DineLA happens at least twice a year in Los Angeles; once in the summer and again in the “winter”. A nice selection of restaurants from all neighborhoods have a prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menu selection ranging from $15-25 for lunch and $29-99 for dinner. Dinners are usually 3 to 5 course meals so definitely worth the price. I normally try to make it to at least one of the restaurants during this time. Luckily, this year I was able to try two places.
I created a list of all the restaurants that peaked my interest to try for both lunch and dinner. For lunch, I decided to try Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse. This hidden gem is tucked away in Downtown Los Angeles. Upon arriving, I immediately thought this place would be a good recommendation for the summertime. There’s a bit of construction going on around the vicinity but the outside dining area gives a nice, unobstructed view of downtown and a cute little garden area nearby. There was a good selection for the lunch menu. For the appetizer, I went with the caesar salad. For my main entree, I tried the oak grilled salmon atop marinated kale with a nice chimichurri sauce and my husband went with the short rib (my initial choice but I didn’t want to get the same thing). Neither meal disappointed although I will say the short rib was the better option to me. It is a heavier meal for lunch so maybe it caters to a late lunch goer like myself. The flavors were great and overall I’m glad I was able to make it over to this place.
Oak Grilled Salmon
Braised Short Rib
For dinner, I tried Fin located in Culver City. It’s an Asian-fusion inspired restaurant that offered a good variety for its dinner entrees. $29 got me salmon sashimi, baked crab rolls and an 8oz ribeye with mashed potatoes. Definitely not bad for the price. I loved the smoked soy ribeye. The marinade went perfectly with the steak and it was cooked quite well. My husband decided to be fancy and ordered the filet mignon (not on the prix fixe) but it was good nonetheless. I fell in love with the plum reduction sauce used a base for his dish. Overall, the ambiance was very nice and the food was very good but I must admit the service was kind of slow. Maybe there were more diners out trying the DineLA options during the time I visited. I will definitely be back to try it out again, especially since there’s a speakeasy located in the back called ‘The Alley’. Looking forward to the DineLA summer edition 🙂 . If you’re in the LA area during the next one, I would definitely recommend trying one of the many restaurant options that cater to every type of cuisine you can think of.
As we begin a new year with such ambition and limitless opportunities, I would like to reflect on one of my favorite memories from 2019. That being a girl’s trip which celebrated my sissy’s 30th birthday in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I could not have asked for a better group of girls to travel with for this special occasion. I was traveling from LA and was the first of the party to arrive. We had the pleasure of staying at the all-inclusive Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa with butler service included. I mean could it get any better than this? (Cues Fancy by Drake) I was welcomed by the friendliest staff with a nice rum punch. You cannot come to Jamaica and not indulge in a few good rum punches. While waiting for the girls to arrive, I decided to have lunch poolside with an infamous Bob Marley daiquiri. I knew from that moment alone this trip would be one for the books.
We had a few things on the itinerary for our trip. On our first night, the hotel hosted a silent headphone party. This was my introduction to this type of party and I had a blast. The multiple channel options of different music provided different vibes which was pretty cool. I would definitely want to attend another one of these. The following day we decided to be more adventurous and joined Jam West Motorsports & Adventure Park for a day filled with a slew of activities including horseback riding and an ATV excursion. It was an all-day adventure but completely worth it for the experience.
For our last full day, we decided to hang out at the resort and enjoy what was being offered right there at our fingertips. Laying out catching a few sun rays, indulging in the full salon and spa service and the unlimited cocktails from the swim-up bar were all ultimately apart of this day of enjoyment and relaxation. There was also different water sports or beach activities being hosted by the resort as well. A nice volleyball match in the pool or banana boat ride were just a few things that you could participate in. Not to mention the mini-bars cooking classic Jamaican dishes fresh to order to satisfy your mid-day cravings. This was by far the best day spent at the resort.
For the finale, the birthday girl planned an all-white dinner which we decided to have at the steakhouse at the resort. To make matters even better, one of the butlers made a special request to the chef to prepare oxtails for our party as well. I’m still craving these oxtails to this day. We finished the night with a champagne toast to more life, success, many continued blessings and endless laughs. I still remember the sounds of the ocean as I sat on the balcony and reflected on the great memories this trip had given me. From the start, I knew this trip would be special and the group of ladies that traveled to celebrate my sissy’s milestone birthday made it that much more special and memorable to me. Yea mon! I wanted to start the year off by sharing a great memory with my readers. For this year, there’s so much I would like to do and have come into fruition for Lifeofacitygal. Hence, I am making this a year of action. Here’s to creating more memories and continued growth. Stay tuned.