The Most Expensive Rental Home in Los Angeles

I was invited to take a tour of the most expensive rental home ever in Los Angeles at the elegant LEVEL Furnished Living residental building in downtown Los Angeles. Parking in the building’s valet area, a staff member escorted me to the elevator and used his security key card to activate the Penthouse level button….

360 Views of LA and Sushi at Sora

When the upscale Wilshire Grand opened in June, it’s been lauded as the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Standing 1,100 feet tall, the Wilshire Grand Center is the newest addition to the Los Angeles skyline. From the street to the top of a long decorative spire, the skyscraper reaches above 73 stories. Christopher…

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…

Roy Choi’s Mommy Makes Sauces

How you ever wondered who inspired chefs to get into the hospitality business? How about what type of food they ate while growing up? I recently discovered that celebrity chef Roy Choi was a taste tester for his mom – Jai Nam Choi. I met Mommy Choi while attending her pop-up Mondays with Mommy Choi…

The Culinary Quilt at Grand Central Market

When I was invited to the historic Grand Central Market (GCM) in Los Angeles to preview their new cookbook – The Grand Central Market Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los Angeles, I first rode the 116 year old Angels Flight funicular located directly across the street at 361 S. Hill Street. Known as the world’s shortest…

2017 Emmy Awards Governors Ball Celebration

Walking into the Los Angeles Convention Center last week, I listened to Cheryl Cecchetto enthusiastically reveal this year’s “Golden Grandeur” design for the Emmy Awards Governors Ball. For 20 years, Cecchetto has produced the Governor’s Ball. This year there are three balls back-to-back. The Creative Arts Governors Ball was on Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday,…

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…

Celebrity Chef Scott Conant & Freddy Vargas – The Ponte

When Terrine closed last year, Stephane Bombet of Bombet Hospitality Group talked to Scott Conant about helping him change his classic French-inspired restaurant into a contemporary Italian one. Bombet knew Conant from Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills. This celebrity chef attracted foodies from all over to order his iconic $24 spaghetti with tomato and…

After the LA Marathon 2017

On Sunday, March 19 more than 25,000 runners and walkers will take over Los Angeles streets as thousands of spectators cheer them on for one of the largest marathons in the country. Runners from all 50 states and more than 63 countries will set out from Dodger Stadium and run through Los Angeles to the finish line…

10 Ways to Enjoy the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Los Angeles Food & Wine weekend starts Thursday, August 26 through August 28. It’s presented by Coastal Luxury Management and founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus. This three-night, four-day, not-to-miss culinary extravaganza takes place all over Los Angeles from Downtown LA along Grand Avenue next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, to Hollywood, Beverly…

The new Olio – The Crepe Kitchen

A few years ago, I met Yafit Barades, the owner of The Crepe + Kitchen at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. I was struck by the sweet hospitality she extended to every guest. Her charming personality was contagious. New menu items at Olio Crepe Kitchen include the fallafel spinach wrap, served…

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…