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

Italian Team Scores in Your Kitchen

Cooking Italian at home is such a unique and satisfying experience, it even has its own Spotify playlist. Few pleasures in life rival the heavenly aromas of a kitchen stove sauteeing traditional Italian ingredients like garlic, onion, and tomato. And if you’re like me, you consider artisanal sauces and pastas a form of currency, and a cupboard full of such items a virtual treasure chest. … Continue reading Italian Team Scores in Your Kitchen

Pacifique, your neighborly West Hollywood bistro – dishes, spirits, and mimosas to-go

The full moon in West Hollywood is not just outside but has been captured inside Pacifique, West Hollywood’s new romantic dimly lit restaurant den. A hint perhaps of their Asian-inspired cuisine but with a California French flair menu too. No need to cozy up now in a booth or meet new friends at their quaint bar, this luxe bistro remains open for delivery during this … Continue reading Pacifique, your neighborly West Hollywood bistro – dishes, spirits, and mimosas to-go

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

A Paso Robles Weekender Primer

The cliché is that it’s what Napa used to be. But Paso Robles doesn’t seem to care for the comparisons with the long-established wine country to the north. Oh, they’re happy to provide fruit for those big “Napa Valley” Zins and Cabs, but appear happy to carve out their own distinct niche in the wine world. Less than four hours north on the 101 in … Continue reading A Paso Robles Weekender Primer

4 new ways to up your adult beverage game

Impress your friends, try a new theme for a dinner party, or build your meal or party around an alcohol of choice. Here are 4 new ways to up your adult beverage game. Martini & Rossi Frosé Pouches LaLaScoop’s new favorite drink for the backyard or beach – the Frosé pouch! So easy, no need to worry about mixing ingredients or planning far in advance, … Continue reading 4 new ways to up your adult beverage game

Daou Vineyard hosts wine pairing dinner at Santuari

California’s beloved winery DAOU from Paso Robles is hosting a wine pairing dinner at sexy new Santuari Restaurant, one of LaLaScoop’s favorite new spots in Toluca Lake at the Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club opposite Warner Bros Studio. Besides the enchanting setting, the California cuisine with Mediterranean flair is the reason to dine in this historic location once frequented by Clint Eastwood, Farrah Fawcett … Continue reading Daou Vineyard hosts wine pairing dinner at Santuari

Rosé Day L.A. kicks off summer in spectacular style

Rose Day LA on Saturday, June 8 was back in full force this year in Malibu, California for the second annual National Rosé Day presented by stylish Corkcicle (one of our favorite high-end canteen water bottles). Once again the mesmerizing event was set in Saddlerock Ranch known for its Malibu Wine Safaris. Guests could Uber or Lyft (thanks to a $25 credit with the Freebird … Continue reading Rosé Day L.A. kicks off summer in spectacular style

KASS Wine Bar and Restaurant brings France to La Brea

A chic, sophisticated new addition has popped up on La Brea – KASS Wine Bar + Restaurant – courtesy of Michelin starred and world-renowned Chef Christophe Émé, who is offering an approachable French dinner menu and unparalleled wine list. A 40-seat dining room with an open kitchen to watch the culinary team work their artistic magic sits adjacent to a classy intimate bar stripped of pretention. Enter into … Continue reading KASS Wine Bar and Restaurant brings France to La Brea

A Sparkling Italian Debuts in Beverly Hills

On a mild fall evening earlier this week, on a breathtaking Beverly Hills rooftop, Crateful founder and CEO Emanuele Ponzo hosted an intimate gathering of wine aficionados for a four-course dinner pairing featuring Italian winemaker Ca’ del Bosco. It was one of those rare meals that food writers fondly catalog among their more memorable experiences. Then again, that’s what a Crateful dinner is. If you’re … Continue reading A Sparkling Italian Debuts in Beverly Hills