Coastal Dining

FIG is in Season Year-Round at the Fairmont Miramar

Written by: Becky Tsadik

“I was covered in flour as a kid,” says Yousef Ghalaini, Executive Chef at FIG Restaurant at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica. The Lebanese chef would run around his grandparent’s home, situated above their family bakery. That experience was the inspiration for his unique charred “bread balloon,” an oversized pillow of […]




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A Perfect Pairing For the Summer

Guacamole and Chardonnay

Written by: Brian Talley

The coastal San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County region is unique as a place that grows both world-class Chardonnay and avocados—a match made in heaven. Of all the produce we grow at Talley Farms, avocados may be the crop I like most, and I consider guacamole to be the best possible expression of the […]




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The Summer of Sungrown

Emerald Exchange Returns for its Fourth Installment in August

Written by: Tracy Pretlow

At its inception, the goal of the Emerald Exchange was to bring Northern California-grown cannabis to Southern California, creating access to the cannabis marketplace and a platform for the exchange of products, ideas and opportunities including art, music and food in an “elevated, sustainable, organic and conscious” approach, says Jessica Cure, Emerald Exchange Event Producer […]




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Getting Lucky(Rice) in the City of Angels

Written by: Becky Tsadik

In advance of this weekend’s LuckyRice L.A. Feast at the Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles, the kick-off event of a multi-city tour, we look back to last year’s extravaganza, a spread of dozens of the city’s best Asian cuisine and cocktails. While last year’s major spirits partner was Bombay Sapphire Gin, in its eighth year, […]




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Dish Breakdown: Winsome’s Baked Japan

Written by: Jesse Hom-Dawson

After finally locating Winsome, a cozy restaurant nestled in the bottom floor of the Elysian building in Echo Park, I was charmed not only by the sun-lit space and watercolor wallpaper but by the wide-ranging small-plate–focused menu. Crispy tofu with marinated peppers, Thai basil and puffed wheatberries won me over despite my dislike of tofu, […]




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Viva en Valladolid

A Glimpse at the Food of Northern Spain

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Spanish cuisine has long been associated with paella, thinly sliced jamón, triangles of Manchego, marinated olives and fruity sangria. But these popular dishes fail to represent the vast list of foods unique to the country’s 17 regions. I’ve had the pleasure of traveling around Galicia and Castille y León in northern Spain for the past […]




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Dish Breakdown: The Flats’ Charcuterie Board

Written by: Jesse Hom-Dawson

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good charcuterie board. But when it’s always prosciutto and salami and liver pâté, the dish can get a little tired. So imagine my surprise when I dined at The Flats in Beverly Hills the other week, ordered a charcuterie board and was presented with a board featuring meats […]




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Blissed Out: Cannabliss Retreat Raises the Bar

Written by: Taylor Haynes

What do cannabis and yoga have in common? For Sari Gabbay and an increasing number of people across the country, they are both tools to gain a new perspective on life and ourselves, revealing what we are truly capable of. Cannabis has been used for centuries as a plant medicine, intended for both physical and […]




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To Whom it May Chocolates Inspire the Imagination

New L.A. Company Offers Unique Edibles

Written by: Taylor Haynes

Imagine your medicating experience could be elevated to another level by an edible. With To Whom It May Chocolates, users are offered a cannabis edible that is impeccably presented while also prioritizing a positive, fun and lighthearted experience. Gone are the days of sugared, grassy-tasting edibles. Now, medicated edibles are vying for the classiest packaging, […]




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