Out and About: Laguna Beach Edition

We aren’t reminiscing of everyone’s favorite realty show of the early 2000’s, but the OC is worth a visit, at least for the day. With Laguna Beach being a household name, the quirky seaside city lives up to its hype. Follow along palm-tree studded streets, strings of art galleries and sites to sit and sip amongst the buffs. Spend some time out and about in Laguna Beach:The Real OC (and our last mention of the show).

To start your day…

At the eatery the NY Times said had “the best avocado toast in the country”. The Stand Natural Foods has served as the town’s vegan centric restaurant go-to since the 70’s. With other deliciously hearty treats like their raw organic nut milks, you’ll be fully charged to start your day.

Afterwards why not take a stroll to the Laguna Art Museum, where you can view California based artwork in this custom-built gallery. The Museum was originally established in 1918 by the Laguna Beach Art Association, where local artists met in rustic cottage before moving a decade later to its current home.

For a one-stop-shop of activities for the whole family, The Ranch at LB is another place of daytime fun. While you can chose to stay overnight, the country club turned resort offers a range of things to do. From stargazing to cooking and mediation classes, garden tours, and even birdwatching. You’ll forget your on a day trip!

By the afternoon…

If you manage to tear yourself away from all that The Ranch has to offer, then make your way make to the bluffs for an afternoon reprieve and some light splurging.

The Montage Laguna Beach is a favorite among california locals and celebrities alike. With it’s Instagramable views and luxury offerings, lunch at their oceanside Mosaic Bar & Grill is almost too idyllic. But necessary. Take in the cool breeze and scenic views while enjoying gourmet cuisine in a serene setting.

After lunch, it only makes sense to enjoy some light retail therapy. For a beachy upscale vibe, Laguna Supply, a light filled boutique offers the perfect array of options for a modern OC woman.

And for the men, North Menswear is a fail proof spot, with Freenote shirts, Levi’s denim and more.

But if you prefer something with more of a nod to Laguna’s roots, then Thalia Surf Shop along PCH is a must. Focused on the towns rich surf history, is a trusted mix of clothing and gear dedicated to Cali’s most famous leisure activity other then hiking.

In the evening…

Selanne Steak Tavern restaurant, patio and interior

As the sun starts to set, opt for an early dinner at one of Laguna’s many culinary hotspots. Selanne Steak Tavern is a cozy, two story cottage built in 1934 feels like eating at your friends home, and co-owner Teemu Selanne, former NHL hockey player for the Anaheim Ducks, apparently likes it that way.

If you don’t quite feel like taking the trek back home, don’t forget The Ranch serves as a perfect staycation spot and under the Laguna night sky, s’mores fireside isn’t a bad idea.

Weekend Events: January 18th-20th

While it has been a rainy week for us Angeleno’s, don’t let the weather dampen your fun! With so many events happening in and around the city, make the most of your weekend fun. Check out our round-up of activities, shows and concerts taking place January 18-20 in the city of stars!

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Friday, Jan. 18th

City Lights at Skyspace

If you haven’t been to Downtown LA’s sky-high attraction–Skyspace, their Friday night soiree is the perfect opportunity for a visit! From 1,000 feet above the sea of lights enjoy a dance party in the clouds. On the 69th and 70th floor you’ll enjoy premium sounds, entertainment and even a ride on the outdoor glass “Skyslide”.

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A Night of French Short Films

Culture yourself with a night of Parisian cinema. Showcasing a variety of stories, the screening is a selection of short films nominated for a 2019 Cesars(French Oscars). If your first fret is the lack of french language skills, all films will have english subtitles. The event is brought to you by Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles with the L’Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles.

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Family Astronomy Night

venture to the city of Pasadena for Family Astronomy Night. The evening is a fun free event for all featuring scientists from Carnegie Observatories. Stargaze with their team and see the moon, Mars and more.

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Saturday, Jan. 19th

Odd Nights At The Autry

It would be strange for you to be miss Odd Nights at The Autry. The Gallery stays open until 9 p.m. for a collection of vendors, gourmet food trucks, children activities and more every third Friday of the month.

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Cinderella: The Musical

Enjoy what Time Magazine has helmed their “Pick of the Month!”, Rudie-Decarlo’s production of Cinderella! The all-time favorite classic tale takes the Santa Monica Playhouse stage with a twist. Offering romantics from all walks of life the chance to try the glass slipper, it is a perfect fairytale for today’s generation.

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Asian American Expo

The Asian American Expo returns to the Fairplex as the universally recognized largest Lunar New Year celebration in America. Now in it’s 38th year, the expo will feature a diverse lineup of new and returning exhibitors, sponsors, and activities. Click here for more details!

Sunday, Jan. 20th

Beautycon POP

Beautycon is offering a pop-up experience this weekend only for a scaled down taste of their annual convention. The limited engagement will feature immersive galleries, makeup brands, vendors, a salon and other beauty related activities.

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Digital Color by Renowned Photographer Ralph Gibson

Opening this weekend and extended through February 24, Digital Color pays tribute to the milestone 80th birthday of renowned photographer Ralph Gibson. The exhibit will be presented by Leica Gallery Los Angeles with a series of captivating digital pieces taken by Gibson.

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Music: Los Angeles Piano and Wind

Enjoy a complimentary concert at LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art or LACMA for short. Gavin Martin (piano), Susan Greenberg (flute), Jonathan Davis (oboe), Michele Zukovsky (clarinet), Judith Farmer (bassoon), and Laura Brenes (horn) perform a medley of classics at the Bing Theatre.

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The Best Deals for Dine L.A. Week

Don’t miss out on some of the best dishes available during LA’s favorite bi-annual restaurant event. Dine L.A. will be gone before you know it and so will these amazing opportunities to try the best in cuisine the city has to offer!

Ma’am Sir

Silverlake

The relatively-new upscale-Filipino spot was one of our picks for the best new restaurants of 2018 thanks to chef Charles Olalia, who first made a name for himself at the no-frills Rice Bar downtown before expanding into this beautifully designed date-friendly Silverlake location. For DineLA, they’re doing a 3-course dinner for $39 that includes a glass of wine.
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Hollywood

Another best-new-restaurant pick, this steakhouse from Jimmy Kimmel’s best pal/BBQ expert Adam Perry Lang’s part of DineLA’s new “exclusive” series, which highlights some of LA’s most high-end spots. It’s worth it here, though: there’s a room especially for dry-aged steaks below the restaurant, and Lang puts intense amounts of care into each cut. The steakhouse’s special menu is a $115 five-courser — pricey, but a huge savings on their traditional dinners.

Fundamental LA/Fundamental DTLA

Westwood/Downtown

The beloved casual mini-chain has locations in both Westwood and Downtown that are great for a quick lunch or a more sit-down-y dinner. Though they’ve got a four-course for $39 option in the evening, Stacey’s pick is for their great lunch deal: $15 gets you a sandwich or salad, a side, and a dessert or a drink.

Eight Korean BBQ

Koreatown

This KBBQ restaurant is known for eight different flavors of pork belly, which usually sets you back $60 — but during DineLA’s, the special menu here drops 4 flavors of pork belly, seafood and soybean stew, and mozzarella fried rice for $39.

Superfine Pizza

Downtown

This new-ish pizza spot’s from the chef behind beloved Italian restaurants Rossoblu and Sotto; here he’s using his deep Italian know-how for thin-crustiness that draws from both the NYC and Neapolitan styles of pie. For DineLA, he’s slinging whole pies with a salad and two drinks for $29, a crazy-good deal for a couple on a casual date-night.

Lawry’s

Beverly Hills

The beloved steakhouse is known for tableside service and old-school hospitality in totally Grandma-friendly digs — in keeping with that trend, the special menu is intent on filling you up for DineLA with BOTH a lobster tail and prime rib (!!). You also get their famous spinning salad, a side, and a dessert for $59 all-in.

Hip Hot

Monterey Park

A Jonathan Gold favorite (of course), this SGV Sichuan spot’s known for their spiciness — in fact, Mr. Gold called said their crab is stir-fried with “ungodly amounts of chiles and szechuan peppers.” If you’re into the heat, though, during DineLA, for $29, you’re getting an app, an entree, soup, dessert, and a coconut water to chill out your palate in between bites.

189 By Dominique Ansel

Mid-City

When Dominique Ansel — the inventor of the cronut and other sweet goodies — opened up his first full-service restaurant last year, the food world took a collective breath: Could he pull off savory as well? The answer’s a resounding yes, although the desserts are still the star of the show to many; at DineLA you’ll get to try ‘em both, since the $49 deal includes three courses (plus coffee!)

The Bellwether

Studio City

Ted Hopson’s bistro-ish spot in Studio City was one of the, uh, bellwethers of the Valley’s emergence as a dining destination. He’s going for broke with their deal, with eight choices on their DineLA menu and patrons picking any three for a $39 dinner: Options include wagyu steak tartare, meatballs, and the cheeseburger.

Fishing With Dynamite

Manhattan Beach

David LeFevre’s tiny seafood spot has been a long-standing neighborhood standby, thanks to its quaint charm and — more importantly — LeFevre’s penchant for getting the best seafood in town, all the time. The raw bar platter’s the longtime favorite, and it’s one of the offerings during DineLA as part of a four-course menu that also includes a glass of bubbly for $59 — a totally ridiculous deal.

Viale Dei Romani

West Hollywood

James Beard-nominated chef Casey Lane’s been an LA favorite for years thanks to Venice’s beloved Mediterranean spot Tasting Kitchen; his new Viale Dei Romani at the La Peer hotel has a gorgeous firepit-abetted courtyard and beautifully plated dishes. The lunch is the go-to for DineLA, but come hungry because $35 gets you four courses: a starter, a pasta, a protein, and dessert.

Courtesy of Thrillist.com

Fit for the New Year at LA’s THE WALL

Ok, so we are well through January but still working through our new year goals. Maybe thats revamping your home, or trying a new diet fad(we see and hear all about you Keto). If getting fit in the 2019 is on your vision board, then we have a treat for you! Discover LA’s newest luxury fitness center-THE WALL.

THE WALL

THE WALL is a revolutionary hybrid fitness center offering a luxury state of the art experience. Every visual detail is an expression of their philosophy to break through and rise above both physically and mentally. The studio designed to facilitate the 123 STACK and lead clients through an active journey in three distinct spaces. Click here to learn more.

THE WALL

Breakthrough to a new you!

Text “BREAKTHROUGH” to 323.676.0968 for a FREE week pass to THE WALL!

LA Eats of the Week

It’s a new year and a new you so why not try something new when it comes to dining. Don’t opt for your usual lunch spot when LA is always dishing out something fresh. Whether it is AM, MIDDAY, or PM, we have you covered with a list of savory options.

Rise and Shine!

Daughters Deli

Daughters Deli- LA Eats of the Week

Location: West Hollywood

Continuing off of the legacy her parents started at the famed Langer’s Deli, is Daughter’s Deli-the hip new WEHO sandwich shop. Abit more refined than her family’s famed eatery, Daughters deli offers breakfast sandwiches along with deli classics.

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Souffles

Souffle- LA Eats of the Week

Location: Koreatown

Hearing the name Souffle one might think of just the dessert found at your nearest fine dining eateries. Well Souffle in Koreatown offers that and more with their varying flavors of pancake style sweets. The perfect treat for anytime of day can be found here!

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Fiona

Fiona-LA Eats of the Week

Location: Los Angeles

Longtime LA baker and pastry queen Nicole Rucker opens this daytime bakery and cafe on Fairfax serving crafted breads, pastries, and toasts with a helping hand from former Simbal chef Shawn Pham. Dishes get an LA-style infusion of Asian flavors like miso chicken soup and Japanese sesame butter toast with service from morning until 8 p.m. Starting this month, Fiona will take hours to 10 p.m. with a larger savory menu to serve the neighborhood.

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Midday Cravings

Pikunico

Pikunico-LA Eats of the Week

Location: DTLA

A sister restaurant of the famed Hinoki and the Bird in Century City, Pikunico is Top Chef alum Kuniko Yagi’s newest establishment. This venture is a bit more of a casual karaage restaurant at DTLA’s The Row competing in LA’s fried chicken war. See for yourself as a lunch time reprieve.

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Jolie

Jolie- LA Eats of the Week

Location: Bel Air

New to the hills of Bel Air is this French Riviera inspired eatery offering a fresh array of lunch and dinner options. Jolie’s French-Mediterranean menu is the work of chef Cody Dickey, who was previously running the show at Carbon Beach Club in Malibu, and was also in the kitchen at Gato in New York City. Let your tastebuds travel to the Cote D’Azur.

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Washoku

Washoku- LA Eats of the Week

Location: Studio City

Katsu-ya brings affordable omakase to the valley with Washoku, a traditional sushi spot not far from the original location. Have your pick of classic sushi dishes or opt for the all-star multi course option at a wallet worthy $28. Arrive early if this omakase selection fancies you as only six orders are available per day.

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What’s for Dinner?

Blackship

Blackship- LA Eats of the Week

Location: West Hollywood

Italian is fused with Japanese at Weho’s new favorite date spot. Blackship is helmed by another Hinoki and the Bird alum, chef Keiichi Kurobe and dazzles with fascinating dishes. Opt between the hamachi bolognese or carbonara ramen with chashu as you sit beneath a dazzling outdoor patio space.

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Los Balcones

Los Balcones- LA Eats of the Week

Location: Studio City

The long-standing Peruvian favorite of Hollywood has expanded to the Valley. Los Balcones takes over the former location of Girasol on Moorpark with hot take son classic dishes. Try the Chuleta Adobo porketta with smoked tomato pepian corn and pickle escabeche. Or savor over the Locro Pappardelle with roasted pumpkin ragu, goat cheese, zapallo hummas, and pepitas.

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Atrium

Atrium-LA Eats of the Week

Location: Los Feliz

Los Feliz, with its limited retail space, doesn’t often get big new restaurants. With Beau Laughlin and Jay Milliken working on this restaurant for what seemed like years, Atrium is finally opened behind Skylight books with a wide, crowd-friendly menu of innovative Californian fare from chef Hunter Pritchett. The soaring space feels modern and fresh while the warm service help push out everything from passionfruit hamachi crudo to a robust dry-aged steak au poivre with Sichuan peppercorns.

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Out and About: Hollywood Edition

This edition of Out and About is really a no brainer. What would the city of L.A. be without it’s star-studded history and sites. And while there are the obvious tourist options, there are also quite a few hidden gems. So spend a day the L.A. way out in Hollywood.

To start your day…

Runyon Canyon

While it may seem cliche, hiking Runyon Canyon is truly one of the better ways to start your day whether it be a Hollywood outing or a weekly routine. The trail is pet friendly and offers stunning views of the city as well as a fun workout.

Lake Hollywood Park

If thats not enough fresh air, we recommend venturing to Lake Hollywood Park for a slight stroll as you gaze up at the Hollywood Sign.

Jane Q Cafe

Once your finished there, if you haven’t grabbed a morning bite, Jane Q is the ideal pitstop for a dose of AM energy. Tucked in the Kimpton Everly Hotel, the restaurant offers a chic cafe feel with gourmet dining options.

By the afternoon “bell”…

TCL Chinese Theatre

If your inner tourist is up for the crowd a stroll down the walk of fame is always an enjoyable outing if not just for the characters along the way. From famed handprints at the TCL Theatre to a bounty of hop on hop off tours, you’ll have no shortage of options.

Hollywood and Highland Center-Hollywood

If you feel like splurging, Hollywood and Highland Center is just down the street with options that are wallet friendly. For more unique digs, Scout offers a plethora of vintage finds.

Paramount Studios Tour

After you’ve had you fill on the boulevard, why not take part in a tour of one of Hollywoods most famed studios. Paramount Studios is the only studio still actually residing in Hollywood and it’s tour provides you a captivating glimpse and the silver screen both old and new. Whether you partake in the adventure is on your own accord, but surely afterwards you’ll need an afternoon reprieve.

APL Hole in the Wall

APL Hole in the Wall is the perfect place to refuel before the rest of your day continues. Offering gourmet take-away dishes like the Serious Sandwich- pit-cooked shaved prime New York strip with pickle salad, sweet onions, and freshly grated horseradish.

Before the evening sets…

Ai Weiwei Exhibit at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery-Hollywood

A visit to the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery should be next on your list for a necessary dose of arts and culture. Peruse the selection of fine art but leave room for a different style of entertainment. Depending on your general mood, dinner and a show is always the perfect evening with family, friends, or that significant other.

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT — FYC @ UCB Event at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Sunset, Los Angeles

For those with a funny bone, Upright Citizens Brigade will provide the laughs you so seek having famed comedians grace their stage both past and present. But for a more quintessential Hollywood experience, enjoy a showing at the theatre where most of the city’s blockbusters are premiered.

El Capitan Theatre

El Capitan has rolled out it’s red carpet for a bounty of feature films and still serves as a taste of Old Hollywood glamour. While their show offerings are limited, the time spent there is well worth it.

Aladdin the Musical at The Pantages Theatre

For something more lively, The Pantages offers a season full of broadway hits, with past shows like Aladdin and current productions of Wicked.

Gwen-Hollywood

With your inner tourist pleased and likely tired, our last recommendation is for a night that ends enjoying the culinary wonder of Curtis Stones’ Gwen. The restaurant is one of the famed chefs notable ventures into luxury dining and it does not disappointment. Known for their selection of gourmet meat, it is both a taste experience as it is an evening highlight.

No matter how you chose to spend your day Out and About, we hope you enjoy each moment in the city of stars!!

Recharge in 2019!

Still getting over the holiday hump from 2018? Starting your new year off recharged and refreshed is crucial to a happy and successful 2019. While there are many ways to accomplish this, the team at Four Seasons Westlake has the perfect staycation retreat.

California Health & Longevity Institute at the Four Seasons Westlake Village defines refreshment.

The wellness center helps those who want to live longer, healthier lives—all in a hospitality-forward setting. For the last 12 years, the wellness center has brought world-class science to everyone from C-level executives to everyday individuals looking to make a lifestyle change.

Over four days, a bevy of workshops, meals, hikes, and daily meditation and yoga are interspersed with spa and relaxation time. Registered dietitians, sustained living chefs lead you through cooking classes. While exercise science coaches and psychotherapists provide guided meditations body testing and more to put together a personally tailored experience in a small group setting. It is revelatory to be able to ask direct questions to these experts.

For four days, you focus on yourself and resetting your lifestyle—and with a team of experts focusing on you too. The concepts they teach are not complex—the simplicity of it all is astounding. To have several days devoted exclusively to you is a revelation. There truly is nothing more luxurious than taking the time—in style, of course for yourself. 

Courtesy of: Angeleno Magazine

LA’s Best NYE 2019 celebrations!!

With the year finally coming to an end, the last great fete is always the most important. Don’t leave your New Year’s planning down to the last minute. Read our guide below of LA’s best celebrations to welcome in 2019!!

Prohibition NYE

Prohibition NYE

Party like Gatsby at Union Station’s NYE celebration! The roaring 20’s inspired soiree will take place in the transportation hubs historic ticket concourse. So don your best digs and enjoy a night of live music, entertainment and a premium open bar. You’ll be ringing in the new year as the 60 foot ball drops. Click here for more info!

NYE at the NoMad

NYE at The Nomad

What could be better then a NYE celebration that also serves as a good cause? The answer is nothing is better and the place is the NoMad in DTLA. Serving as the stunning hotels first NYE celebration, the entire lobby level will be transformed for the midnight rendezvous. Enjoy open bar, live music, and gourmet food stations from the Chef Daniel Humm run establishment. Ticket proceeds will go to benefit Chrysalis a non-profit that helps the homeless and low-income with job placement. Click here for more info.

Brew-All-Night at Bluebird Brasserie

Bluebird Brasserie

Wanting a NYE thats a bit more low-key? Maybe your not the fancy cocktail and champagne type. Well that’s ok because Belgian-style restaurant and Brewpub is offering a all-you-can-drink craft beer extravaganza. Enjoy a cold one along with passed appetizers, a photo booth, and a beer toast at midnight! Beer-lovers click here for more info.

“Aught Rock”-out at Honeycut

The Honeycut

Ring in the new year like it’s 2005! Honeycut in DTLA is known for their NYE Champagne Supernova bash but this year will be dishing out the greatest hits the 2000’s had to offer. With an open bar and free-flowing bubbly, you’ll “Fergie-liciously” dance the night all the way into the new year. Click here for more info.

Black & White Masquerade Ball at The Chapel at The Abbey

NYE at The Chapel at The Abbey

On any given night this WEHO hot-spot could make one assume every day is NYE. With that party-level in mind, the LA’s most iconic gay bar takes it up a notch with this years Black & White Masquerade Ball. What will not be typical of the event is the dress code, as formal attire is required. So find the most mysterious mask you can find(leftover from Halloween or otherwise) and sip on GH-Mumm while you dance until the morning hours. Click here for more info.

N.Y.E.L.A. in DTLA

N.Y.E.L.A.

Perhaps you wish to enjoy a dry New Year and for that your in luck! Make your way to N.Y.E.L.A. for this massive alcohol-free party in the park. The shindig is put on by Grand Park and the Music Center and features fun for all ages. Enjoy Food Trucks, photo booths, art, and multiple stages of live entertainment! Click here for more info.

Monday Night Fever at The Varnish

The Varnish-Cole’s Speakeasy

Enjoy the best era that vinyl can offer at this downtown speak-easy style bar behind Cole’s. Dj Max Maxey will be spinning all the Disco hits for you to boogie to. Guest can enjoy table service tickets that include cocktails, beer, wine and midnight champagne along with French Dip Sandwiches and other tasty snacks. Click here for more info.

Glow Party at Burton Chace Park

Glow Party-Burton Chace Park

Looking for family friendly on the Westside? Swoop up the family and head to Burton Chace Park’s Glow Party. The evening festivities will include music, face painting, food trucks, giveaways and more. Can’t make it until midnight with the little ones? No worries, as the event will feature two fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight. Click here for more info.

Revel at Redbird’s

Redbird NYE

This NYE Redbird’s in DTLA will open up its private rooms to the general(paying) public. As you celebrate the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 in the eateries East and West Rooms, Chef Neal Fraser will be dishing out an array of hors d’oeuvres. Sip on Moet Hennessy featured drinks and their tune spinning DJ until your complimentary midnight toast. If your need a more substantial meal, Redbirds will also be offering a multi-course menu to start off your evening. Click here for more info.

9021-Only in Beverly Hills

Polo Lounge-Beverly Hills Hotel

While each soiree in LA’s most posh zip code is deserving of their own feature, we’ll spare you the scrolling to narrow down which ones. Enjoy not one but two evening options at the Pink Palace as the Beverly Hills Hotel will offer their annual luxe countdown in the Polo Lounge and a reasonably priced option at Bar 1912. Or ring in the new year privately in your own cabana at the Peninsula! While the Belvedere and the Living Room will offer their own fine dining and fun, what could be better for two then a five course menu and your own private space atop this lush hotel rooftop? Other BH celebrations can be found here.

Culture yourself at Walt Disney’s Concert Hall

Pink Martini

Ring in 2019 to the smooth sounds of latin/jazz/french instrument ensemble Pink Martini. The musical act will be serenading at two times, 7pm and 10pm with special guest appearances. Your sound senses will thank you! Click here for more info.

Rooftop Renegades

Spire 73

The best part of living in LA is enjoying city views without the winter chill. While it is still coat weather, there are a number of rooftops citywide offering NYE celebrations without the sub-zero temps those east-coasters deal with. Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica will be hosting High-Rise fun at ONYX Rooftop Lounge or a little down the way in Venice, Hotel Erwin High Rooftop Lounge is quite the bash as well. Prefer the hills over the sea?

L.P. on La Cienega is hosting a masquerade ball on their Hollywood rooftop. For our Downtown destinations, Spire 73 sits upon the Intercontinental’s 73rd floor, serving as the Western Hemispheres tallest open-air bar.  Enjoy music, Moet, and bites from high above! Or keep it retro at the Ace Hotel’s Disco Ball Drop that is free for all get-down with cash bar and zero dollars charged at the door.

No matter how you chose to spend your NYE, we at Rodeo Realty wish everyone all the best in the year to come!

 

Your Holiday Cocktail Guide

With Christmas just a week away, we know there is one thing on your mind! Holiday Cocktails!! Just as true as the spirit of Christmas, the “Spirits” of Christmas are your key to surviving Manic Monday with your in-laws. So check Cranberry Spritz off your list because have rounded up the best seasonal beverages to put you in a holly jolly mood.

Juniper Champagne Cocktail

Juniper Champagne Cocktail

The addition of homemade juniper syrup and fresh pine sprigs makes champagne feel even more festive.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup juniper berries, crushed
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) dry sparkling wine, such as Prosecco
  • Unsprayed pine sprigs, for serving
DIRECTIONS
  1. Bring sugar, 1 1/2 cups water, and juniper berries to a simmer in a pot, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids. Refrigerate 1 hour or up to 1 week.
  2. For each cocktail, combine 3 tablespoons juniper syrup with 1/2 cup sparkling wine in a glass. Garnish with a pine sprig; serve immediately.

Eggnog

Eggnog

There’s no substitute for homemade eggnog during the holidays! Our latest, greatest version combines silky custard with three types of booze — bourbon, rum, and cognac.

Freshly grated nutmeg offers a more delicate flavor and aromatic scent than the pre-ground variety. The eggs in both the base and the meringue are cooked, so food safety shouldn’t be a concern.

INGREDIENTS
  • 6 large egg yolks, plus 2 large whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • Large pinch of coarse salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ounces bourbon, such as Michter’s or Maker’s Mark
  • 2 ounces dark rum, such as Appleton Estate
  • 1 ounce cognac
  • Unsweetened freshly whipped cream, for serving
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for serving
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar until pale yellow and thick, about 2 minutes. In a medium saucepan, bring milk and salt to a bare simmer. Whisking constantly, slowly pour hot milk mixture into yolk mixture.
  2. Pour yolk mixture back into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture is just thick enough to coat back of spoon and hold a line drawn by your finger, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl; discard solids. Let cool, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Add cream, bourbon, rum, and cognac; cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup sugar and egg whites in a heatproof mixer bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and mixture is warm (it should feel smooth between your fingers), 2 to 3 minutes. (For fully cooked eggs, a thermometer inserted into meringue should register 160 degrees.) Remove from heat. With a mixer on high speed, beat until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Fold into eggnog.
  5. Pour into glasses (or a punch bowl); top with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Cranberry Margarita

Cranberry Margarita

Margaritas aren’t just for summer! Cranberry simple syrup makes the frozen cocktail festive enough for the holidays.

Cranberry simple syrup gives this frozen cocktail a festive crimson hue — perfect for the holidays!

INGREDIENTS

For the Whole-Berry Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces frozen cranberries (2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest

For the cocktail

  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
DIRECTIONS
  1. Make the Whole-Berry Cranberry Simple Syrup: Stir together sugar, cranberries, lime zest and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high, stirring constantly, until cranberries just start to burst, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 1 week.
  2. Make the cocktail: In a blender, combine tequila, lime juice, 4 cups ice, and 1 1/2 cups cranberries and syrup from Whole Berry Cranberry Simple Syrup. Blend until smooth. Divide among 4 margarita glasses.

Daniel Webster’s Punch

Daniel Websters Punch

Massachusetts senator David Webster allegedly gave this potent punch recipe to a friend before he died in the mid-nineteenth century. Our iteration combines fruit with black tea, rum, sherry, Bordeaux, and Champagne.

Sherry, Bordeaux, Champagne, rum, and black tea meld with fruit in this knockout punch recipe that’s adapted from “The Steward & Barkeeper’s Manual” (1869). It can easily be doubled to serve a larger crowd.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 black tea bags, preferably PG Tips
  • 12 ounces Oleo Saccharum
  • 8 ounces fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons), plus 2 more lemons, sliced into thin rounds, for serving
  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) Jamaican black rum, such as Hamilton
  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) oloroso sherry, such as Lustau
  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) Bordeaux red wine
  • 1 pineapple, sliced into thin rounds, plus leaves for serving
  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) Champagne brut or prosecco brut, chilled
  • 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds, for serving
  • 12 star-anise pods, for serving
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for serving
DIRECTIONS
  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags; let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add oleo saccharum, stirring until sugar dissolves and mixture is translucent. Remove lemon peels with a slotted spoon; discard. Stir in lemon juice, rum, sherry, and wine. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
  2. When ready to serve, line the inside of a large punch bowl with pineapple slices (do not overlap). Fill one-third of the way with large ice cubes. Slowly pour tea mixture into punch bowl, making sure not to disrupt pineapple slices. Top with Champagne; gently stir to incorporate. Float lemon and orange slices on surface; sprinkle with star anise and nutmeg. Serve over ice.

Ginger Red-Wine Spritzer

Ginger Red Wine Spritzer

Fresh rosemary adds a lovely woodsy aroma to this fruity, bubbly Pinot Noir-based cocktail.

INGREDIENTS
  • Ice
  • 1 1/3 cups Pinot Noir
  • 1 1/3 cups ginger ale
  • 6 teaspoons cherry-flavored liqueur, such as maraschino or kirsch
  • Rosemary sprigs (optional)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Fill four glasses with ice; add 1/3 cup Pinot Noir and 1/3 cup ginger ale to each glass. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons cherry-flavored liqueur to each glass. Stir to combine and serve with rosemary sprigs, if desired.

Maple-Bourbon Cider

Maple Bourbon Cider

A pinch of cayenne pepper turns up the volume on this refreshing cocktail made of bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, and apple cider.

INGREDIENTS
  • Ice
  • 6 ounces bourbon
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • Cayenne pepper
DIRECTIONS
  1. Fill four glasses and a cocktail shaker with ice. To shaker, add bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, and apple cider; shake vigorously. Strain into glasses and top each with a pinch of cayenne pepper, if desired.

Vodka-Mocha Cocktail

Vodka Mocha Cocktail

Never choose between a dessert cocktail and a cup of coffee again! For the best of both worlds, shake up a shot of espresso with chocolate, sugar, vodka, and ice, strain, and finish with whipped cream.

Can’t decide between a post-dinner drink and a hit of caffeine with something sweet? This mocha cocktail should satisfy both cravings.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 ounce chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Hot espresso shot (1 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 ounces chilled vodka
  • Ice cubes
  • Heavy cream
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine chocolate and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Pour espresso shot over chocolate mixture; stir until smooth. Add vodka and a few ice cubes. Shake vigorously several times, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Spoon over top a few tablespoons of heavy cream that’s been whipped just until silky and thick; stir with a toothpick to create streaks. Serve immediately.

Adonis Punch

Adonis Punch

Serving big-batch drinks like this fruity gin-and-rosé punch at holiday parties is definitely the way to go. Guests can help themselves, and you can focus on hosting!

Float cranberry ice cubes for a more festive punch bowl — drop 1 or 2 cranberries into each ice cube mold before filling with water and freezing. This recipe comes from Sas Stewart of Stonecutter Spirits.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 cups Stonecutter Spirits Single Barrel Gin
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup Simple Syrup, preferably cranberry
  • 1 750ml-bottle sparkling rose
DIRECTIONS
  1. Stir together gin, pomegranate juice and simple syrup in a punch bowl or large pitcher. Add ice cubes and sparkling rose just before serving.

COOK’S NOTES

For a cranberry-infused simple syrup, add 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries to saucepan with water and sugar before cooking. Strain the syrup once cool, and discard or reserve the cranberries for another use.

White Out

White Out

Freshly grated nutmeg and aromatic star anise give this creamy gin-based cocktail a flavorful boost.

Spices add a complementary note to most cream-based cocktails — grated nutmeg and aromatic star anise add flavorful dimension while also providing a visual accent in this recipe from Sas Stewart of Stonecutter Spirits.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/4 cup Stonecutter Spirits Single Barrel Gin (2 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cream (3/4 ounce)
  • 1 tablespoon creme de cacao (1/2 ounce)
  • 3 to 4 dashes Jamaican or Angostura bitters
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for sprinkling
  • 1 star anise, for topping
DIRECTIONS
  1. Shake together gin, cream, creme de cacao, and bitters vigorously with ice in a cocktail shaker for 8 to 12 seconds. Strain into a chilled brandy snifter glass. Sprinkle with nutmeg and float star anise.