MÍRAME Cooks Up Exclusive Thanksgiving Takeout for Los Angeles

MÍRAME Cooks Up Exclusive Thanksgiving Takeout for Los Angeles

Thanksgiving is nearly here and many of us are still scrambling to figure out exactly how the holiday should work this year. No matter what happens, there is one thing that remains mostly reliable: food delivery and takeout. As most of us have grown accustomed to, food takeout options have prevailed, and will likely be used more than ever for the upcoming holiday season.

If you’re looking to count on reliability, as well as something a little different (and delicious!), MÍRAME, the new Mexican inspired restaurant in Beverly Hills has your holiday needs covered. 

Created by Chef Josh Gil, MÍRAME, have prepared a Pre-Hispanic Thanksgiving Feast available for takeout only, just for Angelenos and their families to enjoy from the comfort of home. Priced at $375, the meal feeds 6-8 people, and can be ordered in advance via OpenTable or Tock.

 

Additionally, meals can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day at the restaurant, located at:
419 North Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 

More information can be found on www.mirame.la or by calling 310-230-5035.

 
Highlights of the meal include: 
  • Organic heirloom pasture raised Diestel turkey with chile chilaca adobo 
  • Kamote – roasted sweet potato, hoja santa and brown butter 
  • Green Dent Corn Grits with butternut squash and pine nuts 
  • Pumpkin Pie with masa crust and toasted malva marshmallow 
It’s not long until Thanksgiving is here, so get your orders in while you can — no matter what size your festivities.

 

Kástra Elión Vodka And Stephanie Beatriz Host Virtual Mixology Class, Pairing  Dinner, And Concert Event Featuring Kongos

Kástra Elión Vodka And Stephanie Beatriz Host Virtual Mixology Class, Pairing Dinner, And Concert Event Featuring Kongos

On Saturday, September 26, premium vodka brand Kástra Elión will welcome guests to a virtual event hosted by acclaimed actress Stephanie Beatriz. Guests are invited to tune in online to experience a full evening of fun, including a cocktail demonstration from Matthew Biancaniello of Eat Your Drink, a three course paired meal by celebrated caterer Jennifer Naylor, a sip and chat with the Kástra Elión founders, and a performance by alternative rock band Kongos. The special evening is presented in celebration of Kástra Elión’s launch of their new premium sipping vodka distilled from Greek olives

Family-owned, artisan crafted in Greece, and three generations in the making, Kástra Elión combines tradition, innovation, and a love for the flavors and heritage of the Mediterranean. While most vodkas are made with just grain, Kástra Elión is distilled from the finest hand-picked olives found in the Nafpaktos region of Greece, creating a profile with subtle notes of ripe olives refined with peppery undertones and a soft, battery finish.

Along with host Stephanie Beatriz and Kástra Elión founders Mike Camello and Brandon Cohen, guests will experience a cocktail demonstration on how to make the perfect cocktail using Kástra Elión. Chef partner Jennifer Naylor will also provide a walkthrough of her curated Meditteranean meal that includes a mezze platter, Greek salad, grilled marinated chicken and vegetables, plum and nectarine crisp, and much more for guests to enjoy pairing with the vodka. At the end of the presentation, the founders will open up the discussion for attendees to ask questions, engage, interact, and learn more about the brand. The evening will conclude with a special performance by Kongos.

Having launched just prior to the global pandemic, Kástra Elión understands the value of engaging and giving back to the community. Proceeds from ticket sales for this event will be donated to The Art of Elysium – a nonprofit artist organization built on the idea that through service, art becomes a catalyst for social change. Philanthropic efforts, especially during this time, are deeply rooted in Kástra Elión’s brand DNA, and they believe that we are stronger when we work together to make a difference.

Premium tickets purchased for the virtual event will include two meals prepared by Jennifer Naylor, a cocktail kit for two featuring Kástra Elión, and access to Kongo’s performance.

Tickets are available for purchase at https://kastraelion.eventbrite.com

Restaurant Review: Yamashiro in Hollywood

Restaurant Review: Yamashiro in Hollywood

Yamashiro

Dining with a view

Living in Southern California, it’s easy to lose sight of the thing called Hollywood—for those in the know, it’s not a place, its a street, not a pretty street either. Film studios are in fact, spread out across the area, only one in actual Hollywood—”and yet, the notion remains—”the idea of Hollywood, the history of a town, like any town, that became larger than its reality through shear imagination and luck. Welcome to Hollywood! The landmarks are many: the Sign, the Chinese Theater, The Walk of Fame, The Griffith Observatory, The shapely Hollywood Bowl. There are even some iconic restaurants, Musso & Frank Grill, Pinks, The Frolic Room and of course, Yamashiro. Perched on a hilltop in Hollywood, Yamashiro is a remnant of another time, yet vital to the survival of that idea we call Hollywood. Built in 1911, it has been featured in many Hollywood films and Huell Howser paid a visit in 2001. It has its stories, most notably, the ghost of a weeping woman, who haunts the bridal room and whose silhouette has reportedly been seen in the upstairs windows. In 1955, director and producer Fayette Thomas Moore committed suicide in his car outside the restaurant, and if that’s not enough, the ashes of previous owner Thomas O. Glover and his wife are buried in the inner courtyard. It should also be noted that Bonanza actor Pernell Roberts actually owned the property turning it into apartments in the 50s. It is a large area, and derives its names from a Japanese word that in this case means “mountain castle”. There are layers: a large golden Buddha (600 years old), a pool, a terrace, rounding walks with a stunning vistas are to be found and enjoyed here. This is quite unlike any place in Hollywood. It is a restaurant, a restaurant in the time of social distancing, a restaurant lucky enough to have always had outdoor dining, and is currently thriving. It has changed hands more often than a manicurist at rush hour, but its essence has remained. In August 2012, the Yamashiro Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places. According to the National Park Service, the Yamashiro Historic District includes “nine contributing buildings, sites, and structures on the estate property.” All good news.

So it was on a warm, late August night, the trip up the hill, past the the Magic Castle, the other side of the famed Art Deco complex, High Tower, we find ourselves at Yamashiro. It is near sundown, dusk, and the lights of the city emerge like lights on water, shimmering in the twilight. You can walk though the gardens of the restaurant, visit the very large, golden Lucky Buddha. We are admonished to not sit on Buddha, but he may receive our coin and wishes. People dining create an arc southern arc of the restaurant; it is a romantic hotspot for couples. We are seated in the garden area which has been used in many a Hollywood film, notably Memoirs of a Geisha. When asked about celebrities, we were told that Jennifer Lopez frequents as do a host of other celebrities who enjoy a rare, private dining experience in a romantic setting.

The drinks at Yamashiro are unique. One can experience Double Happiness, which is a drink composed of Tequila, Mezcal, pineapple, Rhubarb syrup, Lime, absinthe bitters. Exotic? Yes, Appetizers served run an interesting gamut of Sushi pizza and mango pureed Crab Cakes. Yamashiro recently welcomed a new executive chef, Valerri.  She welcomes us with a custom platter featuring ALL of the appetizers with SoCal spelled out—the menu is a curious fusion of foods and one senses it is Wagyu cheeseburger that is luring in the young. Coupled with a seating in the immaculately social distanced Zen Garden, we are served essentially everything from the kitchen. You know you’re in Hollywood as the occasional helicopter flies over. Everything is a complement to the previous serving. The sun has dipped into the West, the dark skies above Hollywood reveal a few stars—we are thankful for places like Yamashiro remaining to remind us of the legacy of a place, a place called Hollywood. 

Welcome to Yamashiro

The entrance to Yamashiro is a grand—the gardens await you

Good Luck Buddha

The ceremonial Summer House was placed just below the top of the hill as a resting place for guests who were climbing the stairs. The antique Buddha seated there became so popular with guests, a sign hangs from a post to warn visitors, “Do Not Climb On Buddha.” Buddha now faces west as a sign of good luck and prosperity.

Sushi Pizza

Sushi Pizza Yellow Tail, Salmon and Tuna Sashimi on a floured tortilla with truffled cream.

Our Special Platter

When the platter that had a handwritten SoCal on it arrived—we were happily surprised at how quickly Chef Vallerie turned it around.

Drinks Anyone?

With a wide variety of cocktails, wines and spirits, it’s easy to want to try them all—NOT recommended, but you take your pick of  from The Koan Collection which is Pisco, home-made grape chai cordial, chardonnay, lemon, pimiento bitters (for those who like drinks with information a koan is a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment.) The drink featured here is Kobayashi  featuring El Tesoro Reposado Tequila, home-made Hibiscus cordial, lemon, ginger beer (“Kobayashi” is the secondary antagonist of the 1995 film The Usual Suspects. He is the enigmatic lawyer and right-hand man of the mysterious crime lord Keyser Söze). Someone is having fun naming these drinks.

Meet  Chef Vallerie

Born in her grandfather Ramiro Bayangos’ bakery in San Nicholas Philippines, Chef Vallerie learned the craft of baking the best breads and pastries in town. Raised by both her grandparents, she spent most of her childhood in the kitchen.No matter what profession Chef Vall took up, she was always drawn to the kitchen—from cooking to baking. They were always a great source of healing and therapy for both herself and her loved ones. Even when her daughter experienced the harshest forms of bullying growing up, Chef Vall’s macarons always brought a smile to her face.Seeing the joy a simple treat could bring to her daughter’s life, Chef Vall decided to enroll in professional training for baking and culinary, hoping to share her love and joy with others.What started as a way to bring joy to her family and loved ones, including volunteering at school and charities, Chef Vall’s love for the culinary arts has expanded to managing five restaurants, including leading as Executive Chef at Yamashiro Hollywood.As a mom and experienced chef, Chef Vallerie loves sharing her grandfather’s love through her cooking baking at home and professional. Especially her desserts Love Bites Pastries by Val, which was inspired by her grandfather’s treats he affectionately referred to as “my little love bites for you”.

“It may sound cheesy,” states Chef Vallerie, “but I really love my job! I feel like a kid in a candy store just staring in awe at everything this place has to offer.” The new menu features the traditional offerings and some delicious updated delights. “I have always drawn to the kitchen—from cooking to baking. This has always been a great source of healing and therapy for both myself and my loved ones,” further states Vallerie.Chef Vallerie is leading an expert kitchen staff along with a dedicated group of servers and mixologists that are taking extra precautions to make the dining experience memorable and safe, while the city continues to navigate the pandemic. As the facility has reopened, Chef Vallerie is proud to be a leading female executive chef at this iconic restaurant. Along with the new offering, Yamashiro boasts an outdoor dining experience with sweeping vistas of Hollywood and beyond that few restaurants can offer. “We are excited to enter this new chapter in the restaurant’s history,” states the Yamashiro ownership. “The Hollywood Hills and our existing patronage is in for a culinary treat.” Yamashiro has an extremely long history in the Los Angeles area as a leader in the high-end dining experience. “This announcement is the delicious delight that Los Angeles has been waiting for.”

The View from Here

Hollywood does not have the great views that cities like New York or San Francisco possess—it takes an extraordinary clean day to actually see the ocean, but we have our views. Yamashiro looks Southwest which gives you a view of downtown, central Hollywood and yes, on a clear day, the ocean.

Plan a visit

ADDRESS

1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
PHONE +1 323-466-5125

Yamashiro is open for dine-in service. Open for dinner every week from Tuesday to Sunday for dinner and also Brunch on Sunday. 

DINELA – SEPTEMBER 1 to 18
OUTDOOR SEATING AVAILABLE!

The h.wood Group is Bringing the Heat — Redbird is Bringing the Booze!

The h.wood Group is Bringing the Heat — Redbird is Bringing the Booze!

If our time during the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that many of us have had to adjust to how we “dine out.” There are many success stories, and many failures, yet the h.wood Group just seems to knock it out of the park! With delivery and takeout being an area of focus pre-COVID, it’s safe to say they’ve taken this new way of operating in stride, plus their new concepts below will soon be joining the one and only Mama’s Guy! Furthermore, RedBird has found a creative way to give back during one of the hardest periods of many of our lifetimes. Check out the two latest h.wood Group concepts that you can grub on today, and Redbirds special boozy collaboration below.

Lilah’s

The h.wood Group and their burgeoning roster of delivery-only concepts here in LA is a runaway hit, as many of us are looking for something safe and close to home. In good fashion, they opened Lilah’s, their second ghost kitchen concept inspired by West Hollywood hotspot, Delilah! At Lilah’s, Chef Antonio Domingo is leaning hard into classic diner favorites, like chili cheese burgers, crispy onion rings, Cobb salad, and Delilah’s infamous chicken tenders. They kicked off their launch with a pop-up drive thru, and socially distant picnic table with Beyond Meat during the July 4th weekend.

Ela Ela

From The h.wood Group co-owners, John Terzian and Brian Toll, and Culinary Director, Michael Teich comes Ela Ela — the group’s newest ghost kitchen (delivery only) concept.

Ela Ela delivers the Mediterranean dishes you love, made with California-grown, organic ingredients. Packed with fresh, bold flavors, the menu centers about its Mediterranean Meals where you can customize your meal by choosing between Falafel, Roasted Eggplant, Chicken or Beef Kabab, which also includes yogurt, tahini, Israeli salad and pickled onions and a choice of pita or basmati bice bowl. Don’t sleep on ordering the perfectly cooked Roast Chicken, available in quarter, half or whole sizes, and a Roast Chicken Combo with a choice of two sides, pickles & pita. Salads, sides and sweets like Baklava and Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies round-out Ela Ela’s menu. Whether you’re entertaining at home or just grabbing a quick bite, Ela Ela’s is sure to please.

Redbird x Director Paul Feig

Artingstall’s Brilliant London Dry Gin and its founder Paul Feig, the award-winning director and producer behind Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters, Freaks & Geeks and The Office, have teamed up with Redbird’s Bar Director Tobin Shea to create a limited-time bottled cocktail, The Squeaky Door, from Paul’s cocktail recipe archives with 100% of proceeds benefiting the Redbird scholarship fund with C-CAP for Black students.

The Squeaky Door features Artingstall’s Gin expertly mixed with cherry liqueur, elderflower liqueur, orange Curaçao and lemon and served sparkling in a ready-to-enjoy bottle.

The bottled gin cocktail launched on July 9th, but will only be available while supplies last for takeout, delivery or to take home after dining al fresco at Redbird. Additionally,  Artingstall’s Gin will be available by the bottle for purchase and mixes great with Tobin’s housemade tonic.

The Squeaky Door is $20, serves two, and can be ordered at: https://www.exploretock.com/redbirdla/

Umami Burger & Ronda Rousey Collaborate on New Burger – Available Now

Umami Burger & Ronda Rousey Collaborate on New Burger – Available Now

Umami Burger has teamed up with Ronda Rousey to create what’s been deemed “The Baddest Burger on the Planet,” available for Uber Eats delivery beginning today(!), through May 31. Created by Rousey with help from Umami Burger’s Chief Culinary Officer Executive Chef Martin Heierling, the crave-worthy creation ($9.99) features a wagyu patty, smashed avocado, slab bacon lardons, grilled onions, BBQ sauce, beefsteak tomato, lettuce, dill pickles and Ooh-Mami sauce on a toasted bun.

The collaboration is part of the Burger Showdown, the largest virtual burger competition ever, brought to you by Off The Menu and Uber Eats. More than 50 celebrities teamed up with local restaurants in 10 cities across the country to create their ultimate custom burger, available for fans and burger aficionados alike to enjoy exclusively on Uber Eats from May 28-31. The burger with the most orders and votes on https://www.theburgershowdown.com/ win, and the showdown will support Frontline Foods

Celebrity Burger Showdown

Bold-faced names have been working virtually alongside chefs from top local restaurants on their recipes and inspiration to create the ultimate burger in hopes of winning the Burger Showdown. Other participants include Matthew McConaughey (Loro in Austin), Shay Mitchell (Flip Sigi in NYC), Dwyane Wade (800 Degrees in Miami and LA), Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone (The Region in Chicago), Paris Hilton (Atrium in LA), Jason Sudeikis (Emily in NYC), Kaley Cuoco (Nick’s on Beverly in LA), Max Greenfield (Lightlife Burger at Busy Burger in Chicago), Jaleel White (NFA Burger in Atlanta), Jason Priestley (RUDY in Toronto), and many more. 

Each pairing will have their own cooking video live on theburgershowdown.com where viewers can vote on their favorite burger and order on-demand from Uber Eats in their respective city. The burger with the most likes and orders will be deemed the winner, and as the Burger Showdown supports Frontline Foods, a grassroots organization that supports local restaurants while feeding frontline heroes and impacted communities, a donation will be made. Eaters can also donate directly to Frontline Foods through the website. 

Who will you be voting for? 
12 Date Night Recipes for Staying In

12 Date Night Recipes for Staying In

It’s always fun to grab a meal at your favorite restaurant. But every once in a while, you and your partner should dine in your own kitchen. After all, what’s more romantic than a home-cooked meal? Plus, you’ll be able to save a little money and customize these meals to your heart’s content. Dig into a few of these tasty dishes for a romantic date night at home.

So, put on your aprons and take a look at these delightful date night recipes.

1. Baked Salmon With Maple Mustard Glaze

If you’re after an antioxidant-rich dinner, you can’t go wrong with salmon. It’s basically a blank slate – in other words, it works alongside any glaze or rub. But this mixture of maple syrup and Dijon mustard conquers all. It’s deliciously sweet and savory, which means that it pairs well with a starchy side. You can also adjust this recipe to your tastes. If you like a bit of heat, add a dash of chili powder.

2. Lemon Asparagus Chicken Pasta

This tasty pasta dish uses linguine or spaghetti as its base. Then, it’s topped with crispy chicken and lemony asparagus – and a creamy, cheesy sauce. What’s better than a meal that’s both healthy and indulgent? Feel free to make garlic bread or another small side to accompany this recipe. It yields four servings, so prepare to enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day.

3. Garlic Butter Steak

A romantic meal isn’t complete unless there’s a tender, juicy steak and a bottle of red wine. This recipe calls for a ribeye cut – a favorite amongst steak lovers. You’ll use a mixture of garlic, rosemary, butter and thyme to baste the meat. This step produces a delicious coat on the outside. Serve your steak with a side of roasted potatoes and glazed carrots – or whatever else you like.

4. Pizza Margherita

What’s a Friday night without a slice of pizza? Grab your significant other and flour your countertops, because you won’t want to miss this Margherita pizza. It’s ridiculously easy – but sometimes, the best recipes are the simplest. You’ll need tomato sauce, olive oil and fresh mozzarella and basil. Aside from your dough, that’s it. To make this pizza a little bit healthier, opt for a whole wheat crust.

5. Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork)

It’s time to whip up some margaritas and enjoy this delectable carnitas dish. Traditionally, Mexicans make carnitas from braised pork. They serve it on tortillas with diced onions, refried beans and fresh salsa. This recipe calls for a pork shoulder, which you’ll pop into a slow cooker for about six hours. Make sure to pan-fry the meat after it’s done for a crispy finish.

6. Baked Turkey Breast

If you’re after a chicken alternative, look no further. It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to enjoy a yummy turkey dinner. This recipe uses a delicious rub made up of butter, plus rosemary, thyme and parsley. When you pull it out of the oven, this turkey is perfectly moist. You can prepare a side dish like mac ‘n cheese or sweet potatoes as the perfect addition.

7. Tomato Basil Soup

Once you taste this homemade tomato basil soup, it’ll be hard to return to the store-bought version. And best of all, it’s chock-full of nutrients and only takes 25 minutes to make. Use home-grown tomatoes for a more vibrant flavor – or stick with canned goods in a pinch. Either way, you’ll be able to put together a tasty soup that reminds you of your childhood.

Ask your partner to whip up a few grilled cheese sandwiches, too.

8. Easy Mediterranean Shrimp

With a few simple ingredients, you can create a yummy shrimp dish. In this recipe, you’ll coat the shrimp with several tasty spices – like coriander, paprika and cayenne. Bell peppers, diced tomatoes and lemon juice allow for a balance of fresh, citrusy flavors. Serve atop a bed of white or brown rice and enjoy! Don’t forget to reserve some of that white wine for you and your significant other.

9. Penne alla Vodka Pasta

Not much comes close to a rich, creamy vodka sauce. It’s best served atop al dente penne pasta with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and chopped basil. And of course, it’s super customizable – so feel free to add grilled chicken or sausage to the mix. You can also include spinach if you want some greens. Pair this dish with a few slices of garlic bread

10. Roast Beef Tenderloin

Who said that you couldn’t be a little fancy at home? Beef tenderloin is an excellent way to celebrate an anniversary – whether you’ve been together for one year or decades. In this recipe, you’ll concoct a divine red wine sauce that uses a few simple ingredients. After you cook the meat, be sure to serve it alongside a heap of whipped potatoes and a glass of merlot.

11. Skillet Mushroom Chicken Thighs

There’s no better combination than chicken and mushrooms – especially when they’re doused in garlic and butter. This recipe results in beautifully-cooked, golden-brown chicken thighs. You’ll use crimini mushrooms, alongside shallots and herbs, to create a delightful dish. Delegate your partner to vegetable duty, as a side of roasted potatoes works perfectly with these flavors.

12. Homemade Vegetarian Chili

If it’s a little rainy outside, you can’t go wrong with chili. It’s a terrific choice for everyone – and this recipe welcomes vegetarians and vegans with open arms. And thankfully, it’s just as hearty as the real deal. Instead of ground beef, you’ll use a few cans of black and pinto beans. There’s a ton of flavor to this chili, which comes from the garlic, cumin, oregano and paprika.

Use These Recipes for a Delightful Date Night at Home

 

 

Habit Burger Grill Deploys Food Trucks Throughout Southern CA To Deliver Meals to Frontline Workers

Habit Burger Grill Deploys Food Trucks Throughout Southern CA To Deliver Meals to Frontline Workers

Last month, The Habit Burger deployed its very own fleet of food trucks to host 27 “events” near hospitals throughout California to give back to health care professionals by providing over 8,000 complimentary meals. In order to maintain social distancing and the utmost safety and cleanliness for all, they are having a few representatives pick up meals from the truck every 15 minutes in lieu of accumulating a line of guests.

Locations include Santa Ana, Norwalk, Los Angeles, West Covina, Long Beach, Mission Hills, Anaheim and many more. Their schedule is as follows:

  • 3/27:

    • Dignity Health St. Mary, 1050 Linden Ave  Long Beach, CA 90813

    • Providence Hospital Mission Hills; 11333 Sepulveda Blvd Mission Hills, CA 91345

  • 3/28:

    • Children’s Hospital LA; 4650 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles 90027

    • Second Harvest Food Bank; 2695 East Katella Ave. Anahiem, CA, 92806 

  • 3/30 

    • Kindred Hospital; 14900 East Imperial Highway, La Mirada, CA 90638 

  • 4/1:

    • San Dimas Community; 1350 W. E Covina Blvd, San Dimas CA 91773 

  • 4/2: 

    • Garfield Medical Center; 525 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, 91754

    • Keck Hospital USC; 1500 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles CA 90033

  • 4/3

    • USC Verdugo Hills Hospital; 1812 Verdugo Blvd, Glendale CA 91208

Lucali x THE NICE GUY Bring NY Deliciousness to LA

Lucali x THE NICE GUY Bring NY Deliciousness to LA

Pizza (and Italian cuisine) lovers unite! Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th are shaping up to be a couple of the hottest winter nights in Los Angeles. From 5:00 p.m. until midnight on both dates, the highly acclaimed Lucali will be taking over THE NICE GUY for an extremely limited-time-only run. The collaboration is the result of a longstanding friendship between John Terzian, co-owner of The h.wood Group (along with Brian Toll) and Lucali’s legendary owner and founder Mark Iacono.
 
In signature Lucali fashion, guests will be greeted by a classic 1975 Chevrolet Caprice convertible, which i’s a tell-tale sign you’ve arrived at the Brooklyn outpost. Once inside, Iacono will be slinging four of his signature 18” pies — margarita, pepperoni, hot pepper, and shallot straight from the oven. In addition, Iacono will be dishing out his celebrated homemade meatballs. And if you’re still not sold, classic Italian libations including a Campari spritz and Negroni will also be available.
 
No reservations are available and guests are encouraged to line up early for the first come, first serve NYC-meets-LA experience. THE NICE GUY is located at 401 North La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

About Lucali

Lucali first opened doors in Iacono’s own childhood neighborhood of Carroll Gardens in 2006 and has become a Brooklyn institution in the years since garnering accolades from Bloomberg, Forbes and The New York Times along the way. In 2012, Jay Z and Beyonce created headlines when they ditched the Grammy’s in favor of dinner at Lucali.
Valentine’s Night!

Valentine’s Night!

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.

Tempo Cantina

 

Modern Mexican Cuisine. Pictured here is MAYAN GRILLED SALMON served w/ saffron rice, roasted veggie, grilled pineapple, lime crema, avocado purée, achiote sauce! There’s enough goodness here to make any heart melt.

Address: 12056 Paramount Blvd, Downey, CA 90242
Reservations: opentable.com
Phone: (562) 321-9600

The Stanton DTLA

The former Bottlerock location is now home to The Stanton DTLA. A corner side seat to the activities on Hope and 11st, The Stanton offers up some great vegetarian dishes such a Brussel Sprout salad and Housemade Meatballs. Dinner entrees range from Lobster Linguine to Lamb Bolognese. With an excellent wine selection at hand, the appropriate romantic lighting, and seating both in and out, this is the place for a romantic downtown Valentine.

 

The Stanton DTLA

1091 S Hope St. Los Angeles CA 90015

https://www.thestantondtla.com/

Info@TheStantonDTLA.com

 

 

Off Vine

Since 1989, Off Vine has been serving a wide range of hearty California favorites with regional American influences. Yes, the food is very good, but let’s recollect for a moment—this is located in the heart of Hollywood, in what is now a bustling area of many restaurants, shops, theaters and bars. Rendezvous by the fireplace, enjoy a comforting,  hearty meal in the vine-wrapped outdoor garden, or perhaps a celebration with all your friends and family in one of their private rooms. If you are looking for that special zone romantic, this is one of your best bets.

 

VALENTINE’S DINNER AT OFF VINE

Date: 2020-02-14
Time: 5:30 pm-9:00 pm
Price: $ 80.00 (Per Person, Not including Tax, Gratuity & Beverage)
To reserve your exclusive seat please call: (323) 962-1900

Winsome Opens in L.A.’s Playa District

Winsome Opens in L.A.’s Playa District

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.

L.A.’s Best Spots for Valentine’s Day in 2020

L.A.’s Best Spots for Valentine’s Day in 2020

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.

Avec Nous

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

 

 

Delilah

Details: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: reservations@delilahla.com

Website: https://www.delilahla.com/

 

 

Mason

Details: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

Website: www.masonrestaurant.com/

 

 

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: reservations@theniceguyla.com

Website: https://www.theniceguyla.com/

 

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

No Reservations.

Website: www.labreabakery.com

Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Teams Up with Steep LA for Chinese New Year

Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Teams Up with Steep LA for Chinese New Year

In celebration of Chinese New Year, five-star property Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is teaming up with the modern traditional Chinese teamakers Steep LA (located in Chinatown) for a special tea offering on Saturday, January 25th.
 
 
Steep LA founders Samuel Wang and Lydia Lin will be on property to meet with guests and visitors during two different complimentary tea ceremonies (at 3:00 and 5:00) located by the fireplace in the Avec Nous lounge. Wang and Lin will share the tea drinking experience and showcase their specialty artisanal premium black and oolong tea and cold brew tea paired with a Wu Xiang (five spice) cookie by Chef Nicholas Loncar.
 
 
In-room turndown service on Chinese New Year will also include loose leaf black tea bags by Steep LA along with the cookie offering as well. With winter’s cool grip on Southern California, it’s a great way to warm your spirit — and an even better way to ring in the Lunar New Year!
 
Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is located at 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.