IKEA Restaurant

I attended the Swedish Christmas Buffet served up by IKEA in New Haven, CT. The food was wonderful. I especially liked the creamed potatoes with anchovies, onions, and creamed potatoes. The buffet … [more]

Mosto Enoteca

I went to a new great Italian restaurant in Marina Del Rey last week and it was FANTASTIC! So I thought I’d pass along this little known secret. The cuisine is authentic Northern Italian with … [more]

Amandine Patissiere

This is a great breakfast, brunch, lunch spot on the west side of LA. They make all the food and baked goods and sweets on the premises. Try the pain au chocolat, orange creme buns, various breads … [more]

Pazzo Gelato

A cheese vendor at the Santa Monica farmer’s market told me about this gelateria. She said that the owners bought fresh produce there every week in order to make the delicious gelato at Pazzo … [more]

Pitfire Pizza Company

There are times in every cooks life when all they want is good pizza in a nice pizza parlor. And for those of you lucky enough to live within close proximity of one of the three restaurants of the … [more]

The Best Creole/Cajun Food in LA

The best cajun/cerole food in LA is actually in Hermosa Beach. This is the place to go if you want real, home cooked, authentic Nawlins cuisine. A family owned spot, the chef/owner was born a raised … [more]

Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

If you are ever in Joshua Tree (15 minutes away) or Palm Springs (35 minutes away) for that matter, you have to take a detour to Pioneertown to check out Pappy & Harriet’s. You can’t … [more]

Café Laurent

I have just tasted the most amazing almond croissant and in the process fallen in love with a delightful little French cafe in Culver City, CA. Café Laurant is just the kind of place where a cook … [more]

Brick Lane Beigel Bakery

24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year… quite simply the best bagels in London whenever you want one. Expect a queue. Don’t leave without trying some salt beef, apple strudel, … [more]

Bean Hollow

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I tend to be particular about a good cup of … [more]

The Chesapeake Wine Company

If you are ever in the Baltimore area of Maryland, this is a shop worth putting on your list. In the heart of the developing area of Canton, this wine shop/bar has a carefully selected range of wines … [more]

Cafe Du Monde

Cafe Du Monde is a culinary must if you ever find yourself in New Orleans in the French Quarter. You have to order the iced coffee and the beignets (donuts) on a plate of powdered sugar! The entire … [more]

La Creperie de Hampstead

The creperie in Hampstead opened in 1980 and has had a line outside it ever since. These are crepes with Parisian flair, authentic, filling, reasonably priced and consistently delicious. It is worth … [more]

Burger at Literati II

How hard can it really be to make a decent burger? Apparently, judging by the dreadful examples I have eaten across several continents, extraordinarily difficult. Some restaurants buck the trend and … [more]

Paris Pastry

As a European in LA, I am so glad to have found a corner of Europe right here on my doorstep. Paris Pastry is quintessentially French. I have been in places like this before in streets beginning with … [more]

Al Gelato

My husband makes some excellent ice cream, but Al Gelato does it even better. So if you love ice cream as much as I do, you must try the gelato here. It’s creamy, gooey and so flavorful — … [more]


This is another favorite Japanese restaurant of mine where you can get freshly made soba and udon noodles — hot or cold. Their menu boasts a bounty of delicious appetizers including stir fried … [more]


Our friend Ilene first took my husband and me to this restaurant six years ago. It was a Tuesday and we loved it so much that I insisted on returning on Thursday. While not fancy, Nanbankan is a near … [more]

Marlow and Sons

Ok, I admit, because I am selfish, I am a little hesitant to recommend this restaurant. Hesitant because it is SO GOOD that I am afraid I’ll never get a table there again if too many people … [more]


We stumbled upon Cube quite by chance when in the neighborhood. If only we all could all stumble so fortuitously every day! This is a corner of LA that should be frequented by all food lovers on a … [more]

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