February 2018

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Carlo’s Bake Shop!

(left to right) Carlo's owner Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss), beautifully decorated cupcakes, rainbow layered cake, linzer tarts, assorted donuts, assorted pies, chocolate covered strawberries, Bakers onsite, and outside the bakery on 3rd street promenade

Carlo’s Bake Shop!

  • Story / Photo By Paige Petrone

Carlo’s Bake Shop has finally arrived in LA. Carlo’s was made famous by TLC’s hit show Cake Boss. The “Boss” is Buddy Valastro a.k.a Buddy V. Buddy. He runs the bakeries with his large and extended Italian family while creating amazing over-the-top cakes on the show. The original bakery is located in Hoboken, New Jersey, but with the mass success of the reality show they have expanded to other locations including Las Vegas where they not only have a bakery but a really fun Italian restaurant featuring all the family’s favorite dishes.

The reality show centers on Buddy and his core bakers (I would like to refer to them as “a bunch of meatballs” in the most humorous manner) as they meet with their unique clientele and navigate the demanding cake requests. These guys are constantly pulling pranks and betting each other with all kinds of silly shenanigans. I find them quite amusing.

Although the show is about the big cakes it also revolves around the bakery and the delights they offer daily. The the freshest pastries and donuts, breads and bagels, specialty cookies, gorgeous and scrumptious cupcakes, cannolis, chocolate covered strawberries, and all the traditional Italian goodies you might be craving. I’m thrilled to be able to enjoy these amazing treats on a regular basis. Check it out!

Carlo’s Bake Shop is located at 1354 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.


(left to right) Outside the Montage Bevelry Hills Hotel, Parker House rolls, housemade Short Rib Agnolotti, creme filled Donut Holes, Tuna Tartare, Rosé wine, Salmon on Crispy Rice, Greek Salad with chicken


  • By Rosalind Lapin
  • Photos By Paige Petrone

Nestled right in the heart of Beverly Hills at The Montage Hotel, Georgie is just what’s needed for a classy power lunch, serving up bright new Americana fare in the best way possible. It’s garden-like, cool and refreshing and the brainchild of chef restauranteur and celebrity TV personality Geoffrey Zakarian. Not to mention the service is impeccable.

Start with the Parker House rolls and smoked honey butter (beyond a treat) and follow it up with their crisp, refreshing take on the Greek Salad. It’s presented sans lettuce, but built up instead with couscous and a delicious combination of the usual Greek ingredients. For a pasta, the Short Rib Agnolotti is heavenly. It’s warm, light, bold and tasty all at the same time with pervasive hints of orange zest and oregano balanced against their delicately selected, slightly salty nicoise olives. The house-made sorbet and gelato don’t disappoint either!

Georgie is open morning to night and maintains a steady buzz of beautifully dressed patrons both in the restaurant and Garden Bar. Cocktails are shaken, stirred or mixed tableside and served along with some delightful snack options. The Artisan Cheeses and Ice Box Vegetable Crudités are not to be missed.

Georgie (inside the Montage Hotel) is located at 225 N Canon Drive in Beverly Hills.

Sharky’s Grill!

Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill’s assortment of various menu items (photo Juliann Cheryl)

Sharky’s Grill!

  • By Paige Petrone
  • Photo By Juliann Cheryl

Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill in Marina del Rey (one of 23 locations!) is a fun casual place that Marina locals love and highly recommend. So… what is so great about it? Well, they offer up fresh, natural and organic, yet affordable Mexican fare.

The original Sharky’s opened its doors in 1992 in Sherman Oaks with a vision of introducing innovative recipes and a passion for healthy living. In Southern Californian healthy living and eating pretty much kind of go hand and hand so I believe founder Steve Paperno was on to something. The motto at Sharky’s is to “feel good about eating!” It definitely seems to be working.

Must-haves are their signature Organic Roasted Vegetable Bowl with All Natural Chicken or Wild Alaskan Salmon, the Naked Chicken Tostada Salad, and the Stacked Chicken Enchiladas. These dishes are really special and super delicious. All of the many proteins are natural, organic, and of course woodfired, hence the restaurant’s name! It might be tough to resist ordering the woodfired pizzas. They are similar to artisanal-style crust pizzas with traditional Mexican flavors. They also offer an array of healthy options to be included in Tacos, Burritos, and Fajitas. Try them all!

Sharky’s Woodfired Grill Marina Del Rey is located at 4371 Glencoe Avenue (B5). For the other locations and menu details, click here.


Catch LA


  • By Kymberly Chase

Beautiful people. Check. Trendy food. Check. Celebrities. Check. Fancy cars. Check. This is the epitome of what Catch LA is all about. The restaurant is quite the scene! LA’s glam spot for sure. There’s even a dress code (unheard of in LA!) and reservations must be made to ensure a table. Everyone there is so well dressed and so put-together. Catch is perfect for people watching, and is also a perfect brunch spot for the ladies as it’s simply beautiful.

When you arrive, security greets you and leads you to an elevator to the roof. As you walk out of the elevator you step into an oasis filled with decadent flowers, gentle waterfalls, beautiful greenery and stunning decor.

Our table was located outside on the rooftop, featuring a wonderful view of our City of Angels! The service was superb and everything we ordered looked elegant and tasted divine. Brunch entrees that stood out were the crispy cauliflower (with amazing flavor and a crispy texture), Salmon la Plancha (with a kale pesto sauce that was truly special), and the Hellfire Roll (spicy tuna two ways – this was a winner). All of the other dishes certainly deserve honorable mentions, the steak was delicious, the burger was juicy, and the cod lettuce wraps left us with delicious memories. Go to Catch!

Catch LA is located at 8715 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.

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