August 27, 2010

Red Bicyclette Syrah 2008

Red Bicyclette Syrah 2008. Dark and fruity and very smooth. Great wine at a reasonable price.

This is the last red wine I drank before the Los Angeles Heat Wave hit ! I won’t be back to reds until after the weather cools down.

Here’s the official Red Bicyclette Winery Website

Red bicyclette syrah

August 26, 2010

Taste on Melrose

First, I was in a good mood because I found free parking on Melrose – then a wonderful Prix Fixe menu at Taste – and $5 glasses of house wine. Is this heaven ?

Taste is a very cute, cozy restaurant – and I thought I saw a few celebs, or wanna-be celebs. One of my friends swears there was a TV star sitting behing me.

Anyway- the Prix Fixe menu…. yummy…. Macaroni and Cheese ! with truffle oil and mushrooms – loved it.
Then a main course of crispy Chicken with mashed potatoes and Arugula – so many layers and different flavors.

For my last course I wanted the creme brulee, but they were out of it – so I got chocolate bread pudding. Yummy, yummy !

Our $5 glasses of house wines were served from cute little individual carafes. Very nice. Liked the simple presentation.

Nice waiter, nice staff – wonderful food…. I want to go back soon!

Read More about Taste on Melrose – on Yelp.com
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Taste on Melrose Restaurant

August 25, 2010

RH Restaurant on Sunset Blvd

A very confusing meal, and I was over this place before my meal had arrived. One person on my group had the Bloomspot deal. What was really confusing was the rest of us could not even purchase the Prix Fixe meal at full price – it doesn’t exist unless you have a Bloomspot deal. Ok, whatever – I got a hamburger.

I have to say that I loved their Sangria. Lots of fruit like blueberries in alcohol. I was picking out the fruit from the bottom of my drink glass. Totally yummy. This is the one good thing about RH – they make good drinks. Though I will say the waitress brought one person in our group a drink that no one had ordered, or even mentioned – but she took it back and brought the right drink once we told her.

Once we moved from the bar to a table, it seemed like total confusion. Ok, I couldn’t order a Prix Fixe meal even at full price, we figured that out eventurally. The hamburger and fries were well …… a hamburger and fries. No big thing there. Oh, yeah – “triple fried french fries”, still french fries – not as crunchy as I expected. And I basically ordered a hamburger and fries because I just didn’t want to deal with the menu any longer after I realized I couldn’t get the Prix Fixe meal.

And the wait staff was so confused… or speaking different languages or something. It took them a while to get whatever they were telling us straight….

The one thing I thought was weird – its a hip and happening restaurant with really modern decor. When I order a glass of one of the lesser priced red wines, the waitress serves the wine like we were in some fancy place, presenting the bottle and letting me sip the taste of wine before she pours an entire glass. I have had meals at fancier places and they didn’t do that. It just showed me that RH is just trying to be something it is not.

If you are in West Hollywood and looking for yummy cocktails, then stop by RH. Get the sangria. Thats all I recommend.

Read more about RH Restaurant on Yelp.com
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RH Restaurant Hyatt Hotels

August 24, 2010

A Mano Soave Wine 2008

A Mano Soave wine … Italy 2008 – fruity and smooth – nice summer wine.
Rate 90 points on the BevMo website

A Mano Soave

August 23, 2010

Chaya Happy Hour Downtown Los Angeles

Happy Hour at Chaya Downtown was really fun. Happy Hour on a Saturday night – what could be better?
First I ordered a “Seeing Red” blood orange and lavender tequila.
Then I tried the “Russian Blues” vodka and lots of blueberries – yummy !
I got a California Roll, and nibbled on my friends Calamari.  Both were good.

So I went to Happy Hour on a Saturday night. And along with that was a valifation for Free Parking ! It was a  very fun time !

More Reviews on Yelp
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Chaya Downtown Website

August 21, 2010

Porterhouse Bistro Beverly Hills

Dining at Porterhouse Bistro in Beverly Hills was a wonderful experience. It has moved into my personal list of all time favorite restaurants. I plan to go back soon.

First, we did have the Groupon coupon, which was an amazing deal. No problems with them taking it.. The staff was very friendly and professional. There is a cute little bar to the left as you walk in, which is where we all waited for our table. A very friendly bartender.

I got the Prix Fixe dinner. And amaziing deal. And so delicious. Everything was perfect. First, the bread with delicious toppings. I got the soup of the day and flat iron steak with mushrooms. And strawberry shortcake for dessert. A glass of wine and coffee were included.

Since it was Sunday evening, there was free street parking.
That all made for a perfect evening.

More Reviews on Yelp
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August 19, 2010

Zolo Torrontes 2009 Wine

Zolo Gaucho Select Torrontes 2009 Wine … Rated 91 points on the BevMo website. Flowery and fruity and delicious … from Argentina

Zolo Torrontes 2009

Zolo Torrontes on the BevMo Website

August 15, 2010

Valentin V Chardonnay

Valentin V Chardonnay wine from Argentina. 88 points on the BevMo website, though I would rate it alittle higher. I love an fruity and crisp chardonnay wine.

Valentin V Chardonnay

Valentin V on the BevMo website

August 10, 2010

Warner Center Concerts Sherman Oaks

Drove out to Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills to see the Abba Tribute band. I am going again soon to attend some more of the free concerts.

I parked right in the structure across the street from the park. Yes it did cost me, but it was close. I heard you could get free parking if you parked further away. Carrying a lawn chair and food, then I am parking close.

The Abba Tribute band was fantastic. There was about 10,000 people in attendance. Everyone was well-behaved and friendly. It was a good group of people.

I brought my own food and lawn chair. You can buy food there if you want.
It took forever to get out of the parking lot, with all those people.
But it was a really fun night listening to music in a nice park.

Read More About Warner Center on Yelp.com
and
Warner Center Valley Cultural Center Website

Sherman Oaks Galleria

I love all the places at the Sherman Oaks Galleria – Cheesecake Factory, El Torito, PF Changs, and best of all The Arclight Theatres.
But it is an outdated porrly designed mall.
First, parking is on one side. So if you are rushing to make your movie show time – you better hurry and run. You have to cover the entire length of the mall.

During the summer there are always things happening there – concerts and dancing. I attended one free concert that was in the courtyard near Ventura Blvd. You would think that would be fun, but it was very uncomfortable. The cover band was great. But there wasn’t enough seating. And the chairs that were available were very uncomfortable. So you had to just stand on the hard flooring. When I think of listening to an outdoor concert , I think of a picnic in the grass – but not so here. Its so uncomfortable that people only listen to a song or two and move on. What they need to do is get better chairs and more of them – and try to make it a more festive atmosphere. Maybe sell foods and beverages. The band was great, but we need to be comfortable when we hang out to listen.

More Reviews on Yelp
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Sherman Oaks Galleria Website