Waterfront Dining in Marina del Rey

Executive Chef Job Carder prepares California coastal cuisine with a fusion of French flair that is visually as pretty as the silhouette of sailboats in Marina del Rey. I met this chef years ago at a private holiday party, when he was the executive chef at The Proper in La Cañada. His grandfather co-founded Norm’s…

Enjoy Japanese delicacies at NOBU Malibu at a QUI Tequila dinner

When Nobuyuki Matsuhisa moved from Japan to Peru in the 1970s, he opened his first restaurant offering a menu filled with a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian ingredients. With its success, he later arrived in Los Angeles and opened Matsuhisa. Actor Robert De Niro was a huge a fan of the chef and restaurant, and…

Ocean Prime celebrates it’s success in Beverly Hills

Celebrating 5 years of elevated dishes, festive cocktails and genuine hospitality, Ocean Prime located in the heart of Beverly Hills has served 331,400+ guests, 15,000 slices of the fan-favorite Carrot Cake, 35,700+ plates of Sea Bass and 25,600+ of their most popular Berries & Bubbles cocktails since their debut in 2014 at this location. Photos courtesy of Ocean Prime In true…

Inside the 2019 Emmy’s Governors Ball

This weekend the Television Academy is hosting the 71st Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. After the televised award show, the stars and guests will walk on a long red carpet to one of Hollywood’s largest dinner party. Cheryl Cecchetto and Sequoia Productions have created a gorgeous “Brilliance in Motion” theme for the Governors Ball inside…

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…

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…

Mercado LA wins Michelin Bib Gourmand award

Innovative margaritas and classic Mexican cuisine with a contemporary flair earned Mercado Los Angeles a prestigious Michelin “Bib Gourmand” designation earlier this year. Michelin inspectors recognized the quality of the food and menu affordability. To qualify, a restaurant needs to be a step above the rest, while offering two courses and a glass of wine…

Lavish Brunch at The Grove Los Angeles

Recently I attended a lavish brunch at The Grove in Los Angeles featuring a multitude of dishes prepared by James Beard award winning Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel. A long communal table was elegantly set up near the dancing water fountain near Dominique Ansel Bakery and restaurant 189 by Dominique Ansel. This talented chef has other bakeries…

Artful and flavorful fare at LN2

At LN2 on Melrose, Executive Chef Chris Robbins creates a menu that truly depicts the flavors he loves. His state-of-the-art, wood-burning pizza oven enhances fresh California ingredients and artistically crafted dishes. Robbins and his wife, Mica Ray, proudly showed my husband and I their famed pizza oven. “This is the Ferrari of pizza ovens,” Robbins…