More Than Fine – Wood & Vine

In 2011, I gave the newly opened restaurant Wood & Vine a stellar review. The talented Executive chef Gavin Mills was very creative in the small kitchen (I’ve been told it might be the smallest restaurant kitchen in LA). Originally it was built as a gathering space for friends and neighboring locals to come enjoy…

Clifton’s Cafeteria Quickly Losing It’s Luster

I almost dropped my tray at Clifton’s Cafeteria when I learned that the esteemed chef Jason Fullilove left Clifton’s last Monday! After a three-year renovation, the new Clifton’s Cafeteria opened with a media blitz a little over one month ago. NPR had a great piece about the beloved spot that originally opened in 1932. When…

Loving LAMILL Coffee Boutique

My daughter and I enjoyed a lunch at this trendy Silver Lake coffee boutique earlier this month. While the coffee scene continues to explode in California, LAMILL Coffee is one of the only coffee roasting companies in Southern California that serves premium locally roasted coffee and tea at its own restaurant. We walked in and…

CPK Keeps Getting Better

In 1985, attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax opened a bright yellow casual pizza restaurant on Beverly Drive. It was located on a block in Beverly Hills that didn’t get as much foot traffic as the Beverly Drive north of Wilshire Blvd, however within a year the street became more of a social hub as…

2014 – Halloween Culinary Haunts in Los Angeles

Here are some great spots to get into a festive and spooky Halloween spirit – Sonoma Wine Garden Halloween A Halloween bash will be held on the rooftop deck of Santa Monica Place on Friday, Oct. 31 starting at 9 p.m. Mixologist Rob Floyd will make his signature libations, and guests are invited to dance…

Blue Plate Oysterette

With the success of Blue Plate Oysterette in Santa Monica, the Blue Plate Restaurant Group opened a second Cape Cod-style restaurant on West 3rd Street offering a fun, beach vibe. Located just East of Crescent Heights, this place was packed last Friday evening with locals enjoying fresh seafood, wine and beer while sitting inside or…

Crepes + Kitchen French Sweet Delights

The first thing I noticed when I entered Crepes + Kitchen on Wilshire Blvd. near La Brea Ave. was the friendly greeting from the owners Yafit Barades and Jacqueline Soletzky. These ladies are genuinely nice to every person who walks in their door. They are also passionate about dogs and have a jar of treats…

When Life Gives You Lemons, Brighten Your Day at Lemonade

You may have noticed a plethora of Lemonade signs throughout Los Angeles, not lemonade stands, but a modern, fast-casual, cafeteria-style restaurant. The co-founder, Alan Jackson is the grandson of the 50s and 60s actor Alan Ladd. His mother is Ladd’s daughter and his father is legendary Los Angeles talk show radio host, Michael Jackson. Instead…

Celebrity Chef Opens Old-School Seafood Shack

I was so excited about the menu, atmosphere and vibe at the new Connie and Ted’s restaurant, that I sent two tweets while there: “Chefs Sam Baxter & Michael Cimarusti  make a rockin’ lobster roll. It goes great w/a Hanger 24 lager.” The second tweet said, “Bravo to Chef Michael Cimarusti  for bringing the taste…

Currywurst – Authentic Casual German Cuisine

You never know who you will see while walking into Currywurst across from the CBS Studios. Sometimes talent from one of the CBS shows come over to this casual dining spot. Dustin Hoffman recently came in and ordered a smoked apple sage sausage. He liked it so much, he ordered another one. The staff is…

Pitfire Pizza is Pleasing to All Senses

Walking into the newest Pitfire Pizza on Fairfax Avenue, just one block north of Melrose, I sat down with a group of friends to try their new seasonal menu. Known for producing rustic, fire-singed pizza pies, they arrived at our table crispy, golden and topped with luscious ingredients. The dough is made with just three…

Canter’s Deli

I met three members of the Canter family last Thursday when they unveiled their new menu. Marc Canter and his sister Jacqueline greeted me near the Kibitz Room. Soon their cousin, Terri Bloomgarden, joined us. Look again – it’s not your typical grilled cheese – it’s a grilled mac n’ cheese, loaded with sharp cheddar…