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Mama Shelter
by Kim Tronic, Resident Cocktail Mistress… The first time I meandered into Mama Shelter in Hollywood, I had no clue it was a hotel. Perhaps it was the foosball table. Or the corkboard stuffed with notes, jokes, and colorful Post-its. Or the vibrant Chinese lanterns and guitars strung along the front window. Or the lucha libre masks, which guests can purchase should the need arise. With 5 other locations, including Paris and Istanbul, Mama Shelter epitomizes the boutique hotel chain vibe. Each of 70 rooms is furnished with a kingRead More
Fat Dog Tailwagger
by Kim Tronic, Resident Cocktail Mistress… Like any normal woman, I’m private about certain details. My weight. My real hair color. Amount of money spent on Botox. But one secret that everyone seems to know: I’m kind of a crazy cat lady. I have 3 kitties and about 2,000 photos of them on my phone. They sleep on my bed while I’m twisted into an abnormal position to accommodate their comfort. They rule the roost — and they know it. Then, a couple weeks ago, a friend invited me out to aRead More
The Ginsburg cocktail by Now Boarding in Los Angeles
by Kim Tronic, Resident Cocktail Mistress… As I watched the final episode of Mad Men, I felt a bit depressed. No more sassy Sterling. No more drunk Draper. No more cool outfits. No more sexist innuendos. But as I wallowed in the sadness of missing Mad Men, I heard about a bar in West Hollywood that might cure my affliction — a bar dripping in mid-century magnificence, decked out in Mad-Men decor, reminiscent of a first-class seat on Pan Am Airways…Read More
Daywalker Lemonade Martini at the Marmalade Cafe
by Kim Tronic, Resident Cocktail Mistress… If you live in L.A., you most likely react to “tourist traps” by rolling your eyes, emitting a small groan, and vowing to never get stuck in the honeytrap of 3-hour traffic jams. (Also see: the Walk of Fame, Disneyland, or Muscle Beach.) But I invite you to hit the brakes on such swift judgment and head over to Marmalade Café at The Grove. Don’t be fooled by its shopping center location and write off Marmalade as a tourist destination not fit for yourRead More
Crying Tiger at the Formosa Cafe
By Kim Tronic, Resident Cocktail Mistress… They say there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. They forgot an important 3rd certainty: Hot sauce makes everything better.Read More