It would be deemed appropriate for a powerhouse digital lifestyle brand such as POPSUGAR to offer women an experience that would maximize their best selves in celebration of International Women’s Day. Coming off the huge success of their Play/Ground Festival series, POPSUGAR has now added “Grounded” to the fold, which targets Los Angeles’ sector of health-conscious and fitness focused women. Details on this full day of programming below after the jump:
The “Grounded” Fitness event will be held on Saturday, March 7 at Goya Studios in Los Angeles to kick off International Woman’s Day. The day will have two sessions with tickets priced at $25 for either the morning or afternoon session, or $40 for the entire day.
Filled with positivity, Grounded serves as a place to steer yourself to center and recharge both mentally and physically to power yourself forward toward your goals. “Our audience is eager to learn everything they can about the latest fitness trends and how to live a well-balanced life. We saw their passion and enthusiasm at our Play/Ground festival, particularly within our dedicated fitness and wellness villages.” Said Lisa Sugar. “In expanding the success of Play/Ground, we wanted to break out those villages and create a dedicated event that was laser focused on getting women the tools they need to live the healthiest and happiest lives possible – from the inside out.”
Curated wellness activities throughout the day such as electric workouts, self-care workshops and inspirational panels will reinvigorate guests and get them primed to tackle any obstacle and reach any goal. The powerhouse duo of “Tone It Up” Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott will serve as headliners for Grounded’s Body Garage, a fitness studio offering back to back, heart-pumping classes from today’s top influencers, athletes and studios. Other fitness experts confirmed to lead workout sessions include: Koya Webb, LIT Method with Taylor and Justin Norris, Deja Riley, and Jake Dupree.
Core Hydration, Natural Vitality CALM, U by Kotex, Nature’s Way Alive! join POPSUGAR’s Grounded as the event sponsors given their shared desire to celebrate female empowerment and provide the tools that help ensure women’s mental and physical health.
Grounded’s main offerings will include:
- The Body Garage: Where you can gear up your body and mind with electric workouts led by top instructors.
- The Rest Stop: A soul space for spirit-expanding moments, centering spaces, self-care workshops, and inspirational panels.
- The PS Mini Mart: A chic convenience store where you can shop exclusive POPSUGAR merch and a collection of our Must Have favorites.
- Fuel Station: A healthy pit stop serving up snacks and refreshments for purchase all day long.
- Exclusive, always-on access to healing rituals, beauty consultations, self-love practices, and more to unwind, recharge, and reconnect.
Tickets are available now @ www.popsugargrounded.com
Beauty trends change every year. Decades ago, women used to focus on giving their hair as much volume as possible. Later, everyone wanted the perfect rouge or heaviest liner. It’s hard to imagine those same trends being as popular today, mostly because the beauty world has zeroed in on the landscape of skincare.
Taking care of your skin goes beyond washing your face at night and occasionally using lotion. If you want to unlock a gorgeous glowing look, discover the 10 biggest skincare trends of 2020.
1. Reusable Facial Cloths
People around the world are starting to go green and live more sustainable lifestyles. They’re changing the companies they buy from and how they live their daily lives, including their beauty routines.
In 2020, more people will leave one-use makeup remover wipes in the past and instead opt for reusable facial cloths. You can already find many eco-friendly products available to clean your skin and remove makeup, such as gentle organic cotton. Try it out for yourself to compare which is better for your skin.
2. Charcoal Facial Cleansers
You may have seen charcoal masks before, but facial cleansers will be the next big trend. Charcoal is a natural element that purifies skin by attracting pollutants, naturally whisking them away from pores. Lather your hands up with a facial cleansing bar or liquid to feel the immediate effect of charcoal detoxification.
3. Whipped Cream Moisturizer
Add a dollop of whipped cream to your desserts and skincare routine. Whipped cream moisturizers will become popular because they contain ceramides, an oil-based substance that locks in moisture to heal skin, which constant dry patches need badly.
4. Light Brightening Serums
Heavy brightening serums have turned people away in the past, but lighter versions are on the market now. Light serums contain hyaluronic acid, which minimizes redness and tightens skin, alongside other beneficial ingredients like vitamins C and E.
5. Plant-Based Organic Deodorant
Rumor has it that antiperspirants cause cancer, and while studies have failed to definitively link the two, beauty gurus want to try out organic deodorants. Look for options that don’t contain aluminum or parabens to maximize the purity of what you buy. Test it out when you’re not around people to see how it mingles with your natural body odor and switch brands a few times to get the best blend if necessary.
6. All-Natural Glycerine Toners
Old toners can make your skin feel sticky, but not modern blends made with glycerine. When you apply a glycerine-based toner to your face, it will reduce acne and moisturize skin without requiring you to spend money on extra supplies. If you tend to reach for two-in-one products, glycerine toner is about to become your new best friend.
7. Rose Petal Facial Toner
Rose petal-based toners might be the most-significant trend so far in 2020. When you use this product on your face once a day, it balances your skin’s pH levels to reduce oiliness and inflammation. Opt for an alcohol-free option if you tend to have dry skin and want maximum moisturization.
8. Beauty Sculpting Bars
Many women want tighter, brighter skin, which is where sculpting bars can help. If you use one across areas with wrinkles, dark circles or puffiness, it’ll stimulate your blood flow. Your skin will naturally produce more collagen, tightening fine lines and smoothing out discoloration.
9. Honey Hydration Masks
Beauty gurus in 2020 will start using more honey hydration masks because they want something all-natural and healing. People have used honey for antibacterial purposes for centuries. Now that same power can heal acne, abrasions left by psoriasis and blemishes faster than before. It also lifts dead skin cells, allowing hydrating ingredients to absorb into the layers of your skin more effectively.
You can find honey hydration masks at beauty supply stores, but you can also make one on your own with what’s already in your pantry. Before you start mixing ingredients, ensure you have all-natural honey, not the kind made entirely of sugar.
10. Lip Treatment Kits
It’s easy to forget about your lips during your skin care routine, besides the occasional use of a moisturizing balm in the winter. Now people want entire kits dedicated to lip care. Look for these products as they start becoming more widespread. You’ll find moisturizers, balms and even lip masks. They’re fun to experiment with, especially if they come in different flavors. With the right routine, you’ll never have to deal with cracked lips in winter again!
Test Out These Top 2020 Skincare Trends
The most well-received trends aren’t always what’s right for your skin. Approach each new product or kit with caution, noting any before and after differences. With time, you’ll discover a new routine that’s great for your face, no matter what kind of solutions you’re looking for.
COME CELEBRATE NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY AT TREJO’S TACOS/TREJO’S CANTINA
$3.99 OG Margaritas All-Day! What a deal!
Who: National Margarita Day at Trejo’s Tacos/Cantina.
What: Trejo’s will be offering $3.99 OG Margaritas all-day!
When: Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
Where: At all Trejo’s locations.
The road to SoCal’s local wine country is the El Camino Real, or Highway 101. Located 219 miles from Los Angeles, Paso Robles is precisely the halfway point between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Paso Robles used to be a dusty pioneer town famous for its almonds, but that has all changed. A burgeoning wine country, it is home to over 200 wineries, 40,000 vineyard acres and many winegrape varieties, but primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Chardonnay. It is that rare combination of warm days and cool evenings that helps produce these wines. It should also be noted that the town El Paso de Robles (which means Pass of the oak trees) was co-founded by Kentucky outlaws Frank and Jesse James’ uncle Drury around 1869.
One of the finest among them is the family owned Daou Winery in the Adelaida District. The Daou brothers, Georges and Daniel started the winery in 2007, moving their life and fortune from San Diego to Paso Robles. The Daou Winery is beautifully set in the mountains at an altitude of 2,200 feet; rich with rolling hills, a faint hint of the Pacific 14 miles away, the winery enjoys some of the best climate and soil (calcareous clay) to produce a great Cabernet Sauvignon.
We meet Daniel Daou, a man passionate about his winery and wine. In fact, there are moments where is he so engaged in the science of winemaking you too want to live this life of juice, soil, rain, air, wood and glass. It becomes clear that winemaking is indeed a science as well as passion—so many elements must come together perfectly to produce a good harvest, a good year, a good wine.
Georges and Daniel Daou hail from Lebanon, by way of France. Their father, Joseph Daou, grew up in Beirut, in a modest, urban family. Joseph was 10 years old before his father, who grew up an orphan, was able to buy the family’s first bed. The prevailing culture of Joseph’s youth was one of genteel French colonialism—Lebanon having only gained its independence from France in 1943. In time, Joseph became a successful businessman, and Beirut would become known as “the Paris of the Middle East.”
Remarkably, the greatness of DAOU Mountain was foretold 40 years earlier when the property, then known as Hoffman Mountain Ranch, was hailed by California winemaking legend André Tchelistcheff as “a jewel of ecological elements.”
The mountain was first planted to grapes in the early 1960s by Dr. Stanley Hoffman and his wife Terry. To test his faith in the Adelaida District, Dr. Hoffman enlisted the input of Tchelistcheff, who was California’s foremost winemaking authority at the time.
Tchelistcheff was impressed with what he saw, and his seal of approval gave Dr. Hoffman further confidence to go forward. Hoffman Mountain Ranch released its first wine—a Cabernet Sauvignon—in 1972.
Dr. Hoffman was nothing if not ahead of his time, and that was ultimately the winery’s undoing. The market for his Paso Robles wines was outpaced by costs of running the winery, and he was forced to sell the winery in 1981. The land’s potential would remain untapped for more than two decades to follow.
As Dr. Hoffman once recalled about his first years in Paso Robles, “There were some Zinfandel growers in Paso, but nobody that I know of who wanted to grow French varietals like I did. We were the first. People were not encouraging. They said we were crazy.”
Fatefully, Georges and Daniel were met with similar skepticism when they arrived here with their stated intent to produce wines rivaling the world’s greatest.
Five years after acquiring the mountain and planting their vineyard, the Daou brothers were presented with an opportunity to purchase the adjacent property that included the old Hoffman Mountain Ranch winery facility. Their architect recommended that they raze the building and start over, but their respect for Dr. Hoffman’s legacy was too great. They decided to restore the building instead.
A year later, they held a ribbon cutting with two very special guests of honor: Stanley and Terry Hoffman. As one observer of that day wrote, “It’s not always easy to go home, especially if there are some broken dreams involved. But dreams delayed are not always dreams denied and sometimes you just have to wait awhile to see the work you started come to fruition.”
These and other stories are related with a quiet satisfaction that they did indeed take these mountains and produce some of the finest wines in the region.
WE’RE GOING TO A PARTY
After the winery tour we were invited to lunch at the winery restaurant. Cody Thomasson, Estate Chef, DAOU Family Estates serves a table of distinctly Lebanese fare—kabobs, mezze (Hummus, Muhammara, Bali Butternut, Castelvetrano Olive Tapenade, Spicy Whipped Feta, Tzatziki, Garlic Toum, Lime Zested Medjool Dates, Almonds & Pita Bread), an offering of cheese and charcuterie, lamb chops and of course the perfect sampling of wine, direct from the barrels. If you have never had wine from a barrel, it is a tasteful experience to be enjoyed in the cooler room temperatures—even the Cabernet is cool, and Daniel admits to liking his wine slightly on the cooler side. Indeed.
Later that night, a party, a soiree has been organized at the winery— This will be the 8th iteration of DAOU’S flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, Soul of a Lion. A wine that represents the family patriarch, Joseph Daou and the lessons of persistence, passion and courage he instilled in his sons during their childhood. Food, wine, friends and music, this is a night of celebration for the 8th reiteration of the wine. The music is Lebanese, the food is a mix of Middle eastern fruits, vegetables and lamb chops. The wine is DAOU, both Soul of the Lion and other varieties—all incredible! We are atop a hill in the middle of Pasa Robles, so when we spot Twilight actor Taylor Lautner, it is a surprise. This of course, leads to a mental discussion about the nature of celebrity: you cannot go anywhere without people talking about you, circling about to attempt a hello, you are judged. As the night progresses, everyone gets to meet Taylor and he turns about to be exceptionally sweet about it. He ultimately joins his friends and everyone on the dance floor for the last dance song of the night (see video below).
Random Thoughts: winemaking is a business and a science—at times Daniel delved so deeply into soil texture, climate and the conditions needed to produce a great varietal. There is a quiet competition between Napa and Pasa Robles although the current notion is to keep PR as rural as it can remain despite the blossoming wine trade taking place. Asked where the next wine making region might be, all answered, Livermore, CA. People who work in the wine industry seem to genuinely enjoy it. Maeve Pesquera, Senior Vice President, DAOU Family Estates has likely told her story countless times, but it is clearly evident that she enjoys her job—and why not? Daniel Daou sports the best Prada shoes we have ever seen.
DAOU VINEYARDS + WINERY | PASO ROBLES
Address: 2777 Hidden Mountain Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Left to right: Daniel offers Zuke Oshiro some wine from the barrel; entrance to the winery restaurant; the spectacular view looking west from the winery; the kabobs have been served.
THE SOUL OF A LION
THE WINE | Soul of a Lion is DAOU’s crown jewel, named after the father of Georges and Daniel Daou. The 2017 vintage displays richness, elegance and balance—the hallmarks of a superb growing season that allowed for extended ripening. A deep, complex bouquet reveals notes of cassis, black currant, licorice, incense, ripe plum and vanilla. The palate is full-bodied, layered and complex, while smooth, silky tannins lead to a persistent finish. It is impossible to drink this wine without respecting the great structure that will allow it to evolve nicely for years to come. In short, this is a blockbuster vintage that showcases the innate power of DAOU Mountain.
THE VINTAGE | The 2017 growing season was preceded by one of the wettest winters in recent memory, with nearly 35 inches of rain recorded on DAOU Mountain. The vines were energized by the much-needed moisture, setting one of our best crops yet. The weather remained steady from spring through mid-summer. However, a heat wave descended upon California during the third week of August. Many vintners chose to harvest immediately, but we made the brave decision to allow the fruit to hang. As we suspected, a cooling trend snapped the heat wave ensuring that the fruit achieved optimal ripeness. The result was our latest harvest ever on the mountain, reaching all the way into the third week of October. The long hang time yielded the deepest color and concentration we have seen from our estate. The tannins are silky and beautifully integrated. We feel that the 2017 wines will rival the best ever from DAOU Mountain.
DAOU VINEYARDS & WINERY | Family owned and operated, DAOU Vineyards & Winery is committed to producing collectible, world-class wines to rival the most respected appellations in the world. DAOU Mountain’s combination of remarkable geology, microclimate, a 2,200-foot elevation, and steep slopes gives it a terroir described as “a jewel of ecological elements.” As stewards of this beautiful terroir, our goal is to make fine wines that honestly and accurately reflect the potential of the estate.
VARIETALS | 79 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot BARREL AGING | 22 months in 100% new French oak ALCOHOL | 14.7%
There’s more to wine than just drinking it—here are some interesting facts:
A single bottle contains:
750 ml of wine which is 25.6 ounces made from 2.4 pounds of grapes (39.0 oz) and is enough for four to five glasses.
A case of wine is a dozen 750 ml bottles or 307.2 ounces total, which comes from 30 pounds of grapes.
One standard oak barrel of wine holds 295 bottles of wine (or 59 glasses) made from 740 pounds of grapes which works out to approximately to 24 cases wine.
An acre of vineyard land can give the grower five tons of grapes (greatly depending on variety, farming practices and location) which will give you 797 gallons of juice or thirteen and half barrels, which is close to four thousand bottles of wine.
12 SoCal-Inspired Brunch Recipes for a Weekend at Home
Aah. There’s nothing like a lazy Sunday when you can take your time getting out of bed, then rock your PJ’s all day long. It doesn’t matter if it’s a rainy day indulgence or a planned Netflix binge day for you and your SO. You’ll eventually need to eat!
When your stomach starts growling, it’s time to whip up a to-die-for brunch. You don’t have to bother with pants to look restaurant-appropriate. You can design a spread worthy of the Four Seasons with these recipes.
- Eggs Benedict
The trickiest part of this recipe is making the homemade hollandaise sauce, but it’s no more complicated than making mayonnaise. If you have a partner in crime, one of you can poach the eggs while the other handles sauce duty. The result? A decadent dish rich enough to star on many exclusive brunch menus — including the one served at Casa de You.
- Lobster Hash
What says decadence more than lobster? Guess what? This white meat isn’t only for dinner anymore! By adding eggs and potatoes, you can create a tasty hash that will fill you up all day long. This dish is a snap to make because the potatoes primarily cook themselves. And because you’re getting a dose of lean protein, you’ll fuel your muscles. You know, in case you do something vigorous later on — like returning to bed.
- Herby Everything Cheddar Swirl Buns
Brunch isn’t complete without bread — why not make your bun a rich and savory indulgence with this recipe? If you feel a cold coming on, the thyme in this meal may help ward it off — the herb contains a potent mix of vitamins and minerals to boost your immunity. The cheddar cheese keeps these buns moist, even if you don’t add a pat of butter when they finish baking.
You can prep these the night before and leave them in the fridge overnight. Then, when the morning comes, preheat the oven, and enjoy fresh-baked goodness in minutes.
- Whole Grain Waffles
Waffles are a classic breakfast staple for a good reason. Because this recipe contains flax seeds, it’s ideal for shiny hair and supple skin. If you have a sensitivity to the gluten in wheat, you can substitute an ancient grain, such as quinoa or amaranth. You can freeze the leftovers — making this dish perform double-duty as a quick weekday morning snack. You can top these with maple syrup or any variety of your favorite fruits.
- Smoked Salmon Smorrebrod
The horseradish sour cream steals the show in this recipe, which you can modify to include nearly any type of meat. If you have allergies or a sinus infection, the heat from this meal will open swollen passages. The lemon juice helps to detoxify your body, as do the fresh herbs. Radishes add a refreshing crunch and help balance out some of the heat.
- Easy Frittata
If your response to “cheese” is “yes, please,” then this dish is for you. The blend of ricotta, mushrooms and spinach elevates this recipe well beyond your basic omelet. In approximately 15 minutes, you’ll have a brunch delight fit for a king or queen.
- Curry-Avocado Crispy Egg Toast
Nothing says So-Cal more than avocado, but this isn’t your mama’s standard toast. The curry powder adds an exciting flavor, and the turmeric contained in the spice is a potent anti-inflammatory. Plus, the vitamin E in avocados supports healthy joints, so if you have arthritis, make this dish a brunch-time favorite.
- Healthy Banana Bread
Banana bread is delicious at any time of day, but it adds a hint of sweetness to your morning meal. Plus, because this recipe uses no animal products, it’s friendly for the vegan in your life — or yourself, if you follow the lifestyle. The coconut sugar won’t spike your glucose levels as significantly as ordinary cane sugar does, helping you ward off a mid-afternoon crash.
- Paleo Pumpkin Waffles
Paleo is all the rage these days — but who wants to live their life without waffles? Indulge without blowing your diet by whipping up this recipe. The coconut flour lowers the glycemic load of this meal, making it safe for your eating plan. Topping it with a low-glycemic fruit like raspberries reduces the sugar level.
- Strawberry Parfaits
Who doesn’t adore parfait? You can whip up this dish in a jiffy with no need to heat the oven or stove. Layer granola, Greek yogurt and strawberries in a glass. Add a drizzle of honey, and you’re ready to indulge!
- Hellfire Club Bloody Mary
Lazy weekend brunches make it okay to do a bit of day drinking. Plus, if you overindulged the night before, this recipe serves as the ideal hair-of-the-dog. It has the precise amount of spice to open your sinuses, although you can go heavier on Tabasco if you like to sweat.
- Sweet Sunrise (Virgin)
Hey, you don’t have to include alcohol to have a fun, foo-foo drink with your weekend brunch! Skip the tequila and enjoy this flavorful mocktail that won’t leave you craving a nap by noon. You’ll get heaps of vitamin C, perfect for battling off any cold or flu germs.
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The next few days are shaping up to be an eventful Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend. In fact, Los Angeles’ own Six Gun Sal is preparing to rock out with a live performance for the release of their new music video, “The Life,” and recent new single “Take Me Home.” Six Gun Sal’s “The Life” music video will be shown at the event, and it’s expected that many familiar faces will be present for the show.
The event will be hosted by Australian actor Vernon Wells, Timothy Eaton (TV Film Music Producer), with attendees like Frank Greenfield (Multi-Platinum, Grammy Nominated, Golden Globe and Dove Award Winner, Producer, Writer and Guitarist); Chad Johnson (Bachelor in Paradise); Kim Estes (EMMY Award Winning); Kelly Noc Mac (Food Network- Reality Star “American Worst Cook”); and Glenna Kamholz (“Andrea The Giant” AfterGlow Original Glowgirls – Wrestler) to name a few!
Six Gun Sal is a Los Angeles based 7-piece Classic & Southern Rock Band who recently signed with Sony/ The Orchard for their new single “Take Me Home.” Six Gun Sal will move you with melodic emotional ballads, heartfelt lyrics that are relatable, and grungy rocked out powerhouse songs like Whiskey Mountain and The Life. In addition, the band will feature powerful lead guitars and funky bass riffs, and drum fills that will make you get up and move to the sounds. Six Gun Sal has shared the stage with bands such as LA Guns, Lynchmob, P.O.D. TRAPT, Junkyard, Great White and many more.
Band Members Include: Anthony Appello (Lead Vocal); Dusty Lang (Rhythm Guitar), Joey “Jo Jo” Durant (Drummer), Matt G (Bassist), Ed Fierro (Lead Guitar) and Mia Dunn (Backing Vocals).
The event is this Sunday, February 16, 2020, from 6 pm – 10 pm at Boardner’s By La Belle.
Address: 1652 N. Cherokee Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028
You can check out Six Gun Sal’s Music Videos, “Mama Said” here.
Chocolate, gifts, an exchange of cards—it must be Saint Valentine’s Day. But wait—this festive holiday has some dark roots: Historians believe Valentine’s Day actually began in Ancient Rome as a pagan fertility festival called Lupercalia, with the celebration dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, and Roman founders Romulus and Remus. According to History.com, the day was celebrated with activities that included sacrificing animals and whipping women with animal skins until they bled, signifying their fertility. But that’s all behind us now, we even buy our pets a Valentine’s treat! For most us, we head out for a dining adventure to share with the one we love. We have assembled a small selection of our favorite places this day or any other for your consideration.
Dance the Night Away at a Leap Day Silent Disco in Downtown Santa Monica
Enjoy a free silent disco, dueling DJs and leap day birthday treats from Carlo’s Bakery at Third Street Promenade
Saturday, February 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Dance like no one is watching in Downtown Santa Monica
during a free Leap Day Silent Disco
on Saturday, February 29 from 6 – 9 p.m at Third Street Promenade. Celebrate February’s extra day with friends, families, and loved ones making memories that last a lifetime while enjoying unlimited dancing, dueling DJs, free treats and Carlo’s Bakery
cupcakes for all the leap day babies.
Grab your dancing shoes and get your groove on to one of three live DJ sets with a personal light-up headset at this exciting leap day festivity. Attendees celebrating their leap day birthday will be given a free cupcake and birthday treats from Carlo’s Bakery
, as featured on Cake Boss, with valid Photo ID. No matter your age, all are invited to experience a fun evening dancing under the night sky on Third Street Promenade to bring in 2020’s long awaited extra day.
Saturday, February 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
1300 Block of the Third Street Promenade
Parking is widely available in the downtown structures including the Santa Monica Public Library or Parking Structures 9 and 10 just north of Wilshire Boulevard. Biking, walking and public transit are encouraged.
Leap Day Silent Disco is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to use the headsets. For more information, visit www.downtownsm.com/
or follow along on social media on Facebook
, or Instagram
Cover photo: provided courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
We recently delivered L.A.’s Best Spots for Valentine’s Day in 2020
, and the reality is that many of those restaurants are amazing for any time of year. Now, you can go ahead and add one more restaurant to that list: Winsome. Located in the Playa District, restaurateur duo Marc Rose and Med Abrous officially opened their all-day café concept, Winsome, easier this week at the 33-acre Playa District, which is owned by EQ Office and designed by RCH Studios.
As you may know, Marc and Med are behind the award-winning cocktail bar and gaming parlor, The Spare Room, and the iconic 35-year-old, NYC-style Chinese restaurant Genghis Cohen here in LA. Additionally, this past year they’ve expanded outside LA and opened Mountaineering Club and Poindexter at Graduate Seattle and they just opened Cross-Eyed Critters Watering Hole and Poindexter at the new Graduate Nashville. It was also recently announced that they will oversee all food and beverage operations for the forthcoming Graduate Roosevelt Island, opening in summer 2020.
Marc and Med have brought on Gabriella Mlynarczyk (formerly of Accomplice Bar in Mar Vista and The Fat Radish in NYC) as the general manager; and, she’ll be bringing her award-winning cocktail and beverage expertise.
Highlights of Winsome’s menu include market-driven options such as a prosciutto tartine with ricotta, pear, pepper jelly, saba and sourdough; grilled chicken salad with fennel, watermelon radish, avocado, basil, breadcrumbs, baby romaine and buttermilk-poppy seed dressing; and, the mushroom french dip with caramelized onions, young gruyere cheese, methi, mushroom au jus, and french bread. A robust selection of prepared items will be available in the case with offerings ranging from curry chicken salad with mango chutney, golden raisin, apple and almond to charred zucchini and squash with olive oil, sea salt and lemon. Grab-and-go options will soon launch with sandwiches, salads, and other prepared items also available for takeaway. Delivery and catering will also be available for nearby offices and events with the expansion of services coming in a few months.
Winsome guests can also select from an extensive variety of beverage choices including a range of coffee options from premier roaster La Colombe as well as infused teas such as bergamot and jasmine along with a specialty matcha coconut latte and turmeric chai latte. Kombucha, cold pressed juices and housemade agua frescas including a toasted coconut, almond, and five spice horchata round out the non-alcoholic beverage offerings. A mix of biodynamic, organic wines available by the glass or bottle along with craft beer options from Mikkeller and 21st Amendment, among others, are also available for those looking to imbibe. Mlynarczyk, winner of accolades from Thrillist, Time Out and Tales of the Cocktail, is also crafting a full list of non-alcoholic cocktails with spirit pairings that will launch in the coming months.
Winsome Playa District is located at 6080 Center Drive (Suite 180) and will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with expanded hours to come.
Contributions: Anthony C. Stafford
Once again, it’s that lovely time of year when couples splurge and go out of their way to profess their deepest feelings for one another. While some individuals may have started planning for Valentine’s Day as early as last year, it’s unmistakable that there are probably many more who are still trying to get things figured out at this very moment. Wherever you stand on the spectrum of readiness, we’ve got a compilation of some of LA’s best spots to please your special (or spoiled) someone. Read on, make your choice, and get a look at the menus, because allergies are a thing. Every surprise is not a good surprise.
Details: A 5-course tasting menu with optional wine and champagne pairing.
About: Dining at the chef’s private table, Avec Nous’s vintage luxurious ambiance is perfect for couples in search of romance and intimacy in the heart of Beverly Hills. Dinner amongst the stars is probably the most sought after experience in LA. Where better to increase the odds?
Location: Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Price: $115/person, $40 additional for wine pairing; $65 additional for Moet Grand Vintage Rose 2009 pairing; $85 Dom Perignon Vintage 2008 pairing
Menu Highlights: Oyster with Regiis Ova Supreme Caviar with gold leaf, passionfruit mignonette, salmon charcoal roulade with salmon roe, Fresno chile, and cilantro, 6oz filet with black truffle, Pommes Anna, black garlic demi-glaze, Earl Grey Panna Cotta with jasmine honey, and pistachio biscotti.
Reservations recommended: https://www.opentable.com/avec-nous
Details: A 4-course luxurious special menu.
About: This swanky restaurant with a 1920’s vibe is perfect for couples who want to dine at the hottest and most sought after restaurant in LA. Imagine that! Traveling back in time, and impressing your valentine is surely a big brain move.
Price: $90 per person
Menu Highlights: Hamachi Crudo with crispy shallot, lemon oil, pomegranate, and shiso, scallops with gnocchi, roasted sweet potato, and salsa verde, Aspen Ridge filet mignon with short rib sugo, confit tomato petals, and brown butter mashed potatoes, pan-roasted duck with barley risotto, braised cabbage, duck confit, and caramelized pearl onions, white chocolate raspberry cheesecake with creme chantilly, and fresh berries
Location: 7969 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Reservations required: [email protected]
Details: A 4-course custom menu.
About: An intimate dining experience with classic dishes and an impressive wine list. Easy does it. Less is more. No matter how you put it, Mason will please even the most demanding Valentine.
Price: $90 per person
Menu Highlights: Hand-cut beef tartare with traditional garnishes, and cured egg yolk, blood orange salad with shaved winter vegetables and tangerine oil, grilled lobster with baked rice and herb salad, cauliflower steak with brown butter, capers, lemon, and fennel, pavlova with lemon curd, candied buddha’s hand and chantilly.
Location: 108 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Reservations required: Call 424-644-3034
The Nice Guy
Details: A 3-course special dinner menu.
About: Vintage marble and a brass bar provide a romantic atmosphere for couples looking to indulge in The Nice Guy’s Italian specialties. Make a statement this Valentine’s Day, and own the night.
Price: $90 per person
Menu Highlights: Hamachi crudo with charred grapefruit, pomegranate, frisee, and cress, meatballs with marinara, burrata, Grana Padana, basil, and focaccia, grilled seabass with a sunchoke puree, roasted sunchoke, Bloomsdale spinach, and beurre noisette, 10 oz Aspen Ridge Ribeye with rosemary roasted potato, thyme, and apple balsamic, Cacio E Pepe with ground black pepper and pecorino, chocolate budino with charred marshmallow and biscotti crumble.
Location: 401 North La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Reservations required: [email protected]
La Brea Bakery
Details: Long stem chocolate-covered strawberries from 2/14—2/16; and now serving dinner.
About: Whether you need a last minute treat for your significant other or are planning on treating yourself to some self-care this year, L.A. favorite La Brea Bakery has some sweet, easy options that are the perfect way to punctuate the evening. In addition, they recently extended their hours and are now serving dinner, making it a perfect place to swing by for a low-key, homestyle evening.
Price: $3 each (chocolate-covered strawberries); $15 – $28 (dinner)
Menu Highlights: Chitarra Amatriciana: fresh chitarra pasta with a tomato, onion and guanciale sauce with Pecorino Romano cheese; Cauliflower Strozzapretti: fresh strozzapretti pasta with roasted garlic and cauliflower puree, roasted tomatoes, peas and toasted ciabatta gremolata; Wild Salmon: pan roasted salmon with cauliflower puree, citrus & pea shoots fennel salad.
Location: 468 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90036
One of the hardest roads to navigate is relationships. But as Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us we decided to reach out to an expert for some advice on love, relationships and everything in between. We turned to Dr. Gregory Canillas, Ph.D., who provides couple retreats. You asked, we have some answers…
My boyfriend broke up with me more than a year ago and I find myself still not over it—any advice on how to get past this?
Break ups are never easy. The “grieving process” is different for everyone. For some, they move through it quickly, and for others it may take longer. You are not alone.
The end of a relationship is an opportunity for growth and renewal. It offers us a chance to work on improving ourselves and reflect on what worked and what did not work in the relationship, so that we are better equipped for a new relationship.
A shift in your mental energy away from the old relationship would be most helpful. Take up a hobby that you have always wanted to engage in, volunteer with a favorite charity or re-connect with old friends. Think of it as a chance to create new experiences and possibilities. When considerable time has passed and the end of the relationship is still painful, some choose to engage in therapy so that they can process their feelings and gain more clarity.
My girlfriend has cheated on me in the past and swore she would never do it again, but recently I found some inappropriate text messages—am I jumping to conclusions, should I say something?
Your admission that you were going through your girlfriend’s phone is a major red flag! It speaks to a deep level of distrust in your girlfriend’s promise to be faithful.
For many, “inappropriate text messages” are considered a form of cheating. Even though it sounds like there has been no physical contact, engaging in that kind of flirting is still a breach of trust.
You need to have a conversation with your girlfriend. Express your concerns and how her behavior has impacted you. Talk about issues of trust and faithfulness. Why does this issue keep surfacing? And determine as a couple how you should move forward. Keep in mind that there are many psychological studies that support the notion that if a person has cheated once, it is likely to happen again.
I am a 36 year old male. I have been dating my girlfriend for five years. When we first started dating we had sex several times a week. Sometimes we had several sessions in the same day!!! She began a graduate program a few months ago and often says she is “too tired” whenever I initiate foreplay. Lately, our sex life has significantly declined. I like sex and want it more frequently. How can I get my girlfriend to have sex more regularly?
Have an open discussion with your girlfriend about your concerns. Listen to her concerns. Some couples agree to schedule a “sex night”, which is similar to the “date night” concept. They agree to make time to have sex regularly and put that on their weekly calendar. The planned sex night can create a sense of excitement and anticipation. Because it is scheduled, many couples will make it special: they play mood music, light candles and other special touches.
For couples who have been together for some time, sex often becomes boring or routine. Sometimes changing up the routine will ignite the passion that you had when you first met. Visit an adult sex shop. It can be a fun and “naughty” field trip. These stores often carry items that range from the mild to wild. Decide as a couple how far you want to go.
MEET DR. GREGORY CANILLAS, Ph.D
GREGORY CANILLAS, Ph.D. currently serves as President & CEO of Soul 2 Soul, a company that provides couples and parenting retreats. He is an Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles campus). Dr. Canillas also currently serves as a member of the American Psychological Association’s Joint Task Force to Revise the Professional Practice Guidelines for Working with Sexual Minority Clients.
Dr. Canillas is a frequent presenter at regional, national and international conferences on LGBTQ issues, relationship issues, intimate partner violence, substance abuse and psychological treatment of ethnic minority populations.
Previously, he served as a Program Director at several nonprofit organizations, overseeing the child and adult therapy programs and pregnant/parenting teen programs. Dr. Canillas has also previously served as a Clinical Psychologist with the Department of Mental Health, and later as the Clinical Director of a family preservation program. Additionally, he served on the Commission on Youth and Families (Long Beach, California) for six years, a body that advises the Mayor and city council on issues of importance to children, adolescents and families in that city.
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