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Nightjar – Hoxton – London, England

img_2304Nightjar was recommended through a trustworthy source at Jamie Oliver’s FIFTEEN. (Thank you!) By the time we were on our way, I had officially turned into one of these nocturnal birdies. They were the clever inspiration for the name of this speakeasy located “on the fringes of Shoreditch”. With lofty ideas of going clubbing and a walk through “the fringes”, we successfully stumbled upon a guarded door which led down a really dark staircase and finally led us into the magical art-deco-cocktail-underworld. Sound familiar?

 

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During my last few trips to London I intended to find some of the city’s speakeasies. I wasn’t very successful as I usually start out with a loose itinerary and let the rest fill itself in. This search lies low on the list of priorities when I get my fill in NYC. Plus the genre is a bit “has been”…Where can we go from here? Long gone are the days of Milk and Honey and the reign of our dearly missed Sasha Petraske.

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(Pictured Above: The necessary mysterious signage subtly posted for only the super observant to see.)

I wrote my college thesis on the speakeasy trend and applied a marketing analysis where I dissected the success in the hospitality scene. Twenty some years later the movement is still going strong, and globally at that. They’re perfect places for jokers coming out of a full meal that believe they “can hang” but not really enough for a club. This usually allows for some aggressive seated chair-dancing into the wee-hours of the morning. Chair dancing is so fun to LIVE jazz music! (Lots on here.)

Nightjar‘s cocktails fall under five categories: Pre-Prohibition, Prohibition, Post-War, Night Jar Signatures and Sharing. One sounded more tempting than the next and watching the artistic presentation of these fascinating drinks was no help. The bartenders were almost entranced in their own world as they spun, shook, tossed, stirred and whisked all kinds of magic potions behind the bar…I wanted them all! Sadly even Jenzie has her own physical limitations to adhere to.

Picking our way through a list of ENDLESS exotic ingredients prompted all kinds of questions. Our mind was made up by the giant smoking bird.

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What is in the giant smoking bird? The stuff that dreams are made of! (Of course)

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YORKSHIRE PUNCH: Gin Mare, Apple & Rhubarb, Absinthe, St. Germain, Berry liqueurs, Lemon, Yorkshire Tea, Honey and Ginger. After the fanfare of the dry ice wore off, we were stuck with a giant pitcher and tin mugs filled with an array of interesting garnishes. There was a Yorkshire tea bag (bien sur) a yellow tomato (or toh-mah-toe) and herbs (like Rosemary or H-eubs?) on top of rather large ice cubes… Yes, herbaceous would be the adjective to describe this concoction. It took a while to finish since it serves 2-4 people. This shared-punch might have been the closest I came to having tea that entire weekend!

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All good things must come to an end when Jenzie has jetlag. As we made our way back up the staircase and left the roaring and mysterious cocktail-land behind us, we heard quite the ruckus on the street. It turned out there was a legit brawl up in this piece!

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Thankfully we had the friendly door man to protect us. The hostess didn’t want us to leave as it seemed we had some unfinished business to tend to. FYI – Nightjar includes a cover for their live entertainment.

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People were screaming, getting naked and throwing punches! Startled by this uncivilized behavior, it was officially time to call my uber.

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No worries, I made it home safe and sound! Can’t wait to try their sister bar Oriole next time I’m in town.

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FIFTEEN by Jamie Oliver – Islington – London, England

Ever since mimg_2304y trip back to Blighty in 2013, I’ve been on a Jamie Oliver kick. My university friends suggested dinner at Barbecoa for one of our rare mini-IPAG reunions. Dinner was lovely with cocktails to match and I found the view of St. Paul’s particularly stunning! I’ve followed Jamie Oliver’s Instagram since then and often reference his site for the rare occasion I cook a meal. This year I decided that Jamie’s resto FIFTEEN had to be on the itinerary.

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Uber(ing) over was interesting as we almost got dropped off at the Jamie Oliver headquarters. That must be where all the magic happens! It turns out that FIFTEEN was established in 2002 and gives young unemployed people a chance for a better future through training in the hospitality industry. Every year they recruit 18 people between the ages 18-25 to become professional chefs through their apprentice program. How cool is that! Delicious, ethical and socially responsible…I dig it.

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When we finally arrived our table hadn’t turned over yet. We decided to take a trip to the off-license around the corner for some bare necessities and soon returned to perch at the bar. I took a look around lounge area and happened to spot a small sign that noted their gin pairing classes offered on the first Tuesday of every month. If only I were in town a bit longer! Every time I come back to London I feel this way. There’s just so much to see and do … So many places to eat and drink! It just keeps getting better.

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FIFTEEN specializes in mostly gin-based cocktails. I decided to order the “Rose Gimlet” – Beefeater gin, house made yuzu and rose water cordial served straight up. It was soft on the palette and the yuzu prevented it from going in the “soapy” direction. I’ve always appreciated the brave incorporation of floral flavors the Brits have mastered. Elderflower has certainly seen its days…Could rose flavor beverages be the way forward?

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After deserting my phone with the bartender who was kind enough to charge it, we were escorted over to our table and seated with menus. The daily “Chef’s Selection” was £55 for five courses which seemed like great value. We decided against the wine pairing in efforts to be conservative. (haha) Instead we opted for a white and red recommendation that would transition well with the courses. I was trying to avoid falling on my face before the night’s end.

This is what happened:

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We had VIP seats right next to the open kitchen which allowed sneak previews of delicious plates being served.

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This delightful little amuse-bouche came out to play! It was a miniature cream cheese tarte topped with truffle and scallion shavings. This wouldn’t be the first time we saw truffles that evening.

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Course 1:

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Burrata, Grelot onion and Smoked Walnut and Malt: This was by far one of my favorite courses from the meal. What is not to like about the creaminess of burrata? This dish was a refreshing change from seeing another soft Italian cheese come out with your typical tomatoes and basil. It was rich and smokey and made me think of the transitional season we are entering. Complex with both flavor and consistency as well as providing a seasonal touch…It’s like taking your burrata camping.

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Course 2:

Dorset Crab, Courgette, Wild Fennel, creme fraiche: This dish went in the entirely different direction from the burrata course. We went from a smokey fall dish to light, bright and colorful in the literal and flavorful sense.

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Course 3:

Agnolotti, Summer Truffle, Courgette and Parmesan: This course went really well with our amuse bouche and burrata course. The cheese stuffed agnolotti was wading in a pool of what appeared to be parmesan and courgette foam, then sprinkled with a dusting of summer truffle. It was decadent in flavor but light enough to still leave room for what was coming. They may be hard to photograph but certainly not to eat!

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Course 4: OUR MAIN

Short Rib with Garlic and Montgomery Cheddar Mash: Anyone that knows me well understands that I am new on the meat-eating front. I try to save it for special occasions and travel. Talk about the planets aligning for me to experience the mouth watering short rib at FIFTEEN. This beef actually melted on my tongue. The Rioja paired with this dish was enhanced with notes of cherries that paired with the jus beautifully. The mashed potatoes were velvety soft and whipped with garlic and one of my favorite things to come out of the U.K., cheddar. I. Was. In. Heaven.

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Intermezzo: Sorbet blah blah blah

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Et Enfin: Dessert!

English Strawberry, Goat’s Milk Ice Cream, Elderflower and Spring Herbs: While goat-based dairy confused my tongue in the past, it made perfect sense in this dish. We see a return of the elderflower (in a jelly form) which ties both the earthy qualities of the goat’s milk and the (crunchy herb bark) together nicely. The English strawberry (reduction) added an extra tart…zing! This was followed up by a selection of British cheeses. (not pictured here.) I was way too involved.

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Last but not least, our check was served with house made truffles to take the edge off receiving the tab. The issue was that they were so rich and chocolaty, they left us thirsty! What to do?

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We were quickly sorted out with a list of after dinner beverages. While battling severe jet-lag I was seriously impressed that I made it this far. I didn’t want to ruin the good trend I had going and decided to order an espresso martini by suggestion of our server. This rich and velvety caffeinated boozy-bev did just the trick. Smart server!

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We had such a divine experience at FIFTEEN that we ended up closing the joint down. While very full and very merry, it was time to be on our way.

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I highly recommend FIFTEEN for a place to kick back and relax with friends. Even if it’s only “near Shoreditch” you’ll still feel cool sipping on delicious cocktails with helpful and enthusiastic staff. I’d totally go back if this was my city.

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HAPPY GIRLS! <3 <3

<3 Jenzie xoxo

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GONG @ Shangrila Hotel, The Shard – London, England

After 17 days abroad I’m excited to write about img_2304my latest adventures in Europe. This year’s extravaganza all started off at The Shard, ONE of if not THE pointiest building in London. I attempted to visit GONG during my EU-excursion IN 2015, but it seemed the universe had other plans in store as the building suffered a “wee-fire” which caused all of the bars and restaurants to close for my last available night in town. Like anything else in life, we enjoy things more when we have to wait and the time had finally come!

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Since my last attempt to “Shard-it” was with my friend Linda, it seemed necessary to kick-off this trip right where we left off. I was super excited to see her for our annual catch-up from across the pond. I always wish they were more frequent!

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I arrived early and had time to take a peak around. The Shard’s entrance is filled with business men and luxury sports cars waiting to be parked by valet. The foyer is covered in marble with a super attentive building staff. I was directed to the lift in seconds and on my way to cocktail-heaven located on the 52nd floor.

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The commute up to GONG requires a two-lift process. This gives you the opportunity to snoop around the piano lounge and take other photos with closer views of the Thames. By the time you get all the way up to 52, the world is a LOT tinier. “Just look for the lady in red.” I was told.

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Since GONG is first-come first-served, you may experience a wait. They try to implement at 30-quid spending minimum which you should have no problem meeting unless you’re a teetotaler. They have less-desirable couches where the view is blocked from the window as a waiting space. I sat there initially and hydrated with a soda water (I had to translate from club soda) while taking in the scenery. It’s an elegant yet tiny space with low seating. The cozy earth tone leather couches are an interesting contrast to all of the dark marble and reflective surfaces. I was comfortable and happy to wait and watch people whisper over their ornate libations. Something about that altitude makes you feel very…careful?
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My dear friend Linda finally arrived and we joyfully hugged. Suddenly we were the loudest bunch in the lounge (in true American fashion). We gaped at the never ending list of impressive creations on offer and struggled to make a choice. After twenty minutes and a couple complimentary snacks we finally came to a conclusion. Jenzie needed the “Working 9-5” in honor of a 17 day game of “hookie”. I appreciated the efforts to make “cocktail-ing” not only about drinking something boozey, but rather a true experience for all of the senses. Each drink came with a “gouter” to be sparingly sampled in between sips. The efforts are to enhance different flavors throughout your cocktail’s journey…Cause you know it’s traveling through time and all.

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Working 9-5 is made with a Talisker (whiskey) base along with Cocchi Americano, Mastiha, Provence bitters, yuzu and umami. I had to ask what every single ingredient was and I wasn’t bashful about it. That beef elegantly clipped to the side of my glass “tho”. #amazing #notveggiefriendly #novegansallowed

Next Up: Born To Fly (because you can’t just have one)

Born to Fly was a much less complex drink with brighter fruity notes. Ingredients listed: Grey Goose vodka shaken with basil, citrus and fig. If the flute wasn’t presented in a birdcage I’m not sure I’d be fussed…It made for a great Instagram moment “tho”!

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The sun had set and our 90 minute table allotment was coming to a close. It was time for more adventures on the town… This time they’d involve some foodies! I was happy to get a sneak peak at my favorite bridge in London all beautifully lit up.

I’m baaaaaack! 😆 #London #JenzieInTheCity #TheQueen #Gatwick #Fun #EuroExtravaganza2016 #letsplay

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This was a luxurious cocktail hour with a tab to match. It is totally worth it for the view. You get a free pass to play tourist when trips to Blighty are so seldom. It was going to be a full weekend with her majesty! #fullisanunderstatement

<3 Jenzie xoxo

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The Amigo Room @ ACE Hotel – Palm Springs, CA

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My Barc(th)elonian friend Michael Ip and his friend Patrick joined us in P.S. to soak up some rays. We like to keep our hangouts global these days. The four of us (not three) found “the fountain-of-fun” pretty easily. It was adjacent to the pool and lobby at ACE. They have around 20 micro-brews on tap, but they can also shake up a pretty mean cocktail on request. While their menu is full of pool-side sippers, I had them making “Jenzie-creations” in no time and muddling jalapenos into everything I could possibly think of.

 

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Good times were ahead…Fuzzy ones at least!

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Accommodating those bartenders were! This was one of many jalapeno sippers I sipped before we actually left the establishment that evening.

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Proof that we actually left the building…

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On the way out to dinner I was obsessed with becoming a human Y in front of the very vulnerable hotel sign and decided to seize the moment. It was a gorgeous Palm Springs evening for our adventures on the town. A Mexican meal was on the horizon and the next challenge was to navigate four (not three) very merry amigos by foot. Some were a lot merrier than others…Some could still use their feet!

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We returned to ACE that evening to find the Amigo Room entirely transformed. It was full of animated characters, almost as if the whole of Williamsburg decided to turn up for a late night boogie. Evidently this bar is no stranger to fabulous DJ’s and all kinds of themed-funnies that seem to get even cooler when the lights go out.

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Just look at all those palm trees!

<3 Jenzie xoxo

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The Ace Hotel – Palm Springs, CA

JICThe first time I had an experience at an Ace hotel was in NYC. It was 2013 and The Ace in Flatiron had an art exposition in their gallery. My friend had lured me in on the grounds there was free wine on offer upon entry. After a few, the art became more interesting and so did the people. My second Ace-experience was followed up in Autumn of 2015 by a rather large serving of oysters at the John Dory bar…They spent the next four months repeating on me. Funny that shellfish…Sometimes you just get a bad oyster!

 

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Waking up in Ace Palm Springs felt like waking up to an oasis. It. Was. Peaceful. Yet it felt a bit unreal. The panoramic view from our hotel porch was absolutely stunning.

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While I’m sure ACE P.S. cranks out some crazy times, we were particularly lucky to have a zen experience with juuuuust enough funny business. image

The iconic pool…How I miss thee! We expected an entirely different vibe before arriving. People were normal and not everyone looked like a model which was comforting for my early spring battle of the buldge(s).

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This is what you come here to do in a nutshell. One can’t complain about the perfectly curated track list that is amplified throughout the hotel. It sets the vacation and relaxation tone along with their incredibly attentive pool boys that never miss a beat.

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All the sunshine, swimming and cocktailing (by the pitcher) made it easy to eat all of the delicious things. (Pictured Above): Veggie quesadilla and a side of grilled shrimp. Sometimes you can’t fit your shrimp inside your quesadilla and you have to order them separately. That’s all.

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A day in the desert’s heat can leave you a little squirmish. If you absolutely need to participate in physical activity for sanity’s sake, Jenga is available in the lounge for your enjoyment. This is the entertaining alternative to their gym which tends to get a little smelly…It’s like burnt rubber to be exact. For saying the rest of the hotel is quality, they could step up their gym-game. There were issues with cardio machines as half were actually functioning.

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One of my favorite highlights from my experience was the massage at ACE’s Feel Good Spa. I was advised to arrive 15 minutes before my treatment to receive my robe and then escorted to the locker room where I could safely store all of my things before heading up to my treatment room. The varied treatments offered include body masks, brushing, reflexology, massage and facials all using natural products made by The Body Deli.

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The treatment rooms were pleasant but very basic. No frills! There is a shower conveniently located in the room so you can rinse before and after your session. It’s a straight forward spa experience and completely utilitarian as if they don’t want to take away from the natural beauty that surrounds. It keeps ones energies focused outside.

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ACE made sure to hydrate us with mindful water stations. I made sure to steal a bottle of FRED from my room which could be conveniently refilled for free! We like free things. We like free things in flask-like bottles! “FRED goes in your pocket, not in the trash”. #puregenius

<3 Jenzie xoxo

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Workshop Kitchen+Bar – Palm Springs, CA

I started reseaJICrching restaurants well before my trip to Palm Springs. At the time I thought I only had 48 hours to work with before forcing myself to run through the Grand Canyon in less than desirable climates. I wanted to get maximum foodie-fun into the itinerary, but had to be very selective with such limited time. Therefore, I created a P.S. check list to tick. The first restaurant to catch my eye online that exuded a NY standard of style and appeal was The Workshop Kitchen + Bar.

 

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Offering impressive mixology and impeccable plate presentation, Workshop was on their A-game that week.

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Before committing to an entire dinner we wanted to see what the restaurant had to offer IRL. We arrived and b-lined it to the inviting bar in the back. Their bartender greeted us with menus straight away and offered two seasonal cocktails which we decided to partake in.

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Pictured Here: Bee’s Knees (left) and Mai Tai (right) Their Mai Tai’s claim-to-fame is its original ingredients, “The way it was intended to be.” These ingredients include: two types of rum, home made orgeat, creole shrub, and lime served over crushed ice with a mint bouquet and a lime hull. You could put anything in these cocktails really… The bartender had a way with a shaker.

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Pictured Here: Two Happy Cocktail Sippers- It was nice to have a fresh-rendition on a Mai Tai instead of the usual suspects which are often all jammed up with fructose corn syrup and artificial juices.

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What happened at dinner you might ask? When we took the plunge and reserved for two on the patio, we revisited their delightful cocktail list before ordering a glass of wine with our meal. Eyeing up the sophisticated Nouveau-American menu with a tinge of western flare was nothing short of a delight. We decided on the Little Gem Caesar with rustic croutons, shaved manchego and white anchovies. It was nice and savory also a great size to share!

imageWe were all about the sharing that evening as we decided on their fish dish du jour as our main. Truth is that we glanced over and saw our neighboring table eating it and demanded to know what it was. Their red snapper (pictured below) was pleasantly gutted for our enjoyment and mixed with wild rice, artichoke hearts, radicchio, arugula  and served with a roasted lemon wedge alongside a mini skillet of the most perfectly seasoned rosemary potatoes. The presentation was a little bit of a massacre but a delicious one at that!

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When you go, it is imperative that you save room for dessert…You gotta put a slice of that there Drake Farm’s Goat Cheesecake inside you! Maybe even follow it up with some of that Vale D. Maria port. You can say “I told you so.”

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If you’re brave enough to leave your heavenly resort life in P.S. for a classy night on the town, Workshop Kitchen + Bar will not let you down! Get it done.

<3 Jenzie xoxo

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King’s Highway @ Ace Hotel – Palm Springs, CA

JICThere’s a diner at Ace and it has a banging menu filled with Mexican flare and some good old fashioned classics. They seem to pride themselves on using local and organic ingredients which they feed the entire hotel with. Originally we wanted to have our first dinner there but the sense of adventure took over and we ended up downtown instead. After plotting some eats for the rest of the week, we returned to ACE for another nibble and a nightcap. By this point King’s Highway was empty and ready to turn in.

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That the afternoon we did a little shopping on N. Palm Canyon Drive. We spotted all the fun storefronts when we entered Palm Springs the day before. I must note the Trina Turk boutique was a personal fave! No one ever made Finding Nemo on a dress pattern so cool.

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I made my very own purchase at Michael Weems‘s store. Along with creative sculptures and jewelry, his pieces incorporate photography (his and others) on to assorted flatware and wall art for the home. He captures the romantic essence one goes to Palm Springs seeking and misses because it happened over half a century ago. I purchased a serving tray with a photo of a Palm Springs rooftop highlighted by a hot-pink filter. Love it.

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The vintage shopping in P.S. was on point. Dazzle’s was on the top of my list specializing in this arena. They had everything from color coded accessories to vintage fashion pieces and furniture! I would have purchased my entire fantasy tiki bar there if I could.

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Dazzle’s sets the tone outside with a grass filled pool complete with flamingos and a vintage doggie home. If I had a dog…Who am I kidding? If a had a grass filled pool!

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After all that shopping it was back to King’s Highway to celebrate a day of new discoveries in P.S..

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What better way to do that than with a healthy kale salad, grilled salmon, avocado and a glass of delightful white wine?

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We started to love Palm Springs that day.

<3 Jenzie xoxo

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B – Palm Springs, CA

Brown as berrieJICs and sweet as nuts, we finally left the pool at dusk. It was time to set out on our very first night in Palm Springs. The first objective was to suss out the joint and see what we could get ourselves into for the week. We uber(ed) “downtown” for a couple of cocktails. Afterwards we decided we wanted to find the delicious pizza. Suddenly there it was, off in the distance and partially covered by a very big man wearing all white with no socks and teeth to match… There was a giant B.

 

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Behind the B (which stands for Bar) was a lot of shrubbery. If you looked a lot closer you could see a bunch of outdoor seating and an open facade restaurant with a very long bar. It was sleek and clean and the lounge area was lined with bed-like couches you could sprawl out on. Since the menu was available there we opted to “lounge” and avoid the wait for an actual table.

imageNot only did we end up filling our bellies, but we also fulfilled philanthropic pursuits by ordering their pizza-special. They were advertising a promotion where every special pizza ordered donated money to the Boys and Girls club of Palm Springs. Yes, there is actually a Boys and Girls club in P.S.! Luckily, this pizza really appealed to our veggie cravings with slices of zucchini, heirloom tomatoes and green olives. We thought the underprivileged children of P.S. deserved bottles of Perrier instead of Poland Springs and felt really good about this decision.
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Welcome to The ACE Hotel and Swim Club! – Palm Springs, CA

I was JICexcited to be in the desert for an entire week. Contrary to most people, it’s rare that I actually go on vacation to relax as there’s always some obligatory sightseeing involved. The drive from L.A. to Palm Springs was nothing short of gorgeous. It’s interesting for an East-coaster like me to see the landscape change so drastically from beach to jutting mountains with cacti and tumbleweed. I made sure to take loads of photos all the way until the famous check-in point at the windmills of P.S..

Hells to the yeeeeeeeeawwwhs!

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They are sort of majestic… Can’t deny there is also something slightly eerie about them. They look like they’ve been placed there by aliens.

As we entered the city of Palm Springs, all of the little terracotta roofed buildings greeted us with their Mexican-influenced charm! It was hard to believe that a hot desert city like this was infiltrated mainly by “cotton tops” and retirees.

imageThe ACE hotel & Swim Club would be our home for the next four days. Guests instantly notice this big sign they like to post ironic quotes on. Much like the windmills, this too is plastered all over social media.

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We quickly toured the campus after a map was given to us by concierge upon check-in. Spa treatments were booked at the Feel Good Spa and we were finally off to our room!
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This is what you get (pictured above). It’s a basic room but it has all you could ever want or need including a giant stick. We finally realized its purpose after a few items got lost under the California-King mattress. ***Go-go gadget arm!***
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It was finally time to assume our position.
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 This would be our view for the days ahead. Just try and get sick of that!
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Life at ACE consists of waking up to an amazing breakfast menu at the diner, or grabbing a delicious coffee to-go from the Stumptown Coffee Roasters . On the daily, one moseys out to the pool to pick a spot and lathers up with freshly purchased $30.00 Sun Bum-sunblock . By noon you’re peckish (which is when you flag down one of their very attractive staff members to show you their cocktail list with drinks available by the pitcher). You order the pitcher, because those $8.00 beverages add up quickly. After the first pitcher is finished, it’s time for snacks. You keep it simple on day one with some chips and salsa and roasted shishito peppers sprinkled with sea salt. You might even feel the sudden urge to seek shelter in the shade for a bit, so you go try on bathing suits conveniently sold at the Feel Good Spa’s kiosk. You purchase one because… For some odd reason they just make you feel a little cooler.
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All good. ACE’s AMIGO ROOM has plenty of beverages to keep you hydrated all night long too.

<3 Jenzie xoxo

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Tanner’s Coffee Co. – Playa Del Rey – Los Angeles, CA

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Cousin Kristen and I attempted to do the Grand Canyon Half Marathon this year. Unfortunately the forecast was looking grim. Running through potential snowflakes in a National park that doesn’t allow water stations in an area of population density (5) didn’t exactly scream “appealing”. We chickened out while watching the forecast in remorse. The trade-off plan was to spend a little extra time in Palm Springs (poolside) at The Ace Hotel… Non, je ne regrette rien!

 

imageI flew to L.A. minus serious running gear and plus a lot of swim suits and sun dresses. Good times were ahead. We loaded up the car and the first stop was Tanner’s Coffee Co. for a quick pick-me-up.

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I was trying to save most of my calories for the cocktails ahead and decided to purchase a coffee. Cousin Kristen ordered one of their delicious egg sandwiches. I had a bite and it was divine. I don’t know what they do to their eggs but they are the fluffiest breakfast sandwiches I’ve ever seen. They know what they do well…They had samples cut for everyone to try at the register. Talk about a temptation-win!

For real, Butterfinger Mocha? Yes please! I saw this on the board and suddenly it was 1997…I was working as a coffee maker-ererrr (Dare I say barista?) at Matawan’s very own coffeehouse called “123 Coffee on Main”. Way back when there were proper-coffee-houses, this establishment was the inventor of the ORIGINAL Peanutbutter-Mocha. I have tried to have coffee shops recreate this drink around the globe ever since! No one has ever come close to the perfection of that blended beauty. As I sipped down to the bottom of my Butterfinger Mocha at Tanner’s, I hoped to spoon up some PB chunks as I would have with its peanutbuttery-predecessor. No luck. I guess some things just can’t be repeated. They certainly stay special that way. God bless the 90’s, peanutbutter and all-things-chocolate!

It was a long drive ahead to Palm Springs… We now had the rocket fuel and beats to make it through. Isn’t that Cali-desert so gorgeous?

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