September 2017

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Poolside Dining!

(left to right) Fruit plate at the Four Seasons pool, the view from the pool deck, Kale Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken, the pool (features salt water), the pool again, Evian's Alexia De Luca and LAArtsOnline's Publisher Paige Petrone, Salmon entree, and a tasty Watermelon Margarita (photos: Paige Petrone)

Poolside Dining!

  • Story / Photo By Paige Petrone

Sunday “funday” is a popular term nowadays. I was lucky enough to be invited for fun in the sun and pool at the legendary Four Season Hotel in Beverly Hills. Trust me – this is not a bad way to spend any afternoon! The pool setting is calm and tranquil in the middle of a bustling city. The pool has salt water! I asked the server why and he said it’s better for the body and skin. I’m not sure it that’s true, but it definitely was relaxing and felt very nice.

Let me tell you about the poolside dining portion of our day. It was simply divine and very decadent with terrific service. The menu offers everything you might crave for lunch and lounging by the pool; fun specialty cocktails, appetizers, salads, light entrees, sandwiches, and of course gelato and an assortment of sorbets! We chose Kale Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken, Shrimp Cocktail, Salmon, house made Gelato, and we nibbled on house made Lemonade Sorbet all day. The salad was super crisp, chilled and seasoned to perfection – a standout! The gelato wasn’t too shabby either. Deliciously naughty.

The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills is legendary for its hosting of many celebrities. With all the new and hip things coming and going to LA, this place endures as one of the staples for Hollywood elite. We actually had a major celeb sighting while we were there, but I’ll never tell!

The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is located at 300 South Doheny Drive. For reservations and more details, click here.

Trejo’s Cantina!

Trejo’s Cantina's Bean Dip, Salsa and Guacamole (Photo: Paige Petrone)

Trejo’s Cantina!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo By Paige Petrone

There’s one hard and fast rule for dining in the modern age: everyone loves tacos. But we don’t just love any taco. We love well-made, well-put together tacos that deliver an explosion of flavor with its simple ingredients. Tacos are a staple; you either get them wrong or you get them right. At Trejo’s Cantina on Cahunega, tacos are done more than right. They’re done superbly.

Trejos Cantina on Cahuenga has been open for about a year and a half, thanks to the wonderful Danny Trejo, who also owns Trejos Tacos and Trejo’s Donuts, two other popular spots in the LA area. What’s great about Trejo’s Cantina, aside from the food, of course, is that each plate comes with Danny Trejo’s face on it. That touch, along with the amazing food, really makes the Cantina feel like home, like Danny Trejo himself is there eating with you. Speaking of eating, let’s discuss the food. To die for. That Steak Asada Taco will make your taste buds sing, as will the white shrimp and the grilled chicken. But make sure not to stop there. You have to get the house made Churros with two ridiculously decadent dipping sauces. Talk about something melting in your mouth. Yum!

With numerous local craft beers on tap, Danny Trejo, and a killer art display on the walls, Trejo’s Cantina is a must visit. Go!

Trejo’s Cantina is located at 1556 N Cahuenga Boulevard. For more details on other locations, click here.

Beauty in LA!

Beauty & Essex Los Angeles

Beauty in LA!

  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photo Courtesy of Beauty & Essex

Hollywood glamour is alive and thriving! Tao group, known for its glitzy operations in Manhattan and Vegas, has brought one of its concepts to Hollywood with a 10,000-square-foot club-staurant. Bistro string lights lead you down an enchanting brick alleyway to the front of a Pawn Shop. It is here that the adventure begins.

Acting as the portal to Los Angeles’ best new hidden gem, this speakeasy front actually functions as a retail store – selling such elusive items as special edition guitars and collector art,

Just past these treasures, you’ll find the most elegant and illustrious restaurant and lounge waiting for you. The global menu transcends ubiquitous lounge bites and supper club fare through pristine ingredient sourcing and elevated technique. Favorite starters of the night were the tomato tartare crostini with a sunny side up quail egg and their scrumptious deviled eggs! The spoons filled with grilled cheese, smoked bacon and tomato soup dumplings were delightful. The giant sweet scallops, seared to a tender satin texture, paired with pork belly, the grilled double cut lamb chops, and served with a port wine glaze on creamy polenta and the miso glazed Chilean sea bass were all standouts!

Beauty & Essex is located at 1615 Cahuenga Boulevard in LA.

Rosaliné Peruvian!

Rosaliné Peruvian’s Dining Room

Rosaliné Peruvian!

  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photo Courtesy of Rosaliné

I just dined at Rosaline, Ricardo Zarate’s new venture. Chef Zarate has created a menu of classic Peruvian dishes with Japanese influences and California sensibility. Named after Zarate’s mother, Rosaliné is the “next phase of Peruvian dining.” Taking you back to his roots, Chef Zarate created a menu of classic Peruvian dishes alongside ‘street-food’ fare updated with a California twist.

Blessed with the opportunity to sit at the chef’s table, I got to indulge in many delicious morsels, starting with the Peruvian ceviche. Then I moved on to the small plates such as the “causa jar,” an eggplant terrine with potato mousse, avocado and botija olive oil, and the “chicharron de paiche” — fried Amazonian paiche with yuzu aïoli sauce, and the “causita crocante,” salted cod, served in a box. How did it taste? Beyond delicious! Large plates came with black mussels, blue prawns, lomo saltado – which is sautéed filet mignon with tomatoes and soy dressing — and the pork osso buco wrapped in banana leaves. The numerous vegetarian entrees were also delectable.

The Peruvian fried rice is the magic ingredient in truly original and succulent paella. Reflecting the Chinese influences on Peruvian cuisine, it is made with pancetta, la chang sausage, bagoóng and prawns, topped with a sunny-side egg.

Rosaliné is located at 8479 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.

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