Recipes for the gluten sensitive

Je me sens très excite! Because “Julie & Julia” is premiering this week! In 2005, while strolling through a gardening store in the San Francisco Ferry building, I stumbled upon this enchanting story. The book caught my eye with its beautiful seafoam green cover displaying a bowl containing something white and whipped.... Read more →


Date like you’re grocery shopping

Grocery shopping is like going on a date: you don’t know what you are walking into, but you open yourself to one of the most intimate relationships possible. Foods, much like people, feed our inner and outer selves, by tickling our emotions, making our heart swell, and causing our brains to be engulfed by the high tide of love. However,... Read more →


Dealing with depression

Q: I am hoping you can help me. Over the past few months I have been feeling very tired, pretty much all the time. I have a difficult time getting out of bed in the morning and during the day do not have much energy. Recently I canceled plans with friends only to spend the entire weekend in my bed with no motivation to do anything. No matter... Read more →


Pizza done right at Beach Street

LOCATION: Beach Street GENERAL COMMENT: This very popular indoor-outdoor restaurant on a side street in Pacific Palisades caters to people from all walks of life, but offers top quality Italian-American food at very reasonable prices in a garden-like setting. There is always a seat available at lunch, but dinner can get quite busy. WHERE:... Read more →


See ‘Fiddler’ again

My maternal grandmother, when she was just 12 years old, was placed in a hay wagon among a group of strangers and was sent from her small village of Mikhaelevka, in the Ukraine, across northern Europe to Hamburg, where she boarded a boat for America. She was all alone, with her name on a tag pinned to her coat, and without a word of English.... Read more →


Little bones, big facts

When it comes to orthopaedic disorders in children, it is natural for parents to become concerned when it affects the way their child walks. However, understanding the more common orthopaedic conditions -— and knowing that many conditions are just variations of normal — can help parents recognize when the condition is a natural... Read more →

Community Profiles

Jeweler is a real Santa Monica gem

DOWNTOWN — An engagement can be one of the happiest times in a person’s life and for Edward Guerboian, it’s an occasion he celebrates almost daily. As the owner of Readers Fine Jewelers, Guerboian, 57, said it would take him days to recount all of the engagement stories he’s been a part of since the store opened in... Read more →

Book Review

‘Promises I Made My Mother’

There is an Irish proverb that states, “A man loves his sweetheart the most; his wife the best; but his mother the longest.” This may be so. Mothers teach us lessons by what they say and do. They are very important people. Sons need them and their influence lasts a long, long time. It is the mother not the father who socializes... Read more →


A royal good romp

Can you imagine a more delightful way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than in the lush wooded tranquility of the Theatricum Botanicum watching several dozen gifted players gambol over the hillside declaiming the words of Shakespeare? This secluded outdoor theater in Topanga Canyon has begun its 2009 season, ready again to enliven... Read more →


A truly moving experience

One of my first jobs out of college was working as a dietitian in a nursing home. Like most people, I imagined nursing homes to be depressing places where people put their older family members when they could no longer care for them. I thought I would only see pain and suffering, but I actually found many good friends, comical moments and... Read more →


Handling a bully takes teamwork

Q: My 14-year-old son recently shared some disturbing information with me. He gets bullied at his junior high school. He is a very brainy kid with few friends. He mentioned he has talked to several “authorities,” yet the only response he receives is that the school has a “zero tolerance policy against it” and the... Read more →


What a bargain at Caché

Intent on saving money while eating out, I’m always looking for bargains. So when I heard that Josiah Citrin of Melisse was operating the kitchen at a new hot restaurant, and that we could get the same great cooking at half the price of Melisse, I naturally rushed over to Caché to enjoy those benefits. When I couldn’t find... Read more →


Cheesemaker cut from Farmers’ Market

DOWNTOWN — Any publicity is supposedly a good thing, but in the case of Winchester Cheese Co., good publicity turned out to be harmful. Earlier this month, Glenn Lingle, a Santa Monica software engineer and fan of Winchester Cheese found his family’s favorite cheese vendor to be missing from its usual place at the Main Street... Read more →


Summer camps help kids with autism

Summer vacations can be extremely challenging not only for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but their parents as well. While it is nice to take a break from the day-to-day activities, it is important to maintain structure and consistency in an effort to maintain the skills children have developed. The relationships children with... Read more →