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Enjoy a Santa Monica Dining Experience at FIG Restaurant

 

Experience Fig Restaurant

People travel from all over the world to experience Santa Monica’s sunny weather and waterfront attractions. FIG Restaurant is a beachside restaurant that encapsulates the Santa Monica lifestyle with outdoor, poolside seating and a menu of indulgent dishes. During your stay in Los Angeles, book a reservation at this inviting venue to wine and dine in style on the Westside.




Location

FIG Restaurant is located in the stunning Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in the heart of Santa Monica’s Downtown area. Just minutes from the Santa Monica Pier, and steps away from the bustling 3rd Street Promenade, FIG offers a prime location for beginning a day of exploring or starting off a night on the town. Popular neighborhood bar The Bungalow is right next door, giving FIG guests an ideal destination to mix and mingle after dinner. FIG is a favorite for those looking to enjoy a fine dining experience with a California coastal ambiance.




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Atmosphere

Walk through the lobby of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows to check in for your reservation at FIG Restaurant. Enter to find a welcoming atmosphere of rustic furnishings with modern touches. Greenery hangs from above as you dine in the inviting bright and airy dining room. An indoor-outdoor feel is created through floor-to-ceiling windows that open into an unparalleled patio space. Take in the ocean breeze with a seat on the terrace overlooking The Fairmont Miramar’s sparkling swimming pool, surrounded by the classic California backdrop of palm trees and sunny skies.




Menu

The star of FIG Restaurant is a menu of thoughtfully crafted, seasonal cuisine guests can enjoy during breakfast, brunch or dinner. Ingredients come from locally-sourced farmer’s markets and handpicked speciality foragers throughout Southern California. This means FIG dishes may change depending on ingredient availability, placing the quality of the final product as a top priority. The modern style of cooking comes from French-trained Executive Chef Jason Prendergast, who champions his relationships with local farmers to maintain access to the best harvests.

Start your morning with an enticing Smoked Salmon Benedict or Mexican-style Chilaquiles Rojo, or try out more traditional breakfast dishes like pancakes and waffles. Get in the Santa Monica brunch spirit by visiting midday to enjoy their fresh Market Oysters, signature Maine Lobster, or delicious Foraged Mushroom pizza. Dinner will be unforgettable when you feast upon their selection of appetizers like Wagyu Beef Tartare, pastas like the Cacio e Pepe or Maine Lobster Rigatoni, and entrees like the California Halibut or Mary’s Half Roasted Chicken. Top your night off with a scoop of Housemade Sorbet or Ice Cream for a sweet and satisfying dessert.




Poolside Cinema

During the summer, FIG Restaurant adds to the already impressive dining experience to include a Poolside Cinema program. Buy tickets to watch classic, family movie favorites screened around the Fairmont Miramar’s swimming pool. Your ticket is credited towards your meal at FIG and includes complimentary popcorn, with guests of the hotel receiving the extra perk of a complimentary cinema ticket. Enjoy dinner and a movie in a unique way by reserving your spot for this fun, summer experience.

 

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    Wine and Dine at The Best Restaurants in San Francisco

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    Bon Appétit

    San Francisco is known for its beautiful architecture, vibrant culture and innovative tech landscape, making it one of the most interesting cities in the world. With impressive restaurants on every corner, there are plenty of places to take in a quality dining experience during your visit to the Bay. Make the most of your business trip or vacation when you indulge in some of the best restaurants in San Francisco.




    Flour + Water

    The seasonal menu at Flour + Water keeps guests coming back for more to enjoy this inviting, classic restaurant with a neighborhood feel. Situated in the Mission District, you’ll taste some of the best pasta in San Francisco made with unique combinations of vibrant flavors. Their newer sister restaurant, Flour + Water Pizzeria, is also a go-to for a taste of a delicious pie.




    Ayala

    You’ll find delicious seafood creations at Ayala, located at the Hotel G in Union Square. Sky-high ceilings create an enviable ambiance to enjoy their menu of fish, shellfish and an impressive raw bar. Your dining experience is topped off with a buzz from their menu of freshly-made cocktails. 




    Monsieur Benjamin

    The flavorful dishes at Monsieur Benjamin are sure to please your palate with Parisian fare in the heart of Hayes Valley. The modern reinventions of French classics, including steak tartare, escargot and frog legs, bring new life to traditional recipes. This bistro won’t disappoint during your next French cuisine craving.

    Fiorella

    If you’re in the mood for Italian, Fiorella in Outer Richmond is the place to go with wood-fired pizzas and antipasti made by Brookyln-born chefs. Order from their diverse wine list to bring even more flavor to the savory selection. Their wallpaper featuring the faces of San Francisco icons makes this outpost a neighborhood staple, along with its newer sister restaurant Fiorella Polk Street.

    Tartine Manufactory

    As an extension of its Bakery predecessor, the Mission’s Tartine Manufactory has grown to be a local favorite for unparalleled pastries by day and an appetizing dinner menu by night. The bright and airy atmosphere complements the fresh fare of sandwiches and salads alongside its dreamy evening ambiance filled with the scent of seasoned vegetables and meats.

    Nopa

    The rustic environment at Nopa brings authenticity to your dining experience with American, Mediterranean and Italian-inspired cuisine. Anyone who can appreciate a good burger will enjoy their signature dish paired with delicious craft cocktails. 

    Liholiho Yacht Club

    The Hawaiian cuisine at Nob Hill’s Liholiho Yacht Club keeps guests returning to enjoy the sophisticated, fun environment. The exclusive spot keeps reservations filled due to its mouth-watering menu featuring ingredients like kimchi, peanuts and pineapple, evoking Asian influences with a Californian flair.

    Marlowe

    This inviting eatery brings a lively energy to its Soma surroundings with a bustling clientele of revelers. Sink your teeth into their menu of mouth-watering favorites ranging from signature brussels sprout chips to a noteworthy hamburger.

    a Mano

    It’s first-come-first-served at this restaurant in Hayes Valley, known for its long line of guests ready to be wined and dined. They may not take reservations, but their Italian cuisine is worth the wait with items like pizzas, pastas and even a signature fried chicken to satisfy your tastebuds. Grab a table along the sidewalk outside for perfect people-watching in the city.

    Delfina

    This busy go-to in the Mission requires a reservation to enjoy its California-Italian style dining. With two decades of bringing quality plates to the area, Delfina offers up a solid menu of wood-fired pizzas, arancini and spaghetti that will make you never want to leave.

    Kin Khao

    Union Square’s Parc 55 Hotel is home to Kin Khao, a contemporary spot with a menu of flavorful Thai classics. With homemade curries and sauces, this Michelin-starred restaurant has proven itself worthy drawing guests into its Tenderloin neighborhood for authentic Bangkok-inspired eats.

    Little Creatures

    While known to be more of a brewery than a restaurant, this Australian brand brings a delicious menu of pizzas, mussels and more giving bar food a unique, Aussie twist. Pair a flight of beer with an order of lamb ribs to experience this new addition to Mission Bay, just a short stroll from the Chase Center.

    Angler

    This spacious, waterfront restaurant thrives in offering Soma guests delectable, family-style plates ranging from a full raw bar to dishes roasted over an open, wood fireplace. Whether you prefer your protein from land or sea, Angler’s menu includes both with roasted octopus, hot chicken-style rabbit and antelope tartare bringing exotic flavors straight to your table.

    Octavia

    A neighborhood restaurant with a Michelin-starred menu, Octavia boasts a casual elegance perfect for a night of dining in the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. The evolving menu of charming plates brings in guests to enjoy the relaxed, welcoming environment.

    Beretta

    This classic is a must-try when looking for the best restaurants in San Francisco, with delectable pizzas and pastas along with finger food to accompany seasonal cocktail creations. Open until 1am, a rarity in the city, dinner can easily shift into a night of toasting drinks at this local favorite in the Mission.

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      The 10 Best Restaurants for Fine Dining in Las Vegas

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      Viva Las Vegas

      While the ever-popular nightlife scene in Las Vegas will always be what the city is known for, those with a refined appetite will have a blast dining at the city’s selection of extravagant restaurants. From lavish French cuisine to sophisticated steakhouses, there are a variety of ways to splurge on an experience at these luxury fine dining restaurants in Las Vegas. Make a reservation to wine and dine at these hot spots and indulge in a palate-pleasing meal in Sin City.




      Joël Robuchon

      This elaborate destination is the picture of opulence with a space where renowned “chef of the century” Joël Robuchon presents the best of French cuisine. The many elegant fine dining rooms create an aesthetic of 1930s Paris as guests are spoiled by Chef Robuchon’s culinary works of art.




      SW Steakhouse

      The Wynn is home to Chef David Walzog’s restaurant for unparalleled American steakhouse dishes. The terrace overlooking the Lake of Dreams gives guests a spectacular view as they dine on seasonal and sometimes exotic ingredients brought to life through the Chef’s decadent menu.




      Yui Adomae

      For an upscale sushi experience to remember, Yui Adomae is a fine dining destination with a modest setting but offers fresh seafood flown in directly from Japan. The omakase meal takes a minimalist perspective to ensure you savor each flavor of the specially-crafted menu.

      Picasso

      Inspired by the artist himself, this two-Michelin star French and Spanish menu by Executive Chef Julian Serrano will give you the once-in-a-lifetime experience of dining surrounded by Pablo Picasso’s original artwork. The patio view of the Bellagio’s fountain will be the cherry on top when you make a reservation for this innovative Vegas destination.

      CUT by Wolfgang Puck

      One of the best steakhouses in the city, CUT offers up a variety of menu options that are sure to please your palate. From American and Japanese Wagyu to prime corn-fed steaks, there’s something for everyone at this Wolfgang Puck hot spot.

      Twist

      Three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire brings his talents to Las Vegas to take classical French dining and give it a modern “twist.” Overlooking the Strip from the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, the stunning space filled with floor-to-ceiling windows serves innovative dishes made with seasonal ingredients that are sure to impress.

      é by José Andrés

      This ultra exclusive eight-seat fine dining experience inside Jaleo will have you buzzing with delight at the rotating menu of delicately-crafted dishes. The library-themed space boasts a tasting menu of whimsical Spanish plates bursting with vibrant flavors.

      Restaurant Guy Savoy

      A reflection of its Parisian sister location, Restaurant Guy Savoy brings French tastes to Vegas through delectable, traditional cuisine made for any true food enthusiast to enjoy. The sophisticated style and rich flavors surpass expectations while offering guests beautiful views of the Las Vegas Strip in a luxurious, modern space.

      Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

      Bazaar Meat isn’t your ordinary steakhouse with its lavish setting and José Andrés’ signature innovation in breaking the mold of Spanish dining. From ceviche and tartares to foie gras and real Kobe beef, any meat lover will be right at home at this SLS Las Vegas hot spot.

      Le Cirque

      Take a trip to “the circus” for French fine dining in Las Vegas from Chef Wilfried Bergerhausen. The inventive plates of both classic and modern French fare are served in a playfully sophisticated space themed like a colorful circus that overlooks the Bellagio fountain.

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        The 20 Best Kept Secrets in LA’s Restaurant and Bar Scene

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        The Best Kept Secrets

        When planning a trip to Los Angeles, there are a number of must-see places you’ll have to visit. The most popular tourist destinations are usually the first recommendations you hear. However, many travelers appreciate diving in to get a more authentic taste–Where do the locals hang out? What do they order when they get there? Whether it’s unique libations, one-of-a-kind dishes, or Instagram-worthy experiences, many of the hot spots to wine and dine in hidden gems within LA’s restaurant and bar scene.




        In Sheeps Clothing

        Duck into this Downtown Arts District speakeasy hidden inside of Lupetti Pizzeria. The music is sure to take you away during their listening parties with a new album featured each night.




        High Tide

        Outside of having an Instagram-worthy design with plenty of pops of color, the bar High Tide in the Downtown Arts District has live glassblowing to mesmerize you with the unique artistry. You can also sign up for a glassblowing class to get in on the action yourself.

        Sunset & Vinyl

        Make your way to the back of 800 Degrees Pizza in Hollywood and climb the stairs to this vintage speakeasy. Donate a record to their collection in exchange for a free cocktail at this music-inspired locale.

        The Little Friend

        The sister bar to Silver Lake’s The Friend, this Venice outpost is a great place for a dance party but also offers up a surprising variety of mezcals from all over the world, stored within their unassuming closet bar.

        Broken Shaker

        Broken Shaker’s eclectic rooftop space is the perfect destination for catching up over drinks, and with a rotating Daily Punch, you’ll feel a nice buzz while you take in sights of the downtown cityscape.

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        Tramp Stamp Grannys

        Singers and music lovers flock to this Hollywood piano bar, with talented musicians playing all the hits while guests sing along. You’ll even catch the waitresses and bartenders showcasing their talents along with the occasional performance by owner Darren Criss.

        Tesse

        This restaurant at the base of the 1 Hotel in West Hollywood is known for its delicious menu and bar program, but also offers a unique bone luge experience for guests ordering the Bucatini bone marrow pasta. Guests receive a shot of Madeira wine poured down the empty bone for a one-of-a-kind taste to kickstart your palate.

        Good Times at Davey Waynes

        Angelenos flock nightly to this staple just off Hollywood Blvd. Try their alcoholic Snow Cones to cool off during a heatwave or their melt-in-your-mouth Shrimp Grilled Cheese to top off a night of boozy fun.

        Somni

        The Bazaar by Jose Andres is one of LA’s best restaurant and bar scene favorites for fine dining establishments, but its even more exclusive restaurant-within-a-restaurant Somni offers a further elevated tasting menu in an intimate private dining space.

        Shangri-La Hotel Rooftop Bar

        This hidden gem is the best place to watch a sunset on the Westside with guests lining the terrace each day to catch the perfect shot of the sun sinking into the ocean. Take the elevator all the way up to enjoy a drink at this local favorite.

        Seven Grand

        Downtown’s prized whiskey bar is the perfect place to do a whiskey tasting with a group of spirit-loving friends. With premium selections from around the world, you can’t miss the chance to tickle your tastebuds with the expansive variety of options.

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        Berris

        After a night out on the town, West Hollywood flocks to Berri’s late night eatery to indulge in their one and only Lobster Pizza. Bring your appetite along and let the upbeat vibe keep you partying far past last call.

        The Bungalow Santa Monica

        Taking in a view of the ocean is always a nice touch at The Bungalow’s renowned Santa Monica location. Order their housemade Sangria and let the fruity refresher take your beachside stay to the next level.

        Coles French Dip

        Visit this Downtown saloon that originated the French Dip for an authentic taste of Los Angeles history. Polish off your sandwich with a little Varnish, which can be found behind an unmarked door at the back of the space…

        Cleo Hollywood

        Stop by this Hollywood establishment for a quick bite before a night out. Their signature Brussel Sprouts will have you questioning how such an unpopular vegetable can possibly taste so good.

        Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar

        This breakfast-themed spot keeps Venice locals feeling good from morning ‘til night. Order their Vietnamese Iced Coffee cold brew cocktail and never look at your daily pick me up the same way again.

        Break Room 86

        For aspiring entertainers, this 80s-themed bar is the place to go when you’re in need of an audience. Their live band karaoke night on Tuesdays will make you feel like a rockstar, or you can jam out privately by booking a room to serenade friends.

        EP & LP

        Take the elevator up to the LP rooftop bar for a glamorous view of the Hollywood Hills. Order one of their Boba Cocktails for a unique twist that will keep your night buzzing right along.

        Gracias Madre

        You’ll be feeling light as a feather after stopping by this all-vegan WeHo spot for one of their CBD oil cocktails. The Sour T-iesel, Stoney Negroni, or Rolled Fashioned each include a dose of green medicine to end on a high note.

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        The Rooftop Bar at The Standard DTLA

        German beer lovers will rejoice in knowing The Standard’s rooftop bar also has an attached Biergarten. Stop by in the early evening Wednesday through Saturday for German snacks and say cheers over a tall glass of brew.

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          The 20 Best Event Venues in Los Angeles for Your Next Celebration

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          Celebrate at the Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

          Celebration is in the air as the holiday season unites colleagues, friends and family alike to enjoy all that Los Angeles has to offer. With a diversity of neighborhoods and atmospheres to experience, choosing the right space to hold your next event can be an overwhelming task. These are the best event venues in Los Angeles that will make your social gathering a hit no matter the occasion.




          Catch

          Following in the footsteps of its New York predecessor, Catch LA is fit to be the hottest rooftop in West Hollywood. Unparalleled views of the city will give your guests a feast for the eyes as they take in the rustic charm of this new dining destination.




          Malibu Rocky Oaks

          Surround yourself with scenic views of California greenery at this lush vineyard in Malibu. The stone-built estate sits atop volcanic soil, creating a one-of-a-kind environment for flavorful wines. With an atmosphere fit for royalty, your guests won’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy the 37-acres of beautiful landscapes.

          Madame Siam

          One of the newest to join the Houston Hospitality family, Madame Siam in Hollywood has plenty of space for dancing, drinking and enjoying the whimsical circus-themed décor. Carnival games and a house psychic are just a few of the draws for people to come see the sideshow.

          DAMA

          The Latin-inspired cuisine mixed with the kitschy tropical interior makes Dama a great place for an energetic celebration. The sophisticated setting with indoor and outdoor space will give you plenty of options to make your event worthwhile.

          Doheny Room

          This stylish, hot spot features a two-level bar and lounge perfect for holding receptions of any kind. With two full-service bars and a DJ booth ready for action, the party will last all night in this elegant, West Hollywood space.

          E.P. & L.P.

          The Hollywood Hills will be the backdrop to your party if you treat your guests to a celebration at this rooftop space. The EP dining level and LP terrace, complete with a private nook for smaller events, feature an Asian fusion menu with modern décor to match their creative cocktails.

          The Mondrian Hotel

          This classic Sunset Boulevard hotel has a multitude of spaces to host a lively gathering. Skybar features one of the most breathtaking pool views in Los Angeles, while Ivory on Sunset will bring mid-century sophistication to any affair.

          The Nice Guy

          Known for its exclusivity and photo-free atmosphere, this upscale lounge is the perfect place for a cozy West Hollywood get-together. Clink glasses with an intimate group and spend the night taking in the stylish dining and 60s-inspired design.

          Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

          A charming eatery by day and elegant party destination by night, Hyde Sunset caters to your event needs with a spacious, open-air design surrounded by the bustle of Hollywood. With the ability to accommodate close to 400 guests, the California cuisine and fresh, craft cocktails are perfect for day or nighttime revelry.

          Republique

          Any occasion will be memorable at this modern French dining location, complete with a wine room and bakery. With a variety of rooms and seating styles, you’re guaranteed a unique experience whether it’s for a small, private dinner or a vivacious reception.

          Toca Madera

          This trendy, West Hollywood restaurant features creative Mexican dishes that accompany a lively, club-like ambiance. In their front room, the marble bar and matching DJ booth keep the party going all night, while a skylight brings in a natural element to dining in their garden room.

          Mama Shelter

          Bring your most playful guests to Mama Shelter, as their stylish pool tables and tabletop chess add to the artsy, vintage feel of the restaurant. If you prefer your event with a breeze, the Rooftop will have your guests enjoying LA’s signature sunshine amidst the vibrant daybeds and décor.

          Warwick

          If your group is ready for a night out on the town, Warwick will undoubtedly impress with their rotating theme of seductive furnishings. Be prepared to dance the night away with an energetic crowd and DJ, or sip drinks from above at the cozy second-level lounge.

          The London West Hollywood

          Your next poolside event will make a lasting impression at The London’s relaxing rooftop pool. Airy cabanas overlooking the sparkling water will give your event a touch of serenity. The London’s new rooftop dining option, Boxwood, is also memorable with its enclosed glass patio and fire pits.

          Eveleigh

          Just around the corner from Sunset Plaza, Eveleigh stands out with its rustic decor and garden-like seating environment. The open-air style of the restaurant’s design brings in a bit of nature, creating an atmosphere where your guests can enjoy a breezy LA gathering.

          71Above

          New to the restaurant scene, 71Above is located on the top floor of Downtown’s OUE Skyspace LA building. With an unforgettable 360-degree panoramic view of the skyline, guests can enjoy a private dining experience in the tallest building on the West Coast. The artistic, contemporary furnishings create the perfect ambiance to drink and dine among the clouds.

          Nobu Malibu

          With a reputation for their decadent dining and shoreline views, Nobu Malibu can act as the stunning backdrop to your social gathering. The private dining rooms give your group an intimate place to enjoy yourselves with Malibu’s breezes accompanying the space.

          The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel

          Rise to the 18th floor of The Huntley Hotel to enjoy contemporary design and a view of Santa Monica’s ocean landscape at The Penthouse. Any reception will feel elegant with white curtains flowing throughout the restaurant, complementing the enticing California cuisine.

          Perch

          This French, rooftop bistro provides the perfect place for your guests to absorb the heart of Downtown LA with their intimate indoor and outdoor seating. The antique furnishings and décor bring an element of classic sophistication great for both formal and informal celebrations.

          Ysabel

          Indulge in festivities at this mid-century modern restaurant located in the heart of West Hollywood. With a contemporary American menu, paired with mixology-inspired craft cocktails, you can choose from one of their many patios to toast with friends and family surrounded by trees decorated in twinkling lights.

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            America’s First Cannabis Cafe

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            The Original Cannabis Cafe

            After California passed the legalization of recreational marijuana use, Los Angeles has been abuzz with speculation of how the popular plant will be integrated into its many hospitality spaces. With only a handful of properties approved for a cannabis license, hospitality concepts are being created to embrace newfound opportunities for guests to experience some of the most innovative concepts in the world. With Original Cannabis Cafe now open, a precedent will soon be set for how similar hospitality concepts will operate in a new era of cannabis consumption.




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            The Country’s First Cannabis Cafe

            Officially open since October 1st, West Hollywood’s new Cannabis Cafe has been awarded the title of being the country’s first cannabis cafe–a concept brand new to the hospitality scene in response to California’s passage of recreational cannabis use in 2018. The highly-coveted license required to run the business received over 300 applicants, but was only approved for eight new venues in West Hollywood. 




            Dishes Made to Complement the Heightened Senses

            Unlike weed dispensaries, Cannabis Cafe is approved for on-site consumption of cannabis in the form of flowers, vapes, pre-made edibles, concentrates and extracts. Alcohol consumption and CBD food or drink aren’t available due to state law, but that won’t stop guests from taking a bite from their delicious food menu created by Chef Andrea Drummer. Dishes made to complement the “heightened senses” of cannabis include a fried chicken sandwich, candied pork belly, brussels sprouts and a dessert plate, with items expected to be rotated seasonally. Non-alcoholic mocktails made with fresh ingredients are also available as a refreshing touch.




            The Setting

            The trendy space consists of a dining cafe, lounge, and smoking patio along with a retail shop. It isn’t just limited to those wishing to light up, as the property also includes a non-smoking patio and the cafe is open to the public. Along with plenty of plants throughout to keep the space fresh, a custom air-filtration system helps keep smoke away from nearby residents, keeping the party contained to the Cannabis Cafe property.

            Lowell Farms

            The impressive venue is filled with natural foliage and a rustic, vintage design modeled after the Lowell Farms product brand. The Santa Barbara County-based company joined with LA’s renowned Houston Hospitality along with Una Mas bartending team to create the perfect combination of experiences. Guests are greeted by “Flower Hosts” who provide tableside service to help them choose from the variety of strains. A “Dab Bar” is available for more experienced smokers who already know their favorites. Reservations are good for an hour and a half with cannabis sales ending at 10pm, but guests are able to bring their own products in for consumption until 2am.

            Come One, Come All

            The venue’s initial reservations were fully booked, but now have openings throughout the day for guests to come and enjoy the space. The property is expected to draw in not only locals, but patrons from neighboring states where open marijuana consumption is not yet legal. Whether it be local residents or those travelling to Los Angeles from around the world, Cannabis Cafe makes history and kickstarts a new era of hospitality with the integration of cannabis.

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              Best Australian Restaurants in Los Angeles

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              Best Australian Restaurants in LA

              If you’ve got a taste for an Australian meal then you’ll find a surprising number of places in Los Angeles to feed your craving. Australian restaurants, cafes and coffee shops have had an influx over the past decade in big cities across the country, including LA. If you want to try out a quality Aussie dish then head to any of the best Australian restaurants for a coastal menu that will hit the spot.




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              Great White

              This Australian-owned eatery new to the Venice restaurant landscape sits a block away from the beach making it the perfect sunny-day destination. You’ll find classics like avocado toast along with Australian sodas and coffee to complete your meal.




              Maude / Gwen

              These two restaurants were brought to LA by Chef Curtis Stone, originally from Melbourne. Both have menus focusing on seasonal ingredients with Maude’s menu featuring dishes perfect for pairing a glass of wine, and Gwen’s butcher shop style inspired by Australia’s livestock farming.




              Bondi Harvest

              This unassuming café run by a staff of Aussies in Santa Monica ushers in a casual and welcoming feel to your day, reflecting the laid back Bondi Beach lifestyle. The locally sourced food menu brings freshness to the table along with quality coffee, tea and smoothies.

              E.P. & L.P.

              A staple in the West Hollywood restaurant scene, E.P. & L.P. is the go-to for Aussie visitors who hear word about the Australian-run establishment. The rooftop bar LP echoes the relaxed nature of the culture with plenty of sun to brighten your outing. The Asian-fusion dining in EP, inspired by nearby island cuisine, puts an authentic touch on the experience.

              Little Ruby

              Little Ruby is a beachy café that’s the first West Coast location of the East Coast brand, owned by the Australian-born Nick Mathers, who also was behind West Hollywood’s Eveleigh. From daytime “brekkie” (including vegemite toast) to nighttime dining, Little Ruby fits right into Santa Monica’s casual café scene.

              Paramount Coffee Project

              Originally starting in Sydney, Paramount Coffee Project has expanded to Los Angeles with a location on Fairfax and most recently, in Downtown Los Angeles. The Australian-inspired food menu is perfect for a daytime bite and complements the quality selection of coffee brewed with care.

              Point Five

              This daytime espresso bar in West Hollywood gives off a seasoned Los Angeles feel in spite of its Australia-inspired menu. The clean, mod aesthetic is perfect for catching up with a friend at the Melrose Avenue locale. The breakfast and lunch eats will enhance your lazy day, or try out their lattes, drip coffee and espresso to perk up your morning.

              Pollen

              Owned by a pair of Australian restaurateurs, this Echo Park neighborhood café serves up a handcrafted menu from Australian-born Chef Alison Trent. The menu is stocked with healthy and inviting dishes—some topped with their namesake creation, house made honey. LA diners are sure to enjoy the variety avocado dishes while taking in the breeze on their outdoor patio.

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                The 8 Best Mediterranean Restaurants in the Middle East and Europe

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                Best Mediterranean Restaurants

                It’s no secret that Mediterranean food is delicious, and eating your favorite food in the country where it originated makes for an authentic dining experience to remember. During your next vacation to a destination near the Mediterranean Sea, you’re sure to be impressed by the delicious plates served up at fine dining restaurants throughout the region. Take a look at some of our choices for the best mediterranean restaurants throughout the Middle East and Europe.




                Teoric Taverna Gastronomica – Barcelona, Spain

                This classic Spanish restaurant serves some of the best Mediterranean food you’ll ever taste. With great service, amazing food and a friendly atmosphere, Teoric Taverna Gastronomica is a must-visit for the next time you find yourself in Barcelona.




                la Montgolfiere Henri Geraci – Monaco Ville, Monaco

                This restaurant is a true Monaco staple, serving excellent French, Mediterranean, and Western-European menu options. Everything they create at the world-class La Montgolfiere Henri Geraci is made with care and precision, giving an end result that is sure to satisfy.




                La Vague d Or – St Tropez, France

                St. Tropez only has two Michelin-starred restaurants, and La Vague d’Or is one of them. Meaning ‘the golden wave’ in English, this three-Michelin star restaurant is at the top of its class. With a menu rooted in Mediterranean origins, this destination on the French Riviera is sure to provide a feast for your palate.

                Le Petit Nice – Marseilles, France

                This restaurant is revered for their food, but loved in part because of its breathtaking views of the sea. Situated right on the Corniche Kennedy, running along Marseilles’ coast, every table is in the perfect seat for a beautiful seaside meal, especially at sunset. Being so close to the coast also brings forth their history of creating outstanding Mediterranean cuisine.

                Konoba Stari Grad – Budva, Montenegro

                The city of Budva has gained popularity surrounding their food, and of all the eateries in Budva, Konoba Stari Grad truly stands out. With a specialty in seafood stemming from their location right by the coast, they create exquisite menu options for foodies visiting from around the world.

                Ricks Cafe – Casablanca, Morocco

                Rick’s Café is a complete recreation of the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman so many years ago in the movie Casablanca. Large staircases, classic Moroccan architecture and a grand piano on display add to the incredible food served at Rick’s.

                Varoulko – Athens, Greece

                This restaurant by the sea has some of the best views of the water in the whole city. Lefteris Lazarou, a Michelin-starred chef, takes fine Mediterranean dining to the next level. With a full view of the fishing boats that bring in the day’s catch every morning, you can enjoy some of the best Mediterranean cuisine that Athens has to offer.

                Fayruz Lebanese Restaurant – Cairo, Egypt

                Egypt may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of Mediterranean food, Fayruz has created a name for themselves offering a menu consisting of Lebanese and Mediterranean classics. If you’re in need of an intimate dinner, you can request a private room or a table on their outdoor terrace. If you find yourself in a more “Arabian Nights” sort of mood, you can also be entertained with a live belly dancing show during your meal.

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                  LA’s The Bungalow Expands to Two New Southern California Locations

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                  The Bungalow Expands to Two New Locations

                  Any visitor to Santa Monica is bound to hear buzz about The Bungalow as it holds its place as one of the busiest bars on the Westside. After expanding to Huntington Beach, the Bungalow brand continues to travel down the coast with the announcement of two new Long Beach and La Jolla locations. The beachy brand will soon be making its mark in these California cities bringing crowds of guests to enjoy their signature eclectic, outdoor space.




                  The Beginning of The Bungalow

                  The Bungalow’s flagship Santa Monica location opened in 2012 at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and soon became a staple in the West LA bar scene. The unmatched Baja-inspired atmosphere of mixing and mingling with a view of the ocean waves has led the Bungalow brand to continue its successes, solidifying itself as a go-to for bar hoppers. Whether guests are stopping by to enjoy the outdoor patio, play a game of pool or ping pong, or warm up by the fire pit, the lounge space offers up a good time for everyone with a relaxed, welcoming environment.

                  Much of The Bungalow’s success is due to the creativity of nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse, who created the concept and heads The Bungalow Hospitality Group. Bolthouse’s legacy in the industry, along with bringing on Venice-based design partners Studio Collective, made the perfect combination of talent to push forth the uniquely Californian brand.




                  Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica – The Bungalow Expands to Two New Southern California Locations

                  The Opening of Huntington Beach

                  Bolthouse’s Bungalow Hospitality Group soon expanded the concept to the similarly beach-driven city Huntington Beach in 2016, creating an Orange County outpost of the popular hot spot. The Bungalow Huntington Beach took on an aesthetic familiar to the original with textured accents and vintage designs that complement the city’s own history of surf culture. The success of the brand has led to the upcoming launch of two new Southern California properties under the Bungalow name—one in Long Beach and another in San Diego’s La Jolla.

                  The Huntington Beach location boasts a food menu from local partner Bear Flag Fish Co., but the two new locales will get an upgraded dining menu from world-renowned chef and restaurateur Michael Mina. The Michelin-starred chef founded MINA Group, which owns more than 40 restaurants across the country. The new Bungalow menus will include small bites and large shareable plates along with specialty cocktails.




                  Photo: The Bungalow Huntington Beach – The Bungalow Expands to Two New Southern California Locations

                  Expansion of The Bungalow

                  Guests will have a view of the harbor at the Long Beach location situated in the recently opened 2nd & PCH complex in the Belmont Shores neighborhood. The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore will have one of the biggest spaces in the complex with a layout amounting to 8,000 square feet. The new seaside lounge broke ground in 2019 and will soon make its mark on the Long Beach bar scene on March 4th, 2021.

                  The Bungalow La Jolla will be connected to the Westfield UTC with its own dedicated building featuring views of Downtown. The plans include an expansive 10,000 square foot layout with half of that belonging to the outdoor space alone. Guests can look forward to visiting this San Diego County destination.

                   

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                    How to Spend a 21st Birthday in Las Vegas

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                    Celebrate your 21st Birthday in Las Vegas

                    Las Vegas is known to be a hot destination for anyone celebrating a big life event, including the rite-of-passage of a 21st birthday. With the newfound ability to order a drink on your own, the possibilities are endless for how to spend your time in a city known for its world-renowned reputation of revelry. Narrow down your options with a rundown of how to take your Vegas birthday adventure to the next level.

                     

                    Book Your Hotel Room

                    Your choice of hotel will make all the difference in the world, so why not splurge on your once-in-a-lifetime 21st birthday adventure? The Cosmopolitan is known for its sleek and sexy atmosphere that will have you feeling sophisticated during your entrance into adulthood. The Wynn and Encore towers will also give a luxurious feel to your stay with a classic style and beautiful views.

                    The extravagant Venetian Resort will also put a lavish touch on your stay with spacious suites and opulent Italian decor. For a great stay just off the strip, the newly renovated Palms will have you feeling like a rockstar with a chic, contemporary design and one-of-a-kind specialty suites.

                     

                    Birthday Activities

                    Once you step foot onto the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll feel the energy of the city with people from all over the world thrill seeking in the lively, neon setting. You’re sure to get your heart-rate pumping on your 21st birthday by taking a few laps around the track driving a luxury sports car at Exotics Racing.

                    If seeing the city from great heights is more your style, take a helicopter tour of the Vegas Strip for unparalleled views of the night’s sparkling lights. You’ll also get an adrenaline-filled view from the top of the Stratosphere–the tallest observation tower in the country that also includes multiple thrill rides that dangle you over the bustling city below.




                    Dine at the Best Restaurants

                    Make the most of your Vegas 21st birthday trip by indulging in some of the world’s finest cuisine featured up and down the Strip. The SLS Hotel is home to Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, an imaginative culinary experience that is known to put an innovative twist on traditional Spanish dishes. Enjoy dinner at Catch at Aria for a trendy, eye-catching destination with an Asian-influenced menu.

                    You won’t go wrong at Spago by Wolfgang Puck, where the celebrity chef has created a menu of mouth-watering American cuisine at The Bellagio. Hakkasan isn’t just a nightclub, but also a luxurious restaurant with a Cantonese-inspired menu that makes for an unforgettable dining experience in a stylish atmosphere.




                    Dayclub Pool Parties

                    One of the best parts of Las Vegas weather is being able to take advantage of it through attending sun-filled day parties where you can celebrate your 21st birthday poolside while hearing your favorite artists. Encore Beach Club at the Wynn is a known favorite where DJs like The Chainsmokers, Diplo and Kygo show off their talents to energized crowds. Head to a Drai’s pool party atop the Cromwell Hotel where hip hop’s finest, including Snoop Dogg, Migos and Future, are known to take the stage.

                    Wet Republic is a go-to for fans of EDM DJs like Steve Aoki, Tiesto and Zedd while at Daylight at Mandalay Bay you’ll find Morgan Page, Rick Ross and Duke Dumont. Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan is also a hot destination boasting performances from DJs like Don Diablo, DJ Ruckus and DJ Mustard.

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                    Watch the Best Shows

                    A city made for entertainment wouldn’t be complete without a lineup of shows and music acts to dazzle you during your 21st birthday experience. Lovers of pop music will have plenty of talented stars to choose from with Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Cher and Gwen Stefani all putting on regular performances in the city throughout the year.

                    You’ll also find bands like Aerosmith, Boyz II Men and Zac Brown Band taking their place on stage at hotels along the Strip. You can also take in one of the awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil shows like O Show or Zumanity, or see Absinthe for a vintage circus and cabaret experience.

                    Party at the Best Nightclubs

                    It wouldn’t be a 21st birthday in Vegas without taking advantage of the overabundance of nightclubs along the iconic Strip. Head to the Aria to experience Jewel, a nightclub that brings artists like Tyga, Lil’ Jon and DMX to the stage regularly. You’ll be feeling the energy at XS with performers like Drake, Alesso and Marshmello entertaining crowds in the indoor-outdoor space.

                    You’ll also get a unique experience at Encore Night Swimone of the few nighttime pool parties on the Strip, featuring acts like Anna Lunoe, Disclosure, Galantis and Rufus Du Sol. LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay will have you dancing to artists like Saweetie, T-Pain and E-40. Marquee at The Cosmopolitan puts on shows from dance music legends like Benny Benassi and Fedde Le Grand. Aria is home to Jewel nightclub, which features EDM and hip hop acts like Tyga, Nicky Romero and Party Favor.

                    Bars & Lounges

                    If you’re narrowing down a place to buy your first drink and kick off your 21st birthday night, the best way to go is to stop into one of Vegas’ hottest lounges for an enhanced pre-party experience. Start your night off at APEX Social Club at The Palms with bites and drinks on their rooftop balcony overlooking an iconic view of the Strip. 

                    Head to the Waldorf Astoria to enjoy the sleek SkyBar for signature cocktails and an unparalleled floor-to-ceiling view from the 23rd floor. You’ll also enjoy the view at the elegant Chandelier lounge in The Cosmopolitan, with three levels to take in the sparkling crystal decor. For a vintage-inspired hideaway, The MGM’s On The Record speakeasy experience is a unique destination with an impressive record store theme.

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