Good Times at Nostalgia Bar and Lounge in Santa Monica

Run, skip, skateboard, scooter, cartwheel, or ride your Big Wheel or BMX bike to Santa Monica’s new playful cocktail lounge tribute to the ’80s and ’90s. The cocktail masters here are amplifying your childhood flavors with exciting whimsical mixture medleys like we’ve never seen done before.  Nostalgia Bar and Lounge may conjure up notions of that push pop you craved as a kid, chocolate-y Yoo-hoo, … Continue reading Good Times at Nostalgia Bar and Lounge in Santa Monica

Explore Santa Barbara, the American Riviera

This article was first published in Malibu Coast Lifestyle print and Conejo Valley Lifestyle print (June 2021). After more than two years apart due to the pandemic, I found myself reuniting with my East Coast mother in Santa Barbara. Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara boasts temperatures in the 70s year-round and has about 80 cloudy days a year. Even though we arrived during … Continue reading Explore Santa Barbara, the American Riviera

Best Restaurants in LA 2022 – See LaLaScoop’s article on Lonely Planet

Read the full article HERE. Los Angeles is a city is exploding with new eateries. Brave chefs and hospitality workers have been knocked down over and over the last few years. Many had to reinvent their menus to survive.  But this is a resilient city where culinary creatives from all over the world continue to flock and test out inventive ideas – often bringing diverse cuisines … Continue reading Best Restaurants in LA 2022 – See LaLaScoop’s article on Lonely Planet

Get to know LA through Tacos – See LaLaScoop’s article on Lonely Planet

Explore Los Angeles through its best tacos MELISSA CURTIN Lonely Planet Writer 29 APRIL 2022 – https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/best-tacos-in-los-angeles LA LA has one of the most exciting taco scenes in the US © Melissa Curtin Tacos are a Southern California way of life. For many Angelenos, searching out tacos is a love affair – and often a quest to sample as many varieties as possible.  LA has … Continue reading Get to know LA through Tacos – See LaLaScoop’s article on Lonely Planet

Cook the perfect steak this Memorial Day Weekend with First Light Farms Wagyu

A First Light Farms Fire open fire cooking experience with Chef Kevin O’Connor Since being introduced to First Light Farms 100% grass-fed wagyu in LA, I’ve become obsessed with the richness of the boeuf, especially the rib eye. The beautifully marbled meat tastes like no other I’ve ever sampled. It is truly the Rolls Royce of beef – sweet, tender, juicy. And who doesn’t want to only … Continue reading Cook the perfect steak this Memorial Day Weekend with First Light Farms Wagyu

Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival returns this Memorial Day Weekend at Balboa Bay Resort

It is an exciting time when events return! After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival is back on Memorial Day Weekend at the opulent Balboa Bay Resort making a splash with three days of Epicurious adventures at Newport’s most luxurious waterfront retreat, surrounded by jaw-dropping yachts, elegant architecture, and splashy sunsets. On Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, experience … Continue reading Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival returns this Memorial Day Weekend at Balboa Bay Resort

“The Journey” Hollywood Premiere Marks an Historic Night

Those who follow my musical theatre writing career know that I truly appreciate the storytelling, artistry, and emotionality of Japanese manga and anime – especially the way in which they can be translated to western-style theatre, film, and music. On April 12, 2022, I had the opportunity to attend the world premiere of Manga Productions’ newest action fantasy film, THE JOURNEY, directed by Kobun Shizuno … Continue reading “The Journey” Hollywood Premiere Marks an Historic Night

The Top 10 Tastes of L.A.’s Masters

THE TOP 10 TASTES OF LA’S CULINARY MASTERS After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Masters of Taste made its grand return to the Rose Bowl on April 3, 2022 – bigger, better, and tastier than ever before!  Having attended this annual culinary festival for many years, I was anticipating a flavorful Sunday out on Pasadena’s famous field – but never did I … Continue reading The Top 10 Tastes of L.A.’s Masters

Guide to Planning a Baby Shower in LA

Nailing down the details of a baby shower may seem overwhelming, whether this is the first one you’ve planned or you’ve gotten a bit rusty. Luckily, LA offers plenty of fun options for mommies to be and their friends and family! Things will be smooth sailing in no time with a bit of help — from deciding on a theme to planning fun and inclusive … Continue reading Guide to Planning a Baby Shower in LA

BIG BIG Baja – 3 restaurants with below the border bites

After many years, I’m still thinking of one of the best lunches of my life in Baja California, Mexico, just outside Todos Santos at a restaurant called Jazamango by innovative creative Chef Javier Plascencia. Seated next to a lush garden, the restaurant offers up produce from a few feet away and seafood delights from the abundant and fruitful lands of Baja while the open outdoor … Continue reading BIG BIG Baja – 3 restaurants with below the border bites