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 →


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 →


Don’t pull a Kardashian

Dear New Shrink, I am engaged and in the process of planning my wedding. Most of my friends have already gotten married but a number of them also have already split up. Some of them have young children that they are already arguing over. It’s really sad. I just don’t understand it and it worries me. Am I headed down the same path?... Read more →


Local restaurateurs create perfect trifecta on Wilshire

WILSHIRE BLVD — For me, any which way you slice it, pizza can do no wrong. Whether it is the 3 a.m. microwavable abomination at the gas station, or a pie hand-tossed by Wolfgang Puck himself, if there is melted cheese on some form of bread, I am a fan. Admittedly, I am not the toughest of customers. However, after tasting Milo &... Read more →


Nothing lasts forever

It’s not the same old Drago. Like most high-end restaurants, it changes from time to time. And when I was last there I found a number of changes on the menu and in the staff. That’s one of the problems of writing a review suggesting that one restaurant is the best in any way. The number of replies from readers goes way up.... Read more →


Check the expiration date on implants

So, you’ve finally got those breast implants you’ve been wanting for some time, and now you are wondering how long you have before you need to get them replaced. As a plastic surgeon specializing in breast augmentation, I am frequently asked when breast implants should be “changed out” or replaced for safety’s... Read more →


Learning to leave work at the office

Dear New Shrink, I have been finding it difficult to find a balance between work and home. I often stay in the office late at night and end up taking work home on the weekends. While I really enjoy my job, it seems that all I do lately is work. I’m constantly connected to the office and end up checking my work e-mail more than I check... Read more →



Into Africa with luxury or economy

I love to travel and have always wanted to go to Africa. I was concerned about being in Africa without booking anything beforehand as I received warnings from friends that I should be extremely careful. With these thoughts in the back of my mind, I still just booked the airfare and went to Africa. I was enchanted by the beauty of the country,... Read more →

DVD Releases

Foreign Oscar hopefuls play in Santa Monica

Running each Sunday now through January, Laemmle’s Monica Fourplex is presenting a wide range of movies from all over the world, each vying to be nominated for the coveted Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards to be held on Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Local foreign film buffs, tourists and motion... Read more →


Catch the new cocktails at Casa

Those looking to escape the crowds can head down Pico Boulevard to Casa del Mar, a classic hotel featuring classic cocktails by expert mixologist Gaston Martinez. He has worked with the bartender’s at Casa’s restaurant Catch to create some fresh beverages featuring ingredients like fog, prosecco, ginger beer and jalapeno. It... Read more →


The Kennedy family through rose-colored glasses

For those of us who have lived much of our lives in the Kennedy Century, “The Color of Rose” is a poignant revisit with the fabled family that always seemed an extension of our own. Kathrine Bates' fascinating play, told through the eyes of the matriarch, Rose, is a no-holds-barred exposition of the triumphs and the tragedies that... Read more →


Drink and be merry

With the holiday season underway the Third Street Promenade gets even more crazy with a flurry of shopping madness. Locanda del Lago, which is situated in the middle of the mayhem, is offering some pretty enticing drink specials that are certain to appeal to weary shoppers looking for a little break in the action. The deal is, come into the... Read more →


How to get Tiger purring

Dear New Shrink, I am an avid golfer and golf follower and I just cannot understand what has happened to Tiger Woods. He was the No. 1 golfer in the world and now he can’t seem to get a grip. There are all kinds of ideas and gossip on the golf course but I am wondering if it doesn’t all come down to psychology in some way. He... Read more →


The wait is finally over

After months of anticipation and delays from contractors and inspectors, the well loved but old-fashioned Dante’s in Pacific Palisades has morphed into the new, modern Maison Giraud. The space, designed by local architect Cosimo Pizulli, is sparse, but warm and inviting, with lots of light and a high ceiling. The focus is on the bakery... Read more →