Local chefs share their favorite grilling tips

This article was first published in Malibu Coast Lifestyle Magazine print  – summer 2020. For the full article, click HERE.  There’s no time like a pandemic to learn how to master your grill. While most Americans huddle around outdoor grills as a form of camaraderie, celebration or communion, socially distant BBQ gatherings may become the future. Here, five local chefs share their grilling secrets and … Continue reading Local chefs share their favorite grilling tips

Escape LA to the mountain town of Idyllwild

My curiosity about Idyllwild was piqued when I saw a travel writer friend hike to the top of Mount Jacinto in a weekend jaunt from LA several years ago. Always intrigued by her snow-filled woodsy photos, this small mountain town just a few hours from LA came back on my radar during the pandemic. We would have been in Europe this summer but instead, we … Continue reading Escape LA to the mountain town of Idyllwild

For the Love of LA – Support Tourism with a Staycation

Los Angeles tourism debuts LA Love with a campaign calling on Angelenos to pledge to safely take a staycation when they are ready to help jumpstart the local economy. New data shows if every employed Angeleno stays 3 nights in an L.A. hotel, supports 3 restaurants, and visits 3 attractions, it would inject 1.4 billion back in the L.A. economy and create more than 20,000 … Continue reading For the Love of LA – Support Tourism with a Staycation

Hollywood Road Trip: Drive-In Movies Make a Comeback

Due to the pandemic, people are antsy to find ways to get out of the house. One interesting development this summer is the drive-in movie theater. In Los Angeles, numerous drive-in experiences have popped up all over – from the Pasadena Rose Bowl to a Thai restaurant. Though drive-ins arrived in America in the 1910s, the first patented drive-in was opened on June 6, 1933, … Continue reading Hollywood Road Trip: Drive-In Movies Make a Comeback

8 Restaurants in LA with Outdoor Seating and Lots of Space

It’s the summer of dining in — or is it? It is possible to enjoy an elegant dinner out on the town. The trick involves finding a restaurant with an alfresco ambiance. You won’t find any lack of such eateries in sunny Los Angeles, CA. Whether you have a taste for Thai or a fancy for French cuisine, you’ll find something to delight every palate. … Continue reading 8 Restaurants in LA with Outdoor Seating and Lots of Space

Your multi-sauce companion – Diablo Verde’s Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Now that we are cooking almost every meal from home during the pandemic, it is nice to have a multi-use sauce. Recently, we have been turned on to Diablo Verde Creamy Cilantro sauce by 3SonsFoods available in Mild, Medium, and Hot. The mild level has enough spicy kick for me. The sauce is soy-free, preservative-free, and egg-free plus vegetarian and keto-friendly – a win-win-win! We have enjoyed … Continue reading Your multi-sauce companion – Diablo Verde’s Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Greater Palm Springs Drinks and Dining – What is open and where you can dream to go soon

By the time we all get out of Covid-19 lockdown and can move free of fear, it may feel like the Roaring 20s all over again. You might want to hug a stranger, dance in the streets, or scream for freedom. Get to know Greater Palm Springs by sipping your way around the destination’s 9 distinct cities. Many establishments offer outdoor seatings, patios, gardens, rooftops, … Continue reading Greater Palm Springs Drinks and Dining – What is open and where you can dream to go soon

Son of a Barista – easy espresso at home

Many companies during this 2020 pandemic have had to rethink business models and pivot to stay afloat and one such L.A. based brand called Son of a Barista is banking on everyone staying home now by shifting sales from hotels to consumers. America’s obsession with good coffee and caffeine has steadily catapulted beginning with the first Starbucks opening in Seattle in 1971. Long gone are the … Continue reading Son of a Barista – easy espresso at home

LOQUI – 1 taco, 2 tacos, 3 tacos, 4

Tacos at LOQUI are incredibly satisfying. This may be due to the special scatch-made flour tortillas or the ingredients that make me feel like I’m back in Mexico. Cofounded and led by Mexican-born Ari Ampudia, LOQUI celebrates the connection between familial culture and Mexican food. LOQUI recreates the flavors and simplicity of a classic taqueria.  It is impossible to not eat one or two on your … Continue reading LOQUI – 1 taco, 2 tacos, 3 tacos, 4

Bowlila – For the Love of Chickpeas

Another new plant-based delivery and takeout concept has popped up in LA – Bowlila! But these healthy eats are all about the love of chickpeas. Balila, a Lebanese dish consisting of chickpeas boiled with lemon juice, garlic, and various spices served as a hot mezze dish, is their Middle Eastern inspiration for Bowlila – but their bowls are inspired by different regions around the world … Continue reading Bowlila – For the Love of Chickpeas