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March 2019

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WOOD AND VINE

(left to right) Wood and Vine's Spicy Tuna Crudo, view of Pantages Theatre from window, Pork Shanks, specialty cocktails; Shirley Temple/Roy Rogers-house grenadine, Magnolia Cucumber Martini, and Shells and Cheese (Photos Paige Petrone)

WOOD AND VINE

  • Story / Photos By PAIGE PETRONE

Heading to the Pantages theatre for a show anytime soon? Be sure to plan a visit to Wood and Vine for an amazing pre-theatre dining experience. Wood and Vine is located directly across the street from the legendary Hollywood theatre so you can park only one! This restaurant is special with a dark indoor bar ambiance and an outside patio that transports you to an outdoor loft in Brooklyn, New York. The space is chic and hip with its tranquil vibe in the heart of bustling Hollywood.

The bar offers an extensive and very impressive list of fabulous cocktails and fine wines. The menu includes some fun playful breakfast themed items, featuring their take on Chicken-n-Waffles, Shrimp-n-Grits, and Scotch Eggs. There’s also a clever range of bites and shareable choices such as Shells and Cheese (smothered in aged cheddar and topped with Cheez-its!), Pork Shanks (smoked, braised, fried with spicy honey), Beef Carpaccio (paper thin tenderloin with Reggiano and champagne vinaigrette topped with pistachio and capers), Spicy Tuna Crudo (Ahi with chili and fermented garlic on a bed of marinated avocado), Crispy Brussells (with sherry-dijon vinaigrette), and Hand-punched French Fries (served with horseradish aioli and house ketchup).

Save room for dessert as they offer more tasty treats. Try the Sour Cream Donut Holes and their signature Butterscotch with maple ice cream! Need I say more? They are ridiculously delicious!

Wood and Vine is located at 6280 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.

A ROOM WITH A VIEW

LATW presents A Room With A View March 1-3rd

A ROOM WITH A VIEW

  • By ARLENE WINNICK

I am a big fan of LA Theater Works and their radio-theater style performances. Their latest, A Room With A View, is an original adaptation by the BBC’s Kate McAll of E.M. Forster’s classic 1908 novel and gives us a view into society and classes in the early 20th  century. The story begins in Florence where two English women, Lucy Honeychurch and her spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett are displeased with the view from their rooms.  A pair of fellow guests, Mr. Emerson and his son, George, offer to switch rooms so the ladies can view the Arno.  Though they agree, the generous offers comes under suspicion and scrutiny by other guests sparking a dialogue that continues throughout the play.  A mild flirtation begins between Lucy and George but is cut short by Charlotte who questions the appropriateness of the liaison. When the travelers return to England, fate brings them together and Lucy must choose between her social position and the desires of her heart.

A Room With A View stars Julian Sands as Mr. Emerson, Eugene Simon (Games of Thrones) as George, Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark on PBS) as Lucy, and Rosalind Ayres (Titanic) as Charlotte. LATW’s live readings truly allow the audiences to focus on the spoken word and use their imagination as to costumes and settings.  A Room with A View is presented March 1 -3 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater.

For tickets and more details, click here.

ÉLEPHANTE IN SM

Élephante Beach House in Santa Monica

ÉLEPHANTE IN SM

  • By ASHLEY HALVERSON

Spring is the perfect time to find your new favorite rooftop bar.  Élephante Beach House in Santa Monica is just the place you are looking for.   Brought to you by none other than accomplished restaurateur Nick Mathers, Élephante is not actually on the beach but has one of the most amazing views of it and the sunsets from this Mediterranean oasis are not to be missed.  Snag a table on the veranda and settle in to soak in the sunshine and admire the eclectic collections of African and Italian ornamentations.

First order of business is to try the Élephante house cocktail ~ a refreshingly delicious combination of passionfruit, lemon, meletti and Calabrian chili mixed with your libation of choice and garnished with a gorgeous marigold.  Must try food wise is the Cacio e Pepe Pizza.   Cheese, salt and pepper perfection.  The weekend brunch boasts and enticing menu items like Avocado Toast, Ricotta Hotcakes or Green Goddess Yogurt.

Definitely plan ahead and make your reservation when coming to this hot spot.  Look for the sort-of-secretive entrance next to the Laemelle Monica.Thank you March for bringing us the time change.  Thank you Élephante Beach House for bringing us the perfect place to watch the days get longer and longer.

Élephante is located at 1332 2nd Street in Santa Monica.

Augustine Wine Bar

Augustine Wine Bar in Sherman Oaks (Tater Tots)

Augustine Wine Bar

  • By Nina Sventitsky

Owners Matthew Kaner and Dustin Lancaster opened Augustine in 2015 with one goal in mind. On any given night in the middle of suburban Sherman Oaks, you can find vintage wines by the glass from the world’s greatest regions for less than the price of a ribeye at Musso and Frank’s. Think about that for a minute. Right now a search for Napa Valley wine from the 1990’s reveals a hefty price of $100 to $2500 per bottle! At Augustine, someone has already done the buying for you, probably before you were born. This brilliant concept started with the decades-old wine collection of partner and rocker Dave Gibbs.

At Augustine, it’s enormously fun strolling in to see what’s open and listed on the chalkboard. Always available too is an ever-changing printed list of 30+ small production well-made interesting wines in their current vintages.

Food is flavorful, logical and created to show off your wine. Sockeye Tuna Tartare, Duck Breast, Tater Tots, cheese and charcuterie and seasonally up to date. You can’t pull a dream like this off without someone dedicated to both hospitality and wine. Lucky us, we have Matt Kaner, who travels the world (literally!) talking to growers and winemakers, forever tasting. He knows how to tell the story of a wine, and how to delight his customers with something new and authentic. Cheers!

Augustine Wine Bar is located at 13456 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks.

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