Dine LA 2018

Dine LA 2018

Celebrate Dine LA 10th year anniversary with my top picks. You can eat your way through over 400 restaurants offering prix-fixe menus, by taking part in Dine LA you will get to explore some of the best restaurants in LA.

DineLA is a great reason to travel to Los Angeles, I loved visiting from San Francisco just for this.   Make sure to call ahead and make reservations on the link Below.


1. Gracias Madre

Fantastic vegan  Mexican food that keeps the rich flavors of traditional Mexican food.  Some standouts on the Dine LA menu are the margarita, coliflor frito (the most amazing cauliflower) jackfruit “carnitas” taco, the potato gorditas and of course the perfect guacamole.  Sit outside and enjoy the beautiful courtyard

2. E.P & L.P

View Dine LA menu here 

3. Pico 1 at Shutters on the Beach 

Lunch at a beautiful restaurant, with Cape Cod vibes, overlooking the beach with great atmosphere. To say the food and service here is amazing would be an understatement. I ordered off the Dine LA menu and started with the tuna tartare, very fresh. For the main course the waitress recommended the Jidori farms chicken salad with grapefruit, which was very good. Do yourself a favor and save room for dessert, oder the panna cotta with yuzu and coconut sorbet AMAZING! Ask to get seated in Andrea’s table, she is great.

4. Tar and Roses   

View Dine LA menu here

5. Heritage Wine   

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6. Union

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7. Officine Brera


Las Alcobas

I visited Las Alcobas Napa Valley during the Holiday season, which made my visit especially magical.  I visited the property, with a friend, specifically to dine at Acacia House by Chris Cosentino.  From the moment we arrived at the property I knew that I was going to fall in love.   The staff here has gone above and beyond at every step to provide luxury service that one would expect from a luxury hotel.  I was also lucky enough to indulge in a unique spa experience at Atrio spa.

This is the perfect romantic getaway or to catchup with girlfriends. I am excited to go back.


The pool area boasts heated pool, fire pits and very comfortable seating to lounge it.  I can see myself drinking many glasses of bubbly here while enjoying the views of the vineyards.



Acacia House


Enjoyed one of the best brunches of 2017 at Acacia House by the incomparable Chef Chris Cosentino.


Some highlights were:

HERBtonic: apple, basil, cilantro, cucumber, spinach, ginger juice

Turmeric Shot: Fresh turmeric root

Oranges & Dates: Fresh Oranges serves with dates, pistachios and mint

Bananas & almonds: almond butter, coconut, coco nibs and tonka bean

Buttermilk buckwheat pancakes served with mascarpone,  fruit and maple syrup

Croissant milk toast: croissant bread pudding French toast, vanilla and whipped mascarpone.  This blew my mind, the BEST French toast  I’ve had and I am picky when it comes to French toast

Purgatory: baked eggs, savory spicy tomato sauce, olives and fresh flat bread

Chilaquiles: enough said


Atrio Spa

Atrio is a aroma driven spa, my experience started with a customized blend of essential oils using a proprietary technique to find the best scent for me.  This blend was later used on me in the massage room.

The massage was magical, I left feeling renewed. Can’t recommend the spa enough.


Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley

1915 Main Street, St. Helena, CA, 94574, United States


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