See The Pride during Pride Month – June 2017

A group of journalists were invited to meet director Michael Arden and the cast of The Pride at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. I learned from Artistic Director Paul Crewes that previews begin on June 8 and Opening Night is June 14. What’s unique about The Pride is that it takes place in…

Hot Hot Food: Fusion fried rice and more in Virgil Village

One of the latest culinary trends is fusion fried rice, creatively mixing fried rice with street taco ingredients. It’s the brainchild of Coly Den Haan, a third-generation restaurateur, and Dean Harada of the restaurant Earl’s Mar Vista. While looking for a location for a new dining venue, they discovered a neglected turquoise, stand-alone restaurant in…

Joyous Jersey Boys

Los Angeles has become a theatre destination, similar to NYC. The touring company of Jersey Boys rocks with Mark Ballas (Dancing With The Stars), Aaron De Jesus, Miguel Jarquin-Moreland, Matthew Dailey, Keith Hines, and Cory Jeacoma. Here’s my review of Lyrics by Bob Crewe, Music by Bob Gaudio, Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Directed by Des McAnuff…

Santa Barbara Vintner – Brander Wines

Santa Barbara County wines are the closest backyard wine region to Los Angeles. “It’s one of the most diverse regions to produce some of the best grapes in the world,” said organizer Allison Levine from Please The Palate, welcoming a group of oenophiles to a Santa Barbara Wine Road Trip luncheon. “The wine region is located…

So Cal Passover Dining Options in 2017

1. Passover is one of Brent’s Deli favorite holidays because it’s all about family focus and great food. Pick up some favorites that include homemade matzo ball soup and charoset, beef brisket with Au jus; 1/2 Roasted Chicken; Gefilte Fish with Horseradish and Chopped Liver; Roasted Potatoes and Cooked Carrots and assorted Macaroons and chocolate-covered matzo brittle. Brent’s will…

Hollywood Glamour at The BLVD.

Walking into the elegant Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, you never know who you might see. This restaurant is known for attracting an A-list crowd visiting or living in Los Angeles. Stories have been told that Elvis lived here back in the late 1950’s, while making movies in Hollywood. Beatles sensation John Lennon stayed…

A Special Wine & Dine Dinner at The Larchmont

Come Meet winemaker Bill Hawley and learn about his estate-grown, handcrafted Random Ridge wines on Wednesday, March 22 starting at 7 p.m., at The Larchmont. Located in the Mt. Veeder AVA Napa Valley, the Random Ridge red and white wines you will be tasting are selectively paired with a multi-course dinner. The grapes grown in…

DRAGO Ristorante at The Petersen Automotive Museum

  Recently we visited the Petersen Automotive Museum to admire the special Hollywood car exhibit, featuring the iconic 1982 red Ferrari 308 GYSi driven by Tom Selleck in the hit television show Magnum, P.I., They also have the 1989 Batmobile in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), and the 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible featured in…

The 2017 Madison & Mulholland Swag Bag

During awards season, a variety of A-list women, award nominees and selected celebrities receive an array of congratulatory gifts from Madison & Mulholland founder, Jane Ubell Meyer. Since 2002, she has offered swag bags filled with items by inspiring entrepreneurs. Inside this year’s bag there are fashionable accessories, ready-to-wear items, luxury beauty products, delicious treats,…

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…

Exploring Washington D.C.

Kicking off 2017, my daughter had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC one week before the Presidential Inauguration to meet a group of people at the EPA. I asked if I could tag along with her and explore our nation’s capital while she was in her meetings. I bought two plane tickets and reserved…