Colorful Cove

The tide pools of Abalone Cove inspire an earthy, autumnal palette.

All these Dunn-Edwards paint colors are available at Dunn-Edwards Paints in Torrance. 310-378-0740,

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Team Riva

I am glad to count Chef Jason Travi and the team at new Santa Monica hotspot Riva as my friends, so want to acknowledge that bias from the outset. I am rooting for Riva! Not that this second opening from the dream team that brought us Fraîche in Culver City needs it, as their fan base is already quite extensive. Riva is Chef Jason’s spin on Italian coastal cuisine with a nod to some seriously good pizza; with his wife/partner Miho handling pastry, manager Thierry Perez on wine and partner Keith Fox watching vigilantly, this same quartet of talents has finally brought “real” Italian food and wine to Santa Monica.


From Coastal to Country

The family ranch is long gone, but the prospects of modern ranch living are as wide open as the Western territory. The potential buyer in search of space, nature and rustic recreation need not compromise luxury to “rough it”. A vast number of properties in hotspots like Colorado, Idaho and Montana feature gorgeous, upscale estates, some standalone homes, other attachments to sprawling, working ranches.


Game Changer

Two of the South Bay’s finest brokerages merge to create a local real estate powerhouse with global reach.

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