Category: Food & Drink

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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Spanish tapas done with heart

One recent Saturday night I had the random pleasure of discovering a Santa Monica gem: Bar Pintxo. The dangling sign outside reads, “Spanish Wine and Tapas” and there are bulbs of colorful lights hanging above. With the walls lined with bottles of wine and the smell of bacon permeating all around (from the bacon-wrapped dates), happiness just fills the room because it must be said: tapas are happiness. As is this next repeated cocktail theme – sangria. Yes, it seems regardless of the food type, sangria has made a comeback at just about every restaurant. That said, here at...

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Not just any pizza joint

Picture driving down Washington Boulevard in Mar Vista. Now picture a bright red warehouse-like building with a white flame painted on the side of it that displays one phrase: Pitfire Artisan Pizza. It’s a building that begs your curiosity – welcome to a new kind of pizza. I walked in unsure of what to expect and well, it’s a cross between an upscale cafeteria setting and an urban, sustainable brick and mortar. The tables are all made of natural woods; aluminum accents the wood (or supernatural alloy – I still haven’t decided), and red – RED – painted walls....

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A local staple on the Boardwalk

Walking on the Boardwalk with the craving for a tasty brunch and nostalgia that Venice is still the happy haven for artists and skaters, I found myself at the Venice Ale House. Lured by the crowd of an eclectic group of diners, the smells wafting past me – my curiosity was peaked. Prepared by Chef Emilio Oliva (who can be seen wearing a contagious smile with an air of cool), the food here is a fusion of both Latin and comfort with a good amount of heart. It’s not where you go when you want upscale or quiet, but...

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