Columns

In some cases, it’s OK to talk to a stranger

Dear New Shrink, I am in my early 20s and have been seeing a psychotherapist for about five months now. At first, I wasn’t even sure why I was going; I just wanted someone to talk to. I didn’t know if or why I needed it. But it has already helped me a lot. I am discovering who and what I am and what I want from life without... Read more →

Life

Playing tennis in the Garden of Eden

If you are looking for a combination of tennis and the Garden of Eden, you need look no further than Rancho Santa Fe. Nestled on 40 rolling acres, less than two hours from Santa Monica, is a gem of a resort called Rancho Valencia. As we approached this splendid hacienda-style haven, we immediately knew that it was a cut above any resort we... Read more →

Columns

Have job, willing to travel

Dear New Shrink, I have been on the job market for several months and despite numerous calls and interviews, I have yet to land something local. Last week I interviewed with a company based in Texas and enjoyed meeting with their executives. I received an offer yesterday to join their team in Dallas and now am faced with a difficult decision.... Read more →

Entertainment

Coward’s play pursues peace

Who would have suspected the sophisticated, debonair and wittily dismissive Noel Coward to be a mooshy patriot? Anyone who’s ever seen his play “Peace In Our Time,” that’s who. This intense drama, first performed in 1947, is being given a brand new outing by the excellent Antaeus Co. Seldom performed because of its... Read more →

Health

Double-crossed by CrossFit

My first thought as I walked into Brick, West Hollywood’s premier CrossFit facility, was, “This is every functional trainer’s dream.” There are no machines like the Smith Machine or leg extension, whose only purpose in the fitness realm should be to serve as coat hangers. By the looks of it, this place is a legitimate... Read more →

Food

Quality, tradition are Pacific Dining Car trademarks

Usually, I write reviews of restaurants I know fairly well. Before I put thoughts on paper though, I check out the restaurant one more time to see if anything has changed recently. Just before I send my review in to my editor, I look at reviews on the Internet to make sure that my overall impression is not drastically different from others.... Read more →

Food

Calling all food bloggers

DOWNTOWN — The third International Food Blogger Conference is scheduled for Nov. 11-13 at the DoubleTree Hilton Suites in Santa Monica. The three-day event will feature seminars, workshops and keynotes, with Australian chef and cookbook author Michael Moore sharing the keynote honors with our very own local Pulitzer-Prize winning L.A.... Read more →

Food

Earth Wind and Flour a shining star

It was 30 years ago that Dennis Klempner and his business partners were sitting around a table banging their heads together trying to figure out a name for their new restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard. Through the ordeal, a song by Earth Wind and Fire came on the radio, the proverbial light bulb flickered on, and Earth Wind and Flour was... Read more →

Entertainment

No wings needed for this one

If you are a Frankie freak — and who among us is not? — you will find no greater pleasure than flying away to the Pantages Theatre before Nov. 6. There Sinatra reigns supreme, singing 27 of his all-time hits — songs that make you want to hug whoever’s sitting next to you. “Come Fly Away” is the brainchild... Read more →

Columns

Why do we push people away?

Dear New Shrink, For years now, I have found myself getting really involved with people, girlfriends and guys alike, and then for little or no reason, pushing them away. I am really good at it so they get hurt and usually want nothing to do with me after that. At first, I am relieved, but then after that wears off, I find myself missing them... Read more →

Food

New look for neighborhood nook

Eastern Ocean Park Boulevard boasts a variety of great restaurants, burger joints, and local eateries, but no place personifies your neighborhood nook better than the Ocean Park Cafe. Pitted up against the intersection of Ocean Park and 31st Street, commotion runs high with traffic, noise, and seemingly endless construction. The O.P. Cafe... Read more →

Entertainment

The son also rises

“The God of Isaac” is an irritatingly unconvincing play, despite the earnest charm of its leading man, Adam Korson. Korson plays Isaac Adams, a Jewish journalist in Chicago happily married to his blonde “shiksa goddess,” a badly wigged fashion model played by Corryn Cummins. Isaac, like so many of his generation, is... Read more →

Food

Missing the comforts of home

My wife and I have been traveling around southern Europe for over two months. Now we are on a Celebrity Cruise ship on the way back to New York. We visited family and friends all over southern Europe, from a week in Portugal to visit our daughter and her family, to a week playing golf in Spain, a week visiting friends and traveling around... Read more →

Health

Climbing back in the saddle again

I'm back and leaner than ever since my start at Burn Fitness or what I like to call the home of the FatBurn “system of guaranteed weight loss.” Yup! That's right, guaranteed. I can honestly say that I've lost 30 pounds and I have successfully kept this weight off. Now, any good doctor will tell you that those who are most... Read more →

Columns

Selecting the best major to secure a job after college

Dear New Shrink, My son is currently a sophomore in college and although he is not sure about his career plans, he believes he has talked a lot about working in business. Given the amount of loans he has to take out to fund his education, I want to make sure that he is successful in securing a job after graduation. We have heard conflicting... Read more →