Memphis at the Beach Cafe- A Comfort Food Spot Bringing Fine Dining with Soul to The Beach

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by Crystal A. Johnson – Los Angeles Examiner Comfort Food & Soul Food Restaurant Critic

A group of Manhattan Beach locals claim they are “…Bringing a little bit of Soul to the beach”, by partnering with Memphis Group to bring Memphis at the Beach Café. The Memphis Group has been around since 1995 and started with a small spot located in Costa Mesa. The Memphis at Beach Cafe take on the franchise is a large venue and very cosmopolitan. The Manhattan Beach location is known as the former post office to locals, situated on the corner of bustling Manhattan Ave. The streets are lined with a plethora of restaurants. Memphis at the Beach is no more than a block from beach and it’s pier. The outside of the restaurant features beautiful shades of blue and green glass surrounded by lush green organic faux grass with interiors warmed with eco-friendly high design furniture. The windows are large and the lighting is enticing to those who pass by.

None of the upscale trendy aesthetics scream Memphis or soul but once you sit down, see the families dining together, and  recieve a serving of cornbread then a sense of comfort comes over you. My dining companion and I quite enjoy the cornbread served with delicious honey barbecue butter. Being the child of Southern parents, I can guarantee that I know good cornbread. Before sampling the main course entrees, a pecan crusted goat cheese salad is served. It consists of arugula, beets, and yam chips with roasted garlic buttermilk vinaigrette. We are impressed with the plating of the salad and not once does the plating disappoint.

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Memphis at the Beach Cafe- A Comfort Food Spot Bringing Fine Dining with Soul to The Beach

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Japanese Cuisine: Nobu Restaurants- Located World-wide


(Robert DeNiro at the Opening of the new Cape Town restaurant)

Robert De Niro and Meir Teper are part owners of Nobu, a wonderful Japanese celebrity owned restaurant. Nobu Matsuhia is the main owner and chef who is very famous in his own right. Nobu has several great locations throughout the city with Tribecca location being the flagship.

Nobu has 24 restaurants in 20 different cities around the World.  The most recent opening were Nobu Cape Town and Nobu Moscow in the spring of 2009. A new location is underway in Mexico City. 

Nobu-5610549So what does the internationally reknown Chef  Nobu have on the menu?

Cold dishes such as Monkfish Pate with caviar are available for lunch.  If you are craving a hot meal then Chilean Sea Bass with black bean sauce is an option.

Visit : to find out if there is a location in your part of the world.

Terri Hatcher will host at the AIDS Walk Post Reception

Terri HatcherDesperate Housewives Star, Terri Hatcher will host the recption after the 25th Annual AIDS Walk in Los Angeles.  Joining Teri to commemorate 25 years of the world’s first AIDS Walk are San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land, Wilson Cruz, Darryl Stephens and other celebrities, along with APLA leaders and AIDS Walk Founder & Producer, Craig Miller. Overlooking the finish line from the third floor terrace, the Post-Walk Reception will be staged at the Pacific Design Center from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres by Wolfgang Puck will be served. There will also be an art installation with historical AIDS Walk photographs and memorabilia. To qualify for this one-time only event, you must raise $1,500 by the morning of the AIDS Walk. Passes for this event are required and will be distributed at the Star Walker Sign-In area*, located on the patio of the Pacific Design Center, on the northeast corner of Melrose and San Vincente. If you have already raised $1,500, or will raise that amount by the day of the AIDS Walk, and wish to attend this one-time only event, kindly RSVP to Scott at or call (213) 201-WALK (9255).

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Don’t know a walker, make it personal- Support Walker Debra Verin and see her fundraising efforts thus far:

An American Cancer Society Event At Spago’s With Private Practice Cast


With recent deaths of beloved celebrities Farrah Fawcett and Patrick Swayze, it is easy to understand why the American Cancer Society prides itself on being the official Sponsor of Birthdays.  Last Week the Shonda Rhimes and the stars of Private Practice gathered at Spagos to support the American Cancer Society.  (Read the story with commentary from Tim Daly and Kade Strickland)

MCCN Reviews: D’Cache Latin Fusion Cuisine in Toluca Lake,CA

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Review by Crystal A. Johnson
D’Cache Restaurant not just a place to eat but it is an exotic romantic experience. The food, live music and décor fuse to make this Latin fusion cuisine spot one of the best dining experiences in LA. Located on 10717 Riverside Dr., don’t let the big sign and the inconspicuous entry way fool you. Once entering the walkway to the 1928 Spanish Mission style building, things start to change as you see the beautiful water fountain. When entering through the doors you are transported to a romantic and elegant European spot.   Goodbye to Toluca Lake….  (Click link Below to read rest of review)