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Bob Schriner - who has written 34 posts on Swell City Guide.

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The Tragical History Tour -Hollywood, CA

Posted on 10 May 2014

Dearly Departed is the labor of Scott Michaels’ love of Hollywood’s glorious history and seedy undercurrent. The result is a tremendous tour of dark comedy, fascinating trivia and some downright gruesome happenings. Some quirky sightings that stuck out in my mind were Bela Lugosi’s cigar shop. For some reason I imagine him shopping in grainy, […]


South Place Hotel – London

Posted on 13 November 2012

London natives always seem to bristle at overcast skies. I guess being a former desert dweller from Arizona I will always associate clouds with relief.  So when driving up to London after a short trip to Brighton, the GPS told me I had 100 plus Kilometer’s to drive I took a certain comfort in having […]


Hotel Shangri-la – Santa Monica

Posted on 20 September 2012

Driving along Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica even in the thickest of traffic gives one a much different disposition than the three freeways that got me there. That change in attitude was a fitting transition as I drove up to the Hotel Shangri-la sparkling in the afternoon sun. As I walled into the lobby I […]


Eva Restaurant – Los Angeles

Posted on 01 August 2011

I walked up the steps to the restaurant and was reminded of those charming old house/restaurant conversions. I’m not sure what this building was originally purposed as, but its current form is very welcoming. Being seated on the front patio as the last daylight hours elapsed had a calm you wouldn’t think possible with rush […]


FIG – Santa Monica

Posted on 18 May 2011

When I first heard of my 6:30 dinner reservations I thought, why so early. Traffic down to Santa Monica was light and I arrived a little early. When I got to my table the sun was just was starting to take its evening bath. The scene was a perfect way to start our dinner.  We […]


The BLVD – Beverly Hills

Posted on 09 May 2011

Coming off of a rather disappointing visit to a downtown Italian disaster, I was looking for a dinner good enough to make me forget the last one. I know what you’re thinking, “Bob, that’s not fair of you to set the expectations of one restaurant so high.” Well skeptic, it might not be fair, but […]


Ivan Kane’s Café Wa S – Hollywood

Posted on 01 August 2010

By Bob Schriner
Stepping into Ivan Kane’s Café Wa s instantly makes one forget they’re at Sunset and Vine. Upon entry my pupils were immediately dilated by the vast space and quickly contracted to take in small details and decorations. The interior pairs French traditional with eclectic in a strangely compelling way that makes absurdity [...]


Shade Hotel – Manhattan Beach

Posted on 31 July 2010

Bob Schriner
After the stressful week that I was having, an escape to relaxing retreat not far from the beach was just what I needed. Just driving there I could feel the layers of tension unravel. By the time I arrived I felt like I was about to attend a party. Now that’s a disposition that Shade is in good standing to accommodate.


The Polo Lounge – Beverly Hills

Posted on 23 June 2010

Bob Schriner
With restaurants opening all over town at the hands of skilled planners, deep pockets and great chefs; there is a real challenge for the old guard to maintain. Just the same, I was excited to visit the Polo Lounge and see if this LA landmark was worthy of the legend [...]


Delphine – Hollywood

Posted on 05 April 2010

Bob Schriner The opening of the Hollywood W has been a long time in the making. I’ve stayed at Ws in other cities and had good and bad experiences. I must admit I was anticipating Delphine to be needlessly over the top, after all, this is Hollywood. When I walked through the hotel lobby and […]


Chaya – Venice

Posted on 22 March 2010

Bob Schriner Walking around Main Street in Venice I was amazed by how empty the streets were; traffic in cars and on foot was sparse. I wondered where all the people were, was this some night of the comet scenario? Then I walked into Chaya and realized that this is the place where everyone comes […]


CACHÉ – Santa Monica

Posted on 19 January 2010

Bob Schriner Tucked away in a cluster of businesses Cache sits just off Main Street in Santa Monica and proves to be worth finding. As a way of celebrating the warm LA winter we chose to sit outside. The patio at Cache is like no other, for starters, it feels too nice to be outdoors. […]


The Bread Bar – Los Angeles

Posted on 05 January 2010

By Bob Schriner

I arrived at the Breadbar after a stressful day. If that weren’t enough, I more frazzled by traffic that I suspect was made worse by holiday shoppers. I walked through the door and was met with a warm welcome that took all my tension away.
I took a seat in the corner and ordered [...]


Christmas in France at Sur La Table – Los Angeles

Posted on 19 December 2009

By Bob Schriner

I have always wanted to take cooking classes. Between a perpetually busy schedule and not really knowing where to take them, I was excited when I heard about Sur La Table’s Christmas in France. Our lesson started out with a quick introduction to chef Martin Gilligan and his staff. He then demonstrated the [...]


Fall Harvest at RH Restaurant – Los Angeles

Posted on 10 December 2009

By Bob Schriner Set as the house restaurant of the Andaz Hotel, RH feels like nothing you would expect from a Hyatt. The high ceilings and big open spaces made me suspect that we were going to be sort of detached from the rest of the room. Yet, when I was seated our waitress Lauren […]