Articles by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Grand Opening Review - There's Something New To Be Happy About at Universal Studios Hollywood

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Grand Opening Review - There's Something New To Be Happy About at Universal Studios Hollywood The new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem 3-D attraction and Super Silly Fun Land officially opened at Universal Studios Hollywood under a shower of bright "minion colored" confetti and balloons

La Brea Bakery Grand Re-Opening Review - Celebrating 25 Years of Artisanal Bread Baking

La Brea Bakery Grand Re-Opening Review - Celebrating 25 Years of Artisanal Bread Baking To mark its 25th anniversary, La Brea Bakery opened its renovated flagship café, paying tribute to the bakery’s history and ongoing commitment to baking bread in an authentic hearth-baked tradition

DM Vineyards & Partners Wine Portfolio Review - Bringing Boutique Wines from Bordeaux to California

DM Vineyards & Partners Wine Portfolio Review - Bringing Boutique Wines from Bordeaux to California The new portfolio from DM Vineyards & Partners offers wines from boutique wineries in Bordeaux and Spain that have never been previously available to retailers and restaurants in the California market

The Mulligan Project's 4th Annual Moon Festival Review - Raising Money for Children with special needs in Asia

The Mulligan Project's 4th Annual Moon Festival Review - Raising Money for Children with special needs in Asia The Mulligan Project's 4th annual Moon Festival raises funds and awareness for educational needs of disabled children in Vietnam

Good Ol' Freda Review - The Story Behind The Story of The Beatles

Good Ol' Freda Review - The Story Behind The Story of The Beatles In 1962, a 17-year-old Liverpool teen was offered a job working as the secretary for a local band. For the next 11 years, Freda Kelly was there, as The Beatles became one of the most successful bands of all time.

California Pizza Kitchen Topanga Review - De-Chaining the Chain

California Pizza Kitchen Topanga Review - De-Chaining the Chain While maintaining the creativity that brought California Pizza Kitchen to the forefront of pizza innovation in 1985, the brand has moved in a California forward direction with a new décor and menu focused on sustainability and seasonal ingredients

Doonya Review - The Bollywood Dance Workout

Doonya Review - The Bollywood Dance Workout Developed by Kajal Desai and Priya Pandya, Doonya is an exercise program designed around Bollywood dance and music; the workouts are designed to burn fat, increase strength and improve balance, all while dancing high-energy Bollywood routines

Forbidden Fruit Review - Raising Awareness of Censorship and Protecting Freedom of Expression

Forbidden Fruit Review - Raising Awareness of Censorship and Protecting Freedom of Expression “Freedom of expression is the foundation of all freedoms.” By raising awareness that freedoms we take for granted are not enjoyed by everyone, PEN Center protects writers who suffer censorship and persecution for expressing themselves in writing.

Ritual Cafe & Wine Bar Review - Upscale Dining in Westfield Topanga Plaza's Luxury Court

Ritual Cafe & Wine Bar Review - Upscale Dining in Westfield Topanga Plaza's Luxury Court Located in Westfield Topanga Plaza’s Luxury Court, upscale Ritual Café is right at home between Neiman Marcus and Tiffany. With a great menu and extensive wine list, Ritual Café is the perfect spot for a light meal or post-shopping snack

Forbidden Fruit Preview - Readings From Banned Works of Literature

Forbidden Fruit Preview - Readings From Banned Works of Literature Forbidden Fruit benefits PEN Center USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the freedom of expression. The event will feature members of the Hollywood and Los Angeles literary communities reading aloud from banned books

American Harvest Organic Spirits Review - 100% American, Organic and Sustainably Produced Vodka

American Harvest Organic Spirits Review - 100% American, Organic and Sustainably Produced Vodka Made from organic wheat grown on a sustainable farm, American Harvest is handcrafted in small batches and distilled using water from aquifers beneath the Snake River. The result is an “All-American” spirit with a distinctive flavor.

Disneyland Candle Light and Processional Review - Disney's Best-Kept Holiday Secret

Disneyland Candle Light and Processional Review - Disney's Best-Kept Holiday Secret The “Happiest Place on Earth” transforms into the “Merriest Place on Earth” as Disneyland welcomes the holidays. The Candle Light Ceremony & Processional tells the story of Christmas through music and is one of Disney’s best-kept secrets

Forever Femme Fundraiser Review - Raising Money in Support of BRA Day USA

Forever Femme Fundraiser Review - Raising Money in Support of BRA Day USA As a collaborative effort between the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and breast cancer support groups and patients, events take place each year on BRA Day USA including lectures, advertising campaigns, and fundraising parties like Forever Femme

Least Among Saints Release Party Review – “From a battlefield or a broken home, the least among us become our saints.”

Least Among Saints Release Party Review – “From a battlefield or a broken home, the least among us become our saints.” You wouldn’t expect guests at a Hollywood party to pay for gift bags, but at the release party for "Least Among Saints", they were happy to give because the money was going to organizations that help veterans, a topic at the heart of this film

Long Beach, CA Review - Guess What’s In Your Own Backyard?

Long Beach, CA Review - Guess What’s In Your Own Backyard? There's a hidden gem in Southern California that even some natives don't know about. Long Beach is not just a day-trip destination; it's the perfect getaway for families or couples who are looking to get out of LA but don't want to get on a plane

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