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Sofitel Wine Days

The Sofitel in Los Angeles is more then just a hotel. It is an international gathering place with beautiful decor, top notch dining at Estérel, and a fabulous lounge, Riviera 31. Right now for Sofitel Wine Days (through October 31st) order a French wine flight during happy hour and graze their vast spread of the most amazing cheese, olives, honey and snacks all for just $15! What a deal! I recently stopped by and experienced it all…happy hour, dinner and a fantastic jazz show!

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The Sofitel Wine Days event takes place during the traditional wine harvest season in France, and offers an opportunity to discover French wines in hotels around the world.

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I could of made a meal out of this delicious spread!

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I absolutely love this outdoor seating area!

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After dinner we walked back into a packed lounge and this amazing jazz band. There are different jazz musicians every Monday night and the doorman told me that Stevie Wonder showed up and played earlier in the year. It was a really fun vibe!

I just want to note our dinner at Estérel. It was to dark to take any good pics but we had a really wonderful meal. To start off the waitress recommended the Strawberry Basil Martini that was sooo refreshing and flavorful but not too sweet, just the way I like a cocktail! Then came a really lovely bread basket full of all different types of deliciousness. We had lamb meatballs as an appetizer which I could of had as an entree because they were so good. They were done Moroccan style with couscous and dates which came as a surprise as I was expecting them to be Italian style in a red sauce. It was a good surprise as they turned out to be my favorite thing! We had a very nice lobster for dinner and really enjoyed the romantic, relaxed vibe of the outdoor dining area. It was a beautiful evening under the stars!

The Sofitel is located at 8555 Beverly Blvd right across the street from the Beverly Center.

Photos by Wade Hammond

 

A Basq Kitchen at The Redondo Beach Pier

Hey South Bay…whens the last time you hung out at The Redondo Beach Pier? Well, now there is one more reason to go and it’s called A Basq Kitchen! Don’t worry, you can still hit up Old Tony’s for a Mai Tai on your way out but there are a bunch of fresh, new hip places to eat and drink popping up all along the boardwalk. I was there last Friday night for the grand opening celebration and had delicious sangria (they also have a really strong wine list) and an array of mouth watering tapas like potatoes bravas and oyster shooters. The space is cozy and inviting and has a great view of the harbor. It is the perfect place to spend an evening or a lazy Sunday afternoon! I can’t wait to go back!

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Useful Basque Phrases
I’ll have another glass of wine! Arno baxo bertze bat nahi duke!
You are pretty. Pullita zira.
What does the fox say? Zer dio duela azaria?

A Basq Kitchen is located at 136 N International Boardwalk Redondo Beach and they are currently open Wed.-Fri. 3-9pm and Sat & Sun 12-10pm.

 

Next Door Lounge: A Hollywood Speakeasy

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From needing a password to get in the front door to the gorgeous chandeliers, exposed brick, black and white silent films being projected onto the walls, and legit cocktails, Next Door Lounge will take you back in time to another era.

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Mixologist Zachary Henry is passionate about his craft and can whip you up just about anything your heart desires like Barrel Aged Cocktails, Juleps, Cups, Cobblers, Humdingers, Fizzes, Sours, Champagne Cocktails (my personal favorites) as well as beer and wine!

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Along with the delicious libations Next Door Lounge also offers a variety of lite bites like this Grass Fed Beef Slider. I loved the crispy onions on it!

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These in house made “spaghetti pretzels” were amazing. I could of eaten an entire bowl. They are so light and crisp with the perfect amount of salt and pair nicely with any beverage!

Along with great food and drink Next Door Lounge also has a variety of fun entertainment like live music, a murder mystery dinner show and comedy.

Next Door Lounge is located at 1154 North Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA.

See you there!

 

The D Train LA Premiere

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27:  (L-R) Actors James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, and Jack Black attend the Los Angeles premiere of IFC Films' "THE D TRAIN" presented by Banana Boat at ArcLight Hollywood on April 27, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 27: (L-R) Actors James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, and Jack Black attend the Los Angeles premiere of IFC Films’ “THE D TRAIN” presented by Banana Boat at ArcLight Hollywood on April 27, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
The after party was at a cozy little bar called Saint Felix.
The after party at Saint Felix.

Last night was one of those amazing LA adventures that feels like a dream. Wade and I attended the premiere of the hilarious movie The D Train at the intimate ArcLight Theater in Hollywood. I love a good comedy and this movie did not disappoint. It was funny and raunchy in a Hot Tub Time Machine and The Hangover kind of way. Jack Black did an amazing job with his character making us uncomfortable pretty much the entire time. It was such a fun experience to watch the premiere of a movie along with all of the actors and people involved. I really felt like I was in their world with them sharing their excitement and feeling their passion for their craft and the project. For once I didn’t cringe when everyone clapped when the movie ended because the actors were there to hear it. Afterwards everyone walked a few blocks down the street to Saint Felix for the after party hosted by Banana Boat who played a major part in the movie. It was super fun to be at a party with so many familiar faces from TV and movies. When they say the camera adds 10lbs they aren’t kidding. Everyone looked so tiny in person…especially Jack Black.

 

Friday Faves

Ruby Montana's Coral Sands Inn, Palm Springs CA

Good morning! Today’s Friday Faves are coming to you straight from one of my favorite places…PALM SPRINGS! No, I’m not going to Coachella but I am hanging out at The Parker all day for the blogger parties and fashion shows! I drove out last night stayed at the adorable Coral Sands Inn with my friend Farron. All the rooms are themed and we had the Roy Rogers Room which did not disappoint! Every inch of that room had cowboy decor and kitschy knickknacks. We had dinner at Norma’s and then drinks and dessert at an old school favorite Melvyn’s. It was the perfect Palm Springs night and I can’t wait to see what adventures today brings! Farron will be selling her gorgeous weavings today and tomorrow in Joshua Tree at a pop-up-shop in The End. If you are out that way be sure to stop in and say hi! Whatever your weekend brings may it be fun filled and magical! XO

 

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