earth tone serene room,…

Celebrate Mother’s Day in LA

For that special woman in your life, be sure and spoil her with love, flowers and good food on Sunday, May 12. Here’s some great destinations in So Cal that will help you make her day memorable: BEVERLY GROVE Brunching at Bacari W. 3rd This Mother’s Day, enjoy Mediterranean-inspired favorites from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef…

Beauty & Essex New, Memorable & Exciting Cuisine

For celebrity chef Chris Santos, life is too short for boring food. Santos, a judge on the popular cooking show “Chopped” and the executive chef and founder of Beauty & Essex in New York, Las Vegas and Hollywood’s Dream Hotel complex, was in town recently to reveal his new seasonal menu, fittingly titled “A Taste of…

2019 HOLLYWOOD BOWL FOOD + WINE

Last night I was invited to step onto the stage of one of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, the Hollywood Bowl. In the summer it is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This outdoor theatre seats nearly 18,000 concert-goers presenting some of the finest artists from all genres of music under the stars….

LA BEER HOP & dineLA Burger Bus Ride

Last night I had a preview of the dineLA Burger Trek at Everson Royce Bar in downtown LA. Out in the back beer garden style patio we enjoyed three different burgers with four different beers. The burgers were a ShackBurger from Shake Shack, Vegan Cheeseburger from Burgerlords and a Single Burger from Everson Royce Bar….

The Enchanting Four Seasons Scottsdale

Driving up to the Four Seasons Scottsdale, a friendly valet welcomes guests and offers a bottle of water or glass of hibiscus tea, before entering the lobby. A very pleasing signature desert rose Four Seasons scent lingers, as the well trained, attentive and friendly staff check guests in. Entering one of the deluxe adobe-style casitas,…

ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH RESORT Brings Uplifting Energy to Montecito

Recently I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of the oceanfront Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort. Celebrity actor Rob Lowe sat in front of me, and later walked up to the podium to thank entrepreneur and developer Rick Caruso for building this exquisite addition to the community. As a spokesman for the affluent village…

Escape to the Luxe Andaz Scottsdale Resort

Two years ago the luxury Andaz Hotel by Hyatt took over the Cottonwoods Resort below the picturesque Camelback Mountains. They renovated each of the 185 adobe bungalows and suites, as well as built a colorful contemporary lobby and heated saltwater swimming pools. Driving up to the resort, a restored 1962 black convertible Cadillac, fondly named…