I enjoy unearthing hidden gems or just finding unique things to do in the City of Angels. There are many people who like to explore Los Angeles, but I have been my friends go-to ‘Cultural Czar‘ for some time now, so I thought I might as well share my own tidbits with the world. Being an information sponge, my musings may venture out of Los Angeles and perhaps even into the uncharted wilderness of random gibberish, but I reserve that right & perhaps you will still enjoy it. Welcome.
We got to stop in to the #MACStarTrek Starship Enterprise to get glam from the team of Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans and Ferengis during Comic Con in San Diego, as part of the premiere of Star Trek Beyond that debuted last week.
This collection is not available until September, but you definitely want to mark your calendars because this collection is out of this world! In the always capable hands of M•A•C Senior Artist John Stapleton, I was treated to some everyday glam, so I could hit the con in style.
This surprisingly wearable collection will not transform you into an alien, but will give you all the gorgeous starry shimmer you crave, with rich bold colors for fall.
Here’s what I’m wearing Eyeshadow: Bird of Prey Trip the Light Fantastic Powder: Strange New Worlds Blush: Modern Mandarin Lipstick: Where no man has gone before (looks amazing on anyone) Gloss: Pleasure Planet (gorgeous) – this tri-color gloss pumps up your pout Kylie Jenner style without resorting to glassware.
Independence Day is fast approaching, reminding us that we were just a few Declarations away from speaking with British Accents. I’m sure our founding fathers would throw their pointed hats in the air with celebration, knowing that we like to commemorate this festive occasion with a party!
Planning a Fourth of July menu makes me giddy with ideas. Independence Day makes me think of corn dogs, cotton candy, and ice cream sandwiches, because what’s more Americana than food I can eat on a stick? Pair that with some good ole County Fair food: funnel cake, an ice cream float, and deep fried anything, and we’ve got a party.
But, all that festive food is going to make your guests thirsty. Naturally, I have a few ideas to make your 4th of July party drinks as patriotic as the menu. A little red, white, and blue to ring in our Independence day with a bang!
The secret ingredient in those Strawberry Daiquiris is a beautiful lime cordial made by Sonoma Syrup. Having tasted many a syrup for cocktails, I have to say that the Lime Syrup made with a mixture of Mexican & Key Lime is one of my favorites, because it really tastes like naturally sweetened lime juice with a bit of zest. A bottle has quickly become a staple on my home bar.
Luckily, my home state of California is known for many things, particularly the renowned Wine Country of Northern California. Sonoma County produces world-class wines and exceptional produce, so naturally it is also the home to Sonoma Syrup. The versatile syrups make great beverages but they also double as a glaze for meat or make a fabulously floral sorbet. They use authentic ingredients (that you can read – no high fructose corn syrup here) like real fruit juices, cane sugar, and botanicals, which really comes through in the flavor.
So take advantage of the warm weather, and enjoy your day off to celebrate the freedoms we often take for granted! Let me know if you make any of these tasty beverages & what your guests think of your simple and festive drinks!
The best bars and bartenders were lauded last week at Time Out LA’s inaugural Bar Awards in the historic The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA. The cocktail culture has grown leaps and bounds in the past few years, so it was only fitting that we should commend those who were rising above the fray and setting the standard for bars in Los Angeles.
Yes, it is an honor to be nominated, but it is also a pleasure to win. Below are the winners from last nights events, along with their nominated brethren, so you can check out these fine establishments and judge for yourself.
Please raise a glass! Cheers LA!
TIME OUT BAR AWARDS WINNERS
Bar of the Year
The Spare Room
Fellow Nominees: Melrose Umbrella Co., Scopa Italian Roots, The Corner Door
Best New Cocktail Bar
The Walker Inn
Fellow Nominees: The Fiscal Agent, Everson Royce Bar, Old Lightning
Best Bar Team
Fellow Nominees: The Normandie Club, The Spare Room, Melrose Umbrella Co.
Best LA Mainstay
Fellow Nominees: The Roger Room, Harvard & Stone, Tony’s Saloon
Best Bar Design
Break Room 86
Fellow Nominees: E.P. & L.P., Now Boarding, Clifton’s Cafeteria