A Little Bit of Christmas:The Coffee Bean’s Holiday Menu

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According to Christmas carol lore, Irving Berlin penned White Christmas during a winter stay at La Quinta. Some folks say at The Arizona Biltmore. Either way, when Berlin was nostalgically “dreaming of …

Christmas Gifts for Cinephiles, Oenophiles, Francophiles… and the Rest

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Holiday shopping. Bah humbug.  Maybe you’ve scored some deals on Black Friday while the rest of us were sleeping off that tryptophan hangover. Or on Cyber Monday, which according to …

Hakkasan: Chic Cantonese in Beverly Hills and Beyond

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Cover photo & select images by Emily Frances Kramer London. New York. Miami. San Francisco. Las Vegas. Abu Dabai. Dubai. Doha. Shanghai. And Beverly Hills. Some pretty glamorous cities. And …

L’Assiette Steak-Frites: Late Night Parisian Fare on LA’s Melrose

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When Jacques Fiorentino followed his foodie passion to open a brasserie with Colonial Wine Bar’s Mary Ann Reyes, he decided to focus the menu on one thing, done well — …

Giving Thanks: Twists on Thanksgiving Favorites at Napa Valley Grille & Barton G.-LA

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Thanksgiving. For some, visions of boxed stuffing, cloyingly sweet canned yams topped by campfire marshmallows, and dry turkey with Aunt Sue’s lumpy gravy or perhaps some Turducken. The foodies among …

Apple Season at LA’s Napa Valley Grille

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To quote Henry David Thoreau, “Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.” Or at least a harbinger of autumn. Even in a city where seasons are marked by holiday-inspired …

On the Menu: LA’s Top Fall Lamb Plates

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(Cover Photo: Napa Valley Grille’s Rack of Lamb) Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” introduced Americans to a variety of lamb dishes, including her notorious Butterflied Leg of …

A Foodie’s Guide to Dating: (Dietary) Intolerance

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Most single girls (and I presume guys) have a sort of pre-game ritual. Maybe you Google the prospective date before the meet. You may consult a stylist/friend for wardrobe advice. If you’re  …

Baz in Surround-Sound at WeHo’s DBA: Extended Run Through December

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(Performance Photos by Abel Armas) For cinefiles, Baz Lurhmann may be one of Australia’s most appreciated exports, along with Blanchett, Jackman, Kidman, Eric Bana, the late Heath Ledger, and Geoffrey …

BoNuage:Delicious Parisian Clouds on L.A.’s Melrose

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 (Cover Photo by Valerie Deffert) For decades, L.A.’s Melrose Avenue has been a mecca for shopaholics, hipsters, and rock ‘n roll types. Heading east towards Fairfax, you’ll find more record …