Mucho Ultima Mexican restaurant Manhattan Beach, California

Mucho Ultima has been open in Manhattan Beach for about a month now-it is the hip place to meet, get a handmade margarita and eat some food in Manhattan Beach. It occupies the site that used to house the restaurant Michi. I ordered the Pamarita margarita for $10. It's made with Herradura tequila and Pomegranate liquer-I quite enjoyed it-a bit sweet but very drinkable and good enough for me to order 2! The problem was that I went there wanting a drink and a small plate of food ie a taco, enchilada etc but you cant get that unless you're a kid! I had to order a plate that came with a choice of 3 items: taco, enchilada, burrito or a chili relleno and 2 sides. I really didn't want all that. And honestly for $19-the 3 items you pick are pretty small! But the creamed corn side was yummy!

I would say this is a good place to go for drinks, to meet and watch people-if you're not too hungry eat before you go and then you can order an appetizer or just eat chips!!! It's not your corner mexican restaurant-it's a bit more upscale! But they have a great selection of tequilas and a great atmosphere so I had fun and will definitely go back!


Morry's of Naples and The Backroom- Naples, California

Morry's of Naples has been opened since 1938 serving the Long Beach, Belmont Shore and Naples communities-with wine, beer, booze and gourmet foods-and now The Backroom open until 10pm tuesdays thru saturdays. I just got back from The Backroom-they had their holiday indulgence special- a wine flight of three wines plus three handmade truffles-each truffle paired with a wine all for $24.00. Lets just say I'd go there for the truffles alone! They are wonderful! But to be able to drink great wines, listen to music-tonight was an eclectic jazz group, and eat some wonderful appetizers and then end on the wonderful note of a truffle or two....yeah-lovely night! It was really a very enjoyable night. It's a very laid back place-it's hidden in the back of the wine/beer/booze store Morry's of Naples-hence the Backroom name....unless you know it's there you'd never find it!

It's just has a very friendly, down home feel-and everyone knows their wines!!!


Belmont Shore

Christmas Time in Belmont Shore. What a wonderful place-technically it's part of Long Beach but it definitely has it's own identity! The main drag of Belmont Shore is 2nd Street..filled with an eclectic mixture of shops,restaurants and of course every kind of coffee shop you can imagine. And yes-a very dog friendly area...most of the restaurants have outdoor seating. It was a little chilly today-due to yet another rainy storm-but still alot of people were taking advantage of the friendly neighborhood and were out walking the street, shopping or eating. That's Roadie the dog all dressed up in his christmas finest.

A must when stumbling upon Belmont Shore is to go into Buffalo Exchange-a used clothing store. You'd be surprised what finds you can get here! I love this store.

Food wise, if you want it they have it: american grill, pizza, sandwiches, greek, burgers, sushi, Lebanese, beer, french bakeries. You really don't have to leave Belmont Shore to get a taste of the world.

I've been going down to Belmont Shore for years- and a place I always seem to go back to is Murphy's Pub which sits above the Belmont Shore Athletic Club. They have an outside patio which looks down onto the street-during the summer months it can get a little rowdy up there!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 2am snack??? try The Shorehouse Cafe-it's open 24hours and pretty darn busy on the weekends!

My dog loved Whiskers-yes you guessed it a dog boutique. That's when we ran into Roadie he started barking when he saw us in the store-I think it's because he was having a silly hat and outfit put on him!

Come on down to Belmont Shore-a very quaint neighborhood with lots of pizazz! It epitomizes the small southern California beach community!


Vivoli Cafe and Trattoria on Sunset in Hollywood

Last nite a group of us had dinner at Vivoli Cafe and Trattoria on Sunset. It was a blind restaurant choice-we were going to see a movie at the DGA and it was one block from the theater. We made a reservation for 6 via for 5pm. It sits on the corner of Sunset and Laurel right across from the Laugh Factory and there is valet parking in the lot where the restaurant sits. I was first to arrive and was immediately seated at our table-they put us in the middle of the restaurant. They had a decent wine list-I drank a Paso Robles merlot for about $9 a glass and the others followed suit-others ordered a Pinot, a Cab, a Chianti..roughly $7-$9 a glass.

Since I'm a pescatarian I ordered the spinach filled ravioli. I ate it all. I thought it was quite tasty. They also had a lobster ravioli which I had thought about ordering. The pasta dishes were roughly priced around $12-$16 a plate and then the items From the Butcher were about $23-$28 per plate.

It's a very small place, quite intimate, and the service was very nice. We were treated wonderfully and had a great time! It's a very warm atmosphere-and all the servers are very friendly! It's a nice place to meet friends! We had 6 people who had appetizers, dinner and drinks and our bill was $220.

Check it out. We had a nice time-and considering I picked it because of its proximity to the DGA a great find! All the girls had a great time!!!

Vivoli Café and Trattoria
7994 Sunset Blvd. (two blocks west of Fairfax)
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Phone: 323-656-5050


Sunset in Malibu

Sunset in Malibu on December 5th on the eve of a big storm scheduled to hit southern california.