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FIG & OLIVE
A FEAST FOR ALL SEASONS & SENSES

The art of fine dining is often a means to escape and relax. It’s usually about more than just a meal, albeit a damn fine meal. At Fig & Olive, that feeling of getting away really comes to life thanks to its ambiance and even its music, which is a groovy soundtrack to bliss. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

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ICE-CREAM LAB
SERVING FRESHLY MADE-TO-ORDER LIQUID NITROGEN ICE CREAM

Taking the ice cream game up a notch, the folks at Ice-Cream Lab are playing the part of mad scientists and serving freshly made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream containing the healthiest, organic, kosher and locally sourced ingredients. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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URBAN GARDEN
FAST, CASUCAL LEBANESE CAFÉ

From restaurateur George Abou-Daoud (Bowery, Delancey, Rosewood Tavern), comes Urban Garden, a fast, casual, healthy and vegan friendly Lebanese cafe on Beverly Boulevard. While the neighborhood already has Open Sesame just down the street on Beverly, which is more of a sit-down restaurant with a full bar, Urban Garden is great as a quick option, yet still serving fresh and authentic Lebanese cuisine. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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ANOTHER WEEK DELIVERING VETERANS
ASSISTANCE PACKS TO OUR VETS IN NEED

We want to open with a huge thank you to Esperanza Ortega and her husband William. Esperanza is the director and founder of Almost Home, a transitional housing for female veterans and children and she invited us to her open house in West Covina this week. It was also a pleasure to meet Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and the many great people that attended the event. (Story continued click on picture or headline.)

 

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PROJECT TACO
SOUTH BAY TACO FAVE OPENS IN MIRACLE MILE

A place to satisfy your taco fix or get a late night bite in Hermosa Beach, Project Taco has now set up shop along Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile (between LACMA and Beverly Hills to be exact). (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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PUNCH DRUNK
BOOZY FUN IN A BOWL

In honor of National Punch Day this past Saturday, consider the following your guide to all things Punch Drunk. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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PHILIPPE
MANDARIN CUISINE IN BEVERLY HILLS

I have to confess that when I first heard about dining at Philippe, often referred to as Philippe Chow or Philippe Chow Beverly Hills, I was excited thinking I’d be eating at the much-lauded Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. That wasn’t the case. (Dine review continued click on picture above

 

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MERMAID RESTAURANT
HERMOSA BEACH HAUNT GETS MAKEOVER

South Bay fans should be familiar with The Mermaid, which sits right next to the sand on the Hermosa Beach Pier. Now, thanks to the good folks at Killer Shrimp, who took over the favorite dive bar, revamped it, and even opened a Killer Shrimp next door, the new Mermaid Restaurant still has that old school charm but now offers a killer cocktail program and killer bites courtesy of Killer Shrimp. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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GARLO’S AUSSIE PIE SHOP
AUSTRALIA’S FAVORITE FOOD HITS WESTWOOD

While you may think that Australians love beer, shrimp on the barbie, and vegemite (all stereotypes with some validity I’m sure), one thing is certain, Aussies do love them some meat pies. And now, Garlo’s Aussie Pie Shop has opened shop and is serving all kinds of meat pie goodness in Westwood Village. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

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BOW & TRUSS
NOHO FAVE REVAMPS

When I first discovered North Hollywood’s Bow & Truss, I have to admit I was surprised and impressed that such refined eats could be found in NoHo (sorry, don’t mean to hate on 818). (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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WEHO BISTRO
A WEST HOLLYWOOD HAVEN FOR FINE FRENCH FARE

A favorite dining destination of West Hollywood residents, as well as lovers of fine French fare, is the popular WeHo Bistro—a wonderful place for delicious cuisine and tasty wines in a casual, yet inviting setting. The fact that they offer free parking in the middle of crazy West Hollywood is a total added bonus. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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CARDAMOM
CONTEMPORARY INDIAN CUISINE FROM LONDON HITS LA

It’s funny that the cuisine of England is best known for its pub fare, naturally, and Indian food. It is true that the British aren’t known for having the best dishes, but it is accepted that their Indian food is pretty stellar. And utilizing Consulting Executive Chef Manju Choudhury, one of the most successful Indian restaurateurs in London, Cardamom on Beverly Boulevard is looking to make quite an impression on Los Angeles foodies. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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BEER & WINE SPECIALS AROUND TOWN

Our friends at Public School, with locations in Culver City, Downtown LA and Thousand Oaks, and The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills and The Grill at Hollywood & Highland are putting together some impressive drinks specials this month. So below for all the boozy goodness. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ROCK AND REILLY’S IRISH PUB
SOLID IRISH COMFORT FOOD ON THE STRIP

In the heart of the Sunset Strip, amongst glitz, glamour and a rich rock & roll tradition, there are bar galore and plenty of trendy places to see and be seen. But there’s also Rock and Reilly’s Irish Pub, which offers solid, hearty fare that anyone making a night of it will greatly appreciate, although you may feel guilty about it in the morning. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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HARD ROCK CAFE
SIGNATURE MENU GETS MAKEOVER

Most people turn 40 and take stock of how their life is and often use the benchmark as an opportunity to jumpstart some sort of makeover. When the iconic Hard Rock Cafe turned 40, it did the same thing and the result is a new menu that introduces 30 new offerings, including salads, desserts, entrees and drinks. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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HOLY MOLE!
PIPIAN CHALLENGE…MOM VS CHEFS

I decided recently to take the old adage nobody beats mom’s home cooking to the test. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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MELODY PIZZA
NOW SERVING NON-STOP NY STYLE PIZZA BY LAX

From our good friends at the always-satisfying Melody Bar & Grill in Westchester (think LAX if you’re not familiar with the area’s proper name) comes Melody Pizza, a New York style pizza shop serving tasty, authentic and wholly satisfying pies. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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1886 BAR
WINTER “BEST OF” COCKTAIL MENU MISSES THE MARK

For years now, I’ve been singing the praises of the genius bartenders and mixologists at 1886 Bar at The Raymond in Pasadena. A frontrunner in the cocktail scene for the last four years since its founding, 1886 Bar has been daring and innovative, and has thoroughly delighted the palettes of cocktail enthusiasts. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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RECESS
SERIOUS EATS IN GLENDALE… PLAY TIME IS OVER

Growing up, recess was always my favorite part of school. It got me out of class and away from someone telling me what to do and let me just do as I pleased. While you can’t run amok at Recess Eatery in Glendale, you can relax, unwind and indulge in some fine California and Mediterranean cuisine. And it’s that attitude of wanting to escape and relax that Owner and Executive Chef Sevan Abdessian relishes. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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ZENGO SANTA MONICA
LATIN-ASIAN CUISINE FROM CHEF RICHARD SANDOVAL

I know people have mixed feelings about the concept of small plates, as well as the fusing or hybrid of cuisines, but personally, I’m always game to try new dishes and new culinary creations. So I was excited to try Chef Richard Sandoval’s Zengo in Santa Monica, billed as an artful blend of Latin-Asian styles and flavors. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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MURPH’S
CASUAL DINING STATION OPENS SHOP IN SHERMAN OAKS

When you have a good thing going, you’re either apt to stay the course and not to rock the boat or strike while the fire is hot. Richard DiSisto is striking hard and taking over Sherman Oaks one block at a time…that or he has seriously already taken over one block of Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and I can’t wait to see what he does next. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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PETIT TROIS
CHEF LUDO’S COOL CASUAL FRENCH BISTRO

One of my dining highlights last year was eating at Trois Mec, the fine dining restaurant from the team of Burgundy-born Chef Ludo Lefebvre of pop-up bistro LudoBites, and Animal’s Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, which is housed in a strip mall hidden in the former Raffallo's Pizza location, which still has its old signage in tact. When a spot became available in the same mini mall, the team opened Petit Trois in a former Thai restaurant space. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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CARVERY KITCHEN BRINGS
“THE ART OF THE DELI” TO SANTA MONICA

Everybody loves a good sandwich, it’s one of the most basic and heartiest of foods, and now folks on the west side in Santa Monica can relish the taste of fine sandwiches courtesy of Carvery Kitchen, which is aptly bringing together traditional deli with a healthy, California twist. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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CIRQUE SCHOOL:
PREPARING YOUR MIND & BODY FOR NEW HEIGHTS

Health & Fitness: Tucked very unassumingly on Hollywood Blvd, in a back alley warehouse, Cirque School is like no other gym in town. Actually, founder Aloysia Gavre doesn’t like to use the G-word. (Story continued click on picture above) bombay-palace-beverly-hills-dine-review simon-la-dine-review lexington-social-house-dine-review mezze-cuisine-dine-review

 

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VENICE WHALER
BEACH BAR GETS BONANZA MAKEOVER

A favorite Venice Beach locals bar for the last 70 years, the Venice Whaler may very well have been thought of as a little seaside shack where Washington Boulevard meets the beach, but it’s been made over and transformed from watering hole to a proper beach destination for quality food and drinks. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

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SIP LBC’S SIP AND THE CITY
LAUNCH PARTY THIS SUNDAY

Because nothing is better than a week full of handcrafted cocktails, Sip LBC, Long Beach Wine, Beer & Spirits Week, will host its official Sip and the City Launch Party this Sunday, September 14 from 4-7pm at Sababa Restaurant & Lounge at the Marketplace in Long Beach. Advanced tickets are $75 per person with partial proceeds benefiting Team Spirit Long Beach and can be purchased here. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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OPEN SESAME
MEDITERRANEAN FAVE CRAFTS COOL & CREATIVE COCKTAILS

An institution in Long Beach for quality, authentic Lebanese cuisine, Open Sesame on Beverly Boulevard near the Fairfax District is quickly winning converts, and now it’s not just for its delicious Mediterranean fare but also for its fine cocktail program. While the bar area is small and the cocktail menu is on the simple side, it’s a much-needed local, go-to place for handcrafted cocktails. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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LA VENTURA HOSTS HERRADURA DINNNER
GOOD TEQUILA + FINE DINING = GOOD TIMES

I’ve had enough paired dinners that I’ve really come to appreciate the skill it takes to pair the right wine, beer or cocktail to enhance a meal. And recently, I had the good fortune to be invited to a Herradura tequila paired dinner at LA Ventura Restaurant in Studio City. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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SAINT MARTHA
SERVING STELLAR MODERN AMERICAN CUISINE IN K-TOWN

Whenever a new restaurant opens in this town, it’s usually followed by buzz and hoopla, sometimes deserved and other times it’s just a fleeting flash in a city where what’s hot is king. When word got out about the opening of Saint Martha, courtesy of our good friends at Tart, the anticipation was high. Located in a Koreatown strip mall, this place became an immediate hotspot, and deservedly so. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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MERCADO LOS ANGELES
NOW SERVING WEEKEND BRUNCH THAT HITS THE SPOT

We recently spotlighted dinner at Mercado Los Angeles, a new favorite for some of the best carnitas in town. And while dinner proved adventurous and completely satisfying, I was equally excited to give their weekend brunch (almuerzo) a chance. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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TWO MONTHS, 1,200 MILES DRIVEN AND 4,800 POUNDS OF QUALITY HEALTHY FOOD DELIVERED TO VETERANS IN NEED

It’s the completion of another fulfilling day assisting our less fortunate veterans with a delivery of great quality food, vegetables, fruit, meats, juices, milk, eggs, canned items, breads, cakes, pies and other delicious items. The pictures we post are for our supporters to see the work that we are doing on their behalf. Because we are not a non-profit organization yet, but a very important grass roots operation, we have to work much harder for our donations to help us do this mission of delivering our “veteran assistance packs.” (Story continued click on picture or headline.)

 

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BIZZY BONE PENS AUTOBIOGRAPHY
“INSIDE A BIZZY MIND” NOW AVAILABLE

Rapper Bizzy Bone, a founding member of Bone thugs-n-harmony, has penned his riveting autobiography aptly titled Inside a Bizzy Mind, soon to be available in stores and online. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ROBERT LASARDO PLAYS WITH FIRE
AND LIVES TO TELL THE TALE

Our favorite Hollywood villain, actor Robert LaSardo, has once again penned yet another thought provoking book of gut wrenching poems and provocative photos. The follow-up to his stirring Choices: Inside Out, his latest effort, Playing With Fire, is a rousing collection of personal confessions and poetry, paired with gritty images that really bring LaSardo’s prose to life. (Story continued click on picture above.)

 

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KAZU-NORI
DOWNTOWN L.A. HANDROLL BAR IS A CUT ABOVE

From the sensational sushi-minded folks behind the ever-expanding Sugarfish, and the phenomenal Nozawa Bar in Beverly Hills, where I had one of the best sushi dinners of my life, comes KazuNori, The Original Hand Roll Bar in downtown Los Angeles. As the name suggests, KazuNori specializes in hand rolls. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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VIRTUAL TRAINER SCOTT HERMAN
WANTS YOU TO BE A ‘10’ IN 2014

An avid workout fiend, Scott Herman first gained attention s a cast member of MTV’s “Real World: Brooklyn.” The show’s ‘fit guy,’ Herman has been a gym rat since the age 12. And now, as a virtual trainer via his very own site, the New Hampshire native is out to get the worldwide web fit. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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JAMES REPUBLIC
SUNDAY NIGHT DINNER BELL RINGS ON

James Republic in Long Beach is celebrating seasonality with the return of its Sunday Night Dinner Bell Series where it will offer a three-course menu created from the local Sunday Farmers Market ingredients. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MERCADO LOS ANGELES
‘LO MEJOR’ MEXICAN IN THE FAIRFAX DISTRICT

I’m always a harsh critic when it comes to Mexican food as I can’t help but compare whatever is presented in front of me to the fine dishes I ate growing up. Most often, Mexican food around town, with few exceptions, never beats mom’s home cooking. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

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SONNY’S HIDEAWAY
HIGHLAND PARK SUPPER CLUB WITH KILLER DRINKS

It’s no secret that some of the best drinking there is to be in done in Los Angeles actually happens in Pasadena (thanks to faves like 1886 Bar, and Punch) but before you ever hit Arroyo Seco Parkway (the oldest freeway in the USA) from the 110 Freeway you have to pass through sleepy Highland Park and that’s home to the one and only Sonny’s Hideaway. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

 

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THE FEDERAL BAR
NOHO GASTROPUB REVAMPS MENU

I’ve made it no secret that I’m a fan of both the North Hollywood Federal Bar and the Long Beach Federal Bar (for both brunch and dinner). Recently, the popular gastropub, with its two impressive locations, both of which were former bank buildings (the Long Beach space in particular is really beautiful), revamped its menu. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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THE FACTORY KITCHEN
GET YOUR SUMMER DRINKS WHILE YOU STILL CAN

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, I’m a fan of downtown’s The Factory Kitchen, a truly wonderful and authentic Italian Trattoria. When it opened it was a foodie highlight and now, the cocktails are beginning to match the quality of the cuisine and wine list. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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RASCAL
NOW SERVING COCKTAILS

There’s good news filling the streets of revamped La Brea Avenue now that Rascal, who originally led the charge of turning the neighborhood around when it opened back in August 2011, has a full liquor license. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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TUNNEL BAR
SHERMAN OAKS UPS ITS BOOZE GAME

It’s always fun when you have to work a bit to find a new drinking spot—I don’t mean I want to jump through hoops so I can eventually pay for drinks—but when you head out to Tunnel Bar, located just off Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, look for the blue light in the alley behind Tipple & Brine. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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PEATIN’ MEETIN’ VI
CELEBRATING ALL THINGS PEATED WHISKY

It won’t be a surprise to anyone that knows me, and especially anyone who regularly reads my posts, that I’m a big whisky fan, but I have to admit that when it comes to peated Scotch, I’m a bit of a novice. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CHAYA VENICE
CELEBRATING ITS 19TH ANNUAL GARLIC FAIR

Vampires strolling throw Venice Beach beware because Chaya Venice is in the midst of its 19th Annual Garlic Fair offering exclusive garlic-infused dishes and cocktails through the month of August. Until the end of the month, consider the hip Chaya Venice as the House Garlic of Venice during its dinner hours as all things garlic are available to diners. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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DJ LOCZI
FROM VEGAS TO THE SOUTHLAND, HE GETS THE PARTY GOING

Born Zach Loczi in Detroit Michigan, and raised living in Sweden, Southern California, and London, DJ Loczi has become one of the country’s most acclaimed and in-demand disc jockeys and has been taking the DJ world by storm over the past twelve years. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CELEBRITY CHEF SUSAN FENIGER
HAS BEEN AN L.A. CULINARY FIXTURE & ICON FOR 30 YEARS DELIVERING GROUNDBREAKING FARE AT
BORDER GRILL, CIUDAD, AND NOW STREET

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PUNCH
PASADENA’S SECRET PUNCH BAR IS A KNOCKOUT

It’s no secret we’re big fans of daring restaurant Corazon y Miel in Bell and its latest offshoot, the sausage and suds Picnik in Pasadena. Well, leave it to the clever bartenders at CYM to come up with Punch, an off the beaten path punch bar that serves quality boozy drinks from a bowl that would make any pirate proud. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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WHEEL HOUSE CHEESE SHOP
CHEESEY GOODNESS COMES TO CULVER CITY

I suppose becoming a bona fide cheese lover is the next step in a foodie makeover. Sure, I’ve always thought of myself as a guy who likes (maybe even loves) cheese. Personally, I think the moniker “cheese head” doesn’t even have anything to do with pro football. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SUNCAFE ORGANIC
FOODIE FAVE OPENS BIG IN STUDIO CITY

For fans of healthy eating, the tiny SunCafe storefront in Studio City is familiar territory, but that original location is now gone and instead a new, much larger and elegant space is open just down the road on Ventura Boulevard. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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HERO SHOP
SAVING THE DAY FOR SANDWICHES & MORE IN DOWNTOWN

From Chef Eric Park of Black Hogg in Silver Lake comes Hero Shop, a downtown sandwich haven dedicated to banh mi goodness. Located in the former Babycakes location next door to Cole’s, Hero Shop’s menu includes meaty sandwiches along with veggie options and rice bowl selections. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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PEARL’S SUNSET STRIP
THE FIRST LADY OF THE STRIP

When Pearl’s Sunset Strip first opened, courtesy of the fine folks who also own Rock and Reilly’s Irish Pub right next door, there was a lot of buzz; especially considering it sported three outdoor decks and a balcony that overlooks the Sunset Strip—pretty swanky. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

 

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MERCEDE’S GRILLE
A MARINA MAVEN FOR FRESH BEACH FARE

A Marina Del Rey staple for the past 16 years, Mercede’s Grill is a local favorite for people watching, dining by the beach, and, most importantly, enjoying delicious cuisine that you can always count on being fresh and as healthy as possible. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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INSANE MUCH?
TWO MEN COMPLETE FIRST-EVER TREK AROUND DEATH VALLEY

Most of us think that doing an hour of cardio is pretty hardcore. But a lot of people think you can take things too far, say running a marathon. But on July 22, 61-year-old extreme endurance athlete Marshall Ulrich and firefighter Dave Heckman really pushed the envelope when they began an unprecedented expedition (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BALL & CHAIN
WHERE MEATBALLS RULE THE ROOST

You have to give restaurateur Mark Kreiner a lot of credit for keeping things interesting. His Los Feliz gastropub The Morrison is an adventurous journey in Scottish fare, and his new spot, Ball & Chain, along the Cahuenga Boulevard corridor, is an ode to all things meatballs. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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EIGHTY-TWO
SERVING COLD BREW DRINKS TO KEEP YOU GOING

Located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, EightyTwo is an adult classic arcade with full bar featuring a rotating collection of 40 restored, playable arcade and pinball machines from the 1970s thru the 1990s. And to make sure you stay wired while getting your arcade groove on, the bar serves what it calls Cold Brew coffee cocktails. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CHALIO MEXICAN RESTAURANT
AN EAST LA FAVE FOR ‘BIRRIA’ (GOAT STEW)

Fans of birria (goat stew) in East LA know the name Chalio. While Chalio Mexican Restaurant on S. Atlantic Boulevard is popular for birria and then some, the tradition goes back years ago when restaurant owner Raul Luis’ parents opened up their birria shop.(Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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PICNIK
OLD TOWN PASADENA’S SAUSAGE & BEER HALL

From Chef Eduardo Ruiz and our friends at Corazón y Miel in Bell comes Picnik in Old Town Pasadena. And yes, they spell Picnik with a “k”, which originally annoyed me but then I got over it. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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THE FACTORY KITCHEN
NOW SERVING NEW SPRING SPIRITS

The opening of The Factory Kitchen, a wonderful and authentic Italian Trattoria, was a foodie highlight last year. My dinner there was so good that I included it among my Top 5 meals of 2013. And now, the cocktails are beginning to match the quality of the cuisine. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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1886 BAR
TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE THIS SUMMER

The crazy mixology kids at 1886 Bar at The Raymond in Pasadena don’t like convention. Never satisfied with a simple cocktail menu that grows dusty as drinkers’ tastes evolve, their libation menu changes every season—always filled with a dozen brand new daring and dynamic drinks. And only at 1886 Bar would the summer menu roll out in August, well into the dog days of the season. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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TART RESTAURANT
FAIRFAX FAVE SERVES TOP FAMILY STYLE FARE

It has been awhile since we last reviewed Tart on Fairfax Avenue and since then both the dining and drinking menu have been revamped and spruced up. As I’ve said in the past, for people in the know, Tart is a go-to place for drinks and good grub in a cool setting in the heart of the Fairfax District. And yes, it’s the restaurant at the Farmers Daughter Hotel—insert your own farmer’s daughter/tart joke here. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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ZINQUE
VENICE FAVE NOW SERVING WEHO

A favorite haunt along trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach, Zinque, a popular neighborhood hang by day and hip wine bar by night, is now serving West Hollywood. A cozy spot offering al fresco dining, the décor impresses with its zinc-topped bars found all over Paris, along with its urban oasis setting highlighted by  planted trees and vines, and outdoor fireplace as its centerpiece. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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CATALINA ISLAND
GET AWAY WITHOUT GETTING AWAY

There’s nothing like an island getaway but who has the time or money for a vacation to paradise? Lucky for Angelenos, Catalina Island, just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, is roughly an hour away via Catalina Express from both the Long Beach and San Pedro ports. (Travel story continued click on picture above)

 

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VENUS IN FUR
(Sundance Selects…96min…Unrated…French w/ English Subtitles)

Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski, whose reputation certainly proceeds him for his daring work (The Pianist, Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby), his 1977 rape charges after having sex with a 13-year-old Los Angeles girl, and for the tragic murder of his wife Sharon Tate in 1969 by the Manson Family, is back with his latest film, the onscreen adaptation of Venus in Fur. (Movie review continued click on picture above

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DAILY DOSE CAFÉ
SERVING DOWNTOWN’S ARTS DISTRICT

It’s funny how time changes perspective. Downtown L.A. is as popular as ever for dining and drinking but I still remember a couple of years ago when I first ventured down to shady Industrial Street for dinner at Church & State, (Dine review continued click on picture above)

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COPA D’ORO
SANTA MONICA COCKTAIL BAR IS SOLID GOLD

From the outside, Copa d’Oro on Broadway near the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica does not look like much, even once you walk in you may not be very impressed, but belly up to the bar and spend a few minutes with head barman Vincenzo Marianella and prepare to not only be impressed but blown away. And even if the Boss Man isn’t there, his staff is trained to his high standards, which means you’re in good hands. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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PACKING HOUSE BREWING COMPANY
THINKING OF BEER DIFFERENTLY

Packing House Brewing Company is a microbrewery that embodies the owners’ vision of great crafted beer. This labor of love turned entrepreneurial in 2009 when the first brews were Riley’s and Heritage which were joined by other year round brews that are on the menu today. I discovered that along with the regular brews there are a few specialty/seasonal brews that can only be found in the Packing House tasting room. (Story continued click on picture above

 

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CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
GET AWAY WITHOUT GETTING AWAY

With summer approaching, the desire for a vacation, even if it’s just a quick getaway, is on most of our minds these days. If you’re looking to travel on the cheap and stay local, sure, places like Santa Barbara or Solvang (a lovely manmade tourist trap) are only two hours away. Las Vegas is always a decadent option, but if you want an easy and refined escape, you may want to consider Carmel-by-the-Sea, a lovely, white-sand beach community that’s a haven for art lovers, and wine and food enthusiasts. (Carmel travel trip continued click on picture above)

 

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MARKET CITY CAFFE
A BURBANK FAVE FOR ITALIAN & BEYOND

For more than 20 years, Market City Caffe (yes, they spell it “caffe”, which is Italian for coffee, and sometimes refers to European coffee bar) has been pleasing guests with its hearty, Italian comfort food. A favorite in downtown Burbank, this is a great place to eat al fresco; feast on fine filling food; or overindulge at brunch. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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PANINI COSMOPOLITAN CAFÉ
MEXICAN-MEDITERRANEAN COMBO HITS WESTWOOD

There are a lot of factors that will make or break a restaurant after it opens. They say the three most important words in business are location, location, location. A good name helps. And of course, the quality of the cuisine trumps all. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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MADERA KITCHEN
RUSTIC MEDITERRANEAN ALONG CAHUENGA CORRIDOR

Hollywood can always use another go-to dining option and less mega clubs, and along Cahuenga Boulevard, that’s exactly what happened when nightclub Wonderland shuttered and Madera Kitchen opened in its space. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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TWO HARBORS
THE OTHER SIDE OF CATALINA ISLAND

For some, escaping to Avalon on Catalina Island is getaway enough; an island vacation from the craziness of life on the busy mainland. However, some people really like to getaway and want remoteness and peace when on vacation, even if it’s just a temporary break. For those travelers, Two Harbors, located on the West End at the island’s Isthmus, is the perfect destination.(Travel story continued click on picture above)

 

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CAST & PLOW
STUNNING VIEW & STELLAR CUISINE

Life is good at The Ritz-Carlton, especially in lovely Marina del Rey, and even more so at the property’s stunning waterside restaurant Cast & Plow, which offers a stunning marina view and stellar cuisine and cocktails. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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KREATION ORGANIC
ABBOT KINNEY KAFE & JUICERY

It used to be that “juicing” was a bad thing. A practice ball players and athletes would do in order to get an unfair advantage against their competition. Now juicing is all the rage for people trying to be healthier and get a better advantage for themselves health-wise. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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MAURO CAFÉ
A BRUNCH FAVE NOW OPEN FOR THURSDAY DINNER

Certain things we’re just used to being a certain way—something we can always rely on. One such thing is trusting that Maura Café at Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue is always a go-to place for breakfast, lunch or brunch. You can usually count on a celeb sighting to go with a fabulous meal, even if it’s just a morning smoothie on the run. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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WOOD & VINE
HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD BAR DELIVERS DAZZLING DRINKS

While Hollywood Boulevard’s Wood & Vine is a definite favorite with the Pantages Theatre pre-show dinner crowd (early evening dinner reservations are highly recommended show nights), it’s also a favorite with the late night happy hour crowd. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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TANINO RISTORANTE BAR
AN ITALIAN INSTITUTION IN WESTWOOD VILLAGE

When it comes to fine Italian dining in Los Angeles, the famed Drago Brothers are in a league all their own. Since the '80s, they have owned and operated some of the most popular, high-end Italian restaurants, including Il Pastaio, Il Fornaio Beverly Hills, Celestino in Pasadena, Drago Centro in downtown, and Tanino Ristorante Bar in Westwood Village. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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TIPPLE & BRINE
RUSTIC SEAFOOD BONANZA ALONG VENTURA BOULEVARD

There has always been a bit of a snide attitude towards the Valley from L.A. proper folk. But these days there’s definitely a lot more going on in the Land of 818 than just valley girls and the Galleria.(Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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1886 BAR
“GAME ON” THIS SPRING!

I have to admit, there’s something really special about the start of a new season in Los Angeles, and it has nothing to do with the weather or plant life blooming, instead it means that a whole new batch of creative cocktails will be at our disposal courtesy of the mad scientist kids at 1886 Bar at The Raymond in Pasadena. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MANCHEGO
SANTA MONICA FAVORITE REOPENS IN BIGGER LOCATION

There’s something to be said about our favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants. They’re so comforting and cozy and make us feel special to be in the know. But for practicality sake, sometimes bigger is better; at least it improves our chances of getting a table. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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POST & BEAM
CALIFORNIA CUISINE WITH A TOUCH OF SOUL

California cuisine comes in all shapes, spices and flavors, and at Baldwin Hills’ Post & Beam, it even comes with a side of soul. From restaurateur/owner Brad Johnson and Executive Chef/owner Govind Armstrong, Post & Beam is a neighborhood gem and a great find for everyone else. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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MAURO’S CAFÉ WELCOMES
CHEF EINAT ADMONY OF NYC FOR POP-UP DINING

Always a brunch favorite (and now a Thursday night dinner go-to place too), Mauro’s Café at Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue will welcome Guest Chef Einat Admony of NYC's Balaboosta this month for a much welcomed pop-up experience. Chef Admony will take over the kitchen on May 27, 28, 29 and 31. There will be two seatings nightly at 6pm and 9:30pm. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY 
UNVEILS NEW MENU ITEMS

In celebration of turning 30, Beverly’s Hills’ The Grill on the Alley, along with its other Grill restaurants, including The Grill on Hollywood at Hollywood & Highland, is giving its lunch and dinner menus a make-over. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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WOOD & VINE
HOLLYWOOD GEM OFFERS SEASONAL DELIGHTS

While the glitz and glamour surrounding Hollywood Boulevard, and in particular the famed intersection of Hollywood and Vine, is a bit faded and slightly tarnished for actual locals, it is a landmark of sorts and home to the nearby Pantages Theatre and for the last few years Wood & Vine, which made a name for itself by focusing on seasonal small plates that highlight market fresh ingredients. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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BURGERFEST!         
MORELS FRENCH STEAKHOUSE & BISTRO READY FOR ‘BURGER MONTH’

Apparently it seems that every month, and just about every day, is national something or other, celebrating everything from pancakes to ice cream on a daily basis. If it’s bad for you, and of course tastes damn good, then it has its own special day. The month of May, by the way, is National Hamburger Month and May 28 is actually International Hamburger Day. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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CORAZON Y MIEL
BOLD DESTINATION FOR BITES & BEVERAGES IN BELL

Thank goodness there’s more to the City of Bell than just corrupt politicians misappropriating public funds and paying themselves exorbitant salaries. There’s much more, including Corazon y Miel, a daring restaurant and bar that serves inspiring Latin-themed dishes with charm and flare unlike anything else in the area. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY
AN L.A. TRADITION FOR QUALITY & REFINED DINING

Now celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills is still the quintessential spot for power players in town to “do lunch.” But it’s also one of a select group of restaurants in the country where you can enjoy a refined meal in a sophisticated setting featuring first-rate service and fantastic, comforting fare. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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SONOMA COUNTY WINE COUNTRY
WHERE THE ‘WINE ROAD’ LEADS TO BLISS

I’m of the opinion that there are not many things more soothing that a fine glass of wine. Pair some vino with your meal and the taste gets elevated. Chill and unwind with a pleasing glass and all your troubles slip away. Combine a getaway with wine tasting and now you have a vacation you won’t soon forget.  (Travel review continued click on picture above)

 

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MYKE’S CAFÉ
PACOIMA POWERHOUSE FOR ALL THINGS BREAKFAST & LUNCH

You have to love a good neighborhood go-to spot. I’d say “greasy spoon” but some people might take that the wrong way. And when a local fave becomes a destination place, then you know they’re doing something right. That’s what has happened to Pacoima’s Myke Café, a favorite for breakfast and burgers that has people coming from all over the valley and beyond. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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LIBRARY ALEHOUSE
A SANTA MONICA FAVE FOR BEERS & BITES IS NOW SERVING BRUNCH!

While we’ve long been fans of Library Alehouse, a favorite Santa Monica gastro pub that offers loads of brews, wine and hearty fare, we recently went on a weekend morning for brunch. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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LOS BALCONES
REVAMPED PERUVIAN FAVE WITH NEW, FULL BAR

For years now, pisco, a grape brandy produced in winemaking regions of Peru and Chile, has been the rage in cocktail circles, partially to the rise in popularity of the Pisco Sour—the Peruvian national cocktail prepared with pisco, egg white, lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters (the Chilean version doesn’t use bitters). (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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BLUE C SUSHI
SAVORY SUSHI IN CONSTANT MOTION

A favorite up north in and around Seattle, Blue C Sushi, inspired by the Tokyo subway system, has come to Hollywood (in the Arclight complex no less) and is serving savory sushi via conveyor belt. The innovative sushi restaurant is on a mission to deliver a healthy approach to Japanese dining. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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TRAINER NICKY HOLENDER
MAKING CELEBRITIES, CEO’S & AVERAGE JOE’S FIT

Trainer Nicky Holender, a former professional soccer player including a stint with the Los Angeles Galaxy, is making a name for himself around town as the ‘in demand’ personal/fitness trainer catering to an elite clientele of celebrity and professional athletes. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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WESTWOOD’S BLVD 16
CELEBRATES NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE DAY

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Day, Westwood’s Blvd 16, adjacent to the Hotel Palomar, is offering a daily special all next week, from Monday, April 7 thru the following Monday, April 14.(Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MIDTOWN BAR & KITCHEN
LARCHMONT VILLAGE HUB FOR DRINKS & BITES

Just around the corner from Larchmont Village on busy Melrose Avenue, Midtown Bar & Kitchen stands as the new neighborhood hub for quality, handcrafted cocktails, including an extensive wine list with over 60 wines from around the world, as well as delicious, contemporary fare. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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UPPER WEST
A WESTSIDE GO-TO FOR DRINKS & DELISH EATS

For anyone on the west side along busy Pico Boulevard looking for a great place to escape traffic, enjoy a good cocktail or fine glass of wine, and relish a good, hearty meal, then Upper West is a place you already love or a destination you need to be made aware of. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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WESTWOOD’S TANINO RISTORANTE BAR SERVES
ANNUAL BLACK TRUFFLE MENU ‘DRAGO STYLE’ THRU MARCH

With Spring on the horizon, any good foodie know that means it’s sadly the final days of black truffle season. Fans of the savory fungi should make a point to dine at Westwood mainstay Tanino Ristorante Bar where owner and Executive Chef Tanino Drago is known for making magical things happen with black truffles. His coveted Annual Black Truffle Menu will be available through the end of March. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BEACHWOOD BREWING BBQ
A LONG BEACH MUST FOR FANS OF BEER & BBQ

Already a foodie institution in Seal Beach for all things barbeque, beloved Beachwood BBQ really upped its game with the opening of Beachwood Brewing BBQ in Long Beach—a must go-to place for any true devotee of all things brew and b-b-que. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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DOMA BEVERLY HILLS
SERVING MODERN ITALIAN & SEAFOOD DELICACIES

Restaurateur Sonja Perencevic knows a good thing when she sees it—from buying iconic L.A. hotspot Dan Tana’s nearly five years ago (hard to believe the venerable Dan Tana’s is now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary) to opening her refined DOMA Restaurant in Beverly Hills roughly two years ago. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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DAW YEE MYANMAR CAFÉ
MONTEREY PARK’S GO-TO FOR BURMESE CUISINE

Foodies in the know or people who like to think they’re a foodie in the know knew years ago that Monterey Park was the new Chinatown for dim sum and then some. The San Gabriel Valley is a hotspot for hot and spicy off the grid cuisine. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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FRED 62
LOS FELIZ FAVE FOR COMFORT FOOD & THEN SOME

There’s something comforting about a good, classic diner—a place where you know you can always count on a good, home cooked meal. Well, you know you can always count on Los Feliz’s Fred 62, a neighborhood favorite open 24-7 since 1997. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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1886 BAR
TIS THE SEASON FOR WINTER COCKTAILS!

While the rest of the country is buried in snow and freezing their asses off, I wholeheartedly welcome winter because that means it’s the start of a new season and more importantly, an entirely new menu of cocktails from the brilliant yet mad scientists at 1886 Bar in Pasadena is upon us. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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320 MAIN
A SEAL BEACH GEM FOR BAR & BITES

Seal Beach? That’s what some L.A. proper residents may ask and bemoan when looking for a killer spot for drinks and supper. But expand your reach, spread your sites and make sure to have a designated driver because Seal Beach’s 320 Main is a real jewel when it comes to good eatin’ and heavenly handcrafted cocktails. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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643 NORTH
MODERN AMERICAN FARE WITH STIFF DRINKS IN CHINATOWN

With downtown Los Angeles real estate, no matter how dodgy the area, at a premium for bar and restaurant space, it’s no surprise that nearby Chinatown has become the new “it” place. And one of the new go-to spots for great eats and impressive cocktails is 643 North. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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YUCA’S
RENOWNED TACO HUT RELAUNCHES BREAKFAST MENU

A beloved, casual taco-on-the-go institution, Yuca’s, which originally opened its tiny taco hut in a former shoe shine shack in 1976, is a favorite among locals and foodies for delicious Mexican fare. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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OPEN SESAME
LONG BEACH FAVE OPENS ON BEVERLY BLVD

In Long Beach’s trendy Belmont Shore neighborhood, there’s a Mediterranean restaurant serving authentic Lebanese cuisine that’s so popular that there are two of them on the same block on East Second Street. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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DJ POLITIK

Amidst the impressive short list of trendy and in-demand world famous deejays, it’s exciting to see an up-and-comer quickly taking over the scene. That’s where DJ Politik, a 24-year-old deejay on the rise, comes into play. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE ALBRIGHT
A SANTA MONICA LANDMARK GETS A FACELIFT

When it rains it pours and likewise one trip to the famous Santa Monica Pier for dinner quickly led to two and then three outings for fine local fare as the pier is really making strides to be a place to dine in town. The latest addition to the iconic pier is The Albright, however, it’s hardly new. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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GO GREEK YOGURT
AUTHENTIC GREEK YOGURT COMES TO BEVERLY HILLS

Eating Greek yogurt is all the rage these days but now at Go Greek Yogurt, a shop on Bedford Drive, you can actually enjoy yogurt flown in from Greece. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CHIVAS PAIRED DINNER

Recently, the Los Angeles Times and Patina hosted an adventurous and rewarding Chivas Regal paired dinner, featuring wonderfully authentic dishes courtesy of Patina chef Charles Olalia (who looks too young to work in the kitchen, let alone run the show). (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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IL PICCOLO VERDE
BRENTWOOD BONANZA FOR ITALIAN CUISINE

Tucked away in charming Brentwood Village above busy Barrington Avenue on the much calmer S. Barrington Place, Il Piccolo Verde is an Italian dining gem loved by locals and people in-the-know. Founded by Oscar Morel, who spent most of the past 25 years running Spumoni in Santa Monica, Il Piccolo Verde offers refined and comforting Italian cuisine. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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LARRY’S
VENICE BEACH FAVE GETS FULL BAR

Venice Beach is known for its local flare and charm—it can be scenic and carefree one moment and in your face the next. And like any rousing neighborhood it needs its local watering hole that has equal character, and that’s where Larry’s comes into play. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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NIC’S BEVERLY HILLS
LOVELY LOUNGE FOR MARTINIS & MORE

Is there a more swank and relaxing cocktail than the martini? Served straight up, shaken, not stirred, with a twist or dirty, the martini has been called "the elixir of quietude.” And if you’re looking for a little martini madness, there’s no better place to venture to than Nic’s Beverly Hills. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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DRAGO CENTRO
THE HEART OF ITALIAN FINE DINING IN DOWNTOWN LA

From lauded Italian Chef Celestino Drago, a staple of the Los Angeles culinary landscape (in fact, the brothers Drago, four heralded chefs, have owned and operated some the of the city’s best and most popular Italian restaurants) is some of the finest Italian cuisine to be found anywhere in the Southland, including his Drago Centro in Downtown L.A. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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ELAINE’S BAKERY & CAFÉ
BRENTWOOD CAFÉ OFFERS DELIGHTFUL OPTIONS

With a variable plethora of fine dining options around town, a great go-to spot for breakfast, lunch or brunch is always appreciated—think neighborhood gem where you can go to and start your day or just get a tasty bite and be on your way. Posh Brentwood now has that with Elaine’s Bakery & Café, located in the Brentwood Gardens shopping center on San Vicente Boulevard. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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TIKI NO
NOHO TIKI BAR OFFERS ‘GREAT ESCAPE’

When I think of all things Tiki, a few things come to mind. First, fun, come on, how can you not have a good time sucking down some potent, sweet Polynesian concoctions? Two, hangover, come on, the mix of lots of cheap booze and too much sugar spells trouble. And three, designated driver—it’s better to play it safe when downing these savory, yet sneaky drinks. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BEDFORD & BURNS
AMERICAN BISTRO & BAR IN THE HEART OF BEVERLY HILLS

Tucked neatly in the heart of ritzy Beverly Hills’ prestigious Bedford Drive is the lovely, casual yet refined, family owned Bedford & Burns. Spectacularly unassuming, walk inside and you’ll find a tiny bar to your left that you’d swear is only worthy of a minute or two before you’re seated. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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LOCK & KEY
OPENING THE DOOR TO SPEAKEASY HEAVEN

These days, the handcrafted cocktail scene is really getting crowded and extremely competitive, which is a good thing for fans of fine drinks. Amid the myriad of great speakeasy bars from the beach to Hollywood, Downtown, and don’t forget Pasadena, is Lock & Key—where an unassuming facade along Vermont Avenue gives way into a sweet speakeasy spot serving first rate libations. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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 LA BOTTE
MICHELIN RATED SANTA MONICA DINING GEM DELIGHTS

I have to say, since my introduction to Santa Monica’s La Botte, I’ve quickly become obsessed with the Michelin Star awarded Italian fare crafted by chef and owner Stefano De Lorenzo who is truly creating remarkable and delightful Italian delicacies from scratch. And his “LAperitivo” happy hour is one of the best deals in town—more about that later. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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RISTORANTE AL MARE
ITALIAN CUISINE COMES TO THE SANTA MONICA PIER

Natives and locals of Los Angeles are all too familiar with the famed Santa Monica Pier. It’s an iconic landmark. I’ve been running on it for years during my weekend beach runs, but stopping and actually dining on the pier is a different matter, until now. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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THE FACTORY KITCHEN
FINE ITALIAN FARE IN DOWNTOWN’S ARTS DISTRICT

I have to admit—probably the only thing not impressive about The Factory Kitchen, a fantastic trattoria serving traditional Italian fare in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown LA, is its name. It doesn’t tell you anything. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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THE MORRISON
LOS FELIZ SCOTTISH GASTROPUB AIMS TO PLEASE

There’s nothing like having a cool neighborhood hang; a go-to spot for killer food and even meaner drinks. And if it’s really on-the-ball, people will make it a destination place they must visit for eats and libations. The lucky locals in Los Feliz have been cherishing The Morrison since it arrived in December 2012. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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TORTILLA REPUBLIC
WEHO MODERN MEXICAN GRILL & TEQUILERIA

From the folks that brought us Taste on Melrose and Taste at the Palisades is the lovely and leading West Hollywood Mexican grill and tequileria that is Tortilla Republic. Located near trendy Melrose on Robertson, this has become a go-to place for drinks, happy hour, and Mexican fare in WeHo. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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COCKTAILS AT COCO LAURENT
MIXOLOGIST KRISHNA VUTLA UNLEASHES 12 DYNAMIC DRINKS

People in the know are already big fans of downtown’s Coco Laurent for its wonderful wine bar lead by Sommelier Henri Marquis, and its leading French and Basque-inspired cuisine courtesy of Chef Wilks Medley, (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MUDDY LEEK
SERVING SENSATIONAL SEASON FARE

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Culver City’s Muddy Leek for a first rate bar experience—their bites and cocktails (courtesy of Beverage Director Sara Kay Godot) are some of the best on the west side—but dinner at the cool, farm fresh restaurant is equally inspiring. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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MAISON AKIRA
FRENCH FUSION AT ITS BEST

In Los Angeles, restaurants are constantly opening and closing. It seems there are hot spots that open with a splash and then eventually fizzle, while vanguards such as Dan Tana’s,and Musso & Frank, and out in Pasadena now celebrating 15 years serving fine French and Japanese cuisine, is Chef Akira Hirose’s beloved Maison Akira. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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MUDDY LEEK
COOL CULVER CITY SCRATCH COCKTAIL BAR & BITES

We all know that Culver City has really blossomed into quite the quaint suburbia along Culver Boulevard; there’s the multiplex and hipster friendly Trader Joe’s, and a slew of friendly chain restaurants for cheap eats, but more recently, wine bars, fancy fare, including vegetarian options, and even hidden bar gems have popped up. (Story continued click on picture above)

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STAR KING KOREAN BBQ
FLAVORFUL MEAT GALORE

Amid all the fancy dining spread out over Los Angeles, filled with white tablecloths and refined fare, smoky, do-it-yourself Korean BBQ has a firm grip on the L.A. culinary landscape. It may not be a glamorous meal but it is filling, hearty and borderline gluttonous. Well, that’s how it used to be when All You Can Eat (AYCE) Korean BBQ was the rage. Now it’s more about choosing quality meats— quality over quantity —and one of the leaders in the game is Star King. (Dining review continued click on picture above)

 

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RASCAL
MID-CITY NEIGHBORHOOD HANG

I can’t stop singing the praises about all the improvements along La Brea Avenue these days, and while big name chefs opening new spots are generating tons of buzz, good ol’ reliable Rascal has been leading the way since it opened back in August of 2011. There wasn’t much on La Brea back then and the cozy sandwich and wine bar quickly became a Mid City neighborhood favorite focusing on comfort, classic American fare, and casual. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

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EXTREME BOOT CAMP
GETTING YOU FIT FROM SILVER LAKE TO WEST HOLLYWOOD

Are you looking to get fit this summer but you need some extra motivation? Look no further than Extreme Boot Camp to get you there. Wanting to try something new and take my workouts to a new level I decided to take the challenge and give their 6-week boot camp a try. (Story continued click on picture above)

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FILMMAKER HEATHER COURTNEY ON
WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM

When documentary filmmaker Heather Courtney visited her Northern Michigan hometown four years ago, she thought about making a film about rural America. She never dreamed she would find herself at war in Afghanistan filming the perils of a Michigan squad. (Story continued click on picture above)

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BEDFORD & BURNS BAR
BEVERLY HILLS BAR SERVES BITCHIN’ BEVERAGES & BITES

It’s no secret we’re fans of Beverly Hills’ Bedford & Burns for a first rate meal of American fare in a cozy, comfy setting. But equally impressive is the bar’s cocktails that are reason enough for a visit. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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NARCO CULTURA
MEXICAN ‘DOC’ SHINES A LIGHT ON NARCO GLORY

(CINEDIGM…103 MIN…R RATED)

For many, the violence in Mexico, especially along the U.S. border, is looked up at as a raging drug war gone from bad to worse to uncontrollable. And an offshoot of the senseless violence, violence so bad that is has propelled Juarez as the murder capital of the world, is the creation and success of “narcocorridos,” musicians who glorify the murderous narcos as heroes.  (Movie review continued click on picture )

 

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MICHAEL’S PIZZERIA
LONG BEACH ‘PIE’ SHOP VOTED BEST IN USA

Growing up in L.A., I used to naively say ‘pizza is pizza.’ Boy was I wrong! I still believe it’s difficult to completely mess up a pizza (I’ll always eat a slice) but now I know all to well that in the pizza pie game, there is definitely an upper echelon. And sitting near the very tippy top (according to many, on the throne itself) is Long Beach’s Michael’s Pizzeria.  (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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BRUNCH AT FEDERAL BAR LONG BEACH
LIVE JAZZ…BOTTOMELESS MIMOSAS…GOOD TIMES!

A big fan of both the North Hollywood Federal Bar and The Federal Bar Long Beach, I find any time I’m close to either location a perfect excuse to stop in for a delectable bite and a divine beverage. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE BUNGALOW
A CORONA DEL MAR STAPLE FOR STEAKS & MORE!

A bit of a stranger to the world of Orange County, Newport Beach to be exact, I was thrilled to discover The Bungalow in Corona del Mar—just minutes away from trendy Fashion Island. Located along busy East Coast Highway, step inside The Bungalow and you’ll instantly be taken by its charming craftsman style interior filled with rich tone, dark wood and private booths. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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‘FIG & OLIVE MUSIC COMPLATION’
SOUTH OF FRANCE AMBIENT BEATS

Fig & Olive, the West Hollywood chic restaurant, has ventured into the world of music by releasing its first music compilation, featuring tracks from the likes of Imogen Heap, Nouvelle Vague, Ivy, and Poolside. The record is meant to extend that feeling of the South of France that they emulate in their five soon to be seven restaurants across the country. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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LA SANDIA
SERVING SAVORY MEXICAN FARE IN SANTA MONICA

From acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval, internationally praised as the Father of Modern Mexican Cuisine, is La Sandia in Santa Monica where guests can enjoy authentic Mexican specialties served alongside over 200 fine tequilas and agave spirits. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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TART RESTAURANT

For people in the know, it’s no secret that Tart Restaurant on Fairfax Avenue (across the street from CBS and down the street from Farmers Market and The Grove) is a go-to place for drinks and delicious grub in a cool setting. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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1886 BAR
NEW FALL COCKTAILS SOAR

Some folks like to criticize Southern California for not having “real” seasons, but with fall upon us, we’ll let the East Coasters enjoy the fall foliage because we have something better—a new season of classic and creative handcrafted cocktails from the forward thinking mixologists at 1886 Bar. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE CHARLESTON SUPPER CLUB
SUNDAYJAZZ BRUNCH HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES

It’s a well known fact that Santa Monica’s Charleston Super Club offers one of the best happy hours in town—featuring bottomless house wine and domestic beer. In addition to its impressive menu and great setting for live music, it also hosts a killer Sunday Jazz Brunch every week from 10:30 am to 3pm. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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KILLER SHRIMP

Locals are well aware of Killer Shrimp’s fiery reputation. Some may unknowingly think of it as the spicy seafood place that sometimes gets crazy enough at night that if feels like a club in the bar. With its flagship location in Marina Del Rey, as well as in Santa Barbara and soon the South Bay, a recent visit to the original marina location impressed and delighted. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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VIVA LA FRANCE
FUN FRENCH FLARE AT RIVIERA 31

Looking for a fun-filled Tuesday night out? I recently discovered the chic and merry amusement at Riviera 31 at Sofitel L.A. when they host their French Cabaret evenings. Drink nice French wine, enjoy tasty small bites and take in some lively entertainment that creates a rousing good time. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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TLT FOOD DOWNTOWN
NEW LOCATION—SAME QUALITY EATS

Chef Daniel Shemtob, co-founder of TLT Food, has opened a second restaurant, this time in downtown Los Angeles—the original brick and mortar location being in the heart of Westwood Village. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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WARWICK
IMPRESSES BUT MISSES THE MARK

Self-professed as an upscale concept set to redefine nightlife in LA, the brand new Warwick on Sunset Boulevard is impressive in its décor but subpar where it really matters. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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STATE SOCIAL HOUSE

The Sunset Strip is a notorious playground for locals and visitors alike, both of whom flock to Sunset Boulevard for a good time where rules are meant to be broken. From music, food and drinks, standards are high on Sunset. And all eyes are fixed on State Social House, the latest inhabitant to The Strip. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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SABABA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
LIVELY LONG BEACH LOUNGE CREATES GOOD TIMES

In case you ever tire of the word “cool” just say “sababa” – it means “cool” in Hebrew. And Israeli businessman Sagi Rochman took his passion for all things sababa and opened Sababa Restaurant & Lounge in Long Beach. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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COCO LAURENT
FINE FRENCH FARE…TRÉS BIEN!

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Coco Laurent. The French eatery and bar on the southwest corner of Seventh and Grand looks charming, serves stellar drinks courtesy of cocktail director Krishna Vutla, and has an unparalleled wine program run by touted Sommelier Henri Marquis. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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INDO.
ABBOT KINNEY’S FIRST VIETNAMESE POP-UP IS A WINNER

First it was the food trucks that bypassed the tried-and-true, brick-and-mortar restaurants and delighted taste buds all over town by offering creative and crave-worthy curbside delicacies. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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THE RAYMOND
PASADENA DINING GEM STILL SHINES

These days, it seems a lot of people are talking about The Raymond in Pasadena, but more often than not they’re praising the restaurant’s much lauded little bar, 1886 Bar—arguably the best handcrafted cocktail bar in town (Pasadena or otherwise). (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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THE CHARLESTON SUPPER CLUB
SANTA MONICA GASTROPUB & JAZZ CLUB HITS THE RIGHT NOTE

Maybe there’s some truth to the notion that the Westside, and especially beach communities like Santa Monica, live a more laidback life. But they sure do know how to unwind and party too. And a speakeasy haven like The Charleston, a leading Gastropub in Santa Monica, easily features one of the best Happy Hours in town. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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TRUXTON’S
NOT YOUR AVERAGE NEIGHBORHOOD AMERICAN BISTRO

I really have to hand it to the folks at Truxton’s because they absolutely raising the bar when it comes to standard neighborhood American bistro fare. The two current Truxton locations in Westchester and Santa Monica are neighborhood favorites, beloved for their reinvention of classic dishes at affordable prices. Even indie rappers like Dom Kennedy gives them shout outs in his songs. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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TINGA
A FAVORITE FOR MEXICAN CUISINE

While it may sound like a dirty Spanish word, Tinga actually gave the Miracle Mile and Hancock Park area something it had sorely been lacking for quite some time when in it opened in 2010—tasty Mexican food. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

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POOCH HOTEL OPENS

Having redefined pet boarding options in Chicago by offering unparalleled amenities, environmentally friendly mindset and a level of quality never seen before, Pooch Hotel is now open in Hollywood. (Story continued click on picture above)

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OAKS AT OJAI
GET AWAY AND RECLAIM YOURSELF

In need of a getaway without really getting away, or are you in need of kick starting a healthy regimen to get back on track? You’ll find both retreat and rejuvenation at The Oaks in nearby Ojai—a mere 90-minute drive north of Los Angeles. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CARSON HOUSE
BEERS, BITES & FORMIDABLE FARE IN BEVERLY HILLS

From the ashes of the short-lived and underappreciated Delfini Citta comes Carson House—a new and exciting destination on Wilshire Boulevard that is perfect as a go-to spot for lunch in-and-around Miracle Mile and Beverly Hills; a must visit for happy hour; or a soon to be favorite for beers, bites and killer dinner. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD
LAUNCHES FREE ‘PICK UP’ TROLLEY

Leave it to the City of West Hollywood to ramp up its game by launching its six-month pilot project known as The PickUp—a free late night weekend trolley service (with party music courtesy of DJ Derek Monteiro) that will provide transportation for revelers up and down Santa Monica Boulevard from Robertson to Fairfax on Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm to 3am. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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DOWNTOWN’S ‘COCO LAURENT’
INTRODUCES NEW & EXCITING WINE BAR

There really is nothing more relaxing than sitting with a fine glass of wine in hand. It’s the perfect way to unwind and simply enjoy a myriad of wonderful tastes and aromas that pleasantly overwhelm our senses. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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STILL WATER RUNS DEEP — Still Water Spirits and Sounds

This Dana point favorite has been recently renovated and is offering indoor and outdoor dining. The California Coastal Cuisine menu offers barroom favorites like burgers and steaks but also has seafood and a variety of tasty flatbreads. (Story continued click on picture above)

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DJ RASHIDA
DRESSED TO KILL

These days in ‘clubland’ it’s all about the deejay. Go to any ‘it’ club and all eyes are transfixed on the deejay. Sure, they’re leading the party but nowadays the club experience is more like a concert, with all eyes facing forward, rather than just free-for-all dancing. And one of the hottest names on the scene is rising-star DJ Rashida. (Story continued continued click on picture above)

 

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CAFÉ MIDI
BRUNCH BONANZA ON LA BREA

Walk by or into Café Midi on La Brea Avenue, a street on the rise in Los Angeles now booming with wonderful eateries, cafes and bakeries, and you might simply mistake it for a sidewalk café at Maison Midi—an eclectic furniture and household items store. Well, think again. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

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UBER
CAR SERVICE WITH STYLE

With all the talk these days about phantom cabs and unlicensed cabs, throwing the likes of Uber, along with Lyft and Sidecar, into the mix, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. (Story continued click on picture above)

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EXXOPOLIS—A MONUMENTAL SENSORY EXPERIENCE
COMES TO GRAND PARK

The Music Center and Grand Park will be taking interactive arts experiences to a new level when they bring Exxopolis, a wondrous, giant inflatable luminarium, to Grand Park this fall, leaving visitors with an oasis of color and “random acts of world culture.”  (Story continued click on picture above)

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ROBERT WILLIAMS IS MR. BITCHIN’

The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre recently screened the new documentary Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’ (available now at Cinema Libre) about acclaimed underground artist Robert Williams, best known for his painting “Appetite forDestruction,” which Guns N’ Roses used as the controversial cover of their 1987 debut release. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ROCK & BREWS
KISS FOUNDERS DELIVER THE GOODS TO THE SOUTH BAY

KISS founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are no strangers when it comes to showmanship and crowd-pleasing, whether onstage or feeding the masses. Teaming up with notable restaurateur Michael Zislis and concert industry veterans Dave and Dell Furano, they launched a rockin’ mix of good food and drinks with rock star swagger with their Rock & Brews brand. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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1886 BAR
SERVING SAVORY & SENSATIONAL SUMMER COCKTAILS

Our favorite bar, 1886 Bar at The Raymond in Pasadena, has done it again. The cozy and forward-thinking cocktail haven is now serving summer drinks and laying waste to any and all libation competition. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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PUBLIC SCHOOL
NOW SERVING 213, 310 & 805

Considering the craft of serving food and beer an art form, class is session all year round at Public School. Earning a solid A+ for achieving stellar combinations of fine fare with creative handcrafted cocktails and spot-on beers, Public School is taking care of Southland foodies from downtown LA to Culver City and Thousand Oaks. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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NO VACANCY
NOW OPEN TO DELIGHT OLD HOLLYWOOD STYLE

While Hollywood Boulevard is loaded with clubs galore to enthrall the scenesters, jetsetters and club kids, what has been missing is a good old fashioned bar. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MICHAEL’S ON NAPLES
FINE ITALIAN DINING IN A LUXURIOUS SETTING

I must admit I was thrown for a loop when I first heard about Michael’s On Naples, a lovely Italian eatery located on Naples Island. Naples Island? I thought that just must be a name of a cute neighborhood in Long Beach, but to my surprise, the dinner-only restaurant actually sits on an island. Go ahead…Google it. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

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THE FEDERAL BAR OPENS IN LONG BEACH

Our friends at The Federal Bar, North Hollywood’s premier gastropub, are now open for business in Downtown Long Beach. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE LOBSTER
A SANTA MONICA INSTITUTION SINCE 1925

The foot of the famed Santa Monica Pier is home to local institution The Lobster, a one-time popular “seafood shack” that has become a thriving Mecca for fine dining offering stunning 180° panoramic views of the pier, as well as the Pacific and Palisades Park—particularly spectacular at sunset. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

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THE LARCHMONT
HOME TO CLEAN & CHOICE CUISINE IN A COMFY SETTING

Amid the hustle and bustle of Melrose Avenue near busy Vine Street, is the calming and comfy confine of The Larchmont—for those seeking refuge with stellar food and drinks. From owners Mathew Cape, Spoon Singh and Robert Kass, along with Chef Cody Diegel (formerly of Magnolia, and Caulfield’s), the newly revamped Larchmont is a two-story craftsmen style restaurant that offers a staple of Californian farm-to-table fare for the refined palate. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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CONFEXION CUPCAKES + CAKES
DECADENT & DELIGHTFUL DESSERTS

Fans of sweet treats and decadent delights listen up, while some might think a trek to Pasadena is a long haul, believe me, time spent visiting ConfeXion Cupcakes + Cakes is as sweet as can be. After winning two championships on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and earning numerous “Best Of” awards, aunt and nephew team Vandy Altounian and Anthony Valerio decided it was time to expand their bakery by combining bold flavors with artful designs to reinvent gourmet favorites. (Story continued continued click on picture above)

 

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TOP ‘CRAFT BEERS’ LIST REVEALED

File under ‘good timing’ with the Fourth of July weekend upon us as Consumer Reports, a month periodical that publishes reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services, has issued its list of the best craft beers in the United States, based on a blind taste test of 23 craft ales and lagers. (Story continued continued click on picture above)

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1886 BAR
HEAD & SHOULDERS ABOVE THE REST

I have to hand it to the powers-that-be at the forward-thinking 1886 Bar in Pasadena, housed at the chic Raymond Restaurant, home to a first-rate breakfast and all around stellar cuisine, for being, in my opinion, the city’s best bar. Too bad it has to be all the way in Pasadena when I live in perfectly convenient Hollywood. (Story continued continued click on picture above)

 

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OSAWA
SHABU SHABU & SUSHI DELIGHTS IN OLD TOWN PASADENA

A Korean and Mexican-American walk into a Japanese restaurant in booming Old Town Pasadena…sounds like the beginning of joke, right? Except when you’re talking about the cuisine of Osawa Shabu Shabu Sushi where the food is no laughing matter. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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TWIST EATERY
LA BREA AVENUE CHIC CAFÉ WITH A TWIST

I have to admit, the recent changes along La Brea Avenue in the Mid-Wilshire/Hancock Park area are impressive. For years it wasn’t anything to look at, maybe a place to buy overpriced second hand clothes, but now La Brea is an area to shop, dine and stroll about. The latest tasty addition to the mix is TWIST Eatery, a chic urban cafe with a comforting…wait for it…twist. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

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STEFAN’S AT L.A. FARM
NEW SUMMER MENU DELIGHTS

Charismatic celebrity chef Stefan Richter, a bulldozer of a contestant on Top Chef Seasons 5 and 10, is a lot like his much sought after food, engaging, bold and daring. Talk to Richter for a few minutes and you’ll be taken by his charm and brashness, just like dining at his popular Stefan’s at L.A. Farm in Santa Monica, celebrating three years this summer. (Dine review continued continued click on picture above)

 

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BOA STEAKHOUSE
STEAK FIT FOR STARS

When you I steakhouse, I often conjure an image of an ‘old school’ haunt, maybe lined with crusty red walls, filled with veteran servers who have been employed there forever. But not in L.A, no, go to BOA Steakhouse and take in the swank, lush, star-driven digs. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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BLU JAME CAFÉ
SERVING KILLER BREAKFAST-ALL-DAY LONG

Hollywood’s prized “breakfast-all-day” hot spot, Blu Jam Café, has been delighting locals along Melrose Avenue since it opened back in 2006, and now our friends in the San Fernando Valley can experience killer breakfast-all-day long too at its new location on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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FIGUE MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT
REFINED DINING IN COOL, CAUSAL DESERT SETTING

While the temperature soars out in the Coachella Valley and Palm Desert area, a refined and cool restaurant has emerged to delight taste buds. If you’re looking to getaway this summer and hit up a cold pool in Palm Springs, take a drive out to La Quinta where a fine yet casual dining experience can be found at Figue Mediterranean, which aims to showcase the vibrant and delicious cuisine from the countries of the Mediterranean region. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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RUN FOR THE WALL 25TH ANNIVERSARY
FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!

It was a nice warm Wednesday, May 15, at 7:45 AM, when 1,500 motorcycles and support vehicles rolled out of a parking lot in Rancho Cucamonga, California for a 10 day trip to Washington DC. Their journey is not a fun one but one to bring attention to the tragedy of war and our MIA/POW veterans. (Story continued continued click on picture above)

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PINCHES TACOS
GREAT F’N TACOS

To some people, the name of popular fast casual taco chain Pinches Tacos is offensive. To others, those with a sense of humor, it’s just a fact—they make good fuckin’ tacos. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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SERVING THE LESS FORTUNATE WITH HEALTHY FOOD

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ST. GEORGE SPIRITS
BAY AREA BOOZE BASTION & MUST VISIT

I first heard of St. George Spirits at the wonderful mixology event that was Art Beyond the Glass held at the fabulous Sadie in Hollywood back in June. If you don’t already know, St. George Spirits is an artisanal distillery known for producing Hangar One Vodka, absinthe, single malt whiskey, and a range of exotic, high-end liqueurs, including Eau de vie dry fruit spirits. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE AND WINE BAR
OPENS IN BEVERLY HILLS

The elite steakhouse scene in Beverly Hills just got more crowded with the addition of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar on N. Beverly Drive. Known for its extraordinary prime steakhouse experience and nationally acclaimed wine program, the new Beverly Hills location promises to deliver unparalleled contemporary fine dining, combining its signature classic steaks with its ever-evolving small plates, and its popular 5 for $6 ‘til 7 happy hour featuring the incredible Prime Burger with cheese and bacon for only $6. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

 

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IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT HUMAN DIET
Hunt Thompson Media…90min…Not Rated

It’s no secret that obesity is at an all-time high. People today are as unhealthy as ever and always on the lookout for the next great “diet” to make us skinny and fit. But if time has taught us anything it’s that the quick fix is not always the best solution. (Story continued click on picture above)

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DJ VICE LAUNCHES TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

A globetrotter who drops beats and gets parties going like no other, DJ Vice, the resident Saturday night DJ at TAO at the Venetian in Las Vegas, as well as LAVO at the Palazzo on Sunday nights, and The Cosmopolitan on select Mondays, has recently partnered with high-end luggage company TUMI to launch DJ Vice’s Travel Essentials, a collection of cool and hip luggage fit for the world class DJ, business traveler, and hipster. (Story continued click on picture above)

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SPAGO
WOLFGANG PUCK’S CLASSIC EATERY STILL SHINES

Wolfgang Puck’s Spago – the celebrity chef’s first heralded restaurant serving "California Cuisine" – opened in 1982 above the Sunset Strip. His Beverly Hills’ Spago opened in 1997 as a more upscale establishment and all these years later it still shines as a beacon of quality Los Angeles fine dining. (Review continued click on picture above)

 

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BIKE SHARE PROGRAM COMES TO L.A.

At the recent CicLAvia event in downtown Los Angeles, where roughly 100,000 bike riders hit the streets, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced plans for a $16-million bike sharing program. According to Villaraigosa, who has always stressed his desire for “Angelenos to get out of their cars and on to the streets,” the new program aims to put thousands of bicycles at hundreds of rental kiosks across the city. (Story continued click on picture above)

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NEXT DOOR BY JOSIE
UPSCALE LOUNGE NEXT TO FAVE WESTSIDE EATERY

Located literally next door to venerable west side restaurant Josie, where Chef Josie Le Balch prepares an uncomplicated menu of classic cuisine and comfort foods, ranging from the enticing Pan-Seared Duck with Savory Hawthorn Berry Sauce to the homey rib-eye steak with Pop's Peppercorn Sauce, is her latest venture, Next Door By Josie, a simple and sophisticated lounge serving wonderful cocktails, big and small snacks, and mouthwatering big plates in a more casual setting. (Dine review continued click on picture above)

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