Delphine’s updated menu delights the pre-theatre crowd

Before seeing the musical Waitress at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, my husband and I enjoyed a pre-theatre dinner at Delphine Eatery and Bar. There is a new Executive Chef Charles Lacad, and we were intrigued to experience some of his new menu items. Arriving early, the dining room was filling up with W Hotel guests,…

Cuisine Worthy of the King of Thailand

Operating on Fairfax Avenue since the mid-1970s, Thai restaurant Chao Krung has become an integral part of the Los Angeles community. Originally led by Boon and Supa Kuntee, the restaurant is now run by their daughters, Amanda Kuntee and Katy Noochlaor, who are serving up some delicious new surprises. “Through the years, the dishes became…

10 Summer Fun Experiences at Universal Studios Hollywood

The Entertainment Capital of L.A. Universal Studios Hollywood offers multiple themed immersive lands that transport guests to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Here are 10 newer experiences at Universal Studios Hollywood: “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” features a lively Hogsmeade village and two thrill rides “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”…

Theatre Review: You in Midair

  Sitting in the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood, an older gentleman and two young girls sitting in the front row, step onstage to make an announcement. The man is Benson Schaeffer, the father of Rebecca Shaeffer and the girls are her cousins. Benson informs us he is the husband of the performer, and father of…

Summer Dining & Music at the Hollywood Bowl

I was invited to the preview of this year’s culinary and beverage program led by James Beard Award winning Chef Suzanne Goin and this year’s James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year, Caroline Styne. I learned that the Hollywood Bowl is one of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity…

A Culinary Jewel in Los Angeles

Out with the old and in with the new. When Executive Chef Jasmine Shimoda left downtown Los Angeles’ vegan oasis, The Springs, she and Gjelina alum Sharkey McGee dreamed of opening an affordable, plant-based casual dining spot in or near Sliver Lake. Their friend Coly Den Haan opened Hot Hot Food last year, and then…

Mediterranean Delights Cleo Third Street

When Cleo Third Street opened two weeks ago inside the Orlando Hotel, a Cleopatra look-alike stood on the stairway landing greeting guests as they arrived. The new, 6,000-square-foot restaurant design by DesignAgency is striking. There is an enormous seven-foot mirrored ball hanging over the entrance in the front patio. It reflects back the guests entering…

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…

Vegetarian menus for Morrissey at the Hollywood Bowl

While the Los Angeles City Council declared Nov. 10 “Morrissey Day” prior to his concerts on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 at the Hollywood Bowl,  all food venues at the Hollywood Bowl have gone vegetarian for concert goers attending Morrissey’s performances. Inspired by James Beard Foundation award-winning Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne,…