BOA Brunch is Better than most

Entering BOA on Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica, we were welcomed by a hostess offering us a tray of deviled eggs, while we waited to be seated. This wasn’t an ordinary deviled egg, because BOA Steakhouse isn’t an ordinary restaurant. It’s extraordinary. The elevated egg snack is called Green Eggs & Ham. The chefs at…

Solid Gold Citizen in Beverly Hills

When Citizen opened about two years ago next to Spago on Canon Drive, I enjoyed the creative food, kitschy decor and more reasonable prices than many of the other restaurants along the street. When my husband and I returned to Citizen for dinner last month, we noticed they still have the macrame wall coverings and…

Crack Shack takes fried chicken up a notch

Celebrity chef Richard Blais is known for his appearances on the reality cooking show Top Chef, and as San Diego’s top restaurateur with his fine dining restaurant Juniper & Ivy, and fine-casual fried chicken eatery The Crack Shack.  Fine-casual restaurants are popping up all over Los Angeles since restaurateur Danny Meyer of Shake Shack came…

Fun Birthday Venues in Los Angeles

Planning a birthday is easy in LA. The city has so many fun celebratory venues for brunch, roof top soirees and festive dinner affairs. When friends ask for my advice about a fun birthday destination, I always give them a list of three. Now my list has grown. Here are my favorite restaurants to celebrate…

Authentic Farm-to-Table at FARMHOUSE

Earlier this year I was invited to a preview of Farmhouse at the former Grand Luxe space, located on the ground floor of the newly renovated Beverly Center. The 7,000 square foot space has been transformed to an upscale farmhouse with wood flooring, three dining areas with tall wood ceilings, and lots of green plants.  …

Paramount Coffee Project DTLA

The ROW DTLA space, which features the bustling Smorgasburg LA market on Sundays, now offers visitors a bold taste of Australia. Paramount Coffee Project, an import from Down Under, is generating quite a buzz. It has opened its second location in Los Angeles after the success of its first shop on Fairfax Avenue.   Taking…

10 Fun Fourth of July Venues in LA

Since I’m staying in town this Fourth of July, I researched where some fun Fourth of July food, drink and firework viewing spots are in So Cal. Here’s 10 destinations to cool down and nourish yourself on July 4, 2018   Marina Del Rey Hotel’s July Fourth Red, White and BBQ Celebration! Enjoy picturesque Marina views,…

Best Brunch at Baltaire in Brentwood

Last Sunday I saw Executive Chef Travis Strickland from Baltaire at the Taste of the Nation festival in Culver City. He prepared delicious Nueske cherrywood BLT lettuce cups topped with strawberry sambal and pretty flowering cilantro sprigs. It was a hit at the fundraiser benefiting No Kid Hungry.    Chef Travis is a chef with…

Tart Restaurant in the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

A great sTART of the day is dining at the upscale farm-themed TART filled with country farm decorations and an array of Southern-inspired dishes. The restaurant is a fun spot to gather friends and have a few drinks. On weekends, TART offers a brunch bubble service that includes a $25 mimosa kit with a bottle…