FOH – “FRONT OF THE HOUSE” A FEAST FOR THE SENSES...

              I was invited to try a new menu at a super-cool restaurant in Downtown LA. I hesitated at first, knowing that it was going to be a long journey from Santa Monica to Flower Street. But I braved the traffic anyway, always game for a new menu tasting. The restaurant was FOH, which means “front of the house.” Cute name. We walked in. Cute waiters. Cute place. My husband and I were shown to a comfortable booth. Guess where? At the front of the house! We settled in, ready for a good time. What we didn’t know was how large the “tastes” were going to be! Yowza. We ordered our drinks first. FOH has an eclectic wine list, with a decent price range. Scanning the list, my eyes traveled to Italy, France, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Australia, even Serbia before heading back to California. I chose a Cuvaison Chardonnay from the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. It’s $15.00 a glass, or $58.00 a bottle. While sipping my wine, I begin to survey the cocktail list. Whoever designed the menu was a computer programmer prior to becoming a mixologist. The drink menu was designed like a navigation page. “In the Sticks” was one area, “Nice and Refreshing” in another area, as well as “Good and Strong” (how I like my drinks and my men) and Well Worn Path (the way I felt after the drive from Santa Monica). For example, a drink listed in the “In the Sticks” section included the “Tourist Trap,” made from FOH Rum blend, lime, Orgeat, Tiki mix and bitters. The limit on ordering this was only two. A good first date drink. Another example was the “Nooner,” located in the “Nice and Refreshing”...

Burning the Candle At Both Ends!...

I woke up with a bad cold today. Maybe it was because in the last two weeks, I got an average of 6 hours of sleep a night, partied every night the first week with friends in Chicago, and when I got back, worked an average of 15 hours a day to catch up, ate like crap, and to top it off,  managed a grand opening event for a client in their emergency room – disease central! Time to get my shit together. I’m not in my 30s anymore. I used to be able to do that and more, but lately, my energy is running noticeably lower, now that I’ve surpassed the big 5-0. But, I am convinced it doesn’t have to be that way.  I took some time to inquire about what are the top things I should do to maintain the highest level of energy. Here are a few tips, especially for women, I found from visiting Web MD and a variety of other sites: Don’t Skip Breakfast — or Any Other Meal Web MD reports that studies show folks who eat breakfast report being in a better mood, and have more energy throughout the day. Also, I came across studies published in the journal of Nutritional Health that found that missing any meal during the day led to an overall greater feeling of fatigue by day’s end. Ok, so my diet sucks. I will be better about this. It’s now 12:18, and I haven’t had breakfast yet. Increase Your Magnesium Intake Eating a balanced diet can help ensure your vitamin and mineral needs are met. But, according to Web MD,  if you still find yourself pooped, you could have a slight magnesium deficiency. (I am quite sure they don’t mean a...

The Power of the Blow Job!...

Check out The Power of the Blow Job on Leno!! https://cision1.box.com/s/2dpibrxu494pke2vqvgk Ok, ladies and gentlemen, it’s not what you think! This is a story on Dry Bars, a hair salon where all they offer is professional shampoos and blow jobs — as in blow dry! It’s kind of like your mom or grandma used to do, once a week, and never touched it until the next week she went to the beauty parlor. This is a hip, new updated version of the concept, and the perfect pick-me-up for your hair. It’s only $35.00, less than a mani-pedi, and you come out looking much better than you did walking in. And one opened in Santa Monica. I took a friend there recently, who is always looking for the perfect relaxed curl for her long, very curly hair. We walked into the sunny place, with yellow as the anchor color of the interior and accessories, and cool dance music flooded the airwaves. We were led to the dry bar and asked to take a seat. By the way, it wasn’t quite a dry bar — we were offered mimosas the minute we sat down, which we gladly accepted. The next step of the process was choosing a specific blow-out. The owners are super-creative with their branding — descriptions of everything mimic a bar menu. There were five styles to choose from. We were asked to” Pick Our Poison.” “Straight Up” was simple and straight; “Manhattan” was sleek and smooth, “Southern Comfort” was big hair with lots of volume; the “Cosmopolitan” was lots of loose curls and the “Mai Tai” was messy and beach-y. My friend chose the “Cosmopolitan,” aka “lots of loose curls.” The first step in the process was to shampoo her hair, using Happy...

The Fountain of Youth Has Gone to the Dogs!...

I love animals. I mean love, love, love animals. Sometimes more than most people. I have decided to get a dog. I told my resistant husband that getting a dog it a great way to  improve the quality your of life, feel better, and look younger. (He went for it!) And it’s true. Want to lose weight, eat better, improve health certain health conditions?  Get a dog. Here’s how: You can’t let a pet go without food, so you’ll have to go to the grocery store on a regular basis. Start them out on a good brand of food found at Whole Foods or a similar venue. Then you can shop for yourself and your dog at the same store. Some of the dog food they carry at Whole Foods looks better than some of the steaks I’ve seen at those “other” grocery stores! You can’t keep a dog inside your house all the time, (especially if they poop, and they all do) so you’ll be “forced” to take a daily walk, keeping you and the dog in great shape. My trainer, Fabian, says all you need is to walk two miles a day, every day, to begin to see a difference. My new dog will made sure of it. And,  If you take your dog to your local dog park, you’ll be able to meet other dog enthusiasts, or maybe find a new love (for those who are single.)  I am certain that dog parks have a “pick up” rate higher rate than any tragically hip nightclub or bar. Certain health ailments and conditions have been shown to be improved by having a pet. Sitting and stroking a cat lowers blood pressure – yours and the cat’s. I’ve read that even people with...

Healing With a Prayer, a Master and a Chair!...

My beloved kitty, Humphrey, died a couple of weeks ago. I cried all night long and all day long. My eyes were puffy and red and I was exhausted. I worked that whole day. Most sane people would have gone right to bed after work, but my friends talked me into going to a 3-hour  yoga class. It will make you feel better, they said. Besides, they said, it’s a new kind yoga, called Shakti Naam, and it was beingtaught by the founder himself, Dr. Michael Joseph Levry. I acquiesced, thinking to myself that I would just cry if I went home. Maybe I would feel better. Mind you, I have not done yoga in a very long time. I was NOT in the mood to be twisted into a pretzel or stand on my head. I started with an hour-long introductory class, teaching the basics, how to stand (hips tucked under, all five toes gripping the floor, neck tall, head square.)  Ok, I can handle that. Then came a series of simple, but effective poses and several  healing chants. I was beginning to relax into it. And I did begin to feel better. The hour flew by. I was ready for the master, Dr. Michael Joseph Levry. My friends situated themselves around me, giving me moral support. But, they also put a chair right behind me, in case I had to rest or sit down. Really?  No frickin’ way. I may be a tad over 50, but I am in decent enough shape to get through this. At 7:30 p.m., Dr. Levry  stepped on to the platform. He held command of the group in a strong, yet loving way. He started a welcome prayer. As I listened, I realized that it was for...