COMMISSARY AT THE LINE HOTEL

Recently we dined (and drank) at the new K-Town hotspot, Commissary, at Wilshire Blvd.'s Line Hotel. This gorgeous modern greenhouse, located next to the hotel's pool, is a great place for just about anything - a group dinner, date night or a lunch-time business meeting. Their food was delish and their drinks were just how I like 'em - fresh and sublime.

The restaurant is located up on the 8th floor of the hotel. They've got the mood set with string lights and greenery everywhere.

Feeling a chill? Grab one of their cozy blankets while you hang. 

Some seriously pretty greenhouse vibes right here.

Their drink menus arrived via airmail. 

Oh hey there. It's me. Just trying on my friend's new Theirry Lasry sunglasses while we wait for our drinks. My dress is from Free People and my baby "b" necklace is Jennifer Meyer via Barney's. And I had no time to do my hair that day. Ok, back to our regularly scheduled program...

My new favorite drink - "Gin & Juice" - gin, fresh watermelon juice and topped with basil. UNREAL DELICIOUSNESS. We all loved this drink so much that we able to move on and try any other cocktails!

Cobb salad.

Cauliflower tempura.

Shrimp po' boy.

Avocado toast with salmon.

Cheeseburger.

General consensus: 2 Thumbs up, fo sho. xx

Commissary at The Line Hotel is located at: 

3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90010

4TH OF JULY FOOD AND DRINK IDEAS

Time to get your patriotism on! Here are some fun and festive food and drink ideas for your Independence Day bash!

Photo courtesy of Little Peanut Magazine

Photo courtesy of Little Peanut Magazine

Let's just go ahead and have dessert first. How gorgeous is this cherry and blueberry pie from Little Peanut Magazine?

 

Photo courtesy of RipAndTan.com

Photo courtesy of RipAndTan.com

Now we need an icy cold beverage. This beautiful Cherry Margarita from Rip And Tan looks perfectly refreshing.

 

Photo courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Photo courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Looking for a non-alcoholic beverage option? This Watermelon Punch and Bowl, from Martha Stewart, is genius and simple. And sugar free!

 

Photo by Sierra Prescott - Courtesy of Petty Cash

Photo by Sierra Prescott - Courtesy of Petty Cash

Guacamole and chips are my quintessential summer foods. Let's try this recipe from one of the best Mexican restaurants in town. Here's the recipe from Petty Cash Taqueria, via Los Angeles Magazine.

 

Photo courtesy of FoodNetwork.com

Photo courtesy of FoodNetwork.com

Time to get the grill going. Bobby Flay's Green Chile Cheeseburgers with homemade queso sauce look like they'd be a perfect fit at our party. 

 

Photo courtesy of Fruitcake.com

Photo courtesy of Fruitcake.com

After those green chiles, cool your mouth down with these homemade firecracker popsicles from Freutcake. The kids will love them!

Happy 4th Everyone!! xx

 

STUDIO CITY'S GIRASOL

The Valley is ever-so-slowly coming up in the food arena. With Girasol being at the forefront of this (opening almost two years ago), it is one of the best restaurants the area has to offer.  Executive chef and "Top Chef" alum CJ Jacobson, created a menu that they describe as refined-rustic California cuisine. And I have to say, some of the prettiest dishes around. Here's our recent meal.

Swirly greys, inspired by the sunflower - their namesake, cover their walls and ceiling.

Peach and Burrata Salad

Pan Roasted Mary's Chicken

Sea Bass (Fish Special of the Day)

Smashed Potato

Fresh Strawberries & Donuts and Chocolate Brownie Cake with Salated Caramel Gelato and a cappuccino for dessert. Forgive the dark shadowy pic and focus on the yumminess. 

If you are looking for an elevated dining experience in The San Fernando Valley, this is a good one. xx

Girasol is located at:

11334 Moorpark Street

Studio City, CA 91602

 

 

DINNER AT THE TASTING KITCHEN

It seems to me that Venice's Abbott Kinney is pretty much where it's at for restaurants these days. A few gal pals and I had a fun ladies' night out at Chef Casey Lane's The Tasting Kitchen. Featuring a daily changing "bill of fare," we tried a bunch of different dishes and drinks. Here's what went down.

Style is on point with the leather covered Eames chairs and the bare wood-top tables. Love the "indoor" trees.

Today's menu.

The frosted process coupe was a really nice touch, I gotta say.

Cheers, Ladies.

Warm housemate bread and butter is basically the best thing in the world. 

Five cocktails for four ladies. That's about right.

Charcuterie platter. The fluffy empanadas were fun to stuff with meats and burrata. 

Raddicchio Salad.

Pesce Crudo.

Muscles with Saffron Cream.

Tagliarini with Shrimp & Serrano, Roasted Lamb Leg and Creste di Gallo with Calabrian Sausage and Breadcrumbs

I think we tried almost every dessert.

Ice Cream is always king. Especially the house-made mint chip. Ladies night, every night? xx

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The Tasting Kitchen is located at:

1633 Abbott Kinney Blvd.

Venice

Open for dinner 7 days a week and brunch on weekends.