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Whipped Drinks Is a User-Friendly Kit That Makes Delicious, Frothy Coffee in 60 Seconds

February 12, 2021

I’m obsessed with coffee, so any innovative development in the space immediately piques my interest. Therefore, when I was informed of a whipped coffee kit launching this month, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on it first.

Ahead of Whipped Drinks‘ official release, I was invited to the Zoom launch, where the brand’s husband-and-wife founders, Katie and Taylor Angel, gave attendees a demonstration of how to use their DIY froth kit. But everything looks better on camera. Would I be able to figure it out myself, I wondered.

Well, below is everything you need to know about Whipped Drinks’ whipped coffee kit.

The Product

The brand was conceptualized amid the pandemic, when not only was there plenty of extra time on everyone’s hands, but Katie was inspired by the sudden frothy coffee trend on where else—TikTok. Within months, Katie, with the help of her hubby, did her fair share of research and trial and error, and birthed this impressively packaged product.

The $49 kit comes with the following:

  • High-speed frother, batteries included
  • Gilded frothing jug
  • Carton Whip Sticks (contains 10 packets)
  • Recipe book
  • Beautifully wrapped box

Noted by the pair on the Zoom call, the packets are instant coffee (but with a much-elevated kick). The website describes the contents as “premium coffee refined to the perfect texture for whipping.” The 100% Columbian blend is infused with natural cane sugar, luxurious cocoa and a dash of sea salt. The product is gluten-free.

Aside from the kit’s contents, all you need to make your whipped coffee is a spoon, choice of milk, a glass, ice and a tablespoon of water.

The Experience

To be completely honest—I’m terrible at assembling things. And when I saw this called for batteries, I was even more concerned. That said, it’s a convenient touch that batteries are included. Things already started off on the right foot.

While the duo’s demonstration looked simple enough, who knew if I’d be able to tackle this solo. But one quick read-through of the user-friendly instructions, and it appeared to be easy as advertised.

I simply emptied one Whip Sticks packet into the frothing jug, added a tablespoon of H20, and applied the frother for 60 seconds. My result? A delightfully whipped concoction, ready to be devoured. Ah, but first—TikTok! I poured my frothy coffee on top of my iced almond milk, and took to cyberspace to capture the magic (see below!).

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guess what launches on vday? this 60-second frothy coffee kit. delish! 💁🏻‍♀️☕️ ##coffeeaddict ##diycoffee ##covidcoffee

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Bottom Line

In addition to the fancy factor of these whipped indulgences, the coffee itself is truly delicious. I don’t typically react well to anything made with sugar, but the amount is just enough to heighten the flavor without making it an overly sweet treat. I also wondered if I’d actually experience a much-desired caffeine jolt from one of these bad boys, or if they just tasted good. Thankfully, I got my energy boost!

Depending on how much coffee you drink (I drink a ton), you may go through the packets quickly. But if such is the case, you can purchase 10-pack refills for $24. Perfect for posting on IG, impressing a guest, or simply for the sake of enjoying solo, I highly recommend this impressive kit to any coffee-lover.

My only important note is the frothing can get messy, so be sure to do it over the sink or a towel, and avoid wearing light clothing in the process. Happy whipping!

whipped drinks frothy coffee kit review

Coffee is great during the day, but wine tickles our fancy at night. Click HERE for the best Instagram captions to capture pics of you and your grape-filled goodness!

Beauty

COOLA Just Launched a Skincare Line—and My Dry, Winter Skin Finally Feels Refreshed

January 28, 2021

COOLA is a standout I see every time I roam the aisles at Sephora. That said, because their products previously focused primarily on suncare, I hadn’t used them up to this point. I have an array of SPF lying around, so I use whatever’s in front of me. That said, when COOLA’s skincare line launched this month, it would acquaint me with the brand in a whole new way.

I was fortunate to receive an invite to the Zoom meet-and-greet with the company’s CEO and founder, Chris Birchby, and its Vice President of Innovation, Christina Peng. Ahead of the call, I received a full shipment of its oceanic-designed packaging that Chris and Christina would introduce us to at greater length during the chat.

I was immediately drawn to the Moon Silk Moisture Recharging Mask. More on that below, but it can be used as both a rinse-off or overnight mask, and I’m in desperate need of a fresh leave-on. The collection contains six products total, checking the boxes for all the necessities in a standard skincare regimen. The collection as a whole was formulated to combat blue light/digital stress, pollution, UV rays and more. All in all, the products collectively aim to hydrate, refresh and renew, and they do not contain SPF.

Keep reading for my breakdown of each product in COOLA’s skincare line:

1. Glowing Greens Detoxifying Facial Cleansing Gel: $28

This cleanser is described by the brand as “a detoxifying juice cleanse for the face.” I will say, upon personal use, my skin feels completely refreshed after rinsing. Packed with nutrient-rich seaweed extract, organic aloe juice, celery leaf and cucumber extracts, this product aims to gently cleanse away dirt, makeup and impurities.

(via COOLA)

2. Pacific Polish Gentle Sea Salt Facial Exfoliator: $32

You can’t go wrong with a solid exfoliant! I was told this is gentle enough for everyday use (obviously depending on your skin type), but that using approximately three times a week is best to stay on the safe side. Made up of ultra-fine mineral sea salt, papaya extract, Ayurvedic oil, coconut oil and sunflower oil, this product helps smooth away dull, dry skin cells, while drawing out toxins. The end result should be decongested-looking pores and a refined, clarified complexion. I felt a difference immediately, and the mild-as-advertised scrub did not irritate my skin.

(via COOLA)

3. Vital Rush Skin Renewal Serum: $52

This nutrient and vitamin-packed product is made for wake-up and renew morning application. The combination of camu camu extract, goji berry and moringa oil aim to revive the skin’s appearance, while keeping it hydrated and nourished.

4. The Great Barrier Cream Fortifying Moisturizer: $48

Most definitely the personal standout on this list so far, COOLA’s moisturizer is accurately described as a “lightweight yet powerful organic cream.” A little goes a long way with this concentrated formula. I’ve had issues with moisturizers lately, but within just one use of this product, I definitely noticed a difference. My skin looked significantly dewier throughout the day. The formula was made as a resilient barrier to the everyday stressors of the environment. So, in addition to providing a little glow with the help of sea kelp and blue algae extract, the product’s Full Spectrum 360° complex fights the effects from blue light, stress and fatigue. And who can leave out its sleek glass packaging?

5. Rewakening Rosewater Mist Face Spray: $36

Also complete with the brand’s Full Spectrum 360° complex, this midday skin booster is a nourishing refresh, packed with ginseng and green tea extract to help de-puff, brighten and rebalance skin. It also contains cucumber extract, which helps calm and soothe. The vitamin-rich hero ingredient, Damask rosewater, hydrates and refreshes.

coola's rewakening rosewater mist skincare product
(via COOLA)

6. Moon Silk Moisture Recharging Mask: $48

Saving the best of COOLA’s skincare line for last, we’ve got this innovative ultra-hydrating luxury mask. Packed with Snow Mushroom extract for hydration, Kakadu Plum for Vitamin C-rich skin protection—and, once again, COOLA’s signature Full Spectrum 360° complex, this product fights the effects of blue light, pollutants and other skin stressors. Much like the aforementioned moisturizer, a little goes a long way here, so no need to over-apply.

In addition to its skincare benefits, the mask provides a whole experience upon application and wear. A facial mask brush is sold separately ($18) to help apply the formula evenly and sanitarily. Once the consistency is spread, you feel a cooling sensation on your face and see a holographic shimmer. Hello, Instagram! The mask can be rinsed off after 20 minutes or worn overnight for deeper hydration. You can apply as frequently as needed—I’ve used it every night so far! And its sleek glass tub looks dashing, adorning your beauty counter.

coola's moon silk moisture recharging mask
(via COOLA)

Are you on a beauty budget? Click HERE for the best and worst affordable skincare brands, according to TikTok.

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SERUMKIND Just Launched a Concentrated Chaga Mushroom Serum Designed With Your Dry, Winter Skin in Mind

December 2, 2020

While cold, winter air may be soothing to the soul, the same can’t be said for our faces. The next few months will put our skin at peak dryness, and we’ll therefore need specialized skincare products to combat the issue. You’re probably unfamiliar with chaga serum, but I’m here to explain why this may be the answer to your winter woes.

Since launching only a year ago, the brand SERUMKIND has found its place by formulating a handful of single-care serum solutions with rare ingredients found all over the world. Their latest development? A Chaga Charging Drop, just in time for winter.

I was invited to test this highly concentrated chaga serum during its virtual launch, so keep reading for everything you need to know!

1. Chaga Is a Nutrient-Dense Mushroom Found in Siberia

Siberian Chaga Mushrooms are superfoods that contain more nutrients than any other mushroom. They can survive temperatures of under 45 degrees, and people have used them for centuries to boost immunity. When it comes to skincare, the mushrooms contain beta-glucans that help improve the skin’s elasticity and enhance epidermal hydration. As you can see below, these are no average mushrooms.

2. The Chaga Charging Drop Contains 500,000ppm of Chaga Mushroom

Also known as Inonotus Obliquus Extract, the contents of this chaga serum recharges, nourishes and hydrates the skin. It’s a highly concentrated formula, so a little will go a long way in this $55 glass tube. But as celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg pointed out during the launch, the consistency doesn’t get sticky despite how it may appear in its packaging. Though due to its thick formula, Jamie suggests using it as an overnight serum to wake up looking especially hydrated.

serum skincare drips from woman's hands
(Photo courtesy of SERUMKIND)

3. The Serum Can Be Combined With Other Chaga Products for Greater Effect

To coincide with the launch of the Chaga Charging Drop, SERUMKIND also released its first beauty supplement: Chaga Charging Powder ($37). The formula—which comes in a box of 25 powder sticks—can be consumed in the form of a tea or yogurt topping, or can be used by combining the Chaga Charging Drop in the following ways:

Chaga Wash-Off Mask: For a hydrating mask, mix equal parts Chaga Charging Powder with our Chaga Charging Drop and apply all over face as a mask.

Chaga Sugar Scrub: Exfoliate away dead skin cells by combining one packet of Chaga Charging Powder with one tablespoon of brown sugar and one dropper of Chaga Charging Drop.

SERUMKIND just launched its highly concentrated Chaga Charging Drop, a Siberian chaga mushroom serum made to hydrate dry, winter skin. Here's everything you need to know!
(Photo courtesy of SERUMKIND)

For additional new skincare launches we stand by, click HERE for a full review of NUDESTIX’s NUDESKIN line.

Beauty

My Honest Review of Nudestix’s Brand New Nudeskin Skincare Line

October 22, 2020

I’m always fascinated when a popular makeup brand forays into skincare. It seems like the most natural next move, but it’s still interesting to see which products and ingredients they choose to hone in on, and how they plan to hold their own in a heavily concentrated space.

When I received an invite to Nudestix‘s virtual soft launch of their Nudeskin skincare line, (which officially released Oct. 10), my interest was immediately piqued. First, there’s the colorful packaging and clean, vegan ingredients. I also like that the four-part (five-product) system is easy and straightforward, and each size adheres to travel guidelines.

My mailer arrived in a sleek Nudestix branded box with all of the packaging marked “biodegradable.” It came with full sizes of each product, and a branded face towel. There were also easy-to-follow descriptions placed in the order of application. But how did I feel once I put the line to use? Keep reading for my honest Nudeskin review.

Citrus Clean Balm & Make-Up Melt: $34

This citrus-infused cleansing balm includes rose hip fruit oil, essential oils and pore-cleansing oils. This is step one in the two-part cleansing process. This first step is optional, but I made it a point to test the line on a day I was wearing a ton of makeup. So yes, this makeup-melting step was indeed necessary.

I’ve got to say, these are my favorite types of makeup removers. I love feeling thick mascara disintegrate into my fingers. And even though it’s not the prettiest, makeup melts typically get the job done—and this is no exception.

Gentle Hydra-Gel Face Cleanser: $18

As the second step (but first on a minimal makeup day), this non-foaming clean water gel was made to remove natural makeup. It also clarifies skin tone and gently cleanses skin impurities without harsh surfactants and chemicals. It’s developed with bergamot fruit oil, natural AHAs and actives. It’s made to be suitable for the most sensitive skin, reducing inflammation, irritation, blemishes and dryness.

I’m glad this option exists in the line because after product one, I still felt like I needed an additional cleanse to fully remove any lingering makeup. Once this application was complete, my face looked fresh.

Lemon-Aid Detox & Glow Micro-Peel: $34

The third step is a skin clarifying peel that detoxes pores of excess oil, dirt and pollution. Papain enzymes allow for the peeling process, and apple and pomegranate extracts enable deep pore cleansing action. And, of course, Vitamin C renews and brightens the skin.

This is hands-down the best part of my Nudeskin review. This isn’t the most Insta-worthy aspect, but it’s certainly the most satisfying. Who doesn’t love balls of dead skin coming to the face’s surface? And, most importantly, my skin looked even more revived after the process.

5% Citrus Fruit & Glycolic Glow Toner: $28

Next up is the toner, made with a 3% glycolic acid and 2% fruit acid complex. This spa-strength resurfacing treatment is made to accelerate the skin’s cell renewal process by smoothing and brightening, minimizing the appearance of lines and pores, and leaving a plump-and-glowing complexion.

This comes with a push pump that makes the product easy to distribute, and the product’s 3-in-1 formula saves time and effort of having to apply a serum with similar benefits.

Citrus-C Mask & Daily Moisturizer: $38

The final step in the process is the active-rich hydrator. This can be used daily under makeup or overnight as a mask. Fermented yuzu oil and turmeric extract make up the cream. It’s formulated to deeply moisturize skin, gently boost collagen and help reduce environmental inflammation.

I feel a mild sting when I use this product, but that’s a sign the actives are hard at work! My skin feels instantly bouncier and hydrated after its application. There’s a very faint, expected citrus scent, but it goes away a few moments after the product is rubbed in. After completing the five-product process, my skin looks cleansed, hydrated and healthy as you can see in the image below.

Now that this Nudeskin review has you all caught up on your bathroom basics, HERE are the newest CBD skincare products to have on your radar!

Food

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.

Food

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

 

Food Featured

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

Food

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

March 12, 2018

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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