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Yousef Ghalaini joined FIG restaurant in September as executive chef after relocating from Pebble Beach.

Dining, Santa Monica, Food

New Executive Chef Settles In At FIG Restaurant In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:24 am

Regulars at FIG restaurant at the Fairmont Miramar in recent months may have noticed a change in direction on the menu – that’s thanks to the Santa Monica restaurant welcoming a new executive chef in September: Yousef Ghalaini.

Food Fare celebrated its 36th anniversary on Thursday, March 5, at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and featured well over 100 of L.A.’s best restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries, libations, and vendors.

News, Dining, Health, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Food Fare A Big Success In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 8, 2015, 6:00 am

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles' annual Food Fare event returned to Santa Monica on Thursday, which for its 36th year, hosted prominent local chefs, caterers, wineries, breweries, and vendors to serve and chat with Planned Parenthood supporters, at its food-centric fundraiser.

Artist Bobbie Rich’s “Taken” will be part of a new exhibition of 15 to 20 works at Upper West starting Sunday.

News, Dining, Santa Monica

Upper West To Host New Exhibition Sunday, Oscar Party Benefit Feb. 22

Posted Feb. 6, 2015, 8:38 am

Santa Monica artist Bobbie Rich hails from Atlanta, Georgia. Although she now resides on the west coast, the artist has lived all over the U.S. in states such as Texas, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Illinois.

Bar Pintxo is an authentic Spanish tapas bar one block from Santa Monica beach.

News, Dining, Happy Hour, Santa Monica

Bar Pintxo In Santa Monica Serves Up Happy Hour With Spanish Flair

Posted Feb. 3, 2015, 9:50 am

Did you know a little taste of Spain exists on the oceanside streets of Santa Monica?

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Dining, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Foie Gras,With A Side Order Of Guilt

Posted Jan. 17, 2015, 9:06 am

Full Disclosure: At some point I may have eaten some foie gras; fattened goose liver thought by folks who like that sort of thing to be a delicacy. I know I’ve been in rooms where such items were presented, but I can’t testify as to whether I liked foie gras or not. I know as a kid I used to love a liverwurst sandwich with lettuce on rye bread, although we specifically ate the version known as Braunschweiger. I know, I know: This stuff right here is fascinating, but hang on.

Chomp Eatery and Juice Station co-owners Rolan Pongpuntara and Sean Tao specialize in customized juice cleanses.

Dining, Health, Business, Santa Monica

Chomp Eatery & Juice Station Creates Juice Cleanses With Bite In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 8:59 am

Ever thought about juice cleansing for that extra boost whether the goal be weight loss, a detox, or just starting a healthier lifestyle?

A federal court ruling has overturned California's ban on the delicacy known as foie gras.

News, Dining, Restaurant, California, Courts

California Ban On Foie Gras Overturned; Chefs Rejoice While Activists Are Livid

Posted Jan. 8, 2015, 7:58 am

Chefs at French restaurants in the Southland and around the state today celebrated a federal court ruling that overturned California's ban on the delicacy known as foie gras, but animal rights activists were livid.

Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau’s third annual Eat Well Week will usher in a delicious and guilt-free New Year.

Life And Arts, Dining, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Eat Well Week Returns To Santa Monica On Sunday

Posted Jan. 2, 2015, 9:28 am

Have a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier? The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) is here to help with the return of its annual Eat Well Week that begins this weekend.

Oregon football players, coaches, support staff and spouses dined on prime rib at Lawry's The Prime Rib on Sunday evening.

Sports, Dining, Football, Beverly Hills

Beef Bowl Night Two: Florida State To Participate In Annual Tradition Tonight

Posted Dec. 29, 2015, 9:09 am

The Florida State football team is scheduled to participate in the Beef Bowl today at Lawry's The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, one day after its opponent in Thursday's 101st Rose Bowl Game, Oregon.

Lawry's The Prime Rib has been hosting the Beef Bowl in the lead up to the Rose Bowl since 1956.

Sports, Dining, Football, Beverly Hills

Oregon Football Team To Participate In Beef Bowl At Lawry's The Prime Rib Today

Posted Dec. 28, 2014, 9:03 am

The Oregon football team is scheduled to participate in the Beef Bowl today at Lawry's The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, one day before its opponent in Thursday's 101st Rose Bowl Game, Florida State.

The Cheesecake Factory will open on level three of Santa Monica Place in fall 2015.

News, Dining, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Place Confirms The Cheesecake Factory Will Open In Fall 2015

Posted Dec. 26, 2014, 9:10 am

Santa Monica Place has confirmed that The Cheesecake Factory is coming to its shopping mall next year.

Check out fun winter drinks on offer at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica.

Dining, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: FIG Bartender Chats About Holiday Drinks, Including "Eye Of The Tiger"

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 10:31 am

Barbara Bishop chats with bartender Tavis Chavez about the most popular drinks for the Holidays including the "Eye of the Tiger."

News, Dining, Santa Monica

Sweet Rose Creamy Introduces Holiday Flavors, Spices To December Menu

Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 9:30 am

With the SoCal winter weather remaining at usual moderate temperatures, an ice cream run is never out of the question. Thankfully, some mouthwatering ice cold desserts are camouflaging to the essence of the holiday season at Sweet Rose Creamery this month, with a variety of special December flavors are available at the local gourmet ice cream shop.

Mar’sel chef du cuisine Charles Olalia will dish up special holiday menus this Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Dining, Holiday, Travel, Rancho Palos Verdes

Celebrate Holidays In Style At Terranea Resort With Special Dining, Extended Stay Promo

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 11:21 am

Perched on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea Resort is gearing up for the holiday season with special dining options this Christmas and New Year’s.

Terranea’s signature restaurant mar’sel offers an inventive twist on California cuisine with seating indoors and out.

Dining, Travel, Ocean, Rancho Palos Verdes

Terranea Resort Serves Up More Than Just Ocean Views

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 11:13 am

With eight unique dining experiences on its 102-acre estate ranging from formal dining restaurants with sweeping ocean views to cute cafes, Terranea Resort executive chef Bernard Ibarra leads a busy work life heading up a culinary team of more than 100 chefs.

News, Dining, Los Angeles, Santa Monica

Fast-Food Workers To Stage Rallies In Los Angeles, Across The Nation Today

Posted Dec. 4, 2014, 8:28 am

Fast-food workers and their supporters will stage rallies in Los Angeles and across the country today in a continuing campaign for a $15 an hour wage and the right to unionize.

News, Dining, Video, Holiday, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Wines To Buy This Thanksgiving According To The Duck Blind On Montana

Posted Nov. 25, 2014, 2:28 pm

The Mirror's Barbara Bishop stops by The Duck Blind liquor store in Santa Monica and chats with owner Maurice Shevah about the best wines for turkey. The talk about everything including sparkling, red, white, and dessert wines and what you should buy this Thanksgiving.

Bailey Spoonhower, Executive Chef Nick Shipp, Dominic Aberl, and Neil Everett of ESPN are hoping to sell-out a Miracles for Kids Foundation fundraiser at Upper West on Dec. 7.

Dining, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Upper West Restaurant To Host A "Miracle On 34th Street" Fundraiser Dec. 7

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 9:17 am

Upper West restaurant in Santa Monica starts the holidays off in the spirit of the season with a fundraiser feast set for Sunday, Dec. 7 to benefit Miracles for Kids Foundation.

News, Dining, Santa Monica, Courts

Former Santa Monica Sushi Restaurant Pleads Guilty To Serving Whale Meat

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:16 am

The parent company and owner of a Santa Monica restaurant have pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from serving meat from the endangered Sei whale to undercover investigators in 2009 and 2010.

Kye’s owner Jeanne Cheng is excited to open her 1,200 square foot restaurant that has seating for  about 20 guests indoors.

Dining, Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

New Superfoods-Focused, Fast Casual Concept Kye’s Opens On Montana Ave.

Posted Nov. 8, 2014, 8:39 am

New superfood fast casual restaurant Kye’s celebrated its grand opening on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica on Wednesday with its eclectic and flavorful culinary combination of Western and Eastern flavors.

Locanda del Lago executive chef Gianfranco Minuz creates Kabocha Squash Soup.

News, Dining, Santa Monica, Halloween

VIDEO: Locanda Del Lago In Santa Monica Serves Up Kabocha Squash Soup

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:25 am

Halloween isn't just for kids, here's some fun ways to eat pumpkins and squash. Hot Flash Universe host Barbara Bishop stopped by Locanda del Lago to try their Kabocha Squash Soup.

Locanda del Lago chef Gianfranco Minuz at a previous “Bite of the Beast” dinner. This month’s five-course event on Oct. 30 will feature an all-natural Muscovy duck menu.

Dining, Seven Days, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Locanda Del Lago To Star Duck At Its “Bite Of The Beast” Series

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 9:00 am

Italian-restaurant Locanda del Lago on the Third Street Promenade continues its monthly series called “Morso della Bestia,” which translates to “Bite of the Beast,” on Thursday, Oct. 30 featuring an all-natural Muscovy duck menu.

Charles E. Waldman, Linda Gray, and Andy Harmon at the  J.R. Ewing Bourbon launch party in Santa Monica to formally introduce the brand to retailers in Los Angeles.

News, Dining, Business, Santa Monica

J.R. Ewing Bourbon Launch Party Held In Santa Monica

Posted Oct. 13, 2014, 9:47 am

A J.R. Ewing Bourbon launch party at Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica on Wednesday, Oct. 1 was a great success.

Aussie Pie Kitchen owners Nick Bishop and Geri Chua have opened up shop at 2510 Main Street in Santa Monica.

Dining, Main Street, Santa Monica

Crikey! Aussie Pie Kitchen Now Open On Main Street In Santa Monica

Posted Oct. 13, 2014, 9:16 am

Ever realized that the quintessential American pie comes in an abundance of sweet flavors but is lacking in the savory category? Luckily, the Australians are among those who seem to have had pies properly figured out for centuries. With the Aussie Pie Kitchen’s soft opening this past week on Main St., locals are bound to become acquainted with the Aussie pie.

The Independence is set to open in Santa Monica next month.

News, Dining, Santa Monica

The Independence To Open In November At 205 Broadway In Santa Monica

Posted Oct. 12, 2014, 9:37 am

A modern tavern called The Independence is set to open in late November at 205 Broadway (formerly Buddah’s Belly) in the heart of Santa Monica.

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