The Edison: “A Hidden Gem”

Have you ever wanted to go back in time? To a different place, a different era. To experience a culture very different from your own. To get completely lost in a moment, to forget where you are, what day it is, and to simply enjoy and reminisce upon the past. Well, have I got the metaphorical time machine for you! The Edison in downtown LA, deemed “One of LA’s Swankiest night spots” by Conde Nast Traveler, is an inexorable treat. A feast for the eyes, ears, and taste-buds, this unique “industrial cathedral” is set in LA’s first private power plant which was built in 1910. This place will literally sweep you off your feet and transport you to a different era. The Old Hollywood Glamour atmosphere invites guests to dress the part and have a simply lovely time. 

This place is a bit pricey, but they have a spectacular Happy Hour which is Wed-Fri, 5-7pm. You can indulge in up to 40% savings on selected drinks and food items. Take advantage of their 35 cent martinis and $5 food specials such as the sliders with fries.

They also have special events, performances, and you can even host your own party. On a Wednesday or Thursday, to reserve a table the “per person minimum” is only $25. This minimum jumps up to $50 on a Friday or Saturday (and don’t forget about the 18% gratuity), but I must say this is one place you just HAVE to experience.

I went with a group of friends and we reserved a table in the Tesla Room. I ordered “The Mistress” which is a vodka drink with hibiscus liquor and other exotic flavors (as shown in the picture to the right, it’s the pretty pink drink), “The Edison” which features bourbon and pear brandy, and the “Eye of the Beholder” which is a blend of tequila, lemon, and jalepeno (a spicy, unique cocktail indeed). We also ordered some of their absolutely delicious food. I had the fresh baked Bavarian pretzel which is served with a fluffy white cheese sauce for dipping. Some of the other things ordered include the Truffled Mac n Cheese and the Corn Fritters.

As if what we ordered wasn’t enough, we had to get a bottle of Absinthe from the Absinthe Fairy. A lovely young lady wearing gilded fairy wings wheels around a cart of diverse bottles of absinthe (featured in the photo, it’s the bottle topped with the cork) available for purchase. So, we all shared a shot of absinthe and it really set the night off.

This place is truly something memorable. It is literally hidden in an alley, so be sure get directions ahead of time. If you are ever in downtown LA or just want something fun to do check out The Edison, see what all the buzz is about! It is located at 108 W 2nd St #101 Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Also, check out their AMAZING website. If my post doesn’t get you in the mood to visit this extraordinary place, the website definitely will. Check it out! http://www.edisondowntown.com/

I definitely want to go here again soon and hopefully you will want to experience this place too!

Cheers!

Angela Wagner, Editor

Source: http://liveentertainmentla.com/2011/11/edison/

http://www.edisondowntown.com/

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Elephant Bar in the Room

While Elephant Bar is known for their amazing food and unfortunately high prices, their Happy Hour menu is something that’s friendly on your wallet. Most places don’t offer a large variety but here we get quite a nice selection. Non-alcholic specialty drinks start at $2.00 while what we really want, alcoholic drinks start at $3.00 and go to only $5.00.

For $3.00, you can get our most recommended drink, the House Margarita. Of course, if you aren’t looking for hard liquor, then a

domestic beer is just a couple words away. Then at $4.00, you can get yourself a nice Mojito or even a Mai Tai. Here, the list gets bigger as far as variety goes. Finally you top it all off with a Long Island or a SKYY infused martini for $5.00.

For the full list of drinks, click HERE.

On that list, you’ll also notice their appetizer specials as well as a Happy Hour Combo. For only $6.50, you get a burger, fries, and a domestic beer. You can upgrade the type of beer you like for $1.00-$2.00 more. Not bad if you ask me. The other great thing is that you aren’t limited to these deals by a certain day. You can enjoy them Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-7:00pm and 9:00pm-CLOSE seven days a week. So head over to 3775 Tyler Street, Suite A, Riverside, CA to get your drink on! But please remember to drink and drive responsibly so don’t get carried away by these low prices!

Until next time… Cheers!

-Anand, Social Media Marketing

Source: Elephant Bar

Great Thai-ms at Banana Bay

Let’s get out of the Inland Empire tonight and if the title didn’t give it away, Banana Bay is a Thai restaurant located at 18230 Colima Rd in Rowland Heights, CA 91748. I know… that’s a bit a far from my local suggestions but trust me, if you’re a fan of Thai food or want to enjoy a great happy hour, then this is the place for you.

Starting at 10PM-Close (Mon-Thurs: 1AM, Fri-Sat: 2AM), you can enjoy a large assortment of “2 For” deals. Let me give you an example. You can either buy ONE ‘Jack & Coke’ for $5.01 or TWO for $8.20. Yeah, these prices are a little weird but you’re still saving some money per drink and it’s even better if you’re splitting with someone. The “2 For” deals go as low as $7.29 ($5.00 if you want to include Jello Shots) and upwards of $9.11 for a ‘Hello Kitty.’ No idea what that is but it better be worth it. You can see the rest of the deals in the pictures.

No only are their drinks great but their food is amazing! I ordered the Combination Pad See Ew which not only filled me up but left me completely satisfied for being under $9. I gulped it down with a Thai Iced Coffee which was flavored perfectly, not too much coffee and not too sweet. After my meal, my friend and I decided to try a “2 For” deal and settled on the ‘Thai Tea Twister.’

Although it wasn’t bad, it was a bit much after already eating my meal and drinking a Thai Iced Coffee.  It was pretty sweet since it included Baileys, Amaretto, & Kahlua mixed with Thai Tea. Too much of this and you’re in for an awesome hangover. Maybe next time, I’ll order it at the beginning of my meal.

Anyways, if you don’t have plans tonight… get a group of friends together and head out to Rowland Heights. By the way, this place would be perfect for a date. Just a heads up.

Until next time.. Cheers!

Anand, Social Media Marketing

Gettin’ Loco at the Green Onion

The other night, I held a birthday dinner at The Green Onion Mexican Restaurant & Cantina located in Moreno Valley, CA. They were able to easily accomodate my large group of 16 and managed to maintain quality customer service throughout the night, which is impressive. So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

The food? AMAZING! I ordered a Chicken Burrito, “Wet” style with red and green sauce. The burrito was loaded with plenty of chicken, rice & beans. I was surprised that I was able to finish all of it considering the massive size. My friends ordered a variety of food including Steak Tacos, Shrimp or Chicken Fajitas, Chimichangas, and Enchiladas. Not a single complaint from anyone as everyone uttered the words, “I’ll definitely be coming back.”

Now if the food wasn’t enough of an incentive, the Margaritas were. I know, I know… more margaritas? But let me ask you this. How many places do you know that serve Margaritas by the pitcher? I’m assuming there aren’t much because they would have a tough time competing with The Green Onion. For $15 you get a large pitcher (bigger than what beer normally comes in) and it includes a straw. Yes, a straw for a pitcher (you can see it the corner on the picture to the right)! But if you’re with a group, like I was, just ask for a glass and you’re ready to pour the night away. I have to warn you, be careful! These margaritas definitely creep up on you. I’m sure my Patron shot didn’t help. Nonetheless, everyone that had one, was feeling pretty good afterwards.

So when you get a chance, get a group of friends together and head over to The Green Onion for some great food and even better Margaritas. Good times await at the Canyon Springs Plaza off the 60 Freeway at Day Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92557.

Until next time… Cheers!

-Anand, Social Media Marketing

Source: Green Onion

Finger Licking Good!

Baby got back! Oops, I meant, baby back ribs… yumm… finger licking goooood!

There has been a lot of buzz about the Southern-style restaurant franchise, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, and on Saturday, it was my time to see what the fuss was all about.  After a night out with friends at the Cerritos location, I have come to the conclusion that I love Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que! 

What’s not to love about the savory Southern-style BBQ, delicious drinks, and great customer service? Well… it was a full house and not an empty seat in sight. The wait was one whole hour and then some… but after being seated and greeted by a handsome waiter, all was forgiven. I quickly searched through the menu, contemplating long and hard on what to order but luckily it was happy hour!  So after debating with friends for quite a while, I finally decided to order the people’s favorite, the BBQ tri-tip sandwich and taking advantage of happy hour, I decided to order spinach and cheese dip appetizer which only was $4. After ordering, we were given a basket full of biscuits which tasted a bit like heaven. The food did not cease to amaze me with the tender meat in the sandwich and delicious biscuits with sweet butter!  But after gratifying my taste buds, it was time to enjoy a few drinks After all, it’s Happy Hour!

The glasses at Lucille’s are ginormous!  I had a 22 oz glass of Blue Moon beer ($5.50) and it was heaven.  If you’ve never had a Blue Moon before, then you are missing out.  The sweet malt and the orange flavor spices in the background of this refreshing drink is a must have on tap!  Secondly, I had a mixed Cuervo Margarita ($4) and Lucille’s was not stingy with the Jose =)  It was a bit salty for my taste, but I felt like I was sitting on the beach basking in the sun on the bay-side of Cancun!  Lastly, I ended the night with a Classic Caddy Rita ($6.50) and boy was I feeling a little bit unstable. The 1800 Resposado Tequilla that came along with Rita definitely did the job 😉  I had a great time at Lucille’s and definitely look forward to going back!

Happy Hour is from 3-7pm, Monday through Friday and 9pm ‘til close seven days a week!

Check out their Happy Hour details: http://lucillesbbq.com/menu/bar-menu/happy-hour

Cheers,

Hala, Social Media Marketing

Margarita Mondays

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Ughhhh.. The dreadful start of the week, Mondays. But never fear because we are here to make sure that you start the week off right. And what better way to do that than to drink the night away at Acapulco where it’s Margarita Monday. Get your Agave fix for a mere $2.50 for house margaritas and $2.75 for fruit margaritas. If you come in during Happy Hour from 3:00pm – 7:00pm, you can also enjoy reduced priced admissions (in the Cantina only). So for about $10-$15 you can get a few drinks, some tasty mexican food, and still have enough money left over to leave a generous tip. The closest Acapulco Restaurant to UCR is located at: 12625 Frederick St. Moreno Valley, CA.

Until next time… Cheers!

Source: Acapulco
Picture: TheGreatPlate