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Articles written by Melissa Curtin

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  • 15 Santa Monica Restaurants to Share the Love this Valentine's Day

    Melissa Curtin, Guest Post|Feb 26, 2024

    It's that time of year again when cupid lands upon the love-stricken and no acts of affection are too grand. Valentine's Day can be dreamy or dreaded, so take yourself out to an extraordinary dinner or plan a special evening for your loved one at one of these fine Santa Monica establishments – and leave the cooking to the pros! A fabulous dining experience is surely one way to win anyone's heart. Surfing Fox Dine outdoors on the sophisticated patio at one of our favorite newcomers to Santa M...

  • Ten Pasta Dishes Worth a Drive in LA: Gnocchi Pomodoro at 1212 Santa Monica, Beef Pappardelle at Nerano Beverly Hills and more.

    Melissa Curtin, Guest Post|Jan 4, 2024

    Cozy up this holiday season, dining solo or with family and friends, to indulge in a comforting bowl of pasta. These restaurants are worth the drive for a carb overload to satiate your cravings. Here are some of the most memorable bowls of noods we've devoured recently in Los Angeles. Gnocchi Pomodoro at 1212 Santa Monica A brand-new elevated menu arrives with Italian finesse thanks to new Chef Oliver Malmsten, a Roman born to Swedish parents, known for his culinary prowess as a competitor on...

  • Four Seasons Hotel LA at Beverly Hills Brings the Ultimate Après Ski Holiday Experience

    Melissa Curtin, Guest Post

    The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is so festive this time of year, filled with floor-to-ceiling bedazzled Christmas trees adorned with velvet bows and gold and silver grand ornament balls lining the entrance. Find the elegant menorah setting and admire the dripping red poinsettia blooms cascading like waterfalls. Just walking through the lobby will ignite the holiday cheer – the perfect place for a photo shoot with memorable winter backdrops. Visit this glamorous urban oasis t...

  • SUGARFISH LA celebrates 15 years with 15 courses for 15 days

    Melissa Curtin, Guest Post|Dec 7, 2023

    Celebrate SUGARFISH's 15th anniversary with a special menu that runs for 15 days at all Los Angeles locations – from November 29 through December 13. The new menu features 15 bites, including new dishes and presentations never served, along with LA's beloved favorites. The Anniversary Menu will change daily, with no substitutions, but expect 2 orders of sashimi, 2 orders of nigiri sushi (2 pieces each), 2-3 different pieces of nigiri (Gunkan style), 3-4 pieces of nigiri sushi, sashimi & S...

  • Satisfy your Appetite with these Westside Casual Eats

    Melissa Curtin, Guest Post|Nov 17, 2023

    Los Angeles has a slew of fabulous eats. These new lowkey casual dining destinations on the westside are a must-try when the hunger pains strike. Qué Padre in Pacific Palisades Tucked in the corner of the Palisades Village, Chef Isaias Peña is responsible for the full modern Mexican menu – with tacos to dream about like $6 Carnitas made with Mexican Coke braised pork topped with salsa crude, pickled onions, charred pineapple and micro cilantro; Fish drizzled with avocado cream and chipotle chi...