New Summer Camp In Encino

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Sponsored Kids loose one third of the knowledge gained during the school year, each summer! If you’re kids aren’t going to summer school, are you considering summer camp? You can help your kids hone their edge over summer vacation with a … continue reading . . .

Mother’s Day Kicks Off Sunday Brunch At Yamashiro Hollywood

California lifestyle at Yamashiro

Yamashiro Launches Sunday Brunch Series Starting Mother’s Day 2017 Originally built in 1914, Yamashiro (“Mountain Palace” in Japanese) took inspiration from classical Asian art and architecture. The Bernheimer Brothers, who originally owned the property, brought the Pagoda over from Japan. … continue reading . . .

Let’s Get Outside! Outdoor Play

Outdoor Play

Fall Outdoor Play When temperatures begin to fall we love to get the family outside. Hiking, biking and even long walks with our dog are even more enjoyable when the air is cool and the breeze is brisk. We love … continue reading . . .

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

CELEBRATE ST. PATTY’S DAY WITH ONE OF L.A.’S BIGGEST PARTIES AT TAM O’SHANTER! Legendary Restaurant Starts Full Day of Special Events at 11:00am!   Can’t make it out for the festivities? See EncinoMom’s recipes to make at home, below! Tam O’Shanter, a … continue reading . . .

Sprouts Farmers Market

First time at Sprouts Farmers Market As the new year starts and resolutions, goals and dreams abound, I am struck by the power of little changes that bring big results. Making small choices daily, like choosing water instead of soda, can really … continue reading . . .

Santa Monica Gets a Cheesecake Factory

Cheesecake Factory review by Mike Anderson for EncinoMom Magazine.

I’m a die-hard foodie. I hunt out every local cart, truck, farmer’s market, pop-up, and Mom-and-Pop-hole-in-the-wall to sample their kimchi-marinated, locally-foraged truffle tacos with charred shiitake ash. So it is with some trepidation I admit my guilty pleasure… I love … continue reading . . .

Mikey and the Chocolate Factory

John and Kelly of John Kelly Chocolates in Hollywood, California.

Mikey and the Chocolate Factory Today I toured John Kelly chocolates in Hollywood, because sometimes life is really hard and you have to go sample delicious fine chocolates. The tour began several feet from the door, as the wonderful aroma … continue reading . . .

LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour

2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour

LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour What do you think when you hear the term “modern home?” What do you feel? What visuals, temperature, textures, auditory senses are conjured? I’ll tell you what I used to think: bland, cold, stern, … continue reading . . .

CPK’s New Menu Will Keep You Coming Back

Get your taste buds ready! California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has a new menu that is sure to keep you coming back for more. The new cocktails, lunch, and dinner options are both tasty and affordable. The only hard part will be choosing … continue reading . . .

Alpine Village Oktoberfest

Alpine Village Oktoberfest In Torrance, CA. Photo by Melissa Lambarena for EncinoMom.com.

Alpine Village Kicks Off Oktoberfest In Torrance! Have you ever been to a party that lasted two and a half weeks? Sounds like quite a celebration. Odds are that if you haven’t been to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest you haven’t partied … continue reading . . .

Estérel Unveils Makeover At The Sofitel

A corner of Le Jardin at the Estérel inside the Hotel Sofitel in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Melissa Lambarena for EncinoMom.com

Estérel Makeover The Estérel restaurant unveiled its makeover including two unique and colorful new spaces, “Le Jardin” and “The Aviary”. It showcased the new design and decor at its opening in July where many Angelinos showed up to take in the … continue reading . . .

Costco Opens In Woodland Hills

JoDee Taylor & Amanda from Costco.

Costco Opens In Woodland Hills at 21800 Victory Boulevard By Kathy Rappaport Wow;  I was so honored to collaborate with Lisa Keating of EncinoMom Magazine. We’ve worked together on a few projects in the past, but for me this one was special! Could … continue reading . . .

Fun Foods of the LA County Fair!

A Mind-Blowing Time at the LA County Fair!

Fun Foods of the LA County Fair! By Mike Anderson “Did you take your heartburn medicine?” my wife knowingly asked as I left to indulge in the LA County Fair food preview. As a born-and-raised Midwesterner my veins run (slowly) … continue reading . . .

Falling Is Stoping; A Lesson In Skateboarding

Santa Fe Skate School Grad Sticker

Hey, Falling IS stopping! Join us for a beginner’s skateboarding lesson at Skate School in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Joe Lehm. I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about getting on a board yourself, but believe me, if I … continue reading . . .

Santa Fe Street Fashion Show

Santa Fe Street Fashion Show, curated by Executive Director of Santa Fe Street Fashion Week, Amy Shea   Friday night, August 28th, 2015 marked the first ever Santa Fe Street Fashion Show. Executive Director, Amy Shea is serious about the … continue reading . . .

Tips And Snack Picks For Road Trips

road trip tips for your best vacation ever

We kick off this episode with a couple of our favorite road trip tips and then launch into an epic test drive of car trip snack picks. Many of today’s tastes are new to market and boast GMO free grains … continue reading . . .

Falling For Santa Fe

view of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

We took a road trip on route 66 headed for Santa Fe New Mexico.  We wanted to see for ourselves what the City Different was all about. I have to tell you we fell hard and I’m not just saying … continue reading . . .

Mixology Class at the Hard Rock Café

Hard Rock Café Mixology Class.

Do you know the origin of Vodka? How to make the perfect Martini? I don’t — nor do I care to take a look behind the scenes at the world of mixology, unless you’re talking about my beloved Gin, then … continue reading . . .

Hollyhock House

Light filled corridor at the Frank Lloyd Wright Los Angeles masterpiece Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Art Park.

The Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, Hollyhock House, reopened on Friday, February 13th, 2015, after a 3 year long restoration project. Built for Aline Barnsdall as part of her vision for an arts center, this was Wright’s first foray into Los … continue reading . . .

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