Archive for August, 2011
Atop downtown’s soaring Pershing Square Building sits aptly named Perch, a glass-enclosed rooftop lounge with uninterrupted views of the city. The tri-level restaurant and bar takes its inspiration from French bistros, offering classic cuisine from Chef Benjamin Udave accompanied by a unique list of cognacs, Armagnacs, calvados and French cordials, plus beer and wine. Perch’s inviting interior features whimsical French décor with warm wood accents and custom-upholstered, art deco-influenced sofas atop hand-painted tile. A great embellishment of what you can see and experience while on a Los Angeles tour. An outdoor patio is decked out with iron dining furniture and wicker lounge chairs, two fireplaces and several fire pits. Live entertainment, including DJs and burlesque and cabaret acts, is offered on various nights.
448 S. Hill St., downtown, 213.802.1770
Experience a slice of Parisian lifestyle in the heart of Beverly Hills at Bouchon Bakery. Serving as a mouthwatering entrance to Thomas Keller’s famed Bouchon bistro, the bakery is home to an extensive bread program, a full-range vennoiserie, pastries, packaged specialty goods—think homemade granola and chocolate bouchon cookies—tarts, breakfast quiches and coffees and teas. Pastry chef Roy Shvartzapel oversees the sweets, including his signature pastry: Kouign-amann, a delicacy from Brittany that marries dough, sugar and butter into a heavenly combination. Yet another tasty place to head over to while you tour LA. The Adam Tihany-designed shop, set in the Beverly Hills Garden Building, opens into a garden plaza complete with outdoor seating. Chef de cuisine Rory Herrmann manages the savory side.
235 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.9910
Sept. 5. Soak of the final weekend of summer fun by sailing out to sea on the Fantasea One, a luxury yacht that offers four decks of DJs, karaoke, foosball, ping pong, BBQ, cabanas, bottle service and VIP tables and more at the 9th annual Labor Day party. I’m quite the sailor myself and enjoy being out in the sea, even if it’s a bit of a windy day, heading out past the marina makes everything clear up. Reminds me of the fun adventure given for the yacht tour of LA. Check in at 2 p.m. Tickets $40+, includes an all-access boarding pass, four hour cruise and free BBQ.
Fantasea One Mega-Yacht, Dock 52, 13509 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.
Soak up the remainder of summer on Moko’s patio and enjoy their $10 Beer + Bao social hour special, which includes a cold Hite brew and one of their tasty bao ssams. So delicious, runs on the cheaper side on cost and the pricier side on taste, great place to head out too while touring LA. Green Chili Pork Sausage with Pineapple, Cucumber, and Ssam Jang; Grilled Prawns with Red Onions and Avocado with Wild Arugula and Aji Amarillo Jang; Sweet Soy Braised Pork with Spicy Cress and Asian Pear, Sesame Aioli and Ssam Jang; and Sesame Duck Confit with Ripe Mango and Chipotle Jang.
9540 Culver Boulevard, Culver City,
Through Aug. 31. Get dealified at both Monsieur Marcel locations when you see a movie nearby. Moviegoers who present their ticket stub from either the Pacific Theatres at the Grove at Monsieur Marcel’s Farmers Market bistro, or the AMC Theatres at their Third Street Promenade bistro will receive free hors d’oeuvres with purchase of a glass of wine. A great deal to check out while taking a sightseeing tour of LA. Those visiting the Farmers Market location also have the option to present their movie ticket for 20% off a bottle of wine at Monsieur Marcel’s gourmet market.
Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.939.7792;
Saturdays and Sundays. Start your morning Hard Rock style at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood’s weekend breakfast. A great way to start your morning off by visiting this very well known and popular restaurant while touring LA. Hard Rock Cafe offers banana walnut french toast, breakfast burritos, corn beef hash, eggs any style and more, as music videos play throughout the cafe. Full menu available all day.
Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood,
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood,
If you’re sick of taking the same of kind of vacation, change it up this year by chartering a yacht. Yacht charters Los Angeles have proven some of the most popular and successful charters.
If you have a deep love of sailing or boating, this is a great way to utilize your love of the water while breaking out of your standard vacation pattern.
One of the biggest benefits of chartering your own boat is that you aren’t on anyone’s schedule but your own. You choose where you go, and you choose how long you stay there. Since you’re a single vessel, you can also gain access to certain ports and destinations where large cruises would not be allowed.
The yacht charters Los Angeles can offers amazing scenery, social experiences, and food. Why risk missing any of it with a commercial venture? Take the chartered route, and it will be a far more personal experience.
Thursdays Through Sept. 8. Celebrate summer at a hidden oasis overlooking Rodeo Drive, cocktail in hand. It’s down right beautiful, nothing but a trip into the invigorating sky light, this is a great photo opportunity while you tour Los Angeles. The Terrace, the Beverly Wilshire’s chic alfresco pop-up lounge, invites you in for sips like sangria or specialty cocktails, complementary canapes and valet parking.
Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd, 2nd Floor, Beverly Hills,
Vacations are supposed to provide people with a chance to escape the drudgery of everyday life. Sometimes the regimented schedule and long hours of a full-time job can beat us down into submission. That’s why it’s no wonder that people mark their vacations well ahead of time on the calendar. All too often, however, planning a vacation can be a logistical nightmare.
By starting an Internet travel business, you can help people avoid the headaches caused by minute details. You’d be surprised how much it sets people’s minds at ease when someone is there to take care of the niggling issues that would otherwise plague their vacation planning. With the economy rebounding from its recent downturn, more and more travelers are likely to be drawn to luxury resort vacations as well as plan a Los Angeles sightseeing tours.
Whisky bar £10 (10 Pound), tucked away in the Montage Beverly Hills, specializes in the renowned single-malt scotches of Scottish brand the Macallan. Decked out in warm wood paneling with a balcony overlooking the Beverly Cañon Gardens, the bar offers an array of the fine scotches—including the limited-edition 57 Years Old offered in a Lalique crystal decanter and the Fine & Rare Vintage 1951—as well as classic cocktails and Krug wines. Never hurts to check out as many unique bars while you travel, ‘specialy while you are taking a sightseeing tour of LA. A nifty ice machine pops out large spheres of ice made with Scottish water, cooling off drinks in style. Food offerings by Montage Beverly Hills chef Gabriel Ask and Scarpetta chef/owner Scott Conant include steak tartare and beef flan with short ribs.
Reservations are required. (Period)
225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills