One of the dreamiest and romantic happy hours ever -- in a set decorator's imagining of a cozy Paris hideaway featuring low, mismatched vintage couches, flickering candleight from silver candleabras, frites, a generous cheeseplate, sparkling wine carafs (and much more on a lovely special menu). Sweet.
And be prepared to wait -- locals stand waiting to enjoy this delightful end of day respite on Vermont Avenue.
1802 North Vermont Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323) 662-1587 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (323) 662-1587
I love smaller sized cupcakes and these organic carrot bites are even more tempting baked in colorful Parisian paper pleats --Bleu, Blanc, Rouge, of course!
It took several batches to perfect this recipe: not too sweet and very lush and light. Toasted almonds add a delicate crunch and a zing of fresh lemon zest make for a VERY addictive frosting. I'll post the recipe on my website tomorrow.
Meanwhile, come by and sample these treats all day...with bubbly and other French goodies.
I walked into this tiny vineyard by chance a few years ago. We found ourselves in a gravelled back area, greeted by a barking dog. It seemed deserted. A tall, sleepy guy appeared with a half smile. Almost reluctantly, he gave us a brief "tour" of the modest place not at all "done" f or tourists and half heartedly led us to a little tasting room.
This unenthusiastic prelude did not exactly make us have any hopes for the wine. Then with a little pour of the red and quick swirl, he handed over a glass. We were not prepared for the lush delight we tasted. Needless to say a case immediately was placed in the back of the car before we left. I recently found a bottle from that trip and it is still a really nice glass of red.