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April 15th, 2014

Six Sweet Brunch Spots in Marina del Rey

Mmm...french toast

With spring in full swing, we officially have an excuse to heartily indulge in one of our favorite culinary past times: Brunch! In actuality, we don’t need a formal excuse to dig into plates of eggs benedict, French toast and bottomless Mimosas; we live in Marina del Rey after all. What we might need (if we brunch as often as we dream about) is a Boot Camp membership to prepare for summer…but that’s a whole different topic. Our focus today is squarely on breakfast fulfillment. So let’s take a look at six of the Marina’s most divine brunch destinations. We guarantee that at least your taste buds will be getting a killer workout.

1. Cast & Plow
4375 Admiralty Way
The Ritz Carlton’s new Cast & Plow restaurant has a fantastic breakfast/brunch available every day of the week.
MUST TRY: Shakshouka (sunny-side up egg, tomato stew, harissa, feta and pita)
Pancakes or Waffles (with Strauss Family Creamery organic ricotta cheese and bing cherry compote).

2. Killer Café
4211 Admiralty Way
Head to the Killer Café (part of the Killer Shrimp restaurant) any day of the week to enjoy gorgeous waterfront views, a great atmosphere and their one-of-a-kind breakfast items.
MUST TRY: Killer Shrimp Benedict (Poached Eggs, Killer Shrimp and Hollandaise over English Muffins with choice of Hash Browns, Home Fries or Fruit) *Fan tip: Choose the Hash Browns.

3. Beachside Restaurant
4175 Admiralty Way
The gorgeous Beachside Restaurant at the Jamaica Bay Inn offers two brunch menus: Weekday and Weekend, but the latter’s menu is the one that goes all-out decadent.
MUST TRY: Country French Omelet (Shiitake mushroom, tomato, asparagus, fresh herbs, garlic, pesto sour cream & truffle wild arugula salad w/ shaved parmesan)
French Toast (Thick cut egg bread, vanilla cinnamon custard, vanilla maple syrup and fresh berries)

4. Café del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way
Café del Rey’s fabulous three-course prix-fixe weekend brunch is definitely an indulgence—and well worth the $38 price tag. Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, Sparkling Wine or Sparkling Cider are all included.
MUST TRY: 1st Course: Fruit Parfait (granola, fresh fruit, berries, fage greek yogurt)
2nd Course: Egg Norwegian (house cured salmon, poached eggs, brioche, arugula salad, hollandaise) 3rd Course: Dulce De Leche Éclair (pastry cream, kiwi coulis, raspberries)

5. Café Buna
3105 Washington Blvd.
Café Buna may say they’re the “Best Kept Secret in Marina del Rey,” but the weekend crowd tells a different story. Head there any day of the week and taste what the fuss is all about.
MUST TRY: Michael’s Corn Bread French Toast and/or Neal’s Cornflakes French Toast

6. Tony P’s Dockside Grill
4445 Admiralty Way
Tony P’s never fails to serve up the goodies—and that goes double time for their brunch dishes. The menu goes on for days so prepare for some serious food decisions.
MUST TRY: House Smoked Salmon (With sunny side up eggs, caramelized onions, garlic, house smoked salmon, fresh scallions & a roasted pasilla pepper hollandaise.)
Crab Cake Benedict (An English muffin topped with crab cakes, two poached eggs and fresh hollandaise.)

Where will you be brunching this season? Let us know which Marina del Rey restaurants satisfy your brunch cravings!


April 9th, 2014

Happy Birthday to Marina del Rey!

Birthday Sand

There’s a big 49th birthday happening on April 10—can you guess whose? We’ll give you a few hints: It has one of the best beaches in L.A., it’s home to a zillion fantastic restaurants and you’re completely in love with it… YES, you got it—Happy Birthday to Marina del Rey! At 49, our fair city is not slowing down—to the contrary, we’re only getting better with age. It seems like we’re the new hub for hot, new restaurants (Cast & Plow, Paichẽ, Whiskey Red’s), we have some of the most gorgeous apartment communities anywhere (Esprit, Tides & Waters Edge, The Villa at Marina Harbor—can you say “dream come true?”), we have the best parks and beaches in town…we even have our own film festival for pete’s sakes! Honestly, it just doesn’t get much better than this.

So now that your Marina del Rey pride is puffed up and in working order, let’s brush up on some MDR fun facts (feel free to use them to impress your friends). Then…it’s time to celebrate!

• President John F. Kennedy is our hero: He officially established Marina del Rey on April 10, 1965.

• Marina del Rey’s Spanish translation is: Harbor of the King.

• Marina Beach is nicknamed “Mother’s Beach” because it’s a popular place for moms to take their kids (thanks to the mellow ocean waves).

• The Shoshone and Gabrieleno/Tongva Indians were the very first residents of our area.

• “Speedway” on the MDR peninsula used to be the site of auto races (back around the ‘50s), speeding between Playa del Rey and Venice.

• We’re a Hollywood-location favorite with films like “Enough” with Jennifer Lopez and “Ride” with Helen Hunt being filmed in town, as well as TV shows like “Arrested Development” and “Dexter.” (And don’t forget the classics filmed here—“Starsky & Hutch” and “Charlie’s Angels.”)


How’s that for a knowledge boost? Ok, enough facts, it’s time to party! Raise a glass to our favorite city in the world. Happy Birthday, Marina del Rey!




March 28th, 2014

Marina del Rey Eats: The New Cast & Plow at the Ritz Carlton

Cast & Plow

Marina del Rey has gained more culinary bragging rights this year with the opening of the brand new Cast & Plow restaurant. Set on the site of the Ritz Carlton’s now defunct Jer-Né restaurant, Cast & Plow is quickly gaining fans with their “community made” concept of only using locally grown and raised, organic ingredients to sustain and support not only our good health, but the local economy, as well.


March 13th, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day 2014: 6 Places to Indulge Your Inner Leprechaun In and Around Marina del Rey


St. Patrick’s Day fun is upon us and that means those feisty local leprechauns are out seeking that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow—or, maybe they’re just looking for a pint of green beer and some corned beef and cabbage. If it’s the latter, they’ll be in luck in and around Marina del Rey because we have some awesome St. Patty celebrations happening all weekend and Monday (the actual holiday!). So put on your green, brush up on your Irish lore and dust off those bagpipes—because it’s time to party!


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