Tiato Kitchen and Garden: Paradise’s Patio

As the pandemic rages on, I feel an urgency to help support our most cherished dining establishments. The chain restaurants and their parent companies may take a hit to their stock price, but they’ll weather the storm. In the meantime, local eateries are just trying to tread water amid the latest wave — the second or third depending on how you’re counting — finding new … Continue reading Tiato Kitchen and Garden: Paradise’s Patio

Nueva, you had me at Uni, Mezcal cocktails, and MexiCali Cuisine

Nueva is your new reason to get out of the house. Newly-opened in Venice right next to Scopa, NUEVA offers socially distant patio dining outside. Coming here might be the pick-up you need because the food and cocktails are incredible! Once a hotspot back in the day that almost felt like an outdoor club, some 12 years ago this same location was once filled with … Continue reading Nueva, you had me at Uni, Mezcal cocktails, and MexiCali Cuisine

Drive-thru the 1st Annual WonderLand this season for holiday joy

If you made it to Haunt’Oween LA then you remember the Halloween joy that was spread –as this immersive drive-thru experience included elaborate haunted homes, immersive story-scapes, character actors, and major candy dumps right through the sunroof of your car. Save the date for Experiential Supply Co.’s next holiday drive-thru experience, their 1st Annual “Wonderland” starting on November 30 – December 23 and December 26 – … Continue reading Drive-thru the 1st Annual WonderLand this season for holiday joy

L.A.’s iconic Griffin Club is a welcome respite during Covid

The iconic Griffin Club may not be the refined scene-y Soho House that caters to a younger crowd, but it is one of a plethora of private clubs in LA that caters to families and all ages due to their many offerings.  The members-only social and athletic club situated in West LA has a deep history dating back to 1926. Once known as the Beverly … Continue reading L.A.’s iconic Griffin Club is a welcome respite during Covid

Moongazing in Joshua Tree in the back of a Chevy Silverado

The pandemic may have reduced our regular air travel, but it hasn’t slowed down our love for outdoor adventures and road trips in California. To our surprise, the pandemic pushed us to buy our first home and our travel budget unexpectedly switched to furniture and home improvements in Palm Springs, but that still didn’t stop our need for local travel exploration.  Little did we know … Continue reading Moongazing in Joshua Tree in the back of a Chevy Silverado

New Experiences along the California Central Coast

The pandemic has people itching for new experiences after being cooped up at home. The American road trip has fueled peoples’ spirits in 2020 as a safer alternative for adventure.  Get reacquainted with California’s grandeur by leaving the big cities for California’s Central Coast. Just halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the peace and calm of wide-open spaces, uncrowded white sand beaches, outdoor adventure, … Continue reading New Experiences along the California Central Coast

I Survived 2020: A Science-Believer’s Guide to a COVID-Free Getaway

I’ll admit it, I was hesitant to venture into the not-my-neighborhood and, daringly, stay multiple nights in not-my-house. I still am and probably will be for months — maybe year (ask me after Nov. 3, or hopefully soon thereafter) — but I do feel much better about the possibility of vacation travel in these unprecedented times.  So, ground rules: Everything below is dog-friendly, kid-friendly and … Continue reading I Survived 2020: A Science-Believer’s Guide to a COVID-Free Getaway

Vanessa Angel reflects on her time in LA

Model-actress mom extraordinaire Vanessa Angel has lived in L.A. for nearly 30 years. If you are a bit older, you may know her from the classic Farrelly brothers comedic film Kingpin. If you are my mom, she calls from the east coast to tell me she saw Vanessa on the Hallmark Channel. After gracing the covers of every well-known fashion magazine in her early modeling … Continue reading Vanessa Angel reflects on her time in LA

Gastro Garage’s flaming culinary experience brings joy during uncertain times

Gastro Garage has been wearing masks and gloves since 2014. It is an unexpected evening to be seated outside on the rooftop of the W Hotel Hollywood after being thermometer checked in a mask at the hotel lobby door. In tumultuous times comes rare glimmers of sunshine. These really may be the worst of times (at least in my life) and this 8-course meal (including … Continue reading Gastro Garage’s flaming culinary experience brings joy during uncertain times

Lifetherapy – Boost your mood with personalized body care scents

During these unsettling times, many of us are not traveling and the simplest pleasures at home can do us a world of good, like the energized scent of jasmine, red-orange, marsh grass, and peach skin in your shower. The Energized Body Wash and Bubbling Bath is a serious mood lifter. It’s the little things. Experience how scent is so influential on our minds. Lifetherapy is … Continue reading Lifetherapy – Boost your mood with personalized body care scents