Malibu’s Gravina Restaurant

“Giuseppe of Ago brings his fine cuisine to Malibu”
Gravina in Puglia.,is an Italian municipality in the Southern Italian Province of Bari. it is sited along a river of the same name in the Western Murgia geographical area of Apulia. It’s the seat of Alta Murgia National . Gravina (meaning grain and wine) was home to Giuseppe Segreto, who has been involved in many great restaurant ventures of the past 30 years, including Toscana Brentwood. The design of his new restaurant ,located in the former home of the Sage Room , is simultaneously elegant and casual with such creative touches as wine bottle chandeliers..
I had the good fortune to dine at Gravina twice since it opened and am happy to report the food is fabulous and they now serve some wonderful wines to compliment their fine Italian cuisine. My first visit I enjoyed the excellent rack of lamb while my companions enjoyed delicious steak au poivre . My most recent visit was with my friend Diana,a fellow realtor (recently relocated from NYC) . We shared a delicious, locally sourced Rucola  which is arugola with shaved parmesan and balsamic dressing ,followed by tagliatelle with bolognese for me and delicately prepared filet of sole for Diana. I drank a tasty Sangiovese  while Diana sipped a full bodied Cabernet. We finished our meal with a yummy fresh berry tart .  Giuseppe’s wife Mariella  and her sous chef from Ago get  kudos for the great kitchen .

Gravina will be open on Easter Sunday for dinner from 5PM to  9 PM serving their regular menu .Reservations Recommended

$$$ (30-50) · Italian Restaurant

28925 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, California 90265(310) 457-0711 open 5:00 pm – 9::30 PM    

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Malibu”Guy” a Rescue Cat’s Tale

“It takes a Village”

A few weeks ago my neighbors began feeding a lost cat. The poor thing was frightened, hungry and cowering under a bush.  As we all began to feed and talk to the young cat he befriended us; especially  a couple of nice young boys who petted him and rubbed his belly.  We were all worried about the kitty living outside and so, after some considerable effort, I was able to get animal control  (very kind officer Hollis) to take him to the shelter. I was his last resort (having 2 grown cats already). The good news is, only a week later, the kitty named “Guy” by shelter volunteers found a new home with a nice family and their little boy.

There are many great lost or abandoned cats (Guy was neutered so must have had a home at one time) waiting for homes at the Agoura Animal Shelter and  Spunky’s Rescue Ranch.

These two cuties below are available at Spunky’s Rescue Ranch in Malibu:

Shauna is an affectionate 5 year old Rag Doll. She likes all the attention to herself. She is a great companion cat with long bunny fur that loves brushing.

Freckles is a young Bengal mix. A playful, confident and affectionate cat. She likes to have a cat friend , as well as participate in all her human’s activities.


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Trancas Country Mart Welcomes Vintage Grocers

“Grand Opening March 5th 2014 at 9 AM”
The long awaited local market is becoming a realty this Wednesday, as Vintage Grocers opens it doors at the Trancas Country Mart. It has been almost 3 years since Trancas Market closed its doors in August 2011 leaving West Malibu residents with Pavilions as its only near by grocery.  Pavilions’ lack of parking, long lines and less than desirable food selections added insult to injury; forcing many in Malibu to shop outside of the community.

This Wednesday’s Grand Opening will be a true celebration for all of Malibu as Market Director Eric Fuchser  (former Market Director for Bristol Farms) fulfills his dream of opening a fabulous gourmet grocery. I met with Eric a little over a week ago and got a tour of his”work still in progress ” and I peeked in yesterday to see his progress. The store is beautifully designed with polished concrete floors, dark wood appointments and many gourmet and organic offerings to please the fussiest shopper.There will also be an open cafe in front of the store where one may enjoy a coffee, pastry or sandwich. I am also excited about the Pizza oven and great wine section featuring many local vineyards!

Vintage Grocers is a great addition to the rural but sophisticated West Malibu lifestyle.

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The Mendenhall Estate

The Mendenhall Estate

“Spectacular Tuscan Estate in the Santa Monica Mountains”

The Menedenhall Estate is situated in a serene pastoral setting between Malibu Beach and the West San Fernando Valley.  The estate is situated on approximately 16 acres. The lushly landscaped acres (adjacent 7 acre parcel also available for simultaneous purchase) are each zoned for horses w/ space & water to accommodate a vineyard. The appx. 12,000 sq. ft residence. (incs. 4 car garage, loggia w/ fireplace, outdoor media room)  an add’l appx. 2,000 sq. ft. of hardscape entertaining areas plus built in bbq., bar, 4 gazebos , gardens, landscape lighting and outdoor music system. 65′ pool w/hot tub and baby pool; sunken N/S tennis court; 500 ft long back yard; outdoor showers, Italian bocce, media room/game room/ intercom system and much more. Secreted in privacy ;gated location with room for a helipad. Convenient to shopping, restaurants , schools, beach and the city.  Exceptional retreat for celebrity or corporate executive.

The property boasts a massive 50 Kwh solar farm plus well access to underground aquifers prove 90% of the electricity and water usage (except drinking water). The savings are appx. $150,000 per year. This includes watering of dozens of varieties of fruit and nut trees in a productive organic orchard, vegetable garden (plus organic honey and eggs).     

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A Malibu Christmas

“75 degrees at the beach”
Steve Martin’s ” L.A. Story” is one of my favorite movies of all time. There is no more perfect description of life in Los Angeles than Martin’s classic romantic comedy.  “The weather will change your life, twice” (considering we have essentially no weather) was quite prophetic . So, as a transplant from the cold winters of Connecticut to the warm , dry, sun drenched shores of the Pacific in Malibu, I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Before I put on my shorts and take a walk on the beach, I am gifting you my favorite winter photos of Malibu:


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