2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Secret Room Style Lounge

This year on June 17 at the InterContinental in Century City on the Avenue of the Stars, the MTV nominee stars for the upcoming MTV Award show, showed up with their friends, managers and agents to explore the Secret Room Style Lounge. The Secret Room Lounge is a total pampering experience before the MTV Movie…

23 Dining Specials to take Dad to enjoy on Father’s Day

Here’s some great spots to take your Dad on Father’s Day – Free Glass for Dad at Eureka! On Father’s Day buy dad a whiskey drink and Eureka will give him the glass to take home. Eureka features over 40 small batch whiskeys. Signature cocktails include classic recipes like the house Old Fashioned, made with Old…

Theatre Review: You in Midair

  Sitting in the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood, an older gentleman and two young girls sitting in the front row, step onstage to make an announcement. The man is Benson Schaeffer, the father of Rebecca Shaeffer and the girls are her cousins. Benson informs us he is the husband of the performer, and father of…

10 Reasons to take an luxury AmaWaterways Cruise

Last week I met with AmaWaterways co-founders Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner to learn more about their elegant European river cruises. While enjoying a three-course lunch at the new FARMHOUSE restaurant at the newly renovated Beverly Center, Karst remarked that Executive chef and farmer Nathan Peitso (second-generation farmer of Kenter Canyon Farm) menu was similar to…

Best Brunch at Baltaire in Brentwood

Last Sunday I saw Executive Chef Travis Strickland from Baltaire at the Taste of the Nation festival in Culver City. He prepared delicious Nueske cherrywood BLT lettuce cups topped with strawberry sambal and pretty flowering cilantro sprigs. It was a hit at the fundraiser benefiting No Kid Hungry.    Chef Travis is a chef with…

Cattle & Claw summer soirée

With so many vegan and vegetarian restaurants opening in the area, the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has decided to balance out the options with Cattle & Claw, a surf and turf eatery perfect for omnivores. Diners at this summer pop-up get to enjoy the best foods from the land and sea – lobsters…

Summer Dining & Music at the Hollywood Bowl

I was invited to the preview of this year’s culinary and beverage program led by James Beard Award winning Chef Suzanne Goin and this year’s James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year, Caroline Styne. I learned that the Hollywood Bowl is one of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity…

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival – June 1-3, 2018

Yesterday I got to experience the wonder of soaring 2,700 feet above sea level in a hot air balloon at the 35th annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival. The festival is located near Temecula in Winchester at the Lake Skinner Park. At 6:30 a.m., I met with my pilot David and his crew Lauren, Helen…

Free Trolley Rides in West Hollywood

Now locals and visitors in West Hollywood can travel for free every Friday and Saturday night, while cruising up and down the Sunset Strip and Santa Monica Blvd. Riders can hop on and hop off on the new Sunset Trip bold black trolleys. The music playlist offers classic rock n’ roll that helped make the Sunset…