Category: Seafood

  • Off the Hook Seafood Festival 2016

    Off the Hook Seafood Festival 2016

    If there was a theme to this year’s Off The Hook Seafood Festival, it was raw tuna and grilled oysters!  At least three restaurants were serving some variant of raw tuna, be it in hand roll, taco, poke, or tostada form.  And two participants were grilling up some beautiful oysters (with another serving them raw).  […]

  • Off The Hook Santa Monica Seafood Festival 2015

    Off The Hook Santa Monica Seafood Festival 2015

    The inaugural Off The Hook seafood festival took place at the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  Benefiting Seafood for the Future, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nonprofit seafood sustainability program, the event featured food from over 20 restaurants and drinks from Shock Top, a major sponsor, and other wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic […]

  • Santa Monica Yacht Club

    Santa Monica Yacht Club

    My family and I are big fans of chef-owner Andrew Kirschner’s highly acclaimed restaurant Tar & Roses—I’ve reviewed it twice on this blog.  Last month, when my parents were in town, we had to find a place for dinner, and my wife suggested T&R.  She hadn’t heard that a fire had shut down the restaurant earlier […]

  • Ceviche Project at Skybar

    Ceviche Project at Skybar

    Last month, I experienced one of those “only in L.A.” moments that I’ve encountered just a handful of times since moving to the left coast over a decade ago.  I found myself at Skybar in the Mondrian Hotel in the heart of West Hollywood, surrounded by beautiful people, enjoying gorgeous seafood paired with fancy cocktails.  […]

  • Maré at Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese

    Maré at Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese

    In the back of chef Eric Greenspan‘s eponymous Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese shop, through a freezer door—complete with a horizontal latch handle on one side, and an inside release button on the other—is Maré, an al fresco-only restaurant-within-a-restaurant.  Less exclusive-supper-club and more neighborhood-hidden-gem, the diminutive restaurant’s diminutive menu is well focused and affordable, and the staff […]