Community Profiles

Student-tutor interaction inspires Girl Scout

SUNSET PARK — Annemarie Kelleghan has literally grown up alongside the very students she tutors. The 17-year-old Sunset Park resident has spent the past five years as a volunteer tutor at the Fairview Branch Library pridefully watching young students progress along the way. “I’ve seen her grow from putting alphabet blocks... Read more →

Book Review

‘Urban Worrier: Making Politics Personal’

This is a book for all who live and do business in the city of Santa Monica. Have you ever wondered just what does the city think it is? Frank J. Gruber has collected some of the articles in his column written for the “Lookout News” between the years of 2000-2004. You may not be surprised at all to read the names of the council... Read more →

Food

Freedom from clogged arteries

We celebrate Independence Day to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, which sought to give the American colonies freedom from Great Britain. I love the U.S. and Great Britain, and I love the freedoms we have to live our lives as we see fit. The Declaration of Independence proclaims that we are all endowed by our... Read more →

Food

Giving it the old college try

WILSHIRE BLVD — As a beer connoisseur and amateur brewer (here’s a shout out to my brew club Pacific Gravity), when I got wind of the FIG restaurant’s plan to flip the script on brunch with their new “Kegs & Eggs” menu, there was no way I could resist. And here’s why. For just $37, one can down as many... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Balancing the boob tube

TV was my friend as a child. Then it was just me and my mom and when she had to work, I occupied myself watching “I Love Lucy,” “Abbott & Costello” and “The Smurfs.” I studied it in college and got a degree in TV production. I even made my living for several years as a TV producer. Simply, I love... Read more →

Community Profiles

Student views world through camera lens

MALIBU — It’s rare to see Daria Kobayashi-Ritch leave her house without her camera and the 17-year-old is known among her friends because of it. “If I don’t have my camera, I have my phone,” she said. “My friends know it too. If we’re going somewhere they never bring cameras because it’s... Read more →

Book Review

‘Tender Grace’

Each of us grieves in our own way. We all need time. We also need an outlet for our grief. Some hold it in, others talk it out. Still others journalize. This is the style of writing this book takes. Grieving is a natural life process we have been told. We all will face it at one point or other in our life when we lose someone near and dear to... Read more →

Food

Healthy recipes for the holiday

We have a big national holiday approaching. Like so many other holidays, there will be food and festivities. But before we celebrate the Fourth of July, lets see what other holidays just passed us by without so much as a mention. The third week of June was Fruit and Veggie Week, a dietitian’s dream. International Splurge Day was June... Read more →

Food

For a good time call Shauna

Shauna Aminzadeh is one of the several public relations people that helped organize the “Culinary College” in Santa Monica, where aspiring chefs had the opportunity to learn cooking techniques and food and wine parings from culinary experts like Patrick Healy, executive chef and co-owner of The Buffalo Club. Shauna was nice enough... Read more →

Food

Tasting Japanese food at its best

I had one of the best Japanese meals of my life last week at a small space in Brentwood at 11656 San Vicente Blvd. named Takao. This unassuming restaurant opened in 1996 by the former head chef at Matsuhisa, Takao Izumida. We were lucky enough to have what is titled omakase — meaning chef’s choice. This means the chef chooses some... Read more →