Category Archives: Los Angeles

Maison Midi & Cafe Midi

Cafe Midi has it all: connected to the ever-exciting American Rag store and located within the awesome interior design store Maison Midi. When you need a break from browsing the large selection of designer and vintage wear next door, step into Midi for a quick croque monsieur amid an eclectic decor of beautifully crafted textiles, pottery, candles, pillows, furniture and cool gifts. You can choose to sit outside on the typical French sidewalk terrace or have your lunch inside this shopper’s paradise. One thing is for sure – you will not be able to leave Midi empty-handed.

Maison Midi & Cafe Midi entrance

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The Little Door

In the mood for a romantic evening? Step into The Little Door. The “hidden” doors might not reveal much, but once you step inside…romance galore! Candles, soft music, brick flooring and beautiful plants turn this restaurant into an enchanted garden. The Mediterranean menu matches the rustic decor, with classic ingredients in modern-style dishes. Prices are a little steep but romantic dinners are not the occasion to be stingy, right? When you plan to come with a group, check out the private dining options, such as the Blue Room or Piano Room. Make sure not to confuse this restaurant with the brasserie Little Next Door, which is – surprise – next door. It might have more curb appeal with the large patio out front, but when it comes to romance we believe nothing beats a hidden little garden.

The Little Door interior

The Little Door romantic

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Sprinkles cupcake ATM

It’s pretty safe to say that cupcakes have become a big hit. These cute calorie bombs are thoughtful little presents, make a damn good dessert and brighten up your day! No wonder you would want access to them all the time, whether it’s with your morning macchiato or after a night of clubbing. Sprinkles, the self-proclaimed cupcake pioneer with locations all over the US, noticed a growing demand for late-night store hours but lacked the necessary staff. The solution is a 24-hour cupcake vending machine, featuring a touch screen to select your favorite cupcake and a robotic arm to pull it from a wall stocked with single serving boxes. The ATM-like machine had its debut in March and a couple more are planned to open this year (three in New York City!). Contrary to what you might think, the cupcakes from the vending machine taste as fresh as the ones from the shop, as the machine is continuously restocked and only offers same-day cakes. Although this cupcake development will not receive a warm welcome from dieters and health trend fans, we sure love it. After all, you can never have too much access to cupcakes!

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A night out in West Hollywood gets off to a good start at Katana. It’s a sushi and Japanese Robata restaurant. Uh… come again? Robata is also known as open flame charcoal grill cooking. Don’t worry about the technical details. Just order the shortribs in asian marinade or the filet mignon wrapped around foie gras and asparagus and be amazed. If you go here on a Friday night, please expect the place to be packed and that you might have to wait a while for your table. Sip from one of the delicious Katana specialty cocktails while waiting. Even though the place is huge (several sections, floors, a big terrace) the dark interior with the black floors and chairs, the wooden tables and the candlelight still makes it feel intimate and not too crowded. However, the combination of the crowd and the Hotel Costes style ‘background music’ (that isn’t really in the background) makes the place extremely loud. Be prepared to scream at your table buddies. No big deal, because did you know Brad Pitt once rented a section of the restaurant for Jennifer Aniston’s birthday party?

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La Botte

Diner at La Botte is the recipe for bringing a day in Santa Monica to a successful conclusion. It takes only a few blocks from the Santa Monica Pier and the nice beaches to reach this fine Italian restaurant. And when entering the restaurant the warm ‘Buena Sera!’-welcome by the staff will make you unable to suppress a smile. A good start is half the battle. But don’t get too relaxed. Ordering is quite the challenge. Aside from the menu, the waiter will be spending quite some time at your table telling you about all the specials. Whatever you choose, it will be delizioso. Good to know: it’s the perfect place to bring your love: all warm woods and romantic candlelight.

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Whisper Lounge

Hidden in LA’s famous shopping area The Grove, you will find the super delicious lounge bar and restaurant called Whisper. Indeed, one would perhaps not expect a good bar or restaurant amidst the shopping atmosphere of a mall. But don’t worry, after struggling your way through dozens of shoppers and their shopping bags, Whisper will offer you an unexpected moment of tranquility and relaxation. Once seated at the bar, in the restaurant or in their vaulted patio, you will feel as if you have entered one of old Hollywoods private supperclubs. The 1940s inspired interior with dark mahogany wood, rich amber lighting and high boots might actually take you back in time. Top it off with a pinot grigio and their magnificent hummus plate (really, hummus rarely tastes thát good).

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