An Eco Friendly post-Carmageddon feast at Blvd 16


Besides participating in a tasting of the farm-to-table market menu BLVD 16 offers a “Uniquely LA” selection of California wines poured from its eco friendly “wine draft system,” something that is both cutting edge while keeping it “Socially Conscious” Look for Silvertap selections ranging from Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and feel comfortable that no “Cork Trees” were harmed in the process.

BALEEN Los Angeles, Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club

“Sitting by the dock of the bay watching the tide roll in”, well not exactly “the dock of the bay”, but pretty close and slighly better sitting and dining seaside at Baleen at the Redondo Beach marina at The Portofino Hotel.

Have your Cakebread and drink it too; The legend of Dancing Bear Ranch

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An intimate dinner with a vintner is now something I can cross off my bucket list, thanks to Dennis Cakebread and Cakebread Cellars; micro-purveyors of wine from the Napa Valley. And yet again, the Cheese Impresario didn’t fail to “impress” with this introduction, that was a meeting of the minds, nose and stomach all rolled into one.

SIMON SAYS: Head over to Simon LA for Seasonal Summer fare

From Fava Beans to Broccolini, heirloom tomatoes and gastronomic cheeses, Chef Simon uses the finest ingredients to translate his culinary vision into a palletal symphony for patrons looking for a little something different in LA, with an eco-sentric motive.

A taste of the South of France in Venice, California

Lilly’s French cafe on Abbot Kinney is not the newest restaurant on the block, but you would never know that from first glance. Almost a decade since first opening their doors, they have an updated look showcasing the best of Traditional and Modern architecture, both inside and out as well as a healthy farm-to-table themed menu to match. Lilly’s encompasses both classic and contemporary French Cuisine all packed into a beach-side bistro that takes me back to my time spent on the French Riviera.

Second Story Restaurant | Artistic California Cuisine with a Modern vibe

Second Story at the Belmar Hotel in Manhattan Beach is a hidden treasure that local residents, Angelinos and visitors alike have been flocking to since their opening 2 years ago. Second Story prides itself on serving up California Cuisine with the same contemporary flair and design that the Belmar radiates with. Think W Hotel, Viceroy and Spago all rolled into one. Their beliefs in sustainable practices and the utilization of locally sourced ingredients make Second Story Restaurant an asset to both Los Angeles and surrounding communities. Creative cuisine and premium ingredients ensure that you will only get the best. Sit back relax and let Second Story take care of the rest.

New American Cuisine is at home in Manhattan Beach at Darren’s Restaurant & Bar

Darren has created quite a buzz about his cuisine and he has won numerous awards from Zagat, Open Table and more recently Wine Speculator honored him with the “Award of Excellence” for his efforts in 2009. With all of this notoriety, you would have no idea that chef Darren is hearing impaired. Instead of this being a hindrance, Darren lets his food speak from his soul and his heightened sensitivity towards ingredients allows him to express his art through his artfully presented dishes.

Contemporary Latin cuisine is on fire at Fuego in Long Beach

Fuego is Downtown Long Beach’s newest contemporary Latin import. Located in the newly renovated Hotel Maya on the waterfront, a stones throw from the Queen Mary and across the harbor from Shoreline Village is Chef Jesse T. Perez newest dining destination that is sure to cause sensory overload. From the plush contemporary open interior to the intimate oceanfront patio,Fuego is not only one of the most romantic locations in Los Angeles but a must visit for Angelinos on a quest for fine dining Latin cuisine that won’t disappoint.

La Cachette Bistro| French Cuisine with a California Twist

The old saying “When In France, do as the French” came to mind when I looked over the expansive beverage selections on the beer and wine menu. After glancing at several French beers I decided on Belzebuth, a Belgium stytle ale from Brasserie Grain D’Orge in France. At 13% ABV it was a great way to prime my palette for the chef’s tasting menu. Within a few moments Chef Jean Francois arrived with our first course of homemade Duck Confit Relettes. A classical French dish was plated in a contemporary fashion and it complimented our beer selections while inviting our palates to indulge on chef’s creations.

Every Angelino must experience the finer things that Cafe Was has to offer

The Bourbon Street inspired interior merges the art direction of Ivan Kane and the culinary artistry of executive Chef Alex Reznik. Alex transforms the vision of Ivan Kane into food art so seductive that it will make your mouth water in anticipation of your next bite from the well appointed Cal-French menu. Alex supports the Farm-to-table movement which means that the dishes are composed with fresh high quality local produce. The ultra-hip French interior will transport you to Saint-Germain-en-Laye in Paris without leaving Sunset & Vine.