Friday, June 9, 2017

Dad's Steakhouse List for Father's Day


Photography by Eddie Sanchez

If the saying is true that "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach," then as we celebrate our dads this year, remember that a great meal is always well received. Below is my list of favorite steakhouses in LA that I personally love visiting. If you're looking for that perfect spot to treat dad for dinner (I sure hope my wife is reading this, hint hint), I have you covered. I've also included my favorite thing from each place. 




BELCAMPO



Belcampo describes themselves as a farm, butcher shop, and restaurant experience - and that's exactly what you get. The highly esteemed farm that specializes in organic grass fed beef also operates a restaurant and butcher shop in Santa Monica (as well as midtown and downtown LA). This truly is the farm to table experience and a place that dad would truly appreciate. The cuts of meat are on another level in terms of quality. Pair that with the seasonally inspired craft cocktails from acclaimed barman Josh Goldman and it's a sure winner. 

This dad will definitely be drinking the BBQ Old Fashioned topped with housemade beef jerky. 

Belcampo
1026 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
424.744.8008
www.belcampo.com


THE ARTHUR J


If Don Draper and Sterling Cooper were having dinner today, it would be at The Arthur J in Manhattan Beach. The posh, throwback-to-the-Mad-Men-era space is definitely the right fit for the dapper dad who wants a perfectly cooked steak and a martini to go with it. The restaurant offers their modern take on classic steakhouse fare so you'll find steaks topped with seared foie gras and truffle risotto instead of the traditional carb sides. It's a very cool retro space, with incredible food, but if I had one bad thing to say, it would be that the mix various Rock music in the background doesn't necessarily go with the motif. Other than that, it's one of the best steakhouses in LA. 

This dad is finishing the meal with the Baked Alaska for dessert. 

The Arthur J
903 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.878.9620
www.thearthurj.com


GWEN


Curtis Stone can do no wrong. I mean, come on, Maude is already a hit! So when he teamed up with brother Luke Stone to open the very upscale butcher shop/restaurant, Gwen, it made everyone's list of places to visit. Located in Hollywood, the space can be described in one word: stunning! It mixes elements of sophistication like the beautiful chandler adorning the dining room, with manly things dad appreciates like the meat locker hanging for all to see. The open kitchen utilizes wood fire to cook that $100 piece of wagyu that dad is planning on ordering. Fire, meat, butcher shop, and a fancy place to sit and eat, what more could dad ask for? 

This dad is ordering the house cured charcuterie. 

Gwen
6600 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.946.7500
www.gwenla.com



S+W


Formally known as simply "Steak and Whisky" S+W serves two things very well, as the name indicates. Step into the small, quaint space in Hermosa Beach, and you're quickly transported from the loud fraternity bars on Pier Avenue to a speak easy atmosphere (picture Boardwalk Empire) that serves high quality steaks and offers one of the most extensive whiskey lists in LA. 

This dad is ordering the 42 ounce Tomahawk Ribeye. Go big or go home, right?

S+W
6117 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
310.318.5555
www.steakandwhisky.com



NICK + STEF'S

Patina Group's Nick + Stef's Steakhouse has been one of the leading chop houses in Downtown's Bunker Hill for almost two decades. With a recent update, the space has been refreshed and with the tall skyscrapers surrounding it, you feel as if you're having dinner in Chicago or Manhattan. The house dry-aged prime steak cuts and legendary tableside salads are worth the trip Downtown. 

This dad is ordering the tableside Caesar salad - one of the best in LA.

Nick + Stef's Steakhouse
330 S Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213.680.0330
www.patinagroup.com/nickandstefs


BOA STEAKHOUSE

Boa is the swanky steakhouse where you picture celebrities and high profile clients and their business associates having dinner. The space is modern and boasts one of the best patios in LA, perfect for dining al fresco in our one-season weather. While traditional steakhouse items such as steak & lobster, oysters, and tableside salads anchor the menu, their new items like ostrich steak, scallop ceviche, and beet poke are delicious and perfect for the dad wanting to venture out from the norm. 

This dad is ordering the bison ribeye with Cabernet sauce. 

Boa Steakhouse
9200 Sunset Blvd #650
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.278.2050
www.innovativedining.com



THE VENUE

For the fun dad that wants to let loose with drinks, a steak, and a little karaoke, there's The Venue in Koreatown. The restaurant is located underground and boasts an impressive space that looks more like a lounge adorned with brass finishings and dim mood lighting. Some highlights from the menu include a hanger steak with potato kimchi hash, pan-seared branzino, and a 12 ounce bone-in ribeye served with chimichurri. After dinner, head over to one of the private karaoke rooms to hear dad wail out Journey's Don't Stop Believing. 

This dad is definitely hitting the karaoke room afterwards. 

The Venue
3470 Wilshire Blvd #B1
Los Angeles, CA 90010
213.221.1251
www.thevenuela.com


71ABOVE


71Above is located on (you guessed it) the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower, making it the highest restaurant in Downtown LA. The space is absolutely stunning and makes you feel like you're in the swankiest restaurant in some metropolis other than LA. The views - well, let's just say you are literally above it all. (The photo above was taken right from our table.) 71Above provides the most breathtaking vistas while dining and on a clear day you can see straight to Santa Monica Beach. Although it's not a steakhouse, Chef Vartan Abgaryan creates a wonderful tasting menu, that includes your choice - and of course, we're going with the steak! 

This dad is ordering the steak tartare with shallot, mustard, olive oil, truffle, and olive tapenade.


71Above
633 W 5th Street 71st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213.712.2683
www.71above.com







Saturday, June 3, 2017

Italy Is Closer Than You Think - Escape to The Resort at Pelican Hill


Photography by Eddie Sanchez



You remember that Italy trip that you’ve been planning for ages? You know, the one where you’re at a seaside village staying in a villa perched on a hill that overlooks the water? It’s the trip where you are eating hand made pastas and drinking luscious velvety rich DOCG wines. This is the luxurious trip you have been waiting for and you only need to travel about an hour away from LA when you’re visiting The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. 


The Resort at Pelican Hill is one of the world’s finest Five-Star, Five-Diamond destinations offering service and luxury like no other. Sitting on 504 acres with magnificent ocean views, the opulent Italian Renaissance architecture, inspired by Palladio, transports you from California City hustle to seaside Italian village harmony. It’s your escape to a beautiful serene coastal setting where authentic Northern Italian cuisine, luxurious poolside cabanas, award winning spa,  and premier golf courses await. This is your ultimate getaway. 






S T A Y 


Over 200 spacious bungalow guest rooms and suites, as well as 128 Villas are available to call this place your new home away from home. They are lavishly appointed with large walk -in showers, deep soaking marble tubs, fire places framed by Italian limestone, and hand-crafted wood beam ceilings to give an intimate residential ambience. Of course one of the best features has to be the private terraces with incredible ocean views. This truly is your well-appointed Italian home for the length of your stay. It has everything you need including modern amenities like MP3 ports, wireless internet, and a superb Bose sound system. Staff members make sure that your Nespresso machine and wet bar stay fully stocked. At night, you can fall asleep peacefully to the glow of the fire place and the comfort of your 500-thread-count sheets on the most comfortable bed you have ever slept in.






The Resort features the largest inventory of luxury two-, three- and four-bedroom Villas that are available for daily rental.




E A T

Dining at The Resort is just as impressive. The resort’s signature restaurant, Andrea Ristorante, offers Tuscan-influenced Northern Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list that is sure to please the casual enthusiast as well as offering you rare vintages. Chef Marco Criscuolo sources seasonal ingredients and creates flavorful classic Northern Italian dishes. Pastas are hand-crafted in a one-of-kind, temperature-controlled “Cucina della Pasta” (pasta room) that stays at a constant temperature. Yes, they’re serious about their pasta and oh, is it so good. The must-order item to start, is the table-side risotto that’s finished in a large wheel of parmigiano-reggiano. Also the off-menu carbonara is one of the best pasta dishes you’ll ever have. 



Barrel- aged Acquerello risotto with forrest mushrooms prepared table side.

Ahi tuna cone
Prime filet mignon with roasted heirloom carrots, asparagus, turned potatoes and peppercorn sauce.


For a Napa-inspired menu, Pelican Grill features innovative seafood, steak and wood-oven pizzas, and Sunday brunch offers à la carte California cuisine. Chef Luke Turpin creates fresh comforting California classics. For lunch, try the off-menu steak sandwich with grilled onions, gruyere, and arugula. The ahi tuna tartare with Meyer lemon, avocado, cucumber, scallion and sesame oil is the most refreshing start to your lunch.

Tuna Tartare



The more casual Coliseum Pool & Grill is a perfect place to sit poolside during brunch and enjoy a delicious lobster scramble and French Press coffee or perhaps a mimosa. The serene and casual ambience is a great way to start your day. 

Lobster scramble.




R E L A X



The amenities at Pelican Hill are outstanding and simply some of the best that you can find at any word class resort. The Coliseum Pool, inspired by the timeless curves of Rome’s famed landmark, is one of the largest pools in the world. With more than one million hand-cut glass mosaic tiles and 136 feet in diameter, it resembles a precious gem in the midst of the beautiful architecture around you. Treat yourself to a day at the Five-Star Spa, that’s more than a place to enjoy a good massage, helping you restore health and balance through the ultimate personalized care. The golf club, designed by Tom Fazio, boasts 36 holes with stunning ocean panoramas and is consistently ranked among the best in prestigious annual lists. 







Your Italian seaside getaway is waiting for you. The Resort at Pelican Hill is a one-of-a-kind experience that takes you 6,000 miles away without ever getting on a plane. Italy is a lot closer than you think. 








22701 S Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Coast, CA 92657
(855) 467-6800 | www.pelicanhill.com




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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Vegas Uncork'd: The Food Event to End All Food Events







I love food events! As a food blogger that enjoys nothing more than experiencing great cuisine, photographing beautiful dishes, and getting to know the people behind the plates, I am always looking forward to great food experiences. So when I heard about Bon Appétit’s Vegas Uncork’d and the incredible lineup that included some of my favorite restaurants and chefs from The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, I quickly signed up for the grand daddy of all food events in a city that is revered as the Big Stage in the culinary world. 

Vegas Uncork’d is the premier culinary and wine event in Las Vegas, offering exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences with some of the world’s most celebrated chefs. My past experience with these kind of events pales in comparison to Uncork'd. If you're not the biggest fan of food festivals, I believe this one would convert you. Suffice it to say, in the church of Vegas Uncork’d, I became a devout believer that weekend. Below are the highlights from my trip.




THE GRAND TASTING


The Grand Tasting at Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis
at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.





The Grand Tasting is the signature event of Vegas Uncork'd, where over 2,500 foodies have the opportunity to taste a variety of signature dishes prepared by some of the best chefs around. The setting is the five-acre Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Celebrity Chefs were out serving dishes and taking photos. I had the pleasure of meeting some of my favorite chefs like Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Gordon Ramsay. With over 100 of the best wines and spirits from around the world, The Grand Tasting was the party of the weekend. The food offerings were outstanding, and the restaurants from the Forum Shops and Caesars Palace brought it that night. 


Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill 

One of the best bites of the night: Border Grill's Kurobuta pork cheek and green corn tamales.

Carmine's legendary meatballs for the win. 

Lasagna from Carmine's is the ultimate comfort food. 


Rao's tiramisu cupcakes infused with espresso and a shot of Bailey's. 

Giada's team going big with pesto tortellini finished in a large wheel parmigiano reggiano.



Quite possibly the best fish & chips on the Strip.












SPAGO 25th ANNIVERSARY LUNCH 
AT THE FORUM SHOPS





Aside from the Grand Tasting, what makes Vegas Uncork'd so unique is the variety of over 30 exclusive dining events throughout Las Vegas. These private events showcased beautiful tasting menus with a hands on experience from the chefs themselves. Spago's 25th anniversary lunch at The Forum Shops was one of the most memorable experiences that began with a rosé caviar pizza reception. 


Spago Anniversary lunch first course: tuna with sea beans and succulents. 
Second course: Carrot with miso and fermented garlic. 
Third course: Sonoma duck breast with ancient greens, brown butter, blueberry, and burnt citrus. 

Dessert course: White chocolate rhubarb, citrus cake and fennel. 





TRANSCENDENT TAPAS & WORLDLY WINES

Pisco Sour - one of the cocktails to welcome guests at Border Grill.



I haven't laughed that much at dinner in a long time! If you haven't attended one of Mary Sue & Susan's dinners, you're missing out on an incredible experience. The lighthearted and funny stories they shared made you feel like you're hanging out with friends over great food. The Tapas and Wine dinner at Border Grill at The Forum Shops is a must for anyone looking for great food and fun. 


Veggie Ceviche Enchilada with hibiscus-infusedjicama & jalapeño cream sauce.

Alaskan Halibut with rocoto chile bbq sauce and mashed yuca. 

Ciudad Chicken Lollipop with pickled tomatoes and cilantro sauce. 

Piquillos Rellenos with quinoa salad and green garbanzo bean hummus. 




BRUNCH AT GIADA: 
AN ITALIAN INSPIRED FEAST 

Salmon Cake Benedict with wilted spinach, piquillo peppers, poached egg, and Prosecco Hollandaise. 


One of the most beautiful spaces on the Strip, GIADA is the perfect setting for an amazing brunch. The food is outstanding and you'll want to finish every single plate. The only thing better than experiencing this brunch is if Giada herself were there. Well, she was! And she even took time to snap a photo with everyone, after trying her food, of course. 


Pizzas served to guests as they entered the restaurant for brunch. 

Chia seed parfait with fresh raspberry, chia seeds, maple-sweetened Greek yogurt and toasted Marcona almonds. 

Muffuletta with mortadella finocchiona, porchetta, prosciutto cotto, and aged provolone. 

Waldorf Panzanella Salad with raisin walnut bread, spinach, basil, celery, red onion, apple, Bleu cheese and roasted shallot vinaigrette. 



WHERE TO STAY



There's a perfect hotel for foodies in Vegas, and it's Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. That's right, Nobu, one of the world's most recognized Japanese restaurants known for upscale dining, has a hotel that's equally impressive in luxury, style, and service. Centrally located, it's the perfect base to experience Vegas Uncork'd. And if you're not full from all the food at the events, the hotel offers in-room dining from Nobu Restaurant downstairs. For breakfast, order the matcha green tea waffles. 













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