CHADO celebrates 30 years in Los Angeles

Celebrating 30 years in greater Los Angeles, Chado Tea Room has revolutionized how people drink and think about tea. Touted as a “tea lovers paradise” with hundreds of varieties, visitors are presented with a “Bible” filled with pages of caffeinated and decaffeinated teas from around the world. Recently, my daughter and I had the opportunity…

Mama Lion roars with Chef Zarates creative menus

Koreatown’s supper club Mama Lion now has renowned chef Ricardo Zarate as a culinary partner to reimagine its menus. Known primarily for its bar and live music scene, owner Robert Kim asked Zarate to invigorate its culinary offerings. Recently, my husband and I visited Mama Lion to try some of Zarate’s new items. Most of…

Consumer Products Events 2020

This year’s Consumer Products Events showcased a room filled with entrepreneurs demonstrating and talking about their products. This is the 11th year that Journalists and Influencers had a first hand look at products that will soon be offered online, and on the shelves of brick and mortar stores. Here’s my favorites: ILLUMINATIONS is a premium candle…

Carefully crafted sushi at Sōgo Roll Bar

A new Japanese restaurant, Sōgo Roll Bar, opened last month in the former location of McConnell’s Ice Cream on Hollywood Boulevard in Loz Feliz. Restaurateurs Andy Paxson, David Gibbs and head chef Kiminobu Saito of Sushi Note opened a quick-service dining experience along with Dustin Lancaster and Sarah Dietz of An Eastside Establishment (L&E Oyster…

Light Up Your Life with Illuminations

At the Consumer Products Event yesterday, I met entrepreneur Mitch Davis, a loyal ILLUMINATIONS Candle customer. In 2019 he rekindled a dream when he sought out Wally Arnold, the founder of ILLUMINATIONS, who launched the first of many successful retail stores in 1996. You might remember the pleasing smell from his stores in shopping malls,…

LACC Honors Actor Morgan Freeman

Recently one of the finest American actors, Morgan Freeman stood inside the Cinema Building at Los Angeles Community College (LACC) and smiled. The last time he was on this campus was 60 years ago, and now his alma mater was rededicating a lecture hall to read The Morgan Freeman Theater. Walking across campus with Dr….

Unique Artisanal Valentine’s Gifts in LA

A study by Drexel University found that women feel more romantic after they’ve eaten. Published online in the journal Appetite, researchers found that women’s brains respond more to romantic cues on a full stomach than an empty one. Here’s a way to capture a loved one’s heart. Give a thoughtful, unique and loving edible gift on…

LA ART SHOW celebrates diversity this weekend

Actress Sofia Vergara hosted the 2020 Opening Night Premiere Gala of the LA Art Show last Wednesday evening. The LA Art Show is the city of LA’s largest art fair, and one of the most diversely programmed show in the world. Inside the Los Angeles Convention Center from Feb. 6 – 9 are some of the world’s most…

Night Time Fun at Descanso Gardens

Once a month at sunset when visiting hours are over at Descanso Gardens, a new evening event series, Cultivate, offers guests a learning opportunity about nature and the foothills in a new way. It’s a fun date night activity to take a guided tour to learn about hidden garden stories. Attend talks by guest speakers about science, nature,…