El Cid

Did everyone have a lovely Easter/Passover/Weekend? I have much to update this week, so check back throughout the week for updates. Today I’m going to back track a little to last weekend, when Michelle Lindsey and I went to El Cid on Sunset.

I parked on a side street and walked down Sunset to El Cid. I dressed up for the occasion (flamenco dancing and a three course meal), so I was wearing a dress with tights and heels. I didn’t realize quite how flowy this dress was and walking down the wind tunnel of Sunset, meant that I gave a lot of people a show. Lets just say it was a full moon out.

I finally got to the front of El Cid, which I’ve passed many times before. The interesting part of El Cid is the mysteriousness of the entrance off Sunset.

The building is below Sunset, so when walking in you have to go down several flights of stairs which lead you to a courtyard and into a very dark/red lit room and bar. The lead-up to entering the restaurant makes you feel like your stumbled upon a hidden gem.

We ordered a pitcher of sangria to share and got ready for our ladies night out.

I should preface that we had a BuyWithMe (which is now Gilt) that they restaurant was no longer accepting. That was a bummer, especially because we told them we had the deal when we booked it. Although they said they could give us the discounted price, we still had to pay and then request our money back from BuyWithMe. Since BuyWithMe is now Gilt, Gilt couldn’t pay us back but instead gave us all a credit. King of a pain, and I’m starting to see the downside of getting Groupons/Gilt/LivingSocials.. etc. But that said, the restaurant did give us the discount and we still had a lovely time.

The first course was a cold tomato soup puree. So yummy. And our waiter was very conscious of time, as he wanted us to finish by 8pm for the show. He was very gracious and speedy. My main meal was the salmon. Very delicious and a good sized portion. It was very hearty. all the courses were yummy and you do get your moneys worth. While we ate we could head the band practicing behind the red curtain on the stage before us. We can also hear the dancers clapping their feet to the beat.

Eventually, the curtain rose and we got a solid 45-50 minutes of dancing and music entertainment. It was so well done. They all seem to really enjoy what they do.

When the show ended, the dancers and musicians came around to all the tables to talk with the audience about what they do. We had a great time and I’m so glad I got to visit the mysterious, acclaimed, historic, El Cid.

Weekend Guide Nov. 17+ 18+ 19

Yesterday was really rough, but today will be better…. because it’s FRIDAY! Yup, it’s already time for the WEEKEND GUIDE! Just a heads up, I will be in Boston this weekend for a wedding so you need to do ALL the things I post about and tell me how they are. Also, this means I won’t be posting anything new on Saturday or Sunday (but you should be out enjoying the weekend anyway, right?). Also, I must note that I finished writing this post and then my browser crapped out and now Im rewriting this to you all. That’s how much I love you, that I am willing to rewrite ALL of it.

Friday Nov. 18

Lets begin with some corporate deals for the day. Starbucks is offering a 2 for 1 deal on all their holiday drinks (from 2-5pm Nov 17-20) and if you are anything like my sister, this deal is like Christmas morning. See the dets on the deal HERE. Groupon is also doing something called $1 lunch. Check THIS link for places near you participating.

Okay, now on to the really good stuff. Tonight Jason Brockert has an art opening at Iam8but gallery. His work explores pop culture (think Star Wars and Tranformers) through paintings. The opening reception is tonight 7pm-11p at iambit with drinks and a live dj.  You can’t miss this free event, and you can RSVP through facebook HERE.

Jason Brockert’s Work

If you don’t like free booze, art gazing and DJ’s (because you’re crazy), then you should check out some cheap comedy at UCB tonight which is offering a double show, Soundtrack (Brian Huskey, Jason Mantzoukas and more) and Death By Roo Roo (with Jackie Clarke, Brett Gelman, Gil Ozeri, Adam Pally and more). Get tickets HERE.

The King King on Hollywood Blvd is hosting Christian Martin, Worthy and Joplin tonight at 9pm and if you get tickets HERE in advance they are $15, or at the door for $20.

Saturday Nov. 19

At noon on Saturday, check out the Food Fashion Trucks at The Shop Lot LA in Silver Lake. Look for some fashion treasures and then stroll around the neighborhood because it’s awesome. Check the poster to the right for all the dets.

Kate Micucci is hilarious. Check out her video below. She is putting on a one woman show at the Steve Allen Theater on Saturday which is directed by Ron Lynch. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $10… get them HERE!

LA Venice Cocktail Invitational is happening this weekend ($10 suggested donation). Amatuer mixologists will battle it out to create the perfect cocktail and you get to vote. The winner is announced at midnight and the proceeds go to support the 826LA writing program. You get a fun night, and the money goes to a good cause. Win win!

If you didn’t get tickets to Friday nights show at UCB, alas there are 2 more great shows on Saturday night. The Shit Show (with guest David Wain!) is happening at 10pm and you must go get tickets HERE. Directly after this show is a sold out show called Tournament of Nerds (with guest Pauly Shore). I suggest you put your name on the waiting list, go to The Shit Show, and when you get out hopefully your name will be called and youll get to see both shows for $15. A night of big comedians for $15? Score!

Sunday Nov. 20

The Nerdest panel is back this weekend with very cool people attending. Marti Noxon (Buffy, Glee, Mad Men), Danny Zuker (Modern Family), and Craig Silverstein (Nikita) will be in the discussion. The event starts at 5pm (doors open at 4:30) and it’s held at Meltdown Comics on Sunset.  Get tickets HERE!

Miceli’s

On Friday night, my sister invited me to Miceli’s to use one of her Groupons. The deal was a 3 course meal for $15 (1 appetizer, 1 salad, and 1 pizza). If this deal comes up again, get it!

We made reservations for 8pm at their Universal location. Parking was a little tricky as it was Friday night along Ventura Blvd, but they offered valet (for a cost) or you could search for a spot along the narrow winding side streets leading up into the hills (like I did, because Im a proud cheapskate). I was running a little behind because of an accident on the 101 (per usual), so when I finally found a parking spot and walked half a mile down to the restaurant I was about 11 minutes late. As I walked up to the door of Miceli’s, a family was exiting the restaurant with the mother saying “Im glad we got here when we did, because if you get here after 7p, forget’aboutit!” I continued in, thankful Erica made reservations because the waiting area was packed with people. I apologized for being late and she said that even with the reservation she was told it would be a 15 mintue wait, which was perfect timing given my tardiness. After a few minutes of chatting, Erica’s name was called out by a man with a cone shaped bullhorn. We made our way through a packed restaurant to a back area where they gave the 2 of us a table for 4, which was great because it gave us room to spread out (a rarity at a packed LA restaurant).


This place was like being in a cartoon. The walls are covered in murals representing “old Italy” and hundred’s of chianti bottles in signed straw baskets strung around the restaurant as decoration. In the center of the restaurant a band was set-up. Occasionally the wait staff would get their 15 minutes of fame, jump up there and belt out a song. While singing they also walked around the restaurant with the microphone to make all sections feel included. On this Friday night there was a tween birthday party happening in a section behind out table, which meant the songs karaoke’d were mostly Miley and Bieber (not my favorite, but it made them happy).

When using a Groupon you have to present it while ordering, which basically implies to the waitress, I’m a cheapo that uses coupons. Don’t get me wrong, I love Groupon but when presenting it right off the bat, it always makes me think the service will be less than stellar because the waiter knows we won’t be spending a lot of money. At Miceli’s I was proven wrong, the waitstaff was excellent. Our waitress was a woman in her late forties (?), and she was extremely attentive constantly refilling our drinks and checking in with us. Considering it was a packed restaurant, it was all the more impressive.

Our Groupon allowed us one appetizer (we chose the fried zucchini), one salad (perfect for 2 people), and one pizza. We chose the large veggie pizza, but the deal was even good on their fancier pizzas (up to a $22 regularly priced pizza). What a deal! The food was delicious, the live music and crowds were entertaining, and the service was great. My sister and I each left with a doggie bag of 2 pieces of pizza each, and the total spent on the Groupon and tip came to $22. I highly recommend Miceli’s for families and groups, and remember to make a reservation!

Photo taken from Yelp.com