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The Dining Room at Hotel Shangri-la at 1301 Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica will serve up festive fare this Thanksgiving.

News, Dining, Santa Monica

Hotel Shangri-la Santa Monica Offers Festive Thanksgiving Dining

Posted Nov. 2, 2015, 9:44 am

When it comes to celebrating this bountiful holiday with family and friends, the Hotel Shangri-la’s Dining Room is the perfect choice for home away from home experience.

An opening reception will be held Sunday at Upper West for the restaurant's newest exhibit featuring the works of Emily Van Horn.

News, Life And Arts, Dining, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Upper West To Host Opening Reception Sunday For Artist Emily Van Horn

Posted Oct. 19, 2015, 10:19 am

For Venice artist Emily Van Horn, her paintings represent the distillation of accumulated experiences and how they’ve been instinctively contained and translated.

On this episode of Westside Top 5 host Atlas Novack gives us his top five happy hours on the Westside of Los Angeles.

News, Dining, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Westside Top 5 Places For Happy Hour

Posted Oct. 1, 2015, 9:30 am

On this episode of Westside Top 5 host Atlas Novack gives us his top five happy hours on the Westside of Los Angeles.

FIG Restaurant is now serving up its seasonally inspired cuisine by Executive Chef Yousef Ghalaini seven nights a week.

News, Dining, Happy Hour, Newjs

FIG Restaurant Now Open Nightly At Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:32 am

Happy hour just became a little happier in Santa Monica as FIG Restaurant, the seasonal bistro located inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, opens its doors seven nights a week.

Director of Visual Arts Bobbie Rich (left) and Resonate LA Lead Pastor David Cobia with Summer of Soul Paintings.

News, Dining, Santa Monica, Art, Non Profits

Upper West Hosts Summer Of Soul’s Grand Finale On Sunday

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:20 am

The Summer of Soul Art Exhibition is, to some Santa Monica residents, symbolized by the giant pair of neon sunglasses that people have been able to draw at the beach at the Twilight Concert Series each Thursday night.

On This episode of Westside Top 5 Host Atlas Novack gives us his top 5 Burger Spots.

News, Dining, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Top 5 Burger Places On The Westside

Posted Aug. 19, 2015, 10:12 am

On This episode of Westside Top 5 Host Atlas Novack gives us his top 5 Burger Spots.

Hotel Shangi-La executive chef Kareem Shaw.

Dining, Santa Monica, Food

Experience International Flavors At Hotel Shangri-La's Restaurant The Dining Room

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 2:29 pm

Executive Chef Kareem Shaw’s menu at Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica is filled with the very best of local California cuisine with an international flavor catering to match the diverse range of global guests that visit the Ocean Ave. property.

Artist Greg Chadwick will exhibit 14 oil paintings at Upper West restaurant starting Sunday, July 12.

News, Life And Arts, Dining, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Meet Artist Gregg Chadwick At Upper West Opening Reception July 12

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

Delightful Santa Monica restaurant Upper West is counting down the days ‘til its next featured artist celebration next weekend when the art on its walls is changed for the next few months.

Shangri-La Hotel executive chef Kareem Shaw has introduced all new menus at The Dining Room.

News, Dining, Santa Monica

The Dining Room At Hotel Shangri-La A Hidden Gem In Santa Monica

Posted May. 29, 2015, 2:36 pm

For first-time diners at Hotel Shangri-la’s restaurant The Dining Room, expect plenty of fresh seafood and meat sourced from local butchers for its dishes that exude California flair thanks to executive chef Kareem Shaw who took helm of the kitchen last August.

HARK (Healing Arts Reaching Kids) will host a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser at Upper West Restaurant on May 5. Funds will benefit HARK workshops at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

News, Life And Arts, Dining, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Upper West To Host Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser For Healing Arts Reaching Kids

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:10 am

Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is style and support a good cause at the same time? Look no further than Upper West Restaurant at 3321 Pico Blvd. where the community is invited to celebrate with HARK (Healing Arts Reaching Kids).

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.

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