The Most Expensive Rental Home in Los Angeles

I was invited to take a tour of the most expensive rental home ever in Los Angeles at the elegant LEVEL Furnished Living residental building in downtown Los Angeles. Parking in the building’s valet area, a staff member escorted me to the elevator and used his security key card to activate the Penthouse level button….

360 Views of LA and Sushi at Sora

When the upscale Wilshire Grand opened in June, it’s been lauded as the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Standing 1,100 feet tall, the Wilshire Grand Center is the newest addition to the Los Angeles skyline. From the street to the top of a long decorative spire, the skyscraper reaches above 73 stories. Christopher…

Roy Choi’s Mommy Makes Sauces

How you ever wondered who inspired chefs to get into the hospitality business? How about what type of food they ate while growing up? I recently discovered that celebrity chef Roy Choi was a taste tester for his mom – Jai Nam Choi. I met Mommy Choi while attending her pop-up Mondays with Mommy Choi…

The Culinary Quilt at Grand Central Market

When I was invited to the historic Grand Central Market (GCM) in Los Angeles to preview their new cookbook – The Grand Central Market Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los Angeles, I first rode the 116 year old Angels Flight funicular located directly across the street at 361 S. Hill Street. Known as the world’s shortest…

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is Out of this World

On National Creme Brûlée Day I visited Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken to bite into a creme brûlée filled glazed doughnut. The raised creme brûlée doughnut is filled with luscious cream, just like the traditional ramekin and it’s enhanced with a slightly burnt caramelization on top. Walking inside the modern interior, I first noticed a white…

After the LA Marathon 2017

On Sunday, March 19 more than 25,000 runners and walkers will take over Los Angeles streets as thousands of spectators cheer them on for one of the largest marathons in the country. Runners from all 50 states and more than 63 countries will set out from Dodger Stadium and run through Los Angeles to the finish line…

Eat. Drink. & Watch Kobe Tonight in LA

What better way to commemorate the NBA all-star, Kobe Bryant’s final Laker game tonight, Wednesday, April 13 then to sit and watch among other fans.  Shout, high-five, and fist pump with family and friends at one of these two LA venues. LA’s modern American eatery, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar (Sawtelle, Fairfax, Downtown) will serve…

Fritzi DTLA is Fabulous

Executive Chef Neal Fraser and General Manager Cesar Lopapa are brilliant. They saw an opportunity to feed a slew of millennials drinking craft beer at the Arts District Brewery. They secured the space next door, popped out a wall for the Generation X & Y crowd to walk up to a counter and order elevated…

Authentic Italian Cuisine – The Factory Kitchen

My first meal dining out in 2016 was terrific! New Years Day is sometimes a difficult evening to dine out, because many restaurants are closed after serving a celebratory New Years Eve multi-course dinner beyond midnight. Servers, General Managers and chefs are tired and unenthusiastic to work on the first day of a new year….

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…

Italian at its BESTIA

The braised oxtail with cacao pasta, or Agnolotti all Vaccinara, is my number one dish served at Bestia. Chef Ori Menashe braises the oxtail for hours, rendering the meat off the bone resulting in a rich, succulent stock. Italian Grana Padano cheese, similar in taste and texture to Parmesan, pine nuts and currants add potent…

Rooftop Skyline Dining at WP24

I have a secret to share. I found the ideal al fresco summer dining spot in downtown Los Angeles. Not only does this outdoor venue serve an upscale, a la carte, Asian-inspired menu and seasonal cocktails, it’s now open for the first time to the public. Last Friday, we handed our keys to the valet…