Culinary savvy on full display at Viceroy’s Whist

In Europe, a lot of the best restaurants are in fancy hotels. Generally that hasn’t been true in California, but it’s getting more common. A good example is Whist, located on the ground floor of the Viceroy Hotel on Ocean Avenue. If you look at reviews of Whist on the Internet, they are not so favorable. But it’s misleading... Read more →


Baby, you can drive my CARR

Dear New Shrink, I recently had an interview that did not go very well. I had a really hard time expressing my thoughts and answering the interviewer’s questions. In particular, I had a hard time thinking of a workplace conflict that I’ve had to overcome. This is mainly because I haven’t really experienced any conflict in... Read more →


Turning rug rats into gym rats

I figured a gym class might be a good thing to try for my daughter Addison. I’d been told Addison had a slight gross motor delay and she never crawled. She hopped around on her bum like a little bunny then one day just got up and walked. According to my pediatrician, these days a lot of kids skip crawling altogether. He explained that... Read more →

Community Profiles

Carrying on a sweet legacy

SANTA MONICA BLVD — Sean Tao was 7 years old the day he learned to make change. From that day forward, he could often be seen standing on a milk crate in DK’s Donuts, the doughnut shop his parents owned, handing customers their meticulously counted pennies and dimes. He was 13 when he learned to make doughnuts in the kitchen of... Read more →


Healthy twist on comfort food 

I have a feeling that 2010 is going to be a great year. Dreams will come true, life purposes fulfilled and happiness abounds. But that should be true every year.  Happiness is never ending. It is always there for the taking. “The three grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, someone to love and something to hope... Read more →


Resolutions won’t work if you have a problem

Dear New Shrink, I have tried to stop drinking but have not been able to, even after getting a DUI. But I feel ready and have made a New Year’s resolution to stop! My family wants me to go to rehab but I really do not think I need it. What do you think? How do others do it? Signed, Determined Dear Determined, You can resolve all you... Read more →


The healthy panini movement

Now that I’m in my reduced sugar intake phase, I’ve been visiting restaurants that claim to be organic, sugar free, or otherwise oriented toward healthy foods. The common denominator so far seems to be the panini sandwich. I suppose the correct spelling in the singular is panino, but no one seems to use that. When I was young we... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Losing baby weight takes a leap of faith

For those of you who follow this column, you know that a little ways back I made a very grand and public declaration about my commitment to lose those last 10 pounds from my pregnancy and get back into shape. I started working out with a trainer (Laura Hebert of, I returned to Weight Watchers, I vowed to try any and all... Read more →


New year brings change

With each new year I am reminded of making resolutions. While many of our new year’s resolutions have to do with getting in shape, eating better, or finding more time for family or friends, some of your resolutions may deal with your career or financial success. The start of the year is the perfect time to begin thinking about... Read more →