No need to drive to dine

OCEAN AVE ‚Äî Santa Monicans won‚Äôt have to travel far to enjoy the second annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. Two events will be held this Friday, Aug. 10, in the city by the sea at the classic Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows ‚Äî Summer at the Shore and INDULGE. "Santa Monica represents what makes coastal life... Read more →


Twilight Concert Series guide

This Twilight Concert Series guide has been created as a partnership between the Santa Monica Pier Corporation and the Santa Monica Daily Press. It is intended to help concert-goers navigate the popular summer concert series. Week 5: Aussies Rock the Pier http://www.smdp.com/pdf/080212_TCS.pdf   Previous guides Week... Read more →


Jazz on the Lawn returns

TO THE BEAT: Jazz on the Lawn will entertain the masses at Stewart Park this year. The shows run throughout August. (File photo) CIVIC CENTER ‚Äî After a crazy summer weekend, maybe the only thing that you‚Äôll want to do on a Sunday evening is chill and listen to some soothing jazz. Instead of doing so locked up in your bedroom,... Read more →

David Pisarra

Small-town hospitality

Small towns are comfortable because of the warmth of the people and the hospitality they tend to offer. Santa Monica is a small town in many ways and it is those ways that make living here so enjoyable. A couple of weeks ago I was getting my hair cut at Tel‚Äôs on Pico Boulevard and in the chair next to me is my landlord. We‚Äôve... Read more →


Wilmont stands by the purge

WILMONT ‚Äî The Wilshire-Montana Neighborhood Coalition announced Friday it would stand by its decision to purge its membership of an opposition group that tried to dominate the coalition‚Äôs elections in June. The board sent out notices to what some estimate to be 30 people who¬† supported or participated in what it holds were... Read more →


Selling shades to create more shade

Rose Ann and J.V. Salumbides created Siempre Verde, an eco-friendly sunglass company that promises to plant trees for every product sold. (Brandon Wise brandonw@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî In perfect time for summer, Rose Ann Salumbides, a Santa Monica High School teacher, and her husband J.V., an advertising executive, launched Siempre... Read more →


From farm to plate

The dessert sampler at FIG's latest farm dinner featured fruit from Harry's Berries, an organic farm in Oxnard, Calif. and a regular at the Third Street Farmers' Market. If you notice a restaurant that offers fixed rate, family style, one day only, multi-course meals (usually themed), it‚Äôs a good sign of a creative chef that does... Read more →


Council switches on smoking ban

CITY HALL ‚Ä The City Council did an about-face on a controversial smoking ban Tuesday night over unanswered questions regarding medical marijuana and a perceived lack of outreach to condominium owners. A 4-2 vote, with only Councilmembers Terry O‚ÄôDay and Bob Holbrook in favor of the ban, reversed a July 10 decision that... Read more →


A new take on Americana

SM PIER ‚Äî After three exciting performances, the Twilight Concert Series will continue Thursday with a highly anticipated performer whose impeccable musicianship belies his relative youth. He may only be 31 years old, but singer-songwriter Jackie Greene has come a long way from his beginnings playing music in local bars as a teenager... Read more →


Featured events

Thursday, July 26, 2012   Breakfast on us! Pacific Dining Car 2700 Wilshire Blvd., 7 a.m. ‚Äî 8:30¬† a.m. LeTip Networking Group is a professional organization of small business owners who utilize each others‚Äô services and send referrals to one another for possible business leads. In its weekly meetings, LeTip... Read more →


The haunting of Greystone Mansion

Two men in love with the same woman. And, according to some reports, with each other as well. All living together in a 55-room mansion in the hills. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, as Kathrine Bates‚Äô gripping drama "The Manor" so skillfully reveals. Set in Beverly Hills‚Äô majestic Greystone Mansion, where many of... Read more →


Capturing nature’s beauty

I recently toured the photo exhibit "SkyScapes" at Annenberg Community Beach House with curator Bruria Finkel. The photography is spectacular and inspiring, proving that nature often offers the most timeless art, even as it reminds us of time‚Äôs fleeting nature. The show includes photos of the California desert, Antarctica and the... Read more →


Challenging the forbidden food

Foie gras terrine with black truffles. (Photo courtesy Google Images) DOWNTOWN ‚Ä For chef Raphael Lunetta, foie gras was never just a delicious delicacy. It came with the rich flavor of culture and tradition. It brought him back to his upbringing, during which he travelled frequently to his mother‚Äôs homeland of France.... Read more →


No blues from this blue cheese

I absolutely love the taste of blue cheese, but I haven‚Äôt eaten it in ages because it just seems like one of those foods that provides so much fat (73 percent of its calories come from fat) that it‚Äôs difficult to justify eating it. But someone tempted me with the smell the other day. It‚Äôs a strong smell that you either... Read more →

City Council

Smoking ban may gasp final breath

A ban on smoking in multi-unit residences may not muster enough votes for passage. CITY HALL ‚Äî A controversial decision to ban smoking for new tenants and condominium owners in Santa Monica looks likely to be reversed today with two of its former supporters signaling a change of heart. Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom and... Read more →