Cole’s Brunch

I found out just recently that Cole‘s has bottomless mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-4. A good friend was visiting from out of town and we decided to have a little brunch for Easter. Not only do they have $12 bottomless mimosas but they have a Breakfast Dip (Cheese, Bacon, Egg) with Hollandaise  + Bottomless Mimosa Combo for $15 (ONE. FIVE.).

Not the healthiest thing ever but I worked out twice on Sunday. 🙂 The sandwich is delicious, it actually doesn’t really require the dip but I do recommend eating it with their delicious Atomic Mustard. Mmmmm! Definitely a great place to catch up with friends on a weekend morning. And obviously it’s hangover friendly.


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Punch Bowls at The Spare Room

The Spare Room is a lovely cocktail lounge in The Hollywood Roosevelt and one of my favorite places to grab a drink in Los Angeles. If you’re a drinker like me, I recommend the punch bowls as they are a good deal in comparison to buying drinks a la carte. I always order “The Old One Too” – Chandon Brut, Hennessy, Blackberries, Sugar, Lemon. They come in these gorgeous bowls and although the menu says 4-6 people I think they are perfect for 2 people (3 drinks ea).

I recommend making a table reservation so you can sit and enjoy the beautiful space. They have lots of board games you can borrow too. I’ve never done the bowling $100/hour but it would be a fun thing to do for birthday get together.

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The Alembic Bar – Haight Street San Francisco

Last time I was in SF I had some delicious cocktails at The Alembic, and of course had to come back again. I ordered the grilled beef jerky as a snack – worth the wait!

Their version of a Manhattan (New B.F.F.) and bourbon old-fashioned were STRONG (!) and delicious. They also had girl scout cookie cocktail pairings.

A wonderful place to step out of the rain for a snack and drink.

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The Best Cocktail I’ve had in NYC

The MS. DALLOWAY at John Dory Oyster Bar.

Incredibly simple containing just Lemon, Ginger, Aperol, and Rye. It reminds me of my favorite cocktail in LA – the C. Arthur at Bar Stella.

Definitely one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had.  

Pok Pok LA

Pok Pok is an incredible Thai restaurant in Chinatown that reminds me so much of eating in Thailand, including the tablecloth and spices that burn my taste buds off. The original location is in Portland, but if you know anything about PDX you know you’ll be waiting a LONG LONG time. Thankfully they opened one in LA that accepts reservations and is in a huge space, so it’s not difficult to get a seat on any off night. Their DineLA menu was overwhelming (size-wise) but here were my favorites:

Must Orders: Cocktails, Chicken Wings

Also surprisingly delicious – Egg “Salad”, Larb (Pork Cakes)




The Bazaar by Jose Andres

DineLA had this new format for a number of high-end restaurants, $95/$100ish for a multi-course meal. CUT, Spago and Melisse and of course, The Bazaar were on the list. Expensive, yes. Worth it, COMPLETELY!

I did file a bit of a twitter complaint when they didn’t seat my party (of TWO!) for 35 minutes after our reservation. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of a reservation? Anyways, after I told Jose via twitter (his response made my night!), the GM made up for it with free cocktails, truffles and a few (too many) extra plates. Service here is usually impeccable, but I think the new menu overwhelmed the staff.

The rest of the meal went out fairly well and within reason. I recommend coming here for the first time when it’s not DineLA. The meal will be likely around $100-$150 depending on your drinking habits.

MUST ORDERS: Olives, Oysters & Hibiscus, Fois Gras Soup, Croqueta de Pollo, Grilled Spanish Octopus, The Chocolate Cake of Your Dreams (in the shape of a heart!), Any Cocktail made with liquid nitrogen.

The wine pairing was forgettable.

It’s a dark restaurant, so apologies for the blurriness.


  

  
  

Tasty ‘N Sons – PDX

I spent last weekend in Portland, where two of my good friends recently moved. The air is so clean, the people are incredibly nice and everything is CHEAP! By my standards of course. $7 cocktails? What?

We had brunch at Tasty ‘N Sons and it did not disappoint. Their Shakshuka was phenomenal, as were the pork cutlets. Service was wonderful, and I highly recommend one of their many bloody marys. I always get mine with whiskey since I’m not much of a vodka person. Can’t wait to eat this meal again.