The legacy of Victor J. Bergeron a.k.a. Trader Vic is quite a tale. A small saloon owner-turned-restaurateur, his Oakland restaurant now has 25 locations worldwide. However, arguably his greatest claim to fame is the invention of the Mai Tai. The original recipe, invented at the original Trader Vic’s in the 1940s, included 17-year-old rum, orange Curacao, rock candy syrup, orgeat syrup (a barley-almond blend), with lime juice and mint. Although the recipe has become more simplified for cocktailers today, it still retains the Polynesian essence that was so important to Vic.
“All My Friends” portrays the quintessential transitional period of four roommates from college to the threshold of adulthood. Falling under the pressures of trying to make the “right choices” in relationships and careers; all while becoming independent. Steve DiUbaldo, the writer, producer, and director of the play brilliantly created his characters in which the audience can easily relate to.
Some flavors from the pacific are appearing in the newly re-opened dining hall of Hotel Gansevoort under the command of restaurateur Jeffery Chodorow, mastermind behind China Grill and Ed Chowder’s House.
Tanuki Tavern will be an Izakaya (Japanese-style drinks and tapas bar) serving up sushi, and grilled selections, in the seized Ono space. The tavern officially opened last week, and has just had its extensive menu finalized.
In an effort to bring in quality dining, the team at Hotel Gansevoort is replacing Ono with the modestly priced but elaborate and exotic menu offerings created by Chodorow and crew. Eater posted their full menu, and it includes sushi choices across the board like hamachi, maine lobster, and wagyu, to a burger with pickled onions, thai-spiced fried chicken and pork belly bok choy. Tanuki will also have the coveted Hitachino white ale on tap, sure to please aficionados of the hard-to-find Japanese brand.
I don't know about everyone else, but I'm tired of spending my weekend nights at the same old places. Every new club I attend reminds me of the one that preceded it. So when I heard about the Wynwood Speakeasy Bardot, I was pretty psyched to see what it was about. A few friends and I sought out the incognito location, and even though we're familiar with the area, several phone calls had to be placed as we drove in circles searching for our destination. Placed in a back alley, the only thing that signifies Bardot's presence is a small red awning over an unmarked door.
In 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber introduced the world to a character, who some may argue is the most famous theatrical persona-non-grata of all time. The partially-masked Phantom of the Opera has struck a resonating chord in the hearts of millions, as he plays his part in the poignantly, painfully romantic Paris-set love triangle.
Now, in 2009, and after more than 8,000 shows, Sir Lloyd Webber has announced that the long-awaited sequel is almost complete.
There have been many set-backs over the years, including rumors that the entire score was erased after Sir Andrew’s kitten – Otto – jumped onto the composer’s computerized piano. Apparently the cat had a dispute with the direction the sequel was going, and Webber’s apparent refusal to cast him as the role of Raoul.
I must admit, I am a bit weak on my US history. Things got blurry beyond the point when that Paul Revere guy started riding around like a headless chicken saying something about the English coming… I don’t know. What I thought I knew was that there was a big divide between the North and South of the United States. Something about confederates and unionists, and a general hatred between the two?
So then what the hell is going on in Chelsea? Tipsy Parson opens its door on Monday, and releases dreams of beautiful southern belles in floral dresses and sweet-as-cherry-pie voices that just make me want to…
Mars Bar is having one of its periodic rises in popularity. A bar typically known for the local barflies who show up early to drink deep into the night has been playing host to celebrities looking for some city cred.
Drew Barrymore recently had a photo shoot for Nylon inside the grungy dive. Some rather odd photo outtakes appeared on the Internet, where regulars are sitting stoically in the background to be cut out of pictures entirely with blank-white backgrounds. One regular commented on the event saying, "I was there for the Barrymore shoot and the weird thing is they used white backdrops for the photos. If they wanted to block out all the graffiti, why go in there in the first place?”[EVGrieve] Like the last vestige of an ancient East Village, the sordid side of this city is easily blocked out with the razor edge of gentrification.
The Lower East Side is getting instilled with a dose of frat boy debauchery.
With the opening of the Doghouse Saloon at 152 Orchard St., a new era in the LES began; one of grown men chucking balls into cups, (beer pong players beware the swine flu) eating free hotdogs all-night-every-night, and drinking oversized cocktails served by waitresses in bikinis. And all this in a dive bar with skeeball, 10 TV’s, and cheap shots galore.
Taking over the spot formerly occupied by the ill-reputed Annex, the one-time concert venue has transitioned into a wood-paneled watering hole. There is a hint of clubby-ness in this saloon though: the basement has been refurbished into Cloak, a bar/lounge with a more upscale feel, its own doorman, and an amber glow inviting trouble in the dark.
Whatever Halloween may mean to you—dressing up, haunted houses, or partying the night away—L.A. has got a little something to offer everyone this year.
WEST HOLLYWOOD COSTUME CARNAVAL
Originating as a gay pride parade in 1987, the West Hollywood Costume Carnaval has grown into L.A.’s largest and most well-known Halloween celebration. With 500,000 people expected to attend, you definitely do not want to miss out on the parade this year!
On October 31 from 6 PM to midnight, join hordes of Halloween revelers who will be parading as goblins and ghouls, angels and devils, and a myriad of other creative costumes on Santa Monica Blvd. between La Cienega and La Peer. For parents who think this event may be too extreme for the younger crowd, there is a whole week of events for families leading up to the Carnaval. With pumpkin carving contests, a youth carnival, and even a doggy costume contest, no one is left out this Halloween!
For more information, visit www.westhollywoodhalloween.com.
I’m tired, I have the worst case of man flu ever recorded. My feet hurt, I’ve lost feeling in most other extremities, and the worst bit is – I did it all to myself.
Let’s start from the beginning. Ten days ago, I was having a touristy day in NYC. A good friend from home was in town, and we decided to be geeky and check out the Statue of Liberty. I had, ironically and rather stupidly, worn an old t-shirt that said ‘the city that never sleeps’. I think my social pariah status was up there with people who wear ‘mind the gap’ t-shirts in London. Along our journey, we came to discussing whether New York really is the city that never sleeps. Since I’ve only been living here a short while, and she was only visiting, we had no real answer to the proposed question.