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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Arts

Leveling the playing field for purchasing art

BERGAMOT STATION — Incognito, now in its eighth year at Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMOA), is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful museum fundraiser/art sales anywhere in the art world. The concept — show the art without artist’s signature, so people make decisions based on their taste, not an... 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 →

Arts

Art walks, crawls and even rolls

  It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime moment. There I was at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday as the 340-ton boulder — soon to be installed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as land artist Michael Heizer’s “Levitated Mass” — rolled down Wilshire Boulevard and posed for its photo opp in front of the museum.... Read more →

Columns

Getting your foot in the door

Dear New Shrink, I finished my undergraduate degree in August and have been searching for a position ever since. I have considered both full and part-time positions as well as internship opportunities to gain exposure to the working world. Unfortunately, as a student, I focused all of my energy on my academics and did not take time to gain... Read more →

Food

Sunday Funday at Brick + Mortar

In the middle of Main Street, across the way from The Galley and behind the Ben and Jerry’s, is a small enclave that houses the newly opened Brick + Mortar. With its tucked away locale and lack of signage, the restaurant is really under the radar on the Main Street scene — but that probably won’t be the case for long. Up... Read more →