ButtercuP Diner Cinnascuit French Toast © Cori Solomon

ButtercuP Diner: Raising The Bar On A Family-Style Restaurant

Their passion is contagious, and the food at this family-style restaurant is delectably yummy. I felt invigorated and satiated after eating a hearty breakfast and meeting Debbie and Ben Shahvar, a mother and son team who are part of the ButtercuP Diner family. With five restaurants, it takes a family to run the business. That … Read more

Italian Food and Wine

Italian Food And Wine Pairing Adventure

What could be better than an Italian food and wine pairing? Last month a group of LA Wine Writers discovered Italian wines from the Taub Family Wine Selections at Marino Restaurant in Los Angeles. We toured across Italy like Stanley Tucci’s series “Searching for Italy,” where he visits different regions of Italy to discover the … Read more

Day Trip to Santa Barbar and Beyond Sea Smoke Vineyard Vista

Day Trip to Santa Barbara And Beyond

Living in West Los Angeles, there is nothing like a day trip up the coast to Santa Barbara and beyond, especially when you feel the need to get out of dodge, so to speak. The drive is easy because the distance to Santa Barbara is 1.5 hours and another 35 minutes to Highway 246, which … Read more

Wild Game Wine Pairing ©MELLIES

Girl Gone Wild Game! … Forks Kangaroo!

Wild game is easy to come by if you know a hunter. With luck, you may have tried such things as venison or turkey, but few have the luxury of handouts of antelope, bison, or alligator. Additionally, it can be challenging to find a way to cook the item. And, of course, there is the … Read more

Sibling Rival Pancake

Los Angeles Restaurant: Discover Sibling Rival

New to the Los Angeles restaurant scene is Sibling Rival at the Hoxton Hotel downtown. The restaurant showcases a modern innovated take on American Cuisine. Think American eatery meets French Bistro. Executive Chef John Taube IV brings a fresh look making the cuisine marvelous as he blends so many unusual flavors to each dish. Sibling … Read more

Toojay's Delicatessen & Bakery

TooJay’s Deli Does It Right in Naples

Coming from Los Angeles, the plethora of great delis is a given. In Los Angeles, you can easily find a good deli in just about any neighborhood. And now, Naples can effectively compete. This was our first foray into a deli after having been in Naples for a few months, and TooJay’s, located at Mercato … Read more

Napa Valley Grille

Innovative Autumn Menu comes to Napa Valley Grille

It is fall and for many restaurants, time to showcase their Autumn menu with a change in flavors of their cuisine. Such is the case with Napa Valley Grille in Westwood Village. LA Wine Writers had an opportunity to sample some of the food offered on both the lunch and dinner menu. Napa Daily Grille … Read more

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine - Autumn

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine: Revel in Spanish Luxury

Today wine travel is an all-encompassing experience. Many wineries are not just a location but a destination that includes accommodation, restaurant, and winery. In Spain, one place that offers a unique opportunity for a European wine adventure is Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine. Recently I attended a wine tasting luncheon with Enrique Valero, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine’s CEO. … Read more

Caxambas Creme Brulee

Fine Dining Reigns at Caxambas Restaurant Naples Florida

We recently moved to Naples Florida. Having spent most of my life in Los Angeles, I had some reservations. Would there be a dearth of restaurant options available in this charming town? Would I find the food choices of Floridian’s paling by comparison to that which I have experienced in Los Angeles? The answer is … Read more

Larry Gilman Donna Mills Mandeville Canyon Winery Mandeville Vineyards

Discovering Mandeville Vineyards in Mandeville Canyon

Sometimes we find wonderfully exceptional things in the most unlikely places. Take for example the passion of the wine lover who decides to grow grapes in his backyard in the city like those grown in Mandeville Canyon. Many winemakers start by growing grapes at home. Not everyone can do it successfully because the climate can … Read more