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Best Instagram Captions for Pics of You and an Ice Cold Beer

November 17, 2020

If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you live for sipping an ice cold brewski. If such is the case, you obviously need the perfect beer Instagram captions to flaunt your favorite hobby all over social media.

If an ice-cold, yeast-filled beverage is everything your heart desires, keep reading for the seven best quotes to use as beer Instagram captions.

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For that mirror selfie of you holding up—what else?—a beer:

“I’ve only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror.” 

-Sid Vicious

For the pic of you covered up in sweats while sipping beer:

“I’m gaining weight the right way: I’m drinking beer.”

-Johnny Damon

For the shot of you clinking beer bottles with a pal:

“In a study, scientists report that drinking beer can be good for the liver. I’m sorry, did I say ‘scientists’? I meant Irish people.”

-Tina Fey

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For the shot of you sipping beer with no cares in the world:

“Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.”

-Dave Barry

For the cheeky pic of you looking all dolled up with a brew in hand as your best accessory:

“Milk is for babies. When you grow up, you have to drink beer.”

-Arnold Schwarzenegger

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For the photo of you clearly a bit tipsy from one too many brewskis:

“24 hours in a day. 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.” 

-H.L. Mencken

For the shot of you staring adoringly at your stash:

“To some it’s a six-pack. To me it’s a support group.” 

-Leo Durocher

If you love beer as much as we do, click HERE for six delicious hard ciders you need to try immediately!

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Get to Know Fairfax’s New Plant-Based Eatery, Extra Market, Inc.

October 23, 2020

Launching a business amid a pandemic is obviously hard enough. Doing so during the height of the Black Lives Matter movement and its accompanying riots… in the thick of the chaos? Sounds impossible.

Skateboarder and $ clothing designer Jamie Story was on the verge of opening his plant-based eatery Extra Market, Inc. Then the unthinkable hit the Fairfax District of where his spot is based. Following a new plan, the multifaceted artist is well into fall with a successful new business under his belt.

Jamie spoke to skyelyfe about his challenging launch experience and how Extra Market, Inc. stands out from the slew of other vegan dining establishments in L.A.

Photo Credit: @sdj

skyelyfe: What was your experience initially launching a new business at the height of rioting on Fairfax?

Jamie Story: I’m not sure any experience could prepare anyone to open amid whatever was or is happening now. When the protests were happening here it was more fear of possible destruction of what we’d been building over the past year. My friend hit me at 1 p.m. Saturday and said I should check my spot and they were going to march up Fairfax. I was totally unaware they started at noon. I rushed down and had to seal up a ceiling door. When I came out, the protests were heading up the back alley. We were lucky, though many of our neighbors were not. It made an already difficult time much rougher. The whole neighborhood came together to rebuild, and some are still working to get open. Foot traffic is slowly picking up every day.

Photo credit: Benjamin Story

SL: What made you decide to open your restaurant in the area you chose?

JS: Fairfax is a familiar neighborhood. I’ve worked with many of the brands on the block over the years.

SL: How does Extra Market differ from other popular vegan eateries in L.A.? 

JS: Extra Market is more of a conceptual project that will be collaborating with other restaurants, brands, artists and more. Once things get back to whatever the new normal is, we’ll be able to utilize our back space for galleries, events and pop-ups. 

SL: What are the restaurant’s specialties?

JS: That would be up to the customer. We’re excited about the burgers and people are excited about our pickles. More and more people are ordering a burger with a salad as opposed to burger, fries and soda. We offer the balance of indulgence and health. You can have Chili-Cheese Fries and a Broccoli Salad so you can have a little less guilt. Also everything is plant-based, and offering items like pressed juice and ginger shots brings healthier options to the block. 

Photo credit: Jamie Story / Extra Market, Inc.
Photo credit: Jamie Story / Extra Market, Inc.

SL: How did this project come to be?

I’d been looking to open a restaurant, but only if it was kind of the right space and time. This just felt right, being able to balance my creative and culinary sides. I’ve been making many of the dishes you see on the menu for my family and friends for years, and I grew up working in kitchens in New York. I was initially nervous, but I’m really proud of what I’ve built, and the feedback has been amazing.

SL: Who are some of your influences in the foodie/restaurateur space?

JS: Anthony Bourdain.

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6 Crisp and Delicious Hard Ciders to Try This Fall

September 20, 2020

Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur or you’re looking to expand your alcoholic palette, it’s time you go for a crisp and refreshing hard cider.

There’s also no better time than the present to embrace the brisk and delicious specialty flavors they come in for fall. Scroll through below for all our top seasonal picks below!

1. Foggy Ridge Handmade Cider: $10.99

Touted as a true artisan hard cider made from uncommon apples, this beverage is a cooler months must. It’s handmade and can be enjoyed with your favorite tomato bisque or harvest soup.

2. Wolffer Estate No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider: $15.99

I mean, do we ever leave rosé off the list? 💁🏽. This epic choice is white cider with a rosy and sweet twist. We also deeply appreciate that it comes in both a bottle and a can.

3. Virtue Cider Michigan Apple: $9.99

If you prefer a dry champagne, you’ll love the taste of Virtue Cider’s Michigan Apple. With a hint of oak, it’s your go-to for a sweet but slightly sour vibe. Luckily, it’s sold in packs, so stock TF up.

4. Original Sin Hard Cider: $11.99

The name of this brand alone makes it an instant buy. They have an overwhelming amount of options including their original and black widow flavor. If you don’t bust these out in October, you’re just doing everything wrong.

5. Woodchuck Amber Draft Cider: $8.49

Major shoutout to Vermont for making the elite of hard ciders. It’s fermented with champagne yeast for a little extra punch, which is completely unique to them. This is the only kind of mixing we’ll ever approve.

6. Austin Eastcider’s Blood Orange Cider: $9.99

We adore Austin Eastcider’s blood orange flavor for its zesty notes of citrus and the tartness of a variety of apples. It’s bittersweet but tastes divine with brunch or your after dinner dark chocolate. This is aimed at fans of sour beer for sure.

Now that you know what to buy, HERE’s how to caption your fall beverage photos.

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The Best Instagram Captions For All Your Fall Cocktails

September 17, 2020

Whether you’re warm and cozy by the fire with wine, or out on the porch with a crisp cider, we’ve pretty sure you want to capture the comforting moment on Instagram.

Scroll through below for all the cute, snappy captions you’ll need for your boozy autumn nights! 🍂✨

For when you’re mixing a new pumpkin-based cocktail that isn’t pumpkin spice:

“Stressed, blessed, pumpkin obsessed.”

– Unknown

For an autumn-seasoned rum cider cocktail pic:

“Spice, spice baby.”

– Unknown

For your warm and delicious mulled wine post:

“Warm drinks, warm heart.”

– Unknown

For the basic white wine photo with a blanket:

“The only thing getting lit this weekend are my fall scented candles.”

– Unknown

For your next glass of wine paired with your favorite gourd:

“Squash Goals.”

– Unknown

For your ghastly Halloween delights:

“It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!”

– Unknown

For the shot of your refreshment with an autumn-themed garnish:

“If you don’t like fall, you can leaf me alone.”

– Unknown

Need some more fall cocktail content? HERE are the best autumn drink recipe videos we found on TikTok!

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Here’s How to Make the Best Fall Cocktails, According to TikTok

September 5, 2020

Ah, fall. It’s truly the most beautiful time of the year when breezy weather, apple picking, oversized sweaters and boots rule all. 

As you bust out the blankets and prepare for the holidays, you’ll obviously need a cocktail in hand every step of the way. Below, find all the best seasonal spirits and how to make them, according to TikTok.

1. Spiced Rum Caramel Coco

A drink and dessert all rolled into one? Sign us right up. This quick, easy hot chocolate is packed with spiced flavor and fall deliciousness. Adding caramel corn on top makes it the go-to guilty pleasure of the season.

2. Pear Drop Cocktail

We live for a refreshingly fruity, yet light cocktail. If that’s also your jam, try this lovely pear drop. It features banana liqueur and bitters, surprisingly—but it adds an unexpectedly enjoyable flavor you can’t find anywhere else.

3. Apple Gin Garden

If apples are more your thing, you have to try this Apple Gin Garden with elderflower, apple juice and gin, of course. Adding floral notes to the mix gives it a rich and elegant flavor. This one’s for enjoying that fall breeze on your balcony or porch in the evening.

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4. Apple Cider Cocktail

What’s a fall cocktail roundup without at least one apple cider refreshment? Crisp cider combined with orange slices and vodka equals instant autumn delight.

5. Pumpkin Spice Cocktail

We’ve all grown wary of the over-advertised pumpkin spice flavor, but hear us out on this one. This sweet little cocktail also has Irish cream, vanilla ice cream and a cinnamon stick for extra punch. And let’s be honest, adding alcohol to any classic flavor will always makes it worth your time.

6. Frosé

We don’t know about you, but rosé is a must for us to kick off the season. Why not dial it up by blending it with fresh strawberries, ice and a touch of vodka? It gives this classic sweet wine a little zest that’s perfect for fall get togethers.

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Best Instagram Captions for All Your Margarita Mischief

July 24, 2020

Margarita Monday is absolutely a must… and Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Okay, but seriously, all days should be margarita days. Although you may be spending less time out and about this season given coronavirus conditions, it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on what’s truly important in life.

Scroll down below to find Insta caption inspo for all your tequila-infused shenanigans this summer!

For every Taco Tuesday post with your trusty marg in hand: 

“Life isn’t always tacos & tequila, but it should be.”

 –Unknown

For when you’ve had one too many cups of coffee leading up to cocktail hour:

“Coffee keeps me busy until it’s acceptable to drink margaritas.”

–Unknown

When you realize your late night margs turned into early morning regret:

“I didn’t text you, tequila did.”

–Unknown

For a fabulous Friday kick-off post:

“Take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a really big margarita.”

–Unknown

For a cute and classic saying, but make it tequila:

“But first, margaritas.”

–Unknown

For when you have no qualms about really kicking back after a long work-from-home day:

“Know when to give up and have a margarita.”

–Unknown

For when you’re feeling preachy, but not judgy:

“Two wrongs don’t make a right, but two margaritas usually do.”

–Unknown

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Every Necessary Instagram Caption for Photos of You Sipping Wine

June 9, 2020

If quarantine has taught us anything, it’s the value of a solid wine collection. 

But even when we aren’t social distancing, wine gets us through pretty much anything. Whether it’s Cabernet, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or whatever else you’ve got in store, these are all the captions you’ll need to display your next-level assortment🍷✨.

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For any and every Zoom wine night: 

“Wine a little, laugh a lot.” —Unknown

For when you’ve sampled a few too many from your stash: 

Gone with the wine.” —Unknown

When you need an excuse for your current drunken state: 

“Everything happens for a Riesling.”It’s All Chic to Me

For when you need a glass to accompany your Bachelor marathon: 

“Will you accept this rosé?” —Unknown

For an ‘every last drop counts’ post:

“You can’t sip with us.” —Unknown

Just after your inner Martha Stuart emerges and you whip up dessert with your beverage: 

“I’m currently on cloud wine.” —Unknown

For the times you’re definitely not sipping wine on the clock: 

“Working nine to wine.” —Unknown

For turning off the news and going full hermit mode: 

“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.” —Rumi

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Most Refreshing Instagram Captions for When You’re Sipping White Claw

April 3, 2020

With coronavirus-induced quarantine in full effect, many of us are doing the unthinkable—gasp—drinking alone.

But if you’re like us and trying to maintain some sense of responsibility during these haphazard times, you’re sticking to good ol’ White Claw.

The crisp and delicious hard seltzer has captured the hearts of many in recent years—so much so, that it inspires more-than-impressive quality photos of the beverage on Instagram. And what’s a gorgeous photo without a cute, clever caption to go along with it?

Regardless or whether you’re quarantining or finally able let loose in a group, below are the most refreshing Instagram captions for when you’re sipping White Claw!

For that photo of your girls night in:

On weekends, we drink White Claws.”

―Unknown

For when your crew starts to get greedy:

“Catch these Claws!”

―Unknown

For an exceptionally charming pic with your pup and a White Claw:

“Please keep your paws off my White Claws.”

―Unknown

For when you’re double-fisting:

“Nothing can stop the claw.”

―Unknown

For when the overused ‘hot girl summer’ caption needs a revamp:

White Claw Summer.”

―Unknown

For an extra rowdy bachelorette party:

“Ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws.”

―Trevor Wallace

For when you’ve had two too many😅:

“White Claw wasted.”

―Unknown

For when you need to finesse a White Claw into your healthy diet:

“Low sugar, no spice, but everything nice.”

―White Claw

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The Only 5 Main Ingredients You Need to Make It Through Whole 30 Successfully

March 31, 2020

Doing Whole 30 during coronavirus-induced quarantine is quite the divisive topic.

Some say it’s the best time to do it because you’re locked away in your home with no outside distractions or temptations, and nothing to do except cook. Others say you’re bored out of your mind and all you want to do is drink, while sitting on the couch, eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, watching Tiger King. Another big issue of discussion is obtaining the necessary ingredients to cook appropriate meals for the program. With grocery stores scarcely stocked, it can potentially be a big issue.

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But as someone who completed the program (for the fourth time!) all of this March, I can tell you it’s completely doable. Not only did the clearheadedness brought on by the experience help me get through this first month of isolation, but because I cooked almost every meal from scratch, I really got acquainted with my most commonly used foods, what’s most versatile, most flavorful, most immune-boosting and what can last you the longest.

Sure, there are plenty of fun ingredients to have around that you don’t necessarily need. For example, I had a several cans of pumpkin puree lingering from fall. I hopped on to Pinterest (as I did with pretty much all my ingredients) and found out ways to make use of what I had. Suddenly it was a springtime Thanksgiving in my kitchen. But ultimately, there were only a handful of staples I felt it necessary to have on hand at all times.

With the exception of spices (you must carry an array of spices—they’re a game-changer), below are the only five main ingredients you need to make it through Whole 30 successfully.

1. Cauliflower

This versatile veggie is the ultimate breakout star of Whole 30. I went from attempting mashed potatoes cauliflower my first time doing the program, to making cauliflower smoothies and mastering the art of cauliflower rice during this fourth go. The best thing you can do for yourself (mid-Whole 30 or otherwise) is stock up on bags of pre-diced cauliflower. Trader Joe’s has aplenty. I recommend non-frozen if you want to make rice or mashed cauliflower. And then purchase a bag of frozen if you want it for your smoothie. This veggie blends with everything seamlessly, so your smoothie won’t smell like anything but berries!

2. Broth

This brings me to my next ingredient… if you hop on the cauliflower bandwagon, you’ll need broth of some sort by your side at (almost) all times. I personally opted for chicken broth, but really any full-flavored broth will do. This ingredient is crucial to mastering cauliflower rice. I posted a lot about this on Instagram Story, as it’s a very underrated, overlooked necessity. In the past, like many others shared with me, I depended on olive oil to cook my tiny cauliflower pieces, but it was never enough to cook all the way through, and always left the pieces burnt. Additionally, broth can make a fantastic addition to a homemade sauce or sauté recipe, a soup, a mash, you name it. If you have plenty left over, just pop it into Pinterest and see what you can strum up with what you’ve got.

3. A Protein or Mixed Veggies

This is a given, but important to note anyway. Having a meat of some sort or mixed veggies will make up the crop of your heavier meals. These are great to soak up the sauces you make, to slather with spices, to place atop coconut rice or mix in with zucchini noodles. It’s important to remember that soy products aren’t allowed, so if you don’t eat meat, grab on to the most versatile, flavorful veggies (mushrooms, onions and bell peppers were my go-tos this time around). Also, you can use any meat, so take advantage of that freedom (though some are encouraged more than others and you still need to read the labels for nitrates, sugars and other unapproved ingredients). I didn’t touch beef or pork, but I ate a lot of chicken and turkey bacon.

4. Eggs

Much like No. 3, it’s probably a given that eggs are key to this plan. But you’re forbidden from (most) baking, so it’s not like you need eggs for your favorite paleo banana bread loaf. Eggs, during this eating regimen, are like an old reliable friend you can call on either when you’ve got nowhere to turn, or you want to spice up the party. I had my standard moments of whipping up a turkey bacon, mushroom, onion omelette; whereas, other times, eggs were great to place atop cauliflower rice and stir-fried veggies. I’m pretty sure you don’t need me to sit here and explain all of eggs’ uses—just be sure to keep ’em handy!

5. Full Fat Canned Coconut Milk

Much like cauliflower, canned coconut milk isn’t necessarily something we actively seek out at the grocery store unless a specific recipe calls for it. Well, take on a month of Whole 30, and this coveted item will be at the top of your list. If you’re making any rendition of a cream sauce, this is your go-to. But I also found that even an unnoticeable drop here and there was called for in so many recipes.

It’s important to note the difference between Coconut Cream and Coconut Milk—they’re indeed similar, but will alter your recipe if you get the wrong one. If you can’t get both for whatever reason, always go for the milk because sometimes the top layers of the can will have the creamy consistency you can use if a recipe calls for the cream. Also, emphasis on canned and full fat. Full fat cans of these consistencies are what’s required for the majority of these recipes, so make sure you stick to them because they differ immensely from what you typically add to your coffee.

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Best Quotes to Use as Instagram Captions for When You’re Drinking Alone

March 17, 2020

We understand social distancing is a safety mechanism during these unsettling times, but it can also be extremely dull, and frankly, quite isolating—especially on holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, birthdays, weekends, days that end in “Y”?

All we want to do is go out and let loose with friends, but given our current circumstances, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon. Some might frown upon boozing alone, but we’d say the times are callin’ for it at this point.

But are you really having a blast drinking alone, though if you don’t post about it on the ‘gram? These captions show you don’t need a bar to say hakuna moscato.

For when you’re living your best work-from-home life:

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.”

― Oscar Wilde

For when you’ve finished absolutely every available season of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Hulu:

“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.”

― Bette Davis 

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For when it’s been a lackluster day and you’ve officially hit wine o’clock🍷:

“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.”

― Rumi

For your post-meditation pick-me-up:

“Drink happy thoughts.”

―Unknown

For when you’re re-evaluating the year’s goals and plans:

“Stop and smell the rosé.”

―Unknown

For when you just need a break from the news:

“We all deserve an alcoholiday.”

―Unknown

For your very adult shut-in lunch:

“Might be water, might be vodka.”

―Unknown

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This is what we call an adult lunch. 🍞🍓

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How You Act When You Drink Alcohol, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

December 4, 2019

When you don’t want to completely blame it on the alcohol, call out the cosmos as the culprit instead!

Drunk actions are definitely sober thoughts, and nothing brings it out more than your astrological makeup. Whether you’re a feisty fire sign or seriously in-your-feelings water sign, read on below for what kind of drunk you are, based on your zodiac sign.

(Valfré via Instagram)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Fire, passion and strength are traits you bring into your every day life, Aries, but when adding alcohol to this fabulous cocktail, it can bring out a bit of aggression. Of course, you never mean to hurt anyone, but your feisty nature can make or break a night out if you’re not careful. Chug your tequila sodas with some water now and then. It’ll ease the burn inside and out.

(Valfré via Instagram)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Stubborn, but beyond steadfast, you’re the real champ of the night, Taurus. No one can match your marathon-level drinking skills. When everyone else has their head over the toilet by the end of the night, you’re still sipping Jameson & Ginger like its nothing. We want you as our all-the-time drinking buddy from now on, you weekend warrior.

(Alexa Evans via Instagram)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Easy-going, adaptable and outgoing, you are the social butterfly of the group, Gemini. Your wing man/woman skills are also totally unmatched, but your indecisiveness might cost you a few numbers for yourself. We applaud your flirting abilities, but try to narrow it down to one cutie for the night. Drama tends to follow you constantly so the less conflict when tipsy, the better.

(Valfré via Instagram)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Let’s keep it real, Cancer: You’re emotional as can be when you’re sober, so add shots to the mix and the floodgates burst open. Social media is not your friend during this time. Too many chances you’ll be triggered by your ex’s latest post. Be sure to have your real ones around you when the waterworks start and you should be golden. #Selfcare.

(Alexa Evans via Instagram)

Leo (July 23-August 22)

You’re no stranger to the spotlight, Leo, so it’s no surprise you’re the center of attention with a few drinks in you. You’re the biggest flirt, the most drunk and the adventurous leader steering where the night goes. Nothing can stop you and everyone wants to be around you—soak it all in.

(Valfré via Instagram)

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Being a Virgo, you’re definitely the reasonable, responsible member of the bunch. Never one to step out of line, you’re the three-drinks-max pal who holds everyone’s stuff and makes sure no one is left alone. Not all heroes wear capes, amirite?

(Alexa Evans via Instagram)

Libra (September 23-October 22)

You live for a night on the town, Libra, so it makes complete sense you try to introduce your friends to as many new people as possible while out and about. You thrive on creating harmonious relationships, especially new ones. Will the real Cupid please stand up? (Hint, that’s you).

(Valfré via Instagram)

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

If you haven’t heard by now, you’re full of contradictions, Scorpio. You can be the best and worst of both worlds—independent or clingy, loving or icy, authoritative or delicate. But most of all, you’re intense in everything you do. This can go either way when there’s booze involved. At least you can say a night out with you is never predictable.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Your magnetic personality, great sense of humor and endless quest for the best celebration make you the perfect person to knock a few back with. That said, some might also get exhausted going out with you since you’re constantly bar-hopping and moving from crowd to crowd. It’s cool Sag, we know you crave that freedom and adventure, just make sure your crew can keep up.

(Valfré via Instagram)

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

You’re always in control, Capricorn, so it’s only natural no one would know just how drunk you are after the six shots you had. You’re determined to outdrink everyone else because you’re just used to coming in first. No shame, someone with ambition always gets it done.

(Alexa Evans via Instagram)

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Original and independent, you’re always a great conversationalist. This amazing quality is only amped up when you have a few drinks in you, with people hanging on your every word. But, you know what else is taken to new heights? Your tendency to be temperamental. Keep your anger in check or your fun exchanges could quickly lead to arguments, yikes. 

(Valfré via Instagram)

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Your deeply sensitive and loving nature is brought to a new level when cocktails are involved. You feel it all, Pisces, and we can’t say we’re mad at you for it. Sometimes, you just need a solid night to let it all out, no judgment here.

(Alexa Evans via Instagram)

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I Surprisingly Left Guilt-Free After Indulging at 3rd. St. Italian Spot No. 10

January 7, 2019

Ah, January…

The month you’ll see no one anywhere because everyone (at least in L.A.) is trying to be healthy and basically refuses to leave the house. But hey, date nights still happen, and I was totally shocked to find out you can actually do Italian and leave without unbuttoning your pants.

I was recently invited to a tasting at new(ish) restaurant No. 10 on 3rd St., and I went into the experience a little nervous because I started my new year’s health resolution a couple months prior to Jan. 1, so holiday season overindulgence wasn’t something I really anticipated. That said, I’d worked really hard on my commitment to eating healthy leading up to mid-Dec., so I figured a one-meal splurge was not only deserving, but also wouldn’t kill me.

When I sat down with a friend of mine at the dim-lit establishment, I noticed various groups of people. There were obviously the duos on dates, but there were also groups of friends and even people there for work holiday parties. Also, given the prime 3rd. St. location, it’s definitely set up to attract a younger, trendier clientele, but a bit less sceney than its neighbor Toca Madera (but rest assured, this spot has a photo booth).

When it came time to order, I was immediately impressed with how easy it was to spot relatively healthy options (amid indulgent ones, too, if that’s what you came for!)—even without having to make substitutions. Over the last year, octopus has become my go-to dish, and it’s made me quite particular about its taste. I’ve got to say, No. 10’s version (Polpo: charred mediterranean octopus, broccoli, grapefruit, yogurt, crispy chickpeas) just might have Viale dei Romani’s beat! Topped off with one of the light side salads, this was the perfect appetizer combo to tide me over before the main course, without filling me up too much.

Next up during the guilt-free dining experience was the main dish (Galletto: organic brick chicken with acorn squash, king oyster mushroom, marinated kale, salsa verde). As we all know, variations of even the whitest meat can rack up the calorie count based on sauces or sides. I was truly shocked when my plate arrived looking truly as described on the menu. I finished my full plate and still left room for a sweet nibble.

When it comes to desserts, go big or go home. While I want the rest of the meal to be on the healthy side, if I’m going to dive into something sweet, it better be indulgent. And that’s just what I got when my friend and I split the apple tart.

All in all, No. 10 really has something for everyone. And though its ambiance sets the tone for date night, I’ve gotta say I had the perfectly enjoyable outing with just my friend.

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6 Hidden Gems to Visit in the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Area If You Want a Fancy Cocktail

December 13, 2018

Even the most hidden spots don’t stay under the radar for long in the bustling, social cities of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

I mean, how many dates have you gone on at places with nondescript entrances a la Roger Room?

But even so, we’ve still managed to dig up a few remaining gems in 90069 and 90210—ones that serve up libations to be remembered (well, that is, depending on how many you drink!).

Whether you’re feeling a quiet date spot, strive for the highest quality liquor, or are just a sucker for a dreamy patio, we rounded up the six best hidden gem spots in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood if you want a fancy cocktail.

Chamberlain Bistro at the Chamberlain Hotel – West Hollywood

Located just off Sunset Blvd. (yet tucked just far enough away), the beautiful outdoor patio at the newly renovated Chamberlain Hotel is beyond perfect for sipping a few cocktails day or night. And in addition to their Hollywood-inspired libations, you also can’t go wrong with their risotto fritters and hand-cut Fries, yum.

(The Chamberlain via Instagram)

THE Blvd at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel – Beverly Hills

With seriously lush sofas and a Plaza-style chandelier, THE Blvd at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel is definitely an underrated spot. Whether you want to feel like a Breakfast at Tiffany’s character or just want to people watch, you can do both these things in style by grabbing a drink at their 18-foot onyx bar. It’s casual.

(THE Blvd via Instagram)

Crescent Lounge – Beverly Hills

Warm summer nights are best spent at this airy villa-style terrace, located inside the boutiquey Crescent Hôtel. It’s the elegantly furnished patio we’ve only seen in our dreams. It’s a super versatile spot that can host anything from a birthday brunch or wedding shower to a classy and casual GNO. Tastebuds beware: Drinks are strong and pungent!

(Crescent Hotel via Instagram)

CITIZEN – Beverly Hills

Sandwiched between some of the stuffier spots in 90210, this beautifully decorated bar and restaurant is a much more laidback addition to the area, making it easy to overlook. But it’s absolutely worth checking out. Their extensive food menu will send you straight to heaven, and their Avocado Toast cocktail (so L.A.) is one of the best and unlike anything we’ve ever had before.

(CITIZEN via Instagram)

The Club Bar at the Peninsula – Beverly Hills

It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle when located on Santa Monica Blvd., but the Club Bar at the Peninsula shouldn’t be overlooked. If getting away from all the noise along the street isn’t already enough of a selling point, you should also stay for their impressive wine list.

(The Peninsula Beverly Hills via Instagram)

£10 (Ten Pound) at the Montage Beverly Hills – Beverly Hills

Tucked away on the Montage’s second floor, £10 is a go-to spot for any true whiskey lover. You’ll experience finely aged cocktails and old-style décor that’s reminiscent of the early 1920s. Who needs a speakeasy when you can get the same vibe at a sleek and modern hotel?

(The Montage Beverly Hills via Instagram)

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I Completed Whole 30 (and Lived to Tell About It)—Here’s Everything You Need to Know

November 7, 2018

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Much like our home electronics, sometimes our body is in need of pressing the reset button.

This was the first year in the last six that I didn’t do “Sober March,” my annual designated month of sobriety. By completing “SM,” I’m not only abstaining from alcohol, but am therefore way more mindful of my eating habits, too. It’s a nice way to break things up during the year. Despite not following through with my usual plan, I had no intentions of doing a replacement month. But by the time July rolled around, I noticed my overindulgence across the board was getting the best of me.

Rarely in my life have I had a significantly positive relationship with food, and here I was finding myself back in the place of dread. Come early August, I knew I needed to change things. I knew I needed a break from eating crap, consuming alcohol and going out a lot. Not only that, but with fall approaching, I really wanted a clear head. I wanted to feel good, and I knew I wasn’t doing things to get me to that place.

So there it was. I decided I was going to embark on Whole 30—and there was no way I was cheating. I’m funny like that. Pretty extreme. Like I’m either all in or all out. In addition to no alcohol for 30 days, Whole 30 also requires the elimination of dairy, gluten, soy, chickpeas, peanut products, artificial sugar, added sugar, baking and more. We’re required to read every single label. Like you can’t even have a dash of soy sauce.

Believe it or not, I found every single part of the process enjoyable. In fact, I’m getting a little sentimental writing this. While it was nice to finally be a little more social again, the feeling I had on the program was unlike any other, and I look forward to taking on the experience again.

Are you considering the program? Or are you simply just curious about my experience? Keep reading for eight things you need to know about Whole 30—from someone who completed it and lived to tell. And for a bunch of the recipes I made on the plan, check out my Whole 30 Pinterest board!

1. It’s a Lot of Commitment

While posting all of my recipes on Insta Story, I had several friends become inspired and eager to give the program a try. Well, none of the ones I talked to made it past a week. And quite frankly, I get it. I made it through because I’d been mentally preparing myself for a month leading up to it. It’s not something you decide to do on a whim. It also requires cooking most of your meals from scratch. For people who have around-the-clock jobs and/or kids or roommates/partners, it’s not ideal. I’m single, I live alone and I am gratefully done with work once I leave the office. Therefore, I had time to mosey on over to Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods after work and get down and dirty in the kitchen each night. It was a lot of fun for me, but I can see it being too time-consuming and restricting for the average person.

2. It’s Not Cheap

While you’re definitely saving money by not drinking and going out to eat, being on the plan requires you to cook most of your meals from scratch, and with not just any old ingredients. So I was definitely grocery shopping more frequently and buying the cleanest of items. While you can get a lot of Whole 30 staples at Trader Joe’s (coconut products, cauliflower and chicken were my main go-tos), there’s some stuff that can only be purchased at Whole Foods ($$$).

3. If You Follow the Plan Correctly, You’ll Have Skyrocket Energy

No joke, every single day of Whole 30, I woke up at 6:30 a.m. It was wild how my body was up and at ’em. I couldn’t fall back asleep if I tried. I usually did a full face of makeup and felt pretty good about my outfit choices before heading off to work. My level of confidence and excitement while on the program was unlike any other. My head was so clear. The glass was consistently half full. It felt really good. And it lasted all throughout the day. I do miss that empowering feeling around the clock.

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4. The Second You End the Plan, Your Energy Dissipates

It’s pretty crazy that as quickly as your body suddenly develops energy on the plan is as quickly as it can fade. Even just one day off the program (I think I ate a light dressing that had a dash of sweetener in it), I was back to wanting to sleep in.

5. Moving on to Paleo Is the Most Sensible Post-Program Transition

You don’t plan on doing Whole 30 longer than 30 days, and you don’t want to dive right back in to bad habits, so what do you do? Paleo (at least for as long as you can maintain it) is the most sensible option. It was crazy because I was invited to a tasting at Harriet’s in West Hollywood a couple days after I finished the program. While I knew I couldn’t dive back into eating and drinking anything in sight, I did think that a sip here and a nibble there would be ok. Whoa, I was wrong. The food was absolutely delicious (no complaints there!), but my body wasn’t used to eating the dairy, sugar and wheat that I was served, and I could definitely feel it. Since that day, I’ve stuck primarily to a Paleo plan.

6. Whole 30 Isn’t Made to Be Sustainable Longer Than 30 Days

I totally thought I’d maintain Whole 30 longer than 30 days, but really, with how strict it is, the creator of the program does not expect people to extend that time. As I mentioned, it requires reading literally every single label, and for the most part, if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, you can’t have the product. While I absolutely plan to do Whole 30 again, right now Paleo feels right.

7. You Learn So Much About Food and Cooking

I’ve never cooked so much/eaten so healthy in my entire life. Getting my hands dirty in the kitchen and playing with spices and detailed recipes was so much fun for me. Obviously I love food, so getting a chance to put together delicious dishes that were actually good for me was so rewarding. Like you’d seriously be surprised with how creative you can get. It was so cool. Pinterest was my best friend. I kept all of my recipes and I still plan to make them. Obviously some things turned out better than others, but overall, I was proud of my concoctions.

8. Weight Doesn’t Just Melt Off

Like most people, I thought I’d be like three dress sizes lighter once I completed the plan. Welp, not so! I mean, granted I looked a lot less bloated, which makes sense considering I wasn’t drinking or eating bloat-inducing food. But I’d be lying if I said my clothes fit me a lot differently. I probably lost 5-7 pounds overall. I also didn’t work out as much as I could have (I know, I know), so I think I could have had a different outcome had I done so. That said, I felt really good in my skin during the experience, so a ton of weight loss or not, I was in my most confident state.

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I Tried Everything on the Menu at The h.wood Group’s New Rooftop Lounge Harriet’s

October 8, 2018

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Harriet’s is West Hollywood’s fall gift.

Serving the public since Sept. 26, the John Sofio-designed rooftop lounge—which sits atop the upcoming 1 Hotel West Hollywood—boasts the best panoramic view of the city since Soho House opened years ago, just a few blocks West. But while you don’t need a membership at Harriet’s, unlike the aforementioned hotspot, you’ll still need to slip past a velvet rope in order to take in the picturesque scenery.

Yes, much like most of The h.wood Group‘s predecessors, including The Nice Guy and Delilah, you won’t get a glimpse of the ambiance without a hard-to-come-by reservation. That’s why I was absolutely thrilled to recently be invited to a chef’s tasting at the upscale establishment, where I had a chance to nibble and sip on literally the entire menu, created by Chef Lord Maynard Llera (bites) and Justin Campbell (beverages).

The menu is short, but very sweet (pun intended)—as the specialty cocktails are incredibly fruity and flavorful. The bites are light but filling—the perfect combo for the quintessential Angeleno seeking just enough fuel to make it through a boozy night out, without consuming food coma-inducing portions.

My personal favorite of the cocktails is the Garden Party, a refreshing Belvedere vodka-based beverage, that also includes St-Germain, cucumber and fresh lime juice. As for the bites, the Salmon Flatbread—with its heavenly whipped mascarpone— won me over overall, but the magical, Horseradish Crema that accompanies the shrimp in the Laughing Bird Shrimp Cocktail, is like nothing I’ve ever tried prior.

And although the location is technically a bar/lounge, this is no place to go if you’re looking for an order of chicken wings!

Harriet’s

8490 West Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

Open Daily 5 p.m. – close

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Harriet’s is West Hollywood’s fall gift.

Serving the public since Sept. 26, the John Sofio-designed rooftop lounge—which sits atop the upcoming 1 Hotel West Hollywood—boasts the best panoramic view of the city since Soho House opened years ago, just a few blocks West. But while you don’t need a membership at Harriet’s, unlike the aforementioned hotspot, you’ll still need to slip past a velvet rope in order to take in the picturesque scenery.

Yes, much like most of The h.wood Group‘s predecessors, including The Nice Guy and Delilah, you won’t get a glimpse of the ambiance without a hard-to-come-by reservation. That’s why I was absolutely thrilled to recently be invited to a chef’s tasting at the upscale establishment, where I had a chance to nibble and sip on literally the entire menu, created by Chef Lord Maynard Llera (bites) and Justin Campbell (beverages).

The menu is short, but very sweet (pun intended)—as the specialty cocktails are incredibly fruity and flavorful. The bites are light but filling—the perfect combo for the quintessential Angeleno seeking just enough fuel to make it through a boozy night out, without consuming food coma-inducing portions.

My personal favorite of the cocktails is the Garden Party, a refreshing Belvedere vodka-based beverage, that also includes St-Germain, cucumber and fresh lime juice. As for the bites, the Salmon Flatbread—with its heavenly whipped mascarpone— won me over overall, but the magical, Horseradish Crema that accompanies the shrimp in the Laughing Bird Shrimp Cocktail, is like nothing I’ve ever tried prior.

And although the location is technically a bar/lounge, this is no place to go if you’re looking for an order of chicken wings!

Harriet’s

8490 West Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

Open Daily 5 p.m. – close

 

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I Tried Rare Japanese Tsukemen at Brand New Chinatown Eatery Okiboru

September 16, 2018

Last month, I got myself into a very messy situation—at the dinner table that is.

Not that this should come as a surprise, seeing as I’m not always the daintiest diner, but this meal was me at my sloppiest (and for good reason). I was invited to be one of the first to check out Chinatown’s latest addition Okiboru, a casual eatery that serves up famed Japanese Tsukemen, a ramen-like noodle dish that’s a true rarity in Los Angeles.

I honestly had no idea what to expect, with the exception of a carb-heavy meal. I’ve never been big on ordering ramen, though I do love a good Japanese meal.

The difference between traditional ramen and Tsukemen is the latter is a “dipping ramen,” one that’s noodles (served cold and thicker) are accompanied by varying hot broths. My friend and I were served the chicken-pork broth and the vegan broth made from puréed grilled mushrooms and other vegetables. While both items packed plenty of flavor, we were both especially taken by the vegan option. We were shocked when Chef Hyun “Sean” Park told us there was no cream or flour in the concoction, as it definitely had that taste and consistency. It’s apparently made up of just the pureed veggies. No way!

Additional ingredients used in the dish are typically served atop or on the side within the dish of noodles. Toppings at Okiboru range from chashu pork ribs—which brine for a day before getting braised for four hours and are then grilled—to a simple soft-boiled egg with house-pickled radish.

The noodles were very slippery, and getting them on the serving spoon, dipping them into the broth and then making them into our mouths was no seamless process. We definitely went through at least 10 napkins each, and I joked to my friend that thank goodness we’re so comfortable around each other and not like on a date or something, because all my table manners went out the door. But hey, I think that’s part of the fun, and I think experienced ramen diners are aware it comes with the territory (it was just a little new to me). All of that said, we both licked our shared bowls clean and left extremely full.

While I was a little bummed that the spot doesn’t serve any alcohol—a refreshing beer or bottle of sake would have been icing on the cake to this delicious meal—they did offer a wide variety of specialty sodas, something I don’t see elsewhere often.

An additional added bonus? Okiboru is the first ramen shop in the U.S. to use handmade noodles for the dish. To get a behind-the-scenes peek of the noodle-making process, check out my Instagram video below!

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635 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, Ca 90012
(213) 988-7212

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We Discovered the Most Instagram-Worthy Taco in Los Angeles!

May 30, 2018

We were recently invited for margaritas, tacos and a mean game of Jenga (if we chose to take that route) at Jalapeño Pete’s taqueria and bar in Studio City. Yes, we know… it can be a slightly nutty idea to go over the hill for dinner on a Friday night, but hey, we were feeling adventurous.

When we made our way to the cozy spot, we were greeted by incredibly friendly servers, and the first thing we noticed was that aforementioned Jenga set waiting for us at our table. While we didn’t up taking part, we did immediately think this would actually be a great location for a game night (I mean, look how much fun the table below is having!). And with a generous happy hour Sunday – Friday from 3-7 p.m., there’s some added incentive.

Our meal started off with Mexican munchies that included chips, a deliciously well-balanced smoky red salsa, and guacamole. We sipped on the restaurant’s popular spicy mango margarita and signature vodka drink. Both were delicious, paired perfectly with the bites, and weren’t too sweet or spicy.

Then came our main courses! We sampled quite a few things, but the grilled shrimp taco and carne asada fries stood out—oh, and how can we forget the decadent waffle-banana dessert?! Regardless of what you order, plates are pretty filling, so come hungry.

Part of our party had dietary restrictions, and we were very appreciative of the restaurant being super flexible with our modifications. In fact, they have an inclusive menu for all, so whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or a hardcore carnivore, you’ll find something on their list.

But if we’re really getting down to business here, let it be known that this eatery has the most Instagrammable taco in town! Yes, this spot boasts a 12-inch taco, which happens to only be on their secret menu! It’s a crispy taco within another gigantic taco shell, oozing with cheese, beans, sour cream and guac. If you want in on this hidden gem, just tell them that your gals at skyelyfe sent you, and make sure to tag @skyelyfela when you post your photo. We’d love to see if anyone actually finishes the whole thing!

Insane taco aside, we had a fun night and a great meal. Jalapeno Pete’s is the place to challenge your mind with a game of Jenga, watch the basketball finals and kick back with a beer or spicy marg. And it probably goes without saying, but their prime night is Taco Tuesday (of course).

Location + Hours:
11618 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA. 91604
Mon. – Fri. 4pm – 2am
Sat. 12pm – 2am
Sun. 9:30am – 2am

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This Is the L.A. Restaurant You Should Eat at, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

May 15, 2018

Photo Credit: unsplash.com / @brookelark

Deciding where and what to eat in L.A. is tough, especially because there’s a plethora of unique restaurants to check out, with new ones opening up every single day.

We don’t know about you, but we always find it difficult to keep up. With so many options in such a wonderful city, we can’t help but turn to the stars (literal ones, not celebs) for constant guidance regarding all of our major and minor life decisions—food included!

After careful consideration, we’ve found the perfect L.A.-based joint for you, based on your zodiac sign. Dive in and whet your appetite below!

Aries (March 21 – April 19): Eataly

You live the most fast-paced lifestyle, Aries. You always have a million and one things to do, so you’re always on the go. Rarely will you ever be seen doing nothing of importance, which is why you spend what little free time you have wisely. As far as restaurants go, you need something quick. You generally always order your same, go-to dish, because you know what you want. For you, Eataly is the place to be. This Italian-themed food hall offers up everything from pizza and pasta to gelato and coffee. You can load up on carbs and caffeine, which are pretty much the only things someone like you needs.

Instagram / @eatalyla

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): La Boucherie

Oh, you fancy, huh, Taurus? Your life is basically bad and boujee without the bad. You treat yourself whenever you can, because you work ridiculously hard to support your lavish lifestyle. You do you! Obviously, you need to visit a restaurant that lives up to your high standards. That would be none other than five-star steakhouse La Boucherie. You’ll have a grand ol’ time feasting like royalty on steak, seafood or whatever lavish dish your little heart desires. Just be sure to save room for dessert.

Instagram / @drvahe

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Rose Cafe

Curious and adaptable Gemini, you’re always ready to accept all life has to offer. You know there’s so much out there, which is why you’re always exploring and have a long list of things you love. The same goes for food. While you’re willing to try new things, you’ve got a laundry list of favorite dishes that instantly come to mind. A place like Rose Cafe is perfect for you. It has quite the extensive menu with a variety of items to choose from. You’ll want to try one of everything, but always remember that you can visit as many times as you’d like. Not to mention, the scenery is more than perfect for someone as creative as you.

Instagram / @therosevenice

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): HomeState

Comfort is what you crave most in life, Cancer. Though you have a tough exterior, you’re more sensitive than you’d like to admit. At any given moment, there’s always something that’s bothering you. This is why you seek solace in things that make you feel at ease. Comfort foods is just one of those things, so HomeState is right up your alley. A Texas-style kitchen in L.A., you’ll feel right at home with the Tex-Mex menu. Be sure to wear your stretchiest sweats on your visit.

Instagram / @homestate

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): Yami Yaki

Being the center of attention isn’t for everyone, but it certainly suits you quite nicely, Leo. The second you waltz into a room, everyone’s eyes drift in your direction. It’s safe to say you know a thing or two about being popular. But when you don’t get your way, you’re not the happiest camper. Control is something you so desperately need in your life, and you’ll do anything to have it. You like things a certain way, and naturally, the same goes with your food choices. This is why you should check out Yami Yaki. You’ll have all the control you want, when it comes to throwing together your teriyaki bowl, that is. Pick your meat, veggies and more, then the kind employees will mix it all together for you and serve it to you on a silver platter. No, they won’t, but you get it.

Instagram / @cookwithcourt

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22): Matsuhisa

Simplicity is your middle name, Virgo. While some may shake their tail feathers for anyone who’s willing to watch, you prefer to stay secluded in the background. You don’t need attention or praise to live a happy life, because you know better than anyone that there’s excess in moderation. Sushi is a food you tend to opt for more often than not, so Matsuhisa is perfect for you. Though the restaurant is innovative and sleek, the chefs let their food do the talking. While they tend to get creative, they also stick with what they know. You’re bound to find a new hand roll to love at this classy establishment.

Instagram / @matsuhisabeverlyhills

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22): Ramen Hood

You’re what many would refer to as a “people-pleaser,” Libra. Some are quick to scoff at your ways, but there’s really no harm in you wanting to be a friend to all. You’re simply doing your part to make the world a better place, so disregard those haters. With your food choices, you also like things to appease not only you, but whoever you’re with. Ramen is one of those dishes everyone likes, including yourself. Vegan spot Ramen Hood is the next joint you should hit up. Both your vegan and non-vegan friends will find something to devour on the menu, giving you the ability to make sure everyone gets what they want.

Instagram / @ramenhood

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): Howlin’ Ray’s

You’re a tough one to figure out, but you sure as heck enjoy leaving people guessing. It’s more than thrilling watching others try to uncover all that lies beneath you, mysterious Scorpio. To say you’re fiery would be an understatement. That’s probably why you’re a fan of spicy foods, and Howlin’ Ray’s makes for your best restaurant. This Nashville-style hot chicken joint speaks to your soul. There are some pretty spicy meats on their menu, but someone like you is sure to enjoy the heat without so much as breaking a sweat.

Instagram / @howlinrays

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): E.P. & L.P.

The most adventurous spirit in the zodiac, you always have your passport and a packed overnight bag ready to go. If one of your friends wants to go on an adventure, you’re more than ready to leave at a moment’s notice. You constantly need to feel like you’re traveling somewhere new, even when you’re not actually leaving the comfort of your own home. For you, E.P. & L.P. is right up your alley. A restaurant and rooftop bar, you’ll be transported to Asia with their blend of Chinese, Fijian and Vietnamese food. And you can take in the stunning sites of West Hollywood from their scenic rooftop. The best of both worlds!

Instagram / @eplosangeles

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): Pirolo’s Panino

You’re hardworking as they come, never letting anything or anyone get in the way of achieving the mountain of goals you’ve set for yourself. Fun has its place in your life, but it’s very minimal. What you’re more concerned with is convenience—same goes for food. You’re a busy person with a lot on your plate… metaphorically, of course. You’re a huge fan of sandwiches for this reason. Clearly, sub shop Priolo’s Panino was made for you. With a menu full of delicious and savory sammies, you’re sure to find something you like.

Instagram / @pirolos

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18): Scratch Bar & Kitchen

There’s no one else out there quite like you, Aquarius. You march to the beat of a far different drum than everyone else, always standing out loud and proud from the crowd. Try saying that three times fast. Your uniqueness translates to the foods you eat, as well. Scratch Bar & Kitchen is the only restaurant that can provide such a fun and different dining experience for someone as eclectic as yourself. Everything on their menu is made from, well, scratch. No two dishes are ever the same.

Instagram / @scratchbarkitchen

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20): Firefly

You’re someone who simply loves love. Everything about it leaves you feeling all sorts of giddy inside and out, so it’s no surprise that you’re known as the hopeless romantic of the zodiac. When it comes to your dining experience, you want things to be as amorous as possible. It’s not about the food, so much as it’s about the atmosphere. Firefly’s intimate location will provide you with the perfect backdrop for all of your date nights to come. Book your reservation now.

Instagram / @fireflystudiocity

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This Cozy Restaurant’s Revamp Will Have You Dashing to South Pasadena ASAP

March 12, 2018

Instagram / @gordon.b.nasty

South Pasadena is personally my favorite Los Angeles gem. I mean, it’s the location of my favorite hotel, after all.

But really, this historic town, nestled away in the West San Gabriel Valley, is truly the perfect picturesque getaway for anyone (me!) who regularly deals with the hustle and bustle of the busier parts of the city.

Mission Street, in particular, is a strip of chic boutiques, private fitness studios and dining establishments, including Crossings, a cozy Patrick Kitchen-owned restaurant that’s been around since 2013. The spot recently underwent a revamp, including the introduction of new executive chef, Kevin Malone, who hails from Mattei’s Tavern near Santa Barbara, and the former Gargantua in Santa Monica.

Skyelyfe was invited to an exclusive chef’s tasting last week, where we consumed highlights (including delicious wine pairings and specialty cocktails) from Kevin’s newly launched menu (as seen below). The dim-lit venue boasts two spacious stories with plenty of bar space. Whether for date night or otherwise, Crossings offers an inviting (and scrumptious) vibe for all.

MENU

Roasted Sunchokes

orange glaze, habanero

Hamachi Collar Pibil

tangerine, crème fraîche, fresno chili, tortilla

Hamachi Verde  

snap pea agua chile, kaffir lime, cucumber, serrano

Wagyu Naval  

ash, charcoal potatoes, soubise, burnt leek

Pot de Creme

ancho chili, espresso, rice and almond flavored horchata foam, puffed rice

Crossings

1010 Mission St.

South Pasadena, Ca 91030

626.799.7001

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I Tasted a Preview of What to Expect at Sundance’s Exclusive ChefDance Food Series

January 16, 2018

Photo Credit: Jennifer Johnson

We all know Sundance Film Festival is all about movies, parties and celebs, but for the 15th year, ChefDance is adding its fancy food element to the Park City, Utah, festivities.

In preparation for the five-night affair, ChefDance CEO Mimi Kim hosted selected media (skyelyfe included!) for an intimate pre-Sundance dinner at her Hollywood Hills home, accompanied by her business partner Kenny GriswoldThe evening’s menu was prepared by Michelin-starred Chef Luigi Fineo, who let us all sample what the stars will be eating during this year’s culinary extravaganza.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Johnson

ChefDance, which takes place from Jan. 18 – Jan. 22,  will also feature feastings by renowned chefs Beau MacMillan (Iron Chef America, Sanctuary, Ariz.), Chef Brian Malarkey (Top Chef, San Diego, Calif.) and Shawn McClain with James Beard (Sage, Las Vegas, NV).

So, in addition to endless pours of red wine, what else did we indulge in? See the menu below!

Photo Credit: Jennifer Johnson

Starters

Wild-caught salmon with a bright champagne vinaigrette & Brussels sprouts

Surf and Turf: plugra poached Maine lobster lollipops & roasted oregano lamb skewers

Photo Credit: Jennifer Johnson

Main Course

Sea and land : Maryland blue crab fritters with southern fried chicken bites with lemon saffron remoulade (crab cakes) and spicy maple BBQ (on the chicken)

Steak and Eggs: Roasted beef tenderloin on scallion, and mashed potatoes with an herb ojou demi glaze, topped with a fried quail egg

Smoked gouda mac n cheese

Risotto with porcini mushrooms and black truffles

Photo Credit: Jennifer Johnson

Photo Credit: Jennifer Johnson

Dessert

Assortment of fruit tarts

If all of this looks mouthwatering to you, snag yourself a ticket to ChefDance HERE!

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5 L.A. Gems a Tourist Wouldn’t Know

February 21, 2017

I love a good Nordstrom browse at The Grove, a trek up Runyon Canyon (yes, I am one of the few who actually considers it a legitimate “trek”) or a night of sipping unjustifiably overpriced cocktails at SLS–but one of the best parts about L.A. is the endless potential to find under-the-radar establishments.

Whether it’s a metaphysical shop in Highland Park or a renowned Mexican restaurant in Boyle Heights, there’s always more to be uncovered in the City of Angels.

Pop TV’s This Just In star Elizabeth Stanton is an L.A. native (Hollywood proper, to be exact), and she’s providing my readers with a list of some of her favorite lesser-known spots in town. And as someone who has lived in L.A. for 10 years, I can personally say she came up with some excellent out-of-the-box places to go (in fact, she even had me stumped on a couple).

“It’s been fun growing up here because I’ve felt like I’m always in the center of everything,” the 21-year-old—who was recently listed as one of Popstar! magazine’s top 10 actresses of the year—tells skyelyfe. “Now that I’m older, I basically live in the same area, and everything’s around me—all the new, happening spots. I feel like Hollywood is a happening area to be in right now. I can’t imagine living anywhere else but L.A. I especially love the weather [laughs]. Even if people don’t want to be around the main parts of Hollywood, there are always the beach areas and smaller communities people don’t really know about.”

And with that, I dug into five L.A. gems Liz insists you must encounter if you haven’t already:

1. For the Late-Night-Nosher: Crispy Pork Gang

Open until 4:00 a.m., this Thai Town eatery’s selling point may not be its overpacked strip mall parking lot, but it does give its visitors a mouthful (a good one, that is). And like the name suggests, the standout item here is indeed crispy pork. As Jonathan Gold pointed out back in 2011, there is no shortage of its usage on the menu.

A classic soup dish at Crispy Pork Gang in Thai Town

Photo Credit: @einna_sirisack

2. For the Gamer Who Likes to Drink: EightyTwo

Umm, hello childhood! This DTLA spot is a little throwback to the days of arcade games. And pinball lovers in particular, prepare to empty out your piggy banks, because your quarters are about to go to use! But rest assured this joint has you covered in the beverage department as well. With a full bar featuring craft cocktails and 10 draft beers, there will be no dry mouths in the building.

The classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game at EightyTwo in DTLA

Photo Credit: @eightytwola

3. For the Outdoorsy Individual Who Wants to Avoid the ‘Scene’: L.A. Abandoned Zoo

Love to hike, but without the Runyon-esque mayhem? Los Feliz’ former home to wild animals is loaded with beautiful visuals and photo opps aplenty.

a group poses at the L.A. Abandoned Zoo

Photo Credit: @hoey_jeinen

4. For the Foodie Who Came Seriously Just for the Food: Papilles

There’s no fancy-schmancy shebang here. Chef Jordan Rosas brings the casual Paris-inspired bistronomique movement to a Hollywood strip mall. With a set course menu that changes daily (check their website for each day’s offerings), there’s no messing around at this spot.

A perfectly arranged dish from Papilles French restaurant in Hollywood

Photo Credit: @papillesbistro

5. For the Artsy, Avid Reader: The Last Bookstore

This DTLA dwelling has come a long way since launching in a loft in 2005. It is now the largest new and used bookstore in all of California. They also sell a slew of vintage records, they host various events and even get celebs (hi, BJ Novak) to come in to speak (or read).

couple poses at The Last Bookstore in DTLA

Photo Credit: @dom_gy

Food

The Ultimate Whiskey and Beer Pairing Is Coming to a City Near You!

January 26, 2017

Angelenos recently took advantage of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey‘s D.E.W. and a Brew Tour when it launched earlier this month, but in case you don’t live here, you may still be able to join in on the TimeOut-sponsored fun!

Seeking out 26 of the best breweries in the country, the spirit brand is on a 68-day mission to have people who enjoy drinking, experience the fun of pairing beer and whiskey.

I had a chance to experience the pairing for myself recently when the whole tour kicked off at Santa Monica Brew Works (monstrous tour bus and all!). Met with a live band and noshes galore, the pairing experience was definitely an enjoyable one—and something quite new to me, as I do love beer, but I’m not much of a whiskey drinker.

Some of the not-yet-visited cities included on the tour—which comes to an end on March 15 in Chicago—are Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Nashville.

For the entire list of participating cities, click HERE.