I had heard of Yamashiro before, but I had no idea that it was hidden away on a hill just past The Magic Castle. I've been to The Magic Castle and didn't even realize the restaurant was right above it. Yamashiro was such a beautiful venue, I just don't know how the Blogger Prom Committee's going to top that next year. Can you believe the view from the entrance?
The landscape was just gorgeous: perfectly full moon, no fog, dazzling lights. This was a rare moment in my life as a Los Angelean where I actually thought my city was beautiful. I was captivated by the view every time I stepped outside or glanced out one of Yamashiro's broad windows.
As I filed into check-in area with other glamorously dressed bloggers, I felt like I was taken out of Hollywood and dropped into an ancient Japanese palace.
I still can't believe a place like this has been resting above Hollywood this entire time. I must go back and check out the Farmer's Market before it ends in October.
I was surprised that we all only used one of the three drink tickets (the line got a bit long, but that's understandable since there was only one bar compared to having two at last year's Blogger Prom), but I definitely didn't feel like I needed the other two tickets thanks to The Dalmore, The Beer Chicks, and the after party at Test Kitchen.
- The Dalmore 15 - nice, spicy start to the evening
- Eagle Rock Brewery IPA - recommended by The Beer Chicks to go along with Chef Brock's tacos
- Pinky Confidential signature drink by The Liquid Muse - Jennio found this sweet and tasty
- Zaya Gran Reserve Rum and Coke
- Hukilau Poke Ahi, teardrop tomato, macadamia nuts, soy-sesame marinade on a wonton crisp
- Charred Albacore with serrano chilis, blackened shallots, cilantro, tomatill-ponzu salsa on a tortilla chip - our favorite. My companions had several
- Hoisin-Braised Kurobuta Pork with scallion risotto and honey-mustard sauce - I enjoyed the pork but not the risotto, my +1 doesn't really eat pork but liked the risotto. This just couldn't win with us
- Asian Baby Back Ribs with house-made BBQ sauce - I was surprised that this was served as finger food. Seemed a bit messy, but Jennio and her date enjoyed them
- Miso-Sake Black Cod taco - wish we had gotten in line for the tacos right away because the table got popular real quick
- Kleweno Farm's Smoked Sausage with Maple-Black Pepper Aioli taco
- Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches - we absolutely loved their ice cream sandwiches. I had the green tea ice cream between two chocolate cookies. Their table looked great, like an old-fashioned candy store
- ChocolateBox Cafe Chocolates
- Crumbs Cupcakes - I can't resist eating something that looks like a mini Hostess Cupcake
I noticed the live band was missing. Turned out Dirty Martinis Jazz unreliably canceled a week before Blogger Prom. Seems pretty unprofessional to bail so last minute and missed out on a lot of free publicity with all the tweeting going on all night. Luckily, DJ Steve kept the party going with a variety of jazz music.
There's so much good stuff in there. My goal is to try to make a day of it and use as many coupons and gift certificates as possible.
|Photo by COFG|
- Disney Tote - I <3 Disney! The tote's the perfect size for carrying a book and a lunch to the park
- Free Admission to The GRAMMY Museum - which I've always wanted to check out
- Free Pass to The American Cinematheque
- $5 Gift Card from Pinkberry
- $10 Dining Certificate for Border Grill Truck - they serve awesome churros!
- Drink Coupon with Purchase of Meal at Hugo's - free drink with food that I already enjoy? YES!
- Free Cupcake from Sprinkles - must redeem ASAP since it's expiring very soon
- CostPlus World Market Chocolate Bar - mmmmmm, chocolate!
Congrats to the Blogger Prom King and Queen, Food Marathon and JozJozJoz (photographed on left)!
|Photo by Heather Kincaid|
1933 Group for the drink token winnings! I have my eye on some drinks at Thirsty Crow.
|Tom, Jennio, Winn|
Heather Kincaid's (great idea to have a photo booth and photographer there. Hope Blogger Prom has her again next year) Blog and Photo Gallery
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