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Your Complete Summer Rosé Guide

It’s that time of year again where all the clinking glasses appear to have a deep pink hue whether in your favorite local restaurant or backyard BBQ. With International rosé Day coming up on June 10th, we realize there are a lot of ‘summer waters’ to choose from these days – everyone from actress Drew Barrymore to Hello Kitty has produced a bottle – so we have narrowed down some of our favorites and must haves for the dog days of rose-all-day imbibing ahead.

Rosé Your Way Concierge
With the seemingly endless parade of rosé vintages coming into the marketplace, it can get confusing, but our friends at E. & J. Gallo Winery have created an educational program to help wine lovers find the perfect rosé for their taste buds, from a J Brut sparkling to a Barefoot Bubbly, With Rosé Your Way™, a personal rosé concierge is only a Facebook message away.

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Best Wine by a Celebrity Chef
Patina Restaurant Group
founder and celebrated Chef Joachim Splichal announces the launch of two new rosé wines, the 2017 Domaine de Cala Rosé and 2017 Domaine de Cala Prestige Rosé, from his family-owned and operated winery. Both wines hail from the French vineyards between Nice and Aix-en-Provence, showcasing a pale pink hue with bright and clear reflections, evoking both floral and citrus notes that delicately progress into a spicy aroma.   Very drinkable and well-priced at $15.95 for the classic Rosé and $25.95 for the Prestige Rosé, Domaine de Cala is available for purchase throughout the U.S., including all Whole Foods markets in Southern California.


Best Contender to Replace Whispering Angel
La Chapelle Gordonne, 2017 from Côtes de Provence ($24) won the number one coveted spot on for the best rose out of the top 25. Blending Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault varietals for a wine that pairs well with seafood, such as lobster, this bottle will be a perfect companion this summer to your clam bake or beach excursion.

More scientific details: Clinging to the schist hillsides of Provence, the vineyard’s grapes are picked at night in order to take advantage of low temperatures, which enhances the quality. Some grapes are macerated before fermentation in order to facilitate the extraction of color and precursors of aromas. Under the press, the first juices selection allows only the tête de cuvée to be kept. Fermentation is controlled by strictly regulating temperatures, making it possible to work cold.  Once the fermentation is completed, œnologists and cellar masters meet to decide how this vintage will be blended in accordance with strict color and organoleptic standards.


Favorite Wine by a Celebrity
Barrymore by Carmel Road Rosé of Pinot Noir 2017 ($18) Yes, this wine is by actress Drew Barrymore – of the entertainment dynasty – who is now a partner in a winery along with winemaker Chris Kato, and it’s quickly becoming one of our favorites on the market. On the palate, the wine is delicate with floral and light citrus aromas. Flavors of fresh red fruits, along with notes of peach and apricot intertwine with bright, mouthwatering acidity, leading to a crisp and vibrant finish. This wine pairs well with burgers, sushi and spicy dishes, and with the screw cap, should be a hit at outdoor events.


Most Iconic and Adorable Packaging
That adorable and iconic lifestyle Kitty now has a sweet pink wine that is pretty delicious. Produced by Torti “Tenimenti Castelrotto” and PAROLVINI, Hello Kitty Sweet Pink Sparkling Wine is a sparkling rosé demi sec that comes in a tiny but mighty 375ML gift box that should be tucked under your arm when arriving at any summer soiree. Made with chardonnay and pinot nero, the color is delicate pink with smooth floral fragrances and hints of almond – but the feel-good factor recognition is priceless at $29.95 per bottle.

Favorite Branded by a Hotel 
Next time you’re trying the new menu Upstairs on the roof of the Ace hotel downtown (read: nachos, tacos and quesadillas), try a glass or bottle of Ace Rosé. Yes, your favorite hip hotel has its own product that is produced and bottled exclusively for Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. And, before you go scouring the isles at Trader Joes, this wine is only available in-house by the bottle or glass at the rooftop bar or at their restaurant Best Girl. The wine, produced from Central Valley grapes and crafted by Oeno, is a nod to early traditional California winemaking and features notes of ripe apricot, savory white peach, and white tea.


Honorable Mention from Down Under
Cape Mentelle Rose 2016 ($16.99) We love all wines from the Margaret River region of Western Australia, known as much for scenic surf as vintages, and this fresh, vibrant expression of the traditional dry rosé style is no exception. A combination of direct pressing and saignee methods deliver delicate, fresh aromas and color and your palate will swear it’s pricier than an under $20 bottle.

Favorite Canned Rose for a BBQ
Yep, this is now a thing and while we cringed at first at the idea of a canned varietal of any kind, MANCAN has come up with a strikingly good concept and has just produced a rosé made with California grapes from Sonoma, no less. For pure convenience alone, this should be in your fridge or cooler this summer for a quick get-away or throwing food on the grill or in the smoker.


Best Out of the Box Idea
Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka 
had the good sense to jump on the trend and mix classic grapes into a bottle of their bestselling grain-vodka. It doesn’t quite pack the punch we were expecting but it’s wonderful to drink alone on ice when you’re taking it easy on the hard libations or try it garnished with lime wedges or mixed with another fruit juice in a cocktail during brunch.


Celebrate Rosé Day LA
Finally, celebrate your love for all things pink in a glass at the debut of Rosé Day LA at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu on June 9th

To coincide with National Rosé Day, the festivities will take place on the idyllic setting of the Malibu hills estate and will include a celebrity-filled mid-summer’s day picnic celebrating all things Rosé Champagne and Rosé Wines. Musical performances by DJ’s Zen Friedman and Devin Lucien are scheduled, plus culinary experiences and Rosé food pairings by famed Iron Chef Marc Forgione, plenty of activities and instagram-worthy moments. Additional sponsors for the event include Moêt & Chandon, B.B. Rosé, Voss Water as well as charity partner The Art of Elysium. This one is not to be missed! For information and tickets: 

Batali on Eataly LA Grand Opening Celebration

Originally posted on West Hollywood Lifestyle 

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 03: (L-R) Adam Saper, Eric Garcetti, Alex Saper, Nicola Farinetti and Mario Batali attend Eataly Los Angeles Grand Opening Celebration at Eataly LA on November 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Eataly)

Eataly partners Mario Batali, Nicola Farinetti, Alex Saper and Adam Saper celebrated the grand opening of its first West Coast location at Westfield Century City with a private event before they officially opened the doors, on November 3rd at 6pm, to thousands of fans waiting outside. The event was attended by Emmy Rossum, Sophia Bush, Andy Garcia, Jimmy Kimmel and more who enjoyed a pasta-ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Eric Garcetti and a packed house.

Following the company’s philosophy, the vibrant Italian marketplace will be interspersed with restaurants, counters, and a cooking school.

Referring to the communal tables on the second floor where you can order pizza, pasta and wine, Batali quipped, “Those stand-up tables are better than Tinder. It’s an amazing social experience to try different things and mingle. And, you can have gelato for breakfast. You’re in a free zone and nothing has any calories in here.”
Great focus will be devoted to local producers, who provide fresh ingredients daily to harmoniously complement Italian products. The unique environment invites guests to “Eat, Shop, and Learn” about high-quality Italian food and drink as they taste dishes, find ingredients, and take classes. We know there are customers who don’t want to talk to anybody” said Batali,  “So, we will have grab and go for them. We are not embarrassed that you don’t want to talk to us. But, what give us great joy is if there is an angry yuppie behind you tapping their feet, we will slow down and give you more of our time. We want to piss that kid off until he comes back and understands what we are here to do, which is to exchange information. This will separate us from all the other shopping experiences. We develop a trust with you and can explain different types of Parmigiana or prosciutto.” 

Since Oscar Farinetti first opened Eataly Torino in 2007, this philosophy has spread with more than 35 stores across the world, including our flagship NYC Flatiron (2010), Chicago (2013), NYC Downtown (2016), Boston (2016), and now L.A.
Eataly will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the second floor (cafes, gelato, cooking school) and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the third floor (main marketplace and restaurants).
 Eataly Los Angeles
 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
 Los Angeles, CA 90067

Where to Dine in Los Angeles this Summer

Rudy & Hudson

Santa Monica & Venice

Rudy & Hudson The best news out West is that Joe Miller – pioneer of Joe’s in Venice and Bar Pintxo – has opened a diner serving elevated comfort food. At Rudy and Hudson, you’ll find the most deliciously crispy fried chicken (it’s the buttermilk brined crust), breakfast burritos bursting with spicy chorizo, stacks of Reuben sandwiches, perfect thin-cut French fries and lemon ricotta Dutch baby cakes in a skillet just for a start. Local California wine and beer on tap have recently been added to this sleek space, so whether you linger in a booth, sit at the counter or take a picnic to the beach, this is some of the most soul-satisfying food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And, if you find yourself in a carb induced coma, you can book a room at the adjacent Best Western hotel.

Lunetta All Day The upscale all-day diner trend continues with chef Raphael Lunetta – a staple in the community after 20 years at JiRaffe – now at the helm of the old 2424 Pico location. Start your day with a savory grain bowl, vanilla bulgar and freekeh porridge or a breakfast sandwich with a fried egg, bacon and white cheddar. For lunch, the fried chicken sandwich is one of the best in town as is the Hamachi crudo, cobb salad and chocolate cake from the well-stocked pastry case. If the main room is too buzzy for you, grab a seat out back on the slightly more serene patio. In the evening, pasilla negro-rubbed grilled carnitas, rotisserie small-eye prime rib, or fried Jidori chicken are all good bets along with a seasonal cocktail. The charred bloody Mary is already one of our favorites.

Tallula’s Closer to the ocean in the old Marix space (we think the best one is in WeHo anyway), lies the new modern Mexican haven by the crew behind some of our favorite Santa Monica spots: Cassia, Esters Wine Shop & Bar and Rustic Canyon. Jeremy Fox is in the kitchen but so is Executive Chef Mario Alberto who has worked with Ricardo Zarate and Josef Centeno and was last seen at Ysabel and Laurel Hardware in WeHo.  Entrees include Mexican white shrimp, fish tacos or turkey enchiladas, and crowd-pleasing nachos are spread out on a large baking tray, but those tender duck chilaquilas are calling our name.

Felix Trattoria Over in Venice, pasta master Evan Funke is back and better than ever in the old Joe’s space on Abbott Kinney. Don’t miss the trofie with pesto Genovese, pecorino stagionato or the pappardelle with ragu bolognese “Vecchia Scuola” and a Parmigiano Reggiano – aged for 48 months. There are seafood, chicken and brisket options, along with a selection of four pizzas and stuffed squash blossom, but there are also many more pasta dishes to order (many more) and fortunately, you can see most of the them being made in the main dining room through the temperature controlled glass room where they make all the magic happen.


The Valley

Woodley Proper, Frankland Crab & Co. and Scratch Bar Food Network chef Philip Franklin Lee first wowed us with Scratch Bar on LaCienega before moving to Studio City with his popular vegan-veggie concept The Gaderene Swine. Lee is still in the valley but has moved his enterprise to a high-end strip mall in Encino and has somehow managed to take over three consecutive spaces, well four if you count the just added ‘sushi speakeasy’ in the back of Woodley Proper. The main trifecta also includes the tasting-menu-only Scratch Bar and a seafood friendly Frankland Crab & Co. A few options include having a cocktail at Woodley Proper before heading to Scratch Bar (since they only serve beer and wine), or keep imbibing there and order a feast of seafood from Frankland Crab & Co. Since these two fine establishments are connected, and share the same kitchen, you can order that fantastic branzino fish & chips or the clam chowder while sipping a ‘proper pour’ from aromatic to herbacious, floral or fruity. Genius.

Silver Lake & Hollywood

Hot Hot Food We are happy to reconnect with Coly Den Haan – formerly of The Must and Perch – and Dean Harada of Earl’s in Mar Vista, who now have a cool all-day spot around the corner from Sqirl in Silver Lake. We are even happier to reconnect with the signature LA rice bowls which are an inspiring mix of Asian fried rice and Mexican street tacos topped with a fried egg. Try the carnitas combo that can be an entire meal for brunch and a perfect hang-over cure all with a ginger lemonade slushy or two. Save room for the Goldfish mac-n-cheese and the fluffernutter dessert. Soon, they will have a liquor store down the street where you can buy global wine finds or premium spirits and discretely slip them into your iced beverage. Just a thought. Bar Angeles Already one of the most Instagram-able spots in town that incorporates a mural made famous by the late musician Elliot Smith into the design scheme, this gastropub also has great salads, pizza and cocktails. We’d expect nothing less from the team behind Grand Central Market’s Horse Thief BBQ, Cafe Birdie, and Good Housekeeping in Highland Park. Chef Booterbaugh describes the menu as ‘thoughtful bar food with a red sauce twist,’ referring to the house- Cal-Italian style fare and house-made dough for Roman-New York pizza but they also feature a white pizza with clams, capers, pecorino and salsa verde, or a burrata pizza with bacon, spring onions and roasted garlic on the menu.

TAO Asian Bistro The jaw-dropping entrance with a min-reclining Buddha as you ascend a staircase with a 20-feet tall Quan Yin statue looks more like a Far East movie set or a nightclub with a stage, than a restaurant with a koi pond, thanks to the Rockwell Group.  Perhaps that is because the original and wildly successful club in Vegas and outpost in New York are equally dramatic and entertaining venues. In most cases, this would just be a pretty exotic place for a drink that you could post on Snapchat, but the food also takes center stage. Standouts include seabass skewers, tuna Pringles (yes, raw tuna on a potato chip – trust us), surf-n-turf rolls with wagyu and King crab, lobster fried rice or spicy-crispy Szechwan duck. Soon, you can book a room next door at the Dream hotel and make a weekend out of it. The TAO Group has actually taken over the whole block with Beauty and Essex, Avenue and Luccini pizza.


Hollywood Proper Residences This weekly or month-long-stay residential meets a hotel group, eclectically designed by Kelly Wearstler from her global travels, has landed just off of Vine Street in Hollywood. Whether you are a staying on the property in one of the newly refurbished Penthouses or just in the neighborhood at the Columbia Square complex, you can now pay a visit to the rooftop Filifera Bar & Lounge with 360-degree views. (Bookings can be made through Order a cheese and charcuterie plate and drink copious amounts of rosé while the sunsets over the Hollywood sign.


The Tuck Hotel Probably one of the most interesting spaces to hit LA, this edgy 14-room boutique hotel is the brainchild of Argentine-born chef, designer and owner Juan Torre. The tastefully minimalist décor is primarily black and white with dark painted woods and luxurious touches like Frette linens, a mini-Marshal amp and a wine fridge. Torres has utilized local artists and photographers for paintings, prints, collages, murals and maps of LA throughout the space. In the kitchen at Delicat (recently opened for dinner) the Spanish-inspired menu – is an ode to the original Delicat restaurant by Chef Paco Parreño in Valencia, Spain – soars with crispy artichoke and mushroom paella, spinach pasta with burrata and egg yolk or grass-fed NY steak with potato ratatouille and chimichurri. Check out the brunch as well with a traditional Spanish tortilla and other worthy egg and salmon dishes.


Freehand Originating from Miami, New York and Chicago, we now have our own cozy, hip option for a reasonably priced stay in the city. The Freehand LA hotel, is housed in the historic Commercial Exchange building downtown, along with Rudolph’s Bar & Tea, The Exchange for Israeli fare, and Broken Shaker will open soon on the roof.  Amid the 226 rooms, about 59 have been appointed for a shared space. Similar to a youth hostel – but with much better décor and linens – the budget options have either sets of two, three or four bunk beds and would be perfect for a girls or guys getaway bash.
So Long, Hi You’ll want to book this tropical themed patio with palm trees and umbrellas for any parties this summer because despite all the massive growth downtown, everything shouldn’t happen in a hotel lobby. You’ll also benefit from the photo booth and pool table after a few “Dirt Cheap Happy Hour” $2 beers, $6 bar bites and $5 traditional pad thai (weekdays, Monday-Friday, from 3pm-7pm.) This ‘taste of Thai street food’ is brought to you by David Tewasart (Sticky Rice, Side Chick) and Bryan Sharafkhah-Sharp (White Guy Pad Thai) and also features green curry with deep fried roti (their version of chips and dip) and a crowd pleasing fried rice.


Spire 73 Located inside the new Intercontinental downtown, this spot is reportedly open-air bar-lounge in the Western Hemisphere. To reach this perch, you must take an elevator to the lobby on the 70th floor. Be sure to grab a drink as there will be a line by 5pm when the elevator to the 73rd floor opens. Once you land on top of the world, order a margarita and kick back on fake Astroturf mounds, the bar or a wooden banquette – but don’t plan to use your phone to send a sky-high selfie as there is no cell reception. You can order sandwiches and other savory snacks but you might want to visit one of the other eateries on the 69th floor (are you still with me?) for sushi at Sora or the buffet at Dekkadance. Floor 71 has LaBoucherie: a French inspired steak house with plenty of private dining alcoves for a romantic ending to the adventure.

Best New Happy Hours in LA

Keep Summer going with these long, lingering happy hours in Los Angeles. Here are over a dozen of the top newbies in and around the city that we have test driven not only for quality or originality, but for the best deals. (originally posted on

West Hollywood:



A little Latin flavor lands in Weho thanks to Adolfo Suaya and his son Kelian Suaya, as well as Ryan Sweeney, Alen Aivazian and Brandon Bradford of Goat Group who have launched Phoenix LA on 3rd Street and LaCienega. For the past 5 years Adolfo has been opening hotels in South America, Hotel Clasico in Buenos Aires and years before that, Casa Suaya in Jose Ignacio Uruguay. He’s coined as the Anthony Bourdain of SA, with a very successful show called Latin American Foodie. His grill skills – and authentic chimichurri, will be the primary focus of a very small steak driven menu – and the happy hour skirt steak special for $15.00 can’t be beat. The restaurant also boasts the finest scotch, whiskey, bourbon, and cognac selections, including a Knob Creek that was specially crafted for the venue. The back room has an open air space that is perfect for a private soriee, where they will soon be hosting screenings, and there is even a back celebrity entrance, naturally, but – the team promises this will not turn into a velvet rope club situation like the Nice Guy.

Happy Hour from 5-7pm 8480 West Thirst Street, West Hollywood, 323-655-5030


It is time to clock out and head over to Rascal where happy hour food and drinks are just $6.00 a pop between 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily. Rascal offers tasty bites like the juicy burger, fried chicken & gravy, mac & cheese, or the pancetta egg. Wash down these comfort food favorites with refreshing libations like the margarita, Moscow mule or wine cocktails like red sangria and the Cold Duck. For beer lovers, Santa Monica Whit is at the tap. Sip on selected varietals of red, white and bubbles, including Spanish white, Rioja Blanco Solar de Estraunza (2014), and the sparkling Torre Oria Cava.

Happy Hour from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm every Tuesday through Saturday, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm every Monday, and Sunday Funday is every Sunday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm; 801 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, 323.933.3229.


Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern presents a daily happy hour menu from Executive Chef Isaias Pena with $7.00 Pub Beef Sliders, T.J. Doggs or a wood-fired three cheese pizza.  The healthy beet salad, Baja tacos, chicken ad waffles or short rib poutine are only $6.00. House Wine, Well Drinks, Draft Beers like Angel City Pilsner, Santa Monica Brewery XPA and Vermont Magic Seasonal are available for $5.00 a pop.

Happy Hour daily from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 pm to midnight; 5370 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 323.525.2618;


Hollywood & Silver Lake:



It pays to make your lunch hour start during happy hour which runs from an astonishing 2:30pm to 7pm Monday through Friday at this stylish Hollywood newcomer. Paley is located in the historic Columbia Plaza and former home of Columbia Broadcasting Systems, or CBS, and named after their visionary leader William S. Paley and his wife Babe. Sit at the bar or on the patio and enjoy chicken liver pate or foie gras mousse. ALL the wines by the glass are half price which means you’ll be scoring top rose for only $7.00 or a specialty cocktail with smoky mezacal or top shelf tequila for the same price. They also offer their delicious (and massive) pub burger with Cajun fries for $15.00 which you could eat all day long.

Happy Hour 2:30p to 7pm Monday through Friday, 6115 Sunset Blvd; Hollywood (323) 544-9430


Hollywood’s new cool spot, Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen, is pulling out all the stops with their latest addition of Happy Hour. Solids are only $6.00 each, from the crudo to the palate cleansing strawberry gazpacho, and crunchy crudités. Hearty bites include the mini-brisket sandwich; papas bravas and the gooey grilled cheese comprised of English cheddar, Asian pear and Namasu pickles. Liquids include Daily Wine Specials for $6.00, a dollar off all Coffee Cocktails, and the eye-opening Roaster’s Special; a shot of espresso and a Collins’ glass of stout for only $5.00. California craft beers are $5.00, or have a variety with the beer flight also $5.00. Seeing as this is a roastery too, guests can opt for the Coffee Three Ways for $5.00.

Happy Hour daily from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm; 1542 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, 323.498.5155;


The group behind the Hudson Hotel and Churchill have recently graced Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake with southern inspired seafood eatery Sawyer. Here you will find a fun buzzy bar and dining room with wall banquettes, along with a date-night worthy patio in the back. Luckily happy hour is daily so you can try the fried chicken which is big enough for two and only $8.00. Select wines are $5.00; $4 beer, $6 well drinks and $8 cocktails. Linger on the romantic patio with a half dozen oysters of the day with pickled shallot-cucumber sorbet, horseradish-sambal cocktail sauce served with a draft beer or glass of wine for $12; or a Soft shell crab sandwich served on squid ink bread which is available on the regular menu.

Happy hour daily from 4-7pm; 3705 Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake; 323.641.3709;




Downtown L.A.’s finest gay craft cocktail bar, Bar Mattachine, is the perfect after work playdate, especially when the DJ is hot and the drinks are cold during Happy Hour. From 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday (Thursdays 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm hit the dance floor with DJ GoBSTARR), specials include $3.00 Pabst Blue Ribbon and $4.00 Joe’s Pilsner. Class in a glass comes in the form of Red or White Wine for only $6.00 a pop, while those seeking to mix things up a bit will enjoy a specially selected Cocktail of the Day for just $7.00. along with Select Small Plates, offerings and pricing change weekly.

Happy Hour Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Thursday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm; 221 West 7th Street, Los Angeles; 213.278.0471;  



This sleek downtown newbie is an airy modern design dream upstairs and downstairs a sexy bar. This is perfect for tasting select high end whiskey but also for the newly launched happy hour. You can enjoy a shot of whiskey, pizza and drink for only $10.00. Other must try menu items include the fried olives and potato croquettes. The Whiskey Room will offer 1 oz. and 2 oz. pours, and whiskey tastings or flights from Scotland to Japan. Chef Gavin Mills is a wizard when it comes to charcuterie and owns his own charcuterie business, so don’t overlook the rotating selection of house-made meats, and cheeses can be mixed and matched for $4 per selection.

Happy Hour is from 5-7pm Monday through Friday; 888 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 213-988-8880


Beverly Hills


Mr. C Spritz Social, is a new summer series on the pool deck of this southern European inspired hotel from the Cipriani brand hailing from Italy. Enjoy an Italian spritzer menu featuring cocktails like the Belvedere Peach Nectar Spritz, along with a delicious BBQ (the cheese burgers and sausages with peppers are some of the best in town), while relaxing on plush loungers and couches or try your luck at life-size Jenga, corn hole, and classic board games. Notable Los Angeles DJ Bobby French is usually spinning tunes.

Spritz Social on rotating Tuesdays all summer from 5pm until late; 1224 Beverwil Dr. Los Angeles, (310) 226-6245


Finally, someone has come up with the genius idea to launch a Rose Hour for summer. The fresh, light and refreshing Rose was hand selected by Chef Keller and Chef Hands and will we served perfectly chilled by the bottle and accompanied by a pared small plate to compliment the notes and flavors for a perfect summer meal. Sit out on the patio and enjoy a “rose a day” or “all day rose” which will be hard to resist with the Loire Valley and Mediterranean being well represented, along with Napa Valley, and the fresh oysters staring back at you.  And, the best part: there is no cut off. As long as they are open so is the rose special.

Rose All Day! Every Day: 235 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills (310) 271-9910


Culver City:



For great Korean BBQ in Culver City, Hanjip has recently launched a happy hour that is also a great deal with massive portions. KBBQ style bites, soju, beer, and more from Chris Oh – who is the founder of Seoul Sausage Co, and Stephane Bombet who pretty much runs and co-owns all of our favorite spots around town from Terrine to Viviane and Faith & Flower downtown. While at Hanjip, don’t miss the seafood pancake, chicharron or the pork buns. Top it off with the refreshing and group friendly giant watermelon dessert laced with soju, topped with pop-rocks and fruity pebbles cereal – just grab a straw.

Happy Hour is available daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m; 3829 Main St, Culver City (323) 720-8804


Santa Monica


Enjoy and authentic Mediterranean happy hour at Inotheke, Santa Monica’s answer to modern Greek cuisine. Get comfortable at the bar and order up a glass of Happy Beer for $5.00, or choose from two reds, two whites or a rose (a Greek red and white are always available), and get a glass of Happy Wine for $6.00. Accompany your drinks with Bar Bites, like the Lamb Meatballs for just $6.00, served with tzatziki sauce; the mushroom or shrimp flat bread or Haloumi grilled cheese.  Fava Dip for $4.00, or the $5.00 Tzatziki & Pita. The classic Greek bite, Spanakopita, “Kopanisti” is also on offer for $5.00, comprised of feta, kaseri, spinach, red peppers.

Happy Hour daily from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm; 600 Broadway Avenue, Suite 101, Santa Monica; 310.458.3366


All summer long by the Pacific Coast Highway, David Lentz and Kris Longley will bring an El Gato en la Playa Pop Up to their popular Santa Monica Canyon seafood eatery. What this means is that you will be able to feast on stellar dish deals at the bar with a frosty cerveza or specialty margaritas for just $7.00 or Baja style tacos for $3.00. Crudo includes Peruvean scallops for $4.00 and a bowl of snapper ceviche is $16.50. Mexican street corn is $7.50. You can add rock shrimp to guacamole & chips for $8.00 but you also won’t be able to stop eating the queso fundido with roasted green chiles and tortillas with chorizo for $12.50. Stand out tacos include the lamb belly adobo with pickled red onions ($13.50), and duck carnitas with charred pineapple and habanero salsa ($14.50).

Happy Hour every day from 5-7pm; closed on Monday. 100 West Channel Road, Santa Monica (310) 459-3337

Where to Dine After The Broad

The Broad
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By Carole Dixon

Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad have brought new life to Bunker Hill with the opening of their “gift to the city” in the form of The Broad Museum. Located right across the road from MOCA and next door to Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall masterpiece, there’s a legitimate arts and culture row on Grand Avenue shedding new interest on downtown.

After navigating the two-story Broad—viewing the web-like façade and contemporary collection with pieces by Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol among the 2,000 curated selections—a memorable bite to eat should follow. Fortunately, the dining scene has also taken a giant leap forward in this area of the city. Here are a handful of new options that aim to capture your imagination

Otium Located adjacent to The Broad Museum, Chef Timothy Hollingsworth (former chef de cuisine of The French Laundry in Yountville), along with top LA restaurateur Bill Chait, have opened the official eatery for the museum. The façade features a Damien Hirst fish mural called Isolated Elements, which leads to an indoor-outdoor rustic-yet-sophisticated space of steel, glass, wood, copper, stone and ceramics—all created by local artists and artisans. Otium is Latin for “leisurely social activities.” The vertical gardens from Green City Farms on the restaurant’s rooftop will grow herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers, which will be liberally used in the seasonal menu’s flatbreads, lamb chops and whole fish offerings. 222 South Hope Street /

Nick + Stef’s   This modern steakhouse concept was just reopened by Chef Joachim Splichal and the Patina Restaurant Group. Back and better than ever are the 28-day dry-aged USDA prime steaks and show-stopping tomahawk rib chop, both grilled over oak and mesquite. For a larger group, pre-order a whole-roasted suckling pig or leg of Colorado lamb while you peruse the extensive global wine list with over 500 labels. Other carnivorous delights come in the form of Black Angus beef and wagyu, but be sure to hit the raw bar first with oysters, seafood cocktails, and shellfish platters. 330 South Hope Street / (213) 680-0330

Le Petit Paris This new French-style brasserie has recently opened in the historic core by restaurateurs Fanny and David Rolland. Located next door to the Howard Griffin Gallery in the El Dorado building, this two-story 1913 gem is listed on the National Register of historic places and was once the home of Actor Charlie Chaplin. The space still retains many of the original pillars, gold leaf, and iron work with added circular chandeliers lighting the black-and-white photography of Paris. The menu consists of French classics: croque monsieur, steak tartar, Burgundy escargot, a salad of frisée, bacon, potato, and poached egg. Don’t miss the duck foie gras which pairs beautifully with a viognier from Malibu wines, produced in California by a French winemaker. 418 Spring Street / (213) 217-4445+

Broken Spanish
Chef Ray Garcia—who is also behind the casual B.S. Taqeuria concept a few blocks away—relies heavily on the influence of his Latin roots for his latest concept, Broken Spanish. The chef recreates traditional cuisine with an elevated twist, clearly defined in dishes such as tamales with lamb neck, king oyster mushrooms, and queso Oaxaca. Other notable menu items include oxtail quesadillas with plantain and habanero and chile rellenos with potato and kale, but the most talked-about item to date has been the tortillas served with a little ramekin of whipped carnitas fat, which you can wash down with plenty of good mezcal and tequila cocktails to cut through the richness.
1050 South Flower Street / (213) 749-1460

Santa Monica Steps up Culinary Game

Originally Posted on
2015-05-25 05:34:23
By Carole Dixon

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At long last Santa Monica has stepped up the Westside food game with new gastronomic eateries that rival any other pocket of the city.

Cadet French inspired share-plates restaurant on Wilshire was the first in a sea of game changers to the area. Many mouth-watering dishes pop out of the wood-burning oven at this cozy spot from Chef Kris Tominga (The Hart and the Hunter) and Jeff Weinstein (Freddy Smalls). One of the most decadent is the layers of mashed potato in a mini-skillet that is a cross between a gooey fondue and a scallop spuds dish with a torched French cheese crust. For lighter appetites try the ember roasted black cod or an Asian pear and kale salad. Thankfully, they are now open for lunch, so you can enjoy roasted cauliflower salads, tartines with bacon and avocado or beef tartare, or a comforting croque Madame along with a glass of rose for mid-day pick me up.

Aestus is hands-down one of the best dining experiences in the city -and now you can enjoy it seven days a week. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Wilshire only a few blocks from the beach, chef Alex Ageneau (Patina), and owner-wine director Kevin O’Connor (Spago) keep the pace moving during the buzzy dinner service at this retro-chic gem. Standouts include the squid ink capellini with crab; grass fed flat iron steak with sunchokes; roasted carrots with goat cheese; steak tartare hiding under a thin layer of sliced beets; farrotto – which is cross between risotto and farro with fava beans and topped with a poached egg; or the smoked trout with roe dip that might just take over the whole meal once you start dipping it into the crusty bread.

Ox & Son is a cool new wine bar style eatery on Montana by The Forkin’ Awesome Hospitality group who seems to have taken over the Westside lately – they are also responsible for homey Arts Table down the road and the more casual alfresco Ashland Hill on Main Street. Make note: the latter has one of the best burgers and skillet-style mac-n-cheese dishes in town. At Ox & Son you’ll want to order the truffled quail egg dotted beef tartare that looks like a Jackson Pollack painting; sticky pig cheeks and black rice or the chicken fried duck confit conceived by Executive Chef Brad Miller. The crust is a little thick – so be prepared, but it’s nothing a South African rose can’t help to cut through the richness.

The Independence took us by surprise. We were expecting another fun burger-style joint with a great bar – and we got that, but also an inspired multi-layered menu with Chef Tom Block at the helm. Lunch highlights include pho and a smoked pork torta with mozzarella and avocado. For dinner start with smoked whitefish toast, grilled octopus or venison ragu. Larger dishes encompass a bone-in NY strip steak; wild halibut with drizzled with smoked buerre blanc; and stuffed Idaho trout. Not your typical pub-grub fare for certain. Sip cocktails concocted by master mixologist Vincenzo Marianella from highly regarded Copa d’Oro down the street.

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Three Hot Patios for Spring Dining in Los Angeles

Birch Bar

Hidden in Hollywood: Birch
There was a collective sadness in Culver City when Waterloo & City closed its doors for good after five successful years.  Without skipping a beat, acclaimed British Chef Brendan Collins has opened an international plate-sharing-centric eatery (we don’t mean small plates, but larger ones that you will want share), on Cahuenga in Hollywood revamping an old Japanese burger joint to a stylish-Scandinavian wooden enclave called Birch. If at all possible, the food is even more inspired here with rabbit baklava served North African ‘brik’ style, rolled and slightly sweet with dates and pistachio; and the most tender, gigantic pork shank served with za’atar flatbread being standouts – beware that it can easily feed a party of two. There are some creative cocktails on the menu, but the Graham Beck sparkling brut rosé from South Africa would pair well with any of the dishes–in our opinion, and is not seen on most wine lists, so go for a bottle. The best kept secret of this fabulous spot is the tiny outdoor patio in the back utilizing a brick lined alley space that feels more Soho in London that Hollywood Boulevard.

Arts District for Veggies: Zinc Cafe
If veggies are a way of life for your palate, along with sipping a good rose alfresco, head downtown to Zinc Café + Market Cafe. Not only do they have one of the best patios in town tucked away in the shade of a few industrial lofts on a restored loading dock, but the vast wood-fired pizza selection will make you forget about meat entirely (well, at least for this one night.) The kitchen also gets props for the ‘sliders’ with brown rice and mushroom patty and the ‘Reubenesque’ with baked beets. The adjacent Bar Mateo has started a Biergarten Thursdays, for the warmer months, which takes place on the patio and features a seasonal beer paired with the Ploughman’s Plate of rustic bread and artisanal cheese. One tip for the ladies: don’t wear spiky heels as they will dig into the gravel and make it almost impossible to walk after a few drinks – go for an espadrille or flat sandal.

The Classic, Class-Act
Michael’s in Santa Monica has been a dining staple for over three decades and has endured as one of the top alfresco tables on the Westside. Owner Michael McCarty has recently revamped the entire restaurant making it easy for the bar crowd and patio diners alike.

Gone are the white table cloths and fine china of previous days. Now you can relax on the patio with a local halibut crudo, braised pork belly tacos or genius chicken wings dipped in waffle batter that puts a delicious new spin on the dish – and feels like less carbs to us, so a win-win. These items can be ordered in the communal bar table area from open to close Monday through Friday, or in the main dining with the rest of the Modern American menu. Larger plates include Mediterranean loup de mer, the 28-day dry-aged NY steak or the tagliatelle pasta with oxtail ragout that is actually listed as an appetizer but is large enough to be a full size entrée. Don’t forget to try Michael’s house Pinto Noir made in Malibu with your meal.

Five Things to do this Fall that will Improve your Culinary Street Cred

Originally Posted on
2014-09-09 10:28:01
By Carole Dixon

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Drink: Rare Whiskey at The Pikey
Owner and bar impresario Jared Meisler has been collecting whiskey for a few decades now and shares his rare finds and bounty of impressive labels at his Sunset Blvd gastropub The Pikey. Located in the former Horses Head, this list seems fitting in one of LA’s most historic watering holes – and you might want to chant the famous doors tune “Take Me to the Next Whiskey Bar” while you’re sitting in the quieter back room away from the front of house fray. Either way you’ll marvel at how a 1954 Johnny Walker Black tastes almost like a cognac back in the day at 86.8 proof and $100 a pop; or the 90 proof Jack Daniels from 1964 at $45. There is also a 15 year-old Macallan; an old Fosters Bourbon c. 1970 and a Caol Ila 19-year-old, Islay, c.1976. Study the extensive list and make a night of it with oxtail French onion soup with bone marrow or the drunken pig with black and white sausage, plus a new whiskey cocktail menu is also coming.

Savor: The Central Coast
Take a drive to up the coast to San Luis Obispo and learn the best-kept secrets from top celebrity chefs and authors such as Fabio Viviani as well as wine luminaries from Sept. 25-28th. There will be plenty of tent tastings featuring leading winemakers, farmers, artisan food purveyors and the sounds of local bands in the Estrada Gardens. Plus, you can take hands-on culinary tours while abalone farming in Pismo or winemaking in Paso Robles, culminating in a rare farm-to-table tasting and the 2014 Sunset International Wine Competition at Hearst Castle.

Learn: How to Cook at EATZ
Whether you yearn to be adept at flaky quiche crust, the perfect omelet, a savory beef bourguignon – or just want to practice your knife skills, try an interactive cooking class at EATZ on LaBrea. You’ll be surprised to find that this storefront location near Melrose has been open for over five years, but now that you have discovered this hidden gem, you’ll want to return for more festive cooking pursuits that include actually cooking and tasting your five-course meal creation in a relaxed group while drinking plenty of wine during the 3-4 hour evening. There are theme courses from Moulin Rouge to Mardi Gras, Indian to Italian, (seriously, it will be hard to choose), or the art of baking, but this is also a fun idea for a private group or party this fall. Check out the schedule here:

Chef Eric Greenspan, Los Angeles

Go on-Line: Salted
If actually leaving home to learn how to cook or bake is not your style, and you’ve seen absolutely every episode of Good Eats on The Food Network, there is something new and exciting for you to check out – on your computer. Thanks to the creative new culinary on-line web-site Salted, you can converse and learn from over 50 celebrated chefs around the country no matter what your skill level. Some of the participants include Chef Roy Choi (Kogi Truck, Chego), Chef Ricardo Zarate (Picca, Paiche) Chef Neal Fraser (BLD), Chef Carmen Quagliata (Union Square Café), Chef Jonathan Benno (Lincoln Restaurante), as well as iconic restaurant institutions such as Katz’s Deli in New York City, and Lou Malnati’s in Chicago. Salted features a library of 200 exclusive video tutorials that take a step-by-step, comprehensive approach to learning to cook and this is also more cost effective than a fancy cooking school – and a fraction of the price. Lastly, if you submit any follow-up questions, they will be answered within 30 minutes.

Give Back: Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Don’t miss one of our favorite food festival events that bring together local chefs with top toques from around the country all raising money and awareness for childhood cancer. This year the festivities will take place on the Wilson Plaza at UCLA with Host Chefs Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and David Lentz returning for the fifth year, along with guest chefs Giada DeLaurentiis, Michael Voltaggio, Tom Colicchio, Mary Sue Milliken, Scott Conant and Roy Choi. Be sure to grab tickets before it’s a complete sell-out (per usual) for Saturday, September 20th from 12-4pm.

Where To Eat and Drink this Summer in LA


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Smoke.Oil.Salt. West Hollywood
Third generation Spanish paella maker Perfecto Rocher has joined forces with Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman and AdVantage Partners to bring true tapa and other regional delicacies to Melrose diners. You might miss the entrance surrounded by tattoo parlor signs but once inside you will probably recognize the old Angeli space split into two rooms with a bar and open air kitchen. Start with a glass of Cava then move on to Albarino or Tempranillo wine. You’ll want to order bravas trencades with fried potatoes, Serrano ham, chorizo and fried egg or pluma Iberica which is wood-fired filet of pork with smoked green onions and Xato sauce. Paella family style dinner will be available on Sunday evenings only but we’re hoping this can be part of the regular menu. Hot tip: there has been a few mentions of the heavy kitchen smoke but if you sit by the front near the large open windows, it should not be an issue and it’s very mild compared to a K-town BBQ place in our opinion.

Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar
It’s always been a culinary crime that we have not had more good beachside restaurants in LA, let alone one on the famous Malibu Pier where Alice’s restaurant once stood. The owners of the pier felt the same and on the heels of quant and delicious Malibu Farm casual dining on the far end of the planks, Malibu Pier is the finer dining sister with Chef Jason Fulilove at the helm. The seafood heavy menu includes California white sea bass carpaccio with Meyer lemon relish; tuna crudo with crushed olives, Ojai Pixie orange, pistachio, bergamot and seagrass. The California striped bass has the perfect crispy skin and Malibu seafood stew will keep you warm through winter with mussels, clams, wild octopus and saffron pasta pearls. We found that most dishes paired well with a Syrah rose or Viognier from local favorite Casa Dumetz Wines. You can also have a pre or post dinner cocktail in the adjacent bar.

Faith & Flower, Downtown LA
The folks who bring the Food & Wine festival to Pebble Beach and DTLA have opened a permanent eatery at 9th and Flower that is pure glam. Long yellow banquettes are sexy with low lighting setting a romantic tone. The menus are small leather bound books, so if your date is starting to bore you beyond the first course, read some food trivia to pass the time while you nibble on oxtail angelotti with bone marrow butter, sprinkled with shreds of chicharonnes and a tangerine salsa that cuts through the richness perfectly. Move on to mesquite grilled bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, seared branzino, or one of the best pizzas in town from eggs benedict to roasted mushroom. Either way, the food and craft cocktails list will keep you on your toes – even if your date won’t.

Superba Food & Bread, Venice
Paul Hibler is a national treasure in Venice and Culver City at this point after opening Superba on Rose, East Borough on Washington and a few Westside Pitfire pizza outposts. Superba F&B is the casual bakery cousin where you will want to pull up a chair on the patio or barstool and eat as many freshly baked goods as possible with copious amounts of wine. Open for three meals a day, they are also offering fried chicken on Sunday nights. Whenever you go, try the black rice salad with rotisserie pineapple, Thai basil and cashew. Along with an order of bread and house made cultured butter, this could be a filling meal for non-meat eaters.

Zinque, West Hollywood
We are loving the new Pacific Design center adjacent location of the Venice staple Zinque wine bar and café. Designed by Milos Garcia (57, Hinoki and The Bird), the patio is the perfect perch for a long lunch or dinner by the fireplace with rosé and the best quiche Lorraine this side of France. Poilane crusty bread is imported from Paris with salted butter but save room for ham gruyere panini, thin mushroom flatbreads and open faced hard boiled egg and smoked salmon tartines topped with crumbled potato chips. For dessert you’ll be torn over the cheese plate or chocolate – just order both. Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6:30pm featuring mini quiche bites, pate, Sicilian olives and Spanish almonds.

Hidden Gems: Maude, Little Beast and Noe

Hidden Gems: From a Food Network Star in Beverly Hills to an Eastside bungalow and a classic downtown hotel.

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Food Network Chef and super-star Curtis Stone is the Aussie that everyone loves. Good looking, funny and charming Stone just might be written off as another pretty face on TV –that is if you haven’t been to his postage-stamp-size restaurant Maude in Beverly Hills.
With only 25 seats available for a nightly 9-course tasting menu, you must like the rotating monthly ingredient of choice before committing to a reservation. On our visit artichoke was the chosen one – even for the tiny ‘snacks’ courses of crab, blini and croquette which only made us want more and more. What followed was barigoule stew with black radish; an excellent duck consommé and scallop crudo with caviar. The Pork rillettes with picked beets should be kept on the menu no matter the ingredient, but the show stopper was probably the ‘bacon & eggs’ with duck egg, artichoke ricotta and everything bagel crumb. The finale courses included a smoked focaccia and a chocolate semifreddo with roasted artichoke ice-cream. Not just another pretty face indeed.

Little Beast
Closing in on close to a year in business, your might just past this charming craftsman style bungalow when whizzing down Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock. Make sure to stop in and sit on the leafy back patio, romantic main dining room in a cozy booth or on the front porch if it’s a balmy summer evening. Start with a few small plates conceived by Chef Sean Lowenthal (Chateau Marmont) like the addictive chipotle hummus with smoked paprika pita crisps; burrata and prosciutto wrapped in broccolini which could be a salad; or the pomodoro braised lamb meatballs with feta on a charred baguette. Try to save room for the signature English pea risotto which offers tangy Meyer lemon and mint with a pop of whole peas and Parmesan which is soft and crunchy in one bite. Salmon, scallops and steak also make up the entrees and there is a great wine list by the glass to accompany spanning Spain to France and Italy with albarino, viognier and Prosecco.

Noe at the Omni Hotel
Downtown is loaded with new restaurants and hotels but next time you’re in the area for a concert, game or club, try an old standard offering a fun new nightly pairing in the lounge. We’ve been a long-time fan of the wines of Washington State and we are now a fan of the cheeses from the region as well, not to mention a former Napa Valley Chef who puts bacon as an accoutrement on a plate of fromage. The Charles Smith Wines Riesling, ‘Kung Fu Girl’ from the Columbia Valley, goes exceptionally well with the buttery Beechers ‘flag sheep’ reserve that has been dipped in red wine and blackberry honey, as does their ‘Velvet Devil’ merlot. Chef John-Paul Kuhn also did a stint at Morimoto and you’ll be glad when he presents the toro sashimi plate followed by a Columbia Winery Chardonnay. If you happen to be traveling, the ‘Taste Washington’ pairings are available at other Omni locations until the end of May, 2014.