The weekend in LA was fantastic. Plenty of time off from being a Mom with insanely great food and even better friends makes for a perfect few days. Here is a little glimpse into what I did.
Teas and shopping on Rodeo. Came across this adorable BCBG dress for 50% that I passed on, but now am kind of regretting.
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We had lunch at an LA institution, Spago Beverly HIlls, owned by Wolfgang Puck.
The restaurant is beautiful with an outdoor terrace perfect for people watching. I loved the airy space that was sparsely decorated, clean and modern. The fresh bread and rose they brought out was the perfect way to start out the day.
We opted to share some items like the Greek salad, smoked salmon pizza (a classic), and this amazing fresh corn pasta. Heaven.
After lunch we walked to Olive & June, the chicest nail salon I have ever been to.
The place screamed California and it was so well appointed, from the chairs to the waiting area. Plus, you get your fingers and toes done at the same time. My favorite.
My lovely friend, Rachel, taking full advantage.
That evening we went to Church Key for dinner on Sunset. Because had two LA PR and publishing ladies at our table, we were completely spoiled by the chef. It was incredible. The space is rustic, yet has a modern touch in art and cuisine.
They have a curated cocktail menu and that lovely is a Pink Lady, with fresh strawberries. There is also an interesting dynamic to the food menu. In addition to the regular menu to order from, there are Dim Sum carts that visit the table so you can try other daily specials. Everything is made for sharing, so it is the perfect girls night out.
Chef Steven Fretz came out at one point and shaved fresh truffle over this pasta. My friend and hostess, Jenny watched with glee. One of the Dim Sum carts was actually an old Pan Am airplane catering cart where a blonde, uniform clad girl made us adult otter pops. So fun.
Steven described the menu as everything everyone wants to eat in America. So there are plenty of fusion dishes. Including sea bass on crispy rice (always a fave to me) and crazy good periogis. The meal was topped off with a warm glazed donut and soft serve. I can not even begin to tell you how good that donut is (and I have sampled a lot). I will dream about it and the entire meal for awhile. PS: this is not even all the dishes we tried!
Afterwards we decided to pretend we were still 25 and go dancing at Warwick.
Let's just say we stayed up well past our bedtimes and danced plenty of that meal off. The decor inside was also great. Stripes and canopies everywhere.
Was obsessed with this sconce in the ladies room and the pattern of the penny tile.
Though Saturday was not exactly a beach day given the weather, there was no way I could go to LA and not see the ocean. So we went to Gladstone's for brunch.
Cocktails and french fries with a view. I also had the most delicious chilaquiles, one of my favorite brunch items when done right.
Though there were plenty of other options of things to do, after the crazy night before dinner and a movie was perfect.
We saw Begin Again, which I totally recommend. We went to an iPic theatre and opted for the fancy seats with waiters and full lounge chairs.
The flight home was easy and even though I missed the kids bedtime by only a half an hour, this sunset was pretty nice to come to.
Thank you so much to my hostess, Jenny, and to my wonderful friends who made the trip was amazing.
I hope you all had a great weekend too.