There’s a new chef in town

OCEAN AVE — Saying that Chef Keith Roberts has a difficult job to do is quite the understatement. Not only is he responsible for running a $10 million culinary operation for Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, catering to the sophisticated business traveler as well as the demanding bride to be, but he also has to please picky, pre-teen... Read more →


‘Holy Ghost’ turns tables

There is hardly any ethnic or religious group that is not maligned in “Holy Ghost,” Jon Tuttle’s World War II-era drama now having its West Coast premiere at Theatre of Note in Hollywood. Even the Amish, for God’s sake! But what can you expect at a prisoner of war camp in South Carolina where the German prisoners are... Read more →


Akbar, where the sauce is the boss

GENERAL COMMENT: On a cold winter night Indian food hits the spot. Many years ago, when we sailed together as a family, we would come back to Marina del Rey cold and tired, clean up the boat, and head over to the Akbar restaurant on Washington Boulevard. Mr. Kapoor, the owner, a gentleman from the “old school,” always offered... Read more →


Introducing the ‘Queen of Squats’

I’ve heard it said that getting yourself to the gym is the hardest part of your workout. Whoever said it is a big, fat liar. The hardest part of working out … is working out. My trainer Keith Sims starts me on a two-day a week weight routine, and a six-day a week cardio regime. I’m so heinously out of shape I want to... Read more →


Something doesn’t smell right

It’s one of those questions that are on many people’s minds but they may be too embarrassed to ask: Why does one’s urine smell funny after eating asparagus? According to popular asparagus pee research, up to 76 percent of the population makes stinky asparagus pee, but some of them are simply not able to smell it while others... Read more →


A modern Rashomon?

The first act begins in medieval Japan. A married woman and her lover, both in kimonos and lots of hair, are making love “for the last time” and singing to each other at the top of their lungs. This sets up a fast forward to the next scene, which is set in New York in 1951. A married couple have just seen “Rashomon,”... Read more →


Stuck in a dead-end job

Dear New Shrink, I have been a working professional for approximately 15 years now. While I have always been a diligent and hard worker, lately I have begun to feel that perhaps my current job is not the right one for me. I have spent my entire professional life in the financial services industry and although I have been financially... Read more →


Burning to begin

Several months ago while interviewing a dentist, I was lamenting about not being able to find “Mr. Right.” My subject looked me straight in the eye and told me, “You’re a very pretty girl, but you’re fat. Lose some weight, you’ll have no trouble.” Not exactly the answer I was looking for. More of a... Read more →


Getting kids interested in reading

Interested in discussing topics such as: Does the American economy have a future? Check out the panel discussions at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend at UCLA. If you’re like me, with a seriously fried mommie brain, you can sample lighter fare like “Comic Books: Indie and Beyond” or two days worth of... Read more →

Mommie Brain

After a storm comes a rainbow

I have been absent from this column for a bit now. And for that, I am sorry. But I promise I have a good reason. I am pregnant. And being that I write about my life as a mom here, it was easier to take a break than to try to hide it. Most people, myself included, aren’t that comfortable with going public with pregnancies until the... Read more →

Community Profiles

Nursing star receives Red Cross award

MID-CITY — Barbara Browning always wanted to be a nurse. As a little girl watching her aunt dress in her nursing uniform, Browning knew one day she would do the same. However, as a child she was unaware of the impact she would make on nursing — an impact that led to her being honored Saturday at the Santa Monica Red... Read more →


Beating the Monday morning blues

Dear New Shrink, I have been wondering why it is that I hate Mondays so much. I have been asking around and a lot of my friends have similar feelings. It is not unanimous but pretty close. What causes this and what can we do about it? Signed, Monday Blues Dear Monday Blues, You ask an interesting question but it is difficult to come up... Read more →


Taking a bakery tour

Bakeries are popping up all over Los Angeles and have taken desserts to a new level. Gone are the days of terrible store-bought baked goods with sugary cakes smothered in pastel-colored icing. I seem to find a new bakery every week these days and thought I would check out a few local spots that offer wonderful tasty treats. There are bakeries... Read more →