Food & Drink
Hey LA fams! Looking for something fun and festive to do with your kiddos this Holiday Season!?! Me too. I typically head up to the Bay Area to ring in the holidays, but this year we’re shaking it up and I’m staying right here in La La Land. I’ve been researching the best activities to get into the spirit and I think I’ve found the perfect one. Four Seasons Westlake is celebrating like nowhere else. They have an incredible Winter Wonderland package that includes a variety of fabulous adventures for you and your little ones. We’ll be heading to the property in December to see first hand how fun it can be to celebrate the holidays in LA. I know my son is going to freak out with happiness when he meets all the elves and plays in the fake snow. Ready for some good news!?! Four Seasons Westlake is currently doing an Instagram contest where you can have the chance to win a giftcard to use on their property! Click here to see the details on how to enter.
*Photo Credit: @LittleMissMomma (Ashley Stock)
Three words: Oyster Happy Hour. Need I say more? Okay, I’ll say a little bit more. A few weeks ago I went on a date night with the hubs to Herringbone in Santa Monica. It had such a cool, modern, coastal vibe with a fabulous- very Sharzad friendly- menu. Having only been open a few weeks it was already PACKED. Clearly they’re filling a major void in Santa Monica! I was lucky enough to meet Chef Brian Malarkey who spoiled Michael and I rotten with various fish dishes like the one pictured below! I think my favorite would have to be the Whole Roasted Lobster with Shimeji Mushrooms, Baby Artichokes, Sweet Corn and Tarragon Cognac Cream Sauce. It as like nothing I’ve ever had. SO GOOD. They also have a full raw bar, live music and outdoor patios with a sexy- but laid back- chic Santa Monica vibe. We were treated like royalty by the super friendly and helpful staff and I noticed everyone around us seemed to be having a killer time too. This place is perfect for a date night, dinner with friends, birthday celebrations, and obviously the oyster happy hour ($1 each!!!!)- which I will become a regular at. It’s M-F from 4:30pm-6:30pm. See ya there!
*Professional photos courtesy of Marie Buck
A few months ago I was cruising up PCH when I saw a big safari like truck parked on the side of the road with the words “Malibu Wine Safari” written on it. I got so excited and snapped a picture immediately. (Michael was driving). I looked it up when I got home and what I discovered was the perfect way to spend the day. I couldn’t wait to try it. Last Wednesday my wine tasting dreams came true. I treated my hubby to a super fun birthday extravaganza at the Malibu Wine Safari and we loved it! There are a few different experiences you can choose from. I went with the Vintner Tour which included meeting and feeding several animals (a 3 week old zebra to name a few) exploring the 1,000 acre property, checking out cave paintings from the Chumash Indians and a delicious fruit and cheese platter overlooking the beautiful canyons. Did I mention they serve wine throughout the whole experience!?! SO FUN. From start to finish it was about 2.5 hours and the cost for our specific tour was $115 per person. There are several other options available at different price points. This is the perfect adventure for couples, groups of friends or families. You can even bring your kiddos if they’re 48 inches or taller. Animals and wine!?! YES PLEASE!
Have you heard of Blue Apron? You may remember me talking about this amazing meal planning and grocery delivery service a few months ago. Michael and I are huge fans and have been religiously using it. Once a week we get a shipment of perfectly proportioned ingredients to make fresh, unique, tasty meals three nights a week. We’re on the Pescatarian plan and each meal takes 25-45 minutes to prepare and cook and they are anywhere from 500-700 calories. You can stay on track with healthy eating and learn a TON of cool cooking tricks. I feel so much more confident in the kitchen and using Blue Apron really got me out of my cooking comfort zone. I’ve experimented with veggies and grains I never knew existed. I’m talking to you Einkorn. Want to know a little secret? One of the things my hubby and I usually argue about is what to eat for dinner. I know that sounds lame- but it’s true. Planning meals, grocery shopping and cooking can be a bit stressful from time to time. With a service like Blue Apron all the dumb bickering about dinner is eliminated and we get to enjoy the process together. In today’s video I decided to shake things up and cook with my mom since we were visiting her last week. She’s clearly a fan as well! Watch as we make Parmesan Ratatouille.
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Memorable moments in Paris you ask? Oh ya know wine everyday all day, dinner at La Jules Verne on top of the Eiffle Tour, visiting my friends show room to get one of the sickest leather jacket ever, dinner on a River Cruise, a WEDDING AT the FOUR SEASONS PARIS, followed by an intimate dinner celebration at the Bacarat Museum, oh and a private tour of the Louvre (do you hate me yet!?!) It’s okay if you do…. I’d hate me too! Everything about this trip was perfection. Traveling to Europe with my son and some of our great friends to experience their beautiful wedding ceremony was a surreal experience. Did I mention Michael officiated the wedding!?! How cool is that. I’d like to make one tiny suggestion if you do decide to travel with a small child-get a babysitter for a few nights so you can have some adult fun. We had a sitter 3 nights in a row which meant we could actually enjoy all our lux outings! All our Parisian adventures can be seen by clicking HERE.
Just want to say a quick thank you to the Four Seasons Paris for one of the most memorable hotel stays we have ever had. It is stunning hotel with fantastic service, exquisite floral arrangements that leave you speechless and first class amenities for not only my husband and I , but my SON. In the words of Arnie, We WILL BE BACK.
Versailles and Champagne photos and video coming soon.
Au Revoir Paree!
When I first moved to LA (over 13 years ago) the thought of going downtown repulsed me. Fast forward to now and I’m dying for excuses to make the trek. Sexy restaurants are popping up everywhere and I have a long list of places I’m desperate to try. I’m happy to report that I can cross Zinc Cafe & Market off my list. I went twice actually, once for dinner and once for brunch. Holy shizballs. It’s a vegetarian paradise.
I’m really into lists right now, so I’m going to make a list of all the things I love about Zinc.
1) The outdoor patio. It’s so airy and chic with a fire pit and twinkling lights. I could spend hours there.
2) This place is 100% Vegetarian and the food is delish.
3) The menu is unique and offers things like Mushroom Nut Loaf, Stuffed Peppers and an Asparagus Sandwhich. (YUM to everything)
4) There is a variety of fresh cocktails and a great beer and wine selection.
5) The service is friendly and welcoming. No snobs up in here!
Last Friday was the first time I spent the night away from my baby. Big moment for me! He was in excellent hands with my mom and my goal was to kick back, try to relax with the hubs and drink tons of great wine. We were also celebrating our five year wedding anniversary (a week early) and wanted to do something extra special. We stayed at The Carneros Inn- my new favorite place. The pictures should speak for themselves, but just in case they don’t, here goes… The property is stunning. Each room is it’s own cottage with a private patio, indoor/outdoor shower (amazing), wood burning fire place, lux bed and every amenity you can think of. The service was phenomenal. Upon check in we were greeted with a hefty pour of fabulous pinot- why doesn’t every hotel do this!?! The pool overlooked a vineyard, (genius) and the spa… oh the spa. Mind blowing massage. 60 minutes of pure relaxing heaven. I will definitely be going back for more.
We checked out Etude and Artesa tasting rooms (pictured above). Great experiences at both and they’re right next to Carneros Inn. Bam. Perfect mini vacay.
I’m constantly looking for ways to make healthy versions of my favorite foods. Allow me to introduce you to zucchini pasta. I promise it’s delish, especially when served with the right toppings. Today I decided to go with vegan walnut pesto, organic cherry tomatoes and a fresh farm egg. Keep scrolling for the vegan/raw version.
You’ll need 2 medium sized zucchini’s sliced into “pasta” using something like this.
1 Fresh Farm egg per person
1 cup organic cherry tomatoes
For the Vegan Walnut Pesto you’ll need
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups basil
2-3 cloves raw garlic
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of one small lemon
Salt & pepper to taste
Blend all the pesto ingredients in a food processor
Lightly sauté the zucchini with olive oil spray (or leave it raw)
Slice several cherry tomatoes and top everything with a fried egg and salt & pepper
One of my first weekend trips with Michael was to Santa Barbara. At the time we were doing long distance (LA-Chicago) and when he would come visit I would plan the most magical weekend getaways with the hopes of convincing him to move here. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. It wasn’t difficult! As I’m sure many of you know it’s easy to fall in love with the beautiful state of California. When you drive along highway 101 (or The 101) you’ll notice that there are picture perfect beach towns every few miles. We decided it was time for another fabulous getaway up the coast, so we packed up and headed out. Halfway up we stopped at the Jolly Oyster. A MUST if you’re into oysters, the beach and fun. (Note-only open Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Arguably the most perfect of all the beach towns is Santa Barbara. It takes about an hour and half (depending on traffic of course!) to get there from LA and it feels like paradise once you arrive. We decided to stay at the Four Seasons and were in a state of pure bliss the entire time. The amenities for Idris blew my mind. He was greeted with a stuffed animal, his own robe, hot wipe dispenser, diaper genie, crib AND a set of baby friendly toiletries. Talk about your LUX FAMILY VACAY. I Like! In true Sharzad fashion, I headed for the spa. You guys, it was UNREAL. I know I may say that about a lot of spas, but this one was spectacular. I had an 80 minute stone massage with the ocean breeze wafting though the door and the sound of waves crashing in the background. #WorkHard #PamperHard is my motto! Enjoy the photos and video below ; )
P.S. The dress I’m wearing is from Lucy & Lyla