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Archive: Jan 2013

The Best Bite I Ate This Week: Akasha – Butternut Squash Gratin

DineLA Restaurant Week only comes around twice a year.  We headed not far from home to Akasha in Culver City, which we’ve heard great things about.  Among the various dishes we sampled, we tasted the most amazing Butternut Squash Gratin.  It was like potatoes au gratin but the butternut squash chunks were blended together with…

Where to find the best red velvet in Los Angeles

f you ask someone who grew up in the southern states, red velvet has been around for a long, long time.  I first laid my eyes on a red velvet cake in the movie Steel Magnolias back in 1989.  Do you remember that blood-red armadillo-shaped groom’s cake at Julia Roberts’ wedding?   Yep, red velvet.  However,…

The Best Bite I Ate This Week: Angelo’s Tiramisu

When traveling along the Oregon Coast, be sure to stop at Angelo’s Italy in Bandon.  You’ll receive a little bit of Italian charm along with delicious, authentic dishes from central and southern Italy.  Angelo makes pasta, bruschette, pizza, soup, salad and more from recipes his mother and grandmother passed down to him.  Angelo’s prices are…

Sandro’s Celebrity Scoop

We’re right in the middle of Hollywood’s awards season and that’s the favorite time of year for a celebrity reporter like me because it’s a great chance to attend awesome parties where I can catch up and chat with the nominees, most of whom I know from interviewing them over the years. One of the…

Try the new Dine-In Movie Theater in Marina Del Rey

A newly remodeled AMC Theater recently opened in Marina del Rey. It’s a Dine-In Theater, a very cool concept. Instead of rows of seats, the theaters are now filled with rows of reclining lounge chairs with swinging table tops for you to enjoy your meal while you enjoy your movie! It’s truly like being in…

The Best Bite I Ate This Week: Huevos Rancheros

Whether you are taking a stay-cation or exploring Los Angeles as a visitor, be sure you work in a few hours on historic Olvera Street. Just across the street from Union Station, you’ll find many restaurants offering authentic Mexican cuisine, including La Golondrina Mexicana Café. Built as a home in 1857, La Golondrina is the…

The Best Bite I Ate This Week: Fried Plantains AKA Tostones

This week was a little more difficult for me to choose a best bite since it was my birthday week and I had a few “extra” desserts and treats along the way.  But I’ve chosen a bite that brought me back to lazy days along the beach in Costa Rica while a crew member for…

Murder Mystery at STREET

Who dunnit?  That was the theme of the night at Susan Feniger’s international restaurant STREET.   On New Year’s Eve, a six-course dinner was served while diners mingled among the setting of a crime in 1929 Cairo.   The entire staff was dressed for the part, with Detective Lang Syne having a list of nine suspects.  Even…