I’ve been kind of busy these past few months. It all culminated a week ago at Yamashiro, atop the Hollywood hill that also hosts The Magic Castle. Indeed, it really was magical. All the hard work really paid off – at least from where we were standing. And it was fun to celebrate a culture that only continues to influence as well as permeate our urban lifestyle in Los Angeles. We tried to celebrate that in the best way we know how.
Credit - Heather Kincaid
With last year being an inaugural success, the Blogger Prom Committee and I had a solid boiler plate to improve upon for this year. While it was fun to recreate the ’80s, we knew that we wanted to keep things interesting and change it up. So, we decided to go even further back in time and a tad more grown-up. OK, maybe a lot more grown-up – as in glamorous Hollywood. We became inspired by a particular Los Angeles-specific movie chronicling crime, press and celebrity in the ’30s and ’40s; our theme was Hollywood Confidential. Fortunately, we also had the setting that would be the perfect backdrop for our theme – Yamashiro. Their team was an absolute dream to work with ï»¿throughout the entire process, displaying the utmost in professionality and hospitality. I would recommend Yamashiro to anyone looking for a place to hold a high class event.
Chef Brock's tacos
…And the food! Who could forget the food? Chef Brock of Yamashiro brought his famous Garden Market tacos to the event as well as unveiled a brand new one incorporating Brock Family Farms’ sausage. They were delicious and perfectly complemented by his als0-famous wasabi guacamole and chips. Passed YamaBites were plentiful and guests enjoyed Asian-style ribs, albacore with jalapeno on fried crackers and more. We had Barrie Lynn, the Cheese Impresario, return from last year and educate us on the wonders of Wisconsin cheese. It is always a joy to have her and as a cheese fanatic, myself, I couldn’t be happier she was there. We also had amazing chocolates from Chocolate Box Cafe and Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches where you could customize your own sandwich.
Last year, it was an amazing thing to flex our star power and experience first-hand just what muscle L.A. bloggers have as influencers on our city. This year, we wanted to take it to another level and give back not only to bloggers but also to our community. And so, thanks to Blogger Prom Committee for taking on my suggestion of benefiting Operation Frontline Los Angeles. I became inspired by their ground-up approach to cooking and nutrition by providing classes to those who would otherwise not have access to these invaluable tools. (You can still donate to Operation Frontline Los Angeles here.) Admission to our closed event required a $10 donation to OFL, with Goldstar so graciously providing the donation ticketing. We ended up raising $2400 for the program. I’m proud that with all our resources, we could put on such a great event while benefiting a great cause.
I’ve never been one for especially sweet drinks – you know, the kind that out me as a member of one particular sex over the other – but hey. I’ll try anything once. Especially if real muddled fruit is involved. I am beginning to appreciate rum more, these days. And with all the craze about St. Germain liqueur lately, I gotta say I’m pulled into that as well. Sweet cocktails, to me, are usually more palatable with St. Germain. There is something about elderflower that gives the cocktail more depth and – of course – more fragrance. I think it also makes the cocktail more delicate.
In the last installment of a 3-part “Summer Sips” series at Skybar at The Mondrian on Sunset Blvd., they’re introducing The Goodnight Kiss – a decidedly summer drink made with Cabana CachaÃ§a. It’s a rum distilled from sugar cane as opposed to molasses in keeping with the lightness a summer cocktail should require. Peep the recipe below to get an idea:
Muddle 3 strawberries
Â¾ oz lime juice
1oz St. Germain Liqueur
1 Â½ oz Cabana CachaÃ§a
Shake and strain in low ball
Garnish with a strawberry and lime wheel flag
And if you know anything about the establishments on Sunset Blvd., you know Skybar is notorious for a lot of things: A beautiful poolside deck, an island thatch roof motif (the layout of which I admire), and yes – perhaps amongst all the beautiful people there’s a larger share of older, well-to-do gentlemen. Another thing I’d add: Difficult entry at peak times like Friday and Saturday nights unless you actually have a room booked at The Mondrian. Personally – I avoid those nights on The Strip because while I love parties and cocktails, I am a low drama-loving kind of gal – scene-wise and parking-wise. Regardless – I have my readers covered!
If you want to try The Goodnight Kiss and soak up the Sunset scene, just call Skybar at 323.650.8999 x 4207 to make a reservation (that is, for larger parties) or to be added to the list if the time of your raucous visit necessitates that. Mention that you are there to try “The Goodnight Kiss” and you’ll be added to the list. Oh – and did I mention it’s $8 while cocktails at Skybar are usually $16??
You scenester, you…
Goodnight Kiss cocktail is $8 (half-price) til the end of September
Open seven days a week
SKYBAR at The Mondrian Hotel
8440 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(x4207 – for reservation & list inquiry)