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Crossroads West Hollywood

I often hear people rave about restaurants only to try them and walk away disappointed with the food. Last night I had dinner at Crossroads Kitchen in West Hollywood. This wonderful restaurant did not disappoint. Chefs Tal Ronnen and Scot Jones are brilliant. 
I was impressed with the food which was seasonal and fresh and quite tasty. Each dish was appetizing and satisfying.

Crossroads specializes in Mediterranean small plates. They do wonders with vegetables. We began our meal with a velvety cauliflower bisque that was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed the Mediterranean Vegetable pot pie which 
consisted of winter root vegetables and  porcini mushrooms topped with a delicious crust. Romanesco on a bed of sweet potatoes and black garlic pesto was loaded with flavor. The garlic had the perfect amount of spice. The artichoke puree with crispy oyster mushrooms, yellow tomato bearnaise and kelp caviar was quite tasty as well. Banana bread pudding was the perfect dessert to finish this most delicious meal. 

The drinks at Crossroads are colorful, varied and eclectic.
I am almost reluctant to mention that the entire menu is vegan as you could easily eat an entire meal here without realizing this.
Pryor Events are fans of Crossroads Kitchen.

Third and Fairfax

The original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax is one of those places you can visit often and always find something new.
It is comprised of dozens of individual stalls selling original, mouth watering delicacies from around the world. 

The Farmers Market opened in 1934 and is a historic landmark.
The same family has owned the land since 1861 and they continue to operate The Farmers Market. 

Short Cake is one of our favorites. All of their baked goods are fantastic. Their opened faced “toasts” filled with farm fresh ingredients are perfect for any meal. The cheese fondue at Monsieur Marcel is wonderful on a chilly evening. Corned beef at Magees is a must. Magees has been at the market since the very beginning. The shrimp Po’boy and the seafood gumbo at The Gumbo Pot are worth the drive. If you like Mediterranean food then you will want to try Moishes. 

This is a photo of The Farmers Market from many years ago. With the exception of the clothes, this shot could have been taken today. There is something refreshing about a place that has kept its original charm all of these years – especially in a city like L A where so many things come and go. 
Pryor Events are big fans of The original Farmers Market. 

A Good Start

Beverly Hills Hotel Tea

Tea for Two
 
Afternoon Tea at The Beverly Hills Hotel is a wonderful tradition.

The tea includes an appetizing selection of sweet and savory treats. Our favorites include the smoked salmon mousse, lemon zest and dill cream on pumpernickel and the  chicken salad and  bacon in puff pastry. Anything with bacon is a winner in our book.
Their freshly baked scones with Devonshire cream and lemon curd are extraordinary.
Tea is served from 3:00 to 5:00 on Friday and Saturday afternoons in The Polo Lounge. Reservations are recommended.
All of us at Pryor Events adore working with Beverly Hills Hotel.
#afternoonteainbeverlyhills #beverlyhillshoteltea


 

Julienne – San Marino


Julienne is a rare find. It’s a combination wonderful sidewalk cafe and gourmet market. Everything I have ever eaten has been superb. It’s festive and special without being stuffy.  Julienne has been owned by the same family  on lovely Mission Street in San Marino for nearly 30 years. Pryor Events are big fans of Julienne

Julienne is the kind of place that you will wish is in your own neighborhood.

A sampling of the items at Julienne’s gourmet market –
a shop for those who like to cook, eat and entertain. 

Roasted chicken with shallots, spinach and butternut squash

Even their Caesar Salad is special

Setting the Table


Mix it up at your next party. Use an assortment of fun China.

Whether renting or purchasing – make it interesting and use eclectic pieces that reflect your style and personality.

We like to make sure the patterns have a common element when mixing pieces at a table. 

There are many choices in color, size and even shape…

Pryor Events wants you to have fun with your entertaining.

Holiday Table Finds From One Kings Lane

Thanksgiving is about enjoying family, honoring tradition 
and of course feasting on an amazing meal. 
We hope the following items will add Holiday Cheer to your table. They can all be found at the incredible site – One Kings Lane.  
Pryor Events are big fans of One Kings Lane.
    
Biscuits may just taste fluffier when served in this silver biscuit basket
                          

Line your  table with these Mint Julep Cups. Fill with fresh blooms or tantalizing sweets
These silver and gold leaf napkin rings add a touch of whimsy
How much fun are these silver acorns!

Everyone looks better in soft candlelight. We like mixing these modern pieces in with the classics

Place a sugared gold Maple-leaf on each guest’s napkin

Should I Buy Organic?

It can be quite confusing to know whether you should buy organic fruits and vegetables. The term organic means that the produce is grown without chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or chemically based food additives. Foods certified organic are easy to find at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, local farmers markets and even grocery stores. They are  more expensive but the extra money is well spent in most cases. 
Below is a list of produce that you will want to buy organic  as well as items that are not affected by the farming methods used as significantly. All of us at Pryor Events try to consume organic products whenever possible. 

The following foods are grown with dozens of pesticides and even sewage run-off!
Much of  the residue stays in the food you eat.

Apples
Blueberries
Celery
Cherry Tomatoes
Collard Greens
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot Peppers

Kale
Lettuce
Nectarines 
Peaches
Potatoes 
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet Bell Peppers
Zucchini 
These foods are a bit safer to eat as the pesticides do not penetrate the food as easily.
Organic is still preferred.

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Avocados
Corn
Eggplant
Kiwis 
Mangoes
Onions
Pineapples
Papayas

Watermelon

BHLDN – Beverly Hills

When Anthropologie does something they do it right. Their bridal and party line BHLDN is no exception. BHLDN is mainly sold online but us lucky Angelenos now have the chance to shop at their store inside the Anthropologie shop on South Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The top floor is dedicated to the BHLDN collection which includes bridal gowns, bridesmaid’s dresses and wonderful accessories. 
Pryor Events are big fans of BHLDN. 

Many of their items are as appropriate for an evening out as they are to wear to a wedding. 
Their super helpful stylist Sommer is excited about one of the newest dresses in the collection  

Even the mannequins look great in BHLDN’s dresses

Willow Spa Santa Monica

There are many spas in and around Los Angeles. 
Willow Spa in Santa Monica is my personal favorite.
I love everything about Willow – from the amazingly talented people who work here to the nourishing and effective products they use to the sheer tranquility of the space.
 
 

Hidden behind the unassuming entrance is a tropical oasis.

 
 

The “waiting room” at Willow is soothing and relaxing. Every time I enter I feel as if I am thousands of miles away from L A – not steps from Santa Monica Boulevard.

Each treatment begins with a luxurious foot soak and scrub and soothing ginger tea.

There are spas and then there is Willow Spa.
To my knowledge, no spa in L A provides a similar experience.
It may sound like a cliché but when you walk into Willow you are transported. Before I even begin my treatment I begin to relax.
I have not been to Thailand but this is how I imagine it feels.
From the soothing colors of the décor to the plump cushions and drapey fabrics overhead, Willow feels as if it was plucked straight from the tropics.
All of their services are of the highest quality.
I am partial to their Eminence line of skin care – perhaps because my grandmother was from Hungary which is where the line is made. The facials at Willow are not only relaxing and soothing but really make a difference. There are many to choose from and their facialists are expert at recommending ad-ons that work for your particular skin type. If you decide to indulge in a massage you will not be disappointed.
Willow employs some of  the very best masseuses. They really listen and tailor each massage to your preference and needs.
I do not have the time to indulge often but when I want a true treat Willow is where I head.

Pryor Events are big fans of Willow Spa.