10 Chefs to Follow … To the Ends of the Earth

10 Chefs to Follow … To the Ends of the Earth

The foodie world is so large and yet, thanks to Instagram, so very small. Scottish langoustines can be seen from Prague to Oklahoma; a Tuscan heirloom tomato’s swirling reddish colors can be viewed by epicurean eyes in France. Or Switzerland. Or Thailand. Or from Aunt Edna’s basement where you’re currently sleeping on a

10 Street Artists To Follow … To The Ends Of The Earth

10 Street Artists To Follow … To The Ends Of The Earth

No longer is street art performed under the cloak of darkness, spray paint in hand, by talented artists whose work isn’t just revolutionary, it’s downright illegal. These days, cities commission street artists to brighten up buildings and parks with their creations and the result, the official crosswalk of art and public space, is mind-blowingly

This is Meryl Streep’s Best (Sushi) Role Yet

This is Meryl Streep’s Best (Sushi) Role Yet

[Photo Credit: @TasteOfStreep] It’s Friday night and I’m bored. Let’s run away together to a world of adventure, where popcorn and cupcakes are basic food groups and Meryl Streep luxuriating inside a tall glass of pink lemonade is considered art. Oh wait, that last one’s already a thing. I refer,

Celebs on Sandwiches: Why Fame and French Bread May Be Hollywood’s New ‘It’ Couple

Celebs on Sandwiches: Why Fame and French Bread May Be Hollywood’s New ‘It’ Couple

[Photo Credit: @CelebsOnSandwiches] The greatest thing about Instagram sensation, Celebs on Sandwiches, isn’t its beautifully sketched renderings of celebrities. Or its sandwiches. Don’t get me wrong, a drawing of Drew Barrymore posing atop a grilled mac ‘n’ cheese or Taylor Swift sitting on a fried chicken sandwich like she’s in a Japanese jazz bar and

Coming Up Roses

Coming Up Roses

“You’re on in five,” said Benji, the entertainment manager of Sully & Co. Burger Bar in downtown Santa Barbara, who wore a silver ring on each of his long-nailed fingers and smelled of whiskey, cigarette smoke and sweat. Usually this was the time backstage when Lennie’s band—The Backward Compliments—would huddle

Sunshine Blues on a Rainy Day

Sunshine Blues on a Rainy Day

It’s raining today in Newport Beach. And not a romantic, heavy downpour kind of rain but a slow, lazy drizzle that makes you want to stay inside with a cup of coffee and watch Food Network marathons all day while wearing your pajamas. Random example. But from what I hear,

Pizza Cat

Pizza Cat

The rumors are true. The Pizza Cat is real. How do I know, you might ask, skeptical gleam in your eye, that such a creature exists? Have I seen this mystical, mozzarellical thing and lived to tell the tale? Did I run into one, many moons ago, stumbling out from

The Art Director

The Art Director

It was late in the day, the light tinny and waxen, a final push of sunshine before darkness. But morning or midnight, the time mattered little to a broody art director named Simon; every molecule of air around the Sour Milk Gallery had been curdled with failure for weeks. He lit

A Morning with Mr. Moonshine

A Morning with Mr. Moonshine

By Melissa Marni It was early morning in early fall. The world was dark, as it tended to be on autumn days such as this, newly unfolded and still smudgy from whatever was left of the night. A hum, low but gentle, rumbled not far behind Peter Luck, who was

A FERRIS WHEEL OF THANKFULNESS

A FERRIS WHEEL OF THANKFULNESS

It’s always important to take a moment to be thankful for those who give thanks. (It made sense in my head.) So, in the name of starting some awesome cyclical Ferris wheel of thankfulness, I dedicate my late night ramble to Emilia Leigh, who recently gave a shout out to

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