Do This Today: Restaurant Week!

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Dine LA’s Restaurant Week starts today! It’s technically two-weeks (July 14-27) of discounts at major restaurants around LA. So if there’s a new place you’ve been dying to try but it’s a little out of your price range, now’s the time to go! Check THIS list to see the restaurants participating. You can even search by neighborhood.

Event: Dine LA’s Restaurant Week (event)
Location: All over LA!
Time: Monday July 14 – 27, 2014, lunch and dinner
Cost: Discounted meals at THESE locations

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Do This Today: Nightswim

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Tonight at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, it’s week 4 of Nightswim.  The Tropicana bar is poolside, so get ready to drink and swim (bring suits!). Tonight will have Brian Tarney, Health, and Chris Garcia with resident DJs Allie Teilz, Dan T, Nina Tarr, and Zach Cowie! There will be a photobooth and pop-up shop. Make sure you RSVP to get in! Pro of pooling at night: no sunscreen needed. 

Event: Nightswim (event)
Location: The Roosevelt Hollywood, Tropicana Bar
Time: Tuesday July 8th, 2014, 9pm doors – 2am
Cost: Free (RSVP ahead of time here at Crushee.com)
FIY: Get there early, it will hit capacity

Do This Today: Nightswim

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Tonight at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, it’s week 4 of Nightswim.  The Tropicana bar is poolside, so get ready to drink and swim (bring suits!). Tonight will have DJ’s Franki Chan, Jules of Dum Dum Girls, Demonbabies and guests! There will be a photobooth and pop-up shop. Make sure you RSVP to get in! Pro of pooling at night: no sunscreen needed. 

Event: Nightswim (event)
Location: The Roosevelt Hollywood, Tropicana Bar
Time: Tuesday June 24, 2014, 9pm doors – 2am
Cost: Free (RSVP ahead of time here at Crushee.com)
FIY: Get there early, it will hit capacity

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend everybody! Are you out traveling, or staying in and bbq’ing it-up this weekend? My good friend is getting married in 3 weeks, so we treated her to a Los Angeles staycation bachelorette weekend. It all began at Glen Ivy, the Disneyland of Spas!

SpaDay1 (Me and the future-bride, Brenda)

Given that it is a holiday weekend, we arrived at 10am and the admission cost was $65. I’m not one to do any spa treatments… I don’t even get my nails painted (Im a DIY-er, you know), but this $65 fee is worth it. This place has thought of everything. It’s a great women’s retreat full of amenities, natural pools, floating pools, pool aerobics, jacuzzis, steam rooms, saunas etc. And for those with more money to spend, they offer massages and other spa packages at an additional price. This was a great bachelorette party activity, and even a great girl’s weekend getaway. At an hour outside of LA, you feel removed from the city and yet it’s easy to get to.

AceHotel (The view from the Ace Hotel rooftop at night)

We drove back to LA from Glen Ivy and ended up at our home for the night, the new Ace Hotel. I’ll admit, this new hotel was hipster heaven but they are still figuring out the logistics of running a hotel. Our room was supposed to be ready at 3pm, and when we arrived at 5pm it still wasn’t ready. With no real lobby to wait in, we went to their rooftop bar with all our luggage where there was also very little room to wait. We were also dressed for a spa and not for a rooftop bar which left me feeling a little embarrassed and out of place. After an hour of waiting our loft room was ready.

They did give us a complementary bottle of wine for our hassle, but I’ll admit the room had a not great smell to it. Alas, we didn’t let that get in the way of our spa-zen spirit. We got ready (rushed, as we had dinner reservations to make). We booked a 4 person room (and paid for 4), which had 1 bed and a couch that opens out into a big bed, and they assured us this was a 4 person room. But getting them to come assemble that couch-bed took multiple attempts, and when they did provide sheets, they just left them sitting there on the couch. Really? You can’t assemble the couch-bed that you’re insisting is meant for guests to sleep on? Ace Hotel fail. I don’t mean to complain, but this was not a cheap room considering the amount of issues that came up.

At this time more LA friends joined us in the room as we got ready. Since it’s a stay-cation it was great that friends could come and go for different events/meals throughout the weekend. Once ready, we walked down to the Wooden Spoon for dinner where we met up with even more friends of the bride-to-be. We had a delicious meal with yummy sangria and complementary rose champagne. Considering it’s a small place, they were great to host all  8 of us in the party, as some other local restaurants panicked at the idea of 8 guests. I highly recommend this spot for dinner if you’re downtown (I had the shrimp balls and beets salad).

FriendsAtAceHotel (Eva, Me, Grace, Tamar)

From there we walked back to the Ace Hotel to hit-up their rooftop bar now that we were properly dressed for the occasion. Of course we had to rock the bachelorette party-crown attire. So much fun.

Bar107 (Dancing at Bar 107, view of the ceiling in the dancing room)

We decided that dancing was in order, as the bride-to-be loves to dance. We walked from the hotel over to Bar 107 where lots of dancing commenced. Lots and lots of dancing.  Around 1:30a we were pooped and Uber‘ed back to the Ace. Slumber party fun began and then was followed by crashing.

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The morning after: a hearty meal at Nickel Diner (an LA institution). What a fun half of Memorial Day weekend, to spend it with good friends relaxing at the spa, eating great meals and then dancing the night away. Now what to do for the second half of this long weekend? I’m sure I’ll come up with something 😉

Do This Today: Nightswim 80’s Prom

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Tonight at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, it’s another week of Nightswim.  The Tropicana bar is poolside, so get ready to drink and swim (bring suits!). Tonight it’s an 80’s Prom theme, so pull out the shoulder pads and poof-up your hair! Polite in Public will have a photo booth setup. DJ’s Franki Chan, Chris Holmes, Nina Tarr, Ana Calderon, Zach Cowie and Allie Teilz will be spinning tunes. 

Event: Nightswim (event)
Location: The Roosevelt Hollywood, Tropicana Bar
Time: Wednesday September 4, 2013, 9pm doors – 2am
Cost: Free (RSVP ahead of time here)
FIY: Get there early, it will hit capacity

Do This Today: Nightswim

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Tonight at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, it’s another week of Nightswim.  The Tropicana bar is poolside, so get ready to drink and swim (bring suits!). Tonight will have Lance Bangs and Squeak E. Clean as well as resident DJ’s Allie Teilz and Zach Cowie. Make sure you RSVP to get in! Pro of pooling at night: no sunscreen needed. 

Event: Nightswim (event)
Location: The Roosevelt Hollywood, Tropicana Bar
Time: Wednesday July 10, 2013, 9pm doors – 2am
Cost: Free (RSVP ahead of time here)
FIY: Get there early, it will hit capacity

BONUS Do This Today: Nightswim

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Tonight at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, it’s the third week of Nightswim.  The Tropicana bar is poolside, so get ready to drink and swim (bring suits!). Tonight will have Franki Chan, Danny Gabai, Nina Tarr, James Oliver, Zach Cowie and more. How LA.

Event: Nightswim (event)
Location: The Roosevelt Hollywood, Tropicana Bar
Time: 9pm doors – 2am
Cost: Free (RSVP ahead of time here)
FIY: Get there early, it will hit capacity