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…

Uplifting Vegan Cuisine

Studies show that eating plant-based food can reduce the risk of some types of chronic disease, including cancer and heart disease. For those who who don’t want to step foot in a 100% organic plant-based restaurant, you may want to think again. Vegan and vegetarian diets are higher in dietary fiber and vitamins and lower…