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 →

Health

It’s never too early to see a dentist

It’s not unusual to see children from as young as 18 months old with cavities. Troubling, yes. Uncommon, hardly. Cavities continue to be a huge problem among kids. In fact, tooth decay is more common than asthma or hay fever. When left untreated, dental problems like tooth decay can lead to difficulty speaking and chewing and... Read more →

Community Profiles

Baez remains connected to pier

SM PIER — There’s an old photo of a folk singer in a recently published book about the Santa Monica Pier’s history, showing a young woman leaning back in a chair, her ankles crossed mid-air, her face slightly tilted upward, clearly amused. The picture of the then 29-year-old Joan Baez, published in “Santa Monica... Read more →

Food

The search for the best burger is over

OK, so I have finally found the best burger in Los Angeles. Forget Father’s Office (which is great mind you) and check out Hole in the Wall Burger Joint on Santa Monica Boulevard and South Bentley Avenue for an awesome eating experience. We joined a couple friends there the other night and it was special! First of all, the owners,... Read more →

Entertainment

Painting cultural facilities green

DOWNTOWN — For theaters, galleries, dance studios and the like, the phrase that it’s not easy being green should no longer apply. That’s the anticipated outcome of a new nonprofit that marries the arts and sustainability, offering simpler and clearer means of incorporating environmentally-friendly elements into cultural... Read more →

Community Profiles

Emeritus College dean retires after 35 years

SECOND STREET — There are reminders every day that Maggie Hall will soon close out a 35-year career with Emeritus College, from the potted white orchid sitting on the conference table, to the bag of freshly-baked cookies on the desk, a gift from a student. Then there’s the giant poster hanging in the elevator, showing a smiling... Read more →

Food

Fun with fermented foods

Last week we explored some of the rationale for probiotics, something people often take in supplement form after ingesting antibiotics. Interestingly, probiotics means “for life” and antibiotics means “against life.” Since probiotic (good bacteria) research is fairly new and since not all good bacteria have been... Read more →

Entertainment

Fade to blue

AIRWAVES — Broadcast television viewers all over Santa Monica — and the nation for that matter — woke up today to find that their favorite channels have gone blue. No morning shows, no news, no cartoons, no infomercials; just a blue screen. This development — advertised for weeks — is thanks to the conversion to... Read more →

Food

Enjoying some tapas and an ocean view

After a disastrous dinner sometime ago at Shutters, where the busboys poured the bottled water into the glasses with tap water, and the waiter kept pouring too much of the wrong wine into the wrong glasses, mixing Bordeaux with Burgundy (not really a good blend) the PR people invited me to try their Tapas Tuesdays. They offered to comp me, of... Read more →

Mommie Brain

What to do when your baby doesn’t look like you

When I was a little girl I never really gave much thought to what kind of mother I would be or how I would parent. All I knew was that I would be a mother and that I was going to have a daughter. She was going to have little brown curls and big brown eyes and she was going to look remarkably like me. Well, that didn’t happen.... Read more →