Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just so you know...

Just because we sometimes like to put on aprons and pearls and entertain a houseful of guests doesn't mean we're not feminists. 

Just because we relish baking the occasional tart, and arranging flowers, doesn't mean we aren't taken seriously at work. 

Just because we enjoy wearing heels and dresses, doesn't mean we can't get dirty or work hard. 

Just because we can make a better Tom Collins than you can, doesn't mean we don't have values and priorities.  

Just in case you were wondering, you can't put us in a box.

....But if you could, we'd probably throw a 50's dinner party in there too.

Friday, February 18, 2011

This place felt like a summer Friday night, when it was really Thursday in February. UPDATED!

 I posted this at the end of last week, but for your viewing pleasure, I've added more pictures!

Do you ever just have a night in the middle of the week that's so amazing, that you think to yourself "Wow! How is it NOT a weekend?" Well, that was my Thursday night. I said I wasn't going to post until I did something really fun and cool, and then BAM, really fun and cool happened practically instantaneously, and literally 1 block from my apartment.

I'm almost reluctant to post about this awesome new spot that I found, because I'm selfish, and I want to keep it a secret, but seriously, it's so good, I know that lots of people are going to find about it anyway, so I won't hold out on you (plus everyone who reads my blog is pretty cool anyway, so I'd like likely want you to hang out with me at this place).

Here's the scoop: Last night I met up with my dear friend and co-conspirator Annalise Dry for a quick drink after work. We wanted some place laid-back and beachy, but with good food and beer. Enter, Venice Ale House. Now, I love the boardwalk and all of it's craziness, but there's definitely a demand for some better quality food and drink options. Don't get me wrong, cheap street food is alive and well on the beach, but you'd be hard pressed to find anything that's not pizza or a churro in most establishments on Oceanfront Walk. Venice Ale House is filling a big void.

It also manages to seamlessly blend the kick-back Venice vibe with delicious organic food, artisan drinks, and really great service. Por ejemplo, this really neat flight of beer served on a skate deck!

Annalise pointed out to me later that there are art installation on the ceiling that are made out of different parts of skateboards, and I know that this won't matter to any boys reading, but there are skateboard trucks installed underneath the bar as purse hooks. That feature alone is enough to make me come back, but let's get down to the other great things about this place...

Our bartender Allie, was phenomenal. Not only did she carefully pick out the beers in our flight, she was very friendly and knowledgeable about each one, and even let us sample a couple to figure out exactly what we were looking for. Allie hand selects the beers that are on special, as well as the seasonal and featured beers that they rotate through. She picked us out what is bound to be a new fave, Lagunitas Lil' Sumpin.

She also custom made me one of the best cocktails I've ever tasted: Strawberry-lemonade mint mojito. This sounds like something you could get anywhere, but this cocktail has a secret: it's made with Soju (soju cocktails are starting to pop up in certain beer and wine bars, because they don't technically qualify as hard alcohol). It has a very light and delicate taste and the fresh strawberries, blueberries and mint makes this drink flawless.

Although I don't have a photo of it, they also had a wonderful grass fed beef burger on the menu that rivals the burger at Father's Office. The reason there's no picture is because Annalise and I practically devoured it whole before we had the good sense to try and photograph it. Yum.

If all of that weren't enough, I also discovered today that they do occasional wine and beer pairings...Last month they did a beer & chocolate pairing. Yep, I almost died.

I could go on for another 1,000 words about how great this place is, from their great local art and fantastic music selection, down to their organic ketchup (as an aside, I'm not the kind of girl who insists on organic anything, but one taste of this Muir Glen Organic Ketchup, and you will be ruined for anything else. Don't say I didn't warn you). Truthfully though, I don't want to talk about it anymore.

I just want to go back again and again..... I have a crush on this bar.

**Big thanks to the GM, Thomas Elliot, for answering the 100's of questions I asked last night. Also thanks to A-Dry for taking these pics with her magical-beaming iPhone.

Check out their site: http://venicealehouse.com/

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Making it up to you...

 February is half over and I have shamefully neglected this blog, and I really have no good excuse for why. That is, unless you count having too much fun as a good excuse. This post is to give you a little taste of what too much fun looks like, and by way of apology, I've included some links to things I think are pretty cool.:

1. Themed Sunday dinners with the Santa Monica Family. This one was "Mexican relay-game and bendy-straw" night.

2. Eating a Croque Madame. This is my new favorite breakfast. (Prosciutto, gruyere, fried egg, and dijon. Yum.)

3. Sipping sunny mimosas with friends in the middle of winter.

4.Assembling my little collection of Valentines that make my office cheery. Here's my favorite Valentine this year.
5. Exploring new parts of my neighborhood, like this really neat garden shop, Big Red Sun on Rose & 5th in Venice.

6. Enjoying the antics of these boys in their tupperware-like boat at Lake Arrowhead.
7. Finding this excellent little brunch spot in Venice and their clever little sign. Check them here:VBW

Cross my heart, I will at some point in the not-so distant future, actually write and post something substantial and thoughtful.....who are we kidding? I'll post the next time I do something awesomely ridiculous and fun, and in the meantime, I'll fill space with songs that you like, and restaurants for you to try, and....really.....who are we kidding?

This is all just stuff I like. (but I hope you like it too.)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Yeah, Yeah, Music Monday

I have two great blog posts brewing in my head, and I know it's mean of me, but I'm not writing them today for several reasons. Reason #1 being that I'm too busy, Reason #2 being that I have a severe case of the Mondays and I'm a little blue... I blame my great weekend.

The Packers won the Superbowl, I got to see lots of great friends, I went to a wonderful show, and now it's Monday. There's just no competing with the weekend.

Anyway, chances are good that all of you might be suffering from Monday Blues too, so I'm sharing my home remedy: some crispy new tunes. I've whipped up this playlist which is a fun mix of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, and some great other new music that I'm just starting to get into.

So here it is! Listen and enjoy, and the next time I post, I promise some cheerful, fun, picture-filled, prose.

xoxo  Yeah, Yeah, Monday

Out of the 14 tracks, some of my faves (besides all of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs) are as follows, so feel free to skip around and check them out and let me know what you think:

1. I Get Around - Dragonette

 2. Pull My Heart Away - Jack Penate

 3. Heart It Races - Dr. Dog

4. No One Does It Like You - Department of Eagles