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Sugar Fish Sushi: Who Said Too Much Sugar Is Bad For You?

Sugar Fish Sushi: Who Said Too Much Sugar Is Bad For You?

My favorite things include, shopping, vintage champagne, cooking, and now….Sugar Fish Sushi.  And now, I can get it way too easily at their newest location just around my corner in Santa Monica.  If you’re an LA native you will know the historical story about Sushi Nozawa a.k.a. “The Sushi Nazi” known for omakase only service and kicking you out for dipping your fish the wrong way (y...
Interview with Meridith May: Tasting Panel Magazine

Interview with Meridith May: Tasting Panel Magazine

Since its inception in 2007 by Anthony Dias Blue and Meridith May, The Tasting Panel Magazine has become one of the most prestigious and sought after publications in the American wine and spirits industry.  I had the pleasure of sitting down with Publisher and Executive Editor Meridith May, to hear more about her history and how she helped build the magazine to what it is today. Meridith surprisi...
Nomade Exquis: Artisanal Pieces for the Discerning Shopper

Nomade Exquis: Artisanal Pieces for the Discerning Shopper

In the early years of my career I had the pleasure of working with an incredibly talented and tasty style maker Mo Clancy.  Mo is a former trend watcher and cultural forecaster for iconic brands such as Levi Straus and Proctor and Gamble.  Mo co-founded one of the country’s first influencer marketing and cultural anthropological companies Ammo Marketing, and has created several beauty and fash...
City Sip:  Wine for the People

City Sip: Wine for the People

Did you know you can tell the age of the wine by looking at its meniscus? Do you even know what a meniscus is? Whether you are a wine connoisseur or just starting to sip and swirl, proprietor and sommelier Nicole Daddio will make you feel at ease and has the answers to all of your wine questions. I had the pleasure of being invited to one of her “wine virgin” classes and, although I have bee...
Hatfield’s: I won’t be hanging my hat here again

Hatfield’s: I won’t be hanging my hat here again

Tonight’s culinary adventures took me to Hatfields.  I have to say unfortunately the food much like the décor was beige.  While the presentation was lovely, the flavors just missed for me as well as for my dinning partner.  In addition, the service, aside from our waiter Dave who was quite amusing, was also mediocre.  Plates left empty a little too long, empty wine glasses left on the tab...
A Chef Profile:  Kerry Simon

A Chef Profile: Kerry Simon

I was sitting in seat 2A on my Delta Airlines flight from Jamaica to LAX when a figure dressed in black from head to toe sauntered down the aisle.  He sat down next to me, began to read a magazine and dramatically ripped out a Ben & Jerry’s ad.  “Do you have kids or are just a sweet tooth?”  I asked.  Little did I know I had the good fortune of sitting next to celebrity chef and rest...
Cleo Delivers Mediterranean Fare and Positive Vibes

Cleo Delivers Mediterranean Fare and Positive Vibes

I didn’t want to love Cleo the newest hotel/restaurant incarnation by the SBE group, but they made it impossible for me to do so.   As soon as you walk in, you can actually feel that people are not only happy to be dining there, but happy to be working there as well, a rare energy since most LA service staff are really just actors in waiting.  From the very first moment you come in contact wi...
A-Frame: A mazing

A-Frame: A mazing

Last week I went to A-frame. All I can say is A mazing. Opened November 4th, Chef Roy Choi of Kogi truck fame has hit a home run with this communal dining experience. The small menu that boasts traditional Korean and American offerings leaves diners satisfied both gastronomically and socially. With shared tables, you never know who you will meet. Our favorites for the evening included their M...
La Grande Orange Santa Monica: Chef Erik Palmer Profile

La Grande Orange Santa Monica: Chef Erik Palmer Profile

When you walk into La Grand Orange (LGO), you energy is immediately elevated.  From the low and excited din of diners evident even on a sleepy Wednesday morning, to the down tempo funky house infusing the restaurant, you know you are in for an experience. I first met Chef Erik at the Santa Monica Food and Wine Festival where LGO was showcasing their talents through their signature slider.  While...
Marketing a Restaurant

Marketing a Restaurant

So you own or are thinking about owning a restaurant and are confused about what the heck to do in terms of marketing and advertising.  Do you go the traditional route and stick to local papers and magazines?  Do you spend a ton of money on a big T.V. ad?  Or do you venture into the miasma that is social media marketing?  Not to fear, I’m here to help. The first thing you need to know is tha...
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