More Than Fine – Wood & Vine

In 2011, I gave the newly opened restaurant Wood & Vine a stellar review. The talented Executive chef Gavin Mills was very creative in the small kitchen (I’ve been told it might be the smallest restaurant kitchen in LA). Originally it was built as a gathering space for friends and neighboring locals to come enjoy…

Become a Master of Taste on April 3, 2016

I’ve been on the field of the historic Rose Bowl for a fundraising event and it is really cool. Especially if you are a UCLA Bruin and have sat in the stadium multiple times to watch a home football game. You get that certain thrill standing on the field imagining what the football players are…

Mexican flavors with modernist techniques – Dia de Campo

Sitting in a spacious wooden booth next to a window at Día de Campo, we watched two middle-aged surfers walk back to their car after a day at the beach. After putting their boards on car racks, they changed into dry clothes, flipped their hair a few times and walked inside Día de Campo for…

Honoring Veterans with Free Wine, Food & Movie Tickets on Nov. 11

To show appreciation and gratitude for those who have served our country, iPic Theaters, Major Dave’s Chicken, Sammy’s Pizza, Rock & Brews, Andaz and a few others are giving these men and women a special treat on November 11, 2015. Here’s some special perks for our Retired Veterans and Active Duty Military  – IPIC THEATERS…

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…

World Vegan Day on Nov. 1

This Sunday is World Vegan Day! Here are 8 culinary spots in the Los Angeles to celebrate with healthy and delicious vegan dishes. Chavela  Plant-based Executive Chef Rachel Carr uses Latin inspiration in all of her vegan dishes. One of her signature dishes includes pumpkin blue corn tamales with spicy, organic blue corn tamale stuffed…

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…

Loving LAMILL Coffee Boutique

My daughter and I enjoyed a lunch at this trendy Silver Lake coffee boutique earlier this month. While the coffee scene continues to explode in California, LAMILL Coffee is one of the only coffee roasting companies in Southern California that serves premium locally roasted coffee and tea at its own restaurant. We walked in and…

CPK Keeps Getting Better

In 1985, attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax opened a bright yellow casual pizza restaurant on Beverly Drive. It was located on a block in Beverly Hills that didn’t get as much foot traffic as the Beverly Drive north of Wilshire Blvd, however within a year the street became more of a social hub as…

FIG & OLIVE – Mediterranean Diet Friendly

Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. The key components of the Mediterranean diet include a splash of olive oil, instead of butter, and a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, legumes and nuts. A glass of red wine is…

NOLA Cuisine in Downtown LA – Preux & Proper

I was sad to see Casey Lane’s gastropub, Parish close last year, because it was a fun spot to gather with friends in downtown LA. Guests walked upstairs to the main dining area to order Lane’s grilled 16 oz. Niman Ranch, bone-in, beef rib-eye marinated in a chimichurri sauce with warm caramelized figs. The waitstaff…

Top 10 Favorite Restaurants in Los Angeles for 2014

We have enjoyed some wonderful meals at restaurants throughout Los Angeles. As devoted foodies, our team selected a repertoire of new and old dining establishments that provide creative fare, that is beautifully presented by attentive service, in an inviting atmosphere. Here is our list of honorees from some unique dining venues: #10 Sonoma Wine Garden…