Catalina Island, just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, has long been a favorite Hollywood getaway. Stars like Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood and John Wayne vacationed here, and a young woman named Norma Jean Baker, who’d become far better known as Marilyn Monroe, lived here with her first husband. The island, accessible by ferry or a 15-minute helicopter flight, has updated its Descanso Beach Club and launched a new spa and Catalina Aerial Adventure; it features both beachfront and ocean-view meeting venues that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.
Oink and Moo, a food truck that has operated in New Jersey since 2012, is making big news! The truck is known throughout NJ towns like Hoboken and Asbury Park, but after expanding to Philadelphia, it won a Vendy award for Rookie of the Year. Now, The Daily Meal has rated Oink and Moo the No. 2 best food truck in the United States. The food is straight up BBQ—beef brisket or pulled pork sliders, chili, tacos, quesadillas, and ribs.
It’s difficult to imagine a more festive place than Fogo de Chão in Beverly Hills on a recent night when the Brazilian steakhouse unveiled their renovation and new bar menu to the press. Fogo de Chão, which has 47 locations in Brazil, Mexico and the United States (including another SoCal spot in downtown Los Angeles and outposts in San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose), serves fire-roasted meats in the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco.
The newly opened BoardRoom is a speakeasy-type lounge tucked inside Kendall’s Brasserie at The Music Center in downtown LA. The latest addition to the Patina Restaurant Group, it’s a great pre- or post-theater spot for playfully indulgent bites like escargot shooters, oxtail poutine, deviled eggs stuffed with Santa Barbara sea urchin and duck fat garlic fries.
Whether you’re arranging a group dinner for a conference that’s taking place in downtown Los Angeles, want to take a break with a few colleagues from a gathering at the Convention Center or are looking for an exciting place to bring an adventurous client, you’ll want to keep Officine Brera on your radar screen. Or should we say on your Instagram feed. The restaurant offers a sense of discovery—it’s tucked into a parking lot on a dark stretch of the Arts District; a gorgeous, soaring space—it used to be a factory that made gas meters—and truly superb food.
There are hundreds of bars in Los Angeles. Dive bars. Rooftop bars. Wine bars. Hotel bars. Cocktail bars. There are even mozzarella bars. The newest is Obicà West Hollywood, the latest outpost—and the third in LA—of the worldwide collection of cheese-eateries. Like its sisters restaurants in Santa Monica and Century City, this Sunset Strip location receives twice-weekly deliveries of Mozzarella di Bufala from old-world cheese makers in Campania, Italy.
There are few more delectable ways to pass a Thursday afternoon than at a seminar on tasting Champagne and caviar. Especially, as was the case last week, when the Champagne is Taittinger, a great marque Champagne house that’s owned and managed by the family whose name is on the label, and the caviar is from Calvisius, which farms its sturgeon on 150 acres of fresh water ponds in the town of Calvisano, located in Italy’s Brescia province.
It would be a very flat New Year’s Eve celebration that didn’t include some bubbles. And this year, we’ll be combining our love of champagne with our love for California’s Central Coast.
Hosting a meeting in one of California's wine regions is a guarantee that your group will be surrounded by vistas of grapevines, rolling hills and sunny skies.
One of the most anticipated hotel openings in Los Angeles is Dream Hollywood. The 179-room property, which will occupy nearly half a city block on the corner of Selma Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard, will begin welcoming guests in January 2017. The 10-story property is designed to be a social hub for both hotel guests and locals with a pedestrian alleyway that will feature retail shops, restaurants and public art, and an expansive rooftop space with a pool and lounge that is set to be a major nightlife venue.