5 Best Gingerbread Houses in SoCal

1. Winter Wonderland at the Beverly Hills Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel – Come enjoy evening snowfall and a life-size Gingerbread House by Executive Pastry Chef Chris Ford. The talented Chef Ford designed, baked and built a larger-than-life gingerbread house made with over 40 gallons of marshmallows, 9,000 hand cut gingerbread cookies, 3,000 candies and endless…

Holiday Herzog – Wines to Give and Receive

Drinking wine is a Mitzvah (good deed) and prescribed for many Jewish rituals: Bris Milah (circumcision), the wedding chuppa (canopy), and the Kiddush that starts all Sabbath. Wine is essential to enjoy during the holidays. Celebrating Purim, wine is the beverage of choice for the festive meal. It may be sipped in abundance as described…

The Heart of Robin Hood at The Wallis

Walking into the Bram Goldsmith Theater, I was wow’d by the verdant, magical and dramatic Sherwood Forest set by scenic designer Borkur Jonsson. The camouflage green, enormous skateboard-style ramp acts as a hill for Robin Hood and his delightful band of outlaws to run, tumble and slide down. There is also a small pond with…

Khloe Kardashian’s GOOD AMERICAN moves into the Americana at Brand

A bigger than life photo of co-founder Khloe Kardashian frames one side of the doorway of her newest pop-up GOOD AMERICAN. Khloe is dressed in a white mini dress with silver stars strategically placed on her chest, while wearing silver thigh-high shiny boots. Opening at the Rick Curuso Americana at Brand on Dec.1, there were…

Experience Enchanted Forest of Light

This is the second year that Descanso Gardens, a renowned 150 acre botanical oasis filled with California native plants and oak wonderlands, is open in the evening for locals and visitors to witness one of the most dazzling and unique holiday season light show. Starting on Nov. 19, guests walk along a one mile long…

Fantastic Food at The FLATS

Walking into The FLATS, I scanned the bar to see if the hanging wicker chair in the corner was available. Located by a large window facing Wilshire Blvd., it’s the best seat in the house to swing and sip one of the clever cocktails made by Template Consulting’s Marcos Tello and The FLATS head barman…

Halo Top Creamery Scoop Shop in LA

The first brick-and-motar Halo Top opened at Westfield Topanga on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. The Grand Opening Event dished out FREE ice cream and soft serve to first-time guests and loyal fans from 10 a.m. to closing. What makes Halo Top different than other ice cream shops is three things: Low Calorie Low Sugar High…

Bright Star Shimmers in Los Angeles

Opening night at The Ahmanson is always a big deal. Sometimes Hollywood’s favorite stars arrive to be one of the first to see the newest production in Los Angeles. When the Center Theater Group Los Angeles announced it was bringing Bright Star to the Music Center, I knew I had to see it.   First…

Trejo’s Cantina is Muy Bueno

The bar in the front of Trejo’s newest cantina in Pasadena was standing room only, as was the large dining room. Theatre patrons were sipping one last drink, before seeing the first show of the Pasadena Playhouse season – Our Town. Located adjacent to the playhouse, the cantina makes sure theatre patrons are finished before…

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…

10 Halloween Treats at Disneyland & Disney’s California Adventure

Every visit to Disneyland is memorable, however during Halloween Time, it’s extra special. The spell is cast and the magic of Happy Hauntings is now at both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Be on the look out for Disney characters including Goofy, Cruella de Vil, Daisy, Mickey and Minnie Mouse cloaked in frightfully delightful Halloween-themed attire. What’s…