Food

Making dinner exciting

In my house we are cooking every day lately and enjoying it immensely. The hard part is coming up with new ideas of what to have for dinner. I get that comment all the time in my cooking classes, which is why so many people take classes — to learn new stuff! I have been perusing through old cookbooks and that gets me motivated to branch... Read more →

Food

Making 2009 the year of the family kitchen

For many kids, New Year’s Eve means chowing down on pizza and soda while watching movies with the babysitter. But my childhood tradition on Dec. 31 was very different. For me, New Year’s Eve meant driving two hours into New York City to shop at the specialty market, Zabars. It meant donning my fanciest dress-up clothes, costume... Read more →

Community Profiles

Creating hope for cancer victims

More than 1.4 million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and three in four families will care for a family member with the disease. It will be difficult, daunting and debilitating — but thanks to Westside resident, Dick Lippin, Chairman and CEO of the Lippin Group, help is now just a phone call away. Over the... Read more →

Food

So-so south of the border

Whenever I find a restaurant that’s been around longer than I, I know it must be special. Check out the venerable Lula Cucina Mexicana on Main Street. With attractive interior décor, including one section that overlooks Main Street, plus an outside patio, this Mexican restaurant has withstood the test of time. WHERE: 2700 Main... Read more →

Book Review

‘Compelling Conversations’

America is a great land of opportunity. I am sure we all want to get ahead in this country. We want to find the type of employment that is suited for us. We wish to advance in the work world. We wish to make friends. The best way to get ahead in the world is to speak the mother tongue of the country you are living in. In this case, we are... Read more →

Food

Eat lean without getting too mean

It is that time of year where many of us are eating leaner and perhaps looking at getting healthy or losing weight. I know in my house we are doing a cleanse, which basically means cutting out all the good stuff — no alcohol, sugar, dairy, meat, coffee or fatty foods. What is left to eat, you might ask? Well let me tell you... Read more →

Food

A traditional sushi sensation

When it’s time to go out for lunch or dinner, I usually think that anything I would want I can find in Santa Monica. So when the PR people from Sashi invited me to their restaurant in Manhattan Beach, I was skeptical. And then they mentioned their selection of 60 different types of sake, so that was enough to encourage me to go. Our... Read more →

Mommie Brain

You’ve got to have park

I recently took my son to the playground in New York City where I grew up. I looked around and all I could see was me, about 8 years old, in a red satin jacket lacing up my blue Adidas roller skates with the yellow stripes. It was great to watch him play where I identify so strongly with my own childhood. And I realized how important these... Read more →

Community Profiles

Local woman campaigns for the ocean

DOWNTOWN Anna Cummins is making the grade these days. The Santa Monica resident is on a mission to teach the young and the old about the way human consumption has created a garbage patch estimated to be the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean. Although Cummins said she always had an interest in the environment-managing a compost pile in the... Read more →

Food

Learning the way of the watermelon

Watermelon season is ending in some parts of the U.S., but before it’s all over let us take this time to hone in on why watermelon is so beloved. A recent news headline reads, “Watermelon-eating dog prompts man to stab himself.” A man was so distraught over losing his watermelon to a dog that he stabbed himself to show the... Read more →