Food Culture: Gjelina, Venice Beach

As far as the LA food scene goes, Gjelina is the most suitable for any lover of the lifestyle. Located in Venice Beach on the ever popular Abbott Kinney Blvd, Gjelina is one of the most glorious to enjoy a bottle of wine or beer (no spirits or liquor here) and a tasty treat. Reservations are definitely required. AND they have a strict "no substitutions" policy on their dishes. SO strict in fact, that Gordon Ramsay himself became irate when they would not accommodate his dear dining company, Victoria Beckham's, requests for a change.

If it's not for VB, it's not for you either - you've been warned.

Our party of ten was escorted to the outdoor patio in the back adorned with exposed brick walls, luscious greenery and heat lamps for that cool LA evening breeze. The cobblestone was a challenge on our Daffodils, especially after a couple Visionaries.

The lighting is romantic, the music ranges from The National to The Climax Chicago Blues Band and request a comfy seat on the plush benches outdoors under the heater.

Black Caviar demands it!