Santa Monica hot spot: MA’KAI Restaurant & Lounge

MA’KAI Restaurant & Lounge: A beach dining experience in a hot club atmosphere.

Who doesn’t love stopping by the nostalgic Santa Monica Pier on their way to dinner? There is always time for a quick ride on the rollercoaster at Pacific Park!

Isn’t she a beaut? Perfecly placed on the corner of Ocean Blvd & Broadway, MA’KAI stands out amongst the restaurant & night life in Santa Monica. A love for the beach & a fun time is required upon entrance.

MA’KAI’s outdoor heated patio faces the Pacific Ocean & Ocean Blvd., prime location for people watching while enjoying a signature Ma’kai cocktail & appetizer.

As the sunsets over the sparkling ocean & Malibu, that marks the perfect time to let the signature cocktails to start flowing!

The signature house cocktail, the MA’KAI Kiss awakened my palette! Flavors of lychee, light bubbly champagne & framboise danced on my tongue. Pretty sure the gates of heaven opened up & the Angels sang, I am in love with this cocktail! 

Perfect way to cut the sweetness from my cocktail was the Spicy Tuna & Crispy Rice appetizer. Jalapeno & creamy spicy tuna are layered a top a little bed of crispy rice. *POW* an explosition of flavor in mouth and visions of comic book words danced in my head.

Saki time! No it’s not in the glass, it’s actually on my fish. Miso glazed black cod  marinated in organic miso & saki served w/fresh crisp seasonal veggies and eel sauce. Perfectly cooked, the outside is sweet & lightly crisp, flavors of heaven are present in this dish!

KOBEEEE!!! I mean, Kobe beef skirt steak of course! A slam dunk of tender melt in your mouth steak, white wine reduction sauce & fresh crispy veggies scored high w/me, game over!

New Zealand Lamb Chops-Moist, juicy & seasoned to perfection. Love the unique flavor of the edamme hummus! Perfect bite: lamb chop, creamy mashed potatoes, fennel, hummus.

Mike GM of MA’KAI, serves up desserts in style! MA’KAI in my opinion is home of the best lava cake in LA (right). Warm chocolate lava cake is served with, vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate syrup, fresh berries, and a sprinkling of addictive ingredient, I mean powdered sugar! The Kona Coffee Sundae is a perfect lighter way to end your meal (left). Simple & to the point, vanilla bean ice cream, freshly brewed kona coffee, fruit & chocolate syrup.

Hey Mr. DJ! The night life at MA’KAI is unreal! You have to come for sunset happy hour & watch the full transition from day to night. DJs are spinning every night of the week, check out their DJ schedule online. World renowned DJ Splyce spins every Thursday night!

For a unique dining experience not limited to but including, gorgeous sunsets & views, hot cocktails, amazing food, sexy people & staff, then come join me at MA’KAI Restaurant Lounge! Now accepting date invitations, I need to go back asap! ;)

A special thanks to GM of MA’KAI Mike for being an amazing host and showing us all of the amazing dishes, drinks, desserts & nightlife MA’KAI has to offer!

Wedding Crashers Movie & Martini Night!

 
Viva LA Foodies & Platinum Blonde Chef are looking forward to gathering a group of our closest friends and followers for “Monday Night Movies, Martinis and Manicures” on 8.22.11 at the W Hollywood with our friend MC Leo Quinones for an outdoor screening of “Wedding Crashers.”Our friend, MC, Movie Critic and Celebrity personality sums the evening up best in his own words: “It’s an amazing night under the stars between 2 roaring campfires and amazing appetizers from the Delphine Restaurant. For everyone, this is a show stopper: FREE Mini Manicures from the incredible Bliss Spa. Girls/Guys are diggin’ movies & having their nails pampered. It’s just good to get out on a Monday. FREE Movies = Really Good Times. Fun is beckoning. Let me count the ways. Secure a Designated Driver, hop on the Metro Train, organize a carpool, or like my by buddy Ken Goldstein, simply cruise down on a skateboard.”

Be there or be square. It’ s still “Wedding Season” and the best part is that no gift is required so cruise down to the W for an evening to remember.

“I happen to know everything there is to know about maple syrup. I love maple syrup!…I love it on pancakes, I love it on pizza…I love to take maple syrup and put a little bit in my hair when I’ve had a rough week…What do you think holds it up, slick?”

Please confirm your admission to the FREE event by RSVPing to the FB event page for the VIVALAFOODIES/Platinum Blonde Chef guestlist!

More info here: http://www.whollywoodhotel​.com/ happenings

 
 

Private Tasting

Red Velvet Stefanie/Platinum Blonde Chef has collaborated w/Drunken Udder Ice Cream to create the first ever “Adult” Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich! The debut of the first 2 starring flavors: Dirty Blonde & Beach Blonde, will premiere at an exclusive Hollywood Media Event 8/25/11. Location TBA. Media inquiries please contact Adam Rubenstein from Viva LA Foodies: savor@vivalafoodies.com

Platinum Blonde Ice Cream Debut!

I scream, you scream we all scream for Platinum Blonde Chef’s alcohol infused ice cream!  

Ice cream makes you smile when you are down, keeps you cool in the Summer, comforts you in the winter and is the perfect addition to any dessert! America’s favorite ultimate sweet treat, has now turned into a sinful indulgence! I have collaborated with The Drunken Udder Ice Cream Company to create 2 unique & fantastic “Blonde” Ice Cream flavors! The debut of the flavors will be Sept 4th at The LA Times Taste Event at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Go online and book your tickets now so you can be one of the first to try our product! We will be hosting an open bar at The Street Eats exhibit, featuring our 2 new gourmet ice cream flavors and, 2 varieties of freshly baked cookies. Be sure to bring your ID’s, you have to be 21 and over to enjoy a scoop of this delicious dessert!

xo The Platinum Blonde Chef

Come see me at the LA Times Taste Event!

My first ever live appearance as “The Platinum Blonde Chef”, will be at The Los Angeles Times “The Taste” event at Paramount Studios in Hollywood on Sept. 4th! I will be with great company as the TOP Food Network Chefs, restaurants and Food Trucks in LA and I will be serving up our best “foodie” dishes. Stop by say hi and, grab a top secret dessert from me! Book your tickets now for the Street Eats event, tickets are almost sold out!

The Taste “Street Eats” http://events.latimes.com/taste/events/

For media inquires and booking please contact my Publicist, Adam Rubenstein from VivaLAfoodies at savor@vivalafoodies.com

Bachelor Pad 2

Far left: Vienna & Kasey. Far right: Me :)

I am stuck in the kitchen tonight baking chocolate cheesecake cookies, and I couldn’t help but tune in to watch the Season Premiere of  ABC’s Bachelor Pad 2. I was excited to see the happy & gorgeous new couple, Vienna Giardi & Kasey Kahl on the show. Vienna has a funny, warm & sweet personality, while Kasey is very personable, definitely a true classy gentlemen. They are tough competition to beat, I wish them the best of luck on Bachelor Pad 2!

Staten Island Cakes

As a chef/food journalist/food enthusiast, I am always keeping current with the hottest food trends! I definitely watch my fair share of reality cooking shows and, I  have recently added a new favorite to my list. Staten Island Cakes Starring Vinny Buzzetta owner of The Cake Artist, airs every Sunday night at 10pm on WeTV. Charming, funny & talented, Vinny & his staff create gorgeous A-List cakes for high profile events. The best part is Vinny is barely old enough to hit the bars and he has to juggle running a business, and being boss to his loud italian family! Vinny has a degree from The French Culinary Institute of New York City, and bakes up more than just creative cakes, he also makes one of a kind handcrafted cupcakes, cookies, sugar sculptures and even teaches private or group pastry classes. His contagious personality, talent & drive are taking this cake artist, straight to the top. With that said, time to book a flight to NYC and one of his private pastry classes!

Not in NY but want to try one of Vinny’s delicious creations? Check out some of his family cake recipes online! http://www.wetv.com/shows/staten-island-cakes/recipes

Vinny & his gorgeous mom Cammy, so precious!

Missed an Episode? Watch it now on Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/staten-island-cakes

Check out Vinny’s website: http://www.thecakeartistnyc.com/

Connect w/Vinny on Twitter: @vincentbuzzetta

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SICakesonWeTV