Authentic Mexican Cuisine in LA

“Mexico City has the largest population of Mexican people. Los Angeles has the second largest and Guadalajara has the third,” said Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw during a two-hour lunch with him and a friend at Lotería Grill. Shaw is an affable chef that was raised in Mexico City and cooks the Mex-Mex way, not Tex-Mex…

Planet Dailies – A Daily Dose of Fun

An A-list of celebrities attended the grand opening of the Planet Dailies last April. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jennifer Lopez, and television and radio personality Mario Lopez all attended to sample some of cocktail master Salvatore “The Maestro” Calabrese’s creative cocktails, and Executive Chef Adrian Tenorio’s enticing dishes. Larry Fink, vice president of public relations for Celebrity…

Short Order: Long on Flavor

My daughter chuckled as I tried biting into the thick Ida’s Old School Burger made with a large grass-fed beef patty and layered with melted cheddar cheese, pickles, heirloom tomatoes, savory grilled onions, crisp iceberg lettuce and Executive Chef Christian Page’s secret sauce. “Our beef doesn’t come from the smelly cattle ranches along the 5…

The Veggie Grill

Last year, The Veggie Grill on Sunset Blvd. offered a 50% donation for every paid order one evening to benefit Larchmont Charter School. By the end of the night, the West Hollywood school raised $500 for needed supplies. Last August, The Veggie Grill at the Original Farmers Market offered a similar donation to Bark Avenue Foundation, where…

Monsieur Marcel for Lunch? Mais OUI!

Strolling through the original Farmers Market, I always enjoy walking past the Monsieur Marcel bistro and gourmet store. There are always a few patrons sitting together speaking French, while sipping a glass of wine and sharing a plate of cheese or enjoying a croque monsieur. The Monsieur at Marcel is Stephane Strouk, a charming Frenchman,…

Melting Pot Tours- A Historical Tour of the Original Farmers Market

Joining a small gathering of people in front of the iconic clock tower at the original Farmers Market on the corner of Third and Fairfax, I was introduced to an orthopedic surgeon and his daughter from Newport Beach, a mother and son from New Jersey, a young woman from the high desert, and a stylish…

Little Spain – Tasty Tapas and Paella

As a third generation of Barcelona restaurateurs, Alejandro Pages comes from a tradition of serving royalty and commoners. His grandfather used to serve As a third generation of Barcelona restaurateurs, Alejandro Pages comes from a tradition of serving royalty and commoners. His grandfather used to serve the Duke and Duchess of Barcelona and his family…

Ulysses Voyage- Great Greek Food

For some of the best people watching in Los Angeles, sit on the patio of Ulysses Voyage at the Farmers Market, just adjacent to The Grove. While sitting on the patio of Ulysses Voyage at the Farmer’s Market, I learned that most Greek restaurants in Los Angeles don’t serve traditional Greek food.  Instead, they offer…