THE JON TAFFER DEAL OF APPROVAL
Nightclub & Bar Media Group has named Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure park “Best Cocktail Bar” in its annual Nightclub & Bar Awards, “the best and brightest movers and shakers in nightlife.”
“Receiving this award means the recipient has demonstrated the skill and innovation needed to succeed and excel in this highly competitive business,” says Jon Taffer, president of Nightclub & Bar Media Group.
Cocktails at Carthay Circle Lounge are handcrafted by mixologists with attention to detail, from unique glassware, gourmet garnishes to drink-specific ice. Classics like a Manhattan, Pisco Sour and Negroni are the foundation, with inventive Carthay Circle creations like the Tequila Daisy with an edible viola flower and the Sparkling Mare made with Iron Horse sparkling wine. California craft beers and world-class wines round out the drink menu.
And the setting is part of the charm, in a building inspired by the original Carthay Circle Theatre in Hollywood with Spanish Revival architecture and an interior that tells the story of the relationship of Carthay Circle Theatre to the Walt Disney Company, with photos and artifacts from the 1937 premiere of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Disney’s first feature-length animated film. The interior of the 68-seat bar and wine lounge is reminiscent of the grand palace movie days.
A delicious menu pairs well with the classic cocktails. Divided into Bites and Snacks, Rolls, Small Plates and Desserts, tastes range from Santa Monica deviled eggs with smoked salmon to duck confit sliders with apricot conserve, watercress, crisp onions and Taleggio cheese.
The lounge is open daily from 11:30 a.m. until park closing.
Here’s a recipe for one of our favorite cocktails:
Double Pear Martini
1. Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a Chilean baby Pear.
Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park Named ‘Best Cocktail Bar’ by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
“You think that’s all I do, I’m just a ditz with a credit card?” asked Cher Horowitz in Clueless, as she wondered if her hobby of hanging out in a shopping mall might dent her chance of true love. Well, Karl Lagerfeld seems to approve of ditzes with credit cards, the world over. In fact, he erected a shopping centre (they called it that, but it was more of a hypermarket) themed around Chanel in their honour, at the Grand Palais, where prices are 20-50% up, not off, and everything came with the perma-cool cachet of Chanel branding and referencing.
The oooh-ing and aaah-ing of this particular Chanel set, topped last season’s faux art gallery. It took at least forty-five minutes just to get people to sit down at their seats because they couldn’t resist wandering through the shopping aisles, feasting their eyes on product, glorious product. A leg of Jambon Cambon? Risotto rice a la Venere Elsa? Aunt Adrienne’s Configure? A bottle of cleaning mousse called Boy? Coco Pops cereal? The list went on and on. An Instagram barrage of pics and selfies ensued (woe upon the ppl who only follow fashion peeps and had their feeds bombarded by samey images). Like kids in a candy store, we indulged. Some people overdid it.
Once we finally did sit down, we got clothes. Lots of them. Brilliant clothes at that. They sparkled, shimmered and were texturally rich, as it always had been at Chanel. Later in the showroom, you could liken many of the surfaces to hundreds and thousands or elaborate cupcake decorations. Lagerfeld has been pushing a “sportier” silhouette. Well, as sporty as a pair of tweed tracksuit bottoms and matching jacket can be. The trainers, a trickle down from the couture show, helped wave the sporty flag. In this pick n’ mix, there was something for everyone (I didn’t see them in the show but turns out there was actual dolly bead candy jewellery just to aassert the whole sweet analogy). Next season’s kitsch-o-rama bag will be the 2.55 encased in a lamb’s leather covered polystyrene-a-like tray and wrapped in cling film (yes it will be produced exactly like this for the customer to do with the cling film as they wish) or the wire basket covered in Chanel chains. Some Chanel-nuts will be toting them around the Harrods Food Hall for sure. Models did their very best to do the shopwalk, pushing trolleys, carrying baskets and contemplating whether a bag of Chanel cotton balls was a sound purchase. They walked repeatedly in front of you so you could look at the clothes. Yes, this was still about the clothes, despite the setup.
That said, the punchline of this spectacle occurred after the models had done their campy exits with Lagerfeld dragging out a bratty Cara Delevigne, who had overloaded the shopping trolley. It was announced that the Chanel Shopping Centre would be closing and that we could help ourselves to complimentary fruit and veg. Instead though, editors pounced on the non-perishable items with the Mademoiselle Prive doormats being the number one prized item to go first (Katie Grand nabbed the first one I think) followed by Chanel gardening gloves and safety tabards. They were veritable Chanel-branded garments afterall and this audience’s appetite needed to be sated.
I watched in vague fear and slight bemusement. I was thinking when something is too good to be true, it often is. I gingerly picked up a Chanel biscuit tin, slightly disappointed that nothing was inside. I could have done with a biscuit brekkie. Then news started to filter in that security guards were confiscating everyone’s loot (the lady who filled up two bin bags worth of stuff must have been gutted). Nothing was to be taken, apart from the fruit and veg and bags of candy (Chanel jacket shaped gummy sweet, anyone?). That was Lagerfeld getting the last laugh. You can look and touch, but don’t you take. That’s pretty much Chanel in a nutshell for most of the population unless you buy into the fruit/veg equivalent in the make-up and perfume.
People have been taking umbrage at the perceived idea that Lagerfeld is making some smirking comment on 21st century consumerism. PoT, kettle and black, they say. On the contrary, Lagerfeld is celebrating it and exercising his ferocious skill of instilling primal desire, which he has done so well at Chanel over the years. It’s a deliberately over-the-top showcase of canny dexterity, that’s even a touch arrogant. Lagerfeld has earned that show-off right. Those that also criticissed the show for going overboard on the kitsch afnd that Coco Chanel would be rolling in her grave – well, as witnessed here, kitsch sells. If a group of fashion industry insiders went insane at this Chanel Supermarket Sweep, think what would mainstream consumers do? Come August/September, they’ll ooh and aah over the shop displays, walk into the stores and touch up the clingfilm bags and a small minority will buy the lot of it. The Chanel Shopping Center is open to everyone to engage with, but for the select few, they get to walk out of the door with goods in hand. Credit card ditzes wait in anticipation.
I want to eat this
But why stop there? You could pretty confidently argue that you’ve happened upon a lucky series of life choices when you get to spend half an hour on a Wednesday morning at Whole Foods debating what you’d like to put on your party bread in addition to butter and cheese. There was so much to consider! I considered rarebit-ing it, with a boiled mess of butter, beer, mustard powder, paprika, cayenne, Worcestershire and a scattering of cheddar that I might dream about tonight. I wondered if we ought to go French, with gruyere, shallots and herbes de provence or style it like an American baked potato, with chives and bacon, sour cream and cheese. And then I realized that I’ve never once covered garlic bread on this site and was suddenly filled with purpose and couldn’t wait to get home and start playing in the kitchen.
not the best neighborhood but a decent house
Open House: Saturday February 22, 2014 between 1 PM - 4 PM
Sunday, February 23, 2014 between 1 PM - 4 PM
915 North Avenue 63, Garvanza
Beds, Baths: 3 beds, 3 baths
Floor Area: 1,400 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: ""You're so sweet. You're so fine. I want you all and everything~~~just to be mine, yes you're my~~~" You know that song in your head that you have a love affair with? This Transitional-Craftsman is like just like that. Step away, but you keep coming back to this foxy space, with it's perfect blend of modern niceties (like en suite Master Bedroom) and nod to it's vintage roots. No wallflower this beauty. Color is used to play with the light, making your experience one to remember, and come back to. This home's concept wizard, and LA-based design firm, Agofufu, have teamed up on this residential project, and is creating a colorful buzz in the hills of Highland Park's treasured, historical neighborhood, Garvanza. Positioned on 2 lots, 2 APN#'s, the second has gone through HPOZ approval to build upon (buyer to do their due-diligence)."
The same lyrical steward who gave us the beloved "Yorklandia" listing is back again with a new listing and a new way to make us feel warm and foxy on the inside. Keller Williams agent Deirdre Salomone has once again crafted a story around a house that might otherwise be unexceptional and go unnoticed. Bravo, Ms. Salomone! You're making us believe in love and the need to do our due diligence.
· 915 North AVENUE 63, Los Angeles, CA 90042 [Redfin]
this is our kitten.
I will never see anything this magnificent again so I should just die now.
A Pomeranian in the Agility Ring during the first-ever Masters Agility Championship in New York at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
the last cat looks like it could be Vivien's cousin.
this is where I work and the noise is outrageous. they gave us some sprinkles cupcakes to make up for it though.
D&D Advertising 5700 and 5750 Wilshire will have more room to make power deals and smoke furtively behind plants—the actual courtyard of the Wilshire Courtyard office buildings in Miracle Mile, famous for its role on Melrose Place, is in the midst of a major renovation. Owner Tishman Speyer, which bought the campus in 2012, is bringing in new landscaping to the courtyard and adding planter boxes and covered seating. Upgrades are also coming to the building itself, with tweaks to the valet lobby, new light fixtures in common corridors, and restroom remodels; plus the "exterior trim, balcony planters, and interior atrium trim will be repainted a modern steel-like color." Work wraps in the fall.
· Miracle Mile's Wilshire Courtyard Undergoes Major Renovations [Larchmont Buzz]
I need to write to Maru's owner and ask how they get the cats to love each other.
let us live there
According to public records, this Laurel Canyon post and beam, designed by architect Don Hensman in 1958, last traded hands about a year ago for $625,000. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any photos floating around the web that show what the house looked like at the time of this transaction, but given its relatively low sale price, we'd venture to guess it wasn't in prime condition. Per its listing, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath residence "has been updated from the ground up, with installation of new major systems, including updated copper plumbing, tankless water heater, recessed/track lighting, new roof, HVAC, and custom hardscape, and landscape." It's also got a new kitchen and redone bathrooms with "custom walnut cabinetry, Caesarstone counters, commercial-grade Thermador appliances, new designer ceramic floors," and new lights and fixtures. Other features of the 1,955-square-foot modern house include walls of glass, beamed ceilings (painted white, sigh), a brick fireplace (also painted white), and a "reflecting pond." Sited on an 8,242-square-foot lot, it's now hoping to fetch $1.55 million.
Come on, did you really think the web of bridges at Glendale and Hyperion in Silver Lake/Atwater Village would be built with all that blatant car-favoritism in its design, without a bike lane or even a crosswalk on it? With an "explosion of public comment" and a swiftness to rally that surprised even the rallyers themselves, a public advisory committee was formed shortly after those car-centric plans were unveiled and quickly set about altering the course of the bridges. Now three new community-sourced plans, revealed at a meeting last week, all include bike lanes, at least one sidewalk, and a road diet, reports Streetsblog. The debate now is all about sidewalks—how many to have, and where to have them? Whether or not any of the plans actually comes to be depends on an extension of the grant for the retrofit (the extension was applied for last fall so that any changes made to the design would have a chance of being implemented), but both the mayor's office and the folks at the Bureau of Engineering feel pretty confident that will happen.
sadly, mine won't be as elaborate as this, but there will be more than just chips and dip.
There are wings to be eaten, chips to be dipped, and nachos to be devoured this Sunday during the Super Bowl. But before you finalize your menu, take a second and consider the not-so-humble Snackadium (snack + stadium) that most definitely deserves a spot in your festivities.
this is a noble, yet expensive endeavor.
A recent delivery to our office of rum — made by the one and only Kenny Chesney — has inspired us to have an official celebrity spirit tasting by a panel of The Kitchn's finest! Once we gather enough celebrity-signed liquors, we will let you know which celeb makes a good drink, and who shouldn't quit their day job. Know of a liquor with celebrity ties? Send it our way so we can give it our official review.
And, while we are waiting for the spirits to flow in, we decided to throw a Celebrity Spirit Happy Hour here at our NYC office! Read on to see what drinks we served and how they measured up in terms of star power...
one of my old instructors from art school now has a shop where she sells one of a kind pottery pieces (mostly dinner/serve ware). Here is her note about this piece:
"Below is example of pink blush
picked up during firing. The glaze is
white and is blushed by some other
glaze in the kiln that has cobalt in
like the pink moment in Ojai where
the striped Topa Topa mountains
takes on a pink tone."
Unless it flies Vivien is not interested.
I don't think I have ever been drunk enough to bang in a restaurant.
a teen wolf blind perhaps?
I love the purple lipstick
Lupita Nyong’o church stomping the limited color palette prescribed to dark skinned women
This may have already been shared but worth another look.
Sunnyvale, CA-based artist Hoang Tran (previously featured here) continues to create so many awesome pop culture-based crayon sculptures that we can’t help but share some more. Last time we featured crayon sculptures of Adventure Time characters. Today we’re treated to carved and painted pieces from Doctor Who, Spirited away, Star Wars, Hellboy, The Sandman, and sweet little BMO (who was still a work in progress last time).
[via Design Fetish]
every girl's life