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LA (CULVER CITY): THE BEST PEAR FLOWER COCKTAIL

By Nora Zelevansky / August 26th, 2009

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Last night, I went to see The Time Traveler's Wife.

Yeah.  I admit it.  And it was pretty much as bad as you'd expect.  But I read the book, so I just had to see it, you know?

Fortunately, we caught the Eric-Bana-is-sometimes-really-hot-and-sometimes-sorta-eh show just around the corner from Rush Street, so we grabbed a cocktail on the upstairs patio post-film.  So much to discuss: how much we love Rachel McAdams, how little chemistry she has with Eric Bana, the weird, creepy special effect of him fading away during each time traveling episode.  Really.  A simple "poof" would have sufficed.

Before I go into the above cocktail, though, I feel like I need to mention that the popcorn seasoning situation at the Pacific Theater in Culver City is primo.  R. sprinkled her kernels with garlic and parmeasan and I tasted it.  And it was pretty damn awesome.  I, of course, stuck to a Slurpy.  You know how I love those.

Anyway, she ordered well at Rush Street too, choosing the above Pear Flower cocktail with Grey Goose La Poire Vodka, St. Germain, Fresh Lemon & Lime Juice and a Splash of Grapefruit.  So so so good.  You know how pear jelly beans are awesome?  Yeah.  It's like that.

I knew Rush Street had the best tater tots EVER, but this whole pear cocktail sitch was a new revelation.  If only I could travel back in time and drink more of them.  Maybe Eric Bana can teach me? 

POOF.

xo – N.

LA (CULVER CITY): THE BEST BLOODY MARY BAR & (YUM!) TATER TOTS

By Nora Zelevansky / May 7th, 2009

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Bloody.  Mary.  Bar.

'Nough said.

I heard rumors of the mythical D.I.Y. (that's "Do It Yourself") phenomenon at Rush Street's new "Red-Eye Brunch" (yup, for all you hungover slackers, who, unlike Grandma Pocket Lint, actually go to parties).  Hangover or not, I love a bloody mary and I live for a buffet (yup, grandma again), so I had to check out the Sunday scene for myself.

Sure enough, one corner of the bar was cluttered with a heavenly slew of bloody mary fixings.  They brought me a salt-rimmed glass and away I went to prepare my very own perfect afternoon cocktail.  Faced with the "3 Olive Hail Mary Bar" selection of tomato juice, Clamato, four types of hot sauce and worcestershire (do I get points for spelling that correctly?), spices from Lawry's to celery Salt to Old Bay, horseradish, celery, blue cheese, jalapeno or almond stuffed olives and even marinated asparagus, I was paralized with excitement.  Ultimately, since I live for hot sauce and anything salty, I decided to just use it all.

And I'd do it again.  You know why?  Cause even Andre the Critic said it was a damn good bloody mary.

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(MY BLOODY MARY & ANDRE'S ARM)

Anyway, just when I thought brunch couldn't get any better (okay, I admit that I'm not a huge breakfast person, so I didn't have high expections–I'd usually just order lunch), they brought over some breakfast paninis with, yup, tater tots.  Now, for those of you who haven't had a tater tot since camp or something, RUN don't walk to Rush Street now.  In fact, even if you've had a tater tot recently, run to Rush Street because they have the best tater tots I've ever had in my life, I think. (Plus, running might actually work off some of those tater tots.)  The Rush Street tater tots have some sort of tangy flavoring on them that is just out of this world.  It's probably just a boat load of sodium and MSG or something, but BRING IT ON.  Anytime, baby, anytime.

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(CLICK IMAGES TO EXPAND: Bloody Mary Seasoning and Heavenly Tater Tots)

For our main dishes, Andre and I ordered lunch cause, well, I'm not a breakfast person.  So, he had this awesome Sloppy Joe (below) and I had a Cobb Salad (below).  The salad, though perfectly good, was a lame choice made from a place of fat ass fear and guilt and it didn't really get eaten cause I was too busy chowing down on tater tots.  Yum.

And now a word from our sponsor. [READ: Insert clever sign off cause I'm tiiired].

xo – N.

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(CLICK IMAGES TO EXPAND: Awesome Sloppy Joe and Cobb Salad)