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3 Cocktails (and Accompanying Bites) You Must Try in L.A. This Summer

July 22, 2015

I usually stray from specialty cocktails and opt for wine or vodka-soda because of the headache-causing overload of syrup and sugar in many drinks. But, at three incredible L.A. restaurants, I recently had the pleasure of trying several different beverages that were refreshing and flavorful, without weighing me down.

After much thought, here are the three cocktails (paired with equally delicious bites) that I insist you must try this summer:

TheSpringsCocktail1. The Strawberry Sake-Tini at The Springs in downtown L.A. is one of the most refreshing beverages I have had in a while. Made from natural ingredients, this sake cocktail tastes everything like the most delicious vodka-based libation. If you recall, I first tried the wellness oasis’ sake cocktails back in April – and with the change of season, they are still nailing their concoctions.  The vegan restaurant just launched its new summer menu, courtesy of Executive Chef Michael Falso. And my beverage of choice went delightfully alongside the samosas, which tasted straight out of my favorite Indian restaurant, sans the grease and heavy taste. Other highlights from the summer menu include, squash blossoms, “cheese” plate and beet tartare.

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The Springs

608 Mateo St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

213.223.6226

DistrictCocktail2. The Hot Asian at The District by Hannah An has the perfect kick of spice and dash of sweetness without being overbearing on either end. This satisfying sip is made from lemongrass-infused Loft and Bear vodka, organic Vietnamese chili agave and fresh squeezed lime juice, garnished with lime zest and Vietnamese chili. I enjoyed my beverage with a chicken satay starter (the accompanying peanut sauce is out of this world!), a side of flavorful Chinese broccoli and a main course of District Wok Lobster. The upscale Vietnamese eatery serves portions that are every bit as filling as they are delicious!

The District by Hannah An

8722 W. 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90048

310.278.2345

Esterel_Cocktail_Skyelyfe3. The Myrtille Smash at Sofitel Los Angeles hotel’s Esterel is my favorite beverage to sip on outside in the beautiful garden terrace of the newly renovated restaurant. Made with Bulleit Rye whiskey, blueberry jam, lemon, simple syrup and black walnut bitters, this unique concoction by mixologist Ferrari Watts pairs wonderfully with the menu’s highly touted zucchini beignets, grass-fed ribeye with summer vegetable succotash and Anson Mills grits.

Esterel at Sofitel L.A.

8555 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90048

310.358.3979

Beauty Angelenos

Ladies! Tanya Heath’s Simple New Shoe Concept Will Have You Clicking Your Heels – Literally!

May 6, 2015
Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Tanya Heath Paris opened its first U.S. boutique on Friday, and the upscale women’s shoe line isn’t just another brand of expensive footwear.

The Tanya Heath concept – a seemingly simple one that involves interchangeable heels – isn’t one that has existed prior. So, when I entered its Robertson Blvd. grand opening celebration, I began scratching my head in awe of not only how colorful the store merchandise is, but also how this idea hasn’t already been done!

Complete with a slew of varying shapes, heights and materials of heels, this little Los Angeles shop toasted its big debut with champagne and a never-ending supply of tray passed gourmet Vietnamese bites from The District by Hannah An.

Owned by Pame Schmider, the store also sells a large selection of actual shoes to mix and match with the heels. Inside the sole of the shoes, there is a little button you click to attach and detach the heels. And voila! One pair of shoes, several different looks!

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

Photo credit: Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tanya Heath

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DWTS’ Peta Murgatroyd Performs a Shimmy While Hosting Joico’s Hair Shake Launch Party in L.A.

May 5, 2015
Photo credit: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Joico

Photo credit: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Joico

Joico put on quite the hair affair Thursday night at The District by Hannah An, a new upscale Vietnamese eatery located at 8722 W. 3rd St. in L.A.

Dancing with the StarsPeta Murgatroyd hosted the event, which celebrated the launch of Joico’s new liquid-to-powder Hair Shake texturizing product. She was joined by the line’s celebrity hairstylist spokesperson Paul Norton of West Hollywood’s Sally Hershberger salon.

Guests at the fete noshed on delicious appetizers (I couldn’t stop stuffing myself with chicken skewers and other such delights), sipped on signature “Shaketini” cocktails, created slow motion hair-whipping videos and took in a hair demonstration by Paul. But the highlight of the bash was certainly the private shimmy attendees got to witness from Peta (you can view it on my Instagram right here). Everyone left the event with a bag of goodies, including (obviously) the brand new product!

Photo credit: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Joico

Photo credit: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Joico

Photo credit: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Joico

Photo credit: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Joico

Photo credit: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Joico

Photo credit: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Joico

Photo credit: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Joico

Photo credit: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Joico

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