Dia de los Muertos Events around Los Angeles

Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, and in places such as the city of Los Angeles by people of Mexican ancestry. Acknowledged internationally by many other cultures, this multi-day holiday focuses on food, family and friends who pray for and remember loved ones who have died, in hopes that their…

Experience exotic India cuisine at Badmaash

For my daughter’s 21st birthday, she requested we celebrate at an Indian restaurant. I have always wanted to try Badmaash in downtown LA, near Little Tokyo and the Arts District, so I made a reservation for dinner. Walking into the multi-level Indian restaurant, we noticed the bright colorful walls, and an Indian movie projected high…

The new Olio – The Crepe Kitchen

A few years ago, I met Yafit Barades, the owner of The Crepe + Kitchen at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. I was struck by the sweet hospitality she extended to every guest. Her charming personality was contagious. New menu items at Olio Crepe Kitchen include the fallafel spinach wrap, served…

Beaming All Day Long

What do supermodel and television host Chrissy Teigan, Hip-Hop artist Common and singer Ellie Goulding have in common with me? We all visit Beaming for a midday pick-me-up or healthy meal. Beaming’s owner Lisa Odenweller was a director at numerous Silicon Valley software companies including Oracle and Broadvision. She grew tired of climbing the corporate…

Venice’s Leona: California flavors with a hint of Korean pizzazz

Strolling along the canals in Venice, built in 1905 by developer Abbott Kinney, is a relaxing experience. It’s a charming area with its eclectic architecture, the bridges tha span the canals and the graceful white egrets that fly overhead. Located next to a canal and just a block from the Pacific Ocean is Leona restaurant….

Uplifting Vegan Cuisine

Studies show that eating plant-based food can reduce the risk of some types of chronic disease, including cancer and heart disease. For those who who don’t want to step foot in a 100% organic plant-based restaurant, you may want to think again. Vegan and vegetarian diets are higher in dietary fiber and vitamins and lower…

Urban Garden – Revitalizing Fairfax Ave.

Fairfax Avenue between Melrose and Beverly has become quite the hip destination with popular clothing stores like Supreme attracting a younger crowd Restaurants like Canter’s have long been a draw for the area, and now Urban Garden can be added to the list of desirable attractions. This is the sixth restaurant for owner George Abou-Daoud….