Romance, Dining & Champagne
For the Indulgent and the Budget Conscious

Where The Views & The Champagne Flow

Takami Sushi is bleeding red romance this Valentine’s Day!  Boasting 360 degree vistas of Los Angeles and beyond, Takami Sushi and elevate lounge will swing open their doors this Valentine’s Day to reveal a sea of romantic red.  Guests will arrive to enjoy The Piper Heidsieck Salon – large swaths of the space formerly known as elevate lounge will be transformed into a French Salon of beguiling romance.  Decked out from floor to ceiling in hues of red, dark reds, light reds, and really, really reds, The Salon will greet couples with two glasses of Piper Heidsieck and two house made French macaroons to set the mood.  Guests may relax in the salon, soak up the breathtaking views, or stroll into Takami to indulge in L.A.’s most romantic dining room destination. Twenty one floors above downtown’s Financial District, Takami offers guests the opportunity to dine on our menu of daily offerings, allowing guests to sip champagne and enjoy a light bite, or perhaps splurge with a feast of gastronomic proportions.  To conclude your dining adventure, couples might choose to share a final bite of red – strawberry infused profiteroles with dark chocolate Grand Marnier made to order for this evening only, at which time every lady will be presented with a long stemmed red rose – with the compliments of Takami; however, you may claim full credit for the entire evening.

Guests may choose to enjoy only The Piper Heidsieck Salon, or enjoy dinner without visiting the Salon, or a whirlwind combination of both.  No matter the choice of location for the evening, the decision to visit will be rewarded as the most romantic couples outing available in Los Angeles.

Takami Sushi is now accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day lunch and dinner service.  Reservations are not required for The Piper Heidsieck Salon. The Piper Heidsieck Salon will offer guests two glasses of champagne & two French Macaroons for $22.00.

811 Wilshire Avenue | Penthouse
Los Angeles, CA 90017

For more information, or to make reservations
Please dial 213.236.9600 or visit


Three Courses of Delicious Romance (For The Budget Conscious)

Chef/ Owner Luca Giorgetti and pastry chef Rebecca West have created a romantic getaway for those that seek to impress without bursting the bank account.  Guests will arrive to a dimly lit dining room, sprayed from floor to ceiling in hues of romantic pink and red.  Committed to simply prepared, yet tastefully delicious offerings, the $25.00 3-course Valentine’s Day Special might also be among L.A.’s most healthful offerings, as the chef is committed to not only organic and sustainable, but also a cooking style that incorporates virtually no butter (and other less-than-healthful additions) often disguised in restaurant menus.  Picture yourself and your significant other relaxing among the Tuscan farmhouse that was the chef’s home for most of his life, dining on the Italian recipes that generations of his family have enjoyed, with a touch of California cooking sensibilities.  Diners will be treated to “Love Me” Pirouettes to conclude the evening, delicious, fragile  cookies that hold secret messages of romance for every guest to enjoy.

LUCA ON SUNSET The Valentine’s Day Menu

1st Course
Choice of:
Puree of Roasted Beet Soup with Goat Cheese
Arugula, Fennel, Grapefruit, & Avocado Salad
House-made Shrimp Ravioli in a Vodka sauce (1/2 portion)

2nd Course
Choice of:
Chicken Breast stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta, Porcini sauce
Pan Roasted Striped Bass in a Balsamic Reduction
House-made Shrimp Ravioli in a Vodka sauce

3rd Course
Strawberry Bavarian and Almond cake for Two
“love me” pirouettes


Luca on Sunset
7950 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 822-2900
Validated Parking entrance on Hayworth


Celebrates the Love Letters of Great Men (and not so great)

Loyal fans of the venerable Lola’s on Fairfax will be receiving a series of Love Letters from Lola, which will humorously vary from the innocent Valentine that one might have received in Kindergarten, to the stalker-ish, nightmare notes that one might have received in Los Angeles last week from the ex! Offering diners the opportunity to enjoy new Chef Reagan Moore’s menu, guests may opt to enjoy a few small bites with a glass of champagne, a full dining extravaganza paired with a bottle of Dom Perignon, or a romantic Valentine’s Day Menu prepared for this evening only.

Each guest that arrives for Valentine’s Dinner will receive a complimentary copy of The Love Letters of Great Men, which may be used by the gentlemen to prompt romantic conversation (or used as a pedestal for the nice bottle of champagne that graces the table).  Romance made to order.  Only in Los Angeles…

LOLA’S Valentine’s Day Menu
Shrimp & Tarragon Bisque

Organic Mixed Greens w/French Green Lentils,
Shaved Cucumber, Honey-Whole Grain Mustard Dressing

Orange-Fennel Marinated Chicken Breast,
Duchess Potatoes, Blue Lake Beans, White Wine Butter Sauce

Coffee & Chocolate Dusted Grilled Swordfish, Cous Cous,
Broccolini, & Pomegranate Sauce

Godiva Infused Dried Tart Cherry Chocolate Mousse
in a White Chocolate Cup

945 Fairfax Avenue
West Hollywood, CA  90046
323.654.5652 |






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On Re-Inventing the Martini.  Again.

A new look, a new chef, a new menu,

and a new vision of the martini.

Lola’s is reborn.

More than fifteen years ago, Loren Dunsworth, the glamorous matriarch and owner of Lola’s Restaurant, had an idea for a new cocktail.  She sat at the bar with her staff, experimented, tasted, fussed and finessed, arriving at last with a new vision for the martini.  That Apple Martini was to set the standard for an entire era of bar menus, with a huge celebrity clientele enticing patrons – and bartenders – to fly in from all over the globe to experience this new concoction that has now become a classic.

Much akin to the effect that James Bond had upon the martini, Lola’s was credited the world over for a new vision of a standard cocktail.  And now, Lola’s is at it again.

Barman Jay Graham, a veteran of Lola’s since it’s earliest days, has re-envisioned the martini once again.  In vogue with current mixology trends, Graham has created a new martini list that references spirit forward cocktails, all centered around one inventive new spirit – Tanteo Infused Tequilas.

Graham’s menu includes cheeky offerings such as the “La Vida Loca,” a mix of Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila, lime, olive juice and salt; The “La Bamba” presents a caramel flan of Tanteo Cocoa, rock candy syrup, butterscotch schnapps, and a dash of cream.  From spirit forward offerings to savory and sweet, Lola’s once again brings a fresh new perspective to the art of the martini with a new compendium menu of all of the classic Lola’s offerings, categorized into headings of Sweet, Salty, Sour and Bitter, a favor to assist the uninitiated in traversing the infamous martini list, which often tenders from forty to sixty offerings.

As well, Dunsworth has created a new space in which to enjoy the new martinis – The new “Living Room” offers a romantic fireplace, surrounded by plush seating arrangements of sofas and club chairs, the perfect intimate setting for a martini and a small bite from Chef Reagan Moore.  He has created an updated twist on classic comfort offerings, including a small bites menu for the cocktail crowds and a late night Breakfast menu, featuring an innovative twists on classic breakfast offerings.

LOLA’S | 945 North Fairfax Avenue | Los Angeles, CA | 90046
323.654.5652 |

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I drink coffee.  I tweet about coffee.  I take pictures of coffee. I often brake for coffee.

I own three coffee machines, two pour-overs, two coffee making contraptions (gifts!) that I have never used, two coffee grinders (one that no longer works), dozens of coffee cups, and five coffee canisters with various whole bean selections from various over priced coffee shops.

I am not, however, addicted to coffee.

I simply enjoy it.

I enjoy it a great deal.

So, what’s the deal with me and coffee?  Excellent question…

I often enjoy a very small pot of coffee in the morning.  Actually, every morning.  And, truth be told, the pot is quite large.  And the pot is full when I arrive in the kitchen every morning.  If I happen to wake in another city or a hotel, I have arranged for the morning coffee before heading out the night before.  No chances are taken when coffee is concerned. Ever.

I’ve taken classes in preparing a proper coffee.  A proper espresso.  I have spent unimaginable – unthinkable! – sums of money on coffee beans, coffee machinery, and coffee tables.  I offer this bit of information simply for your edification.  It is not possible to overreact – or over spend –  when coffee is concerned.

When you drink this much of one beverage, there is the slightest chance of becoming spoiled.  You long for the very best.  You watch the talented barista with the same admiration afforded a talented bartender.  [Correction: You watch the talented barista with almost the same admiration afforded a talented bartender.]  You seek out the freshest beans, the latest brewing techniques, the most updated list of the best coffee shops in every neighborhood and every city.  And, much like a heroin addict, you seek the company of like minded coffee drinkers, as there is nothing that dampens the enjoyment a tremendous cup of coffee quicker than a companion that complains of the cost, the lines, the drive across town, or the constant necessary stops on a road trip.  The pure, unadulterated bliss that arrives with a great cup of coffee requires that all atmospheric conditions surrounding the enjoyment of the beverage be optimal.









UNLESS, of course, you are in a diner.  Or visiting good friends or family. Or you discover yourself furiously sipping a hot cup to avoid the breakfast of McDonald’s that has just been served by your beloved, gracious host.  At this time, it is quite acceptable to order a pot from the well seasoned waitress, offer to brew a fresh pot while your host prepares breakfast, or share a pot of anything hot and black that is available with the others in the group that may or may not also be suffering the consequences of the previous night’s activities.  Close your eyes, breathe in the aroma, sip slowly, gently…enjoy thoroughly.

After breakfast?

I often enjoy a very small pot of coffee…

OUR FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP?  It is likely our favorite because it is but a few feet from my front door and easily accessible, with knowledgeable staff, obscenely expensive offerings, and a sinfully delicious brew.  Tell ’em I sent you!  They’re probably used to it by now.

The DCPR Dine Out Series.

Episode Three.

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