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  • Discover Hank's: A Charming Neighborhood Restaurant in Pacific Palisades

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|May 18, 2024

    Looking for a charming spot for your next lunch or dinner outing in Pacific Palisades? Hank's Restaurant is nestled in the heart of a picturesque shopping area, offering a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for gathering with family and friends-the ultimate neighborhood bistro. Recently renovated and reopened with a fresh new look and menu, Hank's embraces classic Americana restaurant culture under the leadership of renowned restaurateur Tancredi DeLuca, known for Angelini Ristorante & Bar,...

  • Layla: Santa Monica's Newest Restaurant

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 19, 2024

    Santa Monica's dining landscape welcomes a captivating newcomer: Layla, conceived by Chef Chris Sayegh and the Boulevard Hospitality Group. Paying homage to his grandmother Layla, this enigmatic eatery draws inspiration from cherished family recipes and the conviviality of shared meals. Layla presents a fresh take on Middle Eastern cuisine with a menu infused with refined French techniques, crafting dishes that tantalize the taste buds and linger in memory. Doors officially opened on March 8,...

  • Taste the Flavors of California With 1 Pico's Spring Menu

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 3, 2024

    Immerse yourself in the idyllic scenery of picture-perfect ocean views and the cozy ambiance of a crackling fireplace at 1 Pico, where the essence of California cuisine awaits. Nestled within the elegant yet relaxed atmosphere of Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, 1 Pico invites you to experience the epitome of Californian fine dining and brunch. With its beachside location, 1 Pico offers a captivating setting enhanced by a seasonal, market-driven menu and an extensive wine list, ensuring...

  • Savor Easter Brunch Amidst Southern California's Stunning Backdrops

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Mar 31, 2024

    Spring is here, and as Easter draws near, Los Angeles is buzzing with anticipation for all the delightful brunch experiences that capture the season's essence. From traditional favorites to innovative creations, the city's top eateries are ready to treat guests to an unforgettable celebration. Explore the top Easter brunch occasions and menus in and around LA, promising a fabulous culinary journey filled with flavor and festivity. Make reservations soon, as Easter is celebrated on Sunday, March...

  • 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...

  • Videre Restaurant: Romantic Roof-Top Escape in the Heart of Los Angeles

    Chanin Victor, Food & Lifestyle & Travel Editor|Feb 14, 2024

    Suppose you just realized Valentine's Day is near, and you're stressing about reserving a table for a romantic dinner with your significant other. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Videre is the perfect under-the-radar gem – an intimate, private, and romantic roof-top hideaway, promising an enchanting ambiance away from crowded, mainstream choices. Crowning the Kimpton Hotel Wilshire, Videre creates an idyllic escape that transcends the ordinary. Open for just the past three months, this c...

  • Spaghetti Sunday menu with salad, pasta, and a view of the hotel.

    Spaghetti Sundays at The Georgian Room: Savoring Nostalgia

    Chanin Victor, Food, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Jan 4, 2024

    The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica was recently renovated with meticulous attention to preserving its historic charm. It seamlessly blends classic architecture with contemporary luxury, creating a refined comfort. The hotel offers two dining options. The first is The Restaurant at The Georgian, spread across the lobby area with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It also offers an indoor dining room and lobby bar area open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner....

  • 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...

  • Immersive Mediterranean Dining Experience at Mon Ami Santa Monica

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Dec 18, 2023

    Mon Ami, one of the many culinary sensations recently emerging in Santa Monica, is a testament to the city's evolving gastronomic landscape. Located on Ocean Avenue, across the street from the iconic Santa Monica Pier, you'd never know it was there. Walk past the Red O, down a romantic walkway and through a big wooden door to find this lush, vine-covered courtyard hideaway. It's truly a hidden gem, and only those in the know are aware that tucked away is a vibrant escape from the Santa Monica...

  • 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...

  • paella dish at Manchego restaurant

    Spanish Tapas Fusion: Manchego Restaurant is Santa Monica's Hidden Gem

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Oct 18, 2023

    Manchego Restaurant is a cherished destination for Spanish cuisine enthusiasts. The owners, avid travelers to Spain, constantly enrich their menu with insights from their journeys, infusing the authentic Spanish spirit into their offerings. What sets Manchego apart is a delightful twist---a blend of Spanish authenticity with a touch of the Mediterranean breeze and a dash of Latin zest. Authentic Manchego-made solely from La Mancha sheep's milk-epitomizes true Spanish heritage. The restaurant,...

  • Women standing in front of Ocean Prime logo sign in restaurant in Beverly Hills

    Ocean Prime Beverly Hills: A Simple and Delightful Dining Experience

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle & Travel Editor|Oct 18, 2023

    Ocean Prime Beverly Hills, nestled at the vibrant corner of Dayton and Wilshire, has long been a cherished dining destination. Renowned for its stellar seafood and steak offerings, the restaurant has recently added five new dining options, focusing on ease and simplicity in choices for an enhanced dining experience. We recently stopped by for a delicious lunch... Prime Lunch Menu: A Lunchtime Treat Made Easy: At Ocean Prime Beverly Hills, Lunchtime is now a delightful journey with their Prime...