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.
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.
Nirvana; Beverly Hills, CA
Happy Sunday @ Nirvana’s Happy Hour, “Bliss Hour”
One word, Karma Sutra! is the sexy vibe inside of the Nirvana Lounge in Beverly Hills. The entrance alone is intriguing. The decorative carved and rustic wooden door gives you the feeling that it will lead you to a secret location. As you open the door you are welcomed by tasteful Karma Sutra art work, and the rest of the Lounge is very much like a small elegant Indian retreat. Environment is everything to us because it sets the mood for your food experience. But when the environment + $$ + food AND service is outstanding it is definitely something to share with the world. It is extremely difficult for most restaurants to satisfy all that criteria. Nirvana satisfies all this criteria and had first timers like ourselves, addicted to more.
We were invited by our friend @Wilson’s Where to Guide to enjoy Nirvana’s, Bliss Hour, happy hour Sundays 5pm-11pm. Nirvana happy hour menu is perfect for first timers if you have never tasted Indian Food, because it is just enough for you to experience the different tastes of India. It is perfect for date nights, when you want to slightly impress a girl but not scare her away with a complicated menu. And Lastly it is perfect for a Sunday get together, where you simply want to play catch up with the girls before your work week begins. The seating is exceptional, unlike many happy hour spots that have such uncomfortable seating arrangements, like your only option is standing at the bar, Nirvana really offers an actual lounge experience. Bliss hour is exactly what you get as you sit and relax on their white leathered beds and burgundy drapped canopies and enjoy some of their tasty drinks.
We tasted their whole appetizer menu. Their Samosas were served with of course the must have, Green Chutney sauce, both minty and spicy to match all the other appetizers at our table. Stuffed Mushrooms and the Lamb were one of Ella’s favorite. Since she is new to the Indian experience, she does say that the chutney sauce was equivalent to what her salsa is to her tacos. Now as for the drinks, we liked, ALL OF THEM, but there were some favorites. The Karma Sutra, Nirvana and Mango Mojito were delish! The use of fresh fruit mixed in their drinks was key in preventing an overly syruped cocktail.
Overall the Happy Hour Experience was excellent, the kind owner and staff were very attentive and welcoming. Special Thanks to Amber and Haute Living for the special invitation.
PF CHANGS @ BEVERLY CENTER; Los Angeles:
ASIAN GRILLED SALMON: LUNCH BOWL: Savory grilled Salmon served with fresh Asparagus and Brown Rice $9.95
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