Category Restaurants

How to Game LA and Win, Despite Taking a Beating

A Black Eye and a Broken Finger Didn’t Change My Love for LA, and I Even Learned a Few New Tricks  I usually visit Los Angeles a couple of times a year, returning to the hangouts I frequented when I… Continue Reading →

The post-pandemic visit to LA that never was

I went back to LA again this summer. It was my second trip there since the start of the pandemic. It started much better than my previous visit three months earlier, during spring break in April 2021. The city had… Continue Reading →

Joe's Pizza: NYC-style pizza, complete with attitude

Hollywood pizzeria serves up hot slices, gruff service no extra charge If you’d like a taste of the Big Apple, but you don’t want to venture from the streets of LA, Joe’s Pizza in Hollywood has a hot pizza pie… Continue Reading →

Santa Monica's Tumbi is an epicurean journey across India

Chef Imran Ali Mookhi’s menu offers street food to Indian haute cuisine Forget everything you know about Indian food when you step into Tumbi. On a trendy stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, where a common Indian restaurant would not survive… Continue Reading →

San Diego's Jsix offers American-Filipino fare at its finest

Chef Anthony Sinsay surprises with authentic recipes from his culinary heritage, and adds a modern twist Named for its location at the corner of J Street and Sixth streets adjacent to the Kimpton Hotel Solamar in the East Village, JSix is… Continue Reading →

San Diego's OB Surf Lodge is the place to be apres beach

Ocean Beach hangout offers more than expected If beach casual is your thing, the OB Surf Lodge, located on the corner of Santa Monica Avenue and Abbott Street in Ocean Beach, offers everything you’d expect from a casual beach bar… Continue Reading →

An Italian experience awaits at North Italia

A warm Italian welcoming and abudanza  awaits at Santa Monica’s family Italian restaurant From first blush I liked North Italia. And yes, that is an allusion to the fine list of vino, but first, let’s talk atmosphere. On a Friday… Continue Reading →

A beach for kids and other things to love about Marina del Rey

LA’s family friendly waterfront destination is a place where children and parents can kick back Marina del Rey is one of the mellowest beach communities in Los Angeles. With 600 acres of protected natural wetlands on its southern border, making… Continue Reading →

Il Piccolo Verde is small-town Italian served big

Il Picollo Verde is fine Italian dining that is approachable in price and atmosphere. The restaurant is relatively small, occupying a long and narrow storefront on Barrington Place in Brentwood Village. The heated patio overlooks a relatively quiet street, and is… Continue Reading →

L'Ami for a family brunch or romantic date night

L’Ami aims to please with Mediterranean hospitality Before I appraise the food at L’Ami in Santa Monica, I would be remiss not to mention another recommendation of this charming restaurant, the atmosphere.  This Mediterranean oasis, in the middle of Los… Continue Reading →

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