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,…

Day of Giving at Universal Studios

Today hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood volunteers banded together for the 13th annual “Day of Giving” community outreach event. The inspirational “Day of Giving” event is a tradition designed to connect Universal Studios employees with diverse community organizations, many of which are beneficiaries of the Discover A Star Foundation. This organization’s mission is to empower…

Spinning Pizza Dough and Vinyl

What looks like another pizzeria in Hollywood is actually so much more. 800 Degrees Pizza founder and corporate executive Chef Anthony Carron, created his first authentic Neapolitan-style pizzeria in 2012 in Westwood Village. What makes his pizza different is the delicious Old World flavors made with chewy, hand-stretched dough, innovative sauces, premium-quality cheeses, farm fresh…

Pine & Crane leaves you pining for more

I’ve often driven by Pine & Crane and have noticed a long line of people winding out the door. The popular Taiwanese-Chinese restaurant is a fast-casual operation where guests place their order at the counter and then find a table or spot at the wooden communal table. There’s room for 40 diners inside, or you…

Supper in Your Box Seats

Next time you get tickets to a show at the Hollywood Bowl, treat yourself to a multi-course pre-concert meal in your box seats. My husband and I did this last month when we saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform their 40th Anniversary Tour. Little did we know, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…

BIG Sandwiches at Fat Sal’s

Driving along Highland Ave., I’ve noticed people steaming into Fat Sal’s, located in a strip mall on the corner of Fountain Ave. Last week, my daughter and I parked in front of the restaurant to see what the buzz is about. I learned that Fat Sal’s makes “Fat Sandwiches.” In the 1970s the Fat Sandwich…

Old Hollywood Walking Tour

In the early 1900s people starting arriving in Hollywood, CA to find fame, fortune and success in silent films. It was similar to the 1840s Gold Rush when people from all over streamed into San Francisco to get rich while panning for gold. Unfortunately, there were too many people coming into Hollywood and not enough…

Shatner’s Hollywood Charity Horse Show

Each year I look forward to seeing philanthropic actor William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth at their Hollywood Charity Horse Show gifting ceremony with Priceline.com and Wells Fargo Bank. Each year they raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for over 25 children’s charities. The first Hollywood Charity Horse Show started in March 1990 to help…

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…

The New Hollywood Bowl 2016 Food + Wine Menu

The Hollywood Bowl Opening Night with fireworks is June 18 with Steely Dan. This year respected chef Suzanne Goin and her business partner Caroline Styne of Lucques Group have created a new Hollywood Bowl culinary program. Goin and Styne are known for their seasonal artisanal menus, products and exceptional wine pairings. Their restaurants include a.o.c., Lucques,…