May 19, 2012
Water Grill After a $1.5-million redo, Water Grill reopens as the seafood house it was always meant to be, with straightforward cooking from Brit Damon Gordon. Location: 544 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 891-0900, http://www.watergrill.com. Price: Raw bar, $2.25 to $145; dinner appetizers, $6 to $27; salads and sandwiches, $9 to $32; main courses, $26 to $44; whole fish, $28 to $44 per pound; sides, $6 to $9; desserts, $9. Details: Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
May 16, 2012 |
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside has a special offer for active and veteran members of the U.S. military this month: $159 a night for a room that includes dinner for two and valet parking. It's a good discount off the usual rates -- and might make for a nice Memorial Day getaway. The deal: A Salute to Our Heroes package includes a room, dinner for two at the hotel's Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro and free valet parking. A military ID is required for this deal.
May 5, 2012
Tar & Roses "Elevated bar snacks" and a busy wood-burning oven fuel Andrew Kirschner's new gastropub. Location: 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 587-0700, tarandroses.com Prices: Snacks and vegetables, $6 to $9; small plates, $10 to $12; large plates, $19 to $24. Details: Dinner 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Credit cards. Beer and wine. Valet parking.
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March 25, 2012 |
Apparently there is a limit to how much people are willing to pay to pamper their cars and save a few minutes, even in car-crazy L.A. An effort at Bob Hope Airport to provide super luxury valet parking for $14,600 a year has been a flop and will be discontinued. Despite the upsides - reserved, extra-wide, covered spaces and shortened wait times - the deluxe valet service has not drawn a single customer. "We've had no takers since the product was introduced," said Clint Joy, a vice president for Standard Parking, which took over operations at Bob Hope last month.
March 10, 2012
Location: 701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles, (310) 909-1644, http://www.hotelbelair.com/wolfgang-puck-bel-air Price: Dinner appetizers, $15 to $26; main courses, $28 to $55; four-course tasting menu, $110; six courses, $145. Wine pairings are an additional $75 to $90 per person. Details: Open 7 to 10:30 a.m. daily for breakfast, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday for lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Sunday brunch, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday for dinner, and 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday for dinner.
December 15, 2011 |
The Wilshire corridor condominium owned by the late actress Farrah Fawcett has sold for $1.55 million. The 2,767-square-foot unit in the Wilshire building features a direct-access elevator, a master suite with three walk-in closets, an office that can be converted to a third bedroom and 21/2 bathrooms. The 97-unit building was constructed in 1991. It features concierge service, valet parking, 24-hour security, wine storage lockers, a gym and a swimming pool. Fawcett, one of the original "Charlie's Angels" (1976-80)
November 20, 2011 |
Location: 6800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. From the 101 Freeway, exit at Topanga Canyon Boulevard and go north. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun. Known for: Being the San Fernando Valley's luxury destination. What you'll find: A mix of luxury (Salvatore Ferragamo, Tiffany, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Stuart Weitzman, Hugo Boss, Cartier, Omega, Coach), moderately priced (a very pleasant Anthropologie, White House/Black Market, Zara)
November 20, 2011
Location: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica. From the 10 Freeway, take the 4th Street exit north and turn left on Colorado Avenue. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Known for: Santa Monica Place, a $265-million remodel of a Frank Gehry-designed structure, reopened in August 2010. Shoppers waited for hours the first day to find parking spaces, browse luxury stores and give thanks that they no longer had to make the grueling drive to Beverly Hills or Century City to shop Coach or Tiffany or Louis Vuitton.
November 17, 2011 |
Tioga Road in Yosemite National park reopened Wednesday. The popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada has been closed since an early season snowstorm dropped a foot of snow earlier this month. . . . Iconic Vegas nightclub Studio 54 will close its doors Jan. 8 after a 14-year run in the MGM Grand . The closing is part of MGM renovation that includes guest rooms, the casino floor and dining areas. . . . Recycled Percussion, a “junk rock” band that mixes buckets, power tools and anything else they can get their sticks on, will play a 24-hour fundraiser at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas starting Nov. 22 at 10 p.m. To get in, bring a $10 donation or a new, unopened toy. . . . The Andaz West Hollywood RH Bar, with views of The Sunset Strip, is toasting Wednesdays with $7 drinks, $7 apps and $7 valet parking from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. . . . Utah's Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort plans to open some intermediate and advanced terrain on Friday . . . . Lawmakers in Indianapolis, site of this year's Super Bowl, plan to try to push through an expanded smoking ban that would add bars and hotel rooms to Marion County's existing ban. . . . . Sites of other upcoming Super Bowls: 2013 New Orleans, 2014 New York/New Jersey.
October 20, 2011
Pizzeria il Fico Rating: two stars Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level ***: Excellent **: Very good *: Good No star: Poor to satisfactory Location 310 S. Robertson Blvd. (At Third Street), Los Angeles, (310) 271-3426, http://www.pizzeriailfico.com Price Antipasti or "capricci," $8 to $18; salads, $10 to $12; pizza, $16 to $18; pasta, $15 to $18; desserts, $8 to $10. Corkage fee, waived with purchase of one bottle of wine; otherwise, $35 per bottle.