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Sunny Spot Birthday Fun

5 Dec

We recently had the opportunity to celebrate our good friend, Jeff’s birthday. We don’t usually ‘go over the hill’ to trendy places unless it’s to celebrate with friends and this trip did not disappoint. The location for the dinner was Sunny Spot in Venice near Abbott Kinney, a trendy hole in the wall type place with amazing Caribbean food and crafted cocktails.

Since we are not regulars in the Santa Monica/Venice area and construction on the wretched 405 causes such unpredictable traffic we left pretty early and ended up getting to enjoy a drink at the bar before the rest of the party arrived. On the recommendation of our talented bar tender, my hubby got a Rittinghouse Rye Whiskey and I held to my normal standard (when champagne is not appropriate) a salted rim margarita on the rocks. I must say that it was one of the best tasting I have had in a good while. We realized that we had been to this particular location back when it was a bar called Beachwood, which was a cool place, but Sunny Spot proved to be better in my opinion.

This was a great location for the birthday dinner since it’s casual, fits large groups of people, and has awesome food. We had mofongo (a dish made with plantains, bacon, fennel, garlic, Red Stripe, rum, herbs, and ginger oil), calamari, a delicious steak sandwich with avocado mash, jalapeno vinaigrette, ┬ápickled red onions on ciabatta, and yucca fries – which were totally delicious! We ended the night with an amazing birthday cake that Jeff’s girlfriend, Katrina brought from the King’s Hawaiian Restaurant (I know, I only thought they made rolls!) which was lighter than air chocolate chiffon – probably one of the best cakes I have had lately. It was a great night out with lots of fun people and I am glad we were able to come out to celebrate Jeff’s birthday!

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Anniversary Dinner

10 Sep

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My husband and I shared our 4th wedding anniversary recently and in our usual fashion we wanted to try a restaurant we’ve never been to before. This time around we tried out Paul Martin’s American Bistro and it was fabulous. The atmosphere was nice but not stuffy or uncomfortable. The wait staff was very friendly and courteous. The restaurant is known for serving local, some organic, and all made in house artisan foods. It was quite delicious. One thing that I can’t get out of my mind is their heirloom tomato and burata salad with a balsamic reduction (pictured), I was in heaven. I can’t wait to go back and discover more that they have to offer.