Favorite Drinks of the Week

1-The son of a bee sting The Black Market Liquor Bar Gin, Lemon, honey, rose water

2-Road Runner The Tasting Kitchen Mescal, lime, fennel

3-The Classic Cosmopolitan Mastro’s Oceanclub Malibu – Orange infused vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec, orange zest, fruits

4-House Margarita Cafe Habana MalibuSilver tequila, fresh lime juice, triple sec

5- Matador Maia West Hollywood – Mezcal, raspberry, Sriracha , lime, sesame

Note:  Taste of all drinks may vary bartender to bartender. If any of these drinks is your 3rd drink, taste may vary also.

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New Bee ‘Maia’

Katana, Night+Market or Boa Steakhouse are already milestones on the Sunset strip. Especially in busy days sometimes it might be really hard to make reservations. As the weekend comes closer, I would like to add another glamorous choice for ‘WeHo’ lovers. The new, trendy, hot-spot at the Sunset strip is ‘Maia’!

Even though Maia is pretty new to the LA entertainment scene, it became a hot-spot really quick due to its nice and mingly patio. The crowd consists of LA hipsters and entertainment lovers just like most of the other restaurant/bars on the Sunset strip. It is most likely that you might run into your ex, close friend or coworker.

The main reason why I like Maia is the atmosphere and the crowd rather than the food and drinks. They serve fusion foods which include lobster quesadilla, Alaskan Halibut ceviche, albacore sashimi and even poke bites. They also have delicious and unique cocktails which are infused with jalapeños, Mezcal and high quality Reposado tequila. My favorite is the ‘pink Cadillac’dfghddfgnIMG_7483 which has vodka, lychee, dragon fruit, guava and green tea. Sounds interesting right? It has a very interesting taste also! Most people also like the “Mai Angeles” which has Anejo and avocados.

In addition to the drinks, to me, the U shaped bar and the little patio is more enjoyable than the drinks. Anyone who likes to hang out at bars and meet new people, get your favorite drink and have a little conversation with your friend, will surely LOVE the bar at the Maia.

In other words, if you are someone who likes to enjoy West Hollywood restaurant/bars on the weekends (including Thursdays too nowadays), if you are one of the entertainers in the LA scene and if you like cocktails more than foods, you should definitely stop by Maia while its still a trendy hot-spot.

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Black Angus

Meat lovers?

Here we go! Introducing the extremely delicious but not that famous Korean barbecue hotspot in Los Angeles! Most of us started getting accustomed to Korean BBQ by stumbling upon some mediocre quality restaurant in Koreatown. In time I learned that great Korean BBQ is not only about good quality meat but also the tastiness, freshness and variety of the side dishes. After loosing some time at cheap all you can eat buffets and trying chewy meats that tasted like plastic, my journey changed fully right after I went to ‘Chung Ki Wa’, aka ‘Korean Black Angus’.

This is a place where you almost feel like you are dining with family. Upon arrival your long lost Korean uncle is quickly guiding you on where to park in their compact parking spaces. As soon as you get in you realize that you are in an extremely traditional Korean restaurant since its popular amongst the local Korean population.

I mainly suggest everyone to try their Angus Galbi (marinated short ribs) and Joomooluck (beef short ribs). They also have family sized selections and variety of other Korean cuisine selections. However every time I visit Chung Ki Wa , I always eat their special Angus based barbecue. The main thing I love about Korean Barbecue is the fact that it comes with a variety of sides and each has a unique taste (also called “Banchan”).-It always reminds me of the Turkish cuisine I’m used to at home-. At Chung Ki Wa, you will find a great selection and keep mixing sweet and salty with your delicious meat right off the grill.  Or if you need help the wonderful server Kate will definitely show you how you should eat the foods in perfect harmony! Also don`t forget to get a bottle of Soju with your meal!

It has a pretty central location in the Mid-Wilshire area. Whether you work Downtown or party in West Hollywood, just stop by one evening and give it a try!

Chung Ki Wa

I CAN FLY TO DUBAI!

Most of you might have already heard or been to Petrossian since they are known for bringing a luxurious caviar experience to your table. However, I bet that not many people tried the Petrossian boutique at LAX, Tom Bradley International Terminal. What makes this Petrossian different from its other locations is the quickness of quality dining and the high quality champagne and vodka that can easily get you drunk right before your long trip to Europe or even further destinations.

Last week, I was traveling to Istanbul which is a 13 hour flight – I can already hear your sorrows for me-. Before the flight, I had a half an hour wait and that’s how I ended up at Petrossian. Petrossian is famous for it’s high quality caviar and fine selection of champagne throughout all of their locations. They also have other restaurant locations in New York, Los Angeles – West Hollywood and Las Vegas – Belaggio. In addition to restaurants they also have cafes and boutiques which are in New York, Los Angeles (West Hollywood and LAX), Paris, Brussels and Dubai. 

Even though I have already been to Petrossian West Hollywood, I think their LAX location is more convenient and relaxing. As soon as you pass the passport control, you can easily find the Petrossian boutique. With a friendly staff, tasty cocktails and high quality foods it offers, you can surely enjoy a comforting experience before your long trip. I had the Classic Smoked Salmon with caviar and a nice sparkling Rose. After the meal I continued with a special Petrossian cocktail which had dried caviar garnish on top. The drink was really nice except for the dried caviars in it.

Regardless, I think this is the best place in LAX international terminal. Even for one drink it’s surely a spot you need to check out. Just make sure not to miss your flight after having couple of delicious drinks and good time!

Petrossian

Going Out on Friday?

Planning on going to the same boring bar again?

For the last two months, I have been looking for a new and fun place that we can spend our Friday nights out and about in LA. After spending several nights around the Melrose and La Cienega area; everything started to feel boring and overly planned. So, I decided to have a casual night-out in West Hollywood; and I just so happened to stumble my way across ‘No Vacancy’  where there was a ridiculous line at the door. So after opting out of a one hour long waiting we decided to give shot to the speakeasy right around corer named ‘Dirty Laundry’!

Later I found out ‘Dirty Laundry’ has been around since 2013 and it is owned by the Houston brothers, who are master of the LA entertainment scene by owning other staple bars like ‘La Descarga’, (also!) ‘No Vacancy’, ’Pour Vous’ and ‘Harvard&Stone’. Just like their other places, Dirty Laundry has a very hidden and exciting entrance. Additionally it is right by ‘No Vacancy’ which makes you check out its line and be thankful that you are not going to be dealing with waiting in long lines on a Friday night . It might be hard to find the location since its entrance is in the lower level and there is no signs and obvious names pointed out.

At first, it was literally just like a dirty laundry due to the low ceilings, smallness of the main room and people overload.  The AC is obviously not enough. It took me 15 minutes to be able to breathe again.

However; the crowd, music and the proximity of people around you dancing away makes you feel very comfortable and forces you to be yourself. There is a live Dj playing mostly new electro, electro house, 80’s and funk jams. This is a place where everybody looses themselves to dance and they just groove with their own reality in the moment. It feels like none of these young Hollywood hipsters really care about what others are doing, wearing or talking. You can be just making out, drinking with your friends or dancing weirdly, and that’s totally the main concept.

The interior of the bar has a vintage style with a couple of different rooms but it is overly crowded on a Friday night. However, the drinks are definitely worth the wait! Even though LA has a number of talented bartenders, still, I haven’t yet drank any better Whiskey Sour than ‘7& Grand’ until I arrived to Dirty Laundry. The bartender really looked like he knew what he was doing and his Whiskey Sour was undoubtably one of the best I’ve ever had regardless of the number of people he was serving.

I can’t believe how a place I randomly walked into — even without knowing its name — ended up being one of the most energetic places I have let loose in for months. Definitely not for romantic dates, friendly discussions, or meeting with new mates. But a perfect place for free souls, best-friend dance-off’s, meeting with crazy people and actually a great observing platform for real Hollywood hipsters living on the edge. WILD!

Where?

1725 N Hudson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Right near the ‘No Vacancy’)

What to wear?

‘No shiny shirts, baseball caps, tennis shoes or flip flops’ (Dirty Laundry)

I suggest everybody in LA to check out this place at least once preferably on a weekday (since weekends get pretty stuffy and crowded).

Houston Brothers

Dirty Laundry

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Whiskey Sour… Yummmmm

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Famous sign welcomes you

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Bar area