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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...
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...
Sorry Mr. Lobster

Sorry Mr. Lobster

Last week while visiting San Francisco, my sister asked if I would help her shop and prepare a meal for her boyfriend’s birthday.  Of course being the good big sister I am I said yes and proceeded to drive her all around the city in search of ingredients for the meal.  Our first stop was for lobster at Sun Fat Seafood Company (super fresh fish) in the Mission.  Walking in you are hit with...
LA Times Food and Wine Festival

LA Times Food and Wine Festival

This weekend was the LA Times Food and Wine Festival at Paramount Studios.  Oh wait, it was so crowded you were probably there.  Aside from the random bee sting that did not leave me too happy, the festival was not my favorite.  We had applied for press credentials months earlier and were not told that we were denied until the Wednesday before the event.  Which left us with no option but to pu...
Ozumo Sushi, Robata and Sake Lounge

Ozumo Sushi, Robata and Sake Lounge

This weekend I was craving sushi.  Well let’s face it when am I NOT craving sushi.  So I thought I would check out Ozumo at the new Santa Monica Place Mall with @dimplethakkar.  Designed by the same designer as Sonoma Wine garden just across the way, it has the same simple clean and elegant feel.  The space is deceptively large.  When you walk into the sake lounge you have no idea that...
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