Lou’s on the Hill, located on Hawthorne Boulevard where Torrance meets Rolling Hills Estates at the base of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, attracted capacity crowds last Thursday evening for the Grand Opening.
Conceived by local artist, Margaret Lindsey, Destination: Art is a venue for South Bay artists to create artwork in a collaborative environment, hold lectures, workshops and demonstrations and interface with the public in an ongoing conversation about art.
Highly dedicated to wellness and exercise, the hotel will offer a variety of wellness-inspired packages and events throughout 2015 – from complimentary yoga on its rooftop Skydeck, to beach cruisers available at no additional cost for guests who want to cruise down The Strand, Shade offers a wide variety of activities to choose from.
“With the holidays just behind us, we want to offer guests a fresh way to kick start the New Year,” said Shade Hotel’s General Manager, Shaunna McKelvey.
I recently spent the afternoon walking all over Riviera Village handing out flyers for the Dancing with the South Bay Stars IV performance to shop owners to post in their windows. (I’m sure you’ve all heard that I’m competing in the event this year and I’m trying to drum up votes. BTW, you can vote for me here: http://www.torrancearts.org/dancing-with-the-south-bay-stars-iv/.)
Along the way, I took note of several changes in the Village this New Year.
During the week of January 12 to January 16, 2015, the City of Manhattan Beach, in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute (ULI), held a five-day Advisory Panel comprised of various land use experts to engage community stakeholders and evaluate the Downtown area.
The purpose of the engagement process was to ensure the Downtown area maintains and enhances its unique, quaint character and encourages business success.
It’s an annual event hosted by the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation (TCAF) to raises funds for a variety of non-profit groups.
Here’s how it works:
The TCAF invites local ‘celebrities’ to participate in a dance competition for their charity of choice.
It’s a one-night-only event held at the James Armstrong Theater.
Michael Morales, co-owner with his wife Royce, suffered a massive stroke on November 24 and is unable to work.
“It was a tough decision to make,” explains Royce Morales, “but I feel strongly that I need to devote my time to take care of my husband who needs 24 hour supervision. He’s slowly getting better, but it’s a long road ahead.” (Read More)
As the year comes to a close, Del Amo Fashion Center is celebrating a season of change and preparing for exciting new retailers as part of the ongoing transformation of South Bay’s premier retail destination.
With 2014, Del Amo Fashion Center welcomed the construction of a brand new Patio Cafes garden-inspired dining pavilion in the heart of the shopping center, relocated stores from the north section of the center to make way for the creation of a new state of the art two-level mall and a new Nordstrom, welcomed new retailers and prototype stores, and began construction on a four-level parking deck along Fashion Way. Macy’s also consolidated three locations at Del Amo Fashion Center into two stores to make for a more convenient trip for Macy’s loyal shoppers.
Pacifica Hotels, the largest owner and operator of boutique hotels along the Pacific Coast, announced today the opening of The Redondo Beach Hotel in Redondo Beach, CA after completing a $13 million renovation. The hotel, previously named Sunrise Hotel, closed at the beginning of 2014.
“We are very proud of our restaurant and the kudos that we are receiving since we reopened with an all new look and menu,” said Darren Weiss, chef/owner of Darren’s Restaurant.
The team at Baleen never rest on their laurels. They mix up dining options often enough to keep things fresh; from summer BBQs held on the lower level outdoor lounge and varied live entertainment, to Chef Crespin’s expert treatment of seasonal ingredients.
Riviera Village will begin valet services from noon to 9 p.m. every day from December 18 through December 23 and from noon to 5 p.m. on December 24.
The valet service will be located in front of the Soil kiosk on Catalina Avenue. The cost will be $5.
They are hoping to offer this service in the future as well.
As the heart of our Community, Downtown is a key component of what makes Manhattan Beach such a desirable place to live, visit and conduct business. The Downtown is a vibrant and charming destination for shopping, dining, and services. The City will be working with a consultant team, the community, and stakeholders to develop a Downtown Vision and Plan to maintain and enhance this quaint character, as well as encourage business success. (Read More)
The evening began with a networking session showcasing local business exhibitors, followed by a panel discussion and awards ceremony.
Doma Kitchen, a local favorite restaurant in the South Bay with menu items such as fresh baked pastries, signature Belgian waffles and European-inspired dishes including homemade Borscht, Lagman and Lamb Plov are teaming up with another local favorite, Two Guns Espresso.
The owners of both Doma Kitchen and Two Guns Espresso are introducing the South Bay to a Pop Up Dinner Series which will take place each Friday and Saturday evening throughout the month of November.
Lot’s of upgrades and redevelopment going on all over the South Bay…here’s another recent press release.
The 81-room hotel is situated along the famous Pacific Coast Highway, and is located in one of America’s top beach towns, offering ocean views and convenient access to the esteemed South Bay.
I just received this press release and want to share it with you. I’m particularly excited about the new restaurants!
Federal Realty Investment Trust, the developers of The Point, the South Bay’s newest shopping, dining and lifestyle destination announced today the first merchants who are preparing to open their doors.
The Point, located at the desirable crossroads of Rosecrans Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard in El Segundo, will offer the South Bay a mix of popular eateries, in-demand retailers and an exclusive fitness studio.
On Saturday, July 19, over 1,200 guests gathered in white couture to enjoy an evening of food, drinks, music and good times; however, the spirit of giving was the focus of the evening.
To celebrate, Chef/Owner Darren Weiss hosted a Grand Re-Opening Benefit Dinner for No Limits for Deaf Children.
The evening began with a stand-up routine by award-winning comedienne Kathy Buckley. I arrived late and missed her intro and while I knew it was a benefit for deaf children, I didn’t put two and two together. Seriously, I had no idea she was deaf….I assumed she was from New York! (Read More)
Stand up paddle boarding – chances are, if you’ve spent any time near an ocean, lake, river, dock, marina, pier or beach in the last few years, you’ve caught a glimpse of people engaging in this relatively new water sport.
Always referred to as SUP, everyone I know has been raving about it and suggesting (insisting, really) that I give it a try. I’d added it to my list of ‘things to do’ several months ago but just haven’t had time to book a lesson.
In late June, I received an email from Jeremy at Olympus Board Shop in Torrance. I first met Jeremy at the King Harbor Boat Parade last year where he was involved in organizing the paddleboard segment of the parade. At the time, he invited me to take a lesson. Now he was following up and wanted to know when I would be available to get on the water. (Read More)
The eighth annual White Light White Night event will be held on the rooftop of The Plaza at Continental Park on July 19 and the Kickoff Party venue offered guests a preview of the big event.
The Kickoff was held on the roof top deck of 200 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach and offered stunning vistas to go with the gorgeous weather.
The event is one in a series of fundraisers happening throughout the South Bay to promote White Light White Night (WLWN), the annual gala fundraising event for Walk With Sally (WWS) taking place Saturday, July 19.
Walk With Sally is a locally based, non-profit foundation dedicated to providing mentoring support programs to children of parents or siblings with cancer. (Read More)
Yes, a DAILY brunch menu – which means you can now enjoy the most sumptuous meal of the week, every day of the week.
Imagine….having the daily option to savor those specialty dishes usually reserved for lazy Sundays. You know, the ones that make weekday breakfasts pale in comparison.
I recently attended a media preview for the new brunch menu – and, no surprises here – it didn’t disappoint.
I had dined at the former location in Hermosa Beach several years ago – a fabulous experience – but had yet to check out the new location on Rosecrans.
Guest Curator, Jeff McKay, staged the ultimate West Palm Beach party featuring Keni Valenti’s collection of vintage Lilly Pulitzer.
The exhibit, Loving Lilly, paid homage to the irrepressible American designer with fashions spanning the 60s to the 80s.
The sold-out benefit was held Saturday, July 27 at the MBS Media Campus movie lot and sound stage in Manhattan Beach.
Walk With Sally Co-Founder, Nick Arquette, successfully brought together a cadre of enthusiastic volunteers, concerned community members, local businesses and generous sponsors to create an evening of light, love and laughter.
The Grand Opening of Rock & Brews PCH in Torrance rocked the South Bay Wednesday night in spectacular fashion.
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at noon on Wednesday followed by a private luncheon for more than 100 returning military veterans and members of the Wounded Warriors Project.
Bridges to Italy and the Academy of Foreign Languages host a series of mixers throughout the South Bay intended to bring together members of the local Italian community and Italophiles to share the many wonderful aspects of Italian culture such as language, food, fashion and design.
These monthly mixers are open to the general public but once in a rare while, they will host a limited, invitation-only event at a private home.
On April 30, the group assembled in Redondo Beach for an Evening of Traditional Italian Cuisine prepared by Chef Michelangelo Glionna of Parma, Italy. (Read More)
When a country wins the ‘Oldest Trophy in Sports’ – The America’s Cup - it is taken around the victorious nation to celebrate the triumph.
Due to nefarious attempts over the years to abscond with this world-class prize, potential venues are not informed of its impending arrival until the last minute.
The King Harbor Yacht Club in Redondo Beach was contacted only two days ago of its forthcoming arrival.
Shade Hotel owner Michael Zislis and Executive Chef Chris Garasic recently debuted zinc@shade’s new breakfast, lunch and brunch menus.
Chef Garasic oversees menu development and execution for Shade Hotel’s popular zinc@shade craft kitchen & modern lounge, in addition to on-site meetings, weddings and special events. His focus is on fresh, ‘farm-to-table’ cuisine which is infused with his passion for Mexican, French and Italian cuisines.
I recently had the pleasure of touring the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) in El Segundo.
Now, I’m not what you’d call a ‘car person’.
I’m not mechanically inclined and don’t know a thing about engines or how they work. I couldn’t tell a crankshaft from a muffler or a piston from a spark plug. My car has a turbo engine and I have no idea what that means…. but I’m pretty sure ABS is a good thing, right? (Read More)
Long recognized for impeccable service, incomparable cuisine and world class hospitality, Chez Melange has been at the forefront of the flourishing South Bay food scene for over a quarter century.
Always in the vanguard of emerging dining trends, co-owners Michael Franks and Robert Bell have established an affable environment for local chefs, growers and foodies to experiment and expand their gastronomic repertoire.
The latest chapter of their ‘Trust the Chef’ dinners featured 12 year-old, Redondo Beach native Jack Witherspoon. (Read More)
It has been said, “A bottle of wine begs to be shared.”
I couldn’t agree more, especially during the holidays! So you can imagine my delight when Total Wine & More chose me as their Local Favorite for the month of December.
Local Favorite is a promotion where a local media personality is invited to select a few wines which are then promoted throughout the month as that Local Favorite’s picks.
My friend Dawn and I made plans to get together for dinner a few months ago to catch up with each other. We no longer workout together at the gym every morning because (drum roll, please) she’s pregnant. Pregnant and …..pink. Very, very pink. Evidently, pregnancy wasn’t enough of a life transformation. She colored her hair pink soon after discovering she was with child. Don’t ask me why.
She’s been a bit down lately. You would be too, having to go through the hot summer months feeling like an overstuffed dumpling. (Read More)
It all began with a desire to learn how to defend myself.
We’ve all experienced that terrifying sensation of helplessness in one situation or another. As a woman, I‘ve always felt particularly vulnerable since, physically speaking, I’m the equivalent of veal and when faced with a sketchy situation, the hair on the back of my neck stands up and a loop of, “DANGER, WILL ROBINSON! DANGER!” plays in my head. (Read More)
Wouldn’t we all love to dance like the Stars? Well, the good ones, at least.
My friend Dawn must have had stars in her eyes when she asked (ordered) me to enroll in a ballroom dance class with her.
She cajoled (threatened) her husband into taking dance lessons last year and when he declined (refused) to take part this time around, she requested (demanded) I join her – no doubt relying on my sense of noblesse oblige – and considering her indispensible support on my Bloody Mary expedition earlier this year, how could I say no? (Read More)
It cannot be sufficiently emphasized how vital it is to have a well-rounded cocktail repertoire.
Polite society demands an appropriate beverage for every occasion: sake with sushi, vino with Italian, champagne for celebrations, ice cold beer at picnics, assorted martinis at cocktail parties, gin and tonic on safari and one wouldn’t dream of drinking anything but a Mint Julep at the Kentucky Derby. (Read More)