Drunken Udder Ice Cream: Artisanal, Booze-Infused Dessert for Adults

Salted Butter Caramel infused with Bourbon

It probably goes without saying that, when ordering ice cream, you’ve never had to worry about showing your ID.

That’s about to change, thanks to The Drunken Udder, an artisanal, mom-and-pop shop ice cream company which sells its deliciously boozy product via wholesale and other storefronts. (It doesn’t quite have the liquor license to sell retail on its own.)

Yesterday, I sampled a few flavors including Salted Butter Caramel infused with Bourbon (boozy, salty-sweet deliciousness), Pumpkin Spiced Praline infused with Maple Liqueur (boozy, crunchy fall on a cone), Raspberry-Orange Sorbet infused with Orange Vodka (fresh, tangy booziness) and Bailey’s Jameson Caramel (especially boozy sweet caramel flavor).
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Delphine at The W Now Open For Weekend Brunch

Eggs Benedict

Now’s this could be your legit excuse to have brunch in a hotel. After all, The W Hollywood is still new and now, they’re serving a weekend brunch. And let’s face it, Delphine‘s space is one-of-a-kind. The subtle back-lighting over bookshelves and aquamarine hues, white flourishes and matching crown moldings are calming; it’s up to the scene to complete the dining room’s character. A Hollywood Hotel, it is.

So let’s focus on the food, shall we? Executive Chef Sascha Lyon (Daniel, Balthazar, and Pastis – NYC) will be featuring French classics with some Mediterranean dishes. Choose from the le petit delphine ($58) or le grand delphine ($98) platters for the oysters on the half-shell – and that’s just to get you started. Knock it out of the park by ordering the Whole Roasted Lobster & Fries ($36) as your entree. The good news is there are also more casual menu options like pastas and pizzas, sandwiches and salads – and a thankfully large Les Oeufs section. My eye is particularly drawn back to those French classics, which are include Croque Monsieur ou Madame ($12/13), Eggs à la Basquaise ($17) and Steak Frites with Béarnaise ($26), for my follow-up post. Available to wash everything down is fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juice, a handful of morning cocktails and glass or carafe options from a small wine list.

If you travel by Metro, there’s added incentive thanks to The W’s prime location on top of a station – in Hollywood. After all, you may as well stroll around nearby Space 15 Twenty while you digest.

Saturday – Sunday

Brunch: 10 AM – 3 PM

Menu

Delphine at the W Hollywood Hotel & Residences
6250 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.798.1355
Reservations recommended

Not Exactly High Tea: Alice in Wonderland Party at The W Hollywood

Getting my nails did in OPI's Mad As A Hatter (Photo ©Disney)
Cherry chocolate macaroon

It may have been another Friday night in Hollywood, but instead of cozying up home with an episode of Law & Order stored on my DVR I was actually out on the town, relieved that there weren’t any insane crowds to brave. So far. It was my first in-person peek at The W Hollywood – open for a couple months now – and the occasion was Disney Living’s Alice in Wonderland party in The Lobby.

Red Queen

For the occasion, a pop-up display featuring Alice in Wonderland-inspired dresses designed by Sue Wong and jewelry by Tom Binn was erected to last the weekend. Characters dressed as The Rabbit, Red Queen, White Queen, Alice herself and others I probably didn’t even recognize were either super festive and dressed to theme accordingly, or were paid to act the part. I wasn’t quite clear on that, but they definitely helped with the Alice atmosphere – what with them traipsing and scampering around the posh, art deco lobby space.

No matter – there were signature cocktails to be sampled (aply named “Down the Rabbit Hole” and more) and consumed at the bar. Initially, I was dismayed the main liquors used were vodka – twice - and acai-distilled spirit in the cocktails but thankfully one of the vodka cocktails wasn’t too sweet. Yes, Alice in Wonderland is very girly, and accordingly – vodka is apparently feminine.

Tara the Cat, The Rabbit & Alice

We soaked up our libations with passed appetizers; true to form, Lindsay, Maya and I stood by the hallway to pounce on the kitchen-exiting servers with their passed trays. Subtle.

Also on theme was the Bliss station, where the resident 3rd floor spa promoted their services with mini-but-awesome neck & shoulder massages and mini manicures furnished with OPI Alice in Wonderland nail polishes (I chose a multi-colored, glittery color). My only complaint: My free massage wasn’t long enough. 😉

Tom Binn Tea Necklace

Fearing an impending sugar crash a few drinks into the party and a few trays after the h’ors doeurves had transitioned into dessert, we spied the fully-occupied bar at the beautiful new Delphine restaurant and 40 minute wait for a table before making the walk to Umami Burger.

What a fun party with a great pop-up display. My favorite was definitely Sue Wong’s White Queen-inspired dress. To many more one-off events and legit reasons to visit The W Hollywood. As for Delphine, my first taste will have to wait until another day…

Further reading:

Disney Alice in Wonderland Flickr set

Cool stuff I would actually wear: Alice in Wonderland – ShopEatSleep

The W Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
323.798.1300

@DisneyLiving

The W Hollywood Lobby