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Jan 10, 2012
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Naya Restaurant Brings Serenity to Silver Lake

Los Angeles is a great place to find exotic menus.  The diversity in each community is now shown through a lot of neighborhood restaraunts but few usually look the part.  Naya Sunset which just opened this last November 2011, is not just a lounge and restaurant it is an Exotic Destination. Once you open the curtains to the main dinning room you enter a completely different dream like serene world.  As we sat and talked over dinner we joked about how we felt some exotic beach awaited us outside, I mean I guess we can consider silver lake a bit exotic lol.  Its lounge is not any less impressive, the design is Spacecraft inspired, the feel is dark, sexy, sophisticated, sensualpretty much what LA destinations are known for.  

 The environment of any restaurant always sets the mood on a night out.  So whether you will be having dinner with friends, celebrating a birthday night there, or having a drink before hitting the scene, it is crucial to pick the “right spot.”  As I looked around I realized Naya Sunset was that destination setting the scene for all occasions. Birthday Girls with cocktail dresses, matching the sexy white lace billowing from the ceiling, arrived for dinner and drinks at the lounge.  Couples enjoyed dinner and ate inside booths, which I like to call ”private cabanas” and we enjoyed our social night out sharing stories of travel and art, as expected by the silver lake community.  

Their menu was a mix of traditional Indian plates its menu is "Chef Imram’s personal take on Indian cuisine; modern, California-influenced, and Indian-inspired.”  Naya is the dream of owner Dr. Michael Everest and Chef Imram Ali Moohki who "wanted to create and serve a new, updated version of the Indian cooking they knew by heart. Thus Naya, meaning “new” in Hindi, became the name.  This is the type of menu is a bit different than other well known Indian locations, it welcomes anyone to share in the experience of Indian cuisine and we respect that.  

Ella and MJ Favorites: Coconut Prawns:  Jumbo shrimp, coconut milk, curry leaves, BLACK RICE, 18

Naya Sunset

3705 West Sunset Blvd
Los AngelesCA 90026
Neighborhood: Silver Lake

(323) 663-8268 


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Jan 10, 2012
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Ray’s & Stark Bar Participates DineLA Winter Restaurant Week

Could not conclude 2011 without stopping by Ray’s & Stark Barnamed one of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants of 2011. Stomach Life was invited to check out Ray’s & Stark Bar towards the end of the year, where Chef and Owner of Playa , John Rivera Sedlar; Chefs and Owners, Steve Samson and Zach Pollack of Sotto, came together for three nights to create a six- course exclusive culinary experience.  The experience was one we do not mind repeating, and we are excited to know that they are participating in DineLa Winter Restaurant Week this month! Sunday Jan. 22-  Friday Feb.3rd.  Join in the experience and check out their unique menu specifically for DineLA restaurant week > MENU.  

The location is enough to make you want to stop by and not just because it sits right behind the “Urban Light” exhibit that was seen in the “No Strings Attached” movie starring Natalie Portman or Ashton Kutcher but because it sits inside of LACMA’s courtyard, a hidden treasure destination that some Angelinos forget is there.  

Ray’s & Stark Bar opened this last year and fits perfectly into LACMA’s modern contemporary theme.  The ”Los Angeles County Museum of Art, known as LACMA has collections that encompass the geographic world and virtually the entire history of art.” Ray’s and Stark Bar builds a similar feel and builds around our favorite idea which is, interpreting food as an art form, and their dishes are beautiful. 

"Ray’s and Stark Bar has been hailed by Esquire as “One of the best new restaurants of 2011” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a feast for the senses.” The Mediterranean-inspired menu includes dishes from the restaurant’s wood-burning oven and grill, with an emphasis on farm-to-table, seasonal fare from executive chef Kris Morningstar. To drink: seasonal cocktails, a California-centric wine list, and artisan beers and spirits."-www.raysandstarkbar.com/

They have a unique menu that is constantly changing so no no fear of boredom there. My favorite welcoming attraction about the restaurant is their outdoor patio and bar with tasteful well deserved drinks and comfortable seating areas for social groups.   We love to note perfect go to “date night” spots, and this is one of them.  The chic contemporary designs welcomes the intellectual couple and individual.  

 

Ray’s & Stark Bar; Mediterranean 5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los AngelesCA 90036
Neighborhood: Mid-City West

(323) 857-6180 



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Aug 27, 2011
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Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, American; El Segundo, Los Angeles  

"EAT WELL, FEEL GOOD"

Organic Arugula & Pear Prosciutto Pizza: gorgonzola, organic arugula salad 

tossed in Balsamic Basil dressing  12

Brie Cheese & Truffle: Oil Fresh sautéed wild mushrooms  12

Hummus: Evoo, grilled herb flatbread  8.5

Chilled Roasted Vegetable Salad: Organic spinach, fresh mozzarella, edamame, artichoke, yellow tomato, red bell pepper, red onion, fresh organic basil, lemon, balsamic vinegar, evoo  10

Polynesian Crab Stack: Mango, pea shoots, organic cucumber, tomato, red 

onion, avocado, peanuts, spicy ginger lime dressing  13

Ahi Poki Chukka:, soy sauce, green onion, sesame oil  11


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Aug 27, 2011
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Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, American; El Segundo, Los Angeles  

"EAT WELL, FEEL GOOD"

Cotton Candy: Dusted with cocoa powder  4.5

Messy Sundae®: Vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, walnuts, whipped cream  8.5


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Jun 3, 2011
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StomachLife sits w/ our good friend Arsen of Hall of Fame  for Lunch! at SodaPops L.A.  Arsen is a successful entrepreneur that believes in a classic authentic product. Hall of Fame hats have been worn by well noted figures, his brand is a lifestyle brand and his designs show unique conceptual ideas that set trends here in Los Angeles. Loyal clientele and newcomers are always welcomed to The Hall Of Fame.  Stomachlife had the special privilege to join him for lunch, learn about his creative ventures and find out what type of Food best fits his personal lifestyle.

SL: Why Soda Pops?

AS: Soda Pops is one of those spots you just need to know about. You would never even notice it from the street unless you knew about it. Amazing fresh food and the man who runs the spot Dave is super cool which makes it all the better. Never disappointed with a meal there.

SL: What is your favorite plate?

AS: Steak Bomb is a must when you go there. Can’t go wrong with it. But the specials are always on point as well.

SL: How important of a role does food play in your everyday Life?

AS: I love food and I would rather spend the time and money enjoying my food. It helps me enjoy life. I’m taking up the roll of the skinny fat guy. Along with a few other guys out there, you know who you are.

SL: Tell us a little more about Hall Of Fame

AS: Hall Of Fame is a retail store here in LA and its also growing into a full line of apparel. We are making everything from hats to tees to fleece and its expanding every season. Its available at our store and at other fine retailers around the world. You can check us out at http://halloffameltd.com There are a ton of new projects in the works and we will be announcing them soon. Look out for the relaunch of the updated website in the summer time and thats going to start all the new activities we have planned. I’ll make sure StomachLife is the one of the first to know over the next meal.

THANKS @ARSENWELLS and  @SODAPOPSLA


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Jun 3, 2011
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Soda Pop’s : Los Angeles

"Soda Pop’s is a Food lover’s hub for the best tasty Sandwiches, Housemade Potato Chips, salads and of course Soda in the Los Angeles area. As premier LA sandwich deli shop, Soda Pop’s will cure your sandwich cravings with an assortment of tasty choices, from old school New England favorites to new school creative creations. You name it and we have it all for you.”

Their unique soda collection, which is said to have 50 flavor choices at any given time adds to the already hands-on, simple but well designed environment. Like they say it combines old school with the new.  Everything definately tastes homemade and fresh, Soda Pop’s will be seeing more of MJ…

STEAKBOMBShaved Rib Eye, Sauteed onions,Peppers and mushrooms, White American and (Housemade) BBQ chips, bagged  10 

CHICKENBOMBGround chicken breast, Sauteed onions, Peppers, mushrooms, White American and (Housemade) Salt & Pepper Chip , bagged  10

SPECIAL THANKS TO DAVE, OWNER, WHO’S OUTSTANDING SERVICE ADDS TO THE EXCELLENT FOOD EXPERIENCE.


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May 7, 2011
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As most of you have already realized Stomachlife enjoys having lunch with other creative minds, Mj had the opportunity to catch up with our good friend Jeff Green. Jeff’s passion for marketing has lead him to working with hip hop group Pac Div and is assisting in management/marketing for JACK SPADE ’s Venice store front. A company that offers men products that are unique in design and who’s products offer a “practical purpose”, which we enjoy.He’s Definitely a motivating individual so we were excited to chat with him, Jeff takes us to Lunch @ Pho 36 to tell us more about his recent endeavors and love for food…

Why Pho 36?  Because of my newly discovered taste buds for Vietnamese food , and love the look and feel of K-town (Koreatown)
What role does Food Play in your life?  Food determines ultimately how you feel both physically and sometimes emotionally, nothing brings people together better than food its one of the best opportunities to converse and trade stories/ideas or feelings.
Any current projects in the makings?   Working on further establishing Jack Spade on the West Coast and Continuing to assist in the Pac Div movement.  I also am Working on taking a family recipe and turning it into a product offered world wide that will hopefully bring joy to other people as it did to my family.

We thank Jeff for his time and great food, as locals to Ktown, it will be a place to return to again :)
Ellas and Mj’s Company Favorites : Cheddar Money Clip JackSpade

As most of you have already realized Stomachlife enjoys having lunch with other creative minds, Mj had the opportunity to catch up with our good friend Jeff Green. Jeff’s passion for marketing has lead him to working with hip hop group Pac Div and is assisting in management/marketing for JACK SPADE ’s Venice store front. A company that offers men products that are unique in design and who’s products offer a “practical purpose”, which we enjoy.He’s Definitely a motivating individual so we were excited to chat with him, Jeff takes us to Lunch @ Pho 36 to tell us more about his recent endeavors and love for food…

Why Pho 36?  Because of my newly discovered taste buds for Vietnamese food , and love the look and feel of K-town (Koreatown)

What role does Food Play in your life?  Food determines ultimately how you feel both physically and sometimes emotionally, nothing brings people together better than food its one of the best opportunities to converse and trade stories/ideas or feelings.

Any current projects in the makings?   Working on further establishing Jack Spade on the West Coast and Continuing to assist in the Pac Div movement.  I also am Working on taking a family recipe and turning it into a product offered world wide that will hopefully bring joy to other people as it did to my family.

We thank Jeff for his time and great food, as locals to Ktown, it will be a place to return to again :)

Ellas and Mj’s Company Favorites : Cheddar Money Clip JackSpade


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May 7, 2011
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Pho 36 ; Vietnamese ; Los Angeles

Fresh Spring Rolls Lettuce Wraps 4.95

Chicken Pho-ga w/Vegies 7.95




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May 6, 2011
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Cinco de Mayo; In East Los Angeles
Instead of the typical bar hopping that most Angelinos do on Cinco de Mayo, MJ & Ella decided to celebrate “Mexican Style.” 83 degree weather in Los Angeles, an ice cold Corona 6 pack, Tacos and Sopes from the OG neighborhood food truck, topped with the classic Cacique Fresco, and a Jalapeno on the side.
Bilingüe: En lugar de celebrar en un típico bar en Los Angeles, como muchos deciden hacer en Cinco de Mayo.  MJ y Ella decidieron celebrar tradicionalmente ”estilo mexicano”. 83 grados en Los Ángeles, un packete de Coronas bien heladas, Tacos y Sopes de la troquera del barrio, el clásico Fresco Cacique, y un jalapeño al lado.  
 

Cinco de Mayo; In East Los Angeles

Instead of the typical bar hopping that most Angelinos do on Cinco de Mayo, MJ & Ella decided to celebrate “Mexican Style.” 83 degree weather in Los Angeles, an ice cold Corona 6 pack, Tacos and Sopes from the OG neighborhood food truck, topped with the classic Cacique Fresco, and a Jalapeno on the side.

Bilingüe: En lugar de celebrar en un típico bar en Los Angeles, como muchos deciden hacer en Cinco de Mayo.  MJ y Ella decidieron celebrar tradicionalmente estilo mexicano”. 83 grados en Los Ángelesun packete de Coronas bien heladasTacos y Sopes de la troquera del barrio, el clásico Fresco Caciquey un jalapeño al lado.  

 


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Apr 3, 2011
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Cafe Gratitude: Los Angeles;  

This morning as we sat at their cool beverage bar and were reading over their menu, we couldn’t help but feel a little excited, being that we know little about organic ingredients, their smoothie names geared us to the perfect selection and couldn’t help but enjoy Matty and Jen at the bar yell out their unique menu names. Some of their smoothie names include, “I am renewed”, “I am rejuvenated”, “I am eternally blessed”  just to name a few.

As Matty yells, “Ella is Lusious” & “MJ you are cool” he hands us our selection of:

"I AM LUSCIOS" Young coconut milk, almond butter, date and vanilla bean smoothie + added Coffee (fresh from the thanksgiving coffee company)

"I AM COOL" Mint chocolate chip milkshake with Vitamineral green and raw cacao

It didn’t take us long to drink right through them.  The end result makes you feel fulfilled… and yes MJ did walk out feeling a little cooler than usual.  Thank you Ryland and Cary…….


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Mar 24, 2011
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Café Gratitude, Los Angeles; After several locations in Northern Cali, The Cafe decided to open its doors to LA last month. Café Gratitude is a 100% organic vegan restaurant specializing in gourmet raw and cooked cuisines. Their gourmet dishes are made with organic produce from their very own farm.  Although we are not vegan the food is DELICIOUS! and has made us into beleivers…. Their selection of food is eclectic, their customers are trend setters and it is pouring with positive energy.  All meals are also served with a thought of the day, ours was “What are you grateful for?”  A perfect place to reflect, share, and unwind.  Thank you Cristina, http://www.poundrockoutworkout.com…..



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Mar 7, 2011
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 March 2nd, 3rd and 4th marked the opening of FIG AND OLIVE, LOS ANGELES!!! French-Mediterranean restaurant, Three glamorous nights with DJ Julien Nolan from the South of France, a taste of Couture and Fashion Houses from Italy, France, Spain and a special touch of Moët & Chandon Champagne, the opening was unforgettable!!!  

“FIG & OLIVE is about passion for the best olive oils, flavors and cuisine from the Riviera& Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. Our large variety of extra virgin olive oils was selected to be paired with each dish and to be offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal.”~http://www.figandolive.com

 March 2nd, 3rd and 4th marked the opening of FIG AND OLIVE, LOS ANGELES!!! French-Mediterranean restaurant, Three glamorous nights with DJ Julien Nolan from the South of France, a taste of Couture and Fashion Houses from Italy, France, Spain and a special touch of Moët & Chandon Champagne, the opening was unforgettable!!!  

“FIG & OLIVE is about passion for the best olive oils, flavors and cuisine from the Riviera& Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. Our large variety of extra virgin olive oils was selected to be paired with each dish and to be offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal.”~http://www.figandolive.com


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Mar 7, 2011
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Chef Pascal Lorange along side with Michelin-star chefs from the South of France prepared a variety of tastes to choose from.  Any sheik Angelino would adore this Perfect Location, Melrose Place, West Hollywood, a long side fashion boutiques which you can also indulge in and close to the Los Angeles’s night life, this is the perfect place for dinner.  Atmosphere is warm, romantic, and inviting.  Unlike most places around this area that may be uncomfortable or intimidating, FIG AND OLIVE, has a welcoming staff and options that will highlight your night.  A MUST SEE!!!


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Mar 7, 2011
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Chef Pascal Lorange along side with Michelin-star chefs from the South of France prepared a variety of tastes to choose from.  Any sheik Angelino would adore this Perfect Location, Melrose Place, West Hollywood, a long side fashion boutiques which you can also indulge in and close to the Los Angeles’s night life, this is the perfect place for dinner.  Atmosphere is warm, romantic, and inviting.  Unlike most places around this area that may be uncomfortable or intimidating, FIG AND OLIVE, has a welcoming staff and options that will highlight your night.  A MUST SEE!!!

 Dinner $18 - $36

MJ RECOMMENDATION: “CHOCOLATE POT DE CRÈME PUDDING vanilla cream, crunchy pralin, RASBERRY SORBET with vanilla cream, YUM!”


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Mar 7, 2011
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ELLA’S RECOMMENDATION: “WOW! This is the best tasting Sangria I have ever had!” 
Once again, Thank You FIG & OLIVE and WAGSTAFF 

http://www.wagstaffworldwide.com/clients.html 

ELLA’S RECOMMENDATION: “WOW! This is the best tasting Sangria I have ever had!” 

Once again, Thank You FIG & OLIVE and WAGSTAFF 

http://www.wagstaffworldwide.com/clients.html