Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse : Reopened and Reinvented

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Nick and Stefs logo


Nick and Stefs LA

Following a “down to the studs” renovation, Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse, the flagship steakhouse from celebrated Chef and Founder of Patina Restaurant Group, Joachim Splichal, has reopened, been redesigned, and has a new Executive Chef, Andreas Roller, who is presenting a sensational new menu and dining experience.

With a chic new decor incorporating classic steakhouse style with contemporary designs, the 16-year old newly reopened Nick and Stef’s celebrates its long standing tradition of offering cured meat selections with an emphasis on a newly added 28-day onsite aging of premium cuts. Comprehensive raw bar and seafood options, a wine program consisting of over 500 labels including selections from Splichal’s personally selected vintages, a mixology program rooted in mid-century cocktails and unparalleled service for which the brand is  known, are at the core of the new iteration of Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse.

Chef Andrew Roller of Nick and Stefs

Chef Andrew Roller with Susan Irby

The Cuisine –
Adhering to the founding principles of Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, the menu by Executive Chef  Andreas Roller remains focused on celebrating top tier ingredients through traditional  steakhouse fare with a contemporary flair. As to be expected, meat is the focal point of both the  lunch and dinner menu. USDA prime onsite 28-day dry aged selections in addition to  showstopper options such as a Tomahawk Rib Chop or Prime Fiorentine T-Bone are carefully grilled over oak and mesquite.

Filet TriTip from Nick and Stefs

Filet Mignon and TriTip

Other large scale menu items, available for pre-order, include a  Whole Roasted Suckling Pig, Dry-­‐‑Aged Prime Rib, Whole Roasted Leg of Colorado Lamb and
Loup de Mer. For individual dining, other new meat experiences include Black Angus Beef,  imported and domestic Wagyu, along with a varied selection of grassfed cuts. Burgers and  sandwiches are also showcased during lunch service. The menu also features smaller bites  during lunch or dinner and an extensive list of returning classic sides alongside new innovative vegetable small plates.

Crispy Cauliflower

Crispy Cauliflower from Nick and Stefs

The new menu includes an expanded look at seafood, inclusive of entrees, a raw bar with $3  oysters, seafood cocktails,

Oyster Sake Shooters

Oyster Sake Shooters at Nick and Stef’s

and shellfish platters. The new seafood program is focused on fresh catch fish selections.

Classic Oatmeal Cookie

Classic Oatmeal Cookie at Nick and Stef’s

Rounding out the menu for lunch and dinner, a dessert course highlights items that evoke a  sense of comfort and contentment. Warm Buttermilk Cinnamon Doughnuts, Rum Raisin  Chocolate Soufflé Cake, Oatmeal Cookie, and a large selection of domestic cheeses are just a few  of the choices.

Cinnamon Doughnuts

Nick and Stef’s Cinnamon Doughnuts

More about Chef Andreas Roller –
Newly appointed Executive Chef is German Master Chef Andreas Roller, an internationally educated and experienced culinary talent who has created a global and diverse menu. Sourcing only the finest cuts of meat and carefully curated specialty items, Chef Roller has a long and dedicated relationship with Patina Restaurant Group,  including stints at the Hollywood Bowl and Disney Concert Hall. Prior to Patina Restaurant Group, Chef Roller’s culinary success includes tenures at three Michelin-starred restaurants, projects in Australia and London, along with the 2004 Olympics and the world’s only seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab located in Dubai.

Cocktails, Fine Wines, and Premier Water, Nick + Stef’s Beverage Program –
Whether for after work drinks or to supplement a formal dining experience, Nick + Stef’s  Steakhouse will be a premier destination for wine and mixology lovers. The sleek front bar  captures the overall spirit of the new Nick + Stef’s with a varied menu saluting classic libations  and introducing contemporary signature cocktails. With a focus on carefully curated small  batch labels and top-shelf selections, the cocktail program harkens to the golden age of  steakhouses when a steak was always consumed with a cocktail in hand.

Cocktails at Nick and Stef's

Selection of Nick and Stef’s cocktails

For wine aficionados, this may be the most exciting new wine list in the city. The new menu
presents over 500 labels reaching across the globe while incorporating private vintages selected
personally by Splichal, in partnership with the dedicated Sommelier/Assistant General Manager
Alejandro Marchesini. The wine list features many labels previously only found at auction and
not available at other dining destinations in the city.
Patina Restaurant Group’s popular water menu, crafted by America’s only water sommelier,
featuring 4 flat and 4 sparkling natural spring waters will be offered as well.

Ceviche selection at Nick and Stef's

Albacore with Jalapeno

About Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
Named for Patina Restaurant Group Founder / Chef Joachim Splichal’s two sons, the restaurant
opened its doors in 1999. The sophisticated, contemporary, and eclectic setting includes a
stunning outdoor terrace for al fresco dining and after-work cocktails, as well as the only
display dry-aging room in Los Angeles.

Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse
the premier destination for meat lovers in the heart of downtown LA
RESERVATIONS: 213 680 0330
Open for lunch Monday through Friday
Open for dinner 7 nights a week

67th EMMY Awards Governors Ball

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67th EMMY® Awards Governors Ball
EMMYS logo

The official after-party for EMMY Award winners, celebrities, entertainment moguls, and guests, the Governors Ball presents “Reigning with Radiance”, the theme for this year’s ball.

The 67th EMMYS Governors Ball

The 67th EMMYS Governors Ball

Glimmering crystal chandeliers, cascading orchid flower designs, lavish dining, premiere cocktails, wines and award-winning entertainment greet the 4,000 guests into the beautifully transformed West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, September 20 immediately following the 67th EMMY Awards airing on FOX at 8pET / 5pPT.

67th EMMYS crystal design

67th EMMYS crystal design

Cheryl Cecchetto and her team at Sequoia Productions are in their 21st year designing and producing this famed event.

Cheryl Cecchetto

Cheryl Cecchetto, Sequoia Productions

Working together with Geriann McIntosh and Barbara Cassel, the Governors Ball committee co-chairs, Sequoia Productions is the mastermind behind the décor, entertainment,

Geriann McIntosh

Geriann McIntosh, Governors Ball Committee Co-chair

Barbara Cassel

Barbara Cassel, Governors Ball Committee Co-chair

and overall presentation of the Governors Ball from the details of the grand entry to the Winners Circle – where EMMY winners have their statuettes personalized on site – to the details of the staff wardrobe.

EMMY Awards winners circle

EMMY Awards winners circle

What is one of the design secrets of this year’s “Reigning with Radiance” theme? Over 45,000 Swarovski crystals shine in over 530 hand-crafted strands together weighing nearly 450 pounds. Now that’s a lot of bling!

EMMY Governors Ball sound stage

EMMY Governors Ball sound stage

When it comes to entertainment, internationally acclaimed Andrea Bocelli and multiple Grammy® and EMMY Award-winning producer and songwriter, David Foster take center stage at this year’s Ball. Special dance performances by Maksim Chmerkovskiy formerly of Dancing With The Stars and opening musical guests JB Project and WCM Strings will have guests awe-inspired throughout the evening.

EMMY Awards Governors Ball lounge

EMMY Awards Governors Ball lounge

Helmed as one of the largest formal sit down dining experiences in the United States, Patina Restaurant Group returns for the 20th year as the premiere caterer for the Governors Ball. Executive Chef Joachim Splichal and his go-to Chef, Alec Lestr, will prepare a delectable and elegant 3-course dinner for the 4,000 guests.

Executive Chef Joachim Splichal and Susan Irby

Executive Chef Joachim Splichal and Susan Irby

Prepared a-la-minute (meaning prepared fresh on-site), behind the floor to ceiling drapes in the West Hall is the enormous staged kitchen where nearly 200 chefs man row after row of plates, ingredients, cooking and plating each of the delicious courses including:

67th EMMYS Governors Ball table decor

o FIRST COURSE is a Wildflower Honey Poached Forelle Pear Salad

Forfelle Pear Salad

o MAIN COURSE is Filet Of Beef Tenderloin with herb-scented potato terrine adorned with king trumpet mushrooms, yucca chips, roasted cherry tomatoes, red wine jus and béarnaise espuma

Filet of Beef Tenderloin

o DESSERT is a Single Origin Ghana Brownie embellished with Zephyr popcorn Chantilly, cara crakine and baby bourbon caramel drizzle
Single Origin Ghana Brownie

Accompanying the 3-course menu are carefully prepared selections offered by Penfolds wines, the Official Wine Partner of the 67th Emmy Awards season, with their Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz and Bin 311 Chardonnay to pair with the Ball’s three-course meal.
Penfolds Reserve Wines

DLynn Proctor, winemaking Ambassador for Penfolds was on hand to share the expertise of the wines and offer selections for EMMY Award telecast viewers at-home parties. Enjoy his interview here: DLynn Proctor on Penfolds

Other official sponsors, Cellar Door Chocolates from Louisville, Kentucky carefully handcrafted by owner Erika Chavez-Graziano,

Dusted Truffles from Cellar Door

Dusted Truffles from Cellar Door

FIJI Water
FIJI the Official EMMY water

and Patron Tequila which created the EMMY Signature Cocktail which the Press enjoyed a taste of at the official Press Preview event held on Wednesday, September 20. On hand to serve up the savory cocktail was Patron Marketing Manager Edward P. Blinn.

Edward Blinn of Patron serving the EMMY Cocktail

Edward Blinn of Patron serving the EMMY Cocktail

Celebrities and VIP guests will be transported to the EMMY Awards by AUDI, the official vehicle of the 67th EMMY Awards and Governors Ball.

AUDI Official Vehicle

Celebrating the best in television, watch the 67th Primetime EMMY Awards Sunday, September 20 at 5pPT / 8pET on FOX. For the official menu recipes to serve your award-winning guests at home, visit!

Susan Irby, the EMMY and Chef Alec Lestr

Susan Irby, the EMMY and Chef Alec Lestr

Wondering how the LA Convention Center West Hall gets transformed into “Reigning with Radiance” glamour? Enjoy the fascinating time-lapse video from Sequoia Productions, here: (coming soon)

Esters Wine Shop Santa Monica

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Co-Owner and Wine Director Kathryn Coker curates a 200-plus bottle selection, with small plates from Executive Chef Jeremy Fox, grab-and-go artisanal food items, and more  

ESTERS Wine Shop

Let co-owner and wine director Kathryn Coker help you pick out that perfect bottle for a picnic or dinner. There are over 200 selections of wine to choose from. And any bottle you purchase on-site can be enjoyed at the bar for a corkage fee of only $15, so go all in with that magnum! Executive Chef Jeremy Fox has now added sandwiches to-go in the marketplace section like a vegetarian number with burrata, roasted red peppers, Moroccan olives, parsley, and olive oil or one with Olympia Provisions ham, butter, cornichons, and radishes—both on freshly baked Milo & Olive ciabatta.

Kathryn Coker, Esters Wine Shop SM

Kathryn Coker, Esters Wine Shop

How ESTERS came to be… Restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan continue to grow their restaurant family from within, partnering with Kathryn and Tug Coker and existing Rustic Canyon team members to open Esters, an integrated wine shop, bar, and market experience in downtown Santa Monica, CA.

ESTERS Santa Monica

Housed in the historic Telephone Building, a 1937 Art Deco landmark, Esters is across the hall from the restaurant group’s newly opened Cassia, where Kathryn also curates the wine program. The shop, whose name is derived from the chemical compound that contributes to a wine’s bouquet, offers a classic and diverse selection of more than 200 wines from small producers and boutique wineries, whose stories Co-owner and Wine Director Kathryn knows and loves. Esters appeals to shoppers on-the-go, with a marketplace offering a wide variety of artisanal items, as well as to guests lingering over glasses of wine, with paired dishes from Rustic Canyon Executive Chef Jeremy Fox and Pastry Chef Jun Tan, here in the chef de cuisine role.

“With Esters, we’re creating a cozy, approachable, neighborhood atmosphere where people can pop in for a glass of Champagne and a bite to eat with friends and family, stock up on specialty items for a dinner party or picnic, as well as learn more about wine by exploring our fun and unique selection,” says Kathryn, whose passion for wine led to her overseeing the wine program for Rustic Canyon and creating the initial list for Milo & Olive.

The broad and eclectic wine list offers something for everyone—from connoisseurs to novices—and accommodates a wide range of budgets. In the $40-75 range, guests can expect great Burgundies (Kathryn’s personal soft spot), Grower Champagnes, and funky biodynamic wines produced by little-known winemakers from Santa Barbara to Sicily. A high-end wine room showcases bottles priced above $75, and the “Tug’s Picks” section, which honors Tug’s keen eye for value, features affordable weeknight bottles, mostly priced under $25. At least 15 wines are poured by the glass at any given time, with opening highlights including 2012 Pierre Morey Bourgogne Aligote, NV Domaine Robert Sérol Cote Roannaise “Turbullent” sparkling rosé from the Loire Valley, and 2013 Soliste Narcisse Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast.

A thoughtfully curated selection of craft beers, specialty imports, and premium spirits from small production distilleries around the world is also available. Rustic Canyon Bar Manager Aaron Ranf pours a selection of sipping mezcals and stirs up classic cocktails including Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs.

In addition to an array of cheeses and cured meats from boutique salumerias across the country, Jeremy and Jun continue their commitment to local, seasonal products, incorporating them into light dishes that complement Kathryn’s wine selections, such as Smoked California Fish in a jar with pickled ramps, Cook Pigs Ranch Pork Terrine with grape mustard, and Cucumber Panzanella with dill and house-cultured yogurt.


The marketplace component features grab-and-go artisanal items and rare, limited-edition products from friends and suppliers whose work inspires the team. Highlights include housemade sandwiches, loaves of Zoe’s renowned breads from Milo & Olive, gourmet chocolates from Compartés, raw honey from Massey Honey Co., Solstice Canyon almond butter, and Bottle Stock wine accessories.

L.A.-based Oonagh Ryan Architects designed Esters, which seats 50 indoors, to seamlessly flow between the wine bar and retail aspects, combining raw, modern elements with an eclectic mix of new and vintage furnishings. Salvaged steel-frame windows have been gracefully repurposed into an enclosure for the high-end wine cellar, and a large, beaded chandelier hangs over a custom wood and steel communal table. A 20-seat, U-shaped bar anchors the 1,600 square-foot space and features a hand-plastered front with decorative molding and a fluted terrazzo and brass counter. White marble coffee tables, a rich green velvet loveseat, and linen-clad chairs add an elegant and whimsical vibe, reminiscent of a Parisian flea market. A fruit-tree enclosed patio comfortably seats 40 and features colorful, tile-topped tables and a weathered zinc communal table—ideal for enjoying wine and small plates al fresco. Coming this fall, guests can look forward to winemaker visits, classes, and tasting flights.

Esters Wine Shop
1314 7th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Esters, the new wine shop, bar, and marketplace in Santa Monica has extended their opening hours, so if you’re craving a cooling glass of Rosé or some Beaujolais during the day, problem solved. They are open at 11 a.m. every day until 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday (closed on Mondays until after Labor Day) and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, please visit or call 310.899.6900.

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(Photo Credits: Emily Hart Roth)

The Kauai Marathon 2015

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The Kauai Marathon 2015
The Kauai Marathon logo

Listed by Runner’s World among the Top 10 Bucket List Half Marathon Destinations, The Kauai Marathon is definitely on my bucket list of destinations, period! Lucky me, The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon are taking place on Sunday, September 6, 2015, one day after I turn the big 5-0. That’s not Hawaii 5-0, that’s me turning 50! You know what they say, “When in Kauai during the marathon, RUN IT!” And so, I am.

Start of the Kauai Marathon

Start of The Kauai Marathon

Sunday, September 6, 2015, join me and over a thousand other Half and Full Marathoners for a beautiful destination run through the landscapes of Kauai. There’s still time to sign up, details here:

The Tunnel of Trees, Kauai, Hawaii

The Tunnel of Trees, Kauai, Hawaii

Highlighted on The Kauai Marathon website is a full drive of both the Half Marathon and Marathon courses. You can bet I’ll be studying those videos. Where I live, there are a few hills but I’ll bet the hills are nothing like those of Kauai on so many levels. I’ve incorporated hills into my training which you can follow over at (first post coming August 12, 2015) and on Periscope/Twitter @thesusanirby @thebikinichef

The Kauai Marathon
Sunday, September 6, 2015

Upcoming highlights:
The Kauai Marathon Kickoff Celebration at Poipu Beach Athletic Club
Saturday, August 15th
Kauai Marathon kickoff celebration flyer

Come on down to Poipu Beach Athletic Club on Saturday, August 15th and enjoy an evening of fabulous local entertainment, culinary treats by island restaurants and food trucks, as well as cocktails, beer and wine available with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon.

Doors open at 4:30pm so guests can find the best seat on the lawn for the concert. It is encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets for optimal comfort. The entertainment opens with Halau Kalei Mokihana O Leinaala at 5:30pm followed by The Blonde Boys at 6pm. Halau Kalei Mokihana O Leinaala returns at 6:50pm to get the crowd ready for Oahu’s Kalapana at 7:15pm. Then local favorites Greenstone Project will rock the house at 8:30pm. At the conclusion of the concert, Hapa’s Restaurant and Bar will remain open until 11pm with house music and cocktails.

Culinary delights will be available for purchase including summer fare from Poipu Beach Athletic Club’s own Hapas, Poipu’s Living Foods Gourmet Market and Cafe, as well as favorites from Kauai’s diverse food trucks. There will also be several beer and wine stations, as well as cocktails available in the bar.

Complimentary parking is available behind Poipu Beach Athletic Club. Please be mindful of parking signage.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Hapas Restaurant or online here =>>

Saturday, September 5, 2015
Brennecke’s Carbo Load Dinner
at Poipu Beach Athletic Club
2290 Poipu Road, Koloa, Hawaii, Kauai
Two Seatings: 5pm and 6:30pm
Reservations: Pre-Race Carbo Load Dinner

Fuel up for the big race with a fabulous Carbo Load Dinner hosted by Brennecke’s Beach Broiler and Poipu Beach Athletic Club. Feast on an all you can eat buffet that features delectable Mediterranean Tortellini Salad, Caesar Salad, Chicken Piccata, Three Cheese Vegetarian Lasagne, Rigatoni Pasta Bake with Italian Sausage and much more!

Tickets: $29.99 for adults (purchased before September 1st). Children 6 and under are free and the price includes a choice of one beverage. Price increases to $34.99 on September 2, 2015. Limited seating and this event is expected to sell out so buy your tickets now!

Over 21 year olds can choose from a Mai Tai Rum Punch, Big Swell IPA, Bikini Blonde Lager, Miller Lite or White or Red Wine. Additional beverages can be purchased at Hapa’s Restaurant.

Reservations: Pre-Race Carbo Load Dinner

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Hyatt Palm Springs Chill Summer Packages

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Hyatt Palm Springs Chill Summer Packages
Hyatt Palm Springs

The luxurious desert resort, Hyatt Palm Springs Introduces “Chill” Summer Packages – the perfect opportunity to Relax and Unwind While Staying Cool This Summer at the Hyatt Palm Springs

Chill out in one of the best “chill” spots ever, The Hyatt Palm Springs. Take advantage of Hyatt Palm Springs’ newly announced “Chill” packages. Guests can choose from one of three exciting offers including in the “Chill” promotion. Packages are available NOW through September 2015.

HooDoo at the Hyatt Palm Springs

The Happy Hour Package!

Get happy while relaxing at the Hyatt Palm Springs resort with a 2-night stay in a balcony suite, overlooking the soothing San Jacinto Mountains. Enjoy up to four cocktails (package includes two cocktails per person, per day) and an appetizer of choice between the hours of 5pm – 8pm at any of the three hotel beverage outlets, including the famous Hoodoo Lounge. Offer valid June 2015 to September 30, 2015. Use code: 89935.

Two Nights, Third Night FREE!
Savings starting at $129

Travelers can extend their stay at no cost when arriving Sunday – Tuesday at Hyatt Palm Springs. Guests purchasing 2 nights can get a 3rd consecutive night for free. See website for availability and stay dates. Book by September 15th for stays through September 30th. Use code: 55110.
King room at Hyatt Palm Springs

Bed and Breakfast-for-Two
Savings starting at $50

Suite romance awaits travelers with Hyatt Palm Springs’ Bed and Breakfast Package. This exciting offer includes accommodations in a spacious suite and daily breakfast for two in Hyatt’s on-site restaurant. Reservations are subject to availability and must be made in advance. Package includes a Suite-for-two and daily breakfast-for-two in Hyatt’s restaurant. Use code: 28293.

These packages offer savings from 31 to 50% off regular prices – chic, affordable savings to beat the heat this Summer.

Hyatt Palm Springs
285 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 322-9000
For complete details and reservations, visit =>

Hoodoo lounge at Hyatt Palm Springs

Capri, Italy Comes to Warwick Los Angeles

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Capri, Italy Comes to Warwick Los Angeles
Warwick LA

Warwick, the chic after-bar and night club in Hollywood celebrates its Summer re-design by bringing the beautiful and playful island of Capri to Los Angeles. The Italian-inspired décor and cocktail menu debuted at the beginning of the Summer season and will continue til Fall.
Welcome to Warwick

Seen at the Summer launch event were LA fashionistas, top LA media such as KTTV FOX 11’s Susan Hirasuna and the quintessential Summer Diva herself, Donna Summer. Guests enjoyed small bites such as Raspberry Tarts, Petit Chocolate Eclairs, and an Ice Cream cart.

Ice cream girls at the Warwick LA

Ice cream cart and “Capri” girls at the Warwick LA

Warwick, the season-themed after dark bar and lounge transforms its décor several times a year and offers delightfully attentive service with a smile from some of LA’s most chic and savvy hostesses.

Service Capri style at the Warwick LA

Service Capri style at the Warwick LA

This Summer’s Capri theme creates an inviting, sultry Amalfi Coast vibe with shades of oceanic blue, limoncello yellow, fresh pink florals so luscious one is easily transported to the romantic, luxury destination. Patterned canopies, true-to-life lemon trees, twinkle lights and delicate swaying lanterns surround the lower level which boasts two enchanting fireplaces and spacious, comfy seating where guests can enjoy bottle service of some of the finest wines, champagnes, and spirits or sip on refreshing craft cocktails made in the spirit of Capri.

Warwick Summer 2015 Capri

Fresh menu additions include the Cocchi Sangria made with Cocchi Americano, strawberry, vanilla, lemon, and soda; Raspberry Poloma with tequila, raspberry, grapefruit, lime, vanilla sea salt, soda, and agave; and Limoncello Slushy to lighten the palate with Capri’s staple liqueur.
the bar at the Warwick

Upstairs, the loft-type room has been transformed into the Rose’ Room. Ensconced in flirty shades of pink amongst the pearl white walls and décor, the Rose’ Room is accented with alluring fresh roses and serves everything rose’. From prosecco to champagne, the Rose’ Room has sumptuous wines and bubbly including Dom Perignon Rose’.
The Rose Room at the Warwick LA

Since its opening in 2013, Warwick has become an ever-evolving gathering place for Los Angeles nightlife. Its seasonal, thematic redesigns are crafted to keep guests on their toes and transport them to different cultural experiences around the world. Past incarnations at Warwick include a playful nautical motif in Spring 2014 and a nod to 1940s Hollywood through Film Noir in Fall 2014. With this summer’s total remodel, guests can expect to be swept away to Southern Italy where they will experience the flirtatious lure of a bright and whimsical Summer hideaway.

the Warwick LA

6507 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Open Wednesdays through Saturday, 9pm to 2am
Reservations, email or call (323) 460-6667
Twitter: @Warwick_LA
Instagram: @Warwick_LA

Capri style at the Warwick this summer

Sushi Roku Fashion Island Now Open!

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Sushi Roku Fashion Island Now Open!
Sushi Roku NB entrance

Innovative Dining Group (IDG) brings its iconic sushi restaurant to Newport Beach Fashion Island. Now open, Sushi Roku is pleasing palates with one-of-a-kind dishes including fish, chicken, pork, beef, and vegetarian options. The well-rounded menu unites traditional Japanese cuisine with southern California seasonal ingredients prepared in a deliciously fashionable way.

Sushi Roku NB front dining area

Says Lee Maen, Partner at Innovative Dining Group, “We’ve been looking forward to making our debut in Orange County’s vibrant dining scene for quite some time.” Adding that “we are excited to share our modern approach to Japanese cuisine as well as Roku’s outstanding level of hospitality at this stunning location in Fashion Island.”

Sushi Roku NB sushi bar and seating

Stunning it is! The restaurant features a spacious and comfortable front patio that is perfect for people watching and the spaciousness spills into the interior of the restaurant with seating for 129 in the front dining room, a 16-seat sushi bar, and a 15-seat bar which features flat screen televisions to catch the latest news or sports events.

Sushi Roku NB sushi case

Helmed by Executive Sushi Chef Hiroshi Shima, Chef Shima has designated Head Chef Shin Toyoda to oversee the kitchen at Sushi Roku Fashion Island. Chef Toyoda is a native of Tokyo and has trained under Master Chefs at Kanda Muromachi, Tokyo.
Sushi Roku NB bar

On the cocktail side, Executive General Manager and Sake Sommelier Eiji Mori curates a selective sake menu that embodies the complex flavors and aromas of craft sake. The bar menu at Sushi Roku Fashion Island also extends to a full bar with Sushi Roku’s famous specialty cocktails (see more below), and signature wine list offering crisp white wines, champagne and full-bodied red wines each pairing well with Japanese cuisine.

Golden Boy cocktail from Sushi Roku

Golden Boy cocktail from Sushi Roku

A few menu highlights:
Golden Boy cocktail
Cazadores blanco, citrus juices, cucumber, mint, club soda and sherry float
(pictured above)

Ginger Lychee Mojito
Bacardi rum, ginger, lychee fruit, mint, vanilla, lime juice
Ginger Lychee Mojito from Sushi Roku

Tuna Tartare with Yuzu Guacamole and Tamari Soy Truffle
Tuna Tartare with Yuzu Guacamole and Tamari Soy Truffle

Yellowtail Diced Chilies with Olive Oil and Garlic Ponzu
Yellowtail Diced Chilies with Olive Oil Garlic Ponzu

Roku Sashimi (more selections available)

Signature Sushi Roku Rolls
Making sushi rolls at Sushi Roku NB

Tuna and Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Yuzu Miso
Tuna and Beet Carpacio with Goat Cheese and Yuzu Miso

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Baked Lobster Roll with Creamy Miso Sauce
Baked Lobster Roll with Creamy Miso Sauce

Chilean Sea Bass, Chicken and Beef Skewers at Sushi Roku NB
Chilean Sea Bass, Chicken and Beef Skewers at Sushi Roku NB

Deconstructed s’mores from Sushi Roku
Deconstructed s'mores from Sushi Roku

Sushi Roku Fashion Island
327 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(adjacent to Macy’s across from True Food Kitchen)
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Sunday – Thursday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm – 12:00am
Saturday: 3:00pm – 12:00am

Happy Hour menu:
$3 to $6 bites, including edamame with truffle butter, seared Albacore sashimi with crispy onions, and pork kakuni sliders
$3 beers and $4 to $7 cocktails and wines

Five Crowns : 50 Years and Counting

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Five Crowns : 50 Years and Counting
Five Crowns
One of Orange County’s most notable restaurants, Five Crowns, turns 50 this year. To celebrate, Executive Chef Steve Kling has unveiled a new, innovative menu and beverage program to showcase the restaurant’s versatility and unique style while still honoring the traditional favorites loyal customers have come to know and love.
Five Crowns
Established as a classic English tavern in 1965, Five Crowns in Corona del Mar is part of the privately-owned Lawry’s fine-dining restaurants. “As we come into our 50th year,” says Corporate Executive Chef and Vice President Ryan O’Melveny Wilson, “we wanted to present a menu that offers guests a flexible dining experience with broader selections of starters, main dishes, and family style options and pay homage to the classic selections.”

Five Crowns

To complement the new menu, Five Crowns has ramped up its craft cocktail selections and increased their wine inventory nearly three-fold with additions of multiple limited release wines from Napa Valley, cult wines by Bryant Family and Screaming Eagle, interesting reds from the Southern Hemisphere and added a curated section to the wine list which highlights favorite wines “Inspired by” patrons of Five Crowns.

Poppy Love cordial

Poppy Love cordial

New appetizer offerings include Duck Rillette and a Crab and Avocado Mash which pair nicely with a distinguished craft cocktail called Poppy Love – botanist gin, poppy liqueur, foro amaro, fig & cinnamon bitters served on-the-rocks on hand-cut ice.
Five Crowns seafood tower

Embracing the sea, Chef Kling now offers Absinthe-Cured Salmon Gravlax, Smoked Trout Dip, Grilled Shrimp Cocktail, Oysters on-the-half-shell, served in shared and small plate options to please multiple types of diners and food lovers. Adding to the “Plates for the Table” selections are a 2-pound broiled Maine lobster, Whole Pan Roasted Jidori Chicken, and a 14-ounce Sliced Beef Tenderloin. Small plate selections include Prince Edward Island Mussels, Frito Misto of Vegetables, Seared Hokkaido Scallops and the Five Crowns classic Crab Cake.

Duo of Salmon

Duo of Salmon

For those looking for lighter fare, a Tuscan Kale Caesar salad is a delicious option, or choose from the Beet and Strawberry Salad with arugula, sunflower seeds, and fromage blanc, Citrus Salad of oro blanco, grapefruit, fennel, tomato, watercress, and salanova lettuces.

Beet and Strawberry Salad

Beet and Strawberry Salad

Traditionalists can still enjoy the famous Prime Rib options with side dish favorites, Colorado Lamb Chops, Grilled Rib Chop for Two and more traditional favorites, but new dinner items include a Tomahawk Pork Chop with broccoli rapini, cannellini beans, and citrus, an 8-ounce prime flat iron Steak Frites with maître d’hôtel butter and Linguini, Seared Scottish Salmon, Potato Horseradish Crusted Salmon, Beefsteak Neptune and Grilled Ribeye served with baby squash, cipollini onion, fingerling potato, and cognac demi-glace.

Grilled Ribeye and Beefsteak Neptune

Grilled Ribeye and Beefsteak Neptune

For dessert, Meyer Lemon Steamcake, Palet D’Or with cocoa nibs, Dark Chocolate Souffle and more offer decadent finishes to the meal.

Palet D'Or

Palet D’Or

Inside, Five Crowns will be featuring an inviting, guest-friendly new bar and outside, the restaurant will add a vegetable garden. For patrons who prefer to dine at the bar, SideDoor gastropub is still entered from Poppy Street and housed within the historic Five Crowns building.

Shhhhhhhh, did someone say speakeasy? It’s not a club, it’s not a pub… it’s a secret room upstairs at Five Crowns where guests can sip on selections of Absinthes like Tennyson and Pernod from France, Butterfly from Switzerland, classic cocktails like the French 75, Hemmingway, and Boulevardier, Signature cocktails such as Green Beast of Burden, Crimson and Clover, Amaro flights, wines, and bottled beer. This room is so secret, however, only those in-the-know are able to pass the word around underground and to keep it top secret, no photos are allowed.

Meyer Lemon Steamcake

Meyer Lemon Steamcake

Offering something for everyone, celebrate 50 years of Five Crowns by enjoying the traditional favorites or create your own new traditional favorites with Chef Kling’s expanded menu items.

Five Crowns and SideDoor gastropub
3801 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Five Crowns
SideDoor gastropub

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Spring Events at Hotel Irvine

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Spring Events at Hotel Irvine
Hotel Irvine

From Easter to Backyard Block Parties, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day through to Memorial Day, Hotel Irvine has a new look, a new vibe and a hot new restaurant and lounge scene you don’t want to miss.

Spring brings Red Letter Days at the Hotel Irvine’s Red Bar and Lounge with special celebrations for all ages all season long.  See full details below but here are some of the highlights of the season: Arts n’ Crafts Cocktails, MLB Sunday Night Game of the Week, Putt-Putt, Pimentos & Palmers, BYO Red Solo Cup and Game Show Night.
Hotel Irvine

Save the Date!  Sunday, April 26, Hotel Irvine welcomes the Irvine community to its very first Backyard Block Party – great food, drinks, live musical performances and outdoor game competitions.

Here’s what not to miss at the newly revived Hotel Irvine:

Arts n’ Craft Cocktails at Red Bar and Lounge

Saturdays in April from 5pm to 7pm

Learn from the pros… become your own mixologist at a professional bar. Guests pick their favorite cocktails and the experts let them try their hands at muddling, shaking, straining and garnishing, while they explain it all with the latest behind-the-bar lingo.  FUN!

Red Bar and Lounge Lobster Tacos

Red Bar and Lounge Lobster Tacos

MLB Sunday Night Game of the Week at Red Bar and Lounge

Every Sunday, April through September

Baseball fans… catch the hottest MLB matchups with ESPN’s Sunday Night Game of the Week – view all the action on the bar’s 10-foot flat screen.

Fans who sport their favorite team jersey or other fan gear can enjoy tasty sliders and a draft beer for only $5. Limit one per fan and pricing excludes tax and gratuities.


Sliders from Red Bar and Lounge


Easter Picnic in The Backyard at Hotel Irvine

Sunday, April 5 from 10am to 2pm

Families and friends… spend leisure time on the lawn feasting on personalized culinary creations like build-your-own waffles, made-to-order breakfast burritos, fresh tossed ceviche, build-your-own donuts, and A Kid’s Corner.  Mom, Dad and friends, treat yourself to a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar.

The real fun for everyone at this Picnic in The Backyard are the Easter egg hunt, photo booth, magician trickery, the Lizard Wizard and special appearances by the Easter Bunny himself.

$49 per adult, $15 per child ages five through 12. Pricing excludes tax and service charge.

Visit for complete menu and additional details.
Reservations and tickets can be purchased online. Advanced payment required.


Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Red Bar and Lounge after 3

Sunday, April 5; after 3pm 

Easter fans who don’t want the Easter celebration to end with just a terrific Sunday brunch, are invited to Red Bar and Lounge to take part in a grown-up Easter Egg Hunt – while sipping on specialty drinks like the White Rabbit, Red Rabbit and Bunny Broiler.

Red Bar and Lounge’s Putt-Putt, Pimentos & Palmers

Thursday, April 9 through Sunday, April 12

While the professional golfers vie at Augusta National, putt-putt aficionados can test their prowess in Red Bar’s own putt-putt competition. Chef Jason will be serving his twist on the classic pimento and cheese sandwich, along with a sweet tea Arnold Palmer for just $5. Limit one per golfer and pricing excludes tax and gratuities.

Hotel Irvine’s First Backyard Block Party

Sunday, April 26, 3pm to 6pm 

This jam-packed event is designed around a sense of camaraderie and Sunday fun under the sun with friends, family and neighbors. The setting is the hotel’s expansive Backyard and the afternoon offerings include food and drinks from EATS Kitchen & Bar and Red Bar and Lounge, along with grub from some of Irvine’s top restaurants like Shirley Chung’s Twenty Eight, Mizu Sushi Bar and STAX Cookie Bar.

Party-goers will sip local craft beers and wines as they take in the sounds of local Irvine music groups like The Brevet, Yellow Red Sparks and Armors. And there will be game competitions such as cornhole, ping pong and lawn bowling.

$30 for adults age 21 and over (increases to $40 after April 4); $10 for child/student ages six to 20; VIP tickets $50 ages 21 and over (increases to $75 on April 4).

Advanced ticket purchase required. Reservations and tickets can be purchased online. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Irvine Public Schools Foundation.

The Fifth of May at Red Bar and Lounge

Tuesday, May 5, starting at 3 p.m.

Olé! Cinco de Mayo meets up with Taco Tuesday this year and brings Chef Jason’s Taco Bar creations to Red Bar and Lounge. This celebration includes $2.50 Mexican beers and all-day specialty cocktails like the Mexican Lollipop, Tequila at Dawn and Mexican Mule.

BYO Red Solo Cup at Red Bar and Lounge

Saturdays in May starting at 3 p.m.

Beer lovers who bring their own cup to BYO Red Solo Cup Saturdays in May will get fill-ups of $2 draft beers.


Your Mom Rocks Mother’s Day Party

Sunday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An outdoor Sunday brunch fete created to show Mom a great time and to celebrate how awesome she really is. Families will dig in to favorites that could be straight from mom’s own recipe book – Brioche French Toast, Eggs in a Basket, Quiche Lorraine, Chicken Pot Pie, Make- Your-Own Mac n’ Cheese, and there are a Scone Bar and more. Toasting with endless mimosas is part of the party, and guests can capture in-the-moment memories by using the hotel’s selfie sticks. Moms take home a Mother’s Day gift created just for them.

$49 per adult, $15 per child ages 5 – 12. Pricing excludes tax and service charge. Call 888-230-4452 or visit online at for more information. Reservations and tickets can be purchased online. Advanced payment required.

Game Show Night at Red Bar and Lounge

Saturdays in June; 5pm to 7pm

These challenging evenings offer casual Saturday night competitions with friends while enjoying favorite drinks and trying to best your pals at “Jeopardy,” “Wheel of Fortune” and “Trivial Pursuit” – all shown on Red Bar’s 10-foot screen. It’s ultimate trivia drinking game time.

Red Bar and Lounge

Red Bar and Lounge



Happy Hour at Red Bar and Lounge

Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 7pm and Friday from 2pm to 7pm

50% off all food, wines by the glass, draft beers and cocktails.
Red Bar and Lounge

Leave the Night On

Every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm to 1am, dance to DJs spinning tunes in Red Bar and Lounge. Marketplace offers a Late Night Menu from 11pm to 1am featuring pizzas, street tacos and hot sandwiches.


Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92614
For hotel: 888-230-4452
For EATS Kitchen & Bar: 949-225-6780
For Red Bar and Lounge: 949-225-6757

Photos courtesy of Hotel Irvine

Leatherby’s Café Rouge celebrates Broadway Dinners

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Leatherby’s Café Rouge celebrates Broadway Dinners

Leatherby's Cafe Rouge
Leatherby’s Café Rouge is the premiere dining spot at the beautiful Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County. An artistic and dining destination, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts boasts some of the world’s top talents including an internationally acclaimed dance series, jazz and caberet, leading classical music artists, indie-bands, and top Broadway shows.
Leatherby's Cafe Rouge restaurant
To celebrate this season’s Broadway shows, Leatherby’s Café Rouge presents the Broadway Dinner series by Executive Chef Ross Pangilinan. Beginning in February and running monthly through the end of June 2015, guests can enjoy specialty menus honoring the famed performances of the Broadway shows at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Leatherby's Broadway Dinner menus

Dirty Dancing

February 3rd – 15th

Hey! Baby

Little gem, red endive, goat cheese, walnuts, poached pear, beets, petite herbs and flowers, champagne dressing

Leatherby's Act IV CAB Boneless Beef Short Rib

Leatherby’s CAB Boneless Beef Short Rib

Hungry Eyes

CAB boneless beef short rib, Yukon gold potato pave, king trumpet mushrooms, cipollini, herb tempura, natural jus

Will you love me tomorrow

Raspberry macaroon, chocolate cake, raspberry sorbet, Port air and pate du fruit

Nice Work If You Can Get It

March 17th – March 22nd

400 Cases of Gin

House smoked trout, Gin and dill crème fraiche, pickled cucumber, fennel, potato chips

Leatherby's Braised Rabbit

Leatherby’s Braised Rabbit

Will You Remember Me?

Rabbit braised in local beer and grainy mustard, orichette pasta, peas, bacon, carrot, pearl onion

Demon Rum

Warm crepes, caramelized pineapple, salted rum caramel, vanilla bean ice cream

Guys and Dolls

April 14th – April 19th

A Bushel and a Peck

West coast oyster cocktail, spicy ponzu, citrus caviar, cucumber, sake, wasabi tobiko, avocado sorbet

Leatherby's Oyster Cocktail with Avocado Sorbet

Leatherby’s Oyster Cocktail with Avocado Sorbet

Luck Be a Lady

Free range chicken “saltimbocca” prosciutto, sage, potato fonduta, broccoli rabe, lemon chicken jus


Coconut rice pudding, exotic sauce and fruit, sugar brulee


May 13th – May 24th

It’s the Hard Knock Life

Pea and kaffir lime soup, fried artichokes, green onions


Bacon wrapped East Coast monkfish, apple-celery puree, tomato-onion tart, buerre rouge

Bacon Wrapped East Coast Monkfish at Leatherby's

Bacon Wrapped East Coast Monkfish at Leatherby’s


Apple and chocolate chip cookie cobbler, vanilla ice cream

Annie Kids Menu


American grilled cheese sandwich with house made tomato soup OR, “Easy Street” – Spaghetti and house made meatballs


Apple and chocolate chip cookie cobbler with vanilla ice cream


June 16th – June 28th

The Supremes

Chopped salad, fennel salami, garbanzo, bocconcini, heirloom tomato, radish, crispy shallots, red wine buttermilk vinaigrette

Motown Sound

Smoked and grilled pork porterhouse, lobster mac and cheese, roasted vegetables, rosemary jus

Leatherby's Chilled Berry Soup

Leatherby’s Chilled Berry Soup

Berry Gordy

Chilled “berry” soup, pistachio panna cotta, waffle cookie

Enjoy a serene, light-infused setting as whimsical culinary artistry becomes an integral part of the cultural experience at Leatherby’s Café Rouge. A Patina Group Restaurant with warm, minimalist interiors creates an ideal backdrop for artful presentations serving up exceptional modern American dishes with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Perfect for pre-theater dining,  after work cocktails, or a special night out!

Leatherby's bar

Leatherby’s Café Rouge

RESERVATIONS (714)429-7640

Leatherby's Foie Gras amuse

Leatherby’s Foie Gras amuse