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Sep 26, 2011
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Swill Automatic; Wine Cafe; Downtown Los Angeles
In honor of September being wine month, we decided to stop by Swill Automatic and enjoyed some wine.  This cafe’s industrial forward thinking has upgraded the average wine experience. 
 Swill Automatic is located in the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District’s, a cool private and exclusive location. (Right next to Church & State another Stomachlife Fav) Most people from Los Angeles forget about the hidden loft area behind Alameda St., so for all you hipsters this may be your next destination. 
Swill Automatic is the buffet to wine tasting, their automated pouring machines are perfect! You simply add value to your cool Swill Automatic card and slide it into the machine of your choice.  The interactive experience is a great way to meet other wine tasters and explore wine in general.  The hardest thing about having wine is not knowing what wine to get, the name and year of the wine on a menu is simply just not enough information sometimes.  At Swill Automatic the detailed menu above the automated machines and being able to look at the bottle makes the experience so much more interesting, you leave knowing exactly what you had and even what the bottle looks like for you own personal reference.
 In addition to your wine experience you have a whole Menu to explore.  Their small bites are perfect and affordable for your happy hour experience and their dinner menu can also be a great social experience for dinnner with friends.  We enjoyed the dinner Menu with friends Aisha and Marat Shaya outdoors and honestly we all agreed none of us had expereinced a wine cafe quite like this one.-Ella

"At Swill, you’ll always find a wide and continually changing array of affordable wines across every varietal and from all over the world, all to be experienced at your own pace and without any of the pomp and self-seriousness that in our view too often get in the way of simply enjoying a good couple of glasses of vino."-Swill Automatic

Swill Automatic; Wine Cafe; Downtown Los Angeles

In honor of September being wine month, we decided to stop by Swill Automatic and enjoyed some wine.  This cafe’s industrial forward thinking has upgraded the average wine experience. 

 Swill Automatic is located in the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District’s, a cool private and exclusive location. (Right next to Church & State another Stomachlife Fav) Most people from Los Angeles forget about the hidden loft area behind Alameda St., so for all you hipsters this may be your next destination. 

Swill Automatic is the buffet to wine tasting, their automated pouring machines are perfect! You simply add value to your cool Swill Automatic card and slide it into the machine of your choice.  The interactive experience is a great way to meet other wine tasters and explore wine in general.  The hardest thing about having wine is not knowing what wine to get, the name and year of the wine on a menu is simply just not enough information sometimes.  At Swill Automatic the detailed menu above the automated machines and being able to look at the bottle makes the experience so much more interesting, you leave knowing exactly what you had and even what the bottle looks like for you own personal reference.

 In addition to your wine experience you have a whole Menu to explore.  Their small bites are perfect and affordable for your happy hour experience and their dinner menu can also be a great social experience for dinnner with friends.  We enjoyed the dinner Menu with friends Aisha and Marat Shaya outdoors and honestly we all agreed none of us had expereinced a wine cafe quite like this one.-Ella

"At Swill, you’ll always find a wide and continually changing array of affordable wines across every varietal and from all over the world, all to be experienced at your own pace and without any of the pomp and self-seriousness that in our view too often get in the way of simply enjoying a good couple of glasses of vino."-Swill Automatic


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Aug 4, 2011
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Corkbar; American; Downtown Los Angeles

The Experience

 Red or White?…is what the waitress would ask me after I decided that instead of my regular cocktail, I would step up my sophistication level and drink some wine. 

 MJ and I recently became fans of wine but like most people that drink wine for the first time, we had no clue how to order it.  When the waitress would ask what kind of wine we wanted, we would say, “red”, then she would read out these complicated names, in which I would turn to her and nod at the “House Cabernet” selection because not only was the price affordable, but it was an actual name that i recognized.  With time I learned a few other trusty wines that friends would recommend and I got a little better at ordering it. The problem I found was that because wine was linked to some sort of sophistication level, it was a bit intimidating to even try it when you didn’t know what to try.

 It wasn’t until recently that I learned a lot more about it.  Everyone kept mentioning the name “Corkbar” to me.  Most of my good friends that have been lofting in downtown religiously stay up to date with the new downtown restaurants, which LA desperately needs more of, and told me I had to check out this new spot.  “It’s super chill”, “It reminds me of the spots they have in Santa Barbara”, “You have to try their appetizers and wine, it is sooo good!”, they would say. 

So we did, and in true “downtown” flair we trained it once again.  Hoped on the Los Angeles Subway, Blue Line towards the Staples Center (PICO stop), a few blocks from Corkbar. 

 We loved it! A nice size establishment bright and warm at the same time. Cool wood deco and wine modern shelving, “Wine Country meets chic”, says Caleb co-owner of Corkbar,  as he describes the decor.  The best part about it is you get the California wine experience for a GREAT price.  Their wine selection is categorized in their drink menu making it easy to maneuver through.  I personally called it the bible of California wines”, I was almost tempted to take one with me!  ”What I specifically liked was that it was not intimidating at all and anything goes sneakers and jeans, perfect for the train ride back, or the suit and the loose tie, perfect for the after work happy hour.”-Ella      

  ”We created Corkbar with a simple mission in mind: re-create the California wine tasting experience.”-www.corkbar.com

Happy Hour! Monday thru Friday, from  3pm-7pm. Draft beer discounts, half-off appetizers, wine specials, and more!



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Aug 4, 2011
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Corkbar; American; Downtown Los Angeles

The Taste:

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Favs:

Banhmi Sliders; Ground pork, ginger, cilantro, garlic, carrot, daikon 

on mini challah bun, served with side of sriracha. $15 

w/Wine: Riesling, Sparkling, Albariño, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon

Seared Salmon; 

With green lentils, grain mustard and herbed butter. $17 Ella

w/Wine: Marsanne, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc 


Fish Tacos; corn tortillas, seared cod breaded in cornflakes, 

housemade remoulade, pico de gallo, and limey cabbage. $12 MJ

w/Wine: Chardonnay, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Sparkling 


** Test Kitchen Tuesdays! Chef Thomas tests an appetizer-sized portion of a new, market-driven dish not available on the regular menu,
for only $2.


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Aug 4, 2011
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Caleb Wines of Corkbar sits w/StomachLife.com

I had the opportunity to sit and chat with one of Corkbar’s owners Caleb Wines (appropriate last name right?).  He shared the inspiration behind Corkbar, schooled me on the chemistry behind good wine, and he encouraged me not to shy away from the wine experience.  Caleb shared his thoughts on the foodie culture and his thoughts on eating socially.

What word would you use to describe the Corkbar menu? “Eclectic”, he said.  You won’t find a complicated new gastronomic menu here he added, in other words u wont have to squint at your food and guess what it is? I asked, and as we both laughed about it he assured me i wouldn’t need to do that.

"We are dedicated to bring our love for wine to Southern California….70 wines by glass and dozens more by the bottle…a dozen artisanal beers and farmer’s market fresh food menu." -Corkbar.com

This is when I knew that the owners behind Corkbar truly understood their consumers.  The “inspiration behind Corkbar”, Caleb added, “was to bring what we experienced on our vacations while wine tasting here to Los Angeles.   All the owners are from Los Angeles and if you are from L.A., you know there is nothing like Corkbar around.  Unlike other downtown chic bars where, “you can barely read the menu because of the lighting in there”, Caleb jokes, Corkbar serves the same quality food and drinks in a more RELAXED atmosphere. 

Its nice to see downtown expand and when I asked Caleb how he felt about the foodie craze he said, he loved it.  The best part of L.A. food is you can eat great tasting food straight out of a “paper bag” or “ some fine china”. Whether it’s an expensive French cuisine where they serve art on a plate, that he also personally enjoys, or the classic the Tommy Burgers, people are enjoying the food experience and talking about it because “Good is Good” he added.

We ended with his thoughts of StomachLife’s take on enjoying food socially and how important that was to him.  He said “Corkbar is all about enjoying food socially.”  You never really see someone enjoying a whole bottle of wine if its not with friends.”  Wine is meant to be enjoyed with friends and family and that was the point of creating a place like Corkbar.  Their appetizers and entrées are big enough to share along with their wine.  The music is even hand picked by the owners, music they have enjoyed together and music that helps add to the atmosphere.  Selections of rock, jazz and latin play in the background as you enjoy the Corkbar social experience. ..and that is exactly what we did truly enjoyed the experience.

As we ended our interview Caleb ended with some wise words we can all use after a long day…“When in Doubt drink more wine”- Caleb …..

A personal thanks to Mary Park, Caleb and the Corkbar staff.

-Ella 


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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 


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Jan 9, 2011
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FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE: MERLOT WINE

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FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE: MERLOT WINE

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