Dine, Drink & Dwell at Arts District Firehouse Restaurant

Executive Chef Ashley Abodeely and her female culinary team prepare artful American favorites with a wood-fired spin at Arts District Firehouse Restaurant. I’ve dined twice now at the newer restaurant inside a historic 1927 firehouse. Located on the ground floor of one of the most unique independent boutique hotels in Los Angeles, this restaurant is…

INKO NITO Celebrates the fall season

Some subtle changes have occurred at the Inko Nito downtown in the Arts District. Diners can almost feel the heat from the open robata grill while sitting at the new dining counter. It’s an interactive experience as guests watch chefs prepare new seasonal dishes, as well as many beloved signature favorites. When Inko Nito opened…

So Cal Mexican Cuisine at Tallula’s

Eager for some elevated Mexican fare, my husband and I drove to Tallula’s in Santa Monica Canyon for Sunday Brunch. The owners Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan acquired a former Japanese restaurant, that later turned into the legendary Marix Tex-Mex near the beach. Pulling up to the parking lot, we realized Tallula’s is where my husband…

Gelato Festival Opens in West Hollywood

Walking into the new Gelato Festival Gelateria on Melrose Ave., I met with Master Gelato & Pastry Consultant Filippo Cianciosi to learn about Gelato Festival’s concept store. Recently established in West Hollywood on Melrose Ave., the purpose is to celebrate and share the craft of making gelato with the community. Inside the 3,000 square foot…

BEST GIRL at the Ace Hotel DTLA

A James Beard and Michelin star-winning chef Michael Cimarusti returns to downtown Los Angeles with Best Girl located at the luxury boutique Ace Hotel DTLA. Cimarusti is known for his acclaimed restaurants Providence and Connie and Ted’s. Best Girl is an ideal pre-theater or downtown Los Angeles dining venue, offering a relaxed vibe and menus…

Glamorous CLEO in Hollywood

Chef Martin Heierling, raised in New Zealand, offers a new seafood-centric Mediterranean menu at the newly reopened CLEO in Hollywood. He works with fishmonger Patty Glennon and a variety of California family farms to present the freshest seafood and organic produce for his mezze specialties, which include a new plant-based section and raw bar. Founder…

Atrium LA is a culinary vacation

At one of L.A.’s newer restaurants, Atrium LA, Executive Chef Hunter Pritchett creatively uses local ingredients to make classic fare with a fusion of LA’s different cultures. Bread and corn are enhanced with Korean flavors, salads have Middle Eastern spices, chops are Japanese inspired and desserts become creative Mexican treats. Located on Vermont Avenue, the entrance can…

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…

My Little Dumpling

Taking over the former Italian Gusto space on Third Street, My Little Dumpling is a newer upscale dim sum dining experience in the Beverly Grove neighborhood. The menu features classic American fare with a global Asian twist. Robert Mandler, the owner along with his son Anthony, is a successful Los Angeles restauranteur, since he founded…