Food

Italian food you won’t find everywhere

A lot of people I know were disappointed when they learned that Chez Mimi, one of the few remaining authentic French restaurants in our area, closed and that another Italian restaurant would open there. As one put it, “who needs another Italian restaurant in this neighborhood?” And yes, there are a lot of them, but it does seem to... Read more →

Food

It’s a family affair at Langer’s

Eating good pastrami in Santa Monica does not involve much more than a quick bike ride up Wilshire Boulevard to Izzy’s or Fromin’s. Both establishments are classic Jewish delis with great family friendly atmospheres, and excellent pastrami. However, if you are willing to go the extra mile (or 13) up Wilshire all the way to... Read more →

Food

Smoking out real BBQ

BBQ is a culture like sushi, or Menudo. People will drive hours to find it. It’s a multi-geographic culture. There is Texas BBQ, Memphis BBQ, North Carolina has its own version and is famous for 12-hour cooked pulled pork shoulder, and of course L.A. is full of Korean BBQ restaurants. But there’s a difference between real BBQ... Read more →

Entertainment

Danger beneath the waves

SM PIER — This summer, Santa Monica Beach seems to be holding an unintentional reenactment of the classic horror movie “Jaws,” but minus the Great White shark. One by one, beachgoers are getting picked off by two denizens of the not-so-deep, as a proliferation of jelly fish and stingrays have led to uncommonly high... Read more →

Food

Make it your own at Fritto Misto

Only steps away from tourist magnets like the Santa Monica Pier and the remodeled Santa Monica Place, Fritto Misto seems to mostly go unnoticed among the hustle and bustle of summer sightseers. Adjoined to the other small businesses all sharing the same coordinated turquoise awnings, at a casual glance you may think it was just another... Read more →

Entertainment

Shakespeare will soon bow out of Santa Monica

REED MEMORIAL PARK — Santa Monica Shakespeare is wrapping up its production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” with four final performances scheduled through the end of the week. The play will take place at Reed Memorial Park on Tournament Tennis Court No. 1 each night at 8 p.m. Bridget Flannery, who channels one of the female... Read more →

Food

Sushi Central offers quality cuts without the attitude

Centrally located on the southeast corner of Overland Avenue and Palms Boulevard in a small, unassuming shopping center, Sushi Central is a real find for any true sushi lover. The owner of this small, unpretentious BYOB (no alcohol sold on premises) establishment is Phillip Yi, a Korean-American who grew up both in Hawaii and Washington. Do... Read more →

Food

A chili day biking in L.A.

Biking and dining the Santa Monica scene can be fun and diverse, but not necessarily ambitious. While the bounty of restaurants in this city could keep a food writer’s plate full for years, the cycling dynamic falls flat in the process. There is only so much one can write about the Main Street bike lane, the hill on Ocean Park... Read more →

Columns

Pause before taking the plunge

Dear New Shrink, Several weeks ago you wrote a great article about people who you called “anxiously attached” and tend to be jealous and clingy. You also mentioned an avoidant/detached type, which sounds like it could be my fiancée. I tend to get anxious around him but never thought of myself as anxiously attached. In this... Read more →

Entertainment

Keene the ‘marathon’ man of art

BERGAMOT STATION — Artist Steve Keene is back in Santa Monica with his signature frenetic mass-production style for a week-long “Art Marathon” at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. In 2000, Keene packed the museum floor to ceiling with 10,000 works of art for Miracle Half-Mile — an exhibit celebrating the history of... Read more →

Food

Serving up some solidarity

In the sprawling metropolis better known as Los Angeles, there’s no problem finding cuisine from any corner of the world. However, compared to other big American cities like New York and Chicago, it is slim pickings on the West Coast when it comes to greasy little gyro stands or the late night shaworma shacks. That is why Santa Monica... Read more →

Food

If you can’t take healthy eating stay out of kitchen

Another hot new spot for young people, and those seeking youth through healthy eating, has opened up in Santa Monica. The True Food Kitchen occupies a great location on the west end of Santa Monica Place, right on Second Street. Its claim to fame is that it is somehow associated with Dr. Andrew Weil, a Harvard Medical School graduate famous... Read more →

Columns

Coping with work stress

Dear New Shrink, I have been under a lot of stress at work dealing with several looming deadlines. I am on several different projects, all of which have different parties involved. I am seen as a high-performing individual so a lot of extra work seems to come my way because of my ability to get things done. Given all of the work I have on my... Read more →

Food

D.K.’s does donuts right

It was not too long ago that my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee bit the dust. As everything under the hood seemed to go up in smoke, so was the notion that I was going to be able to function sans motor vehicle in Los Angeles. To the contrary, getting rid of a 3,000 pound hunk of metal, glass, rubber, and plastic was the most liberating thing I... Read more →

Entertainment

Pier concert organizers scramble for screen

DOWNTOWN — Organizers of the 27th annual Twilight Dance Series are trying to find a replacement for the high-tech big screen that projected performances to hundreds of people gathered on the sand south of the Santa Monica Pier to watch the free concerts. This year, the series, which features 10 concerts, partnered with... Read more →