Category: Food & Drink

Meet the Chef  

10 questions with Tallula’s executive chef Brad Long By Kamala Kirk Located just steps from the beach, Tallula’s is a globally-inspired Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica Canyon that is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Part of the Rustic Canyon Family, Tallula’s creates time-honored recipes with a focus on high-quality organic ingredients sourced from regional farmers, fisherman, ranchers and purveyors with sustainable practices, in addition to the nearby Santa Monica Farmers Market. Recently, the neighborhood destination welcomed executive chef Brad Long, a Long Beach native and third-generation Mexican American who makes his return to California after living on...

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Potatoes for the Planet

Mar Vista resident is on a mission to heal the soil…one potato at a time By Kamala Kirk Since Katie Powell was a kid, she has been a healthy eater. While her classmates were eating cereal, she enjoyed spinach sauteed with garlic. As she got older, Powell loved cooking for friends and family, but never thought of it as a potential business opportunity until late 2019 when she visited Costa Rica. “I’ve always been obsessed with nature, being outdoors and involved in environmental projects on a small scale,” Powell says. “I had finished reading a book called ‘The Hidden...

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From the Golden Globes to Marina del Rey  

Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar Brings the Amalfi Coast to Los Angeles By Holly Jenvey Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar has brought the taste of the Amalfi Coast to Marina del Rey. With fresh and unique gelatos, sorbettos, a coffee bar and bites, the waterfront community can enjoy a special part of Italy through the delicious and natural menu. The Italian eatery opened its doors to the Marina del Rey community on Oct.17 and served free cups of gelato and sorbetto. Customers not only got their first taste of Capri, Italy, where some of the best gelato in the...

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40 Years of Pasta & Family

Love for each other and Italian cuisine keeps the Somma family cooking By Jessica Koslow On Nov. 1, Vito Restaurant will celebrate its 40th anniversary — and like every other person and thing in the world this year, it’ll be a pandemic birthday. But Giovanna Somma, co-owner of the Santa Monica restaurant with her husband, Roberto, has a lot to be grateful for. “Of course, it’s nothing like it used to be,” Giovanna says. “But we are doing OK. Fortunately, we are lucky enough that we own the property and we created a patio. And we do a lot...

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A New Beginning  

Taking over Sunny Spot, Nueva arrives on Venice’s food scene By Anthony Torrise Since March, restaurants have had to adapt to a new normal in all kinds of ways. Some have even had to close down either temporarily or completely. Westsider Jared Meisler had plans to open his new restaurant just when the pandemic struck, but after a few extra months of careful planning, Nueva came to fruition on Washington Boulevard in the space formerly occupied by Sunny Spot this August. The specialty here is Mexican, and since it’s in Venice, you can count on there being as many...

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