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…

A True Taste of Paris

 Flying across the Atlantic to California for a vacation in 1978, Huguette, a petite and pretty Parisian woman, desired a traditional croissant and café au lait. Fortunately, a kind soul directed her to one of the only French café’s in Los Angeles, Michel Richard’s on Robertson and Third. Her life changed forever as she developed…

A Chef with a Big Heart and Soul

 The first time I met Chef Andrea Cavaliere was not at his restaurant, Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, but at Melrose Avenue Elementary School.  Dressed in a traditional white chef’s jacket, he was helping children age’s 6-11 plant eggplant, lettuce, parsley, lemon thyme and cilantro herbs in a unique Woolly School Garden along the backside of…