Category: 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…

Finding O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar- Santa Monica’s best-kept secret

The only thing not great about O+O Sicilian Kitchen and Bar in Santa Monica was finding the place. Waze announced my dining companion and I had arrived, but we still couldn’t find it after 10 minutes of walking up and down Ocean Blvd.  We…

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…

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…

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…

What to do at the Santa Monica Pier

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 LA, visitors asked me to show them the Hollywood…

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…

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