Matu’s multicourse meat menu in Beverly Hills is all too satisfying

Matū (mah-too) is for the meat lover, for the one who only puts the best ingredients into their body. Matu serves 100% grass-fed wagyu – not from Japan, but from First Light Farms of New Zealand.  Upon valet arrival at 239 S Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, a guest leaving lets me know she has come every week from Pacific Palisades to this new buzzing, … Continue reading Matu’s multicourse meat menu in Beverly Hills is all too satisfying

Top Reasons to Stay at the new Le Meridien Pasadena Arcadia Hotel

Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia is a new property under the Marriott brand with a stylish midcentury modern design aesthetic bringing Le Méridien’s distinctive European heritage to the Southern California destination. The hotel boats 234 newly remodeled rooms and 14,000 square feet of event space.   This winter season, the hotel toasts to the festive season with a special winter package. Guests will receive breakfast for two … Continue reading Top Reasons to Stay at the new Le Meridien Pasadena Arcadia Hotel

Returning to Washington, DC

Returning to the nation’s Capital after 15 years was like retracing the footsteps of my youth. After graduate school in Connecticut, I moved to the Washington, DC area where I spent ten years growing up and learning how to navigate the world and survive a city. Recently, my 25-year reunion had been canceled at Gettysburg College, but some of us decided to still return to … Continue reading Returning to Washington, DC

7 Best Bars for Nonalcoholic Cocktails in LA

Barhopping is a favorite pastime for many people in Los Angeles. With more than 1,640 taverns to choose from, there’s no shortage of great places to stop and grab a drink. Here in Southern California, partying is a way of life for many. However, sober lifestyles in LA are also incredibly vibrant, especially as the market for alcohol-free beverages continues to increase. Now, you can … Continue reading 7 Best Bars for Nonalcoholic Cocktails in LA

Carlsbad, easy Southern California living 

A little more than an hour’s drive from Malibu midday (or perhaps a short Metrolink ride for you), we found ourselves in Carlsbad for a winter weekend. The small southern California town in North San Diego County is 87 miles south of LA on the water. With no expectations of what the area might be like, we never imagined to repeatedly ask, “Why doesn’t Malibu … Continue reading Carlsbad, easy Southern California living 

Weekender a L’Orange

Orange County is in the national spotlight this week following a catastrophic oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach. The devastation will last years. Authorities are cautioning the public to stay away from the affected areas. Fortunately, Orange County has so much to offer that you’ll be able to entertain yourself thoroughly as those beaches and wildlands recover.  Disneyland is the obvious centerpiece of … Continue reading Weekender a L’Orange

Debbie Durkin’s Eco-Luxe “Endless Summer” draws crowds at the Beverly Hilton

Debbie Durkin’s EcoLuxe “Endless Summer” (and COVID-safe!) Luxury Experience honored Primetime TV Award Nominees over the weekend at The Beverly Hilton’s outdoor “Wilshire Garden” in Beverly Hills, CA. Getty Images snapped stars on the green carpet. Guests mingled outside over a buffet brunch and pizza oven where guests could learn how to sling pizzas in many varieties thanks to Hilton Chef Matthew. A dessert bar included churros dipped in … Continue reading Debbie Durkin’s Eco-Luxe “Endless Summer” draws crowds at the Beverly Hilton

Channel Islands, like nowhere else on earth

The Channel Islands have piqued my interest for over a decade as I look at Catalina Island (one of the 8 Channel Islands) from our Malibu pad. During the pandemic we discovered the lesser known idyllic Two Harbors on Catalina where a stay at rustic Banning House Lodge made me long for my tranquil New England homeland. But these other unfamiliar islands we yearned to … Continue reading Channel Islands, like nowhere else on earth

Get to know Torrance, California

Sandwiched between Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes, many people don’t realize that Torrance, California has an incredible food and craft beer scene. One of the largest Japanese populations outside of Hawaii in America exists here too influencing the cuisine in major ways. Just 10 miles from LAX and 17 miles north of Long Beach Airport, Torrance is the place to enjoy your hops in your flip flops! … Continue reading Get to know Torrance, California