Venice’s Leona: California flavors with a hint of Korean pizzazz

Strolling along the canals in Venice, built in 1905 by developer Abbott Kinney, is a relaxing experience. It’s a charming area with its eclectic architecture, the bridges tha span the canals and the graceful white egrets that fly overhead. Located next to a canal and just a block from the Pacific Ocean is Leona restaurant….

What’s New at smoke.oil.salt

After the success of his Peruvian pop-up, ONCE, James Beard nominee Ricardo Zarate didn’t sit idle. He was busy cooking in the kitchen of smoke.oil.salt. with chef Brian Gregg. Restaurateurs Adam Fleischman and Stephen Gelber recently selected Zarate to be the Executive Consulting Chef at smoke.oil.salt. Gregg and Zarate have created a new three tapas…

Innovative Cart Service at The Church Key

The Church Key earned a winning reputation with foodies and locals raving about their unique wheel cart dining service. Celebrating their second anniversary, Executive chef Steven Fretz and General Manager Joseph Sabato decided to introduce the cart service for a creative lunch experience. I invited a friend to join me for lunch last week. A…

A Proper Sunday Brunch

Sunday is a day of exploring treasures around our great city. About 20 minutes from downtown is the bucolic small community of La Canada-Flintridge. It attracts rocket scientists due to its proximity to JPL, and entertainment executives seeking homes near the studios. There are lots of oak trees, bridal paths and bike trails throughout the…