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The Bazzar @The SLS Hotel

In Dinner dates, friends, Uncategorized On November 24, 2012 2 Comments


Saturday night…and I’ve got a date.

Don’t get too excited…It’s not with a guy ya’ll.

I met up with my bestie, Amy and her boyfriend along with some other friends in town from New York to enjoy an awesome dinner at the Bazzar. The restaurant inside the SLS hotel in LA. This place is stunning, and the restaurant is huge with a great bar. The chef, award winning Jose Andres is a genius. I’ts a modern dining EXPIRIENCE with spanish cuisine. This place , the vibe, is magical. Please excuse the, not so great pics. They were taken on my Iphone and the lighting was pretty dim.

Anyway, I walked into the elevator area to be taken to where my friends were, and this is what I came across… a huge mural of Michael Jackson, and this fabulous chair and lamp. Amazing.

Here she is! Bestie. Ex roomie, A hairdresser herself, we graduated from the Sassoon Academy together and have been inseparable since. You know how it is though once you start getting busy, getting boyfriends, moving further, it becomes harder to find quality girl time. When we do get to hang out, It’s like a day hasn’t passed.

 We hung out at the bar for a bit, while our table was being prepared. All of the drinks on the menu sounded delish.

This was my choice.

 Passion Fruit Up! 

Orange rum, passion fruit and ginger-laurel syrup, topped with passion fruit foam.

It was heaven, not too sweet.

The cute ass napkins. I love them.

Once we were sat at our table, we had heard some peeps talking about the cart guy making his way around the tables making fresh “adult slushies”

Well, in reality they are their famous LN2 Caipirinha

   Brazilian cachaça, fresh lime and sugar frozen by using Liquid Nitrogen. Tableside service .

They were unbelievable.

 

edible flowers and all. Nothing better. Along with a lil wooden spoon to eat like a slushy:)

The 3 amigos.

OK… I have to talk about these “liquid olives”

Sounds weird, but If I hadn’t tried them, I would’ve missed out.

It’s the Bazaar’s most famous dish, basically olive-flavored liquid mixed with sodium alginate, put into a bath of calcium chloride to create the encapsulating thin membrane. The “olives” were then marinated in a mixture of olive oil, rosemary, garlic, and orange peel. If you get a chance to check the restaurant out, start with these little balls of flavor! yummmmm

Again, sorry for the shitty pics. I swear they looked much more beautiful in person.

These little wonton looking things are jicama wrapped guacamole cups.So incredibly fresh tasting .

Would for sure order again.

(these two aren’t my pics, but I found them online so that you could see what a beauty they are.

Their version of caprese salad

Using spherification technique so the mozzarella balls popped in the mouth!

And the favorite of the evening… The Philli Cheesesteak…made on “air bread”. Yeah I know. This is some fancy shit right here. I gotta be honest though, every should try this. I can’t even begin to describe how tasty this was. The “air bread” is crispy on the outside and hollow on the inside. It really feels more like a hollow cracker than bread. The air bread is then filled with aged cheddar sauce and topped with an ultra-thin slice of Kobe beef. WOW. what a treat.

I will definitely be going back. It was a new and fun dining experience. If you want to go and try it out, I recommend going with a few friends and splitting all the dishes. They are considered small plates (tapas). Make a reservation because it’s always packed. I asure you though, when you are seated, you don’t get the vibe of a super crowded place. It’s for me more of a special occasion type place because it is quite pricey. I considered it a treat , and a fun date night with friends:)

Please feel free to comment below if you have been and recommend a dish for next time!

night babes!

x, p

Friendsgiving<3

In friends, thanksgiving, Uncategorized On November 23, 2012 0 Comments

These are my besties! Well, missing a few:) We decided since Brooke was in town from San Fransisco (in the orange top) that we would get together for a FRIENDSGIVING. We were also celebrating Kelly’s new purchase, her first home! It’s so weird how far we’ve come. I don’t wanna grow up! Everyone is moving in together, buying homes, having kids, starting businesses, It feels surreal.

We’ve all been friends, it seems like, since I moved to the U.S.A. Ok, maybe not since 7, but for sure since 12 years old. I seems like as we get older our circle of friends get smaller and smaller. People start dropping off. I am so lucky though that I got such a great core group. Like I said, we are missing a few. You know who ya are;)

I drove straight to Kel’s in Valencia after work, which is about a 45 minute drive from Beverly hills. Thank god there wasn’t traffic! Best part about the day after thanksgiving. Everyone was pretty much there already pouring some good wine, a LOW CARB cocktail (i LOVE my friends), and some yummy appetizers.

I had to take a picture of this fabulous arrangement. Mums, roses, and tuberoses, MY ACTUAL FAVE!! If you have never smelled a tuberose, you are seriously missing out.

Gorgeous chandelier they installed in the dining area

Great friends..Brooke and Chris<3 They are about to hit the altar next July in NAPA. I CAN’T wait:)

I have to get this out.

I can’t help but think…will I ever get married?

I must admit, I’m a bit lost with this whole idea. I’ve grown accustomed to my own things, my own money, my space, that I guess I’m just nervous that I feel too OK alone. I mean, listen, I’m not trying to be all grey gardens, but, these things happen. By nature. Plus I’m a hairdresser, I hear marriage drama all the time. I’ts exhausting. Sometimes I feel like I’m going through it with them. The idea seems nice….The gown, the flowers, all of it, but I can’t help but wonder…

Till death do us part?

There is something about just sitting around with a bunch of your girlfriends just laughing and of course eating and drinking. I only had a couple of glasses of wine.

This cheese I swear tasted like a blueberry cheesecake. It was gone in under 60 seconds. Whatever, I ran six miles today.

Freakin. cresent .weinies.

I was good…not one went in this mouth!

Can’t really say that about the block of cheese I devoured.

Sugar Free cocktail Made by Kelly

blueberry vodka

soda water

diet sprite

lots of muddled berries

Notice the two city kids in the background.. Can’t put down that iphone.lol

Oh yes….the best part. APPLE pie!

I only had a bit of it, I made sure to not go cray.

yup, sneaking bites

hold the fries

In fashion, friends, Uncategorized, WOD On November 15, 2012 0 Comments

UP AT 5:00 AM

WOD:

25 jumping jacks

15 minute run, conversation pace

Main Strength Set:

10 burpees

10 jumping lunges

5 pull ups10 body weight squats

Run ½ mile for time

5 box jumps

(Repeated 1-3 times)

Cool Down: Stretch for 10 minutes

And yesss…this is the outfit I wore to the gym….

 

 

lol…I’m still trying to not feel like a creep taking pics of myself at the gym working out.

I’m  working on it I promise. It’s a little bit embarrasing. Who the hell am I gonna take with me

at 5 am to the gym and be all “can you just take a few good ones of

me flexing?” haha….um no.

 

Check out todays packed lunches at work! The chickies I work with are really health conscious so we all try to support each other to not eat the damn crap that sometimes lands in the staff room.

And then there is always someone who will order amazing looking skinny fries.  I have to constantly remind myself that there is nothing skinny about them and  since I couldn’t enjoy them in my mouth, I took a picture with them. This is completely normal.

Lunchtime madness with my little japanese monkey Yasuna<3

GET THIS LOOK:

TOP: Urban Outfitters on

sale $19.99

PANTS:  Goodwill $7.00 (learn to love searching and hunting, you can really end up with a gem)

SHOES: Target $24.99

BELT: simple black patten leather. Marshalls $7.99

NECKLACE: Forever 21 $8

I worked out this morning because I knew I would be missing my thursday ritual of Zumba at 8:30 p.m. I work at 9:00 a.m. on thursdays so I prefer to work out in the evening after the day is done. I sleep really well after that class because it KICKS MY ASS!

This is my good friend Jules, and tonight we’d made plans to have a girls night of dinner and drinks at her fabulous Sherman Oaks house. I hadn’t seen her in weeks and it was definitely time to catch up. This chick is a rockstar and yes…I did give her that amazing spock haircut. She rocks it.

I took a few pics of her fab house, but unfortunately my pics don’t do it justice. She’s got such a great sense of design.

Did I mention she’s an outstanding cook. Our dinner was quite simple but Honestly It was the  best salmon I have EVER had!

Roasted asparagus over baby arugula and Salmon drizzled with a little of this blood orange oil that is only found in oakland. (Every time she goes out there to visit a friend, she comes back with a whole case of them.) I got lucky. She sent me home with a bottle:) yessssssssssssss!!! I cherish this;)

Then, THIS HAPPENED:

yes, you are not mistaken…right outta the jar into the next jar…and then into the next. cow status.

After a couple spoonfulls we looked at each other with that look of ” omg, this is sooo EFFING good right now” (you know the look). And then, it was over.

She took the jar away.:)

I was exhausted by 9p.m. The day felt productive, busy and was so happy to laugh ,eat , and drink the night away. Willy was at home waiting as usual listening to any sound at the door. So anxious..Checked the mail..and yeay, my new fave magazines came in the mail! What are some of your favorites?