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…

Actually is Awesome at The Geffen

Excitedly I brought my recent college graduate to see the play Actually written by the brilliant Anna Ziegler. My daughter has been part of an Advocate support group that she and seven other students started in 2014 at Pitzer College. They support survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and hate crimes. The group…

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…

Interview with Michael Lewellen of Lucas & Lewellyn Winery

Up on the 71st floor of the US Bank in Los Angeles, I enjoyed an informative luncheon paired with Santa Barbara County wines. At my table sat Michael Lewellen, the son of  Royce Lewellen from Lucas & Lewellen Winery.Michael shared with me a little bit of the history of his father’s winery. His dad partnered…

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…

Mother’s Day Special So Cal Spots – 2017

Napa Valley Grille – The new Executive Chef Kenny Spost makes the best French Toast in LA with mascerated strawberries and braised pork chilaquiles – Here’s my review-http://beverlypress.com/2017/05/mothers-day-brunch-napa-valley-grille/ The Grill on the Alley Beverly Hills This is the first year that The Grill will serve Mother’s Day brunch. Bring Mom on Sunday, May 14 to…

Masters of Taste 2017

Last Sunday at 1:30 p.m., the clouds opened at the iconic Rose Bowl in Pasadena less than two hours before hundreds of people were going to arrive for a 3 p.m., entrance to the second annual Masters of Taste. It was sunny and dry by the time I arrived and strolled the 50-yard line feasting…

Avocado. Margarita. Cinco de Mayo

Everyday is a Cinco de Mayo celebration when you sip a margarita and nibble on tortilla chips and guacamole. I learned from registered dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade working with the Hass Avocado Board some fun facts about avocados. Here’s what I learned – Avocado is a fruit that contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it…

Inhale in Indian Wells

Read why the Miramonte Resort and Spa is a great getaway to inhale, swim, bike, nap and get a spa treatment. Click here to read my review featured in InTravel Magazine – https://www.intravelmag.com/item/1198?lang=en&limit=1&limitstart=0

Wildly Joyous Georgia McBride at The Geffen Playhouse

Walking into the Geffen Playhouse theatre, I admired how lighting designer Josh Epstein draped an array of jewel colored string lights from the stage out into the side walls of the theatre, creating an ambiance of a dive bar or nightclub. Above the center stage is a framework of lighting trusses with red rope lights,…

Summer Fun at the Suncadia Resort

During Earth Week I had the opportunity to meet Katie Sheppard the Director of Marketing at Suncadia Resort. She came down from Washington State to make an Earth Day donation at TreePeople LA. Katie and a TreePeople volunteer led our group on an Earth Day activity that included weeding, mulching and watering trees in a canyon…

Enjoying Lompoc – Flowers. Art. Wine. Dine

Santa Barbara County is one of the most beautiful destinations in California. The city of Lompoc is just above the city of Santa Barbara and closer to the beach than the towns of Solvang or Los Olivos. It’s also one of the most affordable areas in the county for locals and visitors to get more…