Santa Monica

Hotel Shangri-la – Santa Monica

Driving along Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica even in the thickest of traffic gives one a much different disposition than the three freeways that got me there. That change in attitude was a fitting transition as I drove up to the Hotel Shangri-la sparkling in the afternoon sun. As I walled into the lobby I could feel the pace of life slow down as my heart rate started to increase. Rarely will environment send a vibe that strong, so soon.

Fred Segal - Santa Monica

Iconic Santa Monica California shopping destination, FRED SEGAL, seen as an undisputed leader in the independent retail scene for creating the ideal blend of special merchandise, excellent service and welcoming atmosphere for a truly unique, lifestyle shopping experience, announces their FIRST ever Summer Sale! From June 22nd thru July 3rd only, you can shop for summer pieces to accent your style, home furnishings, accessories, footwear essentials at 50% off! All the stores under FRED SEGAL Santa Monica’s roof such as Sharon Segal, Emphatic, Babakul, Bettina Duncan, Fred Segal Eyes, Aviator Nation, Happiness, Ron Robinson, Nina and Trend Man and others are offering you a chance to get a jump on summer at 50% off!

Whist at the Viceroy - Santa Monica

On a night when it seemed all of Los Angeles was drenched in a little bit too much sun, it was nice to take a quiet and cool table around sundown at the outdoor poolside patio of Whist at the Viceroy. The atmosphere was upscale, yet comfortable, like that grad school professor who always wore jeans. The bread on the table is like a handshake, it’s the first encounter that tells you the kind you’re dealing with.

FIG - Santa Monica

When I first heard of my 6:30 dinner reservations I thought, why so early. Traffic down to Santa Monica was light and I arrived a little early. When I got to my table the sun was just was starting to take its evening bath. The scene was a perfect way to start our dinner. We were met by a charcuterie plate that offered a nice array of meats and cheeses along with wine grape raisins and Marcona almonds.

CACHÉ - Santa Monica

Bob Schriner Tucked away in a cluster of businesses Cache sits just off Main Street in Santa Monica and proves to be worth finding. As a way of celebrating the warm LA winter we chose to sit outside. The patio at Cache is like no other, for starters, it feels too nice to be outdoors. The rich décor and warm vibe make it hard to believe the open skies are over head.

LC Bistro - Santa Monica

By Bob Schriner When I heard La Cachette moved to a much larger new location just off Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, I wondered how the new home would compare. The Century City spot was intimate and quiet, that seemed like difficult traits to carry over to the beach boulevard. The Santa Monica site has a calm and relaxing indoor dining room that was a little too low key for our weekday visit.

Boa Steakhouse - (new location) West Hollywood

Everyone loves a nice piece of meat.Especially when it’s hot, juicy and deliciously tender. Some of the best meat in town can be found at BOA Steakhouse, a premium steak restaurant with locations in West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Las Vegas. The West Hollywood location is conveniently located in the Grafton Hotel on Sunset and plays host to a mix of travelers and locals. The décor is cool and the service is top notch.

Sushi Roku - D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.

The love affair that Los Angeles has with Japanese cuisine shows no sign of slowing.As a result, the best sushi restaurants are increasingly popular for both quick bites to eat or for more glamorous nights out.Sushi Roku offers a mixture of both.The crowd and scene reminded me of a recurring episode of “The Hills” with the beautiful people complimenting the beautiful food and décor without the “drama” of the MTV scripted reality show.

Coast at Shutters on the Beach - Santa Monica

In the middle of a hectic work week, nothing sounds better than a relaxing evening on the seaside. Thankfully Shutters on the Beach brings us Coast, a soothing mix of calm and class with rolling waves just beyond your table. If the tranquil settings weren’t inviting enough, Coast offers a Farmers Market menu on Wednesdays that has been causing a buzz. Haya and I were seated at a nice table on the patio with the famed Santa Monica Pier in site.