Monthly Archives: November 2014

Copa D’Oro – Santa Monica- Los Angeles, CA

photoIt is particularly painful (and self-inflicted) when I see spicy things on a menu and have to try each one. I know I’m not the only person guilty of this. I have often wondered where obsession with spicy things originated in the last five years. It seems as though the world has suddenly discovered Mexican cuisine leaving the jalapeno to be the most desired and widely used pepper around. Hot sauce itself has become a staple condiment in every household’s fridge, most likely multiple types like Frank’s and of course Sriracha for just about anything….I’ve even seen that served as a hot chocolate flavor in BK. (True Story = Vom*) I <3 you BK, I really do…I’ll just never be that cool. (I accept it.)

10639582_10152506449183509_253662412457288105_nThrough my recent travels in L.A. I’ve discovered that the city does happy-hour well. You can find grade A drinks with prices literally slashed in half (not at Bungalow). By NYC standards-they’re giving it away! I wonder how all of these people get home after the hour is no longer happy? (God Bless Ze Uber) No worries, your standard happy-hour is happier for longer than just one hour in L.A. it seems. Oofa!

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Copa D’Oro located at 217 Broadway in Santa Monica is another notable happy-hour keeping people happy ALL NIGHT on Mondays and from 5-8:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday. (Cause even God had to rest on the 7th day.) Pictured above is “Tommy’s Margarita” (spicy): 100% Agave Tequila, Fresh Lime Juice & Agave Nectar shaken up (furiously) with some jalapeno peppers. (Created by Julio Bermejo at Tommy’s Restaurant – San Francisco, California – 1995-without spice) Not your average margarita? It was a well poured drink that left me wishing this place sold Mexican food. It is really hard to accept that a restaurant known for a margarita would have an Italian Farm-to-Table concept. Yes, it is true… They source their ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market! While my drink totally threw my experience, I appreciated the fact that they keep the menu short and sweet with a variety of tempting Panini, charcuterie and cheese plates and dips which are great to share. I could totally roll up in there and enjoy another well shaken cocktail (probably not the margie) and totally get my dips awn.

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 No seriously, you need that Uber.

~PeanutPimpMama

(PPM does L.A. Right 2014)

For More Information: www.copadoro.com

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Hotel Shangri La – SYBARIS & Suite 700- Santa Monica- Los Angeles, CA

photoAfter I said goodbye to Studio City, it was time to make moves on the “Tour-du-Friends”. Tiki-lunch in Malibu was good times at Duke’s and now I was “homeward bound” for the weekend in Santa Monica. I could not be trusted with street parking (Who needs out of state tickets when I get plenty at home?) I located a parking lot and settled in with a trunk that slowly became my portable closet. I decided to take a stroll around Ocean Blvd. to peruse some local menus. (PeanutPimpMama thoroughly enjoyed the oceanfront vibes while staring up at the beautiful palm trees.) There is something special about Santa Monica and I wanted to roll out my own red carpet as I made my way over to Shangrila for some afternoon imbibing.

 

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I had received a couple recommendations that this was a good spot during the endless search for The Fancy-Pool. Cause you know… “I fancy”.

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I pictured the pool to be on the rooftop and I am not sure how that got lost in translation. The pool is nowhere near the roof. To access it you must go through the ground level lobby and up a small stair case around the back of the building. Finally you enter into a “White Oasis of Cool” with cabana spaces, an outdoor spa for pool-side massagey (PPM loves a good pool-side massagey) and the bar with some outdoor decorative fire pits to chill out or warm up to… Or as my college professor used to say, “To shoot up and lay out to”. Until this day I’m not sure why he thought that was so funny. PPM Insider Tip: Make sure to look out for the cluster of models perched like water-nymphs with flower wreaths in their hair. It appears they got lost on their way to San Francisco.

10704132_704725116262951_7167906850786219775_nSince I was caught up in a palm tree photo shoot I ran a tad late for my drinks appointment and had to collect my friend at the SYBARIS pool bar. I made sure to grab my spa menu so I was “in the know” for my return. The thing that always irks me about outdoor venue drinking- We seem to be the only country that hasn’t quite mastered the ability to use proper stemware in outdoor scenarios. Nothing gets my goat more than blowing $15.00 on a cocktail in a dixie cup. (Shoot me*) I don’t care if you just poured liquid gold into my drink. (This screams frat party.) After trying to order two drinks (they did not have the ingredients for) I settled on a blueberry lemonade thinga-ma-jiggy. If you look closely at the picture above you might see a fresh blueberry… Go ahead and take a look.

10646696_10152476873488509_5983417249249265682_nThe rooftop bar at Shangri La called Suite 700, is a former penthouse that seems to be quite intimate due to size and seating arrangements and appears to fill up fast. I noticed it needed a little love much like the lobby downstairs but is totally worth the look-see for that panoramic view! With the art deco architecture and priceless location they can get away with whatever they want. Overall the atmosphere was totally my style and so were the snacks. Next time the play is to get here a little earlier, aim for the rooftop and take advantage of the happy hour and small plates-YUM! Gosh this city is so pleasant.

Peace, <3 and Palm Treeeeeeeeeeeeeeszies!

~PPM

(PPM does L.A. Right 2014)

For More Information: www.shangrila-hotel.com

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Duke’s Malibu – Malibu – Los Angeles, CA

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Have you ever traveled to a place or had a moment where you thought to yourself, “Will I ever be back here?” Some places you may not care to ever see again and some places leave you with such a feeling of urgency like you need to swallow it whole. Other places you may seem to take day by day (on a slow drip) with a sense of contentedness that there will be another time or chance to experience them. Your gut knows that you are meant to come back. There are certain cities that have had some sort of gravitational pull in the last 32 years and L.A. is one. I have traveled there half a dozen times for family and friends as my own personal circuit seems to be assuming a bi-coastal divide…I don’t mind this.

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It’s interesting to think that the first time I stepped foot into Duke’s Malibu I was only five years old. (Although Duke’s wasn’t Duke’s back then.) PeanutPimpMama was a lot smaller, and mom’s hair BIGGER THAN EVER.

10653501_10152506449033509_7472720789298098598_nMy friend and I were on the hunt for a good chat n’ chew spot to have a long awaited catch up. There was enough of Venice Beach for the last 48 hours so North was the desired direction. Duke’s Malibu popped up and I was sold on the tiki-themed seafood restaurant description known for it’s incredible ocean views.

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No exaggeration there… Duke’s ocean views are so good that one would require a submarine to get any better. We had the full experience that afternoon with surfers and dolphins galore! (Proper L.A. Entertainment: Dolphins swimming pictured above) I seriously have childhood memories of sitting by the window wondering how this restaurant wasn’t washed away by waves. Perhaps this is the reason behind my recurring tsunami dreams…

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While the drink list offers a nice variety of wines and bubbles (including locally sourced) I started my meal off with a Lava Flow: blended pineapple juice, cream of coconut, strawberries and light rum with an optional Meyer’s dark rum float. Of course I opted for the Meyer’s dark rum float! (If there is an option to modify, PPM is going to take it.)

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For a starter we selected the Tahitian Shrimp: Grilled papaya, coconut milk, avocado, tomato, cucumber, lime and shaved peppers. Look at how clean those beautiful little shrimp are. I love anything with coconut milk…It had a little sweetness and a little spice (everything nice).

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Unfortunately I went a little shrimp-heavy for lunch (my fault). I ordered the Shrimp and Crab Salad: Chilled sweet crab and shrimp crisp romaine, avocado, asparagus, corn, tomatoes, Kalamata olives and a creamy lemon dressing. The food was almost as good as our conversation. I’m a huge fan of tiki-anything (as an aspiring tiki bar owner myself) and I was really hoping it would be a little more flamboyant inside. Staring at the Pacific wasn’t too shabby in spite of the lack of kitsch paraphernalia I was hoping to encounter . Duke’s is a great place to meet if you want to hear yourself think and chill out with the most zen view you can get. It’s funny to think I was there 27 years ago. I feel too young to say I went anywhere 27 years ago…

 “I’m on a seafood diet. If I see food I eat it.”

~PPM

(PPM does L.A. Right 2014)

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Bar Lubitsch – West Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA

photoI’m the typical cross-breed Mutt with roots descending from eastern European countries and Italy…Because who isn’t Italian? If Italy was good at anything it was clearly good at populating. The globe appears to be full of humans boasting of their Italian-lineage as if it makes them supreme or tougher for it. The trickle down-culture has completely dominated my upbringing leaving me somewhat Catholic, well fed and little to no connection with my eastern- Euro background. (At least I know a good pizza.) For arguments sake my family says that they’re “Russian”. Yet no one is actually from Russia and Russia is not part of Europe. Got a problem with that? Point Bella Russia out on the world map (without cheating) and then we’ll discuss.

 

 

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Maybe if you’re Russian (or not) or a plain old American (or confused about what the h*ll you are) and just fascinated by all things Russian, Bar Lubitsch might be for you. It’s a kitsch little place known for its attractive bartenders and extensive list of vodkas (Russian Standard too) with great napkins serving up most cocktails Ruskie-themed. It’s a dark and mysterious red space with a lot of bold font and giant vats of vodka infused with pineapples. I asked for a piece of that pineapple and was abruptly turned down as they have a no-pineapple passing policy. Evidently you can look but you can’t touch. While I turned up on a slower night, this unique little bar has DJ’s and dancing with an outdoor patio area, but no food. Do NOT come hungry or else you’re going to end up eating bacon wrapped jalapenos and macaroni salad with Betty Page on the front porch.

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Not like there is anything wrong with that…Rockabilly and Russian are two R’s I never thought to put together.

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I’m still confused about what happened…Watch out as those cocktails pack a $20.00 Russian punch!

~PPM

(PPM does L.A. Right 2014)

For More Information: www.barlubitsch.com 

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