Going Meatless during Covid-19 Pandemic

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, nearly 30% of people in the U.S. were changing their diets to mostly vegetarian and vegan plant forward meals. Now after news reports about meatpacking plants in the United States becoming hotspots for coronavirus infections, with nearly 5,000 packing plant workers in 19 state fallen ill, and 20 have died as of May…

The New Black Star Burger

When Plan Check closed on Fairfax Avenue, I was eager to see what would open in its place. Located down the street from Jon & Vinny’s, Supreme and Canter’s Deli, Black Star Burger has become one of the trendiest food and clothing destinations in Los Angeles. The very first Black Star Burger opened in Moscow…

Messhall offers classical cuisine with a campy twist

Looking for a fun weekend activity, my family hiked the East Griffith Park Observatory trail. To set our outdoorsy vibe, we started with bunch at Messhall on Los Feliz Boulevard. The restaurant looks similar to a woodsy cabin, and camp décor, like metal café trays and a large canoe hanging from the ceiling. The outdoor…

The Gentle Barn Celebrates 20 Years

Meet The Gentle Barn founders, Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner on the red carpet on Saturday, Sept. 28. Wear your farmhouse chic attire as you strut under the stars, as Ellie and Jay recognize individuals who have embraced the organization’s purpose, pay tribute to the animal ambassadors, and honor the organization’s mission to create a kinder, more…

Castaway offers sensational views of Los Angeles & The Valley

Some of my fondest summer dining experiences are sitting on the patio at Castaway in Burbank overlooking the city of Los Angeles. At the newly renovated restaurant, guests can create memories of their own at the country club-style restaurant, which offers 180-degree views of downtown and the San Fernando Valley, including a perfect view of…

A fine Fellow in Westwood

After cooking in the kitchen of The Churchill, Cliffs Edge, and The Larchmont, Executive Chef Michael Bryant is now showcasing some of his beloved dishes and adding a few new ones at the upscale Fellow in Westwood. I fondly remember meeting Chef Bryant three years ago while dining at The Larchmont, before it changed into…

Barcari W. 3rd in Beverly Grove

When the Greek restaurant Sofi closed, I hoped another restauranteur would take over the space at this hidden gem in Los Angeles. Recently I learned the Bacari Restaurant Group took over the space and opened Bacari W. 3rd. I’ve been to the Bacari GDL at Caruso’s Americana at Brand in Glendale. It’s a Venetian-inspired Cicchetti-…

Italian Food & Art at Luigi al Teatro

The Chateau Paintings displayed at Michelin-starred chef Luigi Fineo’s restaurant Luigi al Teatro, adds to the theatrics of the Santa Monica California seafood with a Southern Italian flair menu. Luigi al Teatro has an artistic past as once the historic Powerhouse Theatre. Inside the dining room on the walls are painted faces of actors looking towards…

Mediterranean Delights at Luna Grill

Sean and Maria Trakas Pourteymour opened their first Luna Grill back in 2004 with their minds – and appetites – set on offering healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food in a relaxed setting. Fourteen years later, the pair continues to offer a delectable blend of Maria’s favorite Greek fare and Sean’s beloved Iranian dishes at…