The SGV Receives A New Level of Luxury at The Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel Hotel

The SGV Receives A New Level of Luxury at The Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel Hotel

Now taking reservations: world-class luxury and state of the art technology can now be found in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley at the Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel; featuring unrivaled accommodation, meeting space, catering, restaurants and bar.

Featuring 288 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, EST. Prime Steakhouse, transcending the quintessential steakhouse with top-quality, imported steaks and fresh seafood, the highly anticipated Chinese import, Ba Shu Feng, opening in spring, 24-hour fitness center with yoga space and Sheraton Club Lounge for the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) frequent, loyal traveler. Not to mention the in-lobby Starbucks, Afternoon High Tea every Friday through Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m and additional programming to be announced.

This Sheraton will be the first in the US hotel industry to tout eight TUG robots developed by Aethon, the leading provider of autonomous mobile robots. Visitors to the 288-room stylish hotel will be greeted by Aethon’s four-foot high, friendly-looking innovative TUG robots whether looking for directions to elevators or receiving an in-room delivery. More information and photos of the in-house robotic staff will be available after the hotel’s private grand opening event on Thursday.

“Having eight robots is a first for the US hotel industry, and we know our TUG robots will be an approachable, cutting-edge addition to the world-class service guests expect at Sheraton properties,” said Wanda Chan General Manager. “Robots are the next wave of hospitality technology and we believe our overnight guests and those in the local San Gabriel community will find the robots to be intriguing and fun.”

Guests are also invited to experience the hotel’s spa, Beverly Hills New Life Beauty & Wellness, which has four comfortable treatment rooms to enjoy treatments such as Deep Tissue Massages, Ultrasonic Facials and custom health and wellness plans to rejuvenate the senses. Creative cocktails and lightbites are available to enjoy after treatments on the second floor by the atrium.

The Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel is located at 303 East Valley Boulevard, San Gabriel, CA 91776. Reservations can be made at or over the phone at 1-800-325-3535. For corporate packages, meetings and event, please contact Director of Sales and Marketing, Fred Kokash, at 626.607.2006 or email [email protected]

Taste of the Eastside 2017

Taste of the Eastside 2017


Photo Credit – Bob Murphy

The 7th annual Taste of the Eastside (TOTE), held in the last weekend of April, was a sold out event .
This popular food & drink festival, showcases the diverse and budding food scene of the eateries in the eastside of LA. This includes the neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Atwater Village and beyond. Planned and staffed entirely by volunteers, Taste of the Eastside donates all the proceeds to local non-profits. Each year, different non-profit organizations benefit from TOTE’s support. This year the recipients were: The Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School The Pablove Foundation | And FoLAR

Bacon wrapped cherry tomatoes

Each restaurant/chef stages a unique, signature dish for the 1000+ visitors to sample. Truly all the food was fabulous, but the dishes that stood out at this year’s event were as follows:

RBTA (Highland Park) – Bacon wrapped cherry tomatoes with wasabi, goji berries, miso burrata cheese, wasabi arare and Honey Serrano glaze. Simply delectable.

Belle’s Bagels (Highland Park) – LoxSmith Bites = Bagel pieces with beet cream cheese, lox, radish and dill – plus, what gave it the extra edge was the crispy salmon skin topping.

Wood (Silver lake) – High-end, handcrafted slices of thin crust pizza – mouthwatering.

 The Los Angeles Burger Company (Frogtown) – Citrus BBQ pulled pork & tatter tots. (I actually went back two times, that’s how tasty their serving was). The Los Angeles Burger Company is now open Saturdays in May in Frogtown –

Popdup+ (online) – This is a new outfit that promotes health with “The Base”. They use fresh seasonal fruits to add natural sweetness and nutrition. At TOTE they served Gooseberry with Marigold flower, Hibiscus agave, Fig and Elderberry, and Strawberry Shiso – combined with either soda water or Cold Brew Oolong Tea.

Momed (Atwater Village) – featured Duck Shawarma, Avocado Hummus and Muhammara. Momed will be extending their hours for Sunday Summer Happy Hour -5pm with DJ Gant Johnson. $5 House Wine, $6 Mimosa, $5 Momo Chips, Avocado Hummus and house olives.

And a shout out to Spoke Bicycle Café – they weren’t serving food but offered a bicycle valet service that ensured the safety of everyone’s bicycles. Spoke is also about to open their restaurant, which I’m very excited about – stay tuned for an update on them.

Of course there were also many drinking establishments represented with Highland Park Brewery, Silverlake Wines, Eagle Rock Brewery, El Segundo Brewery, Strand Brewery Co, Greenbar Craft Distillery and Bon Vivant provided a cocktail demonstration.
The event featured live music and KCRW DJs and all the festival took place once again at The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens – a beautiful venue that is worth going to by itself.



Fly Right to Raven

Fly Right to Raven

You may well sprout wings and fly at the Raven Spa this Valentine’s Day. Imagine taking to the air with arms outstretched, body relaxed like Icarus in flight. Sun be damned, this traditional Thai massage will have you heading straight to the heavens. Your journey begins at the door—green tendrils, texture and teak welcome you, as you check in and receive a little care package: comfy clothes. As you don your relaxation uniform you literally leave yourself behind and enter the universe of peace and calm. A gentle waterfall compliments the sound of silence. No water buckets and chatting at this joint. You are the center of a still world. A chocolate and champagne greeting awaits you before you embark on your body-journey. Thai massage, also known as “lazy man’s yoga” involves a give-and-take stretch series. You are gently lengthened in a choreographed dance, while still receiving the oft-anticipated regular massage treatment. Foreheads are swept in rhythmic strokes, muscles are coaxed into submission—pressure points are pushed, all is well.   Yet this experience on the mat is more meditation than a massage. You notice your breath, you feel the dynamic energy of the massage. This is a conversation of bodies, and that is super sexy. The Raven Spa is the spot that will hit the spot.

Address: 2910 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

365 Whole Foods in Silverlake is open!

The long awaited Silver Lake 365 by Whole Foods is open!365 by Whole Foods

The first of it’s kind – this is a new type of Whole Foods geared towards Millennials.

So what’s different about this Whole Foods?

  1. Because the prices are lower, there are fewer choices of each product than a regular Whole Foods. On the plus side, there is a huge selection of fruit and vegetables, all beautifully displayed. And the vegetables are in a separated, cordoned-off area that helps reduce the energy needed to keep it cool, part of the 365 commitment to sustainability.
  2. The Silver Lake store is predominantly about food, meaning they don’t have skin care products or a large vitamin selection.
  3. There is a coffee/juice/wine/beer bar – and no, this doesn’t mean you can go shopping with a glass of wine in your hand (yes, I asked). Alcoholic beverages must be consumed within the designated area.
  4. There’s a café attached called CHLOE that is slated to open on Memorial weekend where you can get vegan goodness to eat in or to go.
  5. The display signs are digital, meaning every sign in the store can be changed through their computer system. Granted on opening day, they were still tweaking this system, but I think it’s a great idea.
  6. There’s an original artwork mural by a local artist that reads: “Silver Kale”.
  7. All the beef is purely grass-fed and all the chicken is California-raised.

365 by Whole FoodsYou’ll find everything organic you desire, even organic Jelly Beans (which don’t really qualify as a food in my book), and all the hip dietary trends – kombucha, paleo-friendly, gluten free, vegan, plant based, kosher, yerba mate, hand pressed juices, organically grown wines, biodynamic alcohols…you get the idea.

365 by Whole Foods Market President, Jeff Turnas says, “It’s Whole Foods quality at really great prices” – and he hopes that soon, this new concept will be everywhere.

365 by Whole Foods is located at 2520 Glendale Blvd in Silver Lake

Open daily from 8AM-10PM






Taste of the Eastside Food Festival


photo 4The “Taste of the Eastside” was held on May 1 at the Los Angeles River Center andphoto 2Gardens. The venue was gorgeous with magnificent trees, tiered fountains, Spanish tiled archways, ivy-covered walls, flower-filled terra cotta pots that made for a relaxing and enchanting environment. Vendors where set up in the various courtyards, and the public could sit picnic-style on the grass, hang by the fountains or stand at tables.


photo 5First up, Spoke Bicycle Café were set up at the entrance to valet your bicycle and to enter you into a raffle if you rode in. Spoke is a super cool hang on the bike path in the Frogtown area – open Thurs-Sun for bike repairs, rentals and coffee/snacks, please pay them a visit.

Once inside, it was hard to choose what to try first (at least it was for me) but I managed to calm down and systematically work my way around the grounds, sampling bites of joy. Here’s what I discovered:

Okipoki (507 S. Spring St)– they served up a little boat of heaven – Ahi tuna and seaweed. I love this type of food – tasty and healthy.

Madcapra (Grand Central market, DTLA) offered up their specialty, great falafel

photo 1The Argentine inspired Barcito (12th & Grand, DTLA) had mouthwatering chili garlic shrimp

OZU East Kitchen (3224 Glendale Blvd, LA) served grilled tofu that was delicious – more please!

Wax Paper (2902 Knox Ave) served up a yummy pulled pork sandwiches – you know you want one! Wax Paper is a relatively new little sandwich shop in Frogtown –

Kitchen Mouse Catering presented vegan and gluten free TLT sandwiches – Tempeh, lettuce and tomatoes –

foodtoteThe Juice (on Glendale Blvd) had samples of Green Milk made from brazil nuts, spinach, kale, coconut-cream, dates, vanilla and sea salt and another sample of Fuji apple, lemon and triple ginger which had a quite a tang to it – both were ridiculously good.

One of my favorite places, Momed had duck shawarma and avocado hummus available for sampling. And just so you know, Momed has a “no corkage” night every Wednesday (and they make amazing brussel sprouts)

And speaking of corkage – on the drink side there were wines by Silver lake wines (who are now in DTLA as well as in Silverlake), and beers from Eagle Rock Brewery, plus various other drink vendors, and a cocktail demonstration by Bon Vivant.

For the sweet tooth, The Donut Farm was a smash with their vegan donuts made with 100% certified organic ingredients, and Jenn’s Splendid Ice Cream made from grass-grazed milk, plus Gigi’s Bakery of Cuban pastries and Mexican breads.

photoOf interest was Boxed Water, who handed out their product with the promise of planting trees if you post a photo of their boxed water with the hash tag #ReTree the aim being to help them reach their goal of planting one million trees by 2020 – – come on, lets’ help them!

Two of the food vendors had not even opened yet: The San Fernando – will be opening in 2-3 months – And RBTA – will be opening in Highland Park. RBTA are right near a recently reopened bowling alley, The Highland Park Bowl, which is beautifully refurbished using the old pinsetters as chandeliers and sawed off pins to double as bar lamps. (SoCal plans to review all these places –please stay tuned)

Besides food, there was the Magnolia Photo Booth who caught these adorable young ladies in 1

And Master Vince Cecere was there to offer a $20 private class in American Old School Jujitsu (valued at $150) Master Vince has taught members of the FBI to members of the girl’s scouts – with ages ranging from 5-80.

Taste of the Eastside is entirely organized and staffed by volunteers and all proceeds from the event go to support local non-profits. The community beneficiaries of this year’s event were the Pablove Foundation (who fund pediatric cancer research and help children with cancer with music and arts programs) The Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School and Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) who envision a swimmable, fishable, boatable, bikeable Los Angeles River – yes, we want that, too!

photo 5Guests were free to meander through the Los Angeles River Visitor Center that houses a wall of information on the LA River’s history, its current status, and a vision for the River’s future. The history section displayed fascinating photos of a great flood that happened in 1938, causing millions of dollars worth of damage and killing 85 people. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again.

This was a well-planned, well-executed, and well-attended event. So let’s all say – WELL done, TOTE!


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