Mommie Brain

On a mission to lose that baby weight

Right after I had my son, I went to my good friend’s wedding. This wedding had been stressing me out for some time. I had gained 52 pounds (yes 52 on my 5-foot,4-inch frame) and in the two to three months since, I had lost just less than 30 of it. I thought an ex-boyfriend of mine was going to be there and though tremendously happy... Read more →

Life

Don’t let kids’ diets get tricked by Halloween treats

It’s All Hallows Eve — do you know what your kids are eating? This Halloween, don’t let your little ones get tricked by the smiling jack-o-lantern bucket, which typically hides about 250 pieces of candy, amounting to a frightening 9,000 calories. The sad reality is that many children actually eat their way through the entire... Read more →

Community Profiles

Violinist on the rise

DOWNTOWN — When you think about it, life is a series of forks in the road. They could be as trivial as where to go for lunch or as daunting as whether or not to move halfway across the world for employment. For violinist Jennifer Argenti, these “sliding doors” are key to finding her way. “Every decision that you make... Read more →

Food

Sun, surf and seafood

Ah, the beach. You can do so much there. You can sunbathe, swim, surf, boat, read or just relax. But whenever I walk on the boardwalk, gazing at the sun setting over the horizon, the one thing that comes to my mind is ... seafood. There are so many restaurants on the beach, but out of all of them, a new one caught my eye. That place is... Read more →

Health

Protect feet when trick or treating

Many Halloween costumes are convenient enough to have room for shoes to fit underneath the costume, keeping the impeccable design of the costume untarnished. For those other costumes, homemade or handed down, think outside the shoe. Finding colored cloth to match the costume to put over the shoe is an easy out, proving to be cheap and simple.... Read more →

Life

Adventures in Central Asia

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a series on Central Asia. TTKKU stands for Central Asia’s Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. To locate the five “Stans” think of a rectangle bounded by China on the east, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran on the south, the Caspian Sea on the... Read more →

Food

Eating lobster during a recession

GENERAL COMMENT: We’re in a recession right? People are eating at home to save money, right? Well, you wouldn’t know it at the Enterprise Fish Co. in Santa Monica. Try and get a table on a Tuesday night, and watch the lobsters go by while you wait at the bar. WHERE: 174 Kinney St., just off Ocean Avenue — (310)... Read more →

Columns

Finding love amongst the cubicles at work

Dear New Shrink, I need your help. I work with this really great guy and it’s obvious that we’re attracted to one another. We have begun spending more and more time together and I could see myself dating this guy. I have asked several of my friends for advice on the matter and all of them have advised me against dating a co-worker... Read more →

Community Profiles

Commission chair gives back

OCEAN PARK — At a Boston elementary school, a boy’s third grade teacher told his parents that their son would never graduate from high school. His multiple learning disabilities and inability to read would prevent him from achieving at the level of his classmates, leaving little hope that he would ever go to college, become a... Read more →