Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sharing is Caring, The Federal Bar's New Year Eve's Bidding Farewell to 2017 Dinner Feast.

By Laura Medina

After having a year that ripped us apart, the holidays transiting from the old to the new, is going to embrace us together.

Let's start on the New Year's Eve dinner feast at the welcoming The Federal Bar, in both North Hollywood and Long Beach, with heart-warming, comforting, but no less quality comfort food meant for sharing, sharing is caring.

Let's start out with the traditional, salad.  Not just one salad but a duo of salads.

Wedge Caesar of baby romaine, crispy onion strings, pecorino romano, and roasted garlic Caesar dressing.

If fresh is your thing, The Federal Bar got that too, in the Baby Beet Salad, packed with antioxidants.

The salads warms us to the main event, the meaty entrées.  Let's get this party started.  This is when the real feasting begins.

Les Classics dominated the feast.

Herb Roasted Chicken started the feasting....

Collagen-enriching Wild Salmon accompanied the surf n' turf...

Prime Rib classic standard, accompanied by sides of...

classic meat and potatoes of Yukon Gold Potato Puree...

What The Federal Bar excels at,is roasting and barbecuing cauliflower.  This cauliflower based-roasted vegetables of crispy Brussels sprouts and grilled creamed corn, pairs well with the Wild Salmon and the Herb Roasted Chicken.  This even sides well with Prime Rib.  An all-around good side dish.

You can, even, order mac n' cheese, broiled and crunchy on top.

No dinner or meal is complete without dessert, dessert.

The vegan, gluten-free Vegan Brownie Sundae with equally vegan peanut
butter ice cream and caramelized banana slices was so wholesome, that should double as breakfast.

Here's another dessert option to the chocoholic, a vanilla Salted Caramel Pots De Crème
with spicy almond biscotti.
2016 Ios by Georgos Dry Rosé – Unoaked goes well with everything, from Beets & Bibbs salad to Prime Rib, Herb Roasted Chicken Breast to Wild Salmon to chocolate to salted caramel vanilla.  "Frose Rose!"

This scribe has a thing for gastropubs, a friendly, approachable atmosphere matched with equally quality food.  Friendliness and good food aren't mutual exclusively.  Pairing good food with good people is a good formula to making new friends for the new year while reconnecting with the old.

Cheers to 2018!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The all-star Hellcat Saints and Jane's Addiction blew a kiss to Rhonda's Kiss Benefit Concert.

By Laura Medina

Rhonda's Kiss Benefit Concert was a Nineties all-star blast.

Era-defining and alternative rock luminaries, Jane's Addiction and the Hellcat Saints' all-stars of "Alice in Chain" Jerry Cantrell and "The Cult" Billy Duffy and "Weezer" members rock out their classic songs and their hearts for Rhonda's Kiss, a cancer charity that helps cancer make financial ends met,

Drea De Matteo is a rocker.

"He's Just Not Into You" and "Sex and the City" writer, Greg Behrendt hosted the concert...

The opening band was the Hellcat Saints, rocking each member's classic songs that define a generation....

Billy Duffy did The Cult's hit, "Love Removal"...

Guest lead singer, Jerry Cantrell sang his Alice in Chains' grunge hit, "Man in the Box."

Of course, everybody came out for legendary alternative rockers, Jane's Addiction.

They did all their classic Nineties alternative hit songs:


They saved the real fundraising towards the very end, right before their last, final song, "Jane Says."
It was a guitar autographed by Perry Farrell, Jerry Cantrell, and Billy Duffy.  It was auctioned off at thousands of dollars. Simple, that was it.
Jane's Addiction ended the night with a touching, acoustic version of "Jane Says."
May you have a rockin' Christmas around the Christmas tree.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Slater's 50/50 Welcomes the Ladies with NFL Brunch and Cocktails, Artisan Fruit Beers, and a Bloody Mary Bar where Nobody is Left Out and Welcomes Some Good Guys.

By Laura Medina

From watching what people order and eat, operating a mobile hot dog stand to one heck of a sports gastropub that welcomes anyone, Scott Slater has discovered a magical formula that expanded from Southern California to Dallas, where it's an hit.

His Slater's 50/50 gastropub restaurant started from mixing a burger patty that's 50% beef and 50% bacon.  His Original 50/50 started a mini empire that's 50% sports with 32 tvs everywhere at all angles and a well-managed restaurant chain that bacon has built.

Scott hit at the right moment at the right time, when down-home economical bacon became a magical ingredient during the 2008 Economic melt-down.  From his Original 50/50 Burger, he invented all sorts of magical things out of bacon as decent meat and that sweet/savory umami flavor power...


The magical secret is that bacon is sprinkled as flavor, not just the main meat or as another main meat competing against the other main meat.  It enhances the flavor, not dominate, a good team player.

If you want something good quality but simple chic because you had a rough week or you party-ed hard all last night, here's a good, light but nourishing hangover cure...

Do what this scribe did, after driving 13.5 miles through Southern California's wild fires burning up the freeways, just to go to work, refreshing on a vitamin-rich Virgin Mary then nosh on simple chic real protein on Slater's 50/50's Bacon Flight of: Sriracha Bacon, Rosemary Turkey Bacon, BBQ Bacon and Classic Bacon, just to get yourself back on your feet.

Ladies, the Bloody Maries with the simple chick trio of Bacon Flight is a darn paleo brunch and so are the innovative, creative, but good Bacon cocktails that you all well earned and deserved, Bacon Mary, bacon-washed vodka in Bloody Michael's handcrafted mix and Bacon Old-Fashioned bacon-washed bourbon, maple syrup, and whiskey bitters.

Ladies, there are plenty of options and chances for you to catch plenty of men while having plenty of you all, especially that women are as much NFL fans as the dudes, catch them with both...

Sunday morning, for brunch, Slater's 50/50 sets up a gourmet "help yourself" Bloody Mary Brunch Buffet, a sportier option to the overly sweet, exclusively girly cupcakes afternoon tea, devoid of really nice hunky guys, who are not douchebags.  They're just sporty...

And women are equally sporty and loyal to their NFL teams.  Even if you don't want guys, you and NFL-loyal girlfriends can have your own NFL Bloody Mary Buffet Brunch...and your own portion-controlled "Shared" menu of:

Slater's Vampire Dip of Three Cheese Blend, roasted garlic, artichoke, fried pita, fresh veggies, all for dipping in a sourdough bread bowl.

Think of it as a "Girls' Sport Day Out," guys will like you all better, as friendlier and something to share.  NFL Sunday Brunch brings everyone together.

You all Sporty Girls can bond over Buffalo Lime Wings, Thai Sriracha Wings, and that decadent, girly sweet and manly meaty Maple Bourbon Bacon Wings, yum...

Slater's 50/50 is a darn good gastropub where everybody bonds and everything is share, share alike.

Ladies, ever wonder, pondering, where to deck out in your NFL Fanstyle gear,  Levi's for NFL Fan Style is Lifestyle for Both Women & Men., Slater's 50/50 is the place to do it, ain't nothing wrong with that.

With a wall of craft beer on tap, ladies, you all can order refreshing fruit beer as a cocktail alternative, in addition to cocktails,

Ladies, if you still have that sweet tooth craving but you're craving protein, that's the magical power of bacon.  It tastes good as candy and dessert, as it does protein savory.


Desiring and craving something crunchy, light, sweet, but still packs some much-needed protein?  Slater's 50/50 got you covered with their Bacon Bunuelos where they sprinkle candied bacon bits over crispy flour tortillas dusted with cinnamon sugar then drizzled with salted caramel sauce.  Yum, something simple but stylishly crunchy and light. Just right.

Gentlemen, want to woo the ladies, other than ordering them Bacon Bunuelos, you'll impress them if you order them the piece de resistance ...

The Ultimate S'More Shake.

It's a piece de resistance because it's actually a work of edible art that takes time to roast and assemble the roast marshmallow skewers and roast and assemble the s'more then decorate with whipped cream and chocolate syrup decorative drizzle...then whipping up the milkshake.  It's a prelude to a date or for something to accompany that ring.

Maple Bacon Brownie Milkshake

If you still enjoy the active single, no problem.  Slater's 50/50's Maple Bacon Brownie Milkshake is a paleo version of a protein shake to you can pack and go and sip.

Yes, Slater's 50/50 is the house that bacon built but bacon is a flavor, not just meat.  It comes in all shapes, forms, and sizes, from the main event meat to supporting player to just a sprinkle as a flavor enhancer.  It's not an heart attack on a plate. You can order and control any way you want.

Whoever steps into Slater's 50/50, whenever, is welcomed from a sporty girls' NFL noon out to football fanatics to football families who need a break out of the kitchen to dads teaching the fine art of football to the next generation, Slater's 50/50 gives the gastropub experience to everyone.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Heal and Camouflage Holiday Boo-Boos.

By Laura Medina
Fresh                                                          Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster
Rocou Extract: Packed with potent natural antioxidants.
-Tomato Extract: Contains lycopene, known to be a highly effective free-radical scavenger.
-Seaberry Oil: A powerful antioxidant rich in nourishing omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9.
-Camellia Seed Oil: Helps nourish and retain moisture.

       Fresh                                                         Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
Seaberry Oil (Seabuckthorn Oil): A powerful antioxidant rich in moisturizing omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9; noted for protecting the skin from aging free radicals.* *In vitro.
-Cranberry Seed Oil: Packed with omegas 3, 6, and 9 and vitamin E; maintains the skin's elasticity and smoothness.
-Camellia Seed Oil: Rich in omegas 6 and 9; helps to retain moisture.

By the grace of God that these poor evacuees who escaped the raging firestorms of Southern California, escaped unscathed. 

But for the rest of us, we're klutzes who cut and burn ours baking, cooking, and chopping during the holidays.

For the unfortunate fools steaming over an hot pot, minor facial burns.

This scribe bumped into a door and got a boo-boo and here to try what heals and seals.

After gently cleaning the scar, the scratch, the sear, or the cut, gently dab a squirt of Fresh' Seaberry Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster over the wound...

“When I was two, living in a small town in East Siberia, I tipped over a pot of boiling water and burned my arm. The doctor treated me with a pasty orange salve that I later learned was seaberry oil (also known as seabuckthorn). Native to Russia and the Himalayan region, this nourishing oil has been used for generations as a natural cure.”

—Lev Glazman, Fresh Co-founder

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Seaberry Oil: Also known as Seabuckthorn Oil, a powerful antioxidant that’s rich in omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9; helps to revitalize, protect, and soften the skin.
-Camellia Seed Oil: Rich in protective antioxidants and omegas 9 and 6; helps nourish and retain moisture.
-Orpheus Flower Extract: Rich in polyphenols; provides antioxidant properties and helps to protect.
-Nigella Oil: Helps remove impurities.
-Camellia Seed Oil: Helps nourish and retain moisture.

To gently clean while gently nourishing the wound, the scratch, the scar, or cut, gently massage Fresh' Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil, not too hard or too rough, just gently pat or soothe it over the injury.
Before hitting the sack, gently dab Fresh's Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil over the injury, then gently spread Manuka Honey on top then cover and compress with a flexible bandage to heal, seal, and flatten scar.
To face the day, gently dab just enough Fresh's Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster for the skin to adequately absorb to nourish without an oil slick.  Once absorbed and softly dried, then...
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If sticky honey, attracting bugs during the day, gets to you, gently smear Farmacy's Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy™, over Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster before dabbing on concealer, for additional healing and nourishing.

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Once you're done smearing Seaberry Serum and the Honey mask, gently dab and pat Tarte's classic Maracuja Creaseless  Concealer over the injury until the injury is adequately camouflaged while the edges are seamlessly blended into the surrounding skin.
Maracuja: Rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin C for firmer, brighter, smoother skin and maximum hydration.
-Vitamin C: Antioxidant-free radical fighter that helps to prevent the premature signs of aging, while brightening skin.
-Vitamin E: A natural preservative that also acts as an emollient and antioxidant.
-Mineral Pigments: Soothe and soften skin.

As this scribe's scar gently heals, expect more "heal and seal" tidbits coming out during the holiday season.

Recovering for the New Year.