Wow, what a weekend. Lots going on so I thought I would just do a quick recap of everything that went on this weekend. I started off the weekend bright and early at 6am at my first day of the driving portion of the Westside Motorcycle Academy rider-skill training course. (I had taken the classroom portion earlier in the week.) What a great experience this was. It not only makes getting your M1 license easier, it also gives you the skills and confidence to drive around on two wheels in this crazy city.
Now on to the yummy stuff… My parents drove up to LA for the weekend for my dad’s bday. My dad had heard about Pinks and just had to try it. So we drove on over and I figured there would be a line, but I never anticipated over an hour wait at 3pm! I got the mild polish dog with cheese and chili and my parents got the mild polish dog with relish onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. We also ordered some fries to share. The dogs were delicious. The skin of the dog was crisp, the smoky flavor and spiciness of the dog was perfect too.
Chamberlain West Hollywood
My parents stayed at the Chamberlain West Hollywood that night and what an amazing hotel it was. If I ever want a mini vacation, and decide to stay in a hotel in LA, this where I would go. The hotel went through a renovation a while ago, and they did a wonderful job. Each room has a fireplace and balcony. The (heated) pool area is quite nice as well. They have a small restaurant and lounge, which features a French themed menu, but we didn’t get to try it.
My parents got a free upgrade and when they had a small “plumbing” issue with the room they were moved to another room that night. The staff was super friendly, with amazing attention to detail when it came to hospitality and amenities. You’ll notice a few things on the hotel that weren’t replaced during the remodel and show it’s age slightly. But it leads to a little character when it comes to those imperfections.
Nick and Steph’s Steakhouse
For dinner on Saturday night we went to Nick and Steph’s Steakhouse in the Wells Fargo building in downtown. We experienced probably some of the best service in a restaurant that I have had in quite some time. Our waitress, Light (yes, her name was Light), was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and attentive but not annoying. The highlights of the night were the Caesar salad, freshly prepared table side, pumpkin & butternut squash hash, and the homemade chocolate sorbet.
The dry aged steaks and side sauces were very good with lots of flavor. We had some problems with the steaks being over cooked. We even had to send back Corinne’s filet a third time before they got it right. I almost never send food back, but when you pay $40 for a steak, you want it cooked perfectly. They gave us free deserts, free sides, and a bottle of free wine for the inconvenience. The server and manager was very accommodating and apologetic. It really made me forgot about the problems and just enjoy the meal.
The Bar and Magnolia
After dinner we stopped by the Bar for an after dinner drink. The usual young bar crowd were enjoying stiff drinks and rocking out to ELO and Michael MacDonald by the iDJ stylings of JasonZ. But I had to be up again at 5am for my motorcycle training course, so I had to get to bed. The next morning, after my course, we went to Magnolia for Easter Brunch. We toasted to a wonderful two days with some delightful mimosas. The eggs benedict was the favorite of the table. The ham was smoky and perfectly salted. The egg, poached perfectly and the bearnaise sauce was tangy and creamy. My waffle was just OK, but the side of fresh whipped cream and blueberry compote topping made it better.
To top it all off, I will end my three day weekend with opening day tomorrow at Dodger Stadium. I will post pics of that on Monday night!