SOHO House Los Angeles

SOHO House Los Angeles  |  Los Angeles, United States  |  The other afternoon, invited by the FABULOUS Tony Awards nominated and lead actress playing Judy Garland at The End of the Rainbow Tracie Bennette, we came to the SOHO House Los Angeles, to have some drinks enjoying the stunning views of the city. Later we had the pleasure to have the gorgeous Denise Vasi joining us.
If you are looking for a true happening and exclusive spot in Los Angeles, then SOHO House is the place to be seen and see. Opened in spring 2010, Soho House West Hollywood is the second American House and occupies the top two floors of the 14-storey, 9200 Sunset Boulevard. The bar in the Sky Penthouse offers views over LA.
With 180 degree views over Los Angeles, the 30 ft long Club Bar is an ideal spot to relax and unwind. Reclaimed parquet floors, vintage furniture and booths set the scene. Our choice, great cocktails, and of course I have to had my classic Filthy Vodka Martini up with three huge olives.

The terrace garden dining area is lined with olive trees and covered by a retractable roof. There is also a comfortable sitting room and a private dining and bar area for members’ events and screenings. Soho House was founded in London, in 1995, as a private members’ club for those in film, media and creative industries. The Group has since expanded to include Houses across Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, spas and hotels. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Cecconi’s West Hollywood

Cecconi’s West Hollywood  |  Los Angeles, United States |  Dinner at Cecconi’s has to have been the best gourmet experienced on our latest visit to Los Angeles last week. Cecconi’s is a classic Italian restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as cicchetti (Italian tapas), seven days a week. Located on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood. Chic, elegant, sophisticated style, ambiance and deco. Dominating chandeliers, and sexy bar. Ideal for a romantic dinner.
We began our night with our classic Filthy Vodkas Martinis, this time how we like it, up with three huge olives. Join for a meal in the main restaurant, on the terrace, or at the bar with its wood-burning oven. Have a party in the Butterfly Room with seating for up to 40 people. Born in Turin, a city in Northern Italy, Chef Andrea Cavaliere began his culinary career in his family’s trattoria where he was a chef’s assistant.
Our gourmet choices for the night:  Artichoke Romana, lemon aioli (USD 12), Ahi tuna conserva, tonnato sauce (USD 12), Calamari fritti, roast chili aioli (USD 12), Chicken paillard, eggplant caponata (USD 18), all paired by us with our favorite Sancerre wine. If you plan a visit to Los Angeles, Cecconi’s is a must try. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Lunch like a celebrity at The Ivy

Lunch like a celebrity at The Ivy  |  Los Angeles, California  |  Yesterday I came to have lunch at The Ivy, the quintessential lunch spot in LA. One sunny LA afternoon, New York actress, Lynn von Kersting, stepped into LA Desserts on her way to the Lee Strasberg Theatre where she was starring in Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer. Behind the counter, owner and self-taught baker, Richard Irving stopped in his tracks. Their eyes met and the rest is history. The dynamic duo opened The Ivy in 1983.
Other than the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, one of my favorite lunch getaways a few blocks of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Dr. Located on North Robertson Boulevard, The Ivy has been feature and landmark on multiple movies, and social event. The see and be seen spot for lunch.

Usually very difficult to get a reservation, but the concierge at the AVALON Beverly Hills, where I am staying, he managed to sneak me in with no problem. So by 2PM I was seating among celebrities, jetsetters and other tourists of course, having a lovely lunch outdoors on the terrace. Just fabulous. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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GPS Carlos Melia my Weekend in Los Angeles so far

GPS Carlos Melia my Weekend in Los Angeles so far  |  Los Angeles, United States  |  Good Morning everyone.!!! From Beverly Hills. The L’Ermitage Hotel where I am staying is FAB. It grows on me day by day. It is like your private residence at one of the mos exclusive Zip Codes in the World. My day yesterday was amazing, some here, and more below. Excited about my day today… Brunch at the iconic and exclusive Beverly Hills Hotel at the Polo Lounge, which promises to be THE HAUTE EXPERIENCE, then off to Malibu for the rest of the day, with a stop at the Getty Museum. Tonight dinner at Culina by the Four Seasons Hotel, nothing wrong with that right. Hope you all enjoying my photos and posts. Continue reading GPS Carlos Melia my Weekend in Los Angeles so far

The Eveleigh Restaurant

The Eveleigh Restaurant | Los Angeles, West Hollywood, California |  The Eveleigh or The Eve(r)leigh as how the entire staff at the restaurant pronounced it… go figure where the “r” is hiding, came highly recommended by the last issue of the MONOCLE Magazine as on of the Best New Restaurants to discover and experience 2011. Well, I guess that even them can be wrong every so often… Being that I was coming to Los Angeles for a week, I specifically kept this recommendation in mind and planned to come and check this brand new restaurant in town. The outcome average food, poor service in a nice laid back style and environment.
Hey it is just a matter of personal taste, or the experience you get on your own visit, right. Maybe they still need some more time to settle. Or maybe I am just too spoiled. But the general consensus among all those present in our table, was that the service was pretty lame. The Eveleigh opened a few month ago in West Hollywood in a refurbished country style 1923 building, by the management of the same owners of Ruby’s Cafe in Nolita, New York City.
Located right on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of WEHOWest Hollywood. Hard to spot by the facade, that looks like a private house. The ambience is very relaxed and friendly. Communal dinning tables of approximately 10 people each. (we were a group of 5 sharing with another group of 5 right next to us, which I was not too thrilled about to be honest).
The food was OK. This means regular presentation, short menu with average taste. Nothing to rave about it and far, at least on my point of view, as to be mentioned as one of the best restaurants. My choice for the night were: Roasted White Fish Kale, Romesco Salsa, Braised Artichoke hearts (USD 22). For dessert, since we were 5 in the table and they had 5 options, we did a little degustation of Baked Pear Crumble (USD 9), Warm Bitter Chocolate Cake (USD 9), Yogurt Vanilla Panna Cotta (USD 9), Frozen Dark Chocolate Sandwich (USD 10) and the king of the night, the Eveleigh Donuts, everyones favorite.
Drinks and Wine list were very good, specially three of them… the Sad Bastard (Bourbon, Gin, Ginger, Clove, Lime, Bitters), Evelation (Hendrick’s Gin, Ginger, Lemon and Rose Water) and the Poor Carlito which I assumed was created in my name foreseeing my overall experience at The Eveleigh.
The million dollar question is… Would I return to The Eveleigh ? Probably NOT. Would I recommend it to others? … Probably YES, warning and making very clear that it is a very laid back experience, not for special occasions or for those visiting Los Angeles only for a few nights.
West Hollywood is FULL of wonderful and exciting restaurants, which I will blog about during this next few days, so no worries there are plenty of great options to choose from.

(*) The Eveleigh Restaurant |  West Hollywood, 8752 Sunset Boulevard  |  Tel. 424.239.1630  |  www.theeveleigh.com