Fun Food Festival in Santa Monica

On Thursday, March 2 experience more than 150 of the city’s finest dishes and libations under one roof of the Baker Hangar in Santa Monica, while supporting Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ health services and education programs. This year Annie Miler receives the honor of Chef of the Year for 2017. Annie Miler is the chef…

Peace. Love. Flower Child

After a day riding bicycles in Santa Monica, we ventured into the Bohemian restaurant Flower Child for an early dinner. Guests are transported into a happy world with peace signs, flowers and yoga mats curled into wicker baskets labeled, “Yoga Mat Parking.” This is a go-to spot for fitness enthusiasts coming in after a class,…

Valentine’s Cocktails at True Food Kitchen

Exploring the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, my husband and I wandered into True Food Kitchen for an early evening drink after witnessing a spectacular sunset. The manager Serene Murray welcomed us and escorted us to the bar. She introduced us to bartender Renn Hershey and asked him to make us a few of…

March of Dimes – LA Signature Chefs Raise Awareness and Funds

Last Sunday night my daughter and I were invited to the LA Signature Chefs annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes. Strolling along the front drive at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows we admired the 80-foot tall Moreton Bay Fig Tree. It’s the second largest of its kind in California, and possibly the United…

Red O’s Newest Santa Monica Location

Fans of celebrity chef Rick Bayless will be happy to hear that his outstanding Mexican restaurant, Red O, has opened a location in Santa Monica. A group of friends recently met at Red O for a delightful multi-course dinner paired with cocktails and wine. I’ve been a fan of chef Bayless since he won the…

Sipping Wine and Cocktails By The Sea

Sitting on the roof-top garden at the Sonoma Wine Garden’s I finally met the talented mixologist Rob Floyd. With his movie-star good looks, he entertained eight foodies and me for over two hours with his show-stopping cocktails paired with sous chef Jefferson Reyes cuisine. While talking to our group, I discovered that Floyd lived in Park…

Hail to the Library Alehouse

Beer lovers and foodies are excited about Executive Chef and owner Tom Hugenberger’s new menu at Library Alehouse. This talented chef took over the kitchen a year ago at this Santa Monica gastropub. As the class valedictorian at the prestigious California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, he has incorporated more haute cuisine. As the class…

Authentic Mexican Cuisine in LA

“Mexico City has the largest population of Mexican people. Los Angeles has the second largest and Guadalajara has the third,” said Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw during a two-hour lunch with him and a friend at Lotería Grill. Shaw is an affable chef that was raised in Mexico City and cooks the Mex-Mex way, not Tex-Mex…

Upper West a Santa Monica Bistro

Walking into the Upper West restaurant off Pico Blvd., I admired the colorful paintings by French artist Humbert Curcuru. One of the owners of the restaurant, Mr. Fred, explained to me that the “Art Vault” on the walls of his restaurant, rotates a new artist every three months. “We hold an opening reception for the…

Ocean and Vine: Satsifying the Senses

Keith Roberts, Executive Chef at Ocean & Vine at the Loews Santa Monica hotel may be one of the nicest chefs in Los Angeles. I met Roberts with some friends at Ocean & Vine on a glorious summer day for lunch. Roberts enjoys coming out of his kitchen to stroll through the dining room and…

A Good “Catch” in Santa Monica

Even with reservations, we had to wait about twenty minutes for our table at Catch in the Casa del Mar hotel. Who likes to wait, when they have made a reservation? We didn’t mind at all, because we had the opportunity to sit in cozy seats next to a live four-piece band, Soul Station, featuring…

The Veggie Grill

Last year, The Veggie Grill on Sunset Blvd. offered a 50% donation for every paid order one evening to benefit Larchmont Charter School. By the end of the night, the West Hollywood school raised $500 for needed supplies. Last August, The Veggie Grill at the Original Farmers Market offered a similar donation to Bark Avenue Foundation, where…