Meet the Chef with Larry Monaco

Executive Chef of Cast at the Viceroy in Santa Monica, CA

Written by: Jesse Hom-Dawson

WHEN YOU COME FROM AN ITALIAN FAMILY and grew up cooking with your grandma, it’s no surprise that you would decide being a chef was your destined career path. “I knew I wanted to be a chef from high school on, even though it wasn’t trendy back then to be one,” says Chef Larry Monaco, […]

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From the Ranch to the Range

Meat On Ocean Masters the Art of Steak

Written by: Jesse Hom-Dawson

The strip of Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California, where Meat On Ocean is located faces the water, with a stunning view to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. For any meat lover, though, it’s what’s inside the restaurant that will capture your attention. From the same owners as Water Grill down the […]

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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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