Monthly Archives: May 2012

Swining and Dining: A Night at Cochon 555

Crispy pigs ears, offally good pate, headcheese heroes, chile verde tacos, smoked pork belly and German chocolate bacon cake comprised Chef Ben Ford’s winning combination at last Sunday’s Cochon 555 event at the House of Blues. Ben Ford of Ford’s … Continue reading

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Maria Miranda Studio; True Humble Beginnings

Walking into Maria Miranda Studio along Redondo Beach will immediately set a sparkle in your eyes.  The genuine feeling of customer service and talent resonates throughout the studio.  Looking for your dress is no longer a chore, it is an … Continue reading

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Groundwork Coffee is Raising the Foundation of What it Means to be Organic & Sustainable

Listening to the definitions of what Groundwork Coffee calls organic and sustainable is absolutely beautiful.  They do not just ride their bikes to work and call up an organic coffee supplier so that they can put checkmarks on some sheet … Continue reading

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La Botte, A Restaurant In A Wine Barrel

When you walk down the steps and enter Stefano’s Italian restaurant, La Botte, in downtown Santa Monica, you feel like you have just walked into a wine barrel.  He created the touch, the feel, the smell, the sensation by decorating … Continue reading

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Pasadena’s Hidden Gem, The Arroyo Vista Inn

In 2006, Pat, the founder of the Arroyo Vista Inn, came to a crossroads in her life.  Fortunately, she followed her heart’s desires and ended a 20-plus year career at a law firm.  She then began meticulously searching for the … Continue reading

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Silverlake Wine, More Than Fine Wine

Looking into the history of wine in the United States immediately points to California.  Finding a decent bottle of wine in the great city of LA is easily accomplished, retail outlets are everywhere.  Breaking the mold and locating a unique … Continue reading

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LA’s Inaugural Gastropub, Ford’s Filling Station

Benjamin and Emily Ford are true entrepreneurs.  Venturing onto the streets of Culver City in 2006 required considerable initiative and risk.  The city was in need of repair along with reclamation of its reputation.  Coupling with the beat down location … Continue reading

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Meet Mollie, One of the Founders of Kind Kreme

Opening your own business has a lot of risk and unknown challenges.  Within the first month, Mollie and Mimi had to deal with things that were never imagined.  Some were caused by issues as simple as its name.  Originally, Kind … Continue reading

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