Two National Rum Day Cocktails
Show rum some well-deserved respect with inventive mojito recipes.
August 16, 2012
Pay homage to the holiday with Zengo's mango mojito.
Toast National Rum Day today with light, refreshing mojitos like the Cali and mango versions from two local spots. Made from Rande Gerber and Roberto Serralles’ Caliche Rum, the Cali mojito can also be found at Café Habana (Malibu Lumber Yard, 3939 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, 310-317-0300), while Zengo’s mango mojito will be served at Richard Sandoval’s Santa Monica outpost of Zengo (395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica, 310-899-1000).
Zengo Mango Mojito
1 ½ ounces Cruzan Rum
2 lime wedges
5 mint leaves
2 ounces sour mix
2 Tablespoons of mango puree
Splash club soda
Muddle lime and mint. Combine rum, mango puree, sour mix, ice, and club soda to the glass level. Shake and pour into cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedge.
2 ounces Caliche Rum
1 ounce fresh lime juice
¼ ounce agave nectar
8 mint leaves
Crushed ice on top
In a mixing glass, lightly muddle the mint. Add the remaining ingredients, then fill with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and top with the crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprig.
Recipes courtesy Zengo, Caliche Rum
Petersen Automotive Museum Celebrates Bertone
Legendary car styler Michael Robinson holds special lecture.
August 15, 2012
The legendary Lamborghini Countach.
In the last century, Italian automotive design house Bertone has styled some of the world’s most luxurious and renowned vehicles. To toast the company’s 100-year anniversary, Petersen Automotive Museum welcomes Bertone’s brand and design director Michael Robinson for a one-night-only event.
On August 21 (7:30 PM), Robinson—an American car designer who has crafted automobiles for over 33 years in Italy—will discuss Bertone’s iconic vehicles, which include legends like the 1950’s Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica series, Lancia Startos models, and the Lamborghini Marzal, Miura, and Countach. Reservations encouraged, 323-964-6347. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., LA
Photograph Courtesy Bertone, Lamborghini Countach
Gnudi Gnite Every Tuesday at Scarpetta
Upscale Italian restaurant offers weekly supper series.
August 14, 2012
Scott Conant's signature gnudi dish is the main event at Scarpetta's Tuesday series.
Every Tuesday, Scott Conant is serving up a traditional, family-style Italian dinner dubbed “gnudi gnite” at his famed Scarpetta restaurant in The Montage Beverly Hills. Although the weekly event started in July, the successful special—which centers around Conant’s signature gnudi dish—will remain ongoing.
Similar to gnocchi, the main course of gnudi Parmigianino is served alongside roasted potatoes, rosemary, and cipolinni onions. Preceding the entrée, a farm-fresh arugula salad and porchetta with pickled ramp vinaigrette make for delicious openers to the meal’s star dish ($36 per person). 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-7970
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Luncheon
The industry’s most powerful mingle at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
August 14, 2012
Hollywood elite gathered at The Beverly Hills Hotel on August 9 for an exclusive Hollywood Foreign Press Association luncheon. The organization—a nonprofit responsible for the Golden Globes and funding film/TV education—hosted Bradley Cooper, Kelsey Grammer, Christiana Hendricks, Jennifer Lawrence, Jack Black, Don Johnson, John Travolta, Kerry Washington, Dustin Hoffman, and Steven Spielberg, to name a few.
Other industry powerhouses included Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh, Dreamworks CEO Stacey Snider, Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company, and HFPA president Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly. Regarded as a kick-off to awards season, the lunch awarded grants and scholarships to the likes of Cal State Los Angeles, Columbia University, and other institutions, totaling almost $1.2 million.
Ilori Now Open at Americana at Brand
Upscale shopping center gets stylish eyewear boutique.
August 13, 2012
Luxury sunglasses brand Ilori is bringing one of its artfully curated stores to Glendale's Americana at Brand. With 22 boutiques nationwide—including popular Melrose, Malibu, and Santa Monica locations—the store features top brands like Chanel, Oakley, Ralph Lauren, and Chrome Hearts. Expect to find limited-edition eyewear from Sama and Tom Ford, too.
To further your shopping experience, Ilori also offers style consultants to ensure you pick the perfect pair. Certified on-site optometrists complete the highly personalized experience. 889 Americana Way, 818-637-8982
Getty Villa Welcomes Lion Attacking Horse
Ancient art journeys from Rome to Malibu.
August 13, 2012
An ancient Roman sculpture dating back to the fourth century B.C. is now on display at The Getty Villa. Part of the larger “The Dream of Rome” project—in which the Roman mayor lent the city’s masterpieces to American museums—Lion Attacking Horse is a must-see.
The priceless 3.3-ton piece comes from Europe’s oldest public museum, Capitoline Museums, where it originally held the title of the institution’s first statue of ancient art. Although famous, the sculpture was rarely viewed up close at its prior Roman location—an exclusive outdoor garden that could only be accessed upon special request. On display through February 4, 2013. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, 310-440-7300
Rodeo Drive Walk of Style to Honor Diana Vreeland
Legendary fashion editor and tastemaker is lauded in Beverly Hills.
August 10, 2012
Iconic fashion editor Diana Vreeland will become the nineteenth person inducted into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style on September 10. A fashion veteran with 50 years experience who helped shape Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and the style of Twiggy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Vreeland is widely recognized as one of the most influential editors in fashion history.
The Parisian-born Vreeland, who passed away in 1989 at age 86, will join prior recipients such as Grace Kelly, Valentino Garavani, Manolo Blahnik, Mario Testino, and Giorgio Armani in being honored with a plaque on Rodeo Drive’s sidewalk. Her son, Tim Vreeland, as well as industry elite will be present at the commemorative ceremony. The award comes in accordance with the film release of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, debuting September 21 by Samuel Goldwyn Films and EPIX.
FigOly Makes Its Downtown Debut
Downtown bar/resto delivers on food, cocktails and multi-faceted atmosphere.
August 10, 2012
The Luxe City Center Hotel’s brand-new FigOly sits just steps away from The Staples Center and LA Live!, rendering it both a game-day sports hangout and business dinner spot. An expansive, floor-to-ceiling window space offers comfy couches and a sleek bar to enjoy a pre- or post-game cocktail and panoramic city views. The Roosevelt’s Matthew Biancaniello serves up said cocktail combinations, like the roquette, comprised of Hendrick’s gin, wild arugula, lime juice, and agave; and the mamma mia, which calls for Milagro tequila, lime juice, agave, red bell pepper, scallion, cilantro, and Hepp's applewood smoked salt and ghost pepper salt. Pair Biancaniello’s beverages with bar food favorites like meatballs with veal, pork, San Marzano tomatoes, pine nuts, and pecornio; or frito misto.
A conservative dining room—and spacious outdoor patio—make for a more proper setting to enjoy chef Alex Reznik’s (a former Top Chef contestant) pasta dishes, such as lasagna al forno with short rib, chuck, ricotta, mozzarella, and taleggio; or yellowfin tuna. 1020 S. Figueroa St., Downtown LA, 213-743-7600
Sweet Crush Ice Bar Opens In Brentwood
Cool off with a twist on Asian-style shaved ice.
August 09, 2012
A new twist on frozen treats, Sweet Crush Ice Bar takes traditional Asian shaved ice to the next level. Nestled among the upscale boutiques of Brentwood’s San Vicente Boulevard, the shop offers elaborate homemade shaved ice.
Guests can enjoy batches of frozen milk-infused and crystallized fruit water-based flavors, like peanut butter, Earl Grey, mojito, grapefruit ginger, and pink guava, topped with gourmet garnishes. But the proverbial cherry on top is the atmosphere itself—Sweet Crush Ice Bar features a winter wonderland of a fireplace alcove, pristine white walls, and perforated snowflakes backlit with colorful lights. 11753 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310-820-0607
Weekend Recommender: August 9-12
Attend a film fest, shop C. Wonder, and support a star-studded charity event.
August 09, 2012
C. Wonder comes to the West Coast.
The 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Kick Off
Thursday, August 9
Spotlighting only short films, the festival will hold its opening night party at Grauman’s Chinese Theater hosted by TV Guide personality Carly Steele. Also premiering tonight is Periods, an improvised comedy short series from Zachary Quinto, starring Penn Badgley. The HollyShorts Film Festival runs through August 16. For party tickets ($50) hsff8thannualopeningnight-eorg. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
C. Wonder Grand Opening
Saturday, August 11 10 AM-7 PM; Sunday, August 12 11 AM-6 PM
The first West Coast flagship of Chris Burch’s C. Wonder debuts at Fashion Island this weekend with a special celebration. Ribbon-cutting weekend for the New York-based lifestyle clothing and home brand includes DJ, snacks, refreshments, and VIP prizes. 347 Newport Center, Newport Beach, 949-644-4376
3rd Annual My Brother Charlie Family Fun Festival
Sunday, August 12, 12-4 PM
Power couple Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete are holding their annual family-friendly event at Culver Studios to benefit their HollyRod Foundation. The charity—aimed at helping families affected by autism and Parkinson’s disease—will get support from celebrities such as Vanessa Williams, Nancy O’Dell, Laila Ali, and Brooke Burke-Charvet. Tickets: adult $150, children (3-14) $50 can be purchased at mbc2012.eventbrite.com. 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.