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Hotel Shangi-La executive chef Kareem Shaw.

Dining, Santa Monica, Food

Experience International Flavors At Hotel Shangri-La's Restaurant The Dining Room

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 2:29 pm

Executive Chef Kareem Shaw’s menu at Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica is filled with the very best of local California cuisine with an international flavor catering to match the diverse range of global guests that visit the Ocean Ave. property.

Yousef Ghalaini joined FIG restaurant in September as executive chef after relocating from Pebble Beach.

Dining, Santa Monica, Food

New Executive Chef Settles In At FIG Restaurant In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:24 am

Regulars at FIG restaurant at the Fairmont Miramar in recent months may have noticed a change in direction on the menu – that’s thanks to the Santa Monica restaurant welcoming a new executive chef in September: Yousef Ghalaini.

Hermosa Beach Fish Shop opened in April. It offers more than 2,000 combinations of dishes to choose from, including the traditional Fish ‘n Chips.

Dining, Restaurant, Santa Monica, Food, Hermosa Beach

Get Hooked At Hermosa Beach Fish Shop

Posted Jul. 10, 2014, 8:26 am

Just a stone’s throw away from Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach Fish Shop at the corner of Pier Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway is one of the best places in the South Bay to experience fresh seafood.

This year’s annual Uncle Darrow’s Father’s Day Crawfish Boil will be held this Saturday, June 14 from 2-5 pm.

Dining, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Food

Uncle Darrow’s: Serving Up Louisiana Grub 20 Years & Counting

Posted Jun. 13, 2014, 9:04 am

Jambalaya, Po’boys, Filé Gumbo, Fried Catfish, and Oysters. If these Louisiana favorites excite your taste buds, then you’ve more than likely dined at Uncle Darrow’s in Marina del Rey.

Avocados: Antioxidant Superstars

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Food, Health Tips

Avocados: Antioxidant Superstars That Are Tasty And Good For You

Posted May. 25, 2014, 12:00 am

It is hard to believe that a food as delicious as an avocado is actually good for you, but in fact, avocados contain an incredible amount of nutrition.

CiBOTECA has paninis that are authentically Italian.

Dining, Downtown, Santa Monica, Food

CiBOTECA: An Authentic Taste Of Italy Now Open In Santa Monica

Posted Apr. 29, 2014, 9:01 am

A fast-casual modern Italian marketplace is now open in downtown Santa Monica, serving up an authentic taste of Italy.

The Lobster Flatbread is under 475 calories at Seasons 52 at 1501 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

Dining, Restaurant, Santa Monica, Food

Seasons 52 In Santa Monica Serves Up Everything Under 475 Calories

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:30 am

When at least half the world resolves to “eat healthier this year,” it’s great to see that we don’t have to do it at home. Luckily, it appears as though restaurants have taken notice that if they want to see us at their tables, then they’ll have to be able to offer a few items on every menu that won’t sabotage the battle of the bulge.

Il Piccolo Verde is located at 140 South Barrington Place in Brentwood. Oscar Morel brings his extensive restaurant experience to keep customers coming back for more.

Dining, Restaurant, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Food

Il Piccolo Verde Serves Up Slice Of Italy In Brentwood

Posted Feb. 20, 2014, 8:19 am

Since Il Piccolo Verde opened its doors in September 2013 on Barrington Place just below Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood, it has been making a name for itself by preparing tasty food that’s healthy all while offering a fine dining atmosphere without breaking the bank.

There are plenty of items that can get you “in the mood“ this Valentine's Day for anyone who opts to stay in opposed to visiting a restaurant.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Food, Hot Flash

Food To Get In The Mood This Valentine's Day For Anyone Cooking At Home

Posted Feb. 14, 2014, 9:15 am

It’s Valentine’s Day. To me, it’s kind of like New Year’s Eve. Every person in the city who never goes out any other time goes out to dinner.

Seven Days, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Food

Santa Monica College Community Education Offers Healthy, Plant-Based Eating Class

Posted Jan. 22, 2014, 9:34 am

Is it hype or is there scientific evidence that supports a plant-based diet? How do you maintain proper nutrition eating only plants? Where do you get your protein? How do you prepare vegan meals that are flavorful and satisfying?

Santa Monica chefs will be serving up healthy dishes as part of Santa Monica Eat Well Week.

Dining, Restaurant, Santa Monica, Food

Full List Of Santa Monica Eat Well Week Restaurants For January 5-12

Posted Jan. 3, 2014, 8:51 am

Santa Monica’s 2nd annual Eat Well Week will be begin Sunday, Jan. 5 through Jan. 12 in conjunction with California Restaurant Month, thanks to the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB).

Tacos Punta Cabras near the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Cloverfield is the creation of Josh Gil (left) and Daniel Snukal.

Dining, Santa Monica, Food, Santa Monica Blvd.

Mid-Town Santa Monica Scores With Tacos Punta Cabras

Posted Dec. 5, 2013, 8:01 am

Tacos Punta Cabras is a hole in the wall on a bleak stretch of mid-town Santa Monica Boulevard. Inside there’s a handful of tables and some scrappy beach-theme decor that looks like an afterthought.

Jackie Keller, a member of Al Gore’s Climate Leadership Corps, regularly speaks about climate change. She also has her own business of 26 years – NutriFit – that specializes in fresh, gourmet, customized, and delivered meal programs that are tailored to accommodate an individual’s health and lifestyle needs.

News, Environment, Business, Santa Monica, Food

The True Price Of Carbon: Why Food Costs Are Increasing

Posted Nov. 5, 2013, 8:54 am

For NutriFit founding director Jackie Keller, climate change is a huge issue that she says is affecting the food supply and earth’s water system.

Library Ale House partner-chef Tom Hugenberger has created a new fish dish cooked inside parchment paper.

Dining, Restaurant, Main Street, Santa Monica, Food

Library Ale House Offers Seasonal Comfort Food

Posted Oct. 29, 2013, 9:32 am

On a recent trip to Catalina Island, Library Ale House partner-chef Tom Hugenberger caught some fresh fish but didn’t have anything to cook with except some foil, a grill, and some charcoal.

This view over the Kalalau Valley is just of many one feasts for the eyes on Kauai.

Travel, Santa Monica, Food

Garden Island Also An Island Of Gastronomy

Posted Oct. 27, 2013, 9:09 am

There's a good reason why almost no one pays much attention to the food here on the Garden Island of Kauai:

Bernhard Mairinger in his own lederhosen will return to this year’s Sausage Fest at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel this weekend.

Dining, Santa Monica, Food

FIG Restaurant To Host 2nd Annual Sausage Fest This Sunday

Posted Oct. 24, 2013, 7:55 am

FIG Restaurant inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel will host its Second Annual Sausage Fest this Sunday, Oct. 27 with a handful of local chefs, breweries, and a live band to get into the spirit of Oktoberfest.

The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is open to guests September through May, offering comfort, class, and understated elegance. There are eight guest rooms with their own ammenities.

California, Travel, Santa Monica, Food

Step Back In History At The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

Posted Oct. 16, 2013, 4:56 pm

Albert Einstein, Marion Davis, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard – The Willows just two blocks from the heart of Palm Springs has hosted these luminaries through the years since it was built in 1924, and now has been meticulously restored to recreate the ambiance and elegance of their time.

Load up on beta-carotene laden carrots, winter squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, goji berries and especially greens, such as spinach, collard greens, and kale.

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist, Food

Five Top Ways To Boost Your Immunity Against Cold & Flu

Posted Oct. 13, 2013, 9:21 am

Are you dragging yourself through the day? Fatigue can be your first signal from your body that your immune system is run down, leaving you open to cold and flu.

Pumpkin packs a bounty of disease-fighting nutrients that include: fiber, magnesium, potassium, pantothenic acid, and vitamins C and E.

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist, Food

Fall Foods To Lower Cholesterol And Boost Antioxidants

Posted Oct. 7, 2013, 8:52 am

As the autumn breeze cools the summer heat, nature offers us delicious fruits and vegetables to enjoy this season. Eating seasonal produce is tastier, healthier, and easier on your wallet.

Clockwise from top left: 1) Braised lamb crepes with madras curry, wilted spinach, Israeli feta, and raisins.  2) Mussels served in a garlic-saffron broth with tasso ham, cilantro, and ciabatta croutons. 3) Braised short ribs with root vegetable pan gravy, fresno chile, and parsnip-fennel puree. 4) Lobster gnocchi with sweet corn, chorizo bolognese, squash, cilantro, and tomato.

Dining, Restaurant, Santa Monica, Pico Boulevard, Food

Upper West Infuses Global Touch On Modern American Cuisine

Posted Sep. 12, 2013, 8:21 am

For the past two years, Upper West has been creating a name for itself as a hangout for locals seeking fresh, creative cuisine in the City’s southeastern corner at 3321 Pico Boulevard.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist, Food

Myths & Facts About Tomatoes: What You Need To Know For Better Health

Posted Sep. 8, 2013, 9:01 am

Fresh salsa, tomato bruschetta, tomato and basil salad: tasty tomatoes fresh from the farm rule this time of year – but in spite of their many health benefits, what’s in store for people with arthritis?

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Dr. Mao, Columnist, Food

What’s In Your Food? How To Streamline Your Shopping: Dr. Mao's Wellness Living

Posted Sep. 1, 2013, 8:54 am

Chances are you have heard a lot about the latest buzzword, GMO, which is short for genetically modified organism. You might have noticed that your grocery store is stocked with items labeled GMO-free, but what exactly does that mean for you and your health? Are GMOs decreasing your longevity and should you stay clear from them? The following will help to clarify the confusion to help streamline your grocery shopping.

The W Los Angeles - Westwood hosts a free weekly Sunday pool party from 11:30 am to 6 pm.

Dining, Restaurant, Santa Monica, Food, Westwood

The Backyard Serves Up Fun Fare At WET Weekends

Posted Aug. 22, 2013, 8:23 am

Fun, casual, California fare – that’s how Executive Chef Dakota Weiss describes her menu at The Backyard, the outdoor poolside dining spot at the W Los Angeles – Westwood.

The Bungalow will host the event ''Tacos and Tequila' this Friday from 3-5 pm.

Dining, Santa Monica, Food

The Bungalow To Host "Tacos & Tequila" As Part Of LA Food & Wine Festival

Posted Aug. 19, 2013, 9:11 am

The Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival returns this Thursday through Sunday with a handful of culinary events across Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and downtown Los Angeles.

Real Food Daily in Santa Monica serves up a completely meatless menu.

Restaurant, Santa Monica, Food, Hot Flash

Eating Raw, Live & Organic To Look Younger - But Does It Taste Any Good?

Posted Aug. 8, 2013, 8:07 am

A few weeks ago, I met with an interesting potential client, Adam – a chiropractor, healer, and book author. He also did not eat meat, and ate only raw and/or organic food.

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