Funky Reel Inn in Malibu

Walking into the Reel Inn in Malibu with sand between my toes is one of my favorite summer activities.  We have to visit this funky order-at-the-counter and serve-yourself fresh fish market/cafe at least twice a year.

There is always a line to order your fresh grilled fish meal. Sometimes it’s out the door, other times it’s near the large fish aquarium.  No worries, it moves quickly and there are plenty of seats inside and out on the patio.

Last Sunday we ordered fresh halibut and swordfish for $17.95 each. All the items offered are listed on a big chalkboard. Give the cashier your name and it will be called once the fish is grilled. The white plastic plate always has a generous portion of fish, plus a side of delicious potatoes with grilled onions and a chunky cole slaw. 

It’s not ocean-front dining, however if you snag a wood booth next to the window, you can sneak a peek at the glorious Pacific Ocean beyond the line of cars on PCH. It’s a great stop, allow the traffic its time to die down, and then head home after a wonderful day at the beach.

We’ve been coming since our oldest was in her infant seat. Sometimes we sit inside, but during the summer we grab a table on the wood deck or down on the gravel patio.

Beers on draft at $5 and a glass of house Chablis or burgundy is only $3.50. Share 1/2 a carafe for $6.50.

There has been a threat for years that this dining dive will close.  The nearby market and old motel are long gone.  I’m always pleasantly pleased when I see the sign out front with some corny saying like – “Green Eggs and Clams.” Oh now that sounds appetizing.

Don’t expect fine dining or impeccable service. This is a great beach/surfer place to sit down to a nice piece of grilled fish and a cold beer.

18661 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265-5528 ( near PCH and Topanga Canyon)
(310) 456-8221
Open Daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Summer Peach/Strawberry Pie

 One of my favorite baking activities is making a pie for my family.  It enhances my kitchen with the sweet smell of fruit and crust. It’s guaranteed to put a big smile on everyone’s face.

This recipe is very easy.  Try it! Be sure to have vanilla ice-cream on hand.

Go to Trader Joe’s and buy a crate of fresh peaches and a basket of organic strawberries. Don’t forget a package of  refrigerated pie crust. (It tastes as good as homemade and isn’t as time consuming.)

Cut about seven peaches into 1/4 inch slices. Next, slice about 10 ruby-red strawberries in half.

Get a bowl and add 1/3 a cup of flour. Add 3/4 a cup of sugar, a pinch on cinnamon, a dash of vanilla and 1/4 cup of butter.  Mix them together until the mixture is crumbly.

Place a layer of peaches and strawberries on top of the pie crust.  Next, layer the crumbly mixture on top of the fruit. Repeat until both the fruit and mixture are all in the pie dish.  I layered three times.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. It tastes divine with ice-cream of fresh whipping cream.  Enjoy!

Pigs are Flying in Little Tokyo

Rick and I had the opportunity to meet celebrity gourmet food truck chef, Joe Kim at his new cafe, Flying Pig. Ever since his debut on Oprah and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, Kim has attracted quite a following on Facebook and Twitter. Fans crave his braised pork belly bun, duck fried rice and peanut butter carnitas.

Now with an urban chic cafe half a block from the Japanese American Museum, Kim offers draft and bottle beers, wine and sake to be paired with his fresh halibut with a spicy chocolate sauce and pineapple salsa or a marinated skirt steak with lemongrass, garlic and green curry.

Prices are reasonable, atmosphere is fun and if all goes well, Kim is planning to open another cafe in Hollywood, maybe on Sunset Blvd.

Follow the Flying Pig truck daily by going to

The cafe is located at 141 S. Central Ave. (213)621-0300.

Free Slurpee today at all 7-Eleven stores


Today is 7-Eleven, Inc.’s 84th birthday. Participating 7-Eleven® stores across the nation will celebrate by giving customers a free 7.11-oz size Slurpee® beverage to thank customers.  Come into a 7-Eleven today for a free Slurpee® in a cup specially designed for this day while supplies last.  Fans in SoCal will get an extra treat by participating in a variety of prize-winning games to round out the birthday celebration

As a special birthday treat, select 7-Eleven stores in Los Angeles and Orange County will hold a series of competitions, including timed Slurpee-drinking contests and one-minute 7-Eleven-themed challenges. Winners will be rewarded with exclusive 7-Eleven prizes including the chance to have the Slurpee Truck come to their house or 84 days of free Slurpees®!

Celebrations in Monrovia and Orange County will take place simultaneously with the grand celebration at the newest SoCal 7-Eleven in Downtown Los Angeles featuring:

  • Official birthday cake-cutting ceremony with LAPD and City Council representatives
  • Appearances by the Laker Girls
  • Free Slurpees® from the Slurpee Truck
  • Live Music  

Where:            Downtown Los Angeles (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)  848 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Cross Streets 7th and Figueroa

 East Los Angeles (12 – 3 p.m.) 922 West Duarte Road, Monrovia 91016

 Orange County (12 – 5 p.m.) 13472 Euclid Street, Garden Grove CA 92843


Movie – Zookeeper

Hotel Commonwealth in Boston celebrates the summer release of the film Zookeeper (in theaters July 8, 2011) with a new package that brings families up close and personal with the movie’s animal stars. The package includes tickets to see Zookeeperand admission to nearby Franklin Park Zoo in Boston , where many of the movie’s scenes were filmed with star Kevin James.

This package includes:

  • Four passes to Franklin Park Zoo
  • Four tickets to see Zookeeper at nearby Fenway Cinemas
  • Welcome backpacks for the kids stuffed with slippers from LLBean, a bedtime story, flashlight and the hotel’s signature Terry Bear
  • Homemade cookies and milk upon arrival
  • Board games and a family-friendly DVD selection available

Starting at $359.00  

Zookeeper begins in theaters July 8th.

Additional children can be accommodated for $40/each. For more information, please go to this site: