Thursday, August 25, 2005

Painted into the scene

Oh daaahlings, aren't we so fine! Yesterday Em and I found ourselves in the midst of an LA moment, sipping martinis made of a hot new-in-town Dutch vodka (Stoli baby, I'm not switching loyalties, your competition is rather bleh), nibbling on dimsum that look like the miniature versions of those served in the regular Chinese dimsum emporia. And of course, mingling a bit but mostly surveying the scene. This was a party for the launch of a new foodie web-zine by , and I'd love to make up stories about how it was so exclusive and how I had to schmooze up to get into the celebrity-only guest list. Truth is, anyone could come, anyone who bothered to rsvp for the event. But since is ubercool (I'd like to believe so), there was quite an interesting mix, the bulk of the attendance made up by trendy twenty-somethings.

The restaurant where the party was held is a remodelled, pan-Asian one, and the chef seemed to take a real interest in serving up a good eclectic mix (think Filipino lumpia with Indonesian perkedel along with regular Chinese shui mai). It has a great patio, but the lounge area needs a bit of work. It is located in a stretch of Third Street that falls in Beverly Hills so of course has some very fancy restaurants and designer stores, including the hip labels like Trina Turk and Built by Wendy. The shopping is all pedestrian-oriented, so you can walk around and explore, but if you think of buying be prepared to burn a very large hole in your pocket.

Of course Em and I were amazed at the large number of 40 something women, who looked very well-maintained indeed, bless the botox and collagen infusions. Some of them seemed to have gorgeous men by their side, but many were definitely on the look-out. We met a very sweet couple who had moved to LA recently from Boston and were keen to make friends. We could have circulated more, but Em is usually not very keen on walking up to people and introducing himself, and besides he wanted to meet our new neighbours in the building meeting that we had right after the party. So we had to leave sooner, but it was a fun do, and hopefully there'll be more of the same.


Blogger Urmea said...

Ohh! Sounds like so much fun!!! Why am I missing LA now??? LOL..
I sent you a couple of emails by the way!

5:44 PM  
Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

Awwwww, come over, come visit! Or I'll have to figure out a way to go to the Bay Area. Got your emails and wrote back to your friend.

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Sanity Starved said...

No such luck in Seattle. I have stopped looking for them!

What Pebbles we Treasures was good. You write very well :-)

Errm... What is your thesis on? No pressure :D

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Blogger Sinfully Pinstripe said...

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And oh yes, am an Asansol boy. Attended St. Vincent's, though. Bits and pieces and shards and shrapnels of my extended family still stay there. And real nice to see another Barddhaman Ghoti online (not the most politically correct thing to say, eh?).

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Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

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@Sinfully Pinstripe: Thanks for visiting mine as well. Cool about the Asansol connection. Oh Barddhaman Ghoti is absolutely fine, culinarily and politically correct. I'm craving some aloo posto right now.

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Well Hooghly ghoti here! And I'm craving posto and korai-er daal too!!!

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