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Jurlique Celebrates 30 Years

Skincare line Jurlique recently celebrated their 30th anniversary and threw a gorgeous breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants in LA, Republique, to celebrate!

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How gorgeous is this table?

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They use roses as one of their main ingredients so the room was full of them! For their anniversary they made a limited edition Precious Rose Hand Cream that smells amazing and of course sold out immediately!

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Any day that starts with roses and donuts is going to be a good day!

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I have been obsessed with these 3 products ever since the breakfast. I keep the Rosewater Balancing Mist in my fridge and love spritzing my face first thing in the morning, on a hot afternoon and when I get home from work. It is so refreshing! The Essence of Rose Roll-On Fragrance smells light and fresh. I like to keep that in my purse. The Rose Hand Cream smells delicious and is great ON MY HANDS. I got a little crazy and used it as body lotion the other day along with the roller ball and it was waaaaay too much! Thank goodness it calmed down before I got where I was going. Checkout all things Jurlique here  and get free shipping the entire month of August!

 

Doma Kitchen Party

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Doma Kitchen recently hosted a party celebrating their beautiful new location in Manhattan Village!

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All of the South Bay foodies were there including my girl South Bay Jackie!

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They put out an amazing spread! Some of my Doma faves are the Crunchy Bavarian Garlic Bread with homemade yogurt dip, the Cheese Board of course, the unique and delicious Kale Salad, the Plov Bowl with grilled chicken, and the Pelmeni Chicken Dumplings, and they have a great beer and wine list too!
I am getting hungry just writing about it all. I think I will have to stop in for lunch today! See the full menu here.

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Chef Kristina and Owner Angie are warm, wonderful people. You can tastes the love in every bite!

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They did a beautiful job with the clean, modern, cozy decor. I loved the paintings by Lee Tunila.

The first and last photos were taken by me and the 3 others are by Gloria Plascencia Photography.

If you haven’t been yet you have to check it out. Doma Kitchen is located at 3562 N. Sepulveda Blvd. near Macy’s in Manhattan Village. The hours are M-S 11am-10pm and Sun 9-3.

 

Interview With Chef Anthony Goodwin of Bottega Louie

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Bottega Louie is one of my all time favorite restaurants in downtown LA! The beautiful decor, decadent pastry counter and consistently delicious food have kept me coming back time and time again. When I heard they had a new chef who was doing interviews you bet I had a few questions for him!

1) As an already established Chef coming into an already established restaurant what will change? Any new dishes?
Like any situation I need to see what works and what doesn’t. My style of food is very approachable with clean, clear flavors. When I create a dish I do my best to highlight the feature of the plate. The goal is to build flavor and compliment the food, not mask it. I will do my best to be smart about changes, looking at the current platform and see how we can grow it. One of our new dishes is a whole grilled branzino. It is a great example of the food I like to make. Visually appealing, simple, and full of flavor. And you dont need instructions on eating it or a dictionary to figure out what it is.

2) The Bottega Louie Chicken Parmesan is my all time favorite! Will it still be on the menu?

For now the parm is here to stay, but if we can make it better that is our goal. I always evaluate the dish and see if it is the best we can do before we change it or remove it from the menu.

3) How long have you been a Chef and what initially inspired you to become one?

I graduated from culinary school 20 years ago. Like most chefs it started at home, I spent most summers with my grandparents and they lived in a rural part of New Jersey. At that time it was nothing but farms. Our food was picked fresh everyday. I grew up with a true farm to table experience. When I was little my grandmother would drive us to a farm, I would walk to the farmers door, knock and ask for a dozen eggs. Within a couple minutes she would give me the biggest fresh brown eggs you ever saw. There were times we would go to other farms and if the farmers were busy in the field, we would choose what we wanted and leave the money in a basket. The long and short is, it is a combination of all of these things along with how much fun my grandmother made it to cook and enjoy our dinner. She would get me excited about what we were going to eat in the morning. There was something very pure about all of it that made me love it.

4) What stands out in your mind as your best food memory or meal you have ever had?

Ironically I have eaten at some if the best restaurant in the world including cellar at con roca, literally the the #1 rated place in the world, but my best memory goes back to picking food fresh from a garden. I spent time in the mountains of Spain at a friends family house. We bought sausages from a local butcher, picked our vegetables from their garden and grilled our food on a fire built from grape vines. Drank some cheap wine and relaxed. Thats one of my top meals ever!

5) What would be your “death row meal”? Mine would be my husbands grandmothers tacos!

My grandmothers bolognese, in all these years of cooking I still can’t make it better than her.

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If you haven’t been to Bottega Louie put it at the top of your list! It is located at 700 South Grand Ave.

 

Friday Faves

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My bags are packed! This weekend we are hitting the open road and heading out to Sin City for a couple of days to celebrate our 9 year wedding anniversary! I am super excited to spend time with my husband and just relax. It has been a crazy busy couple of weeks and we haven’t seen much of each other so the timing is perfect.  What are you up to? Here are some of my faves this week…

* I hungout at the newly redesigned Estérel in the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills for their unveiling party last night and it was gorgeous. There is a ton of outdoor garden and cabana seating that would be perfect for Sunday brunch. I can’t wait to go back!

* Tomorrow night is the Annual White Light White Night Charity event for Walk With Sally in Manhattan Beach. A ton of celebs will be there including my 2 favorite Heathers…Dubrow and McDonald. Hopefully I run into at least one of them! Last time I checked there were still a few tickets left!

* Thursday July 30th Create Nightclub will host the 6th Annual LUCKYRICE LA Feast featuring the best up and coming chefs and plenty of Asian-influenced cocktails. Tix are $150 VIP and $88 GA.

* Rilastil is one of the top skincare lines in Italy and I have been using the Long Lash Mascara ($32) and Illuminating Eye-Contour Cream ($70) for the last month and love them both! I normally wouldn’t spend this much on a mascara but this one is worth every penny. The mascara wand is flexible and really separates the lashes. It contains red algae extract thats helps to strengthen your lashes. It doesn’t clump or flake either which is amazing. The eye cream has a really cool applicator tip that smoothes it right under the eye and it contains 31 active ingredients to lift, firm, and brighten the delicate skin under the eye area. I feel like it has really improved the appearance of my dark circles.

* Christie Brinkley…who doesn’t love her? She has always been naturally beautiful so when I heard she had a line of skin care now I had to try it. I have been using the Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish for a few weeks now and I am a huge fan. It is gentle, cleanses and exfoliates at the same time, has a very light fragrance, and is under $25. My one tip is to make sure you really wash it off well. A couple of times I didn’t and my face felt a little felt gritty when I was putting on my moisturizer.

* I love a mud mask and the Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Revival Mud Mask ($38) is the bomb! It only takes 15 minutes, feels cool as it settles into your skin, and unclogs pores, detoxifies and hydrates. It truly is a miracle and they sell it at Nordstrom. The next time you get a “note” (true Nordies will know what I’m talking about) treat yourself!

* Speaking of Nordstrom, the Anniversary Sale is going on now until Aug 2nd and Whish (I love them…remember their fun event at Ulta?) has created an exclusive line called Soda Fountain Collection with a bath and body gel ($15) and a body butter ($12) in delicious flavors like Orange Cream (my favorite), Black Cherry, Ginger Melon and Key Lime.

Citadel Outlets is proud to be a part of the Los Angeles community welcoming the 2015 Special Olympics World Games with their Reach Up and Shop! Program. From Saturday, July 25- Monday, Aug. 2, World Games athletes, family members, volunteers and honored guests can show their World Games badge to receive 20% off top name brands across the center!

* There’s a new shopping site called Her Velvet Vase out of Singapore that just launched in the US that has super chic clothing and accessories that are all under $100!

* There is a great Norman Seeff rock-n-roll photography show at  Ron Robinson  in Santa Monica thru August 30th. One more reason to stop in and check out this awesome store!

Have a super fun and magical weekend! XO

 

Doma Kitchen Manhattan Beach Opens Tomorrow

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I have been a huge fan of Doma Kitchen and their fresh, delicious cuisine since I was at the Redondo Beach location last year. I am thrilled that tomorrow they will be reopening in a gorgeous new space in Manhattan Beach just in time for the holiday weekend! Check them out!

Los Angeles, CA — Doma Kitchen, once a local favorite in Redondo Beach with menu items such as signature Belgian waffles and Eastern European-inspired dishes including homemade Borscht, Lagman and Lamb Plov, have traded in their casual beach vibe digs for a more polished space in Manhattan Beach. While Doma Kitchen’s original brick + mortar was in Redondo Beach, back in October they closed their quaint cafe for a larger indoor space. Owners Angie Corrente and Stan Mayzalis along with Chef Kristina Miksyte are excited to bring their traditional cuisine and new dishes to a brand new space and neighborhood.

Chef Kristina will be slowly adding new dishes to the menu in the upcoming weeks. A couple of new items to look out for will be grilled shashlik, a form of Shish kebab popular in Eastern and Central Europe, using a variety of meats including lamb and chicken. For dessert, zeppoles which are Italian fritters with ricotta cheese and will be served with house made chocolate sauce.

Doma has also stepped up their coffee game in a major way. Doma will be the very first place in Los Angeles to serve Red Bay Coffee. Red Bay Coffee is a quality-focused roaster of fine coffee, based in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California which was founded in 2014 by Keba Konte a successful food entrepreneur with 10 years experience in the specialty coffee and hospitality industry.

Doma will also be one of the very few places serving traditional Turkish coffee using a sand method technique. Turkish sand coffee uses a hot bed of sand to heat the coffee. Once filled with water and coffee grounds, the pots are nestled a couple inches deep into the hot sand.

Owners Stan and Angie have always been highly involved within the community and will continue by giving back a portion of their sales for the first week to the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, a community driven fund raising organization, which supplements state funding for programs that inspire learning, enrich teaching, and promote innovation and academic excellence in the public schools of Manhattan Beach.

“We are truly excited to be in Manhattan Beach and can’t wait to begin this new chapter in such an amazing neighborhood. Our entire team has put so much work into making this new location a reality.” – Owner, Angie Corrente

Doma Kitchen offers an international-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on Eastern European and Central Asian techniques. Owners Angie Corrente and Stan Mayzalis have taken inspiration from their many world travels and created a menu that reflects the exciting cuisine found in regions throughout the globe. All dishes are prepared from scratch and are seasoned to perfection with housemaid spices, placing the highest importance on farmer market fresh, seasonal and quality ingredients. With their design background, both owners have created an environment unlike any other in the area.

Doma Kitchen is located at:
3562 N. Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

 

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