The Incredible Case of the Disappearing French Chef

By Benjamin Epstein. In the 1980s, French chefs were gods. Fine dining meant French dining. These days, a dozen Italian restaurants open in Orange County for, if we’re lucky, every one French. With the debut of Knife Pleat at South Coast Plaza by chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Francophiles did get lucky. And […]

L.A. Design Destinations

As a magnet for some of the most innovative designers in the world, Los Angeles is full of shops and showrooms that showcase the endless imagination of its residents. Awe-inspiring furniture showrooms, L.A.-maker-dedicated pop-ups, a vintage lover’s paradise and other specialty stores offer items big and small that capture the spirit of L.A. design By Teena Apeles   […]

Royal Tea Party: Handbagged at Moxie Theatre

Meet Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II in Handbagged at Moxie Theatre. By Pat Launer.   One was born and known as “The Grocer’s Daughter.” The other once said she wanted to grow up to be a farmer’s wife. The two would go on to make history. “The Grocer’s Daughter,” aka Margaret Thatcher, became England’s first female Prime Minister. The would-be farmer’s wife was 25 when […]

Cruise with Culture and Cuisine on the Viking Jupiter

Exploring the North Sea following the historic wake of the Vikings is a bucket list item for so many people. Doing it with Viking Cruises takes the experience to a whole new level of luxury. Viking floated out their newest ocean liner — the Viking Jupiter — earlier this year. And their Viking Shores & […]