10 Disney Holiday Magic Experiences

Having just experienced Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Holiday Magic, here are 10 activities to see and experience in both theme parks before January 7, 2017.California Adventure seems extra festive this year. For a second year the park is decked out for the spirit of the season with decorations offering a celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah,…

Fantastic Food at The FLATS

Walking into The FLATS, I scanned the bar to see if the hanging wicker chair in the corner was available. Located by a large window facing Wilshire Blvd., it’s the best seat in the house to swing and sip one of the clever cocktails made by Template Consulting’s Marcos Tello and The FLATS head barman…

Halo Top Creamery Scoop Shop in LA

The first brick-and-motar Halo Top opened at Westfield Topanga on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. The Grand Opening Event dished out FREE ice cream and soft serve to first-time guests and loyal fans from 10 a.m. to closing. What makes Halo Top different than other ice cream shops is three things: Low Calorie Low Sugar High…

Cheese Please during the Holidays

What better gift to give or receive, than Marin French Cheese. I recently received a gift box filled with different varieties that I have been enjoying nightly for the past two weeks. California is known for many contributions to the world, including cheese. Since 1865 the 700-acre Hicks Valley Ranch has provided fresh cow and…

Vegetarian menus for Morrissey at the Hollywood Bowl

While the Los Angeles City Council declared Nov. 10 “Morrissey Day” prior to his concerts on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 at the Hollywood Bowl,  all food venues at the Hollywood Bowl have gone vegetarian for concert goers attending Morrissey’s performances. Inspired by James Beard Foundation award-winning Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne,…

Christmas Extravaganza at Universal Studios Hollywood

I was wow’d during a Yuletide theme sneak peek of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” As night falls, Hogemeade Village sparkles with snow capped roofs and storefronts decorated with holiday light garland and decorations. Walking down the cobblestone streets, I felt as if I traveled to the historic British land of Harry…

Day of Giving at Universal Studios

Today hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood volunteers banded together for the 13th annual “Day of Giving” community outreach event. The inspirational “Day of Giving” event is a tradition designed to connect Universal Studios employees with diverse community organizations, many of which are beneficiaries of the Discover A Star Foundation. This organization’s mission is to empower…

Delicious Del Frisco’s Grille

The crispy artichoke beignets with the layers of sliced artichoke heart stuffed with fontina and Parmesan cheese, and topped with a crisp coating of bread crumbs are just one of many new autumn dishes at Del Frisco’s Grill, which overlooks the iconic Santa Monica Pier from the northeast corner of Colorado and Ocean Avenue. The…

Peru is a Foodies Paradise

Visiting Peru over the summer, I discovered the indigenous Inca people were agriculturists who introduced four staples into the world – potatoes, corn, beans and quinoa. Potatoes are native to the Andes Mountains. It was a staple food of the Incas. The Inca civilization was the largest Pre-Columbian civilization in the Americas with its capital city…

The Most Expensive Rental Home in Los Angeles

I was invited to take a tour of the most expensive rental home ever in Los Angeles at the elegant LEVEL Furnished Living residental building in downtown Los Angeles. Parking in the building’s valet area, a staff member escorted me to the elevator and used his security key card to activate the Penthouse level button….

Spinning Pizza Dough and Vinyl

What looks like another pizzeria in Hollywood is actually so much more. 800 Degrees Pizza founder and corporate executive Chef Anthony Carron, created his first authentic Neapolitan-style pizzeria in 2012 in Westwood Village. What makes his pizza different is the delicious Old World flavors made with chewy, hand-stretched dough, innovative sauces, premium-quality cheeses, farm fresh…

What to See, Do & Eat at Knott’s Berry Farm

Every Season is a fun season at Knott’s Berry Farm. During autumn the staff at Knott’s decorate the park to appeal to all ages. It’s spooky fun for smaller guests before Halloween. Little ones under 11 years old can come dressed in their favorite costume on the weekends. At the entrance, they will receive a…