Pourtal Birthday BBQ, Thursday, April 29
This hole-in-the-wall Santa Monica wine bar known for its rotating roster of refined wines and its shiny new enomatic machines is celebrating the anniversary of its first year in business today with $4.29 glasses of wine, and $4.29 plates of barbecue from 6:00-10:00pm, no reservations necessary. Chef Sean Takaki will be plating up his special dry rub babyback ribs slathered with homemade bbq sauce, alongside grilled artichokes with lemon butter, and pee wee potatoes with garlic and thyme. As for the wines, there will be several Spanish offerings from Verasol winery, a few
1642 Launches Slow Dance, Saturday, May 1
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French Wine Tasting at Vertical Wine Bistro, Sunday, May 2
You know I love my French wines, so I’m even thinking of stopping by Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena for a tasting led by General Manager Manuel Mesta and French wine consultant and exporter Pierrick Bouquet showcasing varietals from the Loire, Beaujolais, the Rhone and Bordeaux, and paired with a selection of farmers’ market small plates prepared by Chef Doug Weston. Guests will get to taste a 2006 Joseph Drouhin Fleurie, a 2008 Clos du Mont Olivet Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre blend from Chateauneuf du Pape, and bites like gorgonzola-stuffed dates wrapped with Serrano ham, and even oxtail terrine. The tasting starts at 4:00pm. Tickets are $40, reservations strongly recommended.
Wine Tasting at Veno Kado, Sunday, May 2
One of my favorite wine stores in town is showcasing some of my favorite regions in
Aperitivo at Cecconi’s
From 5:00-7:00pm daily, folks who mosey on into this West Hollywood hotspot for a cocktail will be offered complimentary snacks like slices of pizzette, chunks of parmesan, mixed olives, grissinin wrapped in Parma ham, bruschetta, and mini Italian grilled cheese sandwiches called pierini. There’s no printed menu, and Chef Andrea Cavaliere will keep things interesting by changing up his offerings daily, so feel free to stop by after work every day! There’s also a new list of hand-crafted cocktails available at the bar including the Eighty-seven Sixty-four with Makers Mark, white crème de cacao and absinthe; and the Nerone with Bombay Sapphire, Aperol, and fresh grapefruit and blood orange juice. Get there before 6:00pm, and your valet is complimentary.
Thirsty Crow Bar Opens For Bourbon Lovers
The faux-dive bar that used to be Stinkers Truck Stop has reopened as the moonshine-happy Thirsty Crow Bar, with a bourbon and whiskey-heavy menu that features all kinds of artisanal, hand-crafted brown liquors to make you forget your troubles. The menu also includes a list of labor-intensive cocktails including four kinds of Manhattans (including one with
2939 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, (323) 661-6007, thirstycrowbar.com
Brunch at Boa
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Boa Steakhouse is launching a new Sunday brunch menu with both breakfast and lunch classics, as well as custom drinks made tableside. The menu will be available every Sunday from 11:00am-3:00pm, and will include options like: steak and eggs with home fries; huevos with chorizo, black bean, queso fresco and tortillas; pancakes with ricotta and sautéed bananas; brioche French toast topped with caramelized pears and berries; and lunch options like the famous Boa burger with Camembert cheese and fried onion strings; and the tuna Niçoise salad with seared tuna sashimi, Kalamata olives, quail eggs, artichokes, and fingerling potatoes. On mothers day, diners can also give mom a potted herb plant to take home.
9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, (310) 278-2050, boasteak.com
Savor Sundays at Whist
Starting this week, and continuing for seven more, Whist at the Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel is introducing “Savor Sundays” with a new family-style menu of classics from Chef Tony DiSalvo. The menu is a three-course prix fixe every Sunday from May 2-June 20 from 5:30-9:00pm, and costs $27 per adult, and $12 per child under 12 years old. The menu will rotate every week, but upcoming dishes include a butter lettuce wedge salad, buttermilk fried chicken with bacon cheddar biscuits; collard greens, grits, mashed potatoes and slaw; pecan pie with whisky caramel-vanilla ice cream; shrimp and lobster boil with steamers, linguine, potatoes, corn on the cob and Parkerhouse rolls; grilled Gulf shrimp salad with roasted corn, red peppers, romaine and grilled zucchini. Sounds like a family Sunday supper we’d be into.
And here’s a list of other…well, listings, of weekly specials and goings on about town, so check out what the other guys are talking about!
Urban Daddy: http://www.urbandaddy.com/la/weekender/9592/The_Weekender_Sex_Comedy_4_29_Wine_and_Poolside_Fried_Chicken_Los_Angeles_LA