Dining via Rooftop in BH

I have been crazy busy the last few days with work, but after the end of our deal, our fabulous partner took the deal team out for a celebratory lunch. We chose The Roof Garden at The Peninula Hotel in Beverly Hills – on the top floor (5th), outdoors, and by the pool...pretty much exactly where you wish you were on a sunny Thursday afternoon in LA. We called ahead and scored a cabana table, so we had pool views on one side and Little Santa Monica Blvd on the other. If we all weren’t so dead tired and in business clothes, you’d think we were on vacation.

I’d highly recommend the Lobster BLT, made on brioche and served with sweet potato fries. Is it just me, or are sweet potato fries such an LA hipster thing? They are literally everywhere, on every menu, and I don’t recall that being the case in Santa Barbara or the bay area. But The Roof Garden definitely exceeded my expectations with regards to the fries, and everything else. It’s a bit pricey, though, so not a daily lunch recommendation of course (unless you’re dining with the Jolie-Pitts).



Volleyball and Spiked Lemonade

Anyone near a beach in California should be required to hit up AVP – a bunch of hot volleyball players and a laid back beach vibe? Yes please! Lucky for me, I have a friend who lives practically beachside in the lovely Hermosa Beach, so we hiked it over to the boardwalk to partake in some drinks and boys in boardshorts. We hit up Hennessey’s and were feeling pretty fabulous after 3 spiked lemonades and some irish nachos. We commingled with the AVP crew for a bit, then decided a nap on the beach was in order. I haven’t been in the water at the beach in years, so I waded out a bit...it’s really the simple things like that that are the best. And make me feel pretty blessed to live in such close proximity to the SoCal beach anytime I feel like tanning past my own rooftop!


LA Birthday Debauchery

A run-down of the most amazing, fabulous birthday weekend I’ve experienced thus far.

Thursday Night –
My best friend flew into LAX from the SF Bay Area. We went to Irish Times a bar just a few blocks from my apartment. Random location, under the freeway practically, but this place is DARLING and I will most definitely be heading back there. Loves it!

Friday –

After a half day at work, I picked up Rach and we headed over to the Century City Westfield mall. Love this place – plus it’s a block from my office, so we’re pretty much regulars over there for lunch on a weekly basis. We did a bit of shopping, then hit up Pink Taco’s happy hour. After three hours of food and drinks the bill was only $45 – phenomenal, thank you 2 for 1 drink specials! A few more of the girls met up with us for Sex and the City opening night, and although we got there an HOUR before showtime, we were still towards the end of the line. Go figure! LOVED the movie. Seriously, amazing. After the film I finally got my first LA celeb sighting – Michelle Trachtenberg had caught the flick with some of her friends. I’m a fan of her, so that was awesome. The night was done and done after that – so tired!

Saturday –

My birthday! Yippee! Woke up and went to 3rd Street Promenade for more shopping/Farmer’s Market. After hurrying home at noonish, my family showed up with my new couches and bday goodies! Sprinkles cupcakes, presents, and we FINALLY had our cable and internet installed. All excellent presents.

Dinner at Father’s Office, then getting ready for ridiculous birthday antics at The Parlor in Santa Monica. Mucho thanks to all my incredible friends who came out to celebrate with me – I had fun, probably too much fun! But birthdays come only once a year, right?

Sunday –

After a lot of laying around watching TV, we hit up Ketchup for ½ off Sunday dinner. Yet again, amazing...I really do enjoy this place.

*tear* no more birthday debauchery for another year! But that’s OK...I’m not ready to get any older just yet, hah.