Dining in Los Angeles

Tam O' Shanter for family dining at its most Scottish and inspiring

LA's famed oldest restaurant was Walt Disney's inspiration for many of the Magic Kingdom's rides and attractions Tam O' Shanter is most famous for being the oldest running restaurant in Los Angeles, and if you know anything about the fickle LA culinary crowd, you know this is a notable achievement. Besides its historic longevity, this [...]

By | 2017-09-26T16:16:51+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Dining in Los Angeles, Restaurants|0 Comments

A short weekend in Long Beach

A beach, a city, and a harbor for ships and visitors Living 17 years in LA, I visited Long Beach about half a dozen times. It served as a halfway meeting point for me and friends who lived in Orange County. We had brunch and dinner there on occasion, and I visited the aquarium with [...]

By | 2017-02-03T11:34:06+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Dining in Los Angeles, Travel|1 Comment

A date night at Fleming's steakhouse

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar in Beverly Hills has a hipper swagger than your traditional steakhouse. It has the dim lighting, crisp white table cloths and large booth seating that you expect from a fine dining establishment, but unlike the staid and almost library-like atmosphere of many steakhouses, Fleming's feels like a party. This [...]

By | 2017-01-11T07:58:31+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Dining in Los Angeles, Restaurants|1 Comment

Special family dining at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach

When choosing a restaurant for a special occasion, such as an anniversary, birthday, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, holiday dinner or a family celebration, the ideal venue should be as memorable as the event, a tall order which Las Brisas in Laguna always aims to fulfill for its guests.  My second to last visit there was [...]

By | 2017-01-11T05:45:55+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Best of Los Angeles, Dining in Los Angeles|1 Comment

What to do at the Santa Monica Pier

The Off the Hook Santa Monica Seafood Festival attracted hundreds of visitors to sample tastes from local eateries. When I lived in Washington, D.C., every visitor from out of town wanted to site see downtown -- the White House, Washington Monument, the museums and the other landmarks and attractions. As a resident of [...]

By | 2016-11-15T08:19:09+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Dining in Los Angeles, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Open Sesame Restaurant Serves a Fresh Take on Traditional Lebanese Dishes

Founder Ali Kobeissi Offers Inspired Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine Open Sesame is a great name for Ali Kobeissi’s restaurant not just because sesame is an essential ingredient in the Mediterranean food he serves, but because dining there is akin to a magical experience like the Ali Baba tale full of adventure and hidden treasures. The Los [...]

By | 2014-02-14T11:00:05+00:00 February 14th, 2014|Best of Los Angeles, Dining in Los Angeles|0 Comments