Now you can imbibe at Chez Jay in The Backyard

Chez Jay! Hey! Your favorite beachside watering hole with a lurid history now has a relaxing space to imbibe outside called The Backyard. This cozy outdoor bar space in Santa Monica with couches, a fire pit, and Adirondack chairs is serving up some of the best bar bites, perfect for happy hour or a post-beach/post-surf giddy-up! A bright blue fence backs up the space to … Continue reading Now you can imbibe at Chez Jay in The Backyard

Drinking Whisky at the Airport

The idea of holding a whisky tasting event at an airport initially struck me as off-key, but given that it was being held during a government shutdown in which TSA agents were walking off the job and air traffic controllers were moonlighting as Uber drivers, it struck me as par for the course; that and the fact the airport is no longer operational. Last week, … Continue reading Drinking Whisky at the Airport

Eat your way through the new Gallery Food Hall in Santa Monica

The new Gallery Food Hall on Third St. Promenade in Santa Monica is our favorite quick eats destination on the west side. The ever-growing two-story food hall offers quick and easy lunch, dinner, and dessert options in a hip clean space. Guests can bring food on to the second-floor outdoor deck to enjoy the California sunshine or people watch down below on the promenade. Comfy Adirondack … Continue reading Eat your way through the new Gallery Food Hall in Santa Monica

HiHo Cheeseburger in Santa Monica

Los Angeles is saturated with good burger joints, but some stand out from the crowd and will literally make you drive out of your way to sample a worthy meat patty. HiHo Cheeseburger (next to Uovo Pasta Bar) now serves the only 100 % grass-fed wagyu burger in LA, along with a vegan burger and the most sinful cheesecake with a dripping of strawberry (which we … Continue reading HiHo Cheeseburger in Santa Monica

Skate and snack at ICE in Santa Monica

It may never snow in LA, but bring some holiday cheer to your loved ones with an outing at Santa Monica’s beloved ICE presented by The Plaza at Santa Monica, where you can ice skate under the twinkly lights (and pretend its winter). Located at the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica’s 8,000 square foot outdoor ice-skating rink is the perfect date … Continue reading Skate and snack at ICE in Santa Monica

Southern Italian cuisine with a Michelin star chef at Luigi al Teatro

The restaurant Luigi al Teatro speaks to me. Perhaps it is because my ancestors came from southern Italy but before I even dine, the restaurant mesmerizes me with the design and intimate outdoor bar with hanging bulbs and seed pockets growing produce off the walls. Just 11 months old, Luigi al Teatro is tucked behind Main Street Santa Monica in what is almost Venice. The youngest … Continue reading Southern Italian cuisine with a Michelin star chef at Luigi al Teatro

Movies and Mixology

Revenge, like a refreshing craft cocktail, is best served cold. On Wednesday evening, both were elevated to high art at Arclight Cinemas’ Lights, Camera, Cocktails series as the Santa Monica location of the theater chain teamed up with Bar Accomplice to host a screening of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1. The series, which pairs top local bartenders and classic movies, debuted to great fanfare … Continue reading Movies and Mixology

Memorable Restaurants to Impress Your Date in LA

Los Angeles is not short on places to wow your date and experience a memorable meal. Try one of our favorite spots to impress your loved one. We broke this down to what you need to know – what to sip, order, share, savor, and what not to miss. Inko Nito in Downtown LA Arts District For a sensational interactive dinner, sit at the bar and … Continue reading Memorable Restaurants to Impress Your Date in LA

Uovo, LA’s real Italian pasta bar

The buzz in LA about Uovo piqued my curiosity from the start because 1) I am Italian 2) I am obsessed with good food  3) Who doesn’t love homemade pasta? and 4) Uovo is on the westside in Santa Monica. After traipsing through the center of the local Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, I found my seat at Uovo at their intimate countertop bar with a … Continue reading Uovo, LA’s real Italian pasta bar

Santa Monica Food Truck Tuesdays Will Satisfy Any Craving

Are you in the mood for a fun, casual weeknight out with friends? Well, then head to Santa Monica Food Truck Tuesdays! Every Tuesday from 5:00pm-9:30pm, half a dozen gourmet food trucks gather in an open lot adjacent to the Victorian and serve up an array of delicious and affordable dishes. Different trucks are also showcased each week, thus providing customers with an opportunity to … Continue reading Santa Monica Food Truck Tuesdays Will Satisfy Any Craving