Eat. Drink. & Watch Kobe Tonight in LA

What better way to commemorate the NBA all-star, Kobe Bryant’s final Laker game tonight, Wednesday, April 13 then to sit and watch among other fans.  Shout, high-five, and fist pump with family and friends at one of these two LA venues. LA’s modern American eatery, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar (Sawtelle, Fairfax, Downtown) will serve…

What’s New at smoke.oil.salt

After the success of his Peruvian pop-up, ONCE, James Beard nominee Ricardo Zarate didn’t sit idle. He was busy cooking in the kitchen of smoke.oil.salt. with chef Brian Gregg. Restaurateurs Adam Fleischman and Stephen Gelber recently selected Zarate to be the Executive Consulting Chef at smoke.oil.salt. Gregg and Zarate have created a new three tapas…

FIG & OLIVE – Mediterranean Diet Friendly

Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. The key components of the Mediterranean diet include a splash of olive oil, instead of butter, and a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, legumes and nuts. A glass of red wine is…

Wine and Spanish Cuisine – smoke.oil.salt

The scent of wood burning on open flames lures interested diners in to smoke.oil.salt. We were led to a table in the slightly more formal area, and Sommelier Arby Artoonian poured us a sparkling glass of Cava as we looked over the tasting menu. Photos of the Spanish surrealist, Salvador Dalí, adorn the walls. Entertainment…

Best BBQ in Los Angeles

Walking on Melrose Ave. near Crescent Heights, I could smell the aroma of smoky BBQ wafting outside of the IMPROV. As I peeked inside, I saw a recycled wood interior with various patrons feasting on brisket, mac n” cheese and triple fried fries. At the bar, there were guests sipping beers on draught, creative cocktails…

Enticing Edible Arrangements

Walking inside the Edible Arrangements store on Beverly Blvd. near the Beverly Center I smiled. It’s a cheerful store with bright colors on the walls and stuffed bears holding soft hearts. The day I visited was right before Mother’s Day. Mylar balloons decorated the ceiling and customers kept coming in to pick up arrangements. This…

Fig & Olive Melrose Place

Halle Berry and I have something in common, we both enjoy dining at Fig & Olive Melrose Place. Almost every item on the menu is topped, sautéed or dressed with various olive oils. No butter is used at this restaurant. After a trip to the South of France last summer, Chef Pascal Lorange returned to…

ROFL Cafe – Making Diners Happy on Melrose

It’s all about positive energy at the casual ROFL Café on Melrose. Walking into the restaurant you are surrounded with uplifting words running along the walls. “Love, Joy, Happiness and Laughter.” They are also etched on the drinking glasses, menu and servers aprons. In the kitchen, a large green painted sign above the grill states…

Eins, Zwei….G’Suffa! One, Two…Cheers for Wirsthaus

Ladies and gentlemn, don your traditional Bavarian dirndls and lederhosen for a spirited Oktoberfest celebration with live music, every Fri. and Sat. at Wirsthaus until October 8. The owner, Bjoern Risse, and his girlfriend Christy, the general manager, opened an authentic German restaurant with a beer garden on Labrea, serving hearty classic, comfort food in…

M Café -Healthy Dining = Healthy Living

Walking into the brightly lit M Café on Melrose Avenue, my daughter and I both commented on the European feeling while perusing the menu. What added to the continental vibe were three Italian men with charming accents placing their order in front of us. We felt as if we were transported back to Florence, Italy….

Blu Jam Cafe

Walking into the Blu Jam Cafe off Melrose Avenue, we immediately noticed the colorful artwork hanging on the wall. I asked the owner/Executive Chef, Kamil Majer, about the whimsical pop art. “I display different artists each month to keep it fun,” Majer said. Fun is a good description of Blu Jam. Read the rest of the…

Hollywood Glamour at Tar Pit

After watching Chef Mark Peel win a cooking challenge, I was eager to try his restaurant Tar Pit on La Brea Ave. From the outside it lacks curb appeal. Inside it has a 1940s Hollywood glamour supper club feel with its Art Deco ironwork separating the beige banquettes. As a native Californian, Peel worked in…