• Enjoy Santa Monica Restaurant Week from January 6-12

    POSTED January 6, 2020
  • Enjoy Santa Monica Restaurant Week from January 6-12

    POSTED January 6, 2020

The new year kicks off with a quintessential Southern California culinary event: Santa Monica Restaurant Week! For the eighth year, the Santa Monica Travel & Tourism program celebrates the city’s renowned farmers markets by inviting local chefs to create a signature dish around a single seasonal and healthy ingredient. For 2020, that ingredient is the golden-orange kumquat, which is available at Santa Monica Farmers Markets during the winter months.

As the tourism board notes, the grape-sized citrus packs two flavors into its petite package, with a sweet edible peel and tart flesh. Rich in vitamin C and fiber, the kumquat also contains vitamin E and B vitamins, iron, magnesium and more.

During the weeklong event (January 6 to 20) diners will be able to discover the versatility of the kumquat, and event planners will experience the creativity of Santa Monica’s chefs at dozens of restaurants. Dishes include pumpkin toast with burrata, kumquats and pumpkin seed crumble at Little Prince; Baja-style yellowtail featuring kumquats as a garnish and in the

chile sauce; koji-fried quail in a kumquat and Calabrian chile sauce at the rooftop Calabra at Santa Monica Proper Hotel; and at the newly opened Socalo, which marks the return of beloved chefs Mary Sun Milliken and Susan Feniger to Santa Monica, salmon poke is flavored with kumquat ponzu.

“We are fortunate to have a city that boasts a proclivity of world-class restaurants, fueled by the fresh, local ingredients found at our four weekly Farmers Markets and bold practices of our beloved chefs,” says Misti Kerns, President/CEO of SMTT. “As a long-time resident of the beach city, Santa Monica Restaurant Week is one of my favorite times to enjoy our restaurant scene with friends and family, and I hope many of my neighbors do the same this year.”

Any time of year, you really can find it here. Minnesota's resorts are the perfect places to celebrate the state's vastly different but equally beautiful seasons. From drifting off to a peaceful sleep in the warm glow of a fireplace, to skiing down rolling hills of freshly fallen snow, Minnesota's colder seasons can be some of the most beautiful to take in the state's nature. But there's something special about the light dancing on the lake and the lush greenery of a Minnesota summer.


Café and Bar Lurcat is introducing new fare to its already bountiful menu. The D'Amico & Partners restaurant is welcoming new flavors from octopus and tuna to steak and farrotto that offer something for everyone's taste buds. Here's a look at their new (and some old) menu items.

Foie gras panna cotta, crab cakes, seafood tower crudité and caviar


This week, I was invited to experience the new direct flight from Dallas to Monterey, California (yeah, I know—tough job, right?). The night before, I stayed at The Aldophus Hotel in Dallas (seriously, I can’t believe I get paid for this) and enjoyed a wonderful tour of the property with Kristin Crawford, director of sales.