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Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

Ultimate Jam at the Whisky A Go-Go Hit Another Home Run!

The calendar says Tuesday but the Whisky A Go-Go was rocking like a Saturday night! Another incredible night of amazing talent and entertainment started with a mind-blowing performance by Heavy Mellow, an acoustic trio with the unusual ability to blend the strains of heavy metal music with the classic and traditional play of Flamenco guitars.

Luis Villegas, Grammy nominated Flamenco guitarist, Ben Woods, classical Spanish Flamenco guitarist, and Mike Bennett on cajon and percussion.
Luis Villegas, Grammy nominated Flamenco guitarist, Ben Woods, classical Spanish Flamenco guitarist, and Mike Bennett on cajon and percussion.

Opening the jam session for the evening was the house band with additional help from the Jason Aldean band – Rich Redmond. On guitar, from the Ultimate Jam Night house band,  the Edgar Winter Band and MSG – Mitch Perry. Helping on guitar,  he’s played with Johnny Depp and the Kids and from the band Little Caeser – Joey Malone. On keys, from Survivor and Denny Laine – Walter Ino. On bass , the creator of Ultimate Jam Night and The Captain, the Ultimate Jam Night house band,  Quiet Riot, Alice Cooper, Montrose, and many more…Chuck Wright. And singing the first two songs, Lights Out in London and Say What you Will, from Mr. Big and Ace Frehley and the house band – Matt Starr.

Ultimate Jam House Band Guitarist, Mitch Perry
Ultimate Jam House Band Guitarist, Mitch Perry

Shortly after, MC Extraordinaire, Paulie Z was joined by Xavier Muriel (drums) and Stevie D (guitar) from Buckcherry, Johnny Martin (bass) from Tracii Gun,  and Alex Kane (guitar) from Little Caesar, LSD, AntiProduct, and The Ramones. They blew us away with a heart-pounding, high energy rendition of Bulls on Parade and Bombtrack.

Paulie Z, Xavier Muriel, Stevie D, Johnny Martin and Alex Kane
Paulie Z, Xavier Muriel, Stevie D, Johnny Martin and Alex Kane

The night just kept rocking and rolling forward with more incredible artists and musicians, including Joe Retta (Dio’s Disciples, Heaven & Earth, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and The Sweet ), Sean McNab (Resurrection Kings and Lynch Mob), Mike Watt (Minute Men, Firehose, The Stooges), Shane Soloski (Five for Fighting and Brian Wilson) and Koko Powell (Edgar Winter Band).

Joe Retta from Dio’s Disciples, Heaven & Earth, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and The Sweet
Joe Retta from Dio’s Disciples, Heaven & Earth, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and The Sweet

Once again, the Whisky A Go-Go, together with the Ultimate Jam Night, created an unforgettable evening of rock and roll, punk and  heavy metal-Flamenco for music lovers of all ages and genres.

 

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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SHAPE

SHAPE magazine has always brought us fabulous articles on ways to keep our bodies and our minds in tip top condition. They have provided us with inside information as to how those beautiful stars keep their shape. Even special tricks to continue to eat right during tough holiday seasons. Now SHAPE magazine is offering a fashionable and  sophisticated wardrobe to go along with the physicality of staying in SHAPE.

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Rock Steady, Inspired by rock climbing in the Grand Canyon

The new Fall season of activewear for 2016 is a brilliant combination of practical and pretty. Each design has a theme based pattern that creates a fun and free sense of style to help you feel beautiful, even when you’re hot and sweaty.  SHAPE knows that sweaty is sexy and this line of activewear is all the rage for cross trainers, runners and yoga enthusiasts. The materials are created to resemble things in nature and sport such as camouflage, cliffs and sunsets. The reflective materials keep you safer in the dark, and the spandex holds your muscles and massages them as you test the levels of your strength and endurance.

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Asphalt Legging in Static Print with Elevate Tank

SHAPE activewear is beautiful and affordable. Comfortable and ergonomically designed clothing help to keep your body going under the toughest conditions. With items ranging from shirts as low as $34 up to running jackets for $110, there are so many options to chose from.

Sport bras come in a variety of sizes, shapes and patterns. They are in the $44-60 range and provide support and comfort to any woman.

The pants come in shorts, cross trainers, yoga and running styles and have so many fabulous fall designs and material patterns that it is hard to chose just one. These items range from $54-$68 and offer warmth and support for any fall weather.

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Marathon Short and Define Bra

If the  season cools down, running shirts and jackets by SHAPE will complete any outfit and help to keep you warm and supported. These pieces start at $38 for a warmer weather, short-sleeved shirt and top off around $110 for full coverage jackets. Perfect for any fall climate.

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Glamper Vest in Camo Green

Exercise has become a fashion on its own, and now we have the option to incorporate fashion when we exercise thanks to SHAPE Activewear. Styles and statements for anyone who moves.

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Soundcheck ROCKED the Lucky Strike in Hollywood on Wednesday Night

The second night of Soundcheck at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood rocked the audience with an eclectic group of musicians and vocalists from various bands such as P!nk, The Babys, Avril Lavigne, and many more!

Soundcheck at the Lucky Strike
Soundcheck at the Lucky Strike

The Lucky Strike is always a fun venue with plenty of room for rock patrons to enjoy a mash up of musicians playing old favorites from metal to pop and beyond. Drinks are reasonably priced and the food menu has so much to chose from. The large room allows the listeners to wonder around, go outside for fresh air, or sit comfortably at a table or on a couch to listen from a distance. Of course the die hard fans are right up front dancing and cheering on their favorite musicians. The night never disappoints as the rock legends keep on rocking.

 John Bisaha at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood
John Bisaha (lead singer of The Babys) at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood

Soundcheck is a fun, easy going event for anyone to enjoy on a Wednesday night in Hollywood. Music lovers from all over wonder in to take part of an incredible night of music and entertainment.

Harmonizing at the Soundcheck

 

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Ultimate Jam at the Whisky A Go-Go Rocked West Hollywood

The Ultimate Jam has a new home and it’s in West Hollywood at the Whisky A Go-Go on Tuesday nights. The stage was set a blaze by so many  rock and roll luminaries it was tough to keep track. MC Extraordinaire, Paul (Paulie Z) Zablidowsky took control of the night and entertained the crowd right along with performers such as Daxx X Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Leif Garrett, Ira Black (Lizzy Borden), Alex Kane (Richie Ramone, Life, Sex & Death, LSD), and Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon) to name a few.

Leif Garrett singing Honky Tonk Woman at the Ultimate Jam
Leif Garrett singing Honky Tonk Woman at the Ultimate Jam

This legendary venue is very intimate and oozes style and history. The Whisky has been the host to some of rock ‘n’ roll’s most important bands, from the Doors andJanis Joplin to Led Zeppelin. It continues to bring amazing music to music lovers and offers a close up and personal view of the bands and musicians.

Ira Black and his fabulous hair
Ira Black and his fabulous hair

The Ultimate Jam continues to please everyone with it’s eclectic mix of rock and rollers from various bands all jamming together under one roof. On opening night many familiar covers such as Double Vision, Renegade, Honky Tonk Woman and Crazy on You were expertly played in the first set. In the second set we rocked out to Dance the Night Away, Losing You, Dream Police and Ramble On.

Alex Kane on lead guitar and vocals
Alex Kane on lead guitar and vocals

The night came to a glorious end with our incredibly talented MC, Paulie Z singing We Are The Champions with the Ultimate Jam house band (CHUCK WRIGHT, MITCH PERRY, PAULIE Z, MATT STARR,  ALEX KANE)

Eric Dover Dancing the Night Away

This phenomenal show can be seen every Tuesday night at the Whisky A Go Go for NO COVER charge! The drinks are reasonably priced and the experience is unforgettable. Every Angelino owes it to themselves to stop by the Whisky and lose themselves in an unbelievable night of rock and roll.

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Bacaro LA Wine and Cicchetti Bar in Downtown

The Hollywoodpresscorps.com was delighted to find Bacaro LA Wine and Cicchetti bar, a gem of a restaurant in the downtown district of Los Angeles. Surrounded by college students and culture, this small, rustic hideaway offers an impressive assortment of wine, beer and delectable cicchetti.

BacaroLA in Downtown Los Angeles
BacaroLA in Downtown Los Angeles

The Italian word Cicchetti is another way of saying small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional “bàcari” (cicchetti bars or osterie) in Venice, Italy. More commonly known in the United States  as “tapas” which is the Spanish version of the same craft of small plates.

Comfortable ambiance for students and business people Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Comfortable ambiance for students and business people
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The clientele was a mix of college students, business people and romantic diners. The fun decor and ambiance gives this restaurant a comfortable and thoughtful vibe. Wine and beer menus are chalked onto the black board walls, along with evening specials and featured menus. The ceiling is lighted by an eclectic wine bottle fixture that truly sets the tone for the dining experience.

The Kronfli brothers along with their amazing chef Lior Hillel have mastered unique flavors, colors and combinations for each of their small plate creations. The Hollywoodpresscorps.com tasted their complete seasonal special menu as well as a few additional other favorites recommended by General Manager Alex Kefalos.

Seared Scallops were unbelievably delicious Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Seared Scallops were unbelievably delicious
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The seasonal menu is highly recommended and consists of SEARED SCALLOPS carrot puree, crispy capers, white truffle olive oil $12; CRISPY SKIN SALMON calabrese pepper ragu, fennel salad, grilled sourdough $12; CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WINGS buttermilk batter, smoked pepper sauce, blue cheese dressing $9; and GOAT CHEESE SEMIFREDDO elderflower syrup, oatmeal crumble, macerated mixed berries $6.

Goat cheese with berries Photo by J Hansen Pullos
Goat cheese with berries
Photo by J Hansen Pullos

In addition to these treats, we also had a sampling of the recommended white and red wine, as well as their famous baked chicken breast, mushroom pizza, and the unforgettable Noa’s buffalo cauliflower. But, it was all so delicious, we continued to order more! After a table-side visit from Chef de Cuisine, Matt Albright, we were convinced to try Tal’s Tower – skewered shrimp-stuffed mushrooms with green garlic oil on a baked baguette that was a visual delight as well as a culinary pleasure. And he sent us the Bacaro fries which were a fantastic twist on traditional garlic fries with a fried egg perfectly cooked and placed on top.

Tai's Tower, Shrimp stuffed mushroom skewers Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Tai’s Tower, Shrimp stuffed mushroom skewers
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

To top off out incredible evening we sampled two delicious desserts, HOMEMADE BREAD PUDDING with vanilla ice cream $5 and MALABI rosewater custard with shaved coconut, hibiscus flower, and ground pistachio $5.

They even feature a fun happy hour and other great deals throughout the week including wine down Wednesdays were each round of wine is $1 cheaper than the last, until the round is free!

This unique and sophisticated wine and cicchetti bar is a definite favorite of The Hollywoodpresscorps.com and we highly recommend it to anyone near the downtown Los Angeles area. We are looking forward to our next visit when we will taste the meatier selections from the menu, stay tuned!

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Cadillac Zack presents Lionel Young at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

The Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana California, in association with Cadillac Zack, had the honor of presenting the amazing blues artist, Lionel Young this Monday night.

Lionel Young on electric violin. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps
Lionel Young on electric violin. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps

The crowd was especially enthusiastic when Young brought out his electric violin and began to woo the audience with his skill, technique, and personality.

Lionel Young at the Sugar Mill Saloon. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos
Lionel Young at the Sugar Mill Saloon. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Lionel Young is a classically trained musician with a high energy style and is known for his distinctive brand of blues on the electric violin. Born in Rochester, New York, Lionel Young began taking violin lessons at the age of six and  was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera-Ballet Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra which later commissioned him to play bluegrass and blues for their summer festival and on a tour of Japan.

Lionel Young at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon in Tarzana, California. Photo courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos
Lionel Young at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon in Tarzana, California. Photo courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos

Lionel has worked with show biz icons such as: Count Basie, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Paige/Robert Plant, Doc Severenson, Linda Ronstadt, Living Color, Billy Taylor, Woodie Herman, Stanley Turrentine, Homesick James, Homer Brown, Hamlet Bluiett, Chief Bae, and Johnny Long.

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Young bringing down the house with his soulful blues on his electric violin. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Fabulous blues bands and artists can be enjoyed every Monday night beginning at 8:00pm at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon,18389 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356. For more information on these incredible blues and jazz concerts email Cadillac Zack at CadillacZack@socalblues.org.

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Glitter and Glam at the Taglyan Complex for A Brighter Future For Children Charity Gala

 

The Hollywood Press Corps was delighted to be invited to attend the third annual A Brighter Future for Children Charity Gala at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles, on March 3, 2016. The spectacular event was hosted by The Dream Builders Projects, along with Angeleno Magazine, Prime Five Homes, and Suja. A Brighter Future for Children Charity Gala is raising funds and awareness for the Audrey Hepburn CARES Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Ariel Winter and Laurent Claude Gaudette (C) and freinds
Ariel Winter and Laurent Claude Gaudette (C) and freinds

The event was a huge, sold-out success and was bustling with stars from television, music and movies. Some of the celebrities that Hollywood Press Corps caught up with on the red carpet included Donny Most (Ralph Mouth) of Happy Days.

HPC Editor Dustin Brown with Don Most (Ralph Mouth) Happy Days
HPC Editor Dustin Brown with Don Most (Ralph Mouth) Happy Days

Guests enjoyed delicious cocktails courtesy of Hendricks Gin, Tito’s Vodka, and Tequila by Casa Mexico.  Local artists were on site creating live paintings and attendees were treated to a very rare performance by Grammy award winning composer and pianist, Omar Akram.

The artist was painting on repurposed wood at the event
The artist was painting on repurposed wood at the event

Guests were also invited to try their luck at poker tables. 100% of the proceeds from the gala was donated to the Audrey Hepburn CARES Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The funds donated will help provide comprehensive medical evaluations, treatment, and psychiatric rehabilitation to children who have been affected by physical, sexual, and psychological abuse and neglect.

Claudia Graf attends The Dream Builders Project 3rd Annual 'A Brighter Future For Children' Charity Gala at Taglyan Cultural Complex o
Claudia Graf attends The Dream Builders Project 3rd Annual ‘A Brighter Future For Children’ Charity Gala at Taglyan Cultural Complex
Kelli Berglund sparkled on the red carpet
Kelli Berglund sparkled on the red carpet
Britt Flatmo
Britt Flatmo
Charles Agron
Charles Agron
Jayde Nicole
Jayde Nicole

Some of the celebrities that attended the gala included Julie McNiven (Mad Men), Shaun Ross (Vogue), Genevieve Morton (Sports Illustrated), Jared Harris (The Man From U.N.C.L.E), Alex Meneses (Telenovela) ,Kelli Burglund (Lab Rats), and Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Omar Akram (2016 Grammy Winner), Ken Davitian (Borat), Britt Flatmo (Singer/Songwriter & Super8), Jimmy Jean-Louis (Joy), Brian Krause (Charmed), Don Most (Happy Days), Adrian Paul (Highlander), Kelly Perine (oneonone), Jeffery and Matthew Postlethwaite (Peaky Blinders), Chistopher Sean (Hawaii Five-0), Christopher Reich (Reba), Larry Namer (Founder of E! Entertainment, Jayde Nicole (Kendra on Top), Paulo Benedeti (The Bold & The Beautiful), Tony Denison (Major Crimes).

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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The Night of 100 Stars – 26th Annual Awards Night Gala – The Beverly Hilton

Blanca Blanco at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Blanca Blanco at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency

 

Actress and model Blanca Blanco arrived at the Night of 100 Stars and turned everyone’s head in a stunning and unique gown by Haute Couture designer Quynh Paris. The shimmering, romantic violet gown accentuated the beauty’s curves and offered a peek-a-boo view of her legs. The movement of the dress was captivating and the material combination of tulle and organza gave volume to the dress, making it appear as though the gown was floating around her.

Actress and model Blanca Blanco in a Quynh Paris design. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Actress and model Blanca Blanco in a Quynh Paris design. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency

The complexity of the gown was perfectly offset with simple teardrop diamond earrings and an elegant, side-swiped hairstyle. Blanco made a strong yet delicate statement on the red carpet on Sunday night and fans were blown away with her style and elegance.
Quynh Paris’s handmade gown was inspired by the starlight and she spent two months creating the perfect blend of couture and avant guard fashion.

Photographer and publisher Winston Burris with actress Blanca Blanco
Photographer and publisher Winston Burris with actress Blanca Blanco

Fabby Lifestyle was wowed by the decadent couture and the fabulously bold statement the star and the designer created together on the red carpet. We will be seeing much more from both of these extremely talented ladies in the future.

Actor John Savage at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Actor John Savage at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Swiss-born Italian/Greek actress Sofia Milos. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Swiss-born Italian/Greek actress Sofia Milos. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Locanda Del Lago is among the Best of the Best in Los Angeles

After dining at many of the premier restaurants in the Los Angels area, Hollywood Press Corps had the pleasure of experiencing Locanda Del Lago in the 3rd Street Promenade of Santa Monica and it is among the best of the best. Specializing in dishes from the northern region of Italy, Michelin star rated chef, Gianfranco Minuz has definitely perfected his farm to table menu and sommelier, Joseph Matlock, knows exactly how to pair wines with each course.

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The restaurant is tastefully decorated in Italian decor with warm lighting, rich colors, gorgeous chandeliers and beautiful wood tables. Located conveniently on the 3rd Street Promenade, steps away from the Santa Monica Pier, this wonderful restaurant attracts tourists and locals alike.

We decided to keep it simple so we chose the Celebration of Winter tasting menu. Each item has been created with the freshest organic produce obtained from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and sustainable proteins, and always follow the suggestions of the Seafood Watch by Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Prior to our first course, we were brought a treat of parmesan lace and refreshing cocktails prepared personally by mixmaster Joseph Matlock. The thin, crunchy cheese strips are a welcome alternative to the traditional bread sticks and slices that most restaurants provide and paired perfectly with a delicious raspberry lemon drop martini. This was such an incredible start, I would come back just for this pairing!

Baby artichoke salad Fresh produce from Santa Monica Farmers' Market
Baby artichoke salad
Fresh produce from Santa Monica Farmers’ Market

The most amazing salad was our first course. Insalata dI Carciofi al parmigiano or Raw Market Baby Artichoke Salad, was hand crafted using  baby artichokes, celery, arugula, parmesan cheese, and was seasoned with a delicious lemon dressing The wine pairing was the perfect choice of sparkling wine from Italy, Prosecco, Valdo. A perfect start to a grand meal.

RIsotto con Cime dI piselli E Cappesante was delivered as our next course. It was made with Carnaroli Risotto, Market Pea Shoot, Peruvian Bay Scallop, and ParmesanCheese. A Pinot Grigio, Borgo Conventi, ’14 was chosen as the pairing and it was quite a treat. Of all of the risottos that The Hollywood Press Corps has had the pleasure of tasting, Locanda Del Lago has proven to be one of the top creators of this crowd-pleasing dish. Perfectly seasoned, delightfully creamy, and precisely rich, I would recommend this item to the pickiest of diners.

For our first main course, we chose the pesce spada alla grIglia, cavolflori e salmorIglio, which was a perfectly Grilled Pacific Swordfish, Sautéed Market Cauliflower with Paprika in a Sicilian Salmoriglio Sauce. It was paired with a Chardonnay, Chateau St. Jean, ’12. The wine was buttery and smooth and enhanced the healthy, fresh flavors of the fish and vegetables. A great choice for those of us who are health conscious but still want grand flavors.

Roasted Lamb chops photo by Judy Hansen Pullos
Roasted Lamb chops photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Our second main course was Costolette dI Agnello Arrostite, Primizie del Mercato dI Stagione, which is a roasted, all natural Niman Ranch Lamb Rack Chop with Farmers’ Market seasonal baby veggie mix, in a tomato-thyme Sauce. Deeply Italian in flavors and aromas, this dish paired ideally with a chewy Cabernet Sauvignon, Buehler, ’13. This was a satisfyingly delectable meal.

Amazing Frozen Coffee Marangue
Amazing Frozen Coffee Meringue

And the grand finale was a winter dessert specialty that tasted so much like an Italian decadent delight. Semifreddo Al Caffe’ E Amaretti is an Italian frozen coffee meringue with Amaretti cookies and was paired with a Moscato d’Asti, Michele Chiarlo. A fabulous departure from teramisu, this dessert did not disappoint. It capped off the perfect meal and was light and spectacular.

The Hollywood Press Corps was thankful to have been invited to this incredible restaurant. It truly was one of the most delicious evenings we have experienced to date. A definite “must-try” dining establishment for anyone traveling to or even through the Santa Monica area. You will be pleasantly rewarded with amazing flavors, incredible service, and a romantic, slightly rustic, environment.

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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UPSCALE DINING AT BARRIQUE VENICE

Enjoying fine wine and a romantic atmosphere at Barrique Venice
Enjoying fine wine and a romantic atmosphere at Barrique Venice

Venice, California is known for its eclectic culture and artistic vibe. Among the many shops and stands are hidden some of the best dining destinations in Los Angeles. Barrique easily scores at the top of the list for fine Italian faire.

Barrique is located on Main Street in a lovely, yellow, bungalow-style home with indoor and outdoor seating. It is clean, modern and very romantic. Soft lighting intentionally keeps the room dark and reliant upon the ambient candle light from each individual table. The atmosphere is very intimate and perfect for a memorable dining experience.

The idyllic and picturesque dinning room at Barrique Venice
The idyllic and picturesque dinning room at Barrique Venice

The Hollywood Press Corps Magazine was greeted by Tony Black, owner of Barrique Venice. He seated us upstairs at a cozy table for two by a window. The tables are made from wine barrels giving the modern theme a rustic twist. Tony presented us with a wonderful, light, crisp white wine Molise from Italy to be paired with our first course, a delicious Branzino and Sea Urchin Carpaccio with Sea Weed and Orange Wedges. This was an amazing choice to begin our meal. Light and full of flavors, perfectly balanced and just enough to entice us before our next antipasto treat.

The delightful foie gras as prepared perfectly
The delightful foie gras was prepared masterfully

Chef Antonio Mure joined us at our table to inquire about our experience so far and to present our next tasting, Grilled Foie-Grass served with Pan Brioche and poached  pears. The understated elegance of this dish was a pleasant surprise. Not too rich or heavy, this also paired beautifully with the wine. The portions at Barrique are exactly right. Just enough to enjoy the flavors and move on to the next delicacy.

Chef Mure shaving mouth watering truffles on to a plate of handcrafted mushroom ravioli
Chef Mure shaving mouth watering truffles on to a plate of handcrafted mushroom ravioli

Chef Mure and Tony Black were both very attentive and a real delight to spend the evening with. Chef Mure would arrive with each of his courses to give us a little history of the dish and a back story on his process and presentation. The next course was home-made Red Beet Tagliolini Pasta, Marsala Quail Ragù on a Bed of Taleggio Cheese Fondue. Tony paired a fruit forward Sicilian Red wine with this dish and the two flavors played in perfect harmony. Chef Mura was so proud of his dish and referred to his pasta as “orgasmic” and “better than sex”. And with that statement came the next pasta dish, a traditionally hand-pinched, home made ravioli filled with fontina cheese from the Piedmont region of italy. The ravioli were delicately dressed in a white truffle butter sauce and Chef Mure personally shaved truffles over the top of the dish for an extra bump of exquisite flavor.

The Mediterranean Sea Bass was prepared with braised Maui Onions and fresh Zucchini
The Mediterranean Sea Bass was prepared with braised Maui Onions and fresh Zucchini

For our main course, we were presented with a Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass with Braised Maui Onions and Zucchini in a Blood Orange Sauce. We also reverted back to a white wine, a lovely citrus toned chardonnay that enhanced the slightly tart fruit flavors of the seafood dish. Once again, it was the perfect pairing. The sea bass was tender and flaky with a delicate hint of Italian seasoning and earthy flare.

To finish our evening we enjoyed a traditional Italian Easter cake from the Naples region. It was a light version of a cheesecake, sprinkled with powered sugar and lined with a creme fraise sauce and berries. Buttery, flakey and simply delicious.

The entire meal was satisfying yet light and healthy, allowing us to have enjoyed many wonderful flavors without feeling over stuffed at the end of the evening. Great food, incredible ambiance, and delightful character from both restauranteur Tony Black, and Michelin Star rated chef Antonio Mure left us feeling happy and satisfied and ready to make reservations to come back very soon! HollywoodPressCorp definitely recommends Barrique for an incredible dining experience and an intimate retreat for close family and friends.

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The dessert at Barrique is the perfect ending to the meal. All photos courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos
The Italian Easter Cake dessert at Barrique is the perfect ending to the meal. All photos courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos

 

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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