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

Sunday Funday brunch at LOCALA inside the Mayfair Hotel

Inside the revamped historic 1926 Mayfair Hotel in the emerging Westlake neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles, find an indulgent brunch at LOCALA Kitchen + Bar. Pass the stunning grandiose light-filtering foyer with original 1926 columns and bravado art from well-known street artists to enter LOCALA. This mid-century mod restaurant comes with reasonable prices, more than most brunch spots in LA. Helmed by Wolfgang Puck protégé … Continue reading Sunday Funday brunch at LOCALA inside the Mayfair Hotel

Ring in 2020 in LA style – where to get your evening started

Some of us prefer to stay home on New Year’s Eve but some of us prefer to go big, especially when ringing in once-in-a-lifetime 2020! Forget cooking at home this New Year’s Eve and worrying about what to purchase to entertain guests and family. Make your holiday easy and memorable by booking a festive night at one of the many fabulous Los Angeles restaurants offering … Continue reading Ring in 2020 in LA style – where to get your evening started

A rotating chef series begins at DTLA’s new Abernethy’s

As I walk from my car to the new downtown Los Angeles restaurant Abernethy’s at the newly renovated Music Center Plaza, I watch teens laughing in the dancing fountains while the sunset glow bounces off the new Mullin Wine Bar and Go Get Em Tiger coffee shop. This downtown LA plaza feels so modern, clean, and slick – symbolic of a gritty downtown now on the … Continue reading A rotating chef series begins at DTLA’s new Abernethy’s

sixth + mill in DTLA dishes up southern Italian

To add to Downtown LA’s booming culinary scene,  Southern Italian inspired dishes are being served up at unpretentious sixth+mill pizzeria and bar – including Neapolitan-style pizzas, pastas, and seasonal plates. Next door, you can find their sister restaurant, The Factory Kitchen serving up southern Italian dishes at a bit of a higher price point. Tomato-based concepts and dishes inspired by the Southern region of Italy … Continue reading sixth + mill in DTLA dishes up southern Italian

Q Sushi: DTLA’s Michelin star

You could easily walk by the door to Q Sushi on the busy Downtown LA street near the swank Nomad Hotel sandwiched between the bustling Seven Grand bar and Seven Bar Lounge, without knowing you cruised by one of the best traditional Japanese experiences in Los Angeles. As we arrived a bit earlier than 8 PM, we were ushered to our seats at the omakase bar … Continue reading Q Sushi: DTLA’s Michelin star

DTLA Dinner Club: Culinary Camaraderie

The thought of a dinner club did not actually sound appealing to me, maybe because I’m married now, maybe because the invite said 30 people and that sounded overwhelming, or maybe because going to dinner with strangers did not sound fun. A friend had convinced me to attend and I’m happy she did. All of my fears were swiftly squashed after a night on the … Continue reading DTLA Dinner Club: Culinary Camaraderie

HATCH Your Tastebuds with Daniel Shemtob’s Yakitori

Chef Daniel Shemtob and his team have created a Japanese inspired yakitori and bar in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles called HATCH Yakitori +Bar. Chef Shemtob’s vision for a Japanese-inspired yakitori bar reflects his thoughtfulness around flavors and food. His yakitori skewers honor Japanese precision and perfection while displaying his personal culinary style. Standout items include thigh and green onion, chicken meatballs, pork belly, … Continue reading HATCH Your Tastebuds with Daniel Shemtob’s Yakitori

ELF on a Rooftop

Rooftop Cinema Club’s viewing of Holiday classic, Elf, played to a sold out crowd! Located in Downtown LA’s LEVEL, the rooftop set the perfect scene for a winter viewing of a holiday classic.  The venue was decorated with a holiday spin, complete with a giant-sized stocking and faux snow on the ground. Only in Los Angeles would it be possible to watch a holiday movie … Continue reading ELF on a Rooftop

The Mayfair Hotel: A Downtown LA Renaissance

This article was first published in MoneyInc, December 2018.  As you pass through the gritty urban landscape of the emerging Westlake neighborhood in downtown LA, you will arrive at the newly revamped historic hotel Mayfair Hotel. The eclectic sexy hotel embodies the Los Angeles spirit and fosters creative self-expression with a communal writer’s room, custom podcast room, and art gallery space. The hotel is decorated … Continue reading The Mayfair Hotel: A Downtown LA Renaissance