Dreaming of Santa Monica sushi – Sushi Roku offers curbside white glove service

In the last few weeks, I have learned how to make do with what’s in my home to make meals. I’ve learned to not waste items that can be reused in another dish, and now I feel deeply grateful for my dining-out experiences, something Angelenos often do many times a week. There has never been a lack of excitement in LA’s food scene. Today I … Continue reading Dreaming of Santa Monica sushi – Sushi Roku offers curbside white glove service

Kappo Osen in Santa Monica: In photos

UPDATED: Delivery and take-out are still offered at Kappo Osen in Santa Monica. Los Angeles is home to some of the best sushi in the world – from high end omakase (where the menu is entrusted to the chef) to experimental sushi bars, traditional izakayas and sushi wine bars. It’s where the California roll and crispy rice slathered with spicy tuna were born, where Nobu … Continue reading Kappo Osen in Santa Monica: In photos

Social Eats: An upscale food hall in Santa Monica

UPDATED: Place orders now on ORDERSOCIALEATS.COM. Drive thru pickup is now offered in the 3rd Court Alley and free local delivery. Simply call 424.317.5429 upon arrival and someone from our team will run out your order. We will continue to offer delivery via Postmates, Grubhub, UberEats, and DoorDash. If Gallery Food Hall on the Third Street Promenade wasn’t enough to satiate your cravings for tacos, ice cream, … Continue reading Social Eats: An upscale food hall in Santa Monica

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

Twenty things I learned from Chef Nobu over lunch

Nobu, now the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant, came on my radar 14 or 15 years ago when our Washington, DC crew spent a week at the Shore Club Hotel in Miami with the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Alba, Tara Reed, Adrien Brody, and Jamie Foxx partying in our midst either poolside, at a table nearby on New Year’s, or the start of each evening … Continue reading Twenty things I learned from Chef Nobu over lunch

The ultimate sushi experience at Nozawa Bar

Nozawa Bar has been one of my sushi fantasies for a long time, the place you go for a 20+ course carefully selected sushi and seafood Japanese tasting menu for your birthday or special occasion. I had heard tales of this secret place since it opened in April 2013. After waiting many years in LA to experience this tradition-based omakase sushi meal, 2019 was going … Continue reading The ultimate sushi experience at Nozawa Bar

Love SUGARFISH? Try KazuNori – The Original Handroll Bar from Sushi Nozawa Group

Hand roll heaven. In my sushi excursions, I am often the one ordering hand rolls for myself which is how I prefer my sushi, so when I heard about Sugar Fish’s new concept that just offers hand rolls, I was excited! KazuNori (The Original Hand Roll Bar) is like SUGARFISH’s cousin. Locations can be found in Santa Monica, Downtown LA, and Westwood. Similar to LA’s beloved … Continue reading Love SUGARFISH? Try KazuNori – The Original Handroll Bar from Sushi Nozawa Group

Sushi Note dazzles in Sherman Oaks

I never would have imagined that some of the best sushi of my life could be found in Sherman Oaks. This new cozy relaxed mid-century-esque sushi and wine bar offers some of the freshest and most unique fish I’ve savored in LA. On a weekday evening, Chef Kiminobu Saito is carefully selecting and slicing delicate velvety sushi while nearby I watch the first female chef I’ve ever … Continue reading Sushi Note dazzles in Sherman Oaks

The Essential Guide to Dining in Maui

This article was first published on MoneyInc, November 2018. Hawaii is a true melting pot. Everywhere we dined had influences of multi-ethnic cuisine. By 1911, 16,000 Portuguese arrived as laborers on sugarcane plantations along with Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Filipinos in various years. Many stayed to create Hawaii’s rainbow of cultures that influence the food today. Along with the produce and ingredients coming straight from … Continue reading The Essential Guide to Dining in Maui

Osen Izakaya, the freshest find in Silver Lake

Move over Nobu prices, come to Silver Lake for premium sushi, and innovative Japanese dishes thanks to Chef Damon Cho, formerly from Matsuhisa, Masa (NYC), and TAO Hollywood. If I only lived closer, I would frequent this traditional style restaurant weekly. Lunch specials are offered regularly with melt-in-your-mouth super fresh fish like Red Snapper with shiso dressing, Citron Salmon with a ceciche dressing, and delicate … Continue reading Osen Izakaya, the freshest find in Silver Lake