La Brea’s Newest Brunch Destination – Odys + Penelope

I regret I never dined at Hatfield’s, that took over Michel Richard’s restaurant Citrus on Melrose Ave. Fortunately the dynamic culinary couple, Karen and Quinn Hatfield (met when they both worked together at Spago) quickly opened a more fast-casual cafe nearby in 2012, Sycamore Kitchen. Located inside a former iconic print shop along the design…

Cafe Rockenwagner: Ingenious Cuisine with a German Flair

I’ve been fascinated with Hans Röckenwagner since the 1980s, when I used to take clients to his restaurant Röckenwagner in Santa Monica on Main Street. Out of town clients loved the unique interior design, splendid food, and his famous German pretzel rolls. It soon became one of the top restaurants in Southern California. In my…