Jewish Journal


By Joy Bennett

2 weeks ago

I recently tried Birchbox and found it was very pleasant, for $10 a month they ship you a cool collection of five makeup, hair products, or other beauty supply samples each month.  It's fun to look forward to, and you can cancel at any time; and also order more of something you like on their large, well-organized site.  Visit Birchbox.com for more information or to try it out.

  • The Curious Palate

    By Joy Bennett

    February 22, 2016 | 12:27 pm

    I recently enjoyed The Curious Palate, a casual but delicious restaurant tucked away near the recently opened ArcLight Cinema on the 3rd level of Santa Monica Place.  Excellent food, lovingly prepared, and not usually crowded, with a friendly staff who obviously really cares about presenting delicious, fresh tasting food.

  • Almost Interesting

    By Joy Bennett

    December 8, 2015 | 4:51 pm

    I just finished David Spade's book Almost Interesting and was pleasantly surprised -- he tells of his struggle to escape an unfortunate childhood and starting out in comedy, including the ups and downs of fame.  He tells about his insecurities while writing comedy, getting attacked by his assistant and other pitfalls of making it.  A most enjoyable read!

  • Brooklyn Film

    By Joy Bennett

    November 8, 2015 | 11:54 am

    Yesterday I saw the film Brooklyn, what a sweet, moving film about an Irish immigrant!  Very enjoyable, almost an old-fashioned feel to the film.

  • New Staples Sports Bar

    By Joy Bennett

    October 12, 2015 | 11:25 am

    If you are heading out to the Staples Center for a game soon, check out the new Draft Kings Fantasy Sports Bar and Lounge.  They have a nice menu and environment, and it's a comfy place to wait for the game to start!

  • Catch & Release

    By Joy Bennett

    August 10, 2015 | 6:29 pm

    This evening I tried the new Catch & Release fish restaurant in Marina Del Rey, a wonderful place.  Very fresh ingredients, lovingly prepared.  Friendly staff, too!

  • Ricki and the Flash

    By Joy Bennett

    August 10, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    We went to see Ricki and the Flash over the weekend, Meryl Streep was terrific!  Is there anything she can't do?  She makes so-so movies good and good movies spectacular just because she's there.  Rick Springfield was great, too!

  • Bru’s Wiffle Place

    By Joy Bennett

    July 22, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    Today for lunch I tried Bru's Wiffle Place, a cute and unique place in Santa Monica on Wilshire near 24th Street.  They have all sorts of dishes with waffles, burgers, chicken, desserts, and serve alcohol, a yummy place. Not open for dinner though, and it does get crowded!

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