Food

Breaking into the beverage business

Amidst a down economy, it is refreshing to hear a success story, especially when that story began right here in Santa Monica and involves one of the most competitive and cutthroat industries around — the beverage business. “I don’t think we could have launched this if we didn’t live together because this was an... Read more →

Entertainment

1963 as a cruel musical

Those of us who voted for John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1960 were fortunate enough to experience the exhilaration, the hope, and the joyful anticipation that his election brought to the nation. We watched with pride as this charismatic young man and his ethereally beautiful wife charmed the rest of the world as well. We thrilled to his plans to... Read more →

Life

Relaxing in luxury at La Costa

I have always known La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. to be the home of various renowned golf tournaments over the years, but not being a golfer I had no burning desire to visit it. However, since their recent $50 million makeover and remodel I thought I should give this iconic resort a try. Before embarking on our trip, I decided... Read more →

Arts

April is the coolest month

Spring has definitely sprung across the Southern California arts landscape. Here’s a roundup of upcoming and ongoing events that pique my interest. I’ll report on some of them later but I think all merit your consideration now. Ed Moses The William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station took a birthday party and turned it into an... Read more →

Food

Veggie Grill’s new menu delights

Having an opportunity to try the Veggie Grill’s new menu items was a real treat. Riding my bike up to their restaurant at The Grove on Fairfax Avenue and Third Street to do so was pretty exciting as well. Thankfully there is a closer location on 20th and Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica to meet the needs of most Westsiders. And... Read more →

Food

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MR. C doesn’t know its ABCs

It started with the water. When the waiter at the Mr. C restaurant in the new, fancy Mr. C hotel in Los Angeles asked me what I would like to drink, I replied “plain water, no ice.” Before I knew what was happening the bus boy was pouring water from a bottle with a label I’d never seen before. “Is that bottled... Read more →

Arts

Finding Falkenstein

Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997), a female artist in her 50s, arrived in Los Angeles during the ‘60s when the mantra was “trust no one over 30” and when the art scene was dominated by hard-partying young men of the “cool school” who were creating their own new art and lifestyles. This may be one of the reasons... Read more →

Entertainment

‘The Seagull’ soars high

Medvedenko the schoolteacher is in love with Masha, the daughter of the manager of a country estate. Masha is in love with Konstantin, a would-be playwright. Konstantin is in love with Nina, a would-be actress. Nina is in love with Trigorin, a successful novelist. Trigorin is in love with Irina Arkadina, a prominent actress and the mother of... Read more →

Columns

Making sure meetings matter

Dear Life Matters, My company recently re-structured and I am now part of several cross-functional teams. While I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with additional staff members throughout the organization, I am a bit nervous about adjusting to the varying needs of each team. Given that I will be leading two new initiatives as a... Read more →

Food

Sometimes all you need are some good chips, salsa

I’m still making my rounds of the many Mexican restaurants in Santa Monica. El Cholo doesn’t qualify for “Old Timer” status; while the original opened downtown in 1923, they didn’t open up in Santa Monica until 1997. Now it’s a big chain. The menu emphasizes its history, and the emphasis on history gives... Read more →

Food

Prescribing peace of mind

Eleanor Kong learned first hand that starting a small business can push one to their emotional and financial limits. For 20 months her storefront welcomed no customers but rather plenty of high priced contractors to build everything up. Later, more contractors were brought in to tear the previous contractors work down and refurbish the... Read more →

Columns

Proceed with caution when giving fellow parents advice

Dear Life Matters, I don’t even know where to start but really hope that you can help me. I have a good friend who grew up with a mother who abandoned her emotionally. It seems mom was more interested in her second husband and set of kids than she was in my friend. I have always been sympathetic and we have had many intimate discussions... Read more →

Arts

Music that is mostly missing

Whenever I visit another country, I seek out church concerts. The acoustics are amazing and the settings are inspiring. Santa Monica’s First Presbyterian Church on Second Street rivals any city’s cathedral with its stunning stained glass art, welcoming brick courtyard and architecturally contemporary chapel. There’s no... Read more →

Food

It’s not French, but it will do

While walking down the Third Street Promenade with my friend Michel, we were lamenting about the absence of French restaurants when we saw George’s Bistro. Well, a bistro is French, and George is a common French name, so in we went. George’s bistro is not French. It’s eclectic American, which means Italian dishes and a lot... Read more →