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Loungin’ Around in Eagle Rock

There has been talk about Eagle Rock being the new Silver Lake, the next “hip” spot to be in LA.  While I’m not so sure about that (although I do love my town!), it has become the place where stylish spots to eat and drink are popping up right and left.  In the past few years we’ve seen several bars revamped for ___(Marty’s, the York), a stylish sushi restaurant opened its doors (Mia Sushi), a contemporary soul food joint moved in (Larkin’s), and multiple “healthy” fast-food options (Taco Spot, Spitz) have entered the scene.

And now we have yet another hip hang out spot joining the ranks on Colorado Boulevard… the CT Lounge, a comfortable but modern atmosphere where it’s all about choice. 

It was a sweltering day, one of those where it is impossible to cool down, especially when going from one place to another around town. As my final stop I decided to check out Eagle Rock’s newest hot spot. Walking through the unassuming doors into the dark and deliciously cool CT Lounge, where deep purple curtains blocked out the overwhelming sunlight beating down on Colorado Boulevard, was exactly the relief I needed after running errands in the blistering heat. Once my eyes adjusted to the sudden darkness, I climbed into one of the futuristic-looking booths and relaxed into the cool atmosphere. With multiple big screen TVs on every wall and a good-vibe soundtrack playing overhead, the CT Lounge is definitely the place to chill out on a hot day. An ice cold beer completes the picture.

The CT Lounge is an offshoot of the Coffee Table Bistro, owned and operated by Mike Zammarrippa. Mike originally came to Eagle Rock to open a second location of his Silver Lake eatery, the Coffee Table. As in Silver Lake, when he opened the doors to the new restaurant there was a major lack of local eating establishments. It wasn’t too long before other eateries followed suit, and now Eagle Rock is full of food delights, with more on the way. Mike explains that when Chic’s Liquor closed its doors (right next door to the Coffee Table) he saw “an opportunity to take what was once a liquor store with a very bad reputation and create something that Eagle Rock lacked – a nicely designed space where one could go to watch a movie or see a game.” Another key element in opening the CT Lounge was the desire to “distinguish ourselves by having the largest variety of premium beer in the Northeast area,” states Mike. And they do have variety: 16 beers on tap and over 100 bottled beers available to thirsty customers. To satisfy the patrons’ hunger, the CT Lounge also serves up a variety of tasty burgers and munchies, they have even included some healthy salads into the bar food mix.

Along with having a relaxing environment with a fun vibe, Mike wants the CT Lounge to be known as a place “where the staff is friendly, the food is good, and the variety of beer is amazing.” This proves to be a winning mixture among the Eagle Rock crowd. During a recent Lakers’ game there was not a seat to be found in the bar, with Oxy college students making up a large percentage of the bar-goers. Aside from the mouth-watering food and large beer selection, the Lounge is simply a great place to hang out. Multiple flat screen TVs and a huge projection TV constantly play various sporting events or movies, while a Touch Tunes Internet Juke Box gives patrons “just about every song ever recorded” to choose from to blast throughout the bar. The CT Lounge’s Monday Movie Night is also sure to draw a crowd, with films like Young Frankenstein projected on the big screen.

The CT Lounge will be the place to hang out this summer. Stop in and cool down with a beer and great atmosphere.

 

 

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 The CT Lounge

 

 

To Mothers and Good Food

My grandma came down to LA for a visit to celebrate Mother’s Day.  That always means good food, and this weekend was no exception.  Friday night we had dinner at Cafe Beaujolai, a local French favorite in Eagle Rock.  The food is always good and the waiters are always entertaining there. 

The highlight of our dining was yesterday though, when my family went to the Scarlet Tea Room in Pasadena for a Mother’s Day Tea.  Located on Green Street and Fair Oaks, this little place is to die for… yummy tea sandwiches, delicious sugary treats, and a wide variety of tea and wines to choose from.  And it is surprisingly filling, so be prepared to go into a food coma soon after!

 

yummy

You choose four out of several tasty options… I got prosciutto and roasted red bell pepper, smoked salmon and chive, olive tapenade and roasted bell pepper, and the classic cucumber tea sandwich.  All were delicious and made me want more!  The scones that came with the tea tray were also very good and came in a range of flavors, we had  a chocolate chip and several different fruit ones.

sugar overload

 These little desserts don’t look like they’d be enough, but each one is made of enough sugar to keep a 5-year-old hyper til her 21st birthday.  I would have been fine with more sandwiches and the almond champagne that we started with, especially since we had strawberries framboise in a chocolate cup right after these.  Sugar overload! 

To all the mothers...

 Happy Mother’s Day!

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Scarlet Tea Room

Cafe Beaujolais

 

Update

So the first week of training for the Avon marathon walk went well.  I did 20 miles, which is pretty close to a marathon! Now I just have to get all those miles in one day and I’ll be all set for the Walk in September… haha!

I haven’t walked that much this week since I’ve had work piling up on top of me.  My laziness is actually turning out to be a good thing today because there has been a mountain lion running loose in Eagle Rock!  That would NOT have been a good thing for me to run into bright and early in the morning when I am nice and groggy and definitely not at my best for confronting danger.  Danger that should not even be present in the city!  I can easily get around crazy drivers and sidestep hobos on the street, but mountain lions are not in my repertoire.  Apparently wrassling wild animals is something I should add to my list of skills.

 

Won’t Go Home Without You

Catchphrase of this past weekend… “Wow I can’t believe you are actually in MY hometown this time!”

It was such a surreal few days having one of my best friends from Liverpool (who now lives in London) come out to LA to see what all the fuss was about.  After getting lost trying to back to this side of town from LAX (how confusing are the exits out of airports??), I finally got P back to my house so he could change before dinner.  I took him to El Cholo in Pasadena for a taste of some real Mexican food, not whatever the Brits come up with as Mexican haha… He took a picture of the sheer amount of food we were given and said it was tasty but that guacamole has a weird texture.  I’ll have to bring him around to how amazing it actually is, we have time!

I decided to get Hollywood out of the way on Friday, before it got too packed on the weekend.  We went on the Dearly Departed Tour, which I thought would be a much better idea than me trying to drive around showing him the sites (we all know my history of driving in Hollywood.. and if you don’t then GOOD, that’s one less person that will make a comment on my driving skills!).  The creator of www.findagrave.com is the tour guide, so you know you’re in for some scandalous sites on the Hollywood’s Tragical History Tour.  In the three hour tour we saw tons of LA and movie history, from the street where Halloween was filmed to the restroom where George Michael was arrested for uhh ‘indecent exposure.’  We didn’t come across any celebrities, but we did see Sylvester Stallone’s car and Christina Aguilera’s house… I’m obviously not hanging out in the right circles if in all my years of living in Los Angeles I’ve only seen a couple of famous people!

Once the tour was over we got P posed with all the usual tourist photo ops at Hollywood and Highland and Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  We’ve got about a dozen pictures of a famous person’s handprints and P’s foot, or P’s hand pointing at a celebrity’s signature in the cement.  We wandered down Hollywood Blvd to find P a souvenier out of one of the many seedy little shops and then ventured in to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, a classic!  It seems a little old and out of place next to all the development going on in that area, but it still manages to amuse (and gross out) with its strange collection.

That night we had a few drinks at The Chalet, my local neighborhood bar in Eagle Rock.  We chilled out, played our favorites from the jukebox, and remembered funny/embarrassing nights out from college.  P was amazed that there was actually Guinness on tap at some place in the US — and that it actually tasted alright!  Haha yes.. Americans can drink real beer too (although the next night P was affirmed in his idea that all Americans are lightweights).

Saturday we went to Universal Studios, something I haven’t done in YEARS.  Last time I went it was pretty empty and I don’t remember there being that much to do.  But we had a blast, despite the fact that I might have given P some bruising out of terror walking through the House of Horrors and going down the drop in the Jurassic Park ride!  We went on the Studio Tour, which I thought would be neat for an out-of-towner to see but I ended up exclaiming “Oh wow that’s cool” every five minutes too.

After we had recovered from walking around all day, we ventured to a club called Elevate, located in the 21st floor penthouse of an office building in Downtown LA (along with Takami Sushi and Robata Restaurant).  It had a great view of Los Angeles from its outdoor areas and a DJ who played all kinds of fun music to dance to.  It was a classic night for me and P, filled with an intense mixture of tequila shots, crazy dancing, lost ATM cards, weird conversations with strangers, a few tears, but ultimately a lot of fun (and a LOT of funny memories).  Random little bits of that night have been coming back to us all week, cracking us up with each one.  

After that crazy night we spent the rest of the weekend chilling out.  Sunday afternoon we drove all the way down Sunset Blvd to the beach, looking at all the different parts of LA from Echo Park to Malibu.  From there we wandered around Santa Monica Pier and the 3rd St Promenade.  We got some interesting people watching in and I made P stand in the Pacific ocean and pose for all kinds of touristy photos.  Too bad the weather wasn’t nice enough for actually lying out in the sand somewhere, I don’t think P even went back to freezing England with any kind of a tan! 

For a five day trip I think we hit all the major tourist spots of LA.  We’ve got a list going of less touristy things to do for the next time he comes out to visit, it’s already pretty long but I’m sure there is loads that needs to be added.  If you have any ideas for what has to be shown to people from outside the LA bubble,  drop me a line!