Food

Casual cafe at the heart of the arts

By Jennifer Meier Special to the Daily Press Always mellow, rarely crowded, the Bergamot Café is a hidden lunch destination in a peaceful outdoor setting surrounded by art galleries at the Bergamot Station Arts Center. The café is not fancy — orders are taken at a counter and served on paper plates — and neither... Read more →

Food

Everyone has a favorite

The sky is blue, the plate is white, I wonder what I’ll have tonight? I am at one of my favorite restaurants right now. It is called Il Forno Trattoria. I have been going to this restaurant since I was born, and I absolutely love it, and everybody who works there including the owner, Joseph Suceveann, the manager, Soren Costache, and my... Read more →

Community Profiles

Taking the plunge

DOWNTOWN — Jana Strain can thank Shamu for helping her become one of the rising stars in the extreme sport of freediving. It was during a visit to the animal park Sea World over a year ago that Strain, 27, was inspired to become a dolphin trainer. Already a scuba diving instructor who traveled across the globe, Strain, who moved to Los... Read more →

Life

Hanging 10 in Surf City USA

BY CAROLE ORLIN Special to the Daily Press In my eternal quest for new and interesting getaways, I happened upon a gem that is only an hour south on Pacific Coast Highway. It is pet, people and eco-friendly; it’s affordable and donates a portion of its proceeds to charity! It combines surfer chic with contemporary sophistication. It... Read more →

Book Review

‘A Claim of Her Own’

Publisher Bethany House continues its historical fiction line with “A Claim of Her Own.” The time period covered is after the Civil War and small towns are being set up across South Dakota. Gold is being prospected in a nearby stream in the mountains. As in her previously reviewed book, “Unbridled Dreams,” (Nov. 7,... Read more →

Food

Tap the fat out of your life

Are you unsuccessful at losing weight? What if I told you it’s all in your head? Really. Research from UT Southwestern Medical Centre in Dallas has shown that certain foods work with your brain to sabotage your efforts. The researchers found that specific fats, once ingested, make a beeline for the brain. Upon arriving at the brain,... Read more →

Food

Discovering a new hideaway

When I go to a restaurant that has been open only for a few days, I don’t expect things to be perfect. I expect a bit of a problem with the service and perhaps some of the dishes won’t come out of the kitchen just right. So it was a surprise when I had lunch at La Cachette on Ocean Avenue a week or so after they fired up the oven.... Read more →

Columns

Who has your back?

I have a friend who constantly criticizes me. He has a very sarcastic personality so he plays it off as humor. Recently he’s been blatantly ignoring me when we are in a group situation or making me feel as if I am not welcome. Then all of a sudden, he’s really nice to me. As far as I can tell, I’m not changing my own... Read more →

Food

Stumbling upon a new latitude

Have you ever found a restaurant by fluke, and then that restaurant turned out to be one of your new favorite places to eat? Well, that exact thing is what connected me to my favorite Thai restaurant, Lattitude Thai, which is located at 2906 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica. It is a small, family-owned restaurant and its food is definitely full... Read more →

Entertainment

Trials of a gay man

What do Tony Kushner, Larry Kramer and Moises Kaufman have in common? A lot. They are all award-winning contemporary playwrights. They have all been civil rights activists. They are all Jewish. They are all gay. And, in one way or another, these life experiences all turn up as themes in their plays. Take Kaufman, whose last production was... Read more →

Food

Try Lemonade for a taste that takes you back

At the newly opened Lemonade, on the corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice Boulevard, Chef Alan Jackson is filling a gap that has existed in the Venice dining scene for a surprisingly long time: thoughtfully prepared, picnic-perfect food for all ages and appetites that can be can be taken to go or eaten in house. Chef Jackson’s decision to... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Sharing helps in finding the silver lining

I didn’t set out for this column to be about serious things. I wanted to write about fun toys, cute silly days and adorable things my son says. But this column is about what is going on in our lives as a family. And our lives this year have been challenging. I had a miscarriage in January. A lot of people don’t talk about... Read more →

Community Profiles

Coming home

NEW YORK — The chatter died down as all eyes turned to a member of the cadre, who given the events earlier that day had something important to say to his ROTC students. It was just hours earlier that four planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the twin towers in Manhattan, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., killing thousands of... Read more →

Book Review

‘Mud Blood — Murder in the Sacramento Delta’

Publisher iUniverse presents us with a novel by Joan Del Monte in the mystery and detective line. The formula is there. We have an amateur detective, in this case a female writer, a side kick, the private investigator from whom she is taking an adult school class and a body, along with the murderer who is not revealed until the end. It is... Read more →

Food

No wars over this oil

Despite the popularity of adding EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to a frying pan every time a burner is ignited on some popular cooking show, olive oil is not always the best choice for cooking. Yes, olive oil does boast major health benefits such as the antioxidant oleocanthol, an anti-inflammatory. Olive oil is also rich in monounsaturated... Read more →