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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.

Jason Prendergast has been appointed executive chef of Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

News, Dining, Santa Monica

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Appoints New Executive Chef

Posted Sep. 28, 2014, 9:32 am

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has announced the appointment of Jason Prendergast as Executive Chef. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, Chef Prendergast oversees all culinary operations at the hotel, including Ocean & Vine, Blue Streak, Papillon Lounge, and the Fireside Lounge.

Chef Kareem Shaw is a talented culinary artist who has even cooked for President Barack Obama in the past.

Dining, Santa Monica, Hotel

Hotel Shangri-la Appoints New Executive Chef Kareem Shaw

Posted Sep. 23, 2014, 8:07 am

Hotel Shangri-la in Santa Monica has announced the appointment of Kareem Shaw as executive chef. He will oversee culinary direction for The Dining Room, Suite 700, as well as hotel catering and private events.

Enjoy BBQ at Holy Cow that’s served in a comfortable, neighborhood environment.

Dining, Restaurant, Santa Monica

Holy Cow! New BBQ Joint Opens In Santa Monica

Posted Sep. 22, 2014, 5:18 am

For Holy Cow founder Rob Serritella, the opening earlier this month of his new BBQ restaurant opposite the Brentwood Country Mart is the result of a love affair with slow cooked meats that dates back to his teenage years.

Carvery Kitchen owner and chef Roman Shishalovsky.

Dining, Ocean Park, Santa Monica

Carvery Kitchen: The Art Of The Deli Opens In Santa Monica On Ocean Park Blvd.

Posted Sep. 8, 2014, 9:18 am

Carvery Kitchen, an eatery that delves into the art of the deli through a versatility of sandwiches, salads, wraps, and side dishes, recently opened its doors in Santa Monica at 3101 Ocean Park Boulevard.

Valentino owner and founder Piero Selvaggio.

Dining, Santa Monica, Pico Boulevard

Valentino In Santa Monica Keeps Italian Ties Through Food, Wine, Culture

Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 8:19 am

From the outside looking in, Valentino in Santa Monica may seem like just another Italian restaurant – but its rich history and renowned cuisine are sure to obliterate that initial first impression.

Wine expert John Cressman invites a wine seminar participant to open a bottle of wine using a sword.

Dining, Travel, Santa Monica, Rancho Palos Verdes

Terranea Resort Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Celebration Of Food & Wine

Posted Aug. 14, 2014, 4:11 pm

As Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula continues to celebrate its fifth anniversary, it is only fitting that the luxury oceanfront property host its first-ever Celebration of Food and Wine, which is set to become an annual event for the luxury getaway just 45 minutes from Santa Monica.

Ocean Avenue South comprises two luxury residential buildings, The Waverly and The Seychelle, and 20,000 square feet of commercial space.

News, Dining, Development, Santa Monica

Joan’s On Third, Searsucker, Starbucks Evenings To Open At Ocean Avenue South

Posted Jul. 17, 2014, 8:45 am

The first three high-profile dining establishments planned for Ocean Avenue South were announced on Wednesday by Related California: Joan’s On Third, Hakkasan Group’s Searsucker, and a Starbucks Evenings concept.

Artist Stephanie Trachtenberg is gearing up to exhibit more than three dozen art works at Upper West restaurant in Santa Monica starting Sunday.

Life And Arts, Dining, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Upper West To Host Opening Reception Sunday For New Art Exhibition

Posted Jul. 17, 2014, 8:22 am

For more than two years, Upper West in Santa Monica has put its restaurant walls to the best possible use, displaying paintings of different local artists for about four months at a time through a partnership with local company The Beach Vault.

Hermosa Beach Fish Shop opened in April. It offers more than 2,000 combinations of dishes to choose from, including the traditional Fish ‘n Chips.

Dining, Restaurant, Santa Monica, Food, Hermosa Beach

Get Hooked At Hermosa Beach Fish Shop

Posted Jul. 10, 2014, 8:26 am

Just a stone’s throw away from Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach Fish Shop at the corner of Pier Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway is one of the best places in the South Bay to experience fresh seafood.

Werner Estill (left), executive director of domestic and international markets for South Coast Plaza, presents JiRaffe owner/chef Raphael Lunetta with the 2014 Chef of the Year award.

Dining, Restaurant, Santa Monica, Tourism

JiRaffe Owner Raphael Lunetta Named California Chef Of The Year

Posted Jul. 4, 2014, 6:00 am

JiRaffe Restaurant chef/owner Raphael Lunetta was recognized for his significant contributions to the California culinary scene at California Travel Association’s (CalTravel) 32nd annual California Travel Summit last week.

Uplifters Kitchen co-owner Elizabeth Spaulding (above) has created a farm-to-table approach for the newly opened café.

Life And Arts, Dining, Ocean Park, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Uplifters Kitchen Elevates Casual Cafe Experience In Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 26, 2014, 8:17 am

For anyone interested in a hand-roasted cup of coffee, a fresh-out-of-the-oven scone, or a friendly place to sit in, Uplifters Kitchen has just opened up on Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica.

News, Dining, Business, Santa Monica

The Counter To Give Dads Free Burgers This Sunday For Father’s Day

Posted Jun. 14, 2014, 8:58 am

It’s that time of the year again! Father’s Day is Sunday and what better way to show pops you appreciate him than hooking him up with a free burger?

This year’s annual Uncle Darrow’s Father’s Day Crawfish Boil will be held this Saturday, June 14 from 2-5 pm.

Dining, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Food

Uncle Darrow’s: Serving Up Louisiana Grub 20 Years & Counting

Posted Jun. 13, 2014, 9:04 am

Jambalaya, Po’boys, Filé Gumbo, Fried Catfish, and Oysters. If these Louisiana favorites excite your taste buds, then you’ve more than likely dined at Uncle Darrow’s in Marina del Rey.

Blue Stove is considerably more hidden than other restaurants at Santa Monica Place - it's located on the third floor inside Nordstrom.

Dining, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

Blue Stove: A Hidden Gem In Santa Monica Serving Small Plates

Posted May. 14, 2014, 9:09 am

Could this be the best-kept dining secret in Santa Monica? Located on the third floor of Santa Monica Place inside Nordstrom, Blue Stove has been serving those in the know since September 2011 – the same time the department store opened.

Manchego has charm with intimate seating and candle lit tables in the main dining room.

Dining, Main Street, Santa Monica

Manchego Reopens On Main Street In Larger Space

Posted May. 12, 2014, 9:13 am

Manchego, a longtime staple on Main Street, has re-opened in its new, larger space just three doors down from its old location.

CiBOTECA has paninis that are authentically Italian.

Dining, Downtown, Santa Monica, Food

CiBOTECA: An Authentic Taste Of Italy Now Open In Santa Monica

Posted Apr. 29, 2014, 9:01 am

A fast-casual modern Italian marketplace is now open in downtown Santa Monica, serving up an authentic taste of Italy.

Café del Rey’s house-cured salmon is one of the restaurant’s creative presentations of the area’s best seafood.

Dining, Restaurant, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey

Café del Rey Serves Up Fresh Spring Offerings

Posted Apr. 3, 2014, 8:06 am

With the changing of the season, Café del Rey executive chef Chuck Abair is in the midst of transitioning his menu at the Marina del Rey waterfront restaurant from winter to spring.

The Lobster Flatbread is under 475 calories at Seasons 52 at 1501 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

Dining, Restaurant, Santa Monica, Food

Seasons 52 In Santa Monica Serves Up Everything Under 475 Calories

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:30 am

When at least half the world resolves to “eat healthier this year,” it’s great to see that we don’t have to do it at home. Luckily, it appears as though restaurants have taken notice that if they want to see us at their tables, then they’ll have to be able to offer a few items on every menu that won’t sabotage the battle of the bulge.

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