Friday, April 29, 2011

It's always a treat to meet with my clients at The Hidden Garden. Amy and Trisha and their talented team work wonders with flowers. Here are a few examples of their gorgeous flowers from a recent visit.

The mix of lilacs (my favorite flower) and roses is soft and romantic

I love the contrast of vibrant yellow with the green leaves.

Classic flowers for an upcoming wedding.

The incredibly talented Hidden Garden crew hard at work

Monday, April 25, 2011

Stop For Sushi

You will be happy if you obey their sign out front and stop in for sushi

The interior of Sushi Stop in West L.A.

In a city overflowing with great Sushi spots it is difficult to set yourself apart. One of the ways is by offering unique combinations as Katsu-ya does or feature a celebrity chef, which is the case at Nobu or a great atmosphere like Hayama. What sets Sushi Stop apart is the reasonable pricing. Everything on the menu is $2.75. The beauty is that they they do not skimp on the quality of the sushi. The sushi is fresh and delicious. You will find all of your favorite basic sushi here. They also offer wonderful specials each day. Their miso soup is excellent and the tofu salad with ginger dressing is tangy and flavorful. All diners sit at the sushi counter and there is sometimes a wait but once you sip the hot miso soup and devour one spicy tuna after another it's worth it. Sushi stop is on Sawtelle Blvd., just north of Olympic in West L.A. They are open from 11:30 to 10:00 every day. They offer valet parking on Mississippi Avenue. Their site is

Monday, April 11, 2011

Buffalo Club

The interior of the Buffalo Club has a wonderful speakeasy feel.
The large, outdoor space is covered in winter and open to the stars in summer. It's a great party venue.
Parmesan crusted organic farm egg with spinach and crumbled bacon -

I recently enjoyed a wonderful meal at The Buffalo Club in Santa Monica. It was a multi course tasting menu with wine pairings. Their comfort food with a twist is delicious. A few of my favorite courses were the spicy tuna tartare, the moist and flavorful pan seared Halibut, the parmesan crusted organic farm egg (pictured above) and of course their legendary bubbly macaroni and cheese. The restaurant is comfortable and has a nostalgic, clubby feel. The tented patio sprinkled with lounge furniture feels very L. A. The indoor area with its wood and leather could just as easy be in a corner of Manhattan - and I am not referring to Manhattan Beach. If you have not visited in a while treat yourself to a great meal and a fun evening at a long established Santa Monica jewel.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Anthropologie is at it Again

It's always a treat to visit Anthropologie because I never know what treasures I might find. In addition to fantastic clothes, I have bought wonderful items for nearly every room in my home. The Anthropologie at 211 south Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills has expanded their home decor department. Make sure to stop upstairs to see an expanded collection of rugs, bedding, wallpaper, curtains, lamps... You will find items that are not available at any of their other southern California locations.Aren't these fun! Their new spring dining collection has arrived. There are great dishes, pitchers, platters, vases etc.