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.