So this post comes a few days late, but I’ve had quite the past few days – I’m still in a bit of a transition phase when it comes to my living arrangements, but more on that later.
This past weekend was the Primetime Emmy’s – my first time working them was last year, when I covered a few of the LA hot spots for the magazine. This year I started off the weekend on Friday morning, scooping up my former roommate in my new car, and went over to the Chateau Marmont for breakfast. It was a cool, brisk, overcast morning, so I started with a warm cappuccino, followed by the Croque Madam – a delicious, gooey, completely non-dietetic French breakfast dish. Bread, ham, cheese, topped with egg – a must try.
We sat out on the patio, where a lush garden is decorated with eclectic lamps and tables, all hidden away behind the vast wall that separates us from Sunset Boulevard. Fellow diners included the stunning Padma Lakshmi, from Top Chef.
We capped off our meal with a vat of hot chocolate (no really.. See photo), before heading off to the Grove for a little retail therapy. We hit Nordstrom (a new pair of Ray-Bans), then Top Shop (2 black skirts, standard).
Saturday I figured I’d work off the meal and went on a bike ride with a friend. We rode from her place in Westwood to the ocean in Santa Monica – then back. It was my first time riding on the streets of LA (or any streets, for that matter), and while it was a little scary winding my way through traffic, it was also incredibly exhilarating, and fun. The weather was perfect – low 70′s, clear skies, a slight breeze – a beautiful day to transition into the fall season.
We hit up the local CPK after our ride for a bottle of white, a plate of appetizers, and a pizza each (which we both finished). We shared a piece of red velvet cake while sipping on champagne, sitting on the patio in the middle of Westwood Village. The UCLA students were moving back in, so the town was in full swing.
The weekend ended at Sunset Tower with my boyfriend – one of his favorite spots. He loves the Terrace club (grilled chicken on ciabatta, aioli, bacon, roasted tomatoes, crispy onions, arugula, & gruyere cheese) so much, we replicated our own version which we make at home. Even though it’s not on the dinner menu, they were nice enough to make it for us. I tried their sliders (amazing, and quite large), and the Mac N Cheese (also fantastic, rich, with breadcrumbs on top). The restaurant is dark and you have to lean in close to see each other over the candlelight – a pianist playing in the background. I highly recommend Sunset Tower for just about any meal, any time.
Friends and food – 2 of life’s most simple, yet wonderful pleasures.