Posts tagged "Restaurants"
LA Samples America: Five Foodie Treasures in the City of Angels

LA Samples America: Five Foodie Treasures in the City of Angels

  Allow me to begin by saying that I love food. Anyone who knows me at all knows at least that much. This is important to state because I think it necessary to establish my street cred right of the gate. So broad and far-reaching is my food obsession that I am the kind of...
Day 21 | LivingWells California Road Trip – San Francisco, Part 1

Day 21 | LivingWells California Road Trip – San Francisco, Part 1

Never let it be said that leaving a town like Carmel-by-the-Sea is easy, but road trips do, by definition, require movement.  So, on Day 21 of my great California adventure, I took one last glimpse at the seaside village of Carmel as it faded from view and rolled onward to the final stop of what...
Day 10 - 11 | LivingWells California – San Diego, Part 1

Day 10 – 11 | LivingWells California – San Diego, Part 1

Day 10 of the LivingWells California adventure began with an hour and a half drive from Palm Springs to the Rancho Bernardo Inn, which is located in the picturesquely suburban northern climes of San Diego County. Fittingly, the timing of my arrival coincided with the one-year anniversary of Rancho Bernardo’s Mediterranean-themed Avant Kitchen helmed by...
Crazy about Chowder: A Tale of Spud Point and Addiction on Bodega Bay

Crazy about Chowder: A Tale of Spud Point and Addiction on Bodega Bay

I can’t even remember the first time I heard about the amazing goodness of the signature menu item at Bodega Bay’s always buzzing Spud Point Crab Company, but, suffice it to say, it was a very long time ago. On every visit to Sonoma over the last several years, I found myself trapped in a...
Tres: Tres Chic

Tres: Tres Chic

In Los Angeles, mention the name of José Andrés and you’ll likely hear shrill, near orgasmic moans about the James Beard award-winning chef’s celebrated The Bazaar restaurant at the SLS, to which foodies, local and otherwise, make regular pilgrimages. That the Philippe Starck-designed Bazaar has reached the apex of the ever-changing list of Los Angeles...
supperclub The Restaurant | A Dinner Spectacle

supperclub The Restaurant | A Dinner Spectacle

My first ever brush with the supperclub experience took place in London when one of my smartest friends invited me to his birthday celebration at the Notting Hill-based outpost of the hotspot. It was at the time still such an underground secret that even the generally extremely knowledgeable London taxi drivers had no idea where...
The Churchill: Redefining Contemporary L.A. Cocktail Culture

The Churchill: Redefining Contemporary L.A. Cocktail Culture

A drink or a cocktail? It’s not the eternal question, but it is a frequently asked one. As those of us who partake know, there are times in life when you just want a drink. You know the moments. The ones where a couple shots of liquor poured over ice and mixed with juice or...
The Redbury: Home in Hollywood

The Redbury: Home in Hollywood

Judging from the bustling scene that generally greets guests who pull up to valet at The Redbury on any given night, it would be hard to imagine that this paparazzi-ready backdrop had ever been anything but. However, it wasn’t so long ago that the structure that now houses The Redbury was a casualty of the...
The Audacity of East London

The Audacity of East London

I have been trekking to London ever since I was a wide-eyed 18-year-old college student who had seen little of the world beyond America’s borders during what might have been called my “formative years.” In fact, though London was the second European capital city I visited on my very first overseas tour, it was the...
Doing The Del—Coronado, That Is…

Doing The Del—Coronado, That Is…

Doing The Del—Coronado, That Is… Overnight at the landmark Hotel del Coronado Duane Wells 8/2/2012 Pulling into the driveway of the Hotel del Coronado (more familiarly known simply as “The Del”), I was at first torn. As a swarm of tourists set upon the busy entrance to the legendary property, intermingling with a veritable army...
Staycation Vacation: Rediscovering Home

Staycation Vacation: Rediscovering Home

There is no place quite like home. Too bad that, all too often, most of us get so wrapped up in our daily routines, work and social patterns that we forget to stop and smell the proverbial roses. And that is precisely the dilemma that staycation vacations are meant to resolve. Having lived in Los...
Romance on Bodega Bay

Romance on Bodega Bay

Sonoma County is endowed with an embarrassment of riches as far as romantic spots are concerned (I mean, wine alone isn’t the only reason TripAdvisor recently named Sonoma the top wine destination in the U.S.) However, of all the dreamy locales in Sonoma County, Bodega Bay ranks at the top of the list. I arrived...
It’s A Coppola Life

It’s A Coppola Life

Francis Ford Coppola has brought absolute magic to the big screen with iconic films like American Graffiti, The Godfather Trilogy, Dracula and Apocalypse Now. He has likewise bottled magic in the form of the more than 40 wines produced at his state-of-the-art winemaking facility in Sonoma County.So is it a shocker that a visit to the Francis Ford Coppola Winery...
The Sweet Side of San Diego

The Sweet Side of San Diego

So as we enter the final weeks of summer, I thought there would be no better time than the present to wrap up my “Staycation Vacation” series with a look at our next door neighbor, San Diego. After re-introducing myself to Malibu, Beverly Hills and even West Hollywood in recent months, I turned my attention south...
In Search of... The Best Burgers in the World

In Search of… The Best Burgers in the World

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, USA 25 DEGREES At 25 Degrees, the more reasonably priced relative of the Roosevelt Hotel’s Dakota steak house, hamburgers not only take center stage, they are every bit as captivating as the stars that frequent the place. The burgers at 25 Degrees stand out for one simple reason—the ingredients. You start with a high...