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Brunching at Viviane

Viviane, located in the gorgeous Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills now offers brunch in the most perfect chic and mid-century modern California setting from 7 am-3 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Viviane features a California interpretation of classic European and American cuisine and their indoor/outdoor space was designed by Kelly Wearstler. The sleek vintage oasis has authentic 1950s-60s collection of vintage furniture and the space is the perfect respite from Los Angeles’ busy lifestyle. My friend, who was visiting from Florida, and I headed to Viviane for Sunday brunch...

Mercado

It’s Los Angeles. Summer is not over. September just means to get  yourself to this new bar with a retractable roof. Mercado (7910 W 3rd St., 323.944.0947) is serving up a light breezy, some sunshine and mezcal-and-strawberry margaritas. It’s the Mid-City version of the Westside outpost. The space, designed by Ana Henton of MASS Architecture (Lukshon), has modern wooden chairs, leather banquettes, a large mural by L.A artist Carlos Nieto III, dark wooden ceilings, and exposed rafters. The large, marble bar is the main attraction, but...

Redwood Grille

[hana-code-insert name=’Redwood grille’/] Redwood Grille (395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica, 90401), has taken over the former spot of Xino. The classic American restaurant is serving up starters like lobster tacos, grilled lemon California quail, poutine, and grilled octopus. The lobster tacos are decadent and sweet with a cream sauce that offers up a kick in the end. My favorite starter was the grilled octopus. It was cooked to perfection and was a savory light dish. Entrees include Danish baby back ribs...

Rooftop Cocktails at The Ritz-Carlton

  The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles announces the return of its rooftop cocktail garden, with new produce, herbs and seasonal fruits. Surrounding the hotel’s 26th floor BLUE pool deck, the cocktail garden’s fruits, herbs and flowers are combined with premium liquors to produce the hotel’s signature garden-to-glass cocktails. This season’s garden cocktails include a Kalamansi Lemonade with Skyy vodka, Kalamansi lemon puree and honey-lemongrass syrup (made with lemongrass from the cocktail garden), fresh lemon juice and Sprite; Rhubarb Shiso Fizz with Ketel Oranje, housemade rhubarb simple...

Mixology101

Mixology101 (6333 W 3rd St, Ste O20, Los Angeles, 90036; 323.370.6560) a big, airy spot for outdoor drinking is opening Monday above the intersection between the Grove and the Farmers Market. Grab a seat with a view. There are windows everywhere, so that should be easy. As the name explains, this place is more focused on the drinks and less on the food. (my kinda place). Order up a Poolside Brass (gin, coconut water, elderflower and prosecco), it will keep you hydrated while you...