Weekend Fun at Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach

One on the highlights of staying overnight during Labor Day weekend at Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, was dining under towering trees on the al fresco deck at Oak Grill. Every Sunday through October, 2019 locals and hotel guests are enjoying an elevated multi-course barbecue dinner by the talented Executive Chef Brittany Valles. She oversees…

10 Things to See & Do in San Pedro, CA

The waterfront area of San Pedro offers a multitude of fun things to see and do. One of my favorite experiences is boarding and taking a self-guided tour the Battleship IOWA, enjoying brunch at the new French Bistro La Buvette Bistro, strolling through CRAFTED and taking a two-hour whale watching trip along the coast in search…

Sophisticated Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Staying at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is a cosmopoliatan experience inside the ten story hotel that blends Hollywood glamour with European elegance and French style. Now through the end of September 2019, the hotel is at the crossroads of the vibrant West Hollywood and the iconic Beverly Hills. It’s located directly across the street…

Castaway offers sensational views of Los Angeles & The Valley

Some of my fondest summer dining experiences are sitting on the patio at Castaway in Burbank overlooking the city of Los Angeles. At the newly renovated restaurant, guests can create memories of their own at the country club-style restaurant, which offers 180-degree views of downtown and the San Fernando Valley, including a perfect view of…

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…

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…

A hidden gem at Cliff’s Edge

At Cliff’s Edge, located in Sunset Junction in Silver Lake, new chef Will Kelly has crafted a soulful menu for diners to enjoy, whether they sit inside at the bar and lounge or outdoors on the enchanting patio. A multi-level utopian dining area is filled with brightly colored floral accent pillows and lush greenery, and…

16 Ways to Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday

Living in Los Angeles, I am of course a LA RAMS fan! I’ve meet Les Snead and some of the Rams players at various philanthropic events. They are a great and talented team. Go cheer them on at some of my favorite spots – The BLUE & GOLD Bagels – RAMS fans enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday…