Weekend Events: March 8-10

We are almost midway through the March Madness and hopefully almost done with LA’s rainiest year. But don’t let few pre-spring showers rain on your weekend parade! There are a bounty of exciting things to do this weekend in Los Angeles. So grab your umbrella and venture out into the city of stars and possible rain clouds.

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Friday, March 8th

ArtNight Pasadena

 

Location: Pasadena, CA

Twenty Pasadena cultural institutions participate in a night of free art, music , and entertainment during ArtNight Pasadena. Last year and estimated 16,000 guest cane through and this year expects similar attendance. Venues for 2019 include the Norton Museum, Pasadena History Museum, Kidspace Children Museum, The Gamble House and more, There will even be free shuttles to transport guest to their next destination.

Click here for more info.

We Choose Art-A Feminist Perspective

Location: Montalban Theater, Hollywood

March is Women’s History Month, so what better then to send this Friday amongst art in celebration of women. We Choose Art-A Feminist Perspective will be showcases a portrait gallery, live performances and artist unveilings if works. Enjoy cocktails while you peruse a cultural selection of feminist highlights at the historic Montalban Theatre.

Click here for more info.

Star Party

Location: Hilltop Park, El Segundo

The city of EL Segundo Recreation & Parks Department along with the South Bay Astronomical Society will host a Star Party this Friday. Enjoy an evening of gazing at the night sky away from LA’s usual hustle and bustle.

Click here for more info.

Saturday, March 9th

Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County More Than Pink Walk

Location: Dodger Stadium

Susan G. Komen will hold the newly rebranded More Than Pink Walk(formerly Race for Cure) at Dodger Stadium this Saturday. There is something for all in attendance to enjoy. The event will feature a Kids Zone, Expo, Survivor’s and areas, Reflection Tent, in addition to the More Than Pink Walk. The event is expecting an attendance of 6,000, nearly 400 survivors ad over 900 members on the largest corporate team. Through events like this the Los Angeles County More Than Pink Walk, Komen Los Angeles County invest 75 percent of funds raised to support local breast health services with the remaining 25 percent to national research to find cures.

Click here for more info.

Los Angeles Ballet presents Serenade & La Sylphide

Location: Royce Hall

This passionate program offers two masterpieces choreographed by the two “Mr. B’s”. August Bournonville’s  La Sylphide, in 2 acts, is a captivating story of love and loss. George Balanchine’s Serenade, stirring, sweeping and romantic, is one of Balanchine’s best-loved works.

Click here for more info.

Connect with Rescued Wolves

Location: Wolf Connection Ranch

Wolf Connection is a youth empowerment program with rescued wolves and wolfdogs as the centerpiece. With the help of these animals, individuals lear about nature & conservation on a beautiful 165-acre ranch. At Walk with Wolves you will begin with a guided tour of the wolf and wolfdog sanctuary where you’ll learn the story of each pack-member and the species history.

Click here for more info.

Sunday, March 10th

Disney’s “Silly Symphony”-Animated Shorts with Live Orchestra

Location: The Soraya-The Valley’s Center for the Performing Arts

Share with your family the early days of Disney animation as it vividly comes to life through the magic of a live orchestra. CSUN Symphony accompanies some of Disney’s best-loved originals on our big screen, including The Skeleton Dance (1929), The Ugly Duckling (1939), and Three Little Pigs (1933). Disney is thought to have created his 75 Silly Symphony shorts as a showcase for his studio’s talented animators and composers as they prepared for the creation of their first full-length animated feature in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Click here for more info.

Michael J Fox’s Trot 5k Run/Walk for Parkinson’s Research

Location: Griffith Park

Join The Michael J. Fox foundation’s Fox Trot 5k Run/Walk  for their annual tradition of raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease research. The event is in effort to bring the community together in support of research being done with every step being closer to finding a cure. It is a family friendly event with runners and walkers of all experience and speeds welcome!

Click here for more info.

45th Annual Redondo Beach Pier Festival of the Kite

Location: Redondo Beach Pier

45th Annual Redondo Beach Pier Festival of the Kite is presented by Miller Children’s and WOmen’s Hospital, Redondo Pier Association and Sunshine Kite Comapny. The Redondo Pier host one of the longest-running kite festivals in the country. The event is free and suited for all ages with prizes going to the best hand-made kite. The event is scheduled to coincide with Daylight Savings Time. The festival will feature live music, dance performances, demonstrations, giveaways and more.

Click here for more info.

 

Your DIY NYE home decor guide!

Celebrate the New Year in style! If you perfect soiree is the one you plan to have at home we have the guide for you. Read below for a stylish round-up of DIY home decor to ring in 2019!!

Hanging Bubbly Ball Decoration

These festive ornaments are reminiscent of Champagne bubbles rising to the top of a glass — perfect for a New Year’s Eve bash.

Click here for more details.

 

Shimmering New Year’s Streamers

Don’t toss those scraps of leftover holiday paper! Use them to make these glamorous streamers, inspired by the Times Square ball.

Click here for more details.

 

A brightly hued citrus centerpiece, piled high with velvet leaves and silver balls, brings sophisticated cheer to an evening of Champagne toasts.

Click here for more details.

 

Courtesy of: Martha Stewart Living

Your New Years Eats of the Week

For this savory edition we’re rounding up the best places in the city of LA to dine 2018 away and brunch 2019 in! So if your more excited about five course menus versus full open bars then this is the list for you. But scroll and secure quickly, because NYE is a mere week away and reservations are filling up fast!!

Dine the Night Away!

Simone

DTLA

Nine-course Chef’s Table preview is $195/pp.

Majordomo

DTLA

Five-course Chef’s Tasting menu is $95/pp.

The Belevdere

Beverly Hills

1st Seating is $165/pp.

2nd Seating-Five course menu is $195/pp.

Fogo De Chao

Beverly Hills

The Fogo Churrasco Experience is $63.95/pp.

Hinoki & The Bird

Century City

Hinoki & the Bird

1st Seating-Four Course menu is $95/pp.

2nd Seating-Five Course menu is $115/pp.

Rosaline

West Hollywood

1st Seating-Three Course menu is $95/pp.

2nd Seating-Three Course menu is $105/pp.

The Henry

West Hollywood

Four Course Pre-Fixe menu is $75/pp with a la carte options available.

Gwen

Hollywood

1st Seating-Three Course menu is $85/pp.

2nd Seating-Four Course menu is $165/pp.

3rd Seating-Four Course menu and Champagne Toast is $195/pp.

Cassia

Santa Monica

Three Course Family Style menu is $135/pp with Vegetarian Options available.

Openaire

Santa Monica

1st Seating-Three Course menu is $68/pp.

2nd Seating-Five Course menu is $135/pp.

Felix

Venice

Four Course menu is $225/pp.

Five Course menu is $295/pp.

Vespertine

Culver City

Chefs Tasting menu is $350/pp.

Baltaire

Brentwood

Five Course menu is $250/pp.

Tavern

Brentwood

1st Seating-Four Course menu is $95/pp.

2nd Seating-Four Course menu is $125/pp with a Champagne Toast and Party Favors.

Providence

Los Angeles

Seven Course menu is $250/pp without wine paring, $350 with wine pairing, and $445/pp with premium wine pairing.

A.O.C.

Los Angeles

Four Course menu is $140/pp with $50 supplement for wine pairing.

Mirabelle

Valley Village

Three Course menu is $35/pp.

Bourbon Steak

Glendale

Bourbon Steak

Three Course menu is $105/pp with $60 supplement for wine pairing.

The Raymond

Pasadena

The buffet style menu is $175.00/pp and includes tray passed appetizers, buffet stations (9:00 pm to 11:00 pm), all-inclusive beverages (specialty cocktails, wine, beer and Champagne toast at Midnight).

Saddle Peak Lodge

Calabasas

1st Seating-Four Course menu is $95/pp.

2nd Seating-Four Course menu is $150/pp and includes Champagne Toast and Live music.

Rise and Shine to A New Year!

Animal

Los Angeles

Animal will be offering their regular brunch menu a la carte.

Casita del Campo

Silverlake

Your choice of entree for $17.95 with choice of Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or Margarita included.

Freedmans

Silverlake

Freedman’s will offer their regular brunch menu a la carte.

Castaway

Burbank

Castaway will offer their regular brunch menu a la carte.

Culina

Beverly Hills

Culina New Years Day speciality brunch menu is $55/pp.

Polo Lounge

Beverly Hills

Polo Lounge will offer their regular Sunday Jazz brunch menu for $95/pp.

Jon & Vinny’s

West Hollywood

Jon & Vinny’s will offer their regular Breakfast and Lunch menu a la carte.

Viale dei Romani

West Hollywood

Viale dei Romani will offer a courtyard buffet with a carving station, eggs, smoked fish, and more for $75/pp and optional $12/pp bottomless mimosas.

Kismet

Hollywood

Kismet will offer their regular menu a la carte.

Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Santa Monica

Esters Wine shop will offer a “Boozy New Years Day-Brunch” with a la carte options.

Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe

Santa Monica

Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe will offer the regular menu a la carte.

The Exchange

DTLA

The Exchange will offer their regular brunch menu a la carte.

The NoMad

DTLA

The NoMad will offer a prix-fixe New Year’s Day brunch for $50/pp.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Ways To Give Back During The Holidays

Want to give back to your community this holiday season? Here are some ways you can share the holiday cheer:

1. Donate a book
Better With Books provides literature to many kids in need. You can sign up to help them for their holiday book drive that will be taking place on December 23.


2. Host a donation party
Want to give back and help families with babies? You can host a donation party through Baby2Baby, and help them gathers items for infants, kids and families.

3. Buy a gift for people with disabilities
Help people with co-occurring autism, intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. The Hope House for the Multiple Handicapped Inc. residents have filled out a wish list for the holidays. You can help by purchasing their gift and sending it directly to them.


4. Help a rescued pit bull
This year, consider donating to Angel City Pit Bulls. This organization helps rehab pit bulls and find them loving homes.

5. Provide kids with toys
Spark of Love is looking for monetary donations and toys to help kids in need. The Los Angeles Fire Department and ABC7 will help by putting on a toy drive. Give back by dropping off donations at your local fire station.

6. Help sick children from low-income families
Help the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and give back by helping kids whose families are facing financial hardships and who may also be suffering from chronic or acute illness.


7. Toys for Tots
Provide toys to kids whose families can’t otherwise afford them. Take a look at this list for Toy for Tots drop-off locations.

8. Adopt-A-Family for the holidays
Provide a meal and gifts to an entire family. Families Forward Learning Center provides services to low-income people in Pasadena with young children.

 

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.

Out and About: West Hollywood Edition

West Hollywood is full of amazing sites, bites, shops and sounds. The style of which depends on your preference. From the Rock History of the Sunset Strip to priceless art hung in Miracle Miles Museum Row. Spend a day on Route 66, and discover one of LA’s most popular neighborhoods!

From AM:

If your an early riser we recommend a morning jog along the city’s most famed hiking trail–Runyon Canyon.

Runyon Canyon

The trail is always buzzing with celebrities and LA locals kicking off their morning fitness routine. Feel free to bring your furry friend too as Runyon Canyon is a pet-friendly jogging trail with amazing city views!

After you have worked up your energy settle down for a quintessential California meal at the neighborhood favorite–BBCM or The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker if you can say that three times fast.

BBCM Cafe

Sit outside under perfectly pruned Olive trees while you enjoy the LA morning sun and their selection of gourmet organic menu options.

Once you’ve finished with breakfast, it is time to venture off to the days next destination. We recommend a quick Uber ride over to the Miracle Mile where LA’s top museums await you.

LACMA

Start off at LACMA to view a range of Modern Contemporary Art and Exhibits. For those that prefer the kind of art that hits the road, the Peterson Automotive Museum is right across the street.

Peterson Automotive Museum

And for our movie buffs, soon enough the Academy will debut their Museum right alongside LACMA where priceless wardrobes and set pieces from famed films will be on view.

Stride a bit further outdoors and you’ll likely smell before you see–the La Brea Tar Pits. Long before Tesla’s roamed the streets of LA, Mastodons called it home.

La Brea Tar Pits

This landmark exhibit is still an excavation site for paleontologists that continuously discover new artifacts preserved in the tar of its former residents.

Needing a bit more culture on the top of your Contemporary Sundae?  The MAK Center now serves as an Art & Architecture headquarters of LACMA but is most notably known as R.M. Schindler’s 1920’s abode. The homes current mainstay are the events and exhibitions that take place there throughout the year, as well as the children’s activities available daily.

To Afternoon: 

Once you’ve had your fill of Weho’s art scene, make your way to famed Melrose Ave. Predominantly known as the hub for the city’s best in unique and chic apparel.

Vivienne Westwood

From Vivienne Westwood to John Varvatos, there is something stylish for all.

After your fashion overhaul is complete, it’s time for an afternoon nosh! Don’t stray away from the street your on because Melrose Ave. also serves as a premiere dining destination.

For gourmet Mexican, Gracias Madre rains supreme. So much so you’ll have a hard time believing its a vegan restaurant! Feeling for a bite on the heavier side?

Gracias Madre

Across the way and by way we mean street, is Cecconi’s. From the owners of Soho House, Cecconi’s is a pristine take on southern Italian. Between the modern designed interior to the delectable menu options, you’ll feel molto buona(very good)!

Cecconis

After a filling lunch, we recommend taking part in West Hollywoods Architectural Walk. Created by the West Hollywood Preservation Alliance, Walkable Weho: Architecture & Golden Era Walk is a captivating walk along the city’s premiere living gems.

Villa D’Este- West Hollywood

Begin your journey at Tara, the historic landmark building named after Tara from Gone with the Wind. Gaze upon 15 of Weho’s most famed residences, ending on the historic La Fountaine. Designed by Leland Bryant, the apartments served as a former home to celebrities like Bette Middler and Steve Martin.

To PM:

By the time you’ve walked, shopped and seen yourself out, it’s nightfall in LA and the real fun begins! Depending on your preference, the night in Weho can take you to any number of places. We recommend starting off with dinner at beloved eateries like Lucques or The Tower Bar.

Tower Bar- Sunset Tower Hotel

You’re likely to see a few famous faces along with enjoying award winning meals.

For our funny boned individuals, the Sunset Strip is home to comedian stomping grounds the Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store.

The Comedy Store

Both establishments have welcomed the likes of Eddie Murphy to Chevy Chase and still do the trick to this day.

Needing something on the buzzy side, further down the strip you’ll find the famed Rock N’ Roll Road.

The Roxy

With landmark venues like The Roxy and The Viper Room, you’ll not only be in the presence of Rock legend history, you may also discover a new favorite band.

Inspired to sing your own heart out?

Blind Dragon

Blind Dragon is the areas premiere Karaoke Bar from the h.Wood Group team(The Nice Guy, Delilah, 40 Love) with creative craft cocktails and belt worthy tunes.

For those wishing to dance the night away, 1OAK is never a disappointment if you don’t mind the line to get inside.

The Troubador

Otherwise, the true all-nighters venture over to the city’s Santa Monica Blvd for a truly lively atmosphere. The Troubador is always sure to put on a good show being another landmark musical hub.

Doheny Room

Next door The Doheny Room serves bites and sips downstairs with a NY club like atmosphere upstairs. And with party favorites like Pump, The Abbey, and Revolver throughout the street, you’ll have your pick of places.

No matter how your night ends, you can do no wrong along Route 66

 

 

LA’s Best Outdoor Ice Skating

There is nothing that says the Holliday season is here more than a glide around your neighborhood rink. And while for those of us in LA a cool day on the ice is far and few between, the options this December are grand. So grab your winter wear and head to one of the Ice Rinks listed below for a jolly good time!!

LA KINGS HOLIDAY ICE – L.A. LIVE, WESTFIELD TOPANGA, THE PIKE OUTLETS (NOV 10, 2018 – JAN. 6, 2019)

LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE
LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE I Photo courtesy of L.A. LIVE
LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE I Photo courtesy of L.A. LIVE

The Los Angeles Kings are hosting their popular holiday outdoor attraction, LA Kings Holiday Iceat three locations: L.A. LIVE (Nov 10, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019), Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills (Nov. 17, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019) and The Pike Outlets in Long Beach (Nov 16, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019). The Kings and AEG opened the first Holiday Ice Rink at L.A. LIVE in 2009, and it’s since become an annual L.A. holiday tradition. This is the third consecutive year the Kings have hosted an outdoor ice rink in Woodland Hills and Long Beach, both in their same locations.

Dates of operation at each rink is subject to change. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the LA Kings Holiday Ice website.

HOLIDAY ICE RINK PERSHING SQUARE (NOV. 15, 2018 – JAN. 21, 2018)

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square at night
Photo courtesy of Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square, Facebook

Now in its 21st year, Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square kicks off its 2018-19 season on Nov. 15 and runs daily through Jan. 21, 2019. Framed by skyscrapers and adorned with festive holiday lights, L.A.’s largest outdoor ice skating rink spans 7,200 square feet and welcomes more than 54,000 skaters and 450,000 spectators annually. General admission for each one-hour session is $14, including figure or hockey skate rental.

To purchase advance tickets and for more info, visit holidayicerinkdowntownla.com or call (213) 624-4289.

A portion of proceeds will benefit the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks. Go Metro to the Pershing Square Station and receive a $1 skating session discount.

ICE AT SANTA MONICA (NOV. 3, 2018 – JAN. 23, 2019)

Ice at Santa Monica
Ice at Santa Monica | Photo courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica, Facebook

Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into Ice at Santa Monica. The 8,000 square-foot ice skating rink brings a winter wonderland to the beachside community and has become a beloved annual tradition. Admission is $15 for all-day skating, including skate rental. The Randy Gardner School of Skating provides ice skating lessons with experienced professionals for skaters of all skill levels.

For more information, call the Ice team at 310.260.1199.

QUEEN MARY CHRISTMAS (NOV. 23, 2018 – JAN. 6, 2019)

Queen Mary Christmas
Queen Mary Christmas

Discover new traditions mingled with old-fashioned holiday cheer at the Queen Mary Christmas. Stroll the beautiful decks of the legendary ship and experience thousands of twinkling lights, carolers and musical performances, meet and greets with Santa, and more. Slip on a pair of skates and glide around the True North Ice Rink located atop the Sports Deck of the Queen Mary – 181 feet off the ground – with a 360-degree view of the Long Beach skyline and harbor. The glittering stars and historic smoke stacks will light your way!

WESTFIELD SANTA ANITA (NOV. 30 – DEC. 16, 2018)

Outdoor ice skating at Westfield Santa Anita
Photo courtesy of Westfield Santa Anita

Enjoy ice skating without the cold at Westfield Santa Anita! Embrace all things winter with Westfield’s free synthetic ice rink on The Promenade. Donations will be accepted and 100% will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. On Saturdays (Dec. 1, 8 & 15), Winter Nights at Westfield Santa Anita presents music, a hot cocoa station, and artificial snow on The Promenade. On December 8, enjoy a special performance from Lythgoe Family Panto featuring Princess Flinda and Elphaba. Winter Nights is free and open to the public!

THE RINK – DOWNTOWN BURBANK (DEC. 13, 2018 – JAN. 6, 2019)

Kristi Yamaguchi visits The Rink in Downtown Burbank
Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi visits The Rink | Photo courtesy of Downtown Burbank, Facebook

Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition is back for outdoor ice skating, fundraising events, and special performances. The Rink in Downtown Burbank will be open from Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. A great way to celebrate the holidays, The Rink in Downtown Burbank is just steps away from more than 400 shops and restaurants, and the recently renovated Burbank Town Center. Located next to Burbank City Hall at the corner of Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue in Downtown Burbank, hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, extended to 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Courtesy of: Discover LA

The Best Holiday Lights in LA 2018

Get into the spirit of the season and explore the city of stars decked with holly…well LED lights to be exact and maybe some holly. Read our round up below of the best holiday light installations and celebrations happening this month in LA!

The Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Moonlight Forest at The LA Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

The Moonlight Forest is an unforgettable evening of art, culture and discovery. Presented in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Moonlight Forest celebrates the time-honored tradition of lantern art. Master artisans from China’s Sichuan province have crafted a dazzling array of lanterns. The exhibition route is a gentle one-mile walk and takes about an hour.

L.A. Zoo Lights

LA Zoo Lights at the LA Zoo

Since its debut in 2014, L.A. Zoo Lights has grown into a can’t-miss nighttime holiday light experience. Glowing animals welcome you on an unforgettable night time journey that includes giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, a whimsical herd of animated elephants, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color.

Enchanted: Forest of Light

Descanso Gardens-Enchanted Forest of Lights

Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience that features a one-mile walk through ten lighting displays in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. While guests usually take about an hour to walk through Enchanted – Descanso Gardens recommends allowing at least 90 minutes to enjoy the experience.

Tree Lighting & Cocoa Concert

Tree Lighting and Cocoa Concert at Union Station

Make a stop at Union Station this holiday season. During the month of December, travel hub will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Features of the display include thousands of glistening lights, a “Cocoa Bar” with Elftenders, a Holiday Craft Zone, a Kids Zone, and selfies with Santa and the Snow Queen.

Grand Park’s Winter Glow

Winter Glow at Grand Park

Grand Park’s Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime experience that’s taking over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays. Families will make new holiday memories strolling through this 12-acre art, projection and light display, exhibit and installation. Experience the wonder of Grand Park like never before – iconic elements of the park, including the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, will shine in new and exciting ways. Familiar pathways will lead to exciting new discoveries as Grand Park is transformed by the latest in light and projection technology.

Marina Lights

Burton Chace Parks’ Marina Lights

Marina Lights will cast a festive glow on Burton Chace Park from 4–10 p.m. nightly in December. Select Saturdays feature free entertainment, a warming station and refreshments for purchase. Highlights include Holiday Music by The Wonderelles and The Voices of Christmas; Holiday Movies, including the Frozen Sing-Along and Glow Party NYE. For more info, check out the Visit Marina del Rey page.

Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane-Woodland Hills

Every year, an eight square-block area of the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Woodland Hills is transformed into Candy Cane Lane. A dazzling celebration of lights, figures and artificial snow, Candy Cane Lane is an informal group of Woodland Hills homeowners.  The annual event begins on the second Saturday of December and lasts through the end of the year.

Candy Cane Lane is located at the intersection of Lubao and Oxnard Streets in Woodland Hills.  The closest exit is Winnetka, off the 101 freeway. Residents ask that visitors drive by no later than 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends.

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza 

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza-Torrance

Begin your visit to the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza from Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance, then slowly drive or stroll along Robert Road. Every home along this neighborhood road is festively decorated–glittering with lights. Local kids will often sell hot cocoa to visitors as they pass by their houses. The Sleepy Hollow Christmas lights start brightening the holidays the first full weekend of December and last until the first week of January.

Courtesy of: Discover Los Angeles