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Seafood Centric Restaurant Bottlefish Uncorks Your Fishiest Fish Wish List

Three years ago Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax opened Bottlefish, a seafood-centric restaurant. They had been successful for 25 years owning a California Pizza Kitchen (the one across the plaza) and...

 

Channeling the Big Lebowski: A Visit to the Sheats-Goldstein Residence.

The Sheats-Goldstein Residence was built long ago but remains ahead of its time. Designed by noted architect John Lautner, it commands a view of the Los Angeles Skyline that it shares with other...

 

The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Annual Summer Spectacular

On Saturday evening September 21, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel foundation creators Robert, Linell and Grant Shapiro held their annual fundraiser to help raise awareness for drug and alcohol...

 

Airport Hangar As Big Top: An Art Spectacle Lands In Los Angeles County

To visit Saatchi Art's The Other Art Fair is both inspiring and overwhelming. The Other Art Fair is a multi-city exhibition that provides a platform for emerging artists to display their work in...

 

Santa Monica Breakfast Club Honors Ray Carriere at 5th Annual Mad Hatter Tea Party Oct. 6

This quote by Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, reminds us of something we often forget. What better way to spend your Sunday afternoon than with "Alice" and the "Cheshire Cat" and...

 

Universal Studios Opening Fan Preview Night Celebration "Halloween Horror Nights"

I arrived at 745 PM and was scarily enticed to stay until the closing at 1 AM. Even though the Universal Studios Park information pamphlet advises parents with "children under the age of 13" to...

 

Santa Monica Fire Department Holds Commemorations of September 11 Attacks on Wednesday

The Santa Monica Fire Department Will Commemorate 9/11 Wednesday Wednesday marks eighteen years since the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in...

 

Cancer Free Generation Celebrity Poker Tournament and Game Night

On Saturday evening September 7, 2019 the Riviera 31, at the Sofitel Hotel, 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles was crowded with celebrities including stars from Dancing with the Stars, Happy Days, Grey's...

 

LA Times' Annual Food and Wine Extravaganza, 'TASTE LA' A big success

LOS ANGELES – August 30, 2019 – The Los Angeles Times held their annual TASTE LA gourmet Food and Wine festival at the lovely Paramount studios in LA over the past weekend. This year, the LA...

 

Where to Find Love and Salt, L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Pop's Bagels, Tumbi Craft Indian Kitchen

This three day epicurean food festival hosted by the Los Angeles Times editorial staff presented many of Southern California's finest restaurants with over 70 friendly vendors offering unlimited food...

 

Los Angeles Food & Wine Kickoff Dinner Series at Fig Restaurant/Fairmont – An Epicurean Adventure!

On Thursday August 22, 2019 I was invited to attend and taste the gastronomic creativity of chefs Jason Prendergast & Michael Corvino at Fig Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel Santa Monica as part...

 
 By Mona Day    Lifestyle    August 29, 2019

LA Food & Wine Takes Over Barkar Hangar August 22-25

Southern California's annual food and wine festival, Los Angeles Food & Wine took over Barker Hanger August 22-25 for three days of marquee events. Friday evening was The Epic Burger Throwdown...

 

Channeling Amelia Earhart: 99's Re-enact Powder Puff Derby, Flying from Santa Monica Airport

Twenty women pilots and others re-enacted a 1929 air race that began at the Santa Monica airport. In the original air-race, 20 female pilots took off from Santa Monica on August 18, 1929. The...

 

Catalina Swim Star Esther Williams Remembered in Display at Island Museum

The Catalina Island Museum presents the National debut of Esther Williams: The Swimming Queen of the Silver Screen, an exhibition celebrating the dynamic life of the late Esther Williams opening...

 

Wanted: That Old Clarinet, Violin, Guitar, Flute or other Instrument in your Closet

Scott Price and Janice Hou are hosting their second musical instrument drive from August 5th through August 16th. Scott and Janice say they have always been passionate about music and by its unique...

 

Young Local Filmmaker Alexander Paen Is Already Living 'The Dream'

This summer, young Brentwood Filmmaker Alexander Paen -- a 20-year-old student at Chapman University in Orange – was found high up in the stands at Fairfax High School's gym, videotaping games of a...

 

Big Hats, High Heels and Fast Horses on the 80th Opening of Del Mar Racetrack 2019 by Rachel Ganz

On Wednesday July 17, 2019 31,276 well-dressed men in flashy suits, woman with lavish dresses and extravagant hats came to celebrate and watch the races "Where the Turf Meets the Surf" at the Del Mar...

 
 By Rachel Ganz    Lifestyle    July 24, 2019

"California Dreaming to Conquer Cancer" treated over 4000 guests to live entertainment

Last Saturday July 13, 2019 the back lot of Paramount Picture Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, was transformed into a gastronomical feast of over 75 food and beverage vendors from The Best of LA...

 

Hits and Misses: A Tourist's Perspective on Los Angeles after 30 days here

As a tourist, I see California in a different light than as someone who's from here. For instance, the concept of the greater Los Angeles area is a bit peculiar to me because I see each place in LA as...

 

Chinatown Restaurant Review: Zen Mei Bistro, a great budget dining experience

Zen Mei is an authentic Chinese restaurant located in Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. It is a family run business which has been owned by Michelle Liu for the last seven years. The restaurant is sm...

 

How to be a success: Are you ready to effect real change in your life? Do you want to live with passion and purpose?

Galit is an award winning motivational speaker who teaches how to be a success.. In a recent interview she shared how life’s worst challenges inspíred her to move ahead. Her book, “The...

 

Down the Rabbit Hole: Explaining Anthony Bourdain's Death from a Dharmic Perspective

Just goes to show no matter how rich, successful or powerful you are and even if you genuinely have love in your life and are sincerely pursuing your dharma, the soul can be troubled and in pain. Anth...

 

Woman Finally Finds Her Father Because of Genetic Testing

When sending a sample of your DNA to a database to find your genetic ancestry, you expect to maybe find a surprise in that ancestry. But, what you don't expect to find is a new family. Just last year,...

 

New Restaurant in Venice, Yours Truly, Now Serves Brunch!

There's a new brunch spot in Venice! Yours Truly, previously the restaurant Soltaire, opened up three months ago for dinner and three weeks ago started serving brunch. Yours Truly has a fun...

 

Drag Queen Story Time at the Beach to Celebrate Pride Month

This past Friday morning, Santa Monica hosted a special event to celebrate Pride Month. Viewers were able to meet at the library to hop on the Pride Bus to get to the event on the beach. The event...

 

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