Food

Old timers, Vol 3: Valentino

In the 1950s and ‘60s, fine dining in Los Angeles was centered in Hollywood. There was Chasen’s, La Rue, Scandia, Ma Maison (if you were lucky enough to have the unlisted telephone number) and a few other fine restaurants, usually in the French mode. Little by little tastes changed. A Thai restaurant opened in Culver City and my... Read more →

Food

Hunting for Santa Monica’s best breakfast burrito

The breakfast burrito: quick, convenient, and quintessential. While the burrito is inherently Mexican, the bacon, egg, cheese variety is as American as the hard shell taco, or the sizzling fajita platter. Not necessarily authentic as huevos rancheros, the gringo variation, as it is often referred to as, is probably the most popular. The... Read more →

Entertainment

Movie review: Love and death in Russia

Aleksei Fedorchenko’s latest film, “Silent Souls,” is both silent and soulful. And incredibly Russian. The story revolves around the ritual burial of Tanya (Yuliya Aug), the much-loved wife of the manager of a paper factory, Miron (Yuri Tsurilo). Unwilling to involve “outsiders” in the funeral preparations for... Read more →

Columns

Putting your best foot forward

Dear New Shrink, I recently found out about an industry career fair that I would like to attend. I am currently two years into my first job, which I secured through a friend so I never really had to interview or attend any events. I have never been to a formal career fair and have no idea what to do. Please help! Thank you, Fair Newbie... Read more →

Entertainment

A real dilly in Philly

Like “In the Heights,” the recent happy musical set in New York's Washington Heights, “South Street,” the new musical that had its world premiere this week at the Pasadena Playhouse, also glorifies a classic neighborhood. The setting is Philadelphia, home of the Phillies, the cheesesteak sandwich, and Sammy's Place.... Read more →

Food

Umami lives up to the hype

What is there left to possibly say about the most critically reviewed, dissected, and highly acclaimed burger in Los Angeles? A mouthful, if you are one of the people like myself that are late in the game to scratch this contemporary hot spot off your burger bucket list. Yes I do have a list and Umami Burger was at the top of it. After... Read more →

Food

Old Timers, Vol. 2: Michael’s

The one restaurant most closely associated with fine dining in Santa Monica is still Michael’s. While it has not followed the many fads into more modern or experimental foods, it has maintained the same level of quality and consistency since it opened in 1979. And while dining has gone through a number of phases since 1979,... Read more →

Entertainment

As ephemeral as a ‘Shooting Star’

“A woman needs to marry before she gets too interesting,” Elena says ruefully. And Elena, as played by Michelle Duffy, is one of the most interesting characters you'll see on stage this year. Elena is a hippie who never got over it. She also, apparently, never quite got over her love for Reed (Kevin Symons), and for those good... Read more →

Columns

Natural or not, losing our parents hurts deep inside

Dear New Shrink, I am slowly but surely losing my mother, who has always been one of my best friends. It is not clear whether she just has some dementia or if she may have Alzheimer’s. I have no brothers or sisters; my father is still around but incapable of handling what is happening to his wife as he ages and is depressed by the... Read more →

Food

Don’t be a food snob

If you want to invoke change in others, you shouldn’t be a food snob. This weekend the Good Food Festival is being held in Santa Monica. The festival offers everything you could want to learn about good, healthy food; how to get it and the policies surrounding it. But even as a health food advocate, I worry that playing the... Read more →

Food

Five alarm food at The Firehouse

In an area jam packed with restaurants it is easy for a simple diner to get overlooked, even if that diner is the biggest, brightest building on the block. I have rode my bike past The Firehouse on the cusp of Venice and Santa Monica on Main Street countless times but never really gave it much more than a glance. Little did I know that the... Read more →

Food

Santa Monica celebrates ’Good Food’

DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 30th anniversary by partnering with Family Farmed, which is nationally recognized for working with many of the country’s largest buyers of local and sustainably grown food and “growing the market” for local and sustainable food. They will launch the... Read more →

Food

Tantalizing taste buds with roasted chilies

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — “We buy ‘em, we roast ‘em and we sell ‘em!” barked Ted Galvan, manager of the Saturday Pico Farmers’ Market, as he stood near a cast iron barrel loaded with green peppers being roasted by vendor Chili Asado. His moustache-covered smile welcomed shoppers as the smell of roasting... Read more →

Food

Old Timers, Vol. 1: The Galley

With hot new restaurants opening up all the time, we tend to forget some of the old standbys that have stood the test of time. If a restaurant has been in the same location and under the same management for 20 years or more, it must have something special. And so it is with such favorites as Valentino, Michael’s, Chez Jay, Chinois on... Read more →