LA Galaxy, Dignity Health Sports Park & HERDEZ® Brand Team Up to Spice Up Game Days

LA Galaxy, Dignity Health Sports Park & HERDEZ® Brand Team Up to Spice Up Game Days

HERDEZ® becomes the Official Salsa of the LA Galaxy and an Official Partner of Dignity Health Sports Park

The LA Galaxy, five-time MLS Cup champions, and their home stadium, Dignity Health Sports Park, are proud to announce a new partnership with the maker of the HERDEZ® brand, the top-selling salsa brand in Mexico and a leading authentic Mexican salsa in the United States. This partnership, facilitated by AEG Global Partnerships, will introduce the vibrant flavors of Mexico to soccer fans across Southern California. The maker of the HERDEZ® brand will become the official salsa of the LA Galaxy, and MegaMex Foods will become an official partner of Dignity Health Sports Park (DHSP). This collaboration marks the first partnership between the maker of the HERDEZ® brand and an MLS team.

Courtesy: HERDEZ®, LA Galaxy, AEG

Starting this season, Galaxy fans can expect to enjoy the signature salsa of the HERDEZ® brand alongside the exciting action on the pitch. The partnership will integrate the HERDEZ® brand into DHSP’s culinary offerings, enhancing the overall game-day experience. The premium salsa will be available throughout all DHSP concessions, allowing fans to savor authentic Mexican flavors while enjoying the game.

“We are thrilled to partner with the five-time MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park,” said Ryan Michaelis, President and CEO of MegaMex Foods, home of HERDEZ® Salsa. “We know how passionate LA Galaxy fans are, and we look forward to offering them HERDEZ® authentic Mexican salsa products at every home game. The HERDEZ® brand and the LA Galaxy are simply an unbeatable combination.”

“We are excited for this new partnership between MegaMex Foods and the LA Galaxy,” said LA Galaxy President of Business Operations and Chief Operations Officer, Tom Braun. “We look forward to collaborating with the company, and we’re thrilled that the HERDEZ® brand will be the new official salsa partner of the LA Galaxy. We welcome them to the team.”

Courtesy: HERDEZ®, LA Galaxy, AEG

As part of the collaboration, there will be prominent HERDEZ® branding throughout DHSP on Galaxy game days, including both static and digital field-level signage during designated matches, as well as digital signage on the venue’s Legends Plaza media board. Custom LED ribbon board signage and exposure on the digital scoreboard during all MLS regular-season home games will ensure significant brand visibility during key moments of each match.

“Our partnership with the maker of the HERDEZ® brand is about enhancing the overall fan experience at Dignity Health Sports Park. Beyond the goals and excitement on the field, we wanted to introduce a delicious new culinary option that we know our fans will enjoy,” said Dignity Health Sports Park General Manager Katie Pandolfo. “The HERDEZ® authentic Mexican salsa brings a unique and flavorful new dimension to our concessions and adds to the game-day experience.”

The HERDEZ® brand team will have an opportunity to engage Galaxy fans through a custom activation space during four MLS regular season games at DHSP, a major highlight of the agreement. This space will provide entertainment and a chance for fans to experience the HERDEZ® brand in person. Additionally, the maker of the HERDEZ® brand will support a special LA Galaxy content series distributed across the team’s digital and social platforms during Hispanic Heritage Month, fostering a deeper connection with the Galaxy’s passionate fan base. Over the course of the agreement, the partners will collaborate on various content initiatives across social and digital media to benefit fans and salsa enthusiasts throughout the region.

Courtesy: HERDEZ®, LA Galaxy, AEG

“We are thrilled to welcome the maker of the HERDEZ® brand to our family of LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park partners,” said Josh Veilleux, Senior Vice President, AEG Global Partnerships. “This partnership not only adds a dynamic new flavor to many of the menu items available at Dignity Health Sports Park’s numerous concession stands but also brings the authentic flavors of Mexico to our fans. It’s a perfect addition that is sure to enhance the overall game-day experience for all.”

About HERDEZ® Brand

The HERDEZ® brand allows consumers to experience the real flavor and culture of Mexico at home with authentic salsas and cooking sauce. The HERDEZ® brand is the No. 1 selling salsa in Mexico and the leading authentic Mexican salsa brand in homes across the US. Best known for products such as HERDEZ® Salsa Verde, Salsa Casera and the original Guacamole Salsa, the HERDEZ® brand is founded on authenticity in flavor and quality you can trust. Innovative authentic flavor experiences is at the forefront of their success. The HERDEZ® brand is part of MegaMex Foods, a joint venture founded by Herdez del Fuerte and Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) and one of the fastest growing Mexican food companies in the U.S. focused on reimagining Mexican flavor. For more information and recipe ideas, visit www.salsas.com/herdez, and follow the Herdez® brand on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

About AEG

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. The company operates in the following business segments: Facilities, which through its affiliation with ASM Global, owns, manages or consults with more than 350 preeminent arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts venues around the world; Music through AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals such as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival; Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like Crypto.com Arena and L.A. LIVE, Mercedes Platz in Berlin and The O2 in London; Sports, as the world’s largest operator of high-profile sporting events and sports franchises including the LA Kings, LA Galaxy and Eisbären Berlin; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 160 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.

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The Pierside Hotel Makes for the Ultimate LA Experience

The Pierside Hotel Makes for the Ultimate LA Experience

Cowritten by Anthony C. Stafford

When most travelers visit Southern California, and especially the LA area, it’s easy to assume all the things they want to see and do: beaches, food, and the countless famous landmarks, sights, and activities that the region is known for. And more often than not, a hotel that’s situated where most of these things and the “typical LA” experience are is where these travelers will end up.

The Pierside Hotel happens to be that hotel, located in Historic Santa Monica—right next to the pier—and it’s the ultimate destination for travelers from near or afar. Its history and artful influence on the area, alongside the neighboring iconic buildings, make it a memorable experience, complete with ocean views, beach walks, parks, shopping, museums, and some of the finest dining LA has to offer. On top of that, no experience is complete without the people who call Santa Monica home, making for interesting interactions and showing you what life is like as a local. The Pierside Hotel is outstanding in all of these areas, from its devoted team to its prime location, and it couldn’t be a better place to stay for the ultimate LA experience.

Courtesy: The Pierside Hotel

We were welcomed by the hotel’s team for a weekend stay.  We experienced all that they had to offer and, of course, live like locals, taking in the nearby sights, activities, and delectable cuisine.

Laidback Oceanside Hospitality

Anchored at the corner of historic Ocean Avenue and Colorado Avenue, The Pierside embraces bespoke designs that welcome seaside-style lounging and beach-y themes, decorated with plentiful seating, a fireplace, and an aesthetic surf shop. Just opened in January 2023, The Pierside Hotel is one of the newest hotels on Ocean Avenue in 11 years, and it delivers one of the coziest experiences while just steps from the Santa Monica Pier. Boasting 132 guest rooms and suites, coastal views, and a bright, lively lobby, guests are spoiled with some of the finest amenities and features, including an elevated pool experience with food and beverage service, full-service gear rental (surfboards, bikes, and more), a state-of-the-art 24/7 fitness center, and the incredible Surfing Fox signature restaurant with its expansive outdoor patio.

The Pierside pronounces its iconic status as beach-side passersby and guests take in a custom mural commissioned by renowned contemporary artist Shepard Fairey, his largest installation in the area to date. The artwork covers the entire ocean-facing side of the hotel and represents the people of Santa Monica, further echoing an authentic connection to the very best of the city. The Pierside features various local partnerships with small businesses and artists, further showing a devotion to the community. These include Yada Yoga wellness services, Santa Monica Picnic Co. for custom, enchanting beachside picnics, and Santa Monica Surf School.

Upon entering, the hotel’s team is incredibly kind, going above and beyond to ensure their guests’ stays are pleasant, and even offering recommendations for all the things they can do and see in the area or across the city.

Like Visiting a Beach Home

While the guest rooms at The Pierside Hotel are on the cozy side, they feature fusion seating that doubles as a couch or lounge (and a bed! ), making for the perfect place to take in the scenic landscapes, ocean views, people watch, or simply snooze during your down time. Laidback coastal living is the theme, and it flows seamlessly from the lobby and into the suites.

Accommodations include partial coastal views, with configurations ranging from king rooms featuring a queen-size sofa sleeper to rooms with two queen beds. Multi-functional, stylish furnishings that incorporate woven, nautical-like materials and floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the vibrant scenery of Santa Monica, while design elements include accented wallpaper in designated closet areas, plush Boca Terry bathrobes, and bath amenities by Sachajuan. The Coastal and Park View Suites offer additional luxury with oversized showers, dual vanities, Helsinki Bluetooth speakers, and eco-friendly wool throws by The Tartan Blanket Co.

The guest rooms are stocked with some of the latest and greatest industry-standard amenities and features, like multi-dial shower heads, bright lighting, and plentiful natural light. An added bonus is a stack of postcards available for guests to deliver at the front desk so that they can be mailed off free of charge. Send those “Wish you were here!” notes off to friends and family!

Given the location and its history, it’s also fitting that the rooms are on the smaller side when compared to newer hotels, and every square inch of each space is used with intention. Even still, we found plentiful outlets for device charging and more than enough space for luggage, sprawling out and lounging around.

But who will really spend all their time locked away in the guest room when there’s so much out there to see and do!?

A Classic LA Experience

It can’t be understated just how perfect the Pierside Hotel’s location is, mere steps from the Santa Monica Pier, famous for its vendors, ferris wheel, and carnival aesthetic. The historic Ocean Avenue area brings plentiful sun, a cool ocean breeze, endless crowds, attractions, entertainment, and shopping within walkable distance. Not to mention the endless comparisons amongst gamers to the visuals in the “Grand Theft Auto V” video game, notoriously designed to represent the region. For adventurers, a drive up PCH is always scenic, while Griffith Observatory, LA Live, and even the Getty Museum are minutes away.

If you’re not too keen on dealing with traffic, just steps away from the hotel is Santa Monica Place, an outdoor shopping center located next to the Third Street Promenade. Some of the finest stores and dining can be found in these areas, including Louis Vuitton, Coach, Vinfast, Nike, Uniqlo, True Food Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, and more, with additional stores and restaurants on the way. Beloved Din Tai Fung is coming soon to Santa Monica Place, which is sure to be a hit with travelers and locals alike.

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to where to eat, with the spectacular Mon Ami just around the corner from the hotel. The Mediterranean restaurant is tucked away in its own closed off perimeter, past other restaurants, but its neon heart logo can’t be missed. Mexican, Italian, seafood, and even fast food are within the vicinity, and if you’re taking a drive into Brentwood or Beverly Hills, consider stopping by Parakeet Café for some of California’s finest whole, ethically sourced, globally and culturally inspired foods and coffee beans.

For those looking for a slower pace, there are even museums at Santa Monica Place, like Cayton Children’s Museum, Arte Museum (coming soon), and Sci-Fi World across the street. The bottom line is that you don’t have to go too far to find the best that the city has to offer.

After those long days of exploration and activity—or even before—the Surfing Fox is always there to give you an astonishingly incredible meal.

Asian-Latin American Fusion

The Surfing Fox deserves every opportunity for hotel guests and locals to come in to dine, and even more so to connect with its team members, who play an integral role in making the experience a stellar one. On top of its excellent service, Surfing Fox dishes up some of the most exquisite meals to be found in hotel-restaurant duos. Passing on the uptight and exclusive luxury appeal most other hotel signature restaurants opt for, The Surfing Fox instead flows with an appropriate yet elevated, chill ocean-front dining style. The restaurant lives up to its name with plentiful sunlight during the day, open-air seating with high tables and booths, a patio with fireplaces to combat those chilly evening breezes, and beachside-style decor that flows seamlessly into the hotel’s lobby.

Upon being seated, guests are welcomed to choose from a range of signature cocktails, dubbed “Foxtails,”  and other beverages. Some of their featured flavors include Passion Fruit, Thai Basil, Prickly Pear, Banana, and Yuzu, while wines and beers are also available to choose from. The menu’s breakfast, brunch, and dinner dishes feature coastal Californian cuisine with an Asian-Latin American-infused flair that blows tastebuds away. The vibrant meals are bold with flavor as the restaurant chefs lean into alluring, subtle, and striking pairings that were made for one another.

Our visit included the following highlights:

  • Hot Chicken Sandwich with spicy Furikake Fries
    • Portuguese bun, koji brined, Oaxacan spices, cabbage slaw
  • Grilled Hangar Steak
    • crispy sweet potatoes, Japanese chimichurri, cured egg yolk
  • Lobster Roll
    • brioche bun, lobster, miso aioli, crispy shallots, fries
  • Crispy Sweet Potatoes
    • ponzu, charred onion aioli, togarashi
  • Ceviche
    • hamachi, mandarin-coconut leche de tigre, fresno chile, red onion, charred orange
  • Guacamole
    • onion, cilantro, serrano, tortilla chips
  • Michelada Mussels
    • beer steamed, tomato confit, tajin, grilled sourdough
  • Cripy Brussels Sprouts
    • pepita aioli, manchego
  • and Desserts
    • Cookies and Ice Cream
      • chocolate chip cookies, vanilla bean ice cream
    • Matcha Crème Brûlée (vegan)
      • oat milk, matcha, coconut cream
    • Champurrado Pot De Cream
      • Mexican chocolate, whipped cream, cocoa nibs

There simply aren’t enough good things that we could say about any of the dishes we tried. Portions are outstanding, and flavors dance throughout each dish harmoniously, with the potential for leftovers. It’s quite possible that guests will likely feel a strong urge to come back to Surfing Fox multiple times to take advantage of the menu’s many options or to revisit their favorites from initial dining experiences. As locals, we can’t wait to come back, but not just for the food. For us, it’s the devoted team that puts the cherry on top of our time at The Surfing Fox.

An All-Star Team to Remember

When it comes to the impact and connection of The Pierside Hotel‘s and The Surfing Fox’s teams, their kindness and knowledge can’t be overstated.

Receptionist Daniel, who checked us in, gave us a warm welcome while answering our questions about the hotel and the historic area, along with the Director of Rooms, Chris Smith. And somehow, receptionist Peyton Mentaberry raised the bar even higher, giving us insight into his time at the hotel and delivering a plethora of nearby recommendations to us and other guests, including Griffith Observatory, how to see The Hollywood Sign, local parks, his favorite dishes at The Surfing Fox, nearby restaurants, and so much more. Peyton actively explores all of the things that make Los Angeles an incredible city full of life and could not be recommended more for guests coming in blind and in need of recommendations across a spectrum of categories.

The team at the Surfing Fox continued to raise the bar of excellence, as Sam, Marea, Isaac Munoz, and Gabriel Ruiz went above and beyond, recommending their favorite dishes and best pairings between them, giving us some background about the restaurant, and simply having incredibly fun and entertaining personalities. Isaac outshines Gabriel when making latte art, but they’re filled with love all the same, while Sam and Marea make you feel like family with their menu secrets and flavorful insights.

So often, we reminisce on all the things that make vacations and hotel stays great, but the people who are responsible for making those times so memorable are often forgotten. The Pierside Hotel and the Surfing Fox have a combined team of some of the best people you’ll meet, so we recommend talking to them, getting to know them, and even making a new friend.

Its easy access to world-class shopping, upscale nightlife, a renowned dining scene, abundant entertainment options, and unique outdoor and cultural experiences make The Pierside Hotel and its signature The Surfing Fox restaurant destinations for locals and travelers alike. As guests are enveloped in the hotel’s seaside flow, they are prepared for the laidback LA lifestyle, seeing some of the very best that the city has to offer, whether within walkable or drivable distance. From the team members who offer great insight into the hotel, its signature restaurant, and key attractions to the countless activities and landmarks for guests to get lost exploring, The Pierside Hotel is a hospitality lighthouse, beckoning to travelers near and far that it is best suited to deliver the incomparable and irresistible LA experience that so many fall in love with. It is the one place where experiences, people, food, and coastal living come together in a way that no other can offer.

Book your stay this summer.

 

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A New Gem Has Opened in Brentwood: Parakeet Café

A New Gem Has Opened in Brentwood: Parakeet Café

Cowritten by Anthony C. Stafford

Los Angeles is no stranger to the cafe category that pulls so many of us in, with varieties of bakery items, coffees, lattes, and more. Each cafe tries its best to lure in visitors with their very own unique concepts and takes, creating regulars who fall in love with all they have to offer. However, there’s one brand that has established itself as something more than just a cafe, giving patrons so much more to experience and look forward to with every visit.

With 13 locations across Southern California, Parakeet Café is making big waves in the cafe scene as they embrace high-quality, organic, whole-foods that are ethically sourced and prepared with love. That love and power is evident in not just the menu options, but in the personalities and smiles of the faces behind each location — all a reflection of the devotion and care that started the journey for Parakeet Café’s founders – husband and wife duo – Carol Roizen and Jonathan Goldwasser.

We visited Parakeet Café’s recently opened Brentwood location and found it to be a perfect match for the local community, seeing visitors who were already frequenting the spot, and others who were giving it a try for the first time. Those newcomers, excited to explore the menu’s offerings, walked away extremely pleased, just as we had. Completing the neighborly feel, Parakeet emanates a warmth that envelops guests with a bold, colorful theme, art deco-style pastel colors, and tropical wall designs featuring none other than playful parakeets that bring life to the establishment.

While getting lost in the fun environment, the blended aromas of bakery goods, coffee, and breakfast being cooked up all combine to prepare appetites for what’s to come.

Unique Takes on Breakfast, Lunch, and More

Parakeet Café embraces global cultures, as visible in their inspired menu that takes on a variety of sweet and savory dishes. Tapping into Carol and Jonathan’s exploration of the transformative power of organic, whole foods, Parakeet’s menu prominently features vegan and gluten-free dishes. The diverse offerings blend international ingredients with a progressive California style, utilizing organic, locally sourced produce to ensure superior taste, maximum nutrition, and environmental sustainability.

Filling and hearty, their Squash Soup includes spinach, nopales, tomatoes, guajillo chile, and avocado. Meanwhile, All I Avo Wanted carves a new lane in breakfast desirables with its blue corn waffle adding a deliciously savory punch to this healthy and pleasing dish, that finishes just fine without meat. Finally, allow us confirm that Parakeet’s Best Burger Ever may be exactly that! Grass-fed Australian beef, aioli, organic cheddar, and house-made pickles on a brioche bun, and paired with roasted potatoes, the Best. Burger Ever welcomes guests to the challenge, and we highly recommend it. Hot, juicy, and practically melting away with each bite, Parakeet Café makes it hard to stick to ordering one thing, especially with a burger of this magnitude on the menu.

Numerous decadent menu options leaves the door wide open for an obvious outcome: Coming back again and again to try out even more from the menu — or ordering the same thing with every visit.

Some of Parakeet Café’s signature dishes include:

  • All I Avo Wanted: Blue corn waffle, smashed avocado, feta, shaved radish, over-easy egg, chili flakes, hemp seeds, salsa macha. Gluten-free.
  • Greens Scrambled Eggs: Spinach, asparagus, green beans, avocado, labneh, toast, salsa verde.
  • Parakeet Bowl: Brown rice, roasted mushrooms, sesame collard greens, pickled cucumbers, almond butter miso mayo. Gluten-free, vegan.
  • Farro Salad: Roasted yams, shaved fennel, carrots, breakfast radish, arugula, baby spinach, toasted almonds, Fuji apples, apple cider, Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Vegan.

While the main dishes were all stars in their own rights, Parakeet Café’s Bakery items and Beverage Program are not to be overlooked:

“Viewing exceptional coffee and drinks as equally important as high-quality food, Parakeet Café’s beverage offerings compliment their menu and philosophy. From ethically sourced beans, house-made syrups and alternative milks to organic teas and local kombuchas the beverage options are perfectly paired with the fresh ingredients on your plate. For those seeking a more spirited drink, Parakeet has a well curated selection of local, micro brewed beers and biodynamic California wines.”

With a sampling like the list below, it’s hard to deny oneself an opportunity of liquid enrichment, and they are that much more enticing once you learn that house-made almond milk sweetened with locally sourced honey is available as an add-in:

  • Artisan Chai Latte: Black tea, organic spices, raw honey
  • Magic Mushroom Matcha: Om mushroom superfood blend, ashwagandha, homemade lavender honey, milk
  • Turmeric Latte: Turmeric, ginger, vanilla, cardamom, honey, unsweetened almond milk

While we didn’t choose in the selection above, we did indulge with Signature Sips, Honey Cinnamon Latte and Salted Maple Latte, which were likely just as incredulous! From their specialty coffee beans to the delicate balance of flavorful notes, Parakeet Cafe’s lattes brewed a special place in our hearts for their beautiful presentation and equally beautiful transformative flavors.

Our bakery sampling included their Banana Oat Muffin, Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie, Zucchini Bread, Cookies & Cream Croissant, and Chocolate Croissant. Moist, buttery, soft, and flaky, are seemingly not good enough to describe the array of qualities and traits that each of these treats presented. However, these treats all warmed up presented their best versions of themselves, creating the ultimate bliss.

Now Open in Brentwood

While the Brentwood location may be far for some, rest assured that there are a dozen other locations, making Parakeet Cafe’s growth a journey that we welcome and look forward to in coming years. Each location features its own unique twist of art and decor, which adds another element of surprise for those who become familiar with the brand. When visiting the Brentwood location, Andy, Haley, and the rest of the team are incredibly kind and will take care of your every need, including substitutions due to allergies. When you visit, let them know “A little bird told you.”

Below is a list of all Parakeet Cafe locations across Southern California:

Brentwood: 13050 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 112, Los Angeles, CA
Beverly Hills Cafe: 206 S Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Carlsbad Cafe (coming soon): 1935 Calle Barcelona, Suite 176, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Coronado Cafe & Juicery: 1134 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily
Coronado Juicery: 943 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Open 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Del Mar Cafe: 3745 Paseo Place, Suite 820, San Diego, CA 92130
Open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Del Mar Juicery: 3722 Paseo Place, Suite 1440, San Diego, CA 92130
Open 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
La Jolla Cafe: 927 Silverado St., La Jolla, CA 92037
Open 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
La Jolla Juicery: 935 Silverado St., La Jolla, CA 92037
Open 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
La Jolla Cove Cafe: 1155 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037
Open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Little Italy Cafe & Juicery: 1680 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Nautilus Cafe: 3535 General Atomics Ct., San Diego, CA 92121
Open 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Newport Beach Cafe: 7972 Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657

About Parakeet Cafe

“Founded by husband and wife duo Carol Roizen and Jonathan Goldwasser in 2017, Parakeet Café is a bright, welcoming all-day café that embraces global cultures through high-quality, organic, whole-foods and ethically sourced beverages. The couple’s devotion to healthy eating was sparked when their daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease as an infant. The couple moved their family from Mexico City to the United States to pursue treatment and began exploring nutrition changes through a plant-based, organic diet and juicing. In 2017, they opened the first Parakeet Café location in La Jolla. Today, Parakeet Café expands across Southern California, with four new locations in the works, and their daughter is a healthy teenager.”

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Fogo de Chaõ Partners With Cline Family Cellars, Launches Sonhadores Wine

Fogo de Chaõ Partners With Cline Family Cellars, Launches Sonhadores Wine

Beginning June 11, guests will be welcome to treat themselves by the glass, bottle, or with a take home option of Fogo de Chão’s newest wine launch, Sonhadores Wine. Sonhadores Wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon wine in partnership with Cline Family Cellars based in Sonoma, is being added to Fogo de Chaõ’s Tribute Wine Collection, which honors its employees who have shaped the brand over the past 30+ years. The wine will be available at all Fogo locations, ensuring that everyone can be in on the celebration.

Credit: Fogo de Chaõ

Sonhadores, translating to “dreamer” in Brazil’s native Portuguese, is a bold wine that pays homage to the pioneering spirit of first-generation gauchos Neri Giachini and Jean Boschetti. Over 30 years ago, these visionary individuals embarked on their journey with Fogo de Chaõ in Brazil and subsequently moved to America, playing instrumental roles in developing and shaping the brand into what it is today while preserving its Brazilian heritage.

Currently, both Neri and Jean serve as Directors of Operations at Fogo, where they are pivotal in making key decisions that drive the brand’s growth. Their leadership ensures that Fogo maintains the honorary traditions for which it is renowned.

Credit: Fogo de Chaõ

To celebrate its newest Tribute Wine, Fogo de Chaõ will host an exclusive media event on Wednesday, June 12th that includes a side-by-side tasting with its newest Sonhadores blend paired with Wagyu, Lamb Lollipops, Picanha Tartare, Picanha Burgers and more. Attendees will have hands-on education from the Cline Family Winemakers, learning the process of creating the wine, profile notes, what it pairs best with, and more.

Visit your nearest Fogo this Father’s Day and this summer to indulge in the finest wine pairings around, while helping celebrate the the people who have helped shape the Fogo de Chaõ brand into what it is today.

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A Little-Known Florida Destination is Calling Californians this Summer

A Little-Known Florida Destination is Calling Californians this Summer

Cowritten by Anthony C. Stafford

How would you complete the following statement? “California has Catalina Island, while Florida has…”

If you thought “The Keys,” you’re not necessarily wrong, but The Keys are more well known than where we’re going. Rather, our area of focus is one that even Florida natives can go years without ever knowing. This area, called Bradenton — and its Anna Maria Island — is truly speaking to Californians as the most desired destination for vacation, and for many other great reasons.

Photo Credit: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (BACVB) market research shows proof that residents of California – and Los Angeles and San Francisco specifically – are highly interested in planning vacations to the Bradenton Area. Recently, BACVB was in town to highlight the destination, delivering incredible eats featuring the day’s Gulf Coast catch, discussing what makes the area so special, and how they stack up to California’s food scene. The flavorful educational experience took place at Cabra, the rooftop restaurant at The Hoxton in DTLA. The event had themed splashes of color reminiscent of the Sunshine State’s famous waters and beloved fruit, essentially bringing a tiny piece of some of the very best of Florida right here to California.

The extravagant dinner was created by Top Chef winner and Food Network star Stephanie Izard, featuring a unique sample of Cortez, Florida’s premium bottarga, gulf shrimp and more, whipped into “Flo-ribbean” dishes that are hard to come by outside of the state. And with all of its uniqueness, we learned many amazing ways that the peninsula state and this highlight region is much like our own, complete with the arts, activities and experiences, a deep history, and nature that captivates hearts.

History, Location, and A Natural Beauty

While our own Catalina Island may not be known for beaches, it does share quite a few similarities to this East Coast magnet.

Located just south of Tampa along Florida’s Gulf Coast lies Anna Maria Island, a picturesque destination now more accessible thanks to the Gulf Islands Ferry. The island boasts 16 miles of pristine, white sand and sparkling turquoise waters, where visitors can enjoy serene beaches with calm waters, often accompanied by delightful offerings from Gulf Shore Charcuterie. When the sand never gets too-hot to walk on, you know it’s a special place.

Beyond its natural beauty, Anna Maria Island offers numerous family-friendly attractions, from The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, to AMI Dolphin Tours. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is home to rescued manatees, providing an educational and engaging experience, while AMI Dolphin Tours offer memorable encounters with marine life. In addition, the recently renovated, ADA-accessible Bradenton Riverwalk invites leisurely strolls along the water, perfect for any time of day.

For those seeking cultural enrichment, the Village of the Arts hosts monthly artwalk events, showcasing local creativity and fostering community engagement. Nature enthusiasts will find the 487-acre Robinson Preserve a haven, featuring mangroves, native birds, and diverse wildlife, all freely accessible year-round, setting the stage for incredible sighting opportunities as wildlife migrates to the region.

All of this natural beauty needs balance, protection, and care, so it’s only fitting that there is a program in place to do each of those things. Embracing the “Love it Like a Local” initiative, the Bradenton Area is committed to preserving its unique charm for future generations. This also means understanding the deep history behind the region as well, such as the Historic Cortez Fishing Village — one of the oldest fishing distributors. The “Love it Like a Local” initiative is also the first in Florida to partner with the national non-profit Leave No Trace, highlighting its dedication to sustainability and environmental stewardship. This commitment ensures that the area’s natural beauty and local heritage remain intact for all to enjoy.

A Summer Adventure Awaits

Beyond Anna Maria Island is the whole chain of Gulf Coast Islands that all bring their own unique flair, yet some of the same natural beauty, charm, and history that can be found in the Bradenton Area. Whether a Californian traveling East, or a visitor from elsewhere, the art, history, and natural beauty of the Bradenton area and Anna Maria Island boasts excitement, curiosity, and escapism that may be hard to leave behind, as shown by BACVB’s research.

The Bradenton Area is conveniently located at just a 30-minute drive from the Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ) airport. Visitors can choose from a range of accommodations, including vacation rentals, boutique hotels, like Mello on the Beach, and Zota Beach Resort, or the newly opened Palmetto Marriott Resort & Spa. Or, make even more of your time in the Sunshine State with a day-trip to nearby Orlando’s theme parks, Tampa, or Cape Coral. Either way, Bradenton has a promising future as the area slowly grows and becomes more popular with new residents and visitors alike.

Now you know, if it ever comes up: “California has Catalina Island, while Florida has Bradenton & Anna Maria Island.”

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Inside Hyatt Regency Irvine’s $55M Transformation

Inside Hyatt Regency Irvine’s $55M Transformation

Cowritten by Anthony C. Stafford

The Hyatt Regency Irvine may be known by many for what it was previously, and that old image is also a great way to remember hotels of yesteryear. But a three-year closure has birthed what can only be described as a new hotel standard that improves upon nearly every aspect of what guests expect from their stay. From the lobby’s first impression to market experiences, Hyatt Regency Irvine brings renewed excitement to the travel experience for adults and kids alike, whether coming from nearby or afar.

Photo Credit: Logan Pratt / Hyatt Regency Irvine

Hyatt Regency Irvine General Area Manager Sid Ramani spoke with us, answered questions, and provided deep insight into what goes into a transformation of this magnitude. While it may seem a $55 million grand reveal may only truly be appreciated by those who witnessed the original look, the faces, reactions, and expressions of newcomers — ourselves includes — said otherwise. Upon entering, Hyatt Regency Irvine delivers a refreshing take on America’s hospitality sector. Pulling inspiration from regional neighbors and international highlights, the lobby wows with its vast spaciousness, high ceilings, intricate details, massive screens, and purposeful design. Surprise, awe, and excitement set in, as we likened what we saw to a luxury hotel in Tokyo. A plethora of seating options decorate the first floor to suit any lounger’s mood, whether reading, eating, waiting, watching, or chatting, there’s something for everyone. A warm, inviting lobby is surrounded by contemporary common areas, and an expansive 56,000 square feet of fresh event space to ensure a beautiful blend of urban sophistication, comfort, and functionality.

A Market For All

The Marketplace is possibly one of the only things we disagreed with during our time at the property – solely because it’s something much more than just a market! Instead, it is rather a place to get lost in for a while with its expansive, open-faced presentation. Offering a neatly stocked wall of beverages, spirits, snacks, hot, cold, healthy, and exciting food options, Hyatt Regency Irvine even pushes the envelope further and rightfully so, with numerous international snacks. For example, South Korean banana milk, and Japanese Ramune sodas make an appearance, among many more specialty items worth experiencing. Upon first glance, it strikes disbelief that a hotel could have such a wide variety of options, but it is a welcome feature that international travelers could always use more of to feel “at home” and domestic travelers for an opportunity to have a culinary escape.

From grueling business travel to exhausting vacations, sometimes guests need an “easy” option – and that easy option would be a place like the market to stash up on snacks, drinks, pastries, pizza, and more – while taking advantage of the fact that many items are also made right there in the kitchen! If you’re feeling adventurous, even the healthy dishes have great twists to them, like the veggie salads located next to the pastry window.

Of course, breakfast is also provided at The Market, with freshly made hot plates on the menu, but there’s even more. One of the highlights about The Market is that they also have featured menu items each day for breakfast and dinner, so keep an eye out for those to add some excitement to your own journey. Even more impressive is the commitment to supporting local businesses and artists, as seen through strategic and useful product placement throughout the hotel.

Designed With Purpose and Intention

The property boasts a total of 516 guest rooms and suites, each completely transformed with modern, thoughtfully designed interiors. These rooms not only feature distinct artwork, innovative light fixtures, and curated layouts tailored to accommodate various travel groups and lifestyles, but they are also designed with intention at the forefront. No corner goes forgotten, as thoughtful choices give purpose to even the most odd or small spaces.

Specialty suites include expansive hospitality suites with private kitchenettes, extended-stay suites with full kitchens, family-friendly layouts with bunk beds and adjoining rooms, and more, ensuring a comfortable and versatile stay for all guests. During our visit, we witnessed sports teams, families, and business people, check in, and after seeing each suite with details from Mr. Ramani, we couldn’t agree more that there is something for everyone. It is worth noting that the bunk bed suites are good enough to stir envy — even in us adults!

Zooming into the details, guests may notice fixtures that have a promising future – from technological installments that improve accessibility during their stay, to subtle and plentiful placements of outlets for the battery guzzlers in todays technology-plugged age. From the outside, the Hyatt Regency Irvine stands tall and distinctly, while its reimagined interior backs up its dominant posture.

Extras, Amenities, and More

For the guests who want to feel even more at home while reaping great benefits, the Hyatt Regency Irvine recently launched their new Regency Club, which grants access to exclusive amenities and private indoor/outdoor lounges. This includes fire pits, comfortable lounge seating, a sophisticated bar, and daily full-service dining.

Photo Credit: Logan Pratt / Hyatt Regency Irvine

The 24-hour gym is equipped with Peloton® Bikes, Life Fitness cardio equipment, free weights, and various weight machines. Guests can also benefit from exclusive access to private on-demand trainers through a collaboration with Future, tailored specifically for Hyatt Regency Irvine’s fitness center and equipment. Finally, located just two miles from John Wayne Airport and a short drive from major attractions like Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, South Coast Plaza, and Southern California’s renowned beaches, Hyatt Regency Irvine serves as the ideal home base for exploring the area’s many offerings. It’s a great destination for those breaking away from the Disney Resort bubble and looking to achieve more exploration of the surrounding areas.

Innovation on the Horizon

Amazingly, there is even more to come as the property nears completion. A unique and elevated pool experience with dual waterslides, and an outdoor lounge space inclusive of a pool bar, cabanas, and massive LED TV screen to view sports games, movies, and more are on the way, and due to open in June. Just in time for summer, there are some great plans in store that will undoubtedly be a bow on the gift of travel for many guests.

And then there’s Warehouse 72 – a place where art and creativity are celebrated. This fine dining establishment will feature a modern bistro and bar to bring people together in a family-style atmosphere. Located on the first floor, it will ultimately enhance the openness of the property, while also breathing additional life that is sure to complement every guests first impression.

The Hyatt Regency Irvine is a marvel to appreciate in the hospitality landscape. Its reimagining is a welcome one in a world where we find ourselves plugged in more than ever, yearning to disconnect, and replug ourselves in new and different ways. In what could possibly set an example for other hotels, the property sets out to reach a new standard for guest experiences and expectations — doing so outstandingly. In a city with a massive and diverse population, plus attracting millions internationally on a yearly basis, Hyatt Regency Irvine successfully stands as a home away from home for everyone.

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The Ultimate Summer 2024 Holiday and Event Guide

The Ultimate Summer 2024 Holiday and Event Guide

Cowritten by Anthony C. Stafford

Bugs and flowers aren’t the only things coming out now that the weather is warming up. That’s right, people are hitting the trails, roads, shops, and finest dining establishments as we march forward and eventually reach the Summer months. With so much happening across the region, we thought it might be helpful to see a roundup of all the activities, events, offers, and more happening during this season. Whether it’s brunch and drinks to take advantage of the nice weather, celebrating PRIDE, or solid plans to impress Mom and Dad for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it’s all here. All you have to do is make a move!

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day

 

Meteora (Father’s Day – June 16th)

The holistic, live-fire, and multi-sensory restaurant by chef Jordan Kahn – of the two-Michelin-starred Vespertine – will be offering a 5 course pre-fixe menu with the addition of a few special meat-focused menu items and a special beverage for that special figure in your life. Known for their artful (and decadent) culinary offerings, it’s a treat that everyone will remember.

Reservations are available at OpenTable.

 

Crustacean Beverly Hills: Father’d Day Brunch & Dinner Menu (June 15 – Father’s Day, June 16)

The beloved Crustacean is helping celebrate Father’s Day with an a couple of incredible weekend offers: Brunch and Dinner Specials! From Saturday, June 15th through Sunday, June 16th, guests can look forward to highlight dishes, like Tamarind Glazed Spare Ribs, 8 oz. Rime Ribeye, Prime Tomahawk Steak, and Golden Watermelon “Pizza.”

Credit: Crustacean Beverly Hills

Crustacean, known for their famed Garlic Noodles, will limit this special Father’s Day Menu to just two days, so RSVP while you can!

 

La Dolce Vita (Father’s Day – June 16th, 5 pm – 10 pm)

Since opening last year, La Dolce Vita has been one of the hottest reservations in Beverly Hills and will be serving their Sunday-only dinner menu, along with a special dish in honor of Father’s Day. The menu will include dishes like Arancino, Linguini, Steak Pizzaola, and Tiramisu –plus an opportunity to enjoy the recently launched new beverage menu from bar lead Blake Antrobus (Bicyclette, Otium) – giving the classic Italian-American cocktail menu an innovative refresh with chic Italian cocktails, Amaro-spiked spritzes, vintage cocktails, and more.

Reservations are available via Resy.

 

Coucou (Father’s Day – June 16th, 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm)

Treat your dad to Steak Frites and the L’haute Dog at West Hollywood’s newest French-ish bistro Coucou! Enjoy perfectly prepared martinis and cocktails with freshly shucked oysters at a handsome marble-topped bar and wood-fired French favorites on a sun-dappled, jasmine-lined patio. Not only is it the perfect way celebrate Father’s Day, but it’s also the perfect place to kick off Summer!

Reservations are available at Resy.

 

Emyla Tequila (Father’s Day)

If Dad appreciates fine spirits, it’s a gift he can enjoy over time, adding a bit of pleasure into his everyday life, not just on celebratory occasions.

This year, gift him the thoughtful luxury of an exceptional, aged tequila. Emyla Tequila’s new premium añejo is crafted with care and precision, stunningly designed, and the high quality Dad deserves. A small batch, limited product made with 100% Blue Weber agave sourced from both the Highlands and the Lowlands of Jalisco and aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, Emyla creates a one-of-a-kind smooth taste and superior flavor profile.

Credit: Emyla Tequila

Whether sipped neat, on the rocks, or in Dad’s favorite cocktail, every sip of Emyla is an experience to be savored. Available for $130 in-store and online.

 

Thumb United

Thumb United is a mission-driven lifestyle apparel brand that advocates for mindful living in a digitally distracted world. The company specializes in designing clothing with unique inside pocket features for storing phones and other essentials, promoting a less distracted lifestyle.

This Father’s Day, gift dad one of Thumb United’s premium jackets. Made from 80% cotton and 20% polyester, Thumb United’s pieces exemplify exceptional quality and attention to detail. The multiple inside pockets provide a convenient and comfortable way to stow smartphones, meeting the practical needs of their audience.

Some perfect-for-dad pieces include:

The Franklin Hoodie:
One outing wearing our signature men’s Franklin hoodie will change your fashion game forever. Whether pairing this with sweats, denim, or a dressier pant, you can wear this super comfortable hoodie sweatshirt pretty much anywhere and still be the most comfortable, yet stylish guy in the room. Equipped with multiple inside pockets to store your phone on the move.

Courtesy: Thumb United

and The Truman Fleece:
This versatile men’s fleece jacket effortlessly takes you from the office, to the gym, and out to your dinner meeting in style. The phone safe inside pocket was designed to stash your smart phone without creating a bulk in the pocket, and provides a convenient earphone cord port so you can simply plug in and go (hands-free of course) * slightly fitted by design.

Courtesy: Thumb United

In collaboration with organizations addressing social media and phone addiction, Thumb United donates 10% of its net profits to raise awareness about these critical issues. Their core message is simple: “Hold a hand, not a phone.”

 

LazySaxs

The perfect game for summer — and the “most exciting sitting game ever”!

LazySaxs combines all of your favorite backyard, beach, party, picnic and tailgating games with the incredible benefit of sitting down. You simply set up the game and chairs (not supplied) and toss four sacks at the LazySaxs game while following the supplied point rules (if you feel like it). Your goal is to toss the sack into the funnel — the first player to reach 15 points wins.

LazySaxs is available online.

 

Play Henry Pickle Ball Paddles

Has pickleball become mom and/or dad’s new obsession? Meet Play Henry, where aesthetic meets athletics. It’s for the pickleball player who wants a competitive game but loves the social aspect of playing. They go from court to drinks and want a paddle that does the same. Play Henry paddles look fabulous yet are for serious play.

Credit: Play Henry

Play Henry features a sand-blasted fiberglass paddle with an elongated handle, which offers comfortable maneuverability and facilitates a seamless two-handed backhand. Custom options are also available, with a minimum order number of five.

 

Bad Cards Fore Good Golfers

Bad Cards Fore Good Golfers recently collaborated with Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley at Brother’s Bond to create a limited-run “Sippin’ Rules” expansion pack inspired by their exceptional whiskeys! Play golf with a fun twist! Add some spice to your next round with Bad Cards Fore Good Golfers. It’s the perfect addition for the golf dads out there.

Courtesy: Bad Cards Fore Good Golfers

This 107-card deck is full of challenges and fun cheat codes to ensure you and your friends have an unforgettable round. Bad Cards Fore Good Golfers includes five categories of cards, each containing a special prompt, action, or rule that creates a unique challenge (or a helpful leg up) at each hole.

“Sucks 4 U” cards will make the hole more challenging. “Attack” cards allow you to assign a challenge to another player. “Hell Yeah” cards are helpful. “Party” cards are good and bad and affect the entire group. “Hold On” cards are helpful cards that you can play throughout the round as needed. More than 25,000 games have been sold to golfers in over 14 different countries. Available at Bad Cards Fore Good Golfers and Amazon.

 

Kloveo

Need to lay the bottle on its side in your fridge? No problem! You no longer have to worry about your Champagne leaking, or worse: exploding all over the inside of your fridge with Kloveo. Chrome-plated stainless steel body and hinge construction make this the most durable sparkling wine stopper on the market.

This Father’s Day, give the gift of elegance and practicality. The Kloveo stopper is perfect for dads who appreciate a good bottle of bubbly. Its sleek design and robust construction ensure that your dad’s favorite sparkling wine stays fresh and secure. Plus, it’s a thoughtful addition to any home bar, making every celebration a little more special. Clove is available on Amazon.

 

The Now Massage (Father’s Day)

After the hustle and bustle of a long day on the court, why not treat dad to a rejuvenating massage experience? Los Angeles wellness oasis, The NOW Massage, is offering gift cards and products for dad to experience the healing benefits of massage.

With a range of gift cards from $50 to $500, it the ultimate treat so that they can unwind and recharge at their leisure, through the healing benefits of The NOW. In addition, The NOW is offering Hemp Calm Balm that is not only nourishing, but also a multi-tasking muscle rub perfect for treating tired, tight muscles.

Let dad bring the joys of massage home with him this Father’s Day!

 

MON AMI (Mother’s Day)

MON AMI just celebrated their 1st-year anniversary, complete with a special event on Cinco de Mayo to toast their first year of memories. Nestled along the picturesque Ocean Avenue strip in Santa Monica, MON AMI presents a captivating fusion of Mediterranean flavors and ambiance.

Credit: Jakob Layman

With Mother’s Day around the corner, MON AMI makes a great destination, and if you’re one to beat the crowds – or wait until they’ve left – Mon Ami is always looking at ways to up the ante and immerse its guests with unforgettable and unique culinary immersions. On Sunday, May 12, MON AMI will hold a Mother’s Day pop-up brunch, making it a hot destination to deliver only the best for mom.

 

The Viv Hotel, Top of the V Mother’s Day Brunch: May 12, 10 am – 4 pm (Mother’s Day)

Celebrate the extraordinary women in your life with a special Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Top of the V Rooftop Restaurant!

Courtesy of Top of the V

Menu items feature a Smoked Salmon Platter, Torrijas Spanish Style French Toast, Seafood Paella, a Dessert Station, among other delicious offerings. Buffet Price of $75 per person and Bottomless Mimosas and Sangria, paid at restaurant. Guests can add a floral bouquet to their reservation for an additional $50.

Reserve your table here.

 

Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows (Mother’s Day)

Afternoon High Tea
For those looking to celebrate their mother in style, the hotel will be offering two specialty Mother’s Day tea services on Sunday, May 12 at 12pm and 3:30pm in on the enchanting outdoor Ocean Terrace. Spend the afternoon sipping and swirling via the whimsical three-course menu, featuring an elegant spread of sumptuous scones, exquisite pastries, and finger sandwiches designed to pair with a vast selection of freshly brewed Lot 35 loose-leaf teas from Fairmont Miramar’s exclusive luxury tea collection, served on brand-new garden-inspired Bernardaud porcelain. A complimentary glass of champagne & a special chef dessert are also included. Tickets ($120 per person) are required and can be purchased via Resy.

Photo Credit: Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows

FIG Restaurant
Helmed by Executive Chef Damon Gordon, FIG Restaurant’s ultra-seasonal and locally sourced ingredient-driven restaurant featuring heritage-inspired dishes will offer regular weekend brunch from 11:30am-3:00pm, in addition to new seasonally-driven specials including:

      • Caramelized French Toast with passion fruit curd, warm vanilla orange syrup ($26)
      • King Crab Avocado Toast with charred shishito peppers, furikake ($36)
      • Wood-Fired Roasted King Salmon with spiced edamame hummus, preserved lemon gremolata ($46)
      • Local Berry Pavlova soft meringue, crème Chantilly ($18)

 Reservations can be made via Resy.

 

Transportive Italian Experience at L’antica Pizzeria da Michele, Hollywood and Long Beach (Mother’s Day)

For an immersive brunch experience, L’antica Pizzeria da Michele will transport diners tastebuds straight to Naples, Italy. Largely recognized as the pizzeria from the cult classic ‘Eat Pray Love’, the 3,000 square foot Hollywood location—the first of four U.S. outposts—has two large patios and a secret garden where patrons can enjoy Italian classics and handcrafted cocktails, such as their iconic Italian Omelette ($23) made with eggs, Italian ham, sausage, Guanciale, burrata, tomato and onion, paired with the refreshing LA Sunset ($18)featuring watermelon and basil infused Grey Goose Vodka, lime, and watermelon juice.

Photo Credit: L’antica

Honoring age-old cooking traditions & techniques with their use of imported Italian ingredients, diners can expect an array of special Mother’s Day Italian brunch items with highlights including:

  • Risotto Alla Barbabietola with red beet risotto, peas, asparagus, spinach, tomino piesmontese cheese
  • Pizza Puttanesca with tomato sauce, fior di latte, basil, anchovies, olives, capers, stracciatella
  • Halibut con Polenta e Funghi with Alaskan Halibut, crispy white polenta, fume’ broth, mixed mushroom tempura

 

Family-Friendly New England Haven, Connie and Ted’s (Mother’s Day)

With an expansive outdoor patio, Connie and Ted’s has been the go-to spot for hearty New England-inspired seafood perfect for families and larger groups for over a decade. Inspired by Michelin-Starred chef-owner, Michael Cimarusti’s cherished memories of his beloved grandparents, Connie and Ted, the restaurant pays homage to their story, love of family, and the good times spent fishing and preparing the day’s catch together.

Photo Credit: Robiee Ziegler

The robust flavor-packed daytime menu includes comfort classics with an East Coast spin such as the Shrimp Chilaquiles ($24), Crab & Lobster Omelette ($35), and the ultimate hangover cure – a killer Maine Lobster Croque “Connie” ($38) made with gruyere, figaro sauce, and a sunny side up egg. For those wanting to start their morning on the sweeter side, Pastry Chef Daphane DeLone is baking up her beloved Monkey Bread ($12), featuring sweet and sticky cinnamon bread and cream cheese icing all made in-house from scratch.

Angelenos can revel in one of the city’s best seafood-centric brunch contenders from 11:30am – 3:00pm, in addition to a selection of Mother’s Day specialties:

  • “Sweet Escape” Cocktail – Strawberry Lemon Bellini ($15)
  • “Sunday PTO” Cocktail – Sotal Hibiscus Cocktail ($15)
  • ½ dozen Chefs Choice Oysters & a glass of Prosecco ($18)
  • Lobster Risotto – aged carnaroli rice, lemon, chives (Market Price)
  • Strawberries and Cream Cookie sandwich – FREE for Moms with entrée purchase

Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

Temecula Valley Wineries (Mother’s Day)

The headline above pretty much says all you need to know, right? Treat mom to all of her wine-loving desires with this assortment of options from Temecula Valley Wineries. From yoga to buffets, there are more than enough options to make mom’s day, or her entire weekend.
Akash Winery
Mother’s Day Yoga on the Vineyard Patio – Sunday, May 12, 9 a.m.
Session includes yoga + one glass of wine | Reserve your mat space here!
Mother’s Day Floral Design Atelier – Sunday, May 12, 12 – 2 p.m.
Settle into the private vineyard patio and enjoy a hands-on floral design class from Light & Well. You’ll be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine, and light charcuterie, then dive into a world of flowers and greens | One additional glass of wine is also included in your ticket. Purchase your seat here.
Cougar Vineyards & Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet – Sunday, May 12 | Seatings at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Guests can enjoy a pasta bar with spring vegetable medly, along with a ham entree, assorted bread and biscotti, ceaser salad, and so much more. The dessert station will also include Carter Estate’s famous Estate Lemon loaf with lemon glaze.
$69.95, $59.95 members, $19.95 12-under | Add bottomless blood orange or regular orange mimosas for $15pp
A full menu and tickets are available to purchase at: www.cougarwinery.com.
Masia de la Vinya Winery
Bubbles and Bows Mother’s Day Soirée – Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Indulge in a luxurious picnic arranged by Temecula Picnic Company with a sparkling wine greeting, artisanal charcuterie boxes, wine specials, and picturesque flower wall to capture your most precious memories.
$75 member, $95 non-member
Miramonte Winery
Bites & Delights: A Mother’s Day Charcuterie Workshop – Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m.
Join us and our friends at Grazing Theory to craft your very own personalized charcuterie board. The experience includes a fresh handcrafted mimosa, guided charcuterie workshop, and all charcuterie supplies, along with meats, cheeses, fruits, Belgian Pearl waffles, and freshly baked mini-croissants
$100 member, $110 non-member
For more information visit: https://www.miramontewinery.com.
South Coast Winery & Resort
Mother’s Day Buffet at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant – Sunday May 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Enjoy an assortment of delicious appetizer displays, refreshing salads, delectable entreés like eggs benedict, french toast, an omelette station, alongside a mouthwatering carving station, a decedent dessert display and so much more! $75 adults, $35 children
For reservations and more information:  https://www.southcoastwinery.com/dining/vineyard-rose

 

Zippo

This Mother’s Day, celebrate the extraordinary woman in your life with a sophisticated gift from Zippo. Whether she’s swapped out the wine for cannabis, or is simply a candle lover, Zippo has you covered with their range of products sure to make sparks fly in her heart.

For the “Canna-mom”
In an era where more mothers are swapping wine for cannabis, Zippo’s 20th of April Collection stands as a sophisticated companion for those seeking relaxation and tranquility. As revealed by a survey from Eaze, one in five self-identified marijuana users are parents. Furthermore, according to insights shared on SheKnows, an impressive 67% of parental cannabis users attest that incorporating weed into their lives has enhanced their parenting journey. Choose from four refined styles, each set in lustrous High Polish Brass, available here.

Courtesy: Zippo

For the Candle Aficionado
Elevate the art of candle lighting with Zippo’s chic Rechargeable Candle Lighter. Its flexible neck ensures a hassle-free experience, delivering the perfect touch of ambiance every time.

Timeless Elegance
Express your affection with Zippo’s exquisite high polish rose gold, graceful wavy flower design, or classic matte pink lighters. Explore their full range of options here.

 

 

Activities and Events

Celebrate World Yoga Day @ Andaz West Hollywood: June 21

Equinox is partnering with Andaz West Hollywood to host a morning yoga session on the hotel’s stunning sundeck, amidst panoramic city views. From 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM, this revitalizing experience will be followed by refreshing juices and fresh smoothies. For Angelenos looking to start their summer day off with balance, sunlight, and gorgeous views, this event will be the perfect kickoff.

The event will consist of guided stretching and breathwork from an expert Equinox instructor, and is open to the public for a $20 admission fee – a discounted rate compared to typical Equinox fitness offerings. The class will be complimentary for hotel guests.

Purchase your ticket here!

 

Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows: Lobby Lounge Live

Starting Friday, May 17 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Santa Monica’s iconic Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows invites locals and guests alike to experience the debut of Lobby Lounge Live, where the heart of the hotel will come alive every Friday evening with unparalleled enchantment with renowned master pianist Jason Pelsey taking center stage, captivating audiences of all stripes with brilliant melodies in an unrivaled ambiance.

Courtesy: Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows

From hits to timeless classics, musically inclined guests can be a part of the show, joining Pelsey at the piano, transforming their evening into a symphony of shared melodies and unforgettable moments paired best with hand-crafted cocktails & delectable bites.

The newest tradition at Fairmont Miramar is available for walk-ins only on a first come, first serve basis, available every Friday from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

 

Coming This Summer @ MON AMI: First Class Dinner Series

This summer, guests can enjoy the launch of MON AMI’s new First Class Dinner series, with a “visit” to Barcelona being the kick off. When it takes place, the first of this evening series will star a four-course Spanish meal with two curated cocktails, live Catalan music, and Flamenco dancers, while guests can frequent Jamon and Sangria stations. And to make the experience all the more memorable, guests will leave with a “passport” to commemorate their “trip.”

The inaugural dinner event, is priced at $189 per person, and attendees can anticipate indulging in a meticulously crafted four-course meal complemented by two expertly concocted craft cocktails. Mon Ami’s chefs have designed the menu to highlight the diverse flavors and rich culinary traditions of the region, ensuring a culinary journey like no other. Each month for one night only, MON AMI will offer an experience centered around a city in Europe, from the food and cocktails to live music and activations. Guests can expect “passports” for every “trip” this summer.

Learn more about MON AMI here, and book reservations at Resy.

Matcha Madness @ Parakeet Cafe: Through May 31

Parakeet Cafe — home of an incredibly elevated cafe experience — is celebrating Matcha this May with Matcha Madness! All you have to do is post a Parakeet Matcha, and you’ll get a Matcha free! The perfect Spring drink to celebrate one of life’s simplest pleasures, Parakeet Cafe crafts their menu with locally sourced, organic and whole ingredients — and like their Lattes, these Matchas are big on flavor. For instructions on how to enter for a free matcha drink, check the flyer below:

Credit: Parakeet Cafe

Matchas include:

  • Cold Cream Vanilla Matcha
  • Ceremonial Matcha Tea
  • Lavender Matcha Latte
  • Iced Mint Matcha Latte

Matcha Madness ends on Friday, May 31st, and is available at the Beverly Hills and Brentwood locations:

Beverly Hills
206 S Beverly Drive,
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Brentwood
13050 San Vicente Boulevard, suite 112,
Los Angeles, CA 90049

 

Horse Soldier Whiskey & War Stories Dinner at Top of The V: May 21, 6-10 p.m.

In honor of Memorial Day, U.S. Army Retired Sergeant Major & Horse Soldier Partner, Vince Makela will lead a whiskey tasting with Horse Soldier Whiskey paired with a three-course dinner. Hear firsthand accounts from brave soldiers while enjoying a gourmet dinner in a stunning setting at the rooftop restaurant at The Viv Hotel.

Courtesy of Top of the V

In honor of Memorial Day, 10% of every ticket sold and any bottles purchased this evening to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation which was founded in honor of firefighter Steven Gerard Siller who raced through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel on foot in full gear to the twin towers on 9/11 where he gave up his life saving others. To learn more about this wonderful charity please visit: Tunnel to Towers Foundation. $200 ticket price is inclusive of the dinner/pairing price of $157 plus tax and 18% gratuity. Purchase tickets here.

 

Little Dom’s Seafood: Summer BBQ Series

Little Dom’s Seafood, a top locally-sourced seafood destination in Carpinteria, will bring back its annual Summer BBQ Series on Saturday, June 8 from 12 pm – 4 pm.

Throughout the series, Little Dom’s Seafood’s co-owner, executive chef and grill expert, Brandon Boudet, pays homage to the regional culinary tradition of Santa Maria-style barbecue with a menu of locally sourced seafood, meat, and veggie dishes, including:

  • BBQ Oysters ($5 each)
  • 1/2 Grilled Artichoke ($7)
  • Roasted Corn w/ Basil and Parmesan ($7)
  • Calabrese Chicken Wings ($14)
  • Tri Tip Sandwich w/ shredded cabbage, pickled green tomato & Saba BBQ Sauce ($17)
  • Maine Lobster Roll w/ Butter on Brioche & Salsa Verde($27)

Taking place in our breezy outdoor parking lot lined with picnic tables, this series gives guests the opportunity to enjoy the restaurant’s special BBQ menu alongside a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails for a quintessential California BBQ experience, all summer long.

Little Dom’s Seafood’s Summer BBQ Series will take place the second Saturday of each month from Saturday, June 8 through Labor Day weekend (June 8, July 13, August 10, and September 14).

 

Celebrate National Martini Day (June 19)

Whether dirty or espresso, come together to celebrate a day dedicated to the cocktails that so many love: martinis. Beverly Bar, Crustacean, Videre LA, and Prima Donna are all joining in on the fun with specialty cocktails, and unbeatable happy hours to celebrate the national day! Check out the Martini Day offerings below, and their brunch specials just after!

Crustacean Beverly Hills
Crustacean Beverly Hills is kicking off their new Martini & Oyster Hour on National Martini Day! Angelenos can enjoy $10 Martinis and $2 Oysters at the glamorous Anna May Bar. Talented mixologists will be shaking and stirring Haku Vodka and Roku Gin martinis, available dirty or dry, with a lemon twist or olives, or pomegranate flavored. This irresistible Happy Hour special is available Tuesday through Friday all summer long, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Credit: Carl Larsen / Crustacean Beverly Hills

In addition, Crustacean is launching a new Martini & Oyster Happy Hour, with $10 Martinis and $2 Oysters available at the glamorous Anna May Bar every Tuesday through Friday, from 4:30 to 6:30pm, from June 19th (National Martini Day) through the rest of Summer. Master Chef Helene An and Chef Tony Nguyen will be carefully sourcing the freshest, most succulent oysters from sustainable fisheries, then serving the delicacies alongside an Asian fusion spin on cocktail sauce, citrus, and Thai basil. The delicate rice-based Haku vodka and floral Roku gin both contain exotic notes of Yuzu and Sansho Pepper, which elevate Crustacean’s oysters to a new realm. The martinis will be available in classic variations: dirty or dry, with a lemon twist or olives, or pomegranate flavored. No reservations are necessary to take advantage of this offer!

Beverly Bar
Beverly Bar, a nostalgic cocktail lounge in Beverly Hills, is offering their Martini Monday specials all-day long! Guests can sip 8 variations of handcrafted martinis for $12, and take advantage of happy hour snacks like avo hummus, burrata, and shrimp tacos. Those looking to truly indulge this holiday can try the $49 Mr. Beverly Martini with 24k Gold and Saffron-Infused Vodka.

Prima Donna
Prima Donna, a hot new Sicilian spot in Culver City, is celebrating National Martini Day at their bar. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., guests can enjoy a gin martini, vodka martini, or vesper with a side of fries for $15. Prima Donna is also teaming up with Optimist NA spirits to offer a non-alcoholic martini for $13. Their Prosciutto-Stuffed Fried Green Olives are a highly suggested pairing.

Videre LA
Videre LA’s rooftop bar is serving up two special martinis to celebrate: the video game-inspired Super Espresso Martini Bros, made with mushroom coffee and a grating of parmesan cheese, as well as a frozen Espresso Martini slushie! Guests can lounge by the pool and take in stunning views of the city while sipping on their caffeinated delights and munching on bites like truffle fries and almond hummus with crudite.

LA’s Hottest Brunch Bunch

It wouldn’t be LA without brunch (or booze)! Below our some of the hottest destinations to get your boozy brunch on, and just in time as the weather heats up. These three top-notch restaurants promise to elevate the brunch game with irresistible cocktails and vibrant atmospheres.

Videre LA
Perched within the city skyline, Videre LA offers brunch with a view at their stunning rooftop, poolside restaurant & bar. Their build-your-own Bloody Mary cart sets them apart fromany other rooftop in the city. For just $20, guests can unleash their creativity and concoct the perfect Bloody Mary, tailored to their taste buds. With an array of premium spirits, house-made mixers, and a variety of garnishes, the possibilities are endless at Videre. Order the house French Toast with local berries to go with it.

Credit: Videre LA

Prima Donna
Groups of friends can head to Prima Donna for a brunch experience like no other. Indulge in their delightful mimosa package, in which a bottle of top-shelf Prosecco paired with a selection of fresh juices is served table side for $60. Whether guests prefer classic orange juice or adventurous flavors like blood orange or passion fruit, Prima Donna has something to please every palate. Toast to friendship and fun with this picture-perfect brunch option, which pairs perfectly with their cacio de pepe eggs.

Credit: Prima Donna

Tatel Beverly Hills
Tatel Beverly Hills is serving up authentic bottomless sangria from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday for $23. Sip and savor this refreshing Spanish libation while soaking up the elegant ambiance of Tatel’s chic Beverly Hills location. With its upscale vibe and irresistible flavors, Tatel promises a brunch experience that’s both sophisticated and satisfying. The foot-long Jamon & Manchego sandwich compliments the wine effortlessly.

Credit: Patel Beverly Hills

 

Beverly Bar
Sometimes you just have to add a little razzle-dazzle to your outings in order to impress friends, strangers, or only yourself! Beverly Bar is able to help do just that with their new Brunch menu, Bar Menu, and $49 Mr. Beverly’s Martini! This one-of-a-kind martini is made with saffron infused Grey Goose and 24k gold. Perfect for those glitzy brunches, right?

Celebrating its first anniversary, Beverly Bar has unveiled an enticing new brunch menu featuring an array of sweet and savory dishes alongside seasonal craft cocktails. Situated in the heart of Beverly Hills on North Canon Drive, this chic bar, known for its romantic nostalgia, is excited to extend its offerings to daytime visitors, complementing its existing dinner and happy hour menus.

The brunch menu at Beverly Bar puts luxurious, playful twists on classic breakfast dishes. Their Chicken & Waffles are made with a sweet and spicy twist, featuring a thick sriracha honey-glazed breading. The Chef’s Lox Pizza reimagines a bagel favorite with an everything-seasoned crust topped with cream cheese, cucumber, smoked lox, capers, and arugula, while the Avocado Toast is elevated with perfectly seared bread in olive oil, adorned with pomegranate seeds, toasted pepitas, and flavorful aioli. For those seeking indulgence, the caviar platter is a must-try.

To complement these delectable dishes, Beverly Bar offers an impressive selection of brunch cocktails. Highlights include the Light Drizzle, made with Sauvignon Blanc, apricot brandy, orange juice, and Blanc de blancs; a tequila and La Colombe coffee Espresso Martini; and a make-your-own mimosa kit.

Guests can enjoy their brunch experience in style with both indoor seating in charming leather booths and outdoor seating, perfect for people-watching on the streets of Beverly Hills. Beverly Bar’s brunch is available from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations can be made on Resy, though walk-ins are also welcome.

 

Catch Lemon Perfect’s Hydration Tour Featuring Rivian

Lemon Perfect, the beloved flavored lemon water brand, is making their way across the country this summer! The brand recently announced their Hydration Tour where their fleet of branded Rivians will be making stops at some of the country’s biggest cities this summer to hydrate thousands each day and beat the summer heat!

Credit: Lemon Perfect

Throughout the next couple of months, Lemon Perfect’s Rivians will be making stops in states including Texas, New York, California, Pennsylvania, Florida and more. To find out where the Rivian will be stopping next, follow Lemon Perfect’s Instagram and other social pages to get the exact addresses of where they can be found.

 

Raid the SmartSweets Candy Stash: June 21 – June 30

Got a sweet tooth? On a diet? Maybe you can appeal to both of those needs! SmartSweets are setting out on their first-ever Mobile Candy Shop on Friday, 6/21 from 10AM – 5PM. You’re invited to check out the favorite low-sugar candy brand and try their latest innovations and new & improved recipe — with no more candy getting stuck in your teeth!

The mobile candy shop will be full of candy-fied games, exclusive merch drops, nostalgic activations, content worthy gifting & a sweet tooth playlist. SmartSweets candies have up to 92% less sugar than traditional candy favorites, plus a whole lot less calories and more fiber than the other brands. Whether you consider it “adult candy” or heathy candy, there are multiple opportunities to get your share and join in on the fun:

  • Friday, June 21st (10AM – 5PM)
    • The Brig | Abbot Kinney
  • Saturday, June 22nd
    • Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Sunday, June 23rd
    • Westfield Topanga Festival
  • Wednesday, June 26th (To Be Confirmed)
    • Target | 3535 S La Cienega Blvd
  • Thursday, June 27th
    • Main Street Santa Monica
  • Friday, June 28th
    • Manhattan Village
  • Saturday, June 29th
    • 3rd Street Promenade
  • Sunday, June 30th (To Be Confirmed)
    • Target | 2626 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock

 

Cutwater’s Tasting Room: Agave Season Experience: May 16, May 23

If you’re looking to up your booze game ahead of summer, Cutwater’s got just the activity for you to hone in on your bartending skills.

Credit: Cutwater

Cutwater Tequila Cocktail Class ($35)
Join Beverage Ambassador Laura Price as she teaches you how to perfect a classic Margarita, and guides you through how you can then personalize it to your own taste. Inclusive of specialty cocktails, education, tasting, and Cantarito Cutwater mug. Enroll here.

Cutwater Mezcal Cocktail Class ($35)
Join Cutwater Bartender Hayley Wilcox, as she guides you through how to create a signature Cutwater Mezcal cocktail. Inclusive of specialty cocktails, education, tasting, and Cantarito Cutwater mug. Sign up for this lesson here.

 

Archer Pilates’ New Class Combining Pickleball and Pilates: Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm

Summer is coming and getting your body right is about to become a little easier. In a city where fitness trends emerge as quickly as the setting sun, Archer Pilates is leading the charge by merging two of LA’s most popular activities into one dynamic class. Taking place each Tuesday at 1:30 pm, Archer Pilates’ exclusive “Pilates for Pickleballers” reformer class offers one-on-one training with an instructor to enhance the performance and longevity of pickleball enthusiasts through specialized stretching, alignment, and strength training.

“Pilates and pickleball go hand-in-hand,” says Melanie Archer, certified Pilates instructor and owner of Archer Pilates. “As an avid pickleball enthusiast myself, I have tailored this new class to specifically complement pickleball players’ training and injury prevention routines.”

Unlike the typical multi-chain Pilates studios that dot the Los Angeles landscape, Archer Pilates prides itself on its private ownership and expert management, promising a unique, personalized fitness journey. Their new offering taps into the growing trend of pickleball, combining it with the transformative power of Pilates. This class is designed to help athletes of all levels improve their game by focusing on core strength, flexibility, and overall physical alignment — essential components for mastering the sport of pickleball.

Tighten up your pickleball game each Tuesday at 1:30pm with the expert instructors at Archer Pilates. Experience firsthand why combining Pilates with pickleball is not just a workout — it’s a transformative practice that heals, tones, and strengthens one client at a time.

 

FREE PickleBall Clinics, Courtesy of Nature Made and Pickle Pop

Nature Made is hosting FREE pickleball clinics throughout the month of May to spread the love of pickleball to people of all ages in LA!

Nature Made is partnering with Pickle Pop, a fun facility on the Santa Monica Promenade to teach you to play America’s fastest-growing sport! You also may go home with FREE products! As the Official Vitamin of USA Pickleball, Nature Made aims to provide simple ways for consumers to support their everyday wellness journeys- through pickleball and taking vitamins!

FREE Clinic dates/times available:

Sat 5/4 10am – 12pm
Sat 5/11 10am – 12pm
Sat 5/25 10am – 12pm
Sat 6/1 10am – 12pm

Sign up, here. For additional details, visit NatureMade.com.

 

Pick Up a Bowlero Season Pass

Maybe Pickleball is a bit too involved for your activity requirements. If so, bowling is also on the table! Bowlero is offering a summer season pass this year. Guests can choose between the basic and premium pass offerings outlined below. Plus, save 10% with pre-sale purchases made before May 15th. Passes can be purchased here.
  1. Basic Summer Season Pass: Includes 2 games of bowling and shoe rental per day. Valid only at the center of purchase.
  2. Premium Summer Season Pass: Includes 2 games of bowling and shoe rental per day, a $5 Arcade Card reload per day, 15% off food and beverage per transaction, and use at any participating center.

Learn more about Bowlero’s season passes here.

 

Visit Westfield Topanga’s Summer Social: June 21 – June 23

Westfield Topanga is kicking off their Summer Social with food trucks, live music, & amazing deals to start the season right! Celebrate with the entire family all weekend long & enjoy free samples, tastings from Topanga Social’s best eateries (including the just-opened SLAB BBQ), specialty cocktails, live bands & DJs, and prizes from JINYA, Shake Shack, Topanga Social, North Italia, Kiehl’s & so many more! Those who know, know, and those who don’t are missing out, as Westfield’s Topanga Social is home to come of the most delicious and visually stunning food and drinks around.

Stop by each day Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23 from 2PM – 7PM daily. RSVP for free here!

Activities for the Family at Westfield Topanga

if you’re looking for some kid-friendly entertainment this summer (while keeping mom & dad out of the heat), Westfield Topanga has you covered – check out the list below for a few ideas that’ll keep the whole family happy! Check out the points below for some fun options:

  • Pinstripes Kids Club:

    • The Pinstripes Kids Club is the deal of the summer! For just $20, enjoy a monthly kids activity and get a $10 off food & beverage voucher for the same day. Reserve your spot HERE!

      • July 6th: Kids Musicians

      • August 3rd: Cookie Decorating

  • Wanderlust Creamery at Topanga Social:

    • Cool down at Wanderlust inside the Topanga Social food hall! Wanderlust Creamery is renowned for its “ice cream inspired by travel”, making non-traditional ice cream flavors inspired by global cuisine. For adult treats, parents can grab a frozen cocktail at the Margarita Garden!

  • Fun Factory Arcade:

    • Too hot for a day at Six Flags? Head to this classic arcade featuring video and amusement games (skeeball, basketball shooting, air hockey, & more), and kiddie rides. Play games, win tickets and get cool prizes!

Audition & Couple Up at Westfield Century City: June 14

Westfield Century City is bringing the hit cultural phenomena, Love Island USA, to the Los Angeles Area for fans to see if they have what it takes to be the next bombshell. To celebrate the upcoming sixth season, the center joined forces with Peacock to have fans audition for the next season of the popular television series – live & in person at the popular Century City hotspot this Friday, June 14th.

The pop up takes place from 2 pm to 7 pm PT, at Westfield Century City:
Westfield Century City – The Atrium
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

 

Join Alicia Silverstone at Westfield Topanga for Top Sustainability Tips: May 18 @ 3 pm

On Saturday, May 18, at 3pm, head to Westfield Topanga to catch a talk with Clueless star Alicia Silverstone as she dives into integrating sustainable practices into your daily life, consumption, healthy habits, shopping routine & much more. Stop by and join the ultimate shopping icon to revisit 90s mall culture and get a chance to ask her questions – whether you’re looking for Cher-esque fashion advice or tips on being more green!

From fashion and beauty to protecting the planet, Alicia is on a journey to share her expertise and constant learning to create a more sustainable future. VIP ticket sales ($25) will be donated to RE-volv to support clean energy, or you can reserve General Admission for free, here! The event is a part of Westfield’s Good Festival – the annual event taking place across Westfield Centers that brings together retailers, partner brands, and local stakeholders who are making positive steps towards the environment.

 

Garfield Movie Mural x Popchips: May 3 – May 26

Starting May 3 and leading up to the premiere of The Garfield Movie, Angelenos can get in on the fun by viewing the larger-than-life orange Popchips wall located at 8201 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles. The bold mural wall features a hungry Garfield with a knife and fork peering over a colossal Popchips Nacho bag, ready to dig in. Orange paw prints on the sidewalk lead viewers to the purr-fect spot to strike a pose alongside the mural.

Credit: Popchips / fmarin

Plus, don’t miss out on LTO Nacho Popchips, swag, and more, courtesy of the Popchips street team on May 4, 5, 11, and 12! For an extra treat, scan the QR code on the mural to transport into the Popchips chip bag to become Garfield’s favorite snack via an augmented reality filter on Instagram.

The Popchips x Garfield mural will be live from 5/3 – 5/26.

 

PRIDE & Travel

Pride Month Deals from Hotels Across the U.S. and Mexico

Culver City: The Shay Hotel
The Shay invites guests to celebrate pride during the month of June. Guests will receive 15% off their stay when they use the code PRIDE on the website when booking between now through the end of June. Enjoy the laid-back poolside ambiance overlooking the city at Canopy Club or savor culinary delights downstairs at the newly opened Prima Donna. Adjacent to Ivy Station, this transit-oriented development offers additional dining and shopping options in a vibrant urban oasis–only 7 miles away from the beach. Strategically located, The Shay provides effortless access to Culver City’s dynamic cultural scene. Explore local art galleries, indulge in vibrant nightlife, and take leisurely strolls through the contemporary neighborhood. With Ivy Station’s transit hub, Culver City becomes a perfect walkable haven, eliminating the need for a car and ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable Spring Break experience in the heart of this dynamic urban landscape. For booking, visit here.

Credit: The Shay Hotel

WeHo: Andaz West Hollywood
With it’s robust LGBTQ+ community, West Hollywood is known as the heart of Pride celebrations in Los Angeles and as the first hotel on the iconic Sunset Strip, Andaz West Hollywood will be celebrating all month long! From May 30th to June 30th, Andaz West Hollywood will have a bookable Pride Package with complimentary welcome drinks, access to Pride-themed pool parties on the hotel’s rooftop pool, late check out and up to two drink tickets (one per guest). Additionally, during West Hollywood Pride Weekend May 31st to June 2nd and Los Angeles Pride Weekend from June 7th to June 9th, the hotel will have a rainbow cake for sale at its Riot House Restaurant and an Absolut Vodka Pride drink and dessert available for purchase. Guests looking to celebrate can do so without even having to leave the property. On West Hollywood Pride weekend, Andaz West Hollywood will be hosting a Pride Happy Hour at Riot House Restaurant from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on May 31st and a Rooftop Pool Party on June 1st. On Los Angeles Pride weekend, the hotel will be hosting a Master Beat Party with DJ Jace M on June 8th and a Reverb DayClub Pool Party with sounds by DJ Matt Suave on June 9th.

Even more festivities on the way:
Andaz West Hollywood is offering a month-long Pride Package — bookable with the code PRIDE now for those staying May 31 – June 2 (West Hollywood Pride Weekend) and June 7-9 (Los Angeles Pride Weekend). The package comes with complimentary welcome drinks, access to Pride-themed pool parties on the hotel’s rooftop, late check-out, and up to two drink tickets (one per guest).

The hotel will be hosting a Rooftop Pool Party on June 1, with free entry for guests ($20 for non-guests). Taking place during West Hollywood Pride Weekend (May 31 – June 2), visitors will be able to celebrate Pride in style — with epic views of the festivities, and mixed drinks in hand.

For those visiting after the June 1 Rooftop Pool Party, Andaz West Hollywood will host two more blowouts during West Hollywood Pride Weekend: a Master Beat Party with DJ Jace M on June 8 and a Reverb DayClub Pool Party with sounds by DJ Matt Suave on June 9.

For booking, visit here.

Credit: Andaz West Hollywood

San Francisco: Hyatt Regency San Francisco
San Francisco’s Pride Parade is known for its massive celebration of love, equality, and expression. This year, Grammy, Emmy, and two-time Tony Award winner Billy Porter will be hosting the festivities that are set to take place on June 30. For those looking to stay waterside in the iconic Embarcadero District where the parade starts and partake in the exciting season, Hyatt Regency San Francisco will be providing 10% off room bookings for the month of June with the code PRIDE. With its newly launched happy hour and the recently announced rotation of the property’s Regency Club for World of Hyatt members and guests who book the Regency Club package, there is no better place to celebrate love in the city than at Hyatt Regency San Francisco.  For booking, visit here.

Credit: Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Chicago: Hotel Zachary
Celebrate Pride Month at Alma, nestled within Chicago’s Hotel Zachary, with their exclusive Pride cocktail, the “Stonewall Sour.” Crafted with bourbon, fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white, garnished with Tiki Bitters, this delightful concoction is served in a stylish coup glass for $16. Throughout June, 25% of the proceeds from each Stonewall Sour will be donated to Center on Halsted, supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Alma, now boasting enhanced seating, a dedicated DJ booth, and modern décor beckons guests into its inviting space reminiscent of Chicago’s golden era. With its Terrace offering unparalleled views of Wrigley Field and Gallagher Way, Alma provides the perfect setting to celebrate pride, enjoy refreshing libations, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Lakeview. For an even more immersive experience, consider opting for an overnight stay at Hotel Zachary, conveniently located steps away from the Chicago Pride Festival. Book a reservation at Alma here and a stay at Hotel Zachary here.

Credit: Hotel Zachary

Atlanta: Grand Hyatt Atlanta
Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead celebrates Pride this June and beyond by offering guests a special offer. Guests will receive 20% off their stay when they use the code PRIDE when used on the website to book. Making Grand Hyatt Atlanta the perfect place to book while enjoying Pride in Atlanta. Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is at the heart of the neighborhood and situated closet the best restaurants and shopping in the city to enjoy the start of the summer and Pride month. The hotel is home to 439 plush luxury guest rooms and 21 suites, with two fine dining restaurants, room-service, a coffee bar, an outdoor pool and peaceful Japanese Zen Garden to enjoy during your stay. For booking, visit here.

Credit: Grand Hyatt Atlanta

Mexico: Fairmont Mayakoba – Riviera Maya  

What better way to celebrate Pride month than in the lush, gated community of Mayakoba in Riviera Maya. Fairmont Mayakoba, a AAA Five Diamond resort set on 45 acres within a private, luxury community, is throwing an exclusive Pride in Paradise party on Saturday, June 15, featuring performances by Turbulence and Burrita Burrona, two iconic drag queens from Mexico. The resort will offer special Pride month amenities for guests to enjoy, along with this unique beachfront celebration. Check out their All-Inclusive Package for the best value and convenience with unlimited dining and premium beverage services throughout the property for a Pride getaway unlike any other. Even more, Fairmont Mayakoba’s Pride festivities can be enjoyed by the whole family, with special summer programming for kids to enjoy while adults celebrate love and inclusivity in paradise. For booking, visit here.

Credit: Fairmont Mayakoba

 

Rosewood Sand Hill

Perfectly timed to the Spring and Summer, Rosewood Sand Hill has launched both their Cycling Concierge Program and Summer Pool Menu in partnership with award-winning Chef, Ravi Kapur. Check out what’s in store below:

Summer Pool Menu
In partnership with award-winning Chef, Ravi Kapur, Rosewood Sand Hill has launched the resort’s highly anticipated summer poolside menu, available exclusively at the property’s pool from April until October. A nod to the hotel’s sister property, Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, the pool menu will offer Hawaiian-inspired fare accompanied by a selection of refreshing signature cocktails, both crafted by Ravi himself.

Drawing from Ravi’s Hawaiian heritage and the property’s sustainable culinary ethos, the poolside menu will feature a variety of mouthwatering dishes including hiramasa ceviche, coconut turmeric crispy chicken bites, crushed avocado, and chili crisp dip all complemented by refreshing cocktails with highlights such as the Pickled Mango Margarita and the Lihing Paloma.

Cycling Concierge Program
The property has also launched their Cycling Concierge program, designed to immerse guests into the destination’s well known cycling routes. Tapping into the expertise of cycling enthusiast and Managing Director, Philip Meyer, the Cycling Concierge program offers guests both personalized route planning, local insights on scenic locales and expert recommendations for hidden gems along the way, coupled with bike rental information, local bike shop recommendations, secret water stops, an on-site mobile bike service option, local group ride insights and nutrition advice from the property’s Culinary Director, Chef Seamus Mullen.

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POP MART Opens New Store in Glendale Galleria

POP MART Opens New Store in Glendale Galleria

February saw the opening of POP MART’s largest store, located in Century City, and also the reveal of a second location due to open. Last month, that second store, located at the Glendale Galleria, officially opened!

The Glendale Galleria store opening on March 16th, follows several exciting new product launches in the US. Most recently, for International Women’s Day POP MART’s major character CRYBABY collaborated with the early 2000s classic cartoon “Powerpuff Girls,” for their joint blind box collection. Another inspiring new collection is the Peach Riot series from POP MART’s first US based artist Libby Frame. As a result of their increasing popularity among Gen Z, POP MART is continuing to expand its US presence with a total of 7 permanent stores across the country. 

The Glendale store marks the second location in LA, following the highly successful opening in Century City. As home to a number of major companies in the entertainment industry, the Glendale location blends in with the local culture and will serve as a hub for creativity, self-expression, and the celebration of art in toy form.

Courtesy: POP MART

Visitors can expect an immersive environment that showcases the vibrant and diverse world of POP MART’s iconic designer characters, like MOLLY, Hirono, The Monsters, SKULLPANDA and many others. POP MART has gained a devoted following worldwide, and the brand currently operates more than 450 stores in over 30 countries, with 2,300 Robo Shops (blind box vending machines) and constant new collaborations with brands such as Uniqlo, Crocs, and more. With the opening of these new permanent stores in Los Angeles, even more fans and collectors on the west coast will now have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an unparalleled retail experience, featuring an extensive range of exclusive releases, limited editions, and unexpected collaborations.

POP MART Locations & Hours:

Glendale Galleria
100 W Broadway Suite 100, Glendale CA, CA 91210
Hours of Operation: 11AM-8PM

Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067
Hours: 10AM-9PM

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Brands and Deals to Take Advantage of for 420 in 2024

Brands and Deals to Take Advantage of for 420 in 2024

420 is near and some of the best deals of the season are here! While it’s hightime for rounding up the selection of snacks and goodies, we’ve got a few brands worth checking out for the special weekend ahead. From sales to new releases, there’s a little something out there for everyone to put the cherry on top of the weekend.

Check out the offerings below to highlight the coming days ahead!

Stündenglass

Available: April 17th – April 21st 

 

Innovators in the glass space, Stündenglass crafted a first of its kind addition to your glass arsenal. The Modül Dök, a hand-held glass piece that pairs with the Modül for a fast, safe, consistent and controlled experience. It’s the only device of its kind on the market for both dry herb and concentrate materials that accesses the fullest potential of the plant.
  • G Pen Up to 40% off sitewide
  • G Pen Dash+ was 149.95; Sale Price:$99.95
  • Stundenglass:  All Stündenglass Gravity Infusers $420
  • Grateful Dead x Stündenglass was $599.95; Sale Price: $420
  • Grateful Dead x G Pen Dash:
    Grateful Dead partnered with G Pen on their first official cannabis vaporizer combining the band’s iconic imagery with Grenco Science’s transformative design and technology. Originally $79.95; Sale Price: $47.97
  • The Pink Kompact from Stündenglass:
    Good things do come in smaller sizes. The Pink Stündenglass Kompact features the same patented 360 degree gravity system, dynamic design, and engaging user experience as the original, all in a more portable size and comes pre-assembled along with a hot pink travel case! $599.99; Sale Price: $420

Zippo Lights Up 4/20 With High-Class Collection

4/20 is just around the corner, and Zippo Manufacturing Company, renowned for crafting the iconic windproof lighter, has set out to revolutionize the holiday with its latest offering: the 20th of April Collection. This exclusive collection features four meticulously crafted lighters, each designed to redefine the cannabis celebration by offering sophisticated accessories that elevate the smoking experience to new heights of elegance and refinement.

Breaking away from the stereotypes often associated with 4/20, Zippo’s collection exudes sophistication and luxury. Crafted on High Polish Brass models, each lighter boasts distinctive designs ranging from whimsical to abstract, catering to the refined tastes of modern cannabis enthusiasts who value both style and substance. Discover the collection with prices starting at $37.95 exclusively
available at Zippo.com/20April.

High 90’s

HIGH 90’S – California’s premiere cannabis brand that will take you higher than the clouds with its sweet lineup of high-quality cannabis products that are a tribute to ’90s nostalgia in every puff.
All-in-one Disposable Vapes:
  • These vapes provide a quick and potent quality hit while being discreet and convenient for those who are always on the move.
  • Boasting 1 gram of premium cannabis oil
  • Available in a range of 15 different flavors. 
  • All vapes include a charging cable so you can enjoy an intense mind and body high that will keep on giving! 
High Rollers:
  • The pre-rolls with a gorgeous appearance, mouth-watering flavors and potency that can’t be beaten. 
  • Each pre-roll is generously filled with 1.5 grams of the highest-quality flowers from the brand’s line-up.
  • Hand picked and hand packed with only nugs and crowned with a glass mouthpiece for a seamless draw. 
  • With 12 flavors to choose from, the High Rollers are not just pre-rolls; they’re a statement that offers an elevated high that can’t be ignored. 

Launched in 2019, HIGH 90’S was born out of a love for weed and a passion for all things ’90s. Its lineup includes everything from wax-infused pre-rolls to a variety of flowers, vapes, and extracts. The brand is proud to embody California’s laid-back spirit and the essence of the ’90s. If you’re looking for a brand that’s as fun and bold as it is high-quality, look no further than HIGH 90’S.

Nabis Partners: Falcon, Maven, and More

With almost 40 million residents, California is the largest legal cannabis market in the country. But with supply and demand fluctuations impacting market stability, the need for reliable third-party distribution, technology and logistics support is ever-present as operators look to scale.
Today, a suite of California cannabis leaders, including Falcon’s state-wide empire and Maven’s beloved exclusive genetics genetics, announced partnerships with the state’s leading third-party fulfillment platform, Nabis.
These partnerships mark a trend among the state’s leading operators, who are looking to relieve pressure and enhance scalability with tech-forward, data-driven, streamlined distribution services like those offered by Nabis.
In addition to Falcon and Maven, Nabis recently added Drops, Ball Family Farms, Bear Humboldt and Ursa Extracts to its marketplace.
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Andaz West Hollywood Announces New Solo Art Exhibit with Fernanda Lavera

Andaz West Hollywood Announces New Solo Art Exhibit with Fernanda Lavera

The highly anticipated art exhibition will showcase Lavera’s artworks from her collection called “I’m not a robot” from April 4 to June 28, 2024

Andaz West Hollywood, located on the legendary Sunset Strip, has partnered with Buenos-Aires-born, artist Fernanda Lavera to unveil her highly-anticipated solo art exhibition in Los Angeles. The visiting exhibition at the registered art gallery in Andaz West Hollywood is showcasing Lavera’s artworks from her acclaimed collection called “I’m not a robot,” over a three-month period from April 4 to June 28, 2024. On Thursday, April 18th, Andaz West Hollywood held a special launch party to celebrate the beginning of the exhibit, where Lavera attended and spoke to attendees. Those in attendance included media, influencers, artists, hotel guests, and the general public.

Credit: Chelsea Patricia

A natural fit for Andaz West Hollywood, known for its rich history as an eclectic gateway to West Hollywood, Lavera’s vibrant artworks are marked by eccentric shapes and vivid colors that draw on inspiration from Lavera’s daily life. The idea for the, “I’m not a robot,” collection was sparked when the artist encountered an obstacle attempting to log in to her computer, a system requesting verification of her humanity through a test involving identifying objects in images. “I’m at the computer filling out some online forms, and once again, a series of urban images and symbols appear on the screen, drawing my full attention: bicycles, traffic lights, signs, and signals that I have to accept. I’m not a robot,” states Lavera.

This experience ignited an internal protest within Lavera: “Why must I prove my humanity when I am unquestionably human and an artist?” As a result, “I’m not a robot,” is a series of four paintings that invite individuals to slow down despite living in a society filled with automatic consumption.

Distinct from her usual format which typically employs larger canvases, “I’m not a robot,”will showcase four smaller paintings presented collectively in the form of a puzzle. Utilizing resources such as pixelation, QR codes, puzzles, and verifications, the exhibition incorporates and blends these technological facets of modernity, forging the creation of a protest with space for amusement, engagement, and human connection. Whether viewed digitally or experienced in person, the art encourages audiences to connect with the artist on a human level and join this protest.

Credit: Chelsea Patricia

Lavera believes in pushing the boundaries that exist in the world. Unique and revolutionary, the artist emerges from the masses holding strong convictions, her brushes, and vision. Lavera communicates a message that will make individuals think and question themselves, leaving them wanting more.

Lavera’s exciting rise to fame began when Greg Schriefer and Clive Davis stumbled upon her work during their trip to Buenos Aires. Enamored by her artistic technique and message, both were deeply impressed, and Greg decided to take on the role of managing her career.

For more information about Andaz West Hollywood, please visit: www.andazwesthollywood.com. Andaz West Hollywood’s registered art gallery rotates quarterly, featuring the work of local and international artists. QR codes are displayed throughout the gallery with their respective art pieces for purchasing and browsing of artists’ other works.

About Andaz West Hollywood:

“With its iconic history as the first hotel on the Sunset Strip, Andaz West Hollywood offers guests the rare opportunity to trace the footsteps of a long list of legendary rockers who frequented the property throughout the 60s and 70s and earned it the nickname “Riot House,” including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, The Doors and more. The historic property experienced past lives as Hyatt on Sunset and Hyatt West Hollywood, before rebranding as Andaz West Hollywood in Hyatt’s boutique lifestyle collection in 2009. The modernized hotel features 240 stylish guest rooms including 21 suites with chic aesthetics, coveted views of the Hollywood Hills and Sunset Boulevard, a rotating art gallery exhibition, and the highest rooftop pool in Los Angeles. An eclectic and fashionable destination, Andaz West Hollywood provides the ultimate LA experience with elevated comforts and amenities for guests to unleash their inner celebrity and indulge like no one, or everyone, is watching.”

Nestled at the heart of the renowned Sunset Strip, Andaz West Hollywood epitomizes the vibrant spirit of WeHo, alongside its acclaimed neighbors, like The Comedy Store and iconic Saddle Ranch Chop House. Its prime location in West Hollywood makes exploring the area on foot a breeze, with the hotel itself offering exceptional accommodations and top-notch hospitality. In addition, its proximity to both Bob Hope Airport (BUR) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) makes travel convenient, with BUR just 10 miles away and LAX only 16 miles away.

The hotel features a recently-renovated rooftop pool features a pool bar, glamorous views, private cabanas, day beds, and lounge chairs – all available to hotel guests and non-hotel guests via a reservation.

About Fernanda Lavera:

Fernanda Lavera is a Buenos Aires-based contemporary artist. At a young age, she discovered her fascination for art and painting through an aunt and has since had a passion for sketching and textures. Neo-expressionist art is notorious in Lavera’s monumental and vibrant artworks. From each, eccentric shapes and vivid colors of contrasting expressions escape, providing a glimpse into her unconscious imagination. Lavera’s art includes symbols, objects, and everyday forms that align closely with the style of Pop Art. Psychedelic cartoons, rabid cats, race cars, tables, and blurred faces, are some of the heterogeneous elements that are presented. For further information, visit laverart.com.

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A New Restaurant Pops Up at The Shay: Meet Prima Donna

A New Restaurant Pops Up at The Shay: Meet Prima Donna

Cowritten by Anthony C. Stafford

Last year, we covered our experience after an overnight stay at The Shay Hotel. During that time, we had a complete blast seeing the uniqueness that makes The Shay what it is: a platform and incubator for small and local businesses and artists, while also a thriving scene for guests to stay in comfort, style, and excitement. In addition, we highlighted a restaurant that helped put the cherry on top of our stay — though that restaurant has closed and an entirely new concept has sprung up in its place!

Credit: The Shay Hotel

We recently had the opportunity to revisit the hotel, and were introduced to the newest restaurant to grace the ground floor of The Shay: Prima Donna.

Familiar, Yet Fresh: Prima Donna

Prima Donna is in many ways a sigh of relief, and in other ways, an exciting addition to look forward to.

Officially opened in January of this year, Prima Donna is an elevated Italian restaurant, featuring everything from pizzas to pastas cooked in the iconic hearth and brick oven that so many recognize. They also recently began live music on Friday nights, making the evening atmosphere that much more energetic and memorable.

We were surprised to find familiarity in Prima Donna, with the overall experience being upbeat, lively, and playful. We recognized some of the same friendly faces that graced the previous establishment returned at Prima Donna — like the impressionable Kelly, who knows the dishes inside and out while giving the best descriptions of them. We learned that The Shay helped take care of the team after the previous restaurant’s departure, which smoothly transition them into this new chapter with Prima Donna. The crowds flocked in soon after the restaurant opened, proving that the love lives on.

Prima Donna Menu

If you’re comparing Prima Donna to what existed before, don’t. Instead, think about your favorite Italian dishes, and how they can possibly be any better. The Prima Donna team came in with their own vision and you can rest assured that you’re in for a familiar, yet new and elevated experience with many options to look forward to. For example, Prima Donna’s lamb meatballs with garlic bread rang bells in our memories, but packed an incredible punch – a reminder that this is a new restaurant with its own identity. The crispy-soft garlic bread stood out on its own, decorated with mouthwatering flakes of salt and the pungent burst of buttery garlic flavor. It deserved to be its own plate and still paired perfectly with the tender and juicy lamb meatballs wading in tomato sauce.

We chowed through Grilled Prawns bathed in fennel pollen, burnt lemon, and a subtle smoky oil, a White Lotus Pizza (fennel sausage, white sauce, caciocavallo, crispy potato, and red onion), and Rigatoni Pasta as the heavier selections for the evening. And a notable mention we just couldn’t get enough of remains the Crispy Brussels, complete with farro and sitting delicately atop a cloud of lemon-yogurt bagna cauda and golden raisins. Finally, the Lemon Pistachio Cake and Magic Sundae were both incredible. Tangy, lemony sweetness of cake alongside the smooth, creamy and crunchy sundae made for a perfect ending to our evening.

According to Mosaic, Prima Donna will be around until at least June 2024, but given the popularity and immediate embrace from the community, they’ll likely and hopefully be around for years to come.

Comfort, Style, and Excitement: The Shay

In regard to The Shay itself, not much has changed, as it continues to lift its small business community up high and periodically hosts events of all types for these businesses and artists to gain exposure. This time around, there were no events during our visit, but still ongoing support of the community, with the lobby’s Gallery Shop bursting with products just waiting to be bought. From shirts and dresses, to spa goods and essentials, there’s almost no stone unturned when it comes to what you can expect to find at The Shay’s Gallery Shop. In fact, it beckons you to come back from time to time to see what’s new in stock.

Next up, rather than a room with a view of the Hollywood Sign and DTLA, we enjoyed a larger space thanks to a private and spacious patio on the inward-facing side of the building. This allowed for fresh, cool air during the night hours, and even a space to sit out for a drink, a book, or editing. But even then, you’ve got the rooftop where the pool and Canopy Club await for unique views, more irresistible dishes and cocktails, and exclusive lounging.

We can’t recommend The Shay enough, as it lies in the heart of Culver City’s Arts District with more than enough going on to never get bored. Plentiful shopping, nightlife, fine dining, and small business & local artist support all in one place gives the hotel an advantage that others should be hungry for. Having the opportunity to visit The Shay once again feels like a return to home. Some things have changed, but enough has stayed the same, even with the addition of Prima Donna. It’s nice to not feel like a stranger and know that you can count on consistency from The Shay Hotel.

Read our previous coverage of The Shay Hotel and their Mercado y Más event, here.

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Here’s A Secret Worth Knowing: Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club

Here’s A Secret Worth Knowing: Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club

There’s a little known secret hidden away in Southern California, and it isn’t Catalina Island. This gem is instead tucked away in Malibu, providing some of the best resort experiences and activities that you won’t find anywhere else.

Nestled in the stunning hillside of the Malibu Canyon, is Malibu’s best kept secret — and the only resort in the region. Offering a picturesque blend of luxury and rustic charm, this exclusive haven is redefining the standard of indulgence for travelers and locals alike. While many who travel through Southern California may gravitate toward Los Angeles to be closer to the action and glamour of the city, true relaxation and escapism lies within Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club.

With a rich history that dates back over 80 years, the Gerson Family invites guests to enjoy the over-250-acre resort with a boasting array of unparalleled amenities. From a private beach club with breathtaking ocean views, to a private horseback riding excursion, serene poolside relaxation, a world-class spa, and incredible dining experiences, this one-of-a-kind property is nothing less than extraordinary.

Credit: Catherine Dzilenski

For more than eight decades, five generations of the Gerson family have valued and revered the 250-acre estate, which was purchased by J. Grant Gerson in 1937. Moreover, Calamigos is the only upscale resort in Malibu that offers a beachside club exclusively for members and guests, as well as a private ranch in the Malibu Wine Country. With its luxurious cabins, cottages, bungalows, and estate rooms built on the property’s rural grounds, Calamigos embodies the pinnacle of sustainable luxury. Every home is meticulously constructed to be cozy and to coexist sustainably with the untouched landscape around it. A fire pit and soaking tub are common outdoor features in most rooms, which are perfect for relaxing in the evenings.
Enveloped in serenity, the resort is fitting for large and small families, groups of friends, romantic getaways, or even corporate retreats.

Outside of the luxurious suites, guests can enjoy the Calamigos Beach Club located just off the PCH in Malibu – where they take on the LA-lifestyle by renting paddle boards, soaking up the SoCal sun with a private beach butler, or dine at the Beach Club restaurant. For the more adventurous guests, the Calamigos team can arrange private guided hikes along the property, yoga and a sound bath, horseback riding, pickleball matches, and fitness sessions. On the other end of the activity spectrum, a reviving facial or calming massage can help guests balance their mind, body, and spirit, available in-room at Spa Calamigos or at the spa. Foodies can enjoy the renowned Calamigos Burger and fish tacos poolside, or they can choose to dress up and eat at the Ranch Club, the on-site restaurant, where they can sample a variety of dishes such fresh sushi, sirloin, miso glazed salmon, and seasonal salads. Finally, notable dessert options include chocolate fondue and freshly baked cookies served with milk upon request.

Visitors can prepare to be whisked away on an extraordinary journey where every detail is meticulously crafted to ensure an unparalleled level of luxury and comfort at Calamigos Guest Ranch. This hidden away, little known secret invites guests to immerse themselves in the world of nature, where each moment is a testament to the extraordinary and an homage to all things Malibu.

Calamigos Guest Ranch is located at 327 S Latigo Canyon Road, in Malibu, California. The Beach Club is located only a short drive away, where Corral Canyon meets the Pacific Coast Highway (guests are transported by house cars). Rooms can be booked online at calamigosguestranch.com, or by calling the front desk at (818)-540-2440. Visit their website to learn more.

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