A Taste of Santa Monica


Street mural just off Santa Monica’s Main Street

I live in the sprawling city of Los Angeles, which is composed of more than 100 multicultural neighborhoods. Over my 20 years here, I’ve enjoyed exploring most of them via their restaurants and bars, seeking a sense of their history and community, and the dishes, drinks and treats that’ll keep me coming back.  

One of my favorite repeat destinations is seaside Santa Monica, on L.A.’s far Westside. It’s also a favorite for Destination Food Tours, which shares my passion for culinary exploration. They recently invited me along on their A Taste of Santa Monica food tour and showed me a whole evening’s worth of places I’d never visited. 

The tour proved my theory that you don’t have to travel far afield to discover something new and exciting — you just have to leave your house.

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Museums LA: Visit Los Angeles Museums for Free


Chris Burden’s “Urban Light,” an installation of salvaged street lamps at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

I’ve lived in L.A. since ’93, and feel very proud of my city’s cultural offerings.

(And no, I don’t mean the Kardashians. But you’re very funny.)

I love our wide array of museums, featuring everything from art to rare books, history and random ephemera.

And huzzah:

Now through November 11, when you book two or more “Museums LA” nights at participating Los Angeles hotels, you receive two free admissions to 30 of L.A.’s most prestigious museums!

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Weird Houses of LA: Santa Monica

Adam and I lived in Santa Monica — a half-hour’s walk from the Pacific Ocean in westside Los Angeles — for five years. By the time we left in 1999, nothing weird had ever really happened in our neighborhood.

A mere three years later, this madcap creation was devised just seven blocks away from our old house. For several decades, it had been a plain old 1930s Bungalow, a common sight in this sprawling beachside town.

But then Louise Farnam discovered art.

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