Peace. Love. Flower Child

After a day riding bicycles in Santa Monica, we ventured into the Bohemian restaurant Flower Child for an early dinner. Guests are transported into a happy world with peace signs, flowers and yoga mats curled into wicker baskets labeled, “Yoga Mat Parking.” This is a go-to spot for fitness enthusiasts coming in after a class,…

Valentine’s Cocktails at True Food Kitchen

Exploring the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, my husband and I wandered into True Food Kitchen for an early evening drink after witnessing a spectacular sunset. The manager Serene Murray welcomed us and escorted us to the bar. She introduced us to bartender Renn Hershey and asked him to make us a few of…

Beaming All Day Long

What do supermodel and television host Chrissy Teigan, Hip-Hop artist Common and singer Ellie Goulding have in common with me? We all visit Beaming for a midday pick-me-up or healthy meal. Beaming’s owner Lisa Odenweller was a director at numerous Silicon Valley software companies including Oracle and Broadvision. She grew tired of climbing the corporate…

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…

The Strand House – Tour de Pier

I always enjoy sitting upstairs at one of the tables near the wall of glass windows inside The Strand House. I gaze out at the Manhattan Beach Pier and Pacific Ocean watching pelicans soar along the shore line. My blood pressure lowers and I gain a sense of well-being. I met with Heath Gregory, partner…

Crepes + Kitchen French Sweet Delights

The first thing I noticed when I entered Crepes + Kitchen on Wilshire Blvd. near La Brea Ave. was the friendly greeting from the owners Yafit Barades and Jacqueline Soletzky. These ladies are genuinely nice to every person who walks in their door. They are also passionate about dogs and have a jar of treats…

When Life Gives You Lemons, Brighten Your Day at Lemonade

You may have noticed a plethora of Lemonade signs throughout Los Angeles, not lemonade stands, but a modern, fast-casual, cafeteria-style restaurant. The co-founder, Alan Jackson is the grandson of the 50s and 60s actor Alan Ladd. His mother is Ladd’s daughter and his father is legendary Los Angeles talk show radio host, Michael Jackson. Instead…

Healthy Eating is a Breeze

After experiencing a Paleo dinner prepared by Chef Ali Parvinjah last Saturday night at Breeze Restaurant and Bar, I vowed to start my New Year’s resolution early, by eating like my ancient ancestors in the Paleolithic era. Chef Ali at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza is an expert at Paleo cooking and inspired me to…

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…

M Café -Healthy Dining = Healthy Living

Walking into the brightly lit M Café on Melrose Avenue, my daughter and I both commented on the European feeling while perusing the menu. What added to the continental vibe were three Italian men with charming accents placing their order in front of us. We felt as if we were transported back to Florence, Italy….

A Healthier Way To Eat – Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

For my 2011 New Year’s resolution, I promise to eat healthier. I’m going to cut out refined sugars, eat fresh produce and stay away from fatty foods. Recently, I dined at a restaurant in Beverly Hills that will help me keep my resolution all year long: Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop. I met the owner of the…