In the heart of the dog days of summer, a heat wave hits Los Angeles. Now, granted, we know this is not as hot as other places in the country, but we reserve the right to whine as most of us don’t have AC… and this IS Los Angeles. By law it was supposed to be sunny and 72 at all times. Anything else either requires extra electrolytes or Ugg boots (ok.. not really – those things are butt-ass ugly.) [please note: Ugg Boots, Crocs, Birkenstocks, and any other footwear deemed ugly by the management is strictly prohibited in the Balcony Bar]
To cater to the heat, we opted for a lovely summery flair to the menu and the martini options.
The lovely, sassy Shaker One.
We also had another Shaker night guest – this one from New York. John joined into the fun via Skype and was a true delight. He is not only funny as all get out, he is frighteningly smart (at least I hear… 😉 ) We are trusting he will join in again in the future. Check out his blog here.
Our evening began with a Provinçal martini.
This one ranks up there with the Parisian – I am thinking the French have even more to teach us about flavors then we might first realize. [Shaker One here- C’est vrai!]
Offering John a grape.
Second on our list was a vanilla and lavender combination, aptly titled the Lavender Martini.
Shaker One came up with a fabulous chilled corn soup. I have to say, she does have a way with the soups. The flavors were mild and refreshing. The corn flavor was not lost among the other ingredients and it was garnished with green onions and thick-cut bacon.
She followed this with a lovely salad of chicken tenders (thanks to Sonic Drive-Ins!) mixed with mushrooms, bacon and roasted mini yukon gold potatoes. A lovely orange vinaigrette to go with it.
John joining us for salad.
Being a tad gunshy from the sweetness of the lavender, but we decided that we would work with this one as is – after all it is a creamsicle. Creamsicles are sweet. This one was nice. It is a sweet finish to the selection and has a rather lovely mandarin flavor from the Monin syrup. [Shaker One – can’t wait to pick up some of Monin’s other unique flavors and get creative with the tinis!]
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