Dining Out

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    The New X-Bar

    For those of you who have been around West LA for a while, you’re no stranger to X-Bar located inside the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel. We recently ventured to the spot for happy hour since we heard it had undergone a menu revamp as well as face lift. It screams LA power meetings filled […] Read more…

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    Red Medicine – Culinary Artistry

    Check one off the bucket list of restaurants! Red Medicine located in Beverly Hills is anything but your typical weekend excursion. It presents its patrons with an opportunity to partake in a culinary adventure inspired by Vietnamese cuisine. When I say ‘inspired’, I use the term loosely. Red Medicine’s manifesto clearly tells the tale of how […] Read more…

Local Events

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    LA Times THE TASTE: Post Event Coverage

    This year marked our first time attending the Los Angeles Times’ annual The TASTE event. My head’s still spinning from all of the events and purveyors in attendance. The event was comprised of an opening night on Friday preceding Labor Day weekend. Following were brunches an dinners for the next two days. My feet needed […] Read more…

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    Bottlenotes’ 80 Sips Around the World

    For those of you who know me personally, I shared recently that I’ve enrolled in an intermediate wine course to expand my knowledge of the world of wine and spirits. This past weekend, Bottlenotes was courteous enough to extend an invitation to their annual event 80 Sips Around the World. (Don’t let the name fool […] Read more…

In The Kitchen

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    Fig & Olive’s Pumpkin Sage Ravioli

    For my regular followers you’ll know that one of my favorite restaurants is Fig & Olive. So I like to share some of their recipes from time to time when made available to me. Check out this great seasonal recipe incorporating pumpkins and pumpkin seeds. Read more…

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    Lemon Garlic Tilapia

    Tilapia definitely isn’t my favorite fish, but it’s light and absorbs flavor very well. It requires minimal cook time and can be very easy to prepare. To help my household eat healthier and cleaner, I prepared the fish in a lemon garlic sauce with a hint of butter. I served it over a bed of […] Read more…

Product Reviews

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    Wine Wednesday: 2012 Calista Pinot Noir

    Today’s pick is a 2012 Calista Pinot Noir from the coast range. The name Calista was named after the Greek Goddess. The huntress possessed grace, seductive charm, and strength. The maritime climate and the unique soil structure across the range create optimum vineyard conditions for growing Pinot Noir. Each region lends its distinctive terroir to their signature blend. This deep ruby […] Read more…

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    Wine Wednesday: 2012 Ranch 32 Pinot Noir

    This 2012 Pinot Noir from Ranch 32 is a great everyday wine. The coastal fog that rolls over and cools this vineyard makes for great growing conditions for pinot noir.  This wine is made from 100% estate grown grapes that are hand picked. Aged in French oak barrels for eight months before bottling. Price: $20 […] Read more…