Category: Food & Drink

Soup in summer? Why not!

Ekkamai is a Thai restaurant located in Mar Vista on Washington Boulevard. In the peak of the afternoon the restaurant was quiet with only four other patrons dining at the time. Upon entering, we sat down against the window and were greeted by a very soft spoken gentleman who asked if we’d like anything to drink. I began with a Thai iced coffee and water. I should preface this particular review with saying that Thai food is among my absolute favorites and my expectations are always high. Moments later, the Thai iced coffee and water arrived and I scanned...

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A fresh perspective on a Santa Monica staple

As Californians bid a fond farewell to my favorite indulgence, foie gras (no thanks to Sonoma Farms who had seven years to create more ethical practices), it seems befitting that I at least have one foie dish before it’s scarce. This week I went to a few restaurants and the standout was JiRaffe Restaurant in Santa Monica – known for its foie gras topped with a pistachio coating and a very community-based chef, Raphael Lunetta. When you enter off of Santa Monica Boulevard, you see an interior that has a very natural feel (and smell). When we first arrived...

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Brunch done right

Brunch is a meal that doesn’t always have to be predictable. Let me introduce you to a new kind of brunch: Sunny Spot by Chef Roy Choi. While I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of Kogi barbeque, Choi’s most known culinary venture, Sunny Spot really is a happy endeavor. When you pull in off of Washington Boulevard in Venice, you enter a small parking lot with valet. From the outside, Sunny Spot is unassuming but when you enter the restaurant, you step inside a colorful, sunny and truly open space. Sometimes you want to step inside...

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A modern take on an old classic

“I’ve been coming here twice a day for 25 years. If it wasn’t for Jimmy (Nichols) and his family, I’d starve!” says Rita, a regular who lives across the street from J. Nichols Kitchen in Del Rey. Rita is one of the residents who has been coming to the restaurant in the Marina Marketplace plaza for decades. She has seen the original and has grown with the renovations. Much like Rita, J. Nichols Kitchen isn’t just another restaurant in the area. In the Marina del Rey area since 1974, this is a family owned and operated restaurant that has...

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GLOWing with an air of cool

Situated in Marina del Rey, as you drive (or stroll) along Admiralty Way, the scent of sweet and salty envelops you. Among a selection of restaurants, shops, and hotels, you’ll see the Marriott hotel and if you squint hard enough, you might even see the sign for its cool bar and lounge: GLOW. GLOW is admittedly a bit out of place, but once you valet park (albeit one of the tiniest and narrow valet drop-offs I’ve seen), you get your ticket and head in through the double doors. GLOW is an outer bar and lounge that has an air...

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