Santa Monica's Milo + Olive serves up some seriously delish wood fired pizza and farmer's market inspired small plates and salads. The first time I ate there, about 3 years ago, I also had the most out of this world prosecco sangria -- I will never forget it! Their original space was tiny and always packed, so I was thrilled to see they have recently expanded into the space next door. Now that we have Brixton, sometimes we like to order our food to-go and eat at the tables and benches at The Brentwood Country Mart, which is nearby. That way B can run around and we can partake in some Sweet Rose Creamery (same owners!) after dinner.

I'll take all of this.

Yummy menu.

The original space looking as cute as ever.

I love all of the art on the walls in the new expanded area.

Sweet Corn Soup, Milo Chop Salad, Margarita Pizza and Tagliarini Bolognese. 

Best picnic ever!! xx

Milo + Olive is located at: 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica


It seems to me that Venice's Abbott Kinney is pretty much where it's at for restaurants these days. A few gal pals and I had a fun ladies' night out at Chef Casey Lane's The Tasting Kitchen. Featuring a daily changing "bill of fare," we tried a bunch of different dishes and drinks. Here's what went down.

Style is on point with the leather covered Eames chairs and the bare wood-top tables. Love the "indoor" trees.

Today's menu.

The frosted process coupe was a really nice touch, I gotta say.

Cheers, Ladies.

Warm housemate bread and butter is basically the best thing in the world. 

Five cocktails for four ladies. That's about right.

Charcuterie platter. The fluffy empanadas were fun to stuff with meats and burrata. 

Raddicchio Salad.

Pesce Crudo.

Muscles with Saffron Cream.

Tagliarini with Shrimp & Serrano, Roasted Lamb Leg and Creste di Gallo with Calabrian Sausage and Breadcrumbs

I think we tried almost every dessert.

Ice Cream is always king. Especially the house-made mint chip. Ladies night, every night? xx


The Tasting Kitchen is located at:

1633 Abbott Kinney Blvd.


Open for dinner 7 days a week and brunch on weekends.