Is marijuana causing my son to be a deadbeat?

Dear New Shrink, My husband and I are very worried about our son. He is in his mid 20s, has had an excellent education, but all that he seems to be interested in is staying up late to play video games and sleeping until noon. He hasn’t gotten a job, doesn’t even look for one; he also doesn’t seem to be interested in having a... Read more →


Drago Santa Monica says ‘ciao’

WILSHIRE BLVD — After 21 years of serving Santa Monica, Italian restaurant Drago will be packing up its pans and closing its doors by the end of this month. “It’s been an absolutely wonderful run in Santa Monica,” said owner Chef Celestino Drago, who opened the restaurant in 1991 and has operated it ever since. The... Read more →


Hits, misses at Stop’n Cafe

Fellow food reviewer Michael Ryan and I were strolling along the Santa Monica Promenade when we saw the sign “Greek Food.” A lovely young woman smiled at us and invited us in. When we learned that the restaurant — Stop’n Cafe — had been there for 25 years, we were encouraged. Is the promenade that old? I love... Read more →


At 115, Davies still the life of the party

BEACH HOUSE — The staff and docents at the Annenberg Community Beach House will open the facility’s doors on Sunday for a birthday celebration for its most famous resident — Marion Davies. Davies, who would have been 115 on Jan. 3, was best known as a silent film actress and as the mistress of media magnate William... Read more →


Asking the right questions

Dear New Shrink, I have an interview scheduled for next week and I have been busy preparing for the potential questions I might receive. Several resources I have reviewed have also recommended that I prepare questions to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview. What types of questions should I prepare to ask? How many questions should... Read more →


Urban farming taking root in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — People flock to Santa Monica’s thrice-weekly Farmers’ Markets for their pick of fresh produce from the Golden State, but a handful of Santa Monicans are joining a movement that takes “local” to a whole new level. With the help of a Los Angeles-based company called Farmscape... Read more →


Gathering around the dinner table

BY JESS HILTON Special to the Daily Press During the holidays, one of the ways we celebrate is by gathering around the dinner table with friends and loved ones for the ritual of sharing food. Sadly, for many of us this tradition only happens a handful of times each year. In the not too distance past, it wasn’t uncommon for families... Read more →


Leaving the baggage behind

It’s that time of year when we tend to reflect on the past and make plans for the future. If we aren’t doing this, we probably should be. It is a good idea to take stock of our lives and decide what we are missing, what we need to let go of, and then think about our goals for the coming year. Resolutions for the new year should... Read more →


Barney’s offers a break from the shopping mayhem

Holiday crunch time on the Third Street Promenade certainly brings elevated levels of shopping mayhem. All of the congestion, large crowds and seasonal cheesiness does indeed bring out the Grinch in me. Therefore, I try to stay as far away from the insanity as possible. But alas, I found myself getting sucked into the epicenter like a... Read more →


Not a very nice ‘Fela’ at all

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was the Lady Gaga of Nigeria in the 1970s. The creator of Afrobeat, a fusion of jazz, funk, psychedelic rock and traditional West African chants and rhythms, Fela became an international phenomenon and then went on to become a notorious political activist, the scourge of the Nigerian government, and the founder of the... Read more →


Disappointing service, disappointing dim sum

Many a Sunday morning we enjoyed a dim sum brunch at the old VIP Seafood Restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard and Barrington Avenue. One nice feature was that we got dim sum right away from the rolling carts while we waited for a few special dishes. The former name, VIP, has morphed into the Palace, and although the place looks very much the... Read more →


They’ll take your breath away

I loved the safari, enjoyed meeting the Masai and had the most amazing time exploring Kenya. Now for a different kind of adventure. I decided to go to Mount Kilimanjaro. If climbing Kilimanjaro has been on your wish list, I discovered it was one of the easiest things to organize. Two options to get to the climb, catch a short flight from... Read more →


Career resolutions for the new year

As 2011 comes to an end, this is a great time to reflect on your successes and evaluate your professional and career goals. Oftentimes we end up being so busy during the year that we move from one project to the next without truly taking time to acknowledge all that we have done. However, it is important that you take time to identify your... Read more →

DVD Releases

Home entertainment holiday shopping guide

DVDs ‘Limitless’ (Unrated Extended Cut) Bradley Cooper stars as Eddie Morra, a burnt-out writer, who comes into a top-secret pill that taps into 100 percent of his brain's abilities. The ensuing display of mind-bending talents and brilliant visions bring him a dream life until the pill's side effects kick in. This version... Read more →


Out with the old, in with Z new

Like any new business Z Garden is indeed working out some of the unexpected yet unavoidable kinks. Co-owner Shadi Abed, posts himself close to the entrance working partly as a greeter and also as the guy who has to shut the faulty door that wants to constantly stay open. The dining area still awaits the Farmers’ Market hook-up who... Read more →