Jim Caviezel on CBN

Here’s a feature on Jim Caviezel when he did the movie, “When The Game Stands Tall”

Porto’s Bakery, Southern California

1960. Cuba. Political turmoil in your country and you attempt to leave. Straightaway, your husband gets terminated and consigned away to manual labor. You, too, get terminated with three children to feed.  That was the crisis Rosa Porto found herself in. In Chinese, the word “crisis’ is represented by the characters for danger and opportunity…

Black Bear Diner

Twelve-foot wooden bear sculptures mark the entrance of each of the over eighty Black Bear Diner locations in the western United States.  (Each sculpture, carved with a chainsaw by Ray Schulz, depicts the bears in a way that is telling of its location… stomping on grapes, skiing, playing baseball, climbing trees, etc.) This is heaven…

Bottega Louie

Bottega Louie is not the latest shopping convergence of Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton. Although it could pass off as one from the exterior.  It’s a gourmet restaurant, market, patisserie and cafe in Los Angeles. My cousin-in-law, Lesley, introduced us to this wonderful foodie joint. Upon crossing the heavy glass doors, you feel like you’re…

The Ivy

The Ivy at Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles, surrounded by designers and shops. has long been known to be restaurant for the Hollywood stars (and stargazers).  The customer service from the servers wearing baby pink long-sleeved polo shirts, ankle length white aprons, and floral ties does make you feel like one. The colorful floral American country…

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Brunch

Originally called “Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel,” the luxury Millennium Biltmore Hotel has a long history of Hollywood and political luminary guests since it opened in 1923. In 1927, the Crystal Ballroom was where the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded over a luncheon banquet.  For several of its early years, the Oscar ceremonies were held…

Kitson/ Kitross, Los Angeles

In the stylish neighborhood of Robertson Blvd in Los Angeles just in the same block as the Robertson Blvd. Parking Lot (for The Ivy) is the famous Kitross (better known by its former name before its management’s legal turmoil, Kitson). It has been featured in many a Hollywood magazine for its celebrity clientele (such as…

The Grove, Los Angeles

Just next door to the end of the Farmers Market through a very painless maybe fifty or so steps, you will end up at The Grove, a beautifully landscaped outdoor shopping and dining destination with a three-floor Barnes and Noble, a moviehouse, a tram, and a lovely selection of restaurants and stores.

Meet Me at Third and Fairfax: Los Angeles Farmers Market

The sign, “Meet Me at Third and Fairfax” marks the corner of this year-round, seven-days-a-week Farmers Market which has stood on this site since 1934!  It has since become a historic Los Angeles landmark! Its story begins in 1880 when Arthur Fremont Gilmore bought two dairy farms. When he and his partner eventually parted ways, Arthur took over the…

8 Tips for the “I Am Tourist” Double Decker Bus

I haven’t yet worn a bright Hawaiin shirt on my travels. I would want to be streetsmart and not look like I’m lost even if I were, avoid walking around reading a map, sling a big camera around my neck, and do the usual things that invite con artists to take you for a ride….

Lady M Singapore

Lady M New York which started in 2001 chose Singapore for its first Asian store. Known for its Mille Crepe, twenty layers of handmade ultra-thin crepes layered with pastry cream, Lady M is a chic place to visit.  This one is at South Beach:

6-Hour Eat Drink Walk Singapore

LAU PA SAT I was on a quest to find some Fresh Durian for breakfast. I figured Lau Pa Sat would have it.  Originally Singapore’s first wet fish market, formerly known as Telok Ayer Market, it was formerly located on the South Bank of Singapore River.  Under Sir Stamford Raffles’s remodeling plans of 1822, it…