What better way to spend a Sunday morning than a combo playdate/Jewish deli brunch with the Hochstadts, our good friends and ex-neighbors from the Olympic Boulevard townhouse days. Troy, Xander, Leo, Athena and Sydney chatted over pancakes & eggs while me, Todd, Irene & Pam caught up over our bagels & lox.
One recent morning on our walk from the car to the schoolyard, Troy spotted a dad wearing a shirt with his company’s logo, prompting a question that led to this gem of an exchange:
Me (rather succinctly): Some people wear uniforms to work.
Athena (jumping in to explain it much more eloquently): Yeah Troy, see, if he’s wearing that shirt, the people who come into the store will see him and be able to tell that he works there. So if they have a question they know who to ask.
I couldn’t have said it any better myself, Miss A.
This post actually combines two passions: dining out and my continuing adventures in the blogging world.
The setting for my second blogger workshop was at the downtown restaurant BottleRock, located at Flower & 11th, just steps from L.A. Live/Staples Center. After taking in some of the finer aspects of search engine optimization, tagging, and Photoshopping tips, the attendees were served a buffet lunch of assorted pizzas and sandwiches (turkey, roasted vegetable, and “grilled cheese of the day” – always a personal favorite), “bottlerock salad” (lettuce, roasted corn, cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette), chocolate chip cookies and a variety of old-fashioned sodas (a childhood fave Dr. Pepper for me) – necks poking out from a pair of ice buckets. Will definitely have to head back for a Croque Madame or “mini” charcuterie & cheese plate from the “Rush Hour” menu that’s served on Saturdays from 3:30 to 6 (also Mondays from 4:30 to 7).
While the workshop was held in a private lounge section of the restaurant, the main dining areas are cooly appointed: olive tones, wood slat ceiling, and wine shelving/crate displays complement the exposed kitchen. There are also two outdoor patios – one side with a street-facing counter and high-tops around the corner.
At the conclusion of the workshop, our group did a little wine tasting and networking before packing up our laptops and heading out into the mid-afternoon downtown heat.
Athena was literally a rock star on her big day (outfit compliments of Tio Mario & Tasha). She partied throughout the afternoon, making several costume changes (like a mini- Cher), as well as leading a little water balloon action in the backyard. The al fresco birthday lunch menu consisted of cheeseburger sliders, hot dogs and fresh fruit. After opening her score of “regalos” – including clothes, activity books, a Barbie swim pool, assorted Hello Kitty collectibles and more – she wielded the grown-up cake knife for the first time, making the initial cut into her chocolate mousse Kitty birthday cake. Indeed a big day for Miss A!