“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” That is current Boulevard cover artist Rachel Brown, sharing one of her favorite quotes, courtesy of Thomas Edison. This raison d’ȇtre comes as no surprise when you learn that Rachel was raised on a farm in rural Central Missouri, and hails from a long line of creative women. Her mother, a watercolor artist, began teaching her the fundamentals at a very young age. Rachel’s grandmother was a folk painter who taught her color theory and equally as important, imbued her with her dairy farmer’s wife work ethic. “Growing up on a farm I was taught a strong work ethic at a young age and quickly realized that it was a necessary ingredient for anyone wanting to create art as a full-time pursuit.”
Our many excellent neighborhood restaurants are all adept in their own way in preparing all of the different foods we love. However, they also understand relationships evolve over time. While our relationships as customers of these restaurants are as strong as ever, the owners and chefs know we appreciate some balance. This can come in the form of heart-healthy fare that will take us into spring and summer, along with reassuring home-style food or exotic flavors and textures. After all, experimentation and variety keep life exciting, and keeps us--the customers--coming back for more.
Quite simply, food in many respects is love, from the way it is prepared to the environment in which it is enjoyed. Food may be nourishment, but it is also a reward, a gift and a way to bond with the people you choose to dine with.
With so many restaurants in L.A. to choose from, however, you may realize that there are many things weighing on your decision of where you’ll want to celebrate Valentine’s Day...or any special occasion. With that in mind, we decided to look at a variety of restaurants where love and passion are a year-round affair. There are some spots led by couples in the kitchen, as well as those operated by chefs and restaurateurs who love the culinary process so much, they went to the ends of the earth to make their visions come to life. There are restaurants that recreate the fabulous international locales we’ve visited or would like to visit. And who doesn’t love dessert? Valentine’s Day is a particularly auspicious time to treat somebody to a rich, indulgent and gorgeous dessert crafted from fine chocolate and other tempting ingredients.
“I come from a family of servers. My mom and my aunt were carhops – on roller skates – when I was pretty little. My grandmother owned her own restaurant in Savannah, Georgia and my grandfather Mose was a bartender at the (New York) Plaza Hotel’s famous Oak Room for fifty years. He served the Onassis family.”
That is Bette Nowinski speaking, owner of Your Good Neighbor Restaurant, and one of our all-time favorite people. She had taken a short break in her day to tell me the story behind how she came to own this beloved Studio City icon.
They’ve delighted breakfast buffs since opening their Hollywood/Melrose location in 2006, and thrilled Valley residents with their Sherman Oaks location and the opening of their Woodland Hills outpost a year ago. Now, they’re poised to go big with a forthcoming opening in Tokyo in March. That being said, the guys behind this breakfast-lunch juggernaut are not resting on their laurels. In addition to their ambitious plans to open across the Pacific, they’re bringing even more excitement to the menu.
Jasmine Thai’s menu is jam packed with familiar favorites, such as BBQ Spare Ribs, Pad See Ew, Mee Krob and Tom Kha Kai soup. There’s also practically every kind of curry under the rainbow. However, not everything is as it seems—and for this newly opened restaurant, that’s a very good thing.
Sherman Oaks resident Kfir Matalan was born in a little town outside Tel Aviv, Israel and is now an American citizen. He grew up with a father who designed and manufactured handmade leather sandals in the ancient biblical style. This was in the 80s and 90s.
“My father was one of the first pioneers to work with the Palestinian leather craftsmen and manufacturers in the 80s. They used to make the sandals in the Kibbutz.” He adds, “I grew up wearing them. Everybody wore them.”
And with the variety and fashion-forward versatility of coats and jackets from the Winter 2016 collections, you will not only relish walking in the rain, you may want to sing and dance in it too. This season`s coats come in vivid colors, retro pastels, regal brocades, and knockout neutrals. While a long, over-sized coat is this winter’s must have, bomber jackets, cloaks, ponchos, and capes can be seen in abundance, and cloudy days never looked so heavenly.
Featuring competitors who sketch, design and build innovative furniture to avoid elimination and ultimately win the grand prize, Ellen promises that this season will be “bigger, better and armoirier.”
Be it from her multiple-Emmy-winning daytime talk show Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, her Emmy-winning sitcom Ellen, her iconic voice as Dory from Pixar’s Oscar-winning Finding Nemo and upcoming sequel Finding Dory, a vibrant stand-up comedy career spanning over 30 years, and now in the second season of her new show Ellen’s Design Challenge—in addition to hosting the Academy Awards and the Emmys on multiple occasions as well as countless other accolades—Ellen DeGeneres is now a household name that has become synonymous with success, and the world has truly fallen in love with her. But what does Ellen love?
This issue we are all about celebrating love, and that starts with giving your body, mind, and spirit the care it deserves. For some, that means pushing their bodies further than they thought possible, for others, it’s connecting the body and soul through yoga or meditation. Seasoned fitness buffs may need to discover new paths to keep motivated, while those who have been on a hiatus from exercise may prefer a more gentle approach or require special attention to meet specific challenges. Health and fitness may not be a one size fits all, but with so many options to choose from, there is a perfect fit for each and every body.
There are many studios packing in full houses, from yoga to pole dancing to Zumba. If you want to fit in (your jeans) in California, you have to keep moving--especially after you’ve cleaned out that box of Valentine’s Candy or are starting to shop for your next summer swimsuit.
Spinning appeals to so many people because it produces results many riders can see in a very short period of time. But what is it about “spin” that has the heads of fitness enthusiasts and newbies alike, well, spinning?
Add to that indoor heating and our skin can look and feel taut and parched, with more sensitive skin types becoming extra irritated. Just like exchanging summer sandals for winter boots, your skincare routine should be adjusted to supply skin with essential nourishment and moisture that is depleted in more extreme conditions. If you want to keep your skin dewy, supple and comfortable, we have a no-brainer suggestion:
Whether you are giving or receiving fine jewelry, the one thing that will ensure that the ring, necklace, bracelet or earrings will be the gift that keeps on giving is having it come from the right establishment.
It is that mindset that has made Woodland Hills-based Jean Pierre Jewelers a community and city-wide institution for over four decades. Though the big corporate jewelry emporiums in the malls boast selection, only an independent establishment like Jean Pierre brings personal attention and a distinctive shopping environment to the buying experience.
Nowhere is that more true than at Jean Pierre Jewelers of Woodland Hills. For more than 40 years, this family-owned, one-stop-shop has been offering all types of jewelry services under one roof. Their specialties include appraisals by a GIA diamond expert, estimates, cleaning, and repairs. Sit with one of their master jewelers while he or she creates a custom jewelry design utilizing CAD technology. They specialize in loose diamonds, bridal sets, and curate a large collection of estate and antique pieces. The turn of the century art-deco and Victorian designs are a must see – and make a stunning contrast when paired with a simple black dress. The goal of the friendly and knowledgeable staff is less about making a sale, than it is about making a long-term, satisfied client. From dazzling white diamonds to the intense shades of sapphires, emeralds and rubies, there’s a gemstone to complement everyone’s sense of style.
Love of wonderful food, our health, our great city, and our most precious space and investment, our home. Our home is our personal retreat to escape the chaos of the outside world. This is where we go to relax, to reflect, to revivify. Give new life to yourself and your space by adding the warm touches you love most, or remodel to reflect the peace and positive energy you so well deserve. These wonderful retailers and designers are available to give your most private space loving attention.
Contemporary artist Bob Dilworth’s Memories of Inhabited Spaces exhibit is coming to Marymount California University’s Marylyn & Chuck Klaus Center for the Arts Gallery in San Pedro from February 4th through March 18th. Featuring large-scale paintings, sculptural figures, abstractions on paper and even a video anthology, this exhibit represents a new phase for Dilworth’s creativity. Metaphorically depicting life-size figures in various emotional and psychological states, Dilworth invites you, the viewer, to come and contemplate the meaning of these works for yourself. From a two-year exploration of developing surfaces and incorporating the mixed media techniques of stencils, stitching, inks and glued fabrics, Dilworth is sure to inspire with this exhibit.
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage, opens at the Hollywood Pantages on February 2nd and runs through the 21st, including two performances on Valentine’s Day. With live versions of the classic songs “Hungry Eyes”, “Hey Baby” and “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”, you’re primed to fall in love with the story all over again. Then take a turn for something completely different at the Pantages with The Illusionists - Live From Broadway from February 23rd through March 13th. The best-selling magic show in Broadway history delivers hilarious magic tricks, death defying stunts and moments of breathtaking wonder.
Well, it’s not a figment of your imagination, because that artist is real and her name is Adele. At this momentous juncture in American pop music history, long past when many predicted the death of record sales, and when still others predicted women in pop will succeed only on sexuality, not song, she defies all such easy answers. Sales of her newest album, 25, are historic. In its first week of release 25 sold more than three million copies in the US.
We’re living in what someone will look back and call this era the golden age of comic book movie adaptations. Every year, we are greeted by new individual Marvel and DC properties that build up to some team-up film, whether it’s a new ‘Avengers’ movie or the upcoming ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ We’ve had myriad Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and Captain America movies, to name just a few, plus one-off experiments like ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Green Lantern.’ The latter movie starred Ryan Reynolds, who is already built like a superhero, in the titular role.