February 15th, 2017
Pantone’s 2017 color of the year may be in a shade of green — but when February comes around, it’s all about RED, people. Because (in case you didn’t know), this month happens to be American Heart Month, where the nation shines a light on cardiovascular health. In Marina del Rey, keeping our cardio powering on should be pretty easy with all of the outdoor activities happening around town — but we’ve all been there when work gets busy, life gets hectic and we’re just not taking care of ourselves as well as we should be. That’s why it’s so important to talk about cardiovascular health, and American Heart Month starts the conversation and gets us thinking about what we can do for ourselves and others.
Here are a few ideas to make the most of this month (and keep it going!).
GET YOUR HEART PUMPING
If you’re not into working out all by your lonesome, there are some cool workout classes happening all around town that can keep your system in top shape.
Bar Method (Low-impact/elongates muscles/incorporates stretching with sculpting techniques)
13400 Washington Blvd.
New Client Special: $99 — 30 Days unlimited
Regular Price Single Class: $28
The Studio MDR (Teaches Sebastien Lagree’s Pilates-inspired workout)
330 Washington Blvd, Suite B
New Client Special: $18 (first session)/$39 (first week special)
Regular Price Single Class: $35
YogAqua (SUP Yoga with the water as your mat)
13977 Palawan Way
New Client Special: Intro 3-Pack — $90
Regular Price Single Session: $44 (includes equipment) or $30 (bring your own board)
JFM Boxing Club (Boxing and kickboxing classes)
3127 Washington Blvd.
New Client Special: First class is free!
Regular Price Single Class: $20
One-on-One Lesson: Starts at $60/hour
LEARN TO SAVE A LIFE
CPR is a lifesaver, literally — and learning how to perform it right is one of the best things you can do in case of an emergency. Get certified at one of these excellent training facilities in and around the Marina. You could also set up a CPR training day at your work or your kids’ school!
Pacific Coast Safety Services — Santa Monica
Off-site training for Adult CPR, Child/Infant CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator).
Call for rates and scheduling: 323.452.2424
Red Cross — Santa Monica & Culver City
Learn CPR and AED in a classroom setting at one of the American Red Cross-approved sites!
Prices range from $74 to $95 depending on times and location.
Visit RedCross.org for more information.
First Aid CPR Safety — Santa Monica
The American Heart Association-certified instructors offer both off and on-site training for individuals and groups.
The basic “Heartsaver® CPR/AED” class is $55.00
Non-certified CPR classes are $45
Call 310.591.6835 for appointments
GO FOR HEALTHIER MENU OPTIONS
Eating healthier is a no-brainer when it comes to heart-health and you can find really good options at just about every restaurant in and around the Marina. Mendocino Farms’ Avocado & Quinoa Superfood Ensalada, for example, is bursting with good stuff like kale, quinoa, millet and black beans. Then there’s Café del Rey’s King Salmon — one of the best sources of Omega 3 right there! Tony P’s has heart-healthy items marked right on the menu like the Cilantro-Lime Char-Broiled Chicken Breast Platter, while the legendary Chart House offers your choice of fish simply grilled, seared, baked or blackened, or you can get the Chart House Salad Bar (just don’t go for the creamy dressings or overindulge in the croutons, cream-based salad mixes, etc.). Even the decadent Cast & Plow restaurant has some fabulously nutritious items on their dinner menu, including the Red Quinoa Bowl and the Petaluma Chicken Breast.
SMOKERS — NEVER QUIT QUITTING
The fact is: cigarettes just aren’t a part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. And if you’re a smoker, trying to quit is the best thing you can do for your body. American Heart Month is the perfect time to make a go of it — and if at first you don’t succeed…try, try again! There are so many resources out there that can help you kick the habit so check them out. And if you have a friend or family member who is trying to quit, remember it’s not easy so give them your support. Just remind them — life in Marina del Rey can be even sweeter when you’re smoke-free and feeling great!
Donating money, items, or your valuable time can make a major difference. A lot of companies have a matching gift program so if you want to get involved in a big way, find out if yours will join the cause!
Donate to the American Heart Association
Choose the American Heart Association as your charity on AmazonSmile
Shop online at the AHA website (10% of the proceeds go to support the cause)
Donate your time as a volunteer at the Marina del Rey Hospital or as a Dear Neighbor volunteer
Donate your old vehicle and all net proceeds from the sale will go to the AHA
How are you showing support for American Heart Month in Marina del Rey? What’s your heart-healthy routine? Let us know!
February 7th, 2017
Today is February 7th — and that means if you’re a Valentine’s Day fan, you have ONE short week to get your romance agenda in order. The classic red roses and chocolates is always a solid starter. But from there, how about taking it to the next level with some seriously romantic gestures right here in Marina del Rey? You’ve got to admit this town is ready-made for this wonderfully sweet holiday with magical harbor sunsets, a tranquil beach, a beautiful park and so much more.
If you’re looking for some ideas, oh boy, we’ve got them. So take a look, get your tablet out and prepare to make your reservations pronto (seriously, they go quickly!). You’re about to give your #1 date a Valentine’s Day they’ll always remember. Have fun!
RENT A GONDOLA
This is the picture of Valentine’s Day magic – gliding across the water; a gondolier steering the path; the sun is setting; the stars are brightening; pillows, candles and music are setting the tone; wine is chilling in an ice-filled bucket; champagne glasses and appetizers are laid out to enjoy — mmmhmmm, old-school romance is totally in play here. Sound good? Reserve your gondola at Gondolas d’Amore by calling 310.736.7301. The price for two people ranges from $140 to $200, depending on the length of the tour. Address: 14045 Panay Way
GET A COUPLES MASSAGE
Spa Del Rey
Pampering + romance = the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Reserve Spa del Rey’s Love Me Tender Massage for February 14 and enjoy a deep moisturizing body massage for couples, plus a glass of champagne. The price is $300 for a 60-minute treatment. Call 310.574.4356 to book. Address: 4375 Admiralty Way.
TAKE A PRIVATE SUNSET SAIL
Mariner Sailing Charters offers a seriously glamourous Valentine’s Day option with their dazzling sunset-dinner cruise. For $525, you and your sweetheart will be treated to a private, three-hour cruise on the “Amethyst” yacht, complete with live music and a sunset sail towards Malibu. You can bring a picnic dinner with you (the table will be beautifully set for you) or you can pay a bit extra to have a catered dinner served. Call Captain Mack at 310.822.7550 to book reservations or reserve online.
CRUISE THROUGH A ROMANTIC DINNER
Another less-private (but still fabulous) cruise-dining alternative is to book your table on Hornblower’s Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise. The price is $149 per person (plus fees), and includes a five-course dinner with both a regular menu (featuring Pacific sea bass, petite filet mignon and more) AND a vegetarian menu (offering Roasted beet & mango “tartare,” vegan chocolate decadence dessert and more). Aside from the delicious food, there will be a DJ and dancing, plus champagne and those gorgeous views from the water. If you want to enhance the romance a little more, you can also order a bouquet of roses to surprise your date! Just make sure to place your roses order by 5 pm on February 11th. Book reservations online or call 310.301.9900. Address: 13755 Fiji Way.
DINE OUT BY THE HARBOR
Cafe del Rey
One of the advantages of living in Marina del Rey is that you have all of these phenomenal harbor-side restaurants just minutes from home. And while it may seem cliché to take your date out for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, let’s face it — it never gets old. Especially when you can nibble on some of the best food in LA and gaze out at panoramas that pretty much take your breath away. Here are three top spots to consider — but book now. Reservations go fast when Cupid’s in town.
Cast & Plow
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
The inspired chef at Cast & Plow knows how to put the dazzle in a holiday menu and his Valentine’s Day dishes will not disappoint. The prix-fixe dinner includes highlights like Smoked salmon tartar with caviar; mushroom risotto; duo of beef; and a “Chocolate & Strawberry” dessert that combines strawberry mousse, vanilla cake, crème brûlée and meringue that will offer an elegant finish to your meal. Price is $95 per person. Call for reservations at 310.574.4333.
Since opening at the Marina del Rey Hotel a couple years ago, SALT has made itself one of the area’s must-try modern American restaurants (with exceptional outdoor seating). Their Valentine’s Day menu is all a la carte and enormous! Lots of seafood options like Nantucket bay scallops, an impressive shellfish platter, Maine lobster pasta and a zillion other dishes. And if you want to truly go the romance route, you can opt for one of their “designed for two” meals, such as the “Cote de Boeuf” (36 oz. prime beef). Prices per dish range from $14 appetizers to $145 dinners for two. Book reservations online or call 310.301.1000. Address: 13534 Bali Way.
Café del Rey
Of course the fabulous Café del Rey is on the Valentine’s list – their prix-fixe menus are always amazing and with those harbor views, you can’t beat it for romance. What dishes can you expect? Just some of the highlights cooking are the French Onion Soup (you can do it, just bring some mints), three-cheese ravioli, wine-poached Chinook salmon, a strawberry panna cotta dessert and more. The price is $95 per person. Book reservations online or call 310.823.6395. Address is 4451 Admiralty Way.
Are you ready for romance on next Tuesday, February 14th? Let us know your plans — especially if you’re trying one of the great options above!
January 31st, 2017
Ok, so our Rams aren’t ready for a Super Bowl (YET) but this Sunday’s big game is still totally worth getting excited about. First off, take a look at the pseudo David & Goliath angle — the New England Patriots heading into their record 9th Super Bowl (and Tom Brady hoping to set a record as the first quarterback with five Super Bowl rings) and the Atlanta Falcons playing their way into their second Super Bowl ever — this is exhilarating stuff! And then there’s the second reason— watching the game at hotspots in and around Marina del Rey is always crazy amounts of fun! Lots of TVs, lots of people, lots of food and drink specials — no matter where you go, it’s bound to feel like the best party in town.
The question is: where should you go to watch Super Bowl LI? There are plenty of options, but we have a list of some of your best bets right here. Check it out!
4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
Tony P’s Super Bowl Party is one of the Marina’s sure-to-fill-up hotspots so call and reserve your seat NOW. The cost is $20 per person and aside from the 8 giant LED large screen TVs airing the game, that money also gets you a swanky Tony P’s Super Bowl shirt, great drink specials and giveaways. A huge TV will also be on the patio in case you want some sunset views with your game.
4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
Killer Shrimp’s bar is another awesome option to consider with its 7 big screen TVs, nice beer selection and of course, the infamous Killer Shrimp (DO come hungry). Bar tables go fast so get there early to reserve a table.
30 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey
Up at Cabo Cantina, the party’s always going on — so you can bet Super Bowl Sunday will, without a doubt, be a blast. Aside from having a ton of big screens showing the game, there will some irresistible food and drink specials on-hand to keep you cheering (no matter who’s winning!).
203 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
If you’ve ever been to Mo’s Place for any occasion — you know it’s a guaranteed good time. So yes, getting your Super Bowl cheer on here will be chock full of merriment. All of the TVs will be tuned into the game (obviously), but it’s the fun staff, friendly vibe and Mo-inspired side-line fun (look out for the great raffles & prizes!) that will make this your most memorable Super Bowl yet.
185 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
Just a few yards from the ocean is the legendary The Shack Sports Grille — a casual, beachy spot that’s an awesome pick for Super Bowl Sunday watching. Yes, there are TVs galore, including patio viewing & a projection screen, but there are also a ton of food and drink specials to keep you fired up and in the football spirit. Highlights — $8 Bud Lights & PBR pitchers; $6 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas until 4 pm; $5 half-time Fireball shots; and more.
TOMPKIN SQUARE (T2) BAR
8522 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester
Giant TVs, friendly atmosphere, incredibly good food, great beer selection — if you feel like heading down to nearby Westchester, T2 Bar & Grille will be happening in a big way on Sunday. While the game’s going on, try to work up an appetite because you’ll want to try the crispy buffalo cauliflower and one of their cooked-to-perfection burgers (they happen to have a pretty good veggie burger, too!). Advice: Get there early to get a comfy booth for the game!
The game starts at 3:30 PT on FOX with Lady Ga Ga entertaining at half-time —how much fun is this going to be!? Tell us — are you going out to watch the game this Sunday? Let us know your favorite spot to watch the Super Bowl action!
January 17th, 2017
The great part about life in Marina del Rey is that there are always cool things going on. Concerts in the park, Champagne brunches, and amazing events that radiate a brand of charm that’s just pure Marina magic. One of the most powerful events happening down at Mother’s Beach every month is the TBG Champion Paddle, a 90-minute SUP paddle event for breast cancer awareness & support. It happens one Sunday each month from 9 am to 10:30 am, and it’s an extraordinary way to spend a weekend morning.
The TBG Champion Paddle itself is a joint effort between the ProSUP Shop and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Tiffany B. Grunwald, to raise awareness for breast cancer, celebrate healthy bodies, and honor all of the incredible breast cancer warriors who have fought the disease. It’s a pretty nifty gathering where you can get out on the water, support friends & family and be a part of something kind of special for 90 minutes.
If you’re interested, here are the details.
Cost: $35 (slightly reduced rental rate) for SUP board rental
Suggestions: Bring a small gift for those currently fighting breast cancer, like a $10 gift card for LA bite food delivery service or an item that may come in handy for someone undergoing treatment.
Next Paddle: Sunday, January 22nd at 9 am — meet up at the ProSUP shop in the Jamaica Bay Inn at 4175 Admiralty Way.
Reservations: Visit ProSUP shop to book your spot.
Have you taken part in the Champion Paddle for breast cancer warriors before? Let us know!
January 10th, 2017
When you live in Marina del Rey, you are quite simply living the dream. Seriously. Gorgeous harbor views and a sweet beach, killer sunsets every night of the week, low-key tranquility you wouldn’t trade for the world, and last but not least, a location that puts you smack dab in the middle of restaurant heaven.