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August 2018

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FUNDAMENTAL!

FUNDAMENTAL!

  • By Ashley Halverson
  • Photos By Paige Petrone

We’ve been trying to get to this cute little restaurant just south of Westwood Village for a couple of years now.  Their lunch menu is filled with scrumptious salads, sandwiches and sides ~ all with fresh locally sourced ingredients.  We just happened to go during Dine LA week and the place was packed! It’s clear that it’s a hot spot any time of year however with their Power Lunch options.

It was a Grilled Cheese kind of day which we paired with the Creamy Tomato soup that was deliciously topped with a dollop of smokey yogurt crème reminiscent of a campfire.  Perfect for dunking the hearty sourdough with melted cheese and sweet carmelized onions.  The Falafel Wrap was also quite tasty ~ filled with a lovely herb salad, moist falafels and fresno chilis which gave it a nice spicy kick!  The Orzo side dish was a beautiful medley of artichoke, sun dried tomatos, spinach, feta and olives in a lemon-shallot vinaigrette. Each meal came with a chewy chocolate chip cookie ~ crumbdilicious!

I definitely will be returning for dinner soon and a local bottle of wine.  And maybe one of their handshaken Real Vanilla Crème Sodas for dessert ~ it’s on their beverage menu but it’s so frothy and delicious ~ ice cream shakelike ~ essential to try at least once.

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Bluebird Brasserie!

Bluebird Brasserie in Sherman Oaks

Bluebird Brasserie!

  • By J. Cook
  • Photo Courtesy of Bluebird Brasserie

Along the well trodden four lanes of Ventura Blvd, headed towards the south side of Sherman Oaks, there now stands a Belgian Abbey, Bluebird Brasserie. The casual passer-by wouldn’t notice, but alas you, the savvy researcher, will be the beneficiary of this information, for there aren’t many breweries this good in all of the Valley of the Angels.

Noah Regnery, of Pizza Port fame, mans the 15 barrel brew sculpture, deftly extracting the sugars from barley and grain (probably mostly grain) with enough precision to satisfy a variety of Abbey-style yeasts, prime for fresh consumption at a fair value. For sailors whose palates have adapted to the bitter hops necessary for voyages to India, rest assured–that style is also served, and served quite well! This brew, known as the Darts Away IPA, pays homage to the Abbey’s roots, which lie due east in the Burbank foothills. This project, the latest from Tony Yanow, promises quite the step up from his prior success with Golden Road. Similar to his former and forthcoming projects (more than 10 at last count) they serve a variety of vegan dishes. Bluebird also has options for meat eaters, such as mussels four ways and steak frites.

So when traversing the valley floor, know there exists a trappist style depot to quell your hunger and quench your thirst. Religious habits optional.

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Rooftop Rosé!

Secret Rosé Garden at Beverly Wilshire (Photo Ashley Halverson)

Rooftop Rosé!

  • Story / Photo By Ashley Halverson

Ah…summertime. Beach days and picnics.  Frolicking at festivals.  Family vacations.  Fun times in the sunshine.  The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills has something for your summer hit list that is a perfect little escape.  They have turned their famous roof top terrace into a special pop up Secret Rosé Garden until September 3rd.  Find your way up through door 211 and step out into the whimsical garden that is dripping with pink roses.  Take a seat and take in the stunning view of Rodeo Drive or take your Rosé to the other side of the terrace for a game of bocce or badmitten.

Can’t decide which Rosé to try?  Discover a new favorite by trying one of their flights of four.  Pair it with the cheese board that offers a hearty serving of several European cheeses, nuts and delectable honeycomb.  Or expand your taste buds and have their mixologist George make you one of their Rosé infused cocktails or Sangria served over watermelon ice cubes.  And if the temperature is rising ~ their Frozé garnished with red rose petals is the perfect concoction to keep you cool.

Get the girls together and head to the Secret Rosé Garden for a fabulous afternoon.  Who doesn’t love sipping a nice chilled glass of Rosé on hot summer day?

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Honor Bar!

Bar at Honor Bar in Beverly Hills

Honor Bar!

  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photo Courtesy of Honor Bar

I walked into a very smart, handsome place called the Honor Bar, located in Beverly Hills, an upscale American dining restaurant by the Hillstone Restaurant Group. I enjoyed smashing cocktails and classic finger foods, such as burgers, sandwiches, fries and even sushi, all set in a sleek casual atmosphere. The selection of sushi rolls covered the traditional Californian staples spicy tuna roll, California roll, and a very spicy and tasty crunchy shrimp roll (which paired jumbo shrimp with a spicy rémoulade sauce and macadamia nuts). The mind blowing must try? Ding’s Crispy Chicken sandwich. Wow! This bad boy (meaning beyond delicious) is a crispy succulent sandwich, crammed with gloriously golden chicken, tomato, cheddar and kale, deftly balanced with a light homemade kale slaw. This hearty and rich sandwich is one of the best in town.

The bartenders are great. The pours are aplenty! Honor Bar has a separate wine by the glass list, a vast cocktail menu with some interesting concoctions, as well as draft and bottled beer options. When you go be sure to leave plenty of time to snag a booth in the back or grab a seat at the bar, especially during the rush of the post-work crowd, because the small bar doesn’t take reservations.

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