Category Archives: CHOW

Brandon Ravare’s Unique Curated Fall Cocktails At The Los Angeles Athletic Club

October 18, 2018

Nothing says FALL like a swanky cocktail.   

Growing up in NYC, come Fall, my friends and I would walk down to the Plaza and use our fake ID’s to order whatever the” cool” grown up cocktail of the season was. It was usually something dark and mysterious that I would pretend to enjoy, when all I really wanted was a Shirley Temple. I never developed a sophisticated taste for cocktails, despite growing up in the most precocious of cities. That being said, when I taste a craft cocktail – it’s almost as if I have loved them all along. Thank you Brandon Ravare for ushering me into an adult cocktail palate when it comes to your stunning creations.

If you haven’t been over to the historic, swanky and sexy Los Angeles Athletic Club, you are missing out on a true LA classic.

Looking for a chic after-work cocktail spot or somewhere cool to suggest to that Raya date? What about sexy spot for a get together or event? Look no further that the LACC. This is where bar director Brandon Ravare has created a unique new fall cocktail program for you – alas, your bespoke craft cocktail fantasies are all about to come true. And in one of LA’s coolest settings.

Bar Director Brandon Ravare  creations include Carnard Pretentieux – with ingredients including duck fat and thyme-infused cognac – to a very tropical Christmas on Lanai and a refreshing Eastside option – made up of Brokers gin, lime juice, cucumber slices, simple syrup and mint leaves – as well as Autumn Sonata, featuring a cloved sliced pear. Is it 5 o’clock yet?!

Brandon was mentored by Marcos Tello – often credited as the originator of craft cocktails in LA – and, oversees the Club’s bar programs, including the newly-debuted and surf-inspired Kahuna Room as well as Invention, Blue Room and special events.

(The secret recipes you see here!)

Canard Pretentieux –2 oz. Duck Fat and Thyme infused Cognac, .5 Demerara Syrup, .5 Cream, 1 Entire Egg (Tri-Shake and Fine-Strain. Garnish with grated Nutmeg. Whiskey Dram)

Christmas on Lanai’ – .25 oz. Lime Juice, 1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice, .75 oz. Coco Lopez, .25 oz. Hamilton 151 Rum, 1.5 oz. House Made Spiced Rum (Whip and Dump. Garnish with grated cinnamon, mint bush and cinnamon stick. Pilsner Glass)

Paloma with grapefruit and limes – .5 oz. Lime Juice, .5 oz. Agave Syrup, 2 oz. Grapefruit Juice, 1.5 oz. Los Altos Blanco Tequila (Top with Tonic Water. Toss and Strain. Salted Rim and Lime Wedge. Pilsner Glass)

Autumn Sonata with Absolut Elyx and pear – .75 oz. Lime Juice, .75 oz. Ginger Syrup, 1 oz. St. George Spiced Pear Liquer, 1 oz. Absolut Elyx (Top with Shramsberg Blanc de Blanc. Toss & Strain.Garnish with Cloved Pear Slice.Collins Glass)

Eastside with the cucumber ribbon -6 to 8 Mint Leaves,  2 Cucumber Slices, 1 oz. Lime Juice, .75 Simple Syrup, 2 oz. Brokers Gin (Muddle, Shake and Fine-Strain. Garnish with Mint Leaf)

American Trilogy –1 oz. Rittenhouse Rye, 1 oz. St. George Apple Brandy, 1 Brown Sugar Cube, Dash of Orange Bitters (Muddle, Stir and Strain. Garnish with an Orange Peel. Double Old-Fashioned Glass)

Los Angeles Athletic Club
431 West Seventh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 625-2211

  

H FACTOR WATER

October 9, 2018

Katie Welch looking gorg with H Factor.

When a new hydration situation pops into view, we get excited – VERY EXCITED.

Here’s the deal – plain and simple:
“Because Hydrogen is the smallest molecule and it is a carrier, it bonds with the compound molecule of water and permeates the water directly into your organs and tissues and muscles. your brain is a giant muscle so it reduces inflammation and hydrates you in real time.”

People have had results of, clearer skin, energy boosts, relief from chronic pain, and so many more.

HYDROGEN INFUSED WATER IS CLINICALLY PROVEN TO
INCREASE
ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
REDUCE INFLAMMATION
FROM EXERCISE

DELIVER POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS 

 

The water comes in both a can and eco-conscious pouches which are built to hold the perfect proportion of hydrogen. The pouches are my perfect handy go-to. I am never not thirsty. I seriously suffer from a chronic dry mouth. These light weight pouches save me from lugging around bottles of water all day and I now just make sure they are tossed into all my bags, my car…well…everywhere. My kids are obsessed and anything that makes drinking water fun for kids…I AM IN!!

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Get Ready To Roll Back To School With Saje

August 20, 2018

It’s back-to-school peeps.  I’m stressed. My kid is stressed.

Think about it – your kid has six bosses in six different classes that they report to at 7:30 am only to go home after eight long hours- not including after school extracurriculars- to labor over loads of homework and study material for their AP classes and SATs. Wow. School really sucks.

Over-scheduled. Under-slept. Overly-stressed.

Rest assured, Saje Natural Wellness has over 500, all-natural, safe and effective products to help your kid stay healthy during the nine months of arduous schooling that’s to come in just a few short weeks.

The Ready to Roll Blend Bar ($50.95) equips any student, no matter their age, with plant-based remedies formulated to boost energy, stimulate the brain, and keep the mind clear and calm.

· Contains:
o Brainstorm – refreshing and invigorating creating a sense of balance and heightened awareness
o Energy – natural pick me up with stimulating rosemary essential oil
o Stress Release – calming and grounding to be used throughout the day or night creating a sense of relaxation
o Peppermint Halo – revitalizing peppermint helps immediately transport you to a state of alertness, focus and support

 

ROYAL GHEE by FLORA Ex MACHINA Raw Honey | Ghee | Greens | Adaptogenic Herbs 

August 16, 2018

 CRUSHING on this ROYAL GHEE OMG!!

obsessed and addicted. i made ice-cream last night with bananas, almond butter, a ton of powders and my Royal Ghee and it was better than any fancy ‘real’ ice cream i’ve had. and my kids LOVE IT!  we are using it on everything!  created by holistic nutritionist Alle Weil,
this is more than a product – Royal Ghee is heart, soul, passion and science.

 WHAT:

Raw Honey | Ghee | Greens | Adaptogenic Herbs 

A whipped spread made from the most nutritive ingredients on earth.

Inspired by the traditional nutritive Ayurvedic spread, Chyawanprash – we’ve taken the same principles, and Westernized and modernized the overall vibe and ingredients into a whipped honey butter with benefits.

Sourced from the finest organic ingredients including grass-fed, pastured and traditionally made ghee, raw California wildflower honey, and a blend of medicinal and alkalizing greens, adaptogenic herbs, grounding roots, and immunity-boosting mushrooms, Royal Ghee provides a daily boost of nutrition and energy with the flavor of a decadent treat.

Royal Ghee is a thick and creamy, whipped spread that can be consumed daily as a nutritive boost by the spoonful, added to smoothies, “bulletproof” tea and coffee, spread onto toast, and slathered as icing…the possibilities are endless.

Ingredients:

A proprietary blend of grass-fed and pastured ghee, raw California wildflower honey,  Tocotrienols derived from organically grown brown rice. (It is a super concentrated source of bioavailable vitamins E and D, with a high antioxidant count.)

Greens and Algae: Moringa, cracked cell-wall chlorella, nettles, barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina, spinach, alfalfa, dandelion leaf, kelp, dulse

Roots, Berries and Fruit: whole schizandra concentrate, beet root, lemon and orange peel

Mushrooms: reishi extract, maitake extract, shiitake extract, chaga extract, turkey tail extract, beta-d-glucans, reishi triterpenoids…and a touch of pink himalayan salt.

And the blog is filled with recipes! Run and grab a bottle or two or ten. 

When You Just Need Pizza : Wood Silverlake

July 22, 2018

Love a good neighborhood spot to grab an easy pizza. But when it’s wood fired, with yummy veggie offerings and salads – I get super happy. We popped over to Wood Silverlake and I’m still having ordering regret that I didn’t try more than the 4 Cheese and truffle pizza! My kids wanted pasta so we ordered two dishes – a classic meatball and a veggie mix and while they were both gobbled up – the pizza is the star. My eyes kept tracking all the pizzas as they came out and I was saying we need to try more pizza!! But everyone was full. Self included. The sides of veggies (crispy brussels in tahini with pomegrante gastrique, coal roasted spaghetti squash with fontina, rosemary brown butter sauce – YES, this is how you make spaghetti squash actually taste amazing! and the roasted cauliflower with za’tar, currants and chermoula). Of course we had to see what the non-pasta entrees were about so we tried the wild scottish salmon and it was grilled to perfection and resting over a mound of couscous with marinated tomato, olives and tzatziki.

We pounded the cannoli and banana cream pie and were stuffed and happy and convinced we had to go back and order ‘all the pizzas’. Wood is easy, breezy, perfect to grab a bite, meet a friend, a chill non-fancy first date. We sat on the open patio and on the corner of Sunset and for the peeps who live over there it ‘s prob the go to for great wood fired pizza. For us it was totally worth the 20 minute drive. The service was attentive, warm and fantastic. OH!! I am also having FOMO about the grilled escarole caesar that looked amazing. Next time!!

2861 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, California
(323) 667-9940

“We offer many shareable wood-fired dishes, including several vegetarian
options as well as an array of traditional Neapolitan pizzas.”