Dine, Drink & Dwell at Arts District Firehouse Restaurant

Executive Chef Ashley Abodeely and her female culinary team prepare artful American favorites with a wood-fired spin at Arts District Firehouse Restaurant. I’ve dined twice now at the newer restaurant inside a historic 1927 firehouse. Located on the ground floor of one of the most unique independent boutique hotels in Los Angeles, this restaurant is…

Atrium LA is a culinary vacation

At one of L.A.’s newer restaurants, Atrium LA, Executive Chef Hunter Pritchett creatively uses local ingredients to make classic fare with a fusion of LA’s different cultures. Bread and corn are enhanced with Korean flavors, salads have Middle Eastern spices, chops are Japanese inspired and desserts become creative Mexican treats. Located on Vermont Avenue, the entrance can…

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…

Sophisticated Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Staying at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is a cosmopoliatan experience inside the ten story hotel that blends Hollywood glamour with European elegance and French style. Now through the end of September 2019, the hotel is at the crossroads of the vibrant West Hollywood and the iconic Beverly Hills. It’s located directly across the street…

Castaway offers sensational views of Los Angeles & The Valley

Some of my fondest summer dining experiences are sitting on the patio at Castaway in Burbank overlooking the city of Los Angeles. At the newly renovated restaurant, guests can create memories of their own at the country club-style restaurant, which offers 180-degree views of downtown and the San Fernando Valley, including a perfect view of…

The stars align at Beverly Hills Ocean Prime

While sitting on the elegant al fresco terrace near a DJ spinning lively tunes, one of my favorite actors and singers Daveed Diggs passed by my table with actress and singer Emmy Raver-Lampman. For Hamilton fans, this is seeing musical royalty. Not only did Diggs play Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette in the original Hamilton cast…

Visit Palisades Village this Summer

Join others at the Summer Block Party at Palisades Village on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 12 to 4 p.m. They will have carnival games, crafts and food, as well as live musical entertainment and a variety of tenant activations and giveaways for many of the merchants in Palisades Village. Palisades Village opened September 22, 2018, as…

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

This is the 25th year that Duane and Kelly Roberts, the owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, have created the nations largest holiday light collections. USA TODAY voted the display the “Best Public Lights Display.” This year’s theme is a Candy Spectacular. Every year the historic Inn ushers in an increasing number of…

Omakase Dining at the Ainoko Bar inside Petite Taqueria

Making a reservation for dinner at Petite Taqueria on La Cienega Blvd., I not only received a reminder call 48 hours before my reservation, but also a text from the restaurant one hour before my reservation reminding me of my upcoming Omakase experience. Driving up to the restaurant, I fondly remember when this space was…