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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!

 

Friday Faves

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Wow, Friday is upon us once again. Last week I was out frolicking in the desert and now a week has already flown by! This weekend is looking pretty mellow for me and I couldn’t be more excited. I have a stack of books and magazines that I would love to dive into. What are you up to? If you need some inspiration checkout my Friday Faves! XO

* April 20th-Sept. 6th at The Fowler Museum in LA: “Making Strange: Gagawaka + Postmortem” is an exhibition juxtaposing two distinct but related bodies of sculptural and assemblage work by contemporary Indian artist Vivan Sundaram — both addressing issues of fashion, culture and mortality through the inventive use of nontraditional materials. It looks crazy and weird and right up my alley!

* Ever wonder what Oil Pulling is? I was curious too and tried it recently. I am not sure how much of a detox it is but my mouth has never felt cleaner and fresher. If you are really bored you can watch me do it to dance music here.

* Opening this Saturday: Incorporating vibes of a Hawaiian poke stand, with bright & modern finishes, Mainland Poke Shop is perfectly at home along the fashionable West 3rd Street neighborhood. The clean design from Montalba Architects creates a chic Maui meets LA hybrid. It looks delicious!

* If you are in NY in the next month join Royalton in the Forty Four Lounge for the launch of Concrete Jungle, an Instagram Photo Exhibition series showcasing some of Instagram’s best photographers.

* An interesting, artsy and mildly disturbing video from Hi Fashion, just incase you need that sort of thing today.

* One of my besties, Keri, has been battling different types of cancer for the last 10 years. She is one of the strongest and bravest women I know. She can use all of the positive vibes,love and support she can get. You can see her story and donate here.

* Always been curious about The Magic Castle? This Saturday the 18th they are hosting a swap meet from 9-3 thats open to the public for just $8. It’s worth checking out!

* I recently tested out a mascara by DakotaVox with a mirror on the tube and an LED light for just $13! Its great to keep in your purse and clicking the light on the end is quite addicting. Aside from all the gadgets the mascara is rich and creamy giving the faux lash look. It’s a 3-in-1.

* Pop a Cork and Grab a Fork for the Hall Winery Cab Cook Off on Saturday April 25th! Wade and I went last year and had a blast!

* Heading out to Coachella Weekend 2? Don’t miss these great deals at The Desert Hills Premium Outlets!

 

Dirty Chick

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I have recently been listening to an audio copy of Dirty Chick by Antonia Murphy on my way home from work and it is fantastic! Funny and raw, it’s a real look at farm life in another country told by an American city girl. When she compared the feel of a alpaca’s nose to a human penis I was sold. I was laughing hysterically, alone in my car, going 10 MPH on the 405 FWY. Not many of you know this but my alter ego is a farm girl living the “simple life”, baking, gardening, and making cheese with some farm animals and maybe some kids running around. So, this book really speaks to me. I still have a few hours of listening left but I have been so excited about it that I wanted to share it with you now!

Listen to an audio sample here

Here is a little bit about the book from Indie Bound:

“One month into our stay, we’d managed to dispatch most of our charges. We executed the chickens. One of the cats disappeared, clearly disgusted with our urban ways. And Lucky [the cow] was escaping almost daily. It seemed we didn’t have much of a talent for farming. And we still had eleven months to go.”

Antonia Murphy, you might say, is an unlikely farmer. Born and bred in San Francisco, she spent much of her life as a liberal urban cliché, and her interactions with the animal kingdom rarely extended past dinner.

But then she became a mother. And when her eldest son was born with a rare, mysterious genetic condition, she and her husband, Peter, decided it was time to slow down and find a supportive community. So the Murphys moved to Purua, New Zealand—a rural area where most residents maintained private farms, complete with chickens, goats, and (this being New Zealand)  sheep. The result was a comic disaster, and when one day their son had a medical crisis, it was also a little bit terrifying.

Dirty Chick chronicles Antonia’s first year of life as an artisan farmer. Having bought into the myth that farming is a peaceful, fulfilling endeavor that allows one to commune with nature and live the way humans were meant to live, Antonia soon realized  that the reality is far dirtier and way more disgusting than she ever imagined.  Among the things she learned the hard way: Cows are prone to a number of serious bowel ailments, goat mating involves an astounding amount of urine, and roosters are complete and unredeemable assholes.

But for all its traumas, Antonia quickly embraced farm life, getting drunk on homemade wine (it doesn’t cause hangovers!), making cheese (except for the cat hair, it’s a tremendously satisfying hobby), and raising a baby lamb (which was addictively cute until it grew into a sheep). Along the way, she met locals as colorful as the New Zealand countryside, including a seasoned farmer who took a dim view of Antonia’s novice attempts, a Maori man so handy he could survive a zombie apocalypse, and a woman proficient in sculpting alpaca heads made from their own wool.’

Part family drama, part cultural study, and part cautionary tale, Dirty Chick will leave you laughing, cringing, and rooting for an unconventional heroine.

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday and it is next Saturday!!! I am easily charmed by all of the red, pink, hearts, lips and glitter. I could (an usually do) go nuts this time of year in places like Target and The Dollar Tree for themed stuff to create the perfect, romantic evening at home. We love making homemade pasta and drinking bubbles like this. As much as I love fresh flowers I hate them on Valentine’s Day because I know the prices are always jacked up. Here are a few flower alternatives that would make my heart sing!

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1) What girl doesn’t love shoes? This book Art & Sole is not only gorgeous and will look beautiful on any coffee table or nightstand, it is filled with the most outrageous shoes your mind could dream up. The perfect gift for the art/fashion lover in your life! $25

2) Send her on a shopping spree at her favorite store like Prism with a gift card!

3) I love Champagne and one of my faves is Camille Savès! Nothing is more romantic then a bottle of bubbles! $75

4) I just discovered Numi Organic Teas and the Chocolate Spice is decadent! $8

5) Handmade specialty candies from Sugarfina come from artisans around the world and these sugar lips are as delicious as they are cute! $7

6) Anything handmade, by your love or places like MADE in Long Beach or Etsy where I found this lovely little heart ring. $21

Cheers to LOVE! What is your perfect Valentine’s Day?

 

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