Santa Monica's 41 Ocean

The Santa Monica Pier is good for many things, but food doesn't tend to be one of them. Sure you can get mass produced shrimp in any flavor or a fried corn dog on a stick, but a quality meal while admiring ocean views, not so much. If you take a few steps off the Santa Monica Pier onto Ocean Avenue, you'll find a few more choices. For the jet setting bunch, there's the Ivy, but if $39 for Alaskan salmon is more than you want to pay for seafood, then look next door to the newly opened 41 Ocean.
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Kelly Page

I'm a food fanatic who makes healthy whole food recipes, reviews the latest Los Angeles restaurants, appreciates fine wine and cocktails, and travels to experience different cultures and cuisines.

Healthy Cacao Banana Blueberry Smoothie

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I have a confession to make. I've started eating chocolate for breakfast. Why not, right? Well it's not just because it tastes good. I'm actually eating it because it's good for me. No, really. OK, let me back up.

Chocolate begins with the bean. Yeah, we're starting from the real beginning. The bean. Even further back, you want your bean to grow on a farm you know and like - just like animals. It's not always easy to find out this information, but there's a growing artisanal chocolate movement going on, and there's many out there ready to help. I found ChocoVivo in Culver City to be my latest chocolate guide.
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Kelly Page

I'm a food fanatic who makes healthy whole food recipes, reviews the latest Los Angeles restaurants, appreciates fine wine and cocktails, and travels to experience different cultures and cuisines.

Walter Mazke's Republique

It was a sad day when Campanille closed. It was an institution set in a beautiful space on La Brea with Nancy Silverton's baking the famed La Brea bread and Mark Peel pulling together praise worthy pasta. Then there was the grilled cheese night. Oh grilled cheese Thursday's how I miss you. What could possibly replace such a noteworthy staple in Los Angeles' restaurant scene?
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Kelly Page

I'm a food fanatic who makes healthy whole food recipes, reviews the latest Los Angeles restaurants, appreciates fine wine and cocktails, and travels to experience different cultures and cuisines.

A Simple Salad for South Africa

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If you were to look at the lunches I ate in grade school, you (and I) would never believe that I would go on to write a food blog years later. Inside my plain brown bag I carried to school every day was a simple baggie containing my sandwich. The sandwich didn't include arugula or sun dried tomatoes and wasn't on gluten free, all natural artisanal bread. No, it was constructed on plain white, soft Wonder bread with a smear of butter, or more likely margarine, and a Kraft American cheese slice carefully unfolded from its single serving wrapper. Four slices of hard salami would go on top with each slice touching an opposite corner of the Wonder bread. The sandwich was precisely cut in half and devoured by me every day at school for eight years. The salami and cheese sandwich was my staple. My given. My go to.
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Kelly Page

I'm a food fanatic who makes healthy whole food recipes, reviews the latest Los Angeles restaurants, appreciates fine wine and cocktails, and travels to experience different cultures and cuisines.

Dinner Lab - Chef Aron Habiger On the Lam

I've mentioned my new underground pop-up supper club. It's a members only dining group where you can enjoy a different meal, in a different place, cooked by a different chef every week. I just attended my third dinner, and I'm afraid I must tantalize you again. I will also tell you that they're looking to open up a few more membership slots starting March 1, so there's still time to join the group.
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Kelly Page

I'm a food fanatic who makes healthy whole food recipes, reviews the latest Los Angeles restaurants, appreciates fine wine and cocktails, and travels to experience different cultures and cuisines.

How to Cook Quinoa

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Whenever I used to hear the word quinoa, I'd turn the other way. Quinoa fell in a different family for me - a family who spent a lot of time with the tofu family. Good for those who think either tastes good, I used to think, and for those with higher social standings in the anti-carnivore world than me. Yes, I know how good quinoa is for you with its essential amino acids, iron, calcium, protein, blah, blah, blah. I'm also not a big carb eater, so with quinoa in the grain family, and a seemingly sad step child, I was always anti-quinoa. And did I mention it tasted like dirt?  
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Kelly Page

I'm a food fanatic who makes healthy whole food recipes, reviews the latest Los Angeles restaurants, appreciates fine wine and cocktails, and travels to experience different cultures and cuisines.

Sawtelle's Flores

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If you've been down Sawtelle Boulevard lately, you might not think it needs yet another new restaurant. Sawtelle is chock 'o block with wall to wall restaurants, many being sushi and noodle houses, earning the area its nickname of Little Osaka. Luckily the latest newcomer on the street doesn't try to compete in that category.  Instead, Flores goes with the other highly saturated LA restaurant category of new American, farm to table, gastro-pub route with small plates.
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Kelly Page

I'm a food fanatic who makes healthy whole food recipes, reviews the latest Los Angeles restaurants, appreciates fine wine and cocktails, and travels to experience different cultures and cuisines.

LA's PopUp Evening of Masquerade

Just like fruits and vegetables have a season, so do the parties I like to attend. If it's summer, I'm in white, near the beach, and this past summer, the party that captured this so perfectly was the PopUp Dinner LA - Evening in White held on the Santa Monica Pier. Now that the temperatures have dipped a few scant degrees, naturally it's time to go indoors and don black evening attire. So once again, Handmade Events has come through with the event of the season, and they brought LA the first winter PopUp Evening of Masquerade because well, anyone can wear all black, but when you throw in some masks, you've got a party.
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Kelly Page

I'm a food fanatic who makes healthy whole food recipes, reviews the latest Los Angeles restaurants, appreciates fine wine and cocktails, and travels to experience different cultures and cuisines.

Scratch Bar

La Cienega continues to hold onto its restaurant row title with yet another culinary arrival on the busy boulevard. Scratch | Bar opened last summer near the Japanese mecca, Matsuhisa. LA native, Phillip Lee is the chef behind Scratch Bar and what he's doing, is something fairly unique to La Cienega. You're not going to find any similarities on the Stinkin' Rose menu. Lee learned his craft after spending time at Los Angeles restaurant hot spots' Hatfield's and Providence and Chicago's Alinea. Now he's bringing a unique style of cooking to his own place.
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Kelly Page

I'm a food fanatic who makes healthy whole food recipes, reviews the latest Los Angeles restaurants, appreciates fine wine and cocktails, and travels to experience different cultures and cuisines.

Wild Foraging in Los Angeles

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I can't say that I've ever put foraging and Los Angeles together in the same sentence. To me, foraging happens in Italy during truffle season, with dogs. I did get to do some mushroom foraging in N. California around the promise of a potential truffle season last year. But to suggest foraging in LA, I'd think someone had spent a little too much time with the shrooms to say you could forage in this urban metropolis.
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Kelly Page

I'm a food fanatic who makes healthy whole food recipes, reviews the latest Los Angeles restaurants, appreciates fine wine and cocktails, and travels to experience different cultures and cuisines.