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…

The Gentle Barn Celebrates 20 Years

Meet The Gentle Barn founders, Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner on the red carpet on Saturday, Sept. 28. Wear your farmhouse chic attire as you strut under the stars, as Ellie and Jay recognize individuals who have embraced the organization’s purpose, pay tribute to the animal ambassadors, and honor the organization’s mission to create a kinder, more…

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…

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…

Summer Fun at Palisades Village

Last weekend was a kick-off Summer Block Party at Palisades Village with carnival games, crafts and food, as well as live musical entertainment and a variety of tenant activations and giveaways by many of the merchants. Palisades Village opened September 22, 2018, as a new gathering place offering a diverse mix of merchants, boutiques and food…

New York’s one-of-a kind Hudson Yards

Recently on a trip to New York City, while staying in the Midtown area at the 28 room boutique Merrion Row Hotel, we enjoyed a complimentary Continental breakfast each morning before exploring different neighborhoods. One day we spent hours at the newer Hudson Yards experiencing and seeing some of the most one-of-a-kind immersive experiences in…

LEGOLAND Celebrates 20 Years in California

Checking into the festive lobby at the LEGOLAND Hotel in Carlsbad, California, I noticed a some of the hotel rooms had a “Happy Birthday” banner displayed on the door. LEGOLAND is celebrating it’s 20th year with banners, balloons, entertainment and special events throughout 2019. Birthday guests can purchase a “Celebrate your birthday package” that includes…

Wild Kratts now at Discovery Cube LA

When my daughters were in preschool, we couldn’t wait to watch Chris and Martin Kratt on PBS with their lovable lemur sidekick Zoboomafoo. Kratt Brothers Company is the creative force behind such hit shows as Emmy-winning preschool series Zoboomafoo, live-action adventure series Be The Creature and the new animated hit, Wild Kratts. These American educational…