Live Like A VIP: This Week’s Recommendations From The Lifestyle Consultants At VIP-LA

VIP-LA gives Haute Living inside access to the most luxurious happenings in LA. Check out their recommendations for this week:

EAT: Picca, Beverly Hills

The chef that created Mo-Chica and Test Kitchen brings you Picca, the new Peruvian joint on Pico.

Picca, the newest Peruvian project by Food & Wine’s Best New Chef in America, Ricardo Zarate (Mo-Chica and Test Kitchen) is tantalizing taste buds in Beverly Hills on a nightly basis. The Peruvian born chef discovered his passion for gastronomy in his early teen years growing up in Peru where he was influenced by many different cuisines, given the diverse nature of his home country.

The menu is comprised of small, savory plates like the empanadas and the papa rellena paired with amazing craft cocktails curated and created by mixologist Julian Cox (Rivera and Playa). The recently opened lounge on the mezzanine level that was once occupied by Test Kitchen gets a crowd of libation fans swooning for one of Julian’s “Rhubarb Sidecar”s or a “Chilcano de Anis,” a favorite Peruvian concoction of fresh lime, ginger and mint.

Anticuchos are prepared behind an open glassed-in kitchen around which a dozen or so seats are positioned, allowing diners the option to eat and watch the kitchen show. As for design, Deborah Gregory of DiG Interiors in Culver City, who also worked on Playa, led the creative design process here at Picca; check out the reclaimed barn wood from Idaho, the vintage dangling lights, and the traditional Peruvian chalk mural.

PARTY: The Hudson Block Party, West Hollywood

Grab your “Crew” and head to Weho on Saturday for an all-day Block Party! 20+ bands, Live DJ’s and more!

The Hudson is putting on a 10-hour long party in West Hollywood this Saturday, August 13th. The Weho “Block Party” will bring the local community, local businesses, friends and neighbors together for a fun party and good times. The event is being co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and The Chamber of Commerce, and will showcase 7 local bands, 3 DJs, 20 vendor booths, and several charities. The Hudson will have 2 full bars (21+ event) and lots of eats for party-goers and other local favorites like Baby Blues BBQ, The Churchill, and Intelligentsia, and several local businesses will be providing free samples of their goods and services. Live Street Art provided by Lab Art Gallery artists. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to funding the new West Hollywood library. Presented by Perrier.

Andy Clockwise | Races | LP | Dead Sara | Nightmare & The Cat | Ross Sea Party | and More TBA

– DJs –
Chris Kennedy (aka Chris Masterson)| Isa (Florence + The Machine) | Son of Stan (Ben Harper & The Relentless7 / Epic Ruins) | Aubrey Henderson

Creative Recreation | Table Manners | Black Banditz | Kid Dangerous | Croft House | Lab Art Gallery | Tailwaggers (onsite pet adoption / rescue) | Pleasure Chest | Train West Hollywood | Brick Crossfit | Meridian Day Spa | Hollwood Electrics | and More TBA

Joe Sib (98.7 FM’s Complete Control) and Special Guest

DRINK: Harvard and Stone, East Hollywood

Get your suspenders on, show some ankle and put some gel in that handle bar mustache you’re so proud of; your new hipster hangout is waiting!

Harvard & Stone, the new East Hollywood watering hole brought to you by Mark and Johnny Houston A.K.A. The Houston Brothers(the duo behind the Cubana-themed Rum Bar, La Descarga) promises to be the neighborhood bar that Hollywood and Los Feliz has been waiting for.

The 3,500-square-foot, 1930s factory-esque, two-level bar was named after the nearby intersection on Hollywood Boulevard. The walls are faux rusted and aged, high top tables are supported by old pipes and hanging metal baskets which look straight out of a coal mine display whiskey bottles instead of broken-up granite. Although they call it a neighborhood bar, the drink prices resemble that of a nightclub further out west on the same street. At $9-$11 for specialty cocktails and $7-$8 for well drinks, it’s a little more pricey than your local ‘neighborhood bar,’ but then again, it’s definitely not The Drawing Room.

Unlike popular spirit-centric bars such as the hidden Hollywood rum bar, La Descarga or whiskey bar Seven Grand, Harvard & Stone’s aim is to offer the “most unique selection of American distillates,” according to bar man Steve Livigni. “We’re really focusing on craft American distilleries so there are more people making whiskey in the U.S. than any other particular thing but there are people making great vodka, gin, absinthe, rum, brandies and applejack. So we’re going to feature a lot of that stuff, too.” However, the bar will also stock a small menu of tequila, cognac and rum as well as recognizable brands.

On Sundays and Mondays, there will be tastings where brand ambassadors will come in to discuss the featured spirit of the week. For the rest of that week they will focus on that particular brand, with cocktails offered at discounts. Bartenders at the back bar will be on a fluid schedule as well, be it Livigni or his La Descarga partner Pablo Moix manning the cocktail tins, or bartenders from other local bars, brand ambassadors or old friends in the liquor business like Erick Castro, the Plymouth Gin brand ambassador, who was formerly of The Rickhouse in San Francisco.

As for entertainment, awesome open-format DJs will spin an eclectic mix of music and “secret” live shows will be held spontaneously. “It’s just like you’re here and all of a sudden a band shows up and starts playing. It’ll be very last minute, whenever someone is in town,” Livigni said. “We’re going to keep a house drum kit and guitar upstairs and if they want to play they can play.”

Although Livigni, also the general manager of La Descarga(a bar known for its strict dress code) insists this is the type of “place that you go to four times a week,” it also isn’t a “free-for-all, it’s an Eastside lounge.” Meaning: “If four or five guys show up in cargo shorts and tennis shoes and Ed Hardy T-shirts, we’re probably not going to let them in. It’ll be at our discretion, but we really want it to be a neighborhood bar.”

VIP EVENT: MTV Video Music Awards, Nokia Theater

See your favorite music superstars perform LIVE and take home MoonMen at the MTV VMAs!

Its that time again! The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards return to Los Angeles on August 28th, 2011. MTValways creates the most over-the-top award shows and this year will be no different with confirmed superstar artists performing, including Lil WayneAdeleChris Brown and more!

Will your favorite artists win a MoonMan this year? Check out the nominees in each category HERE. There is a brand new category this year; Best Video With a Message.

Hollywood will definitely be buzzing that whole weekend with all the stars in town. From the celeb-hosted pre-parties to the super exclusive afterparties, this is definitely a weekend in LA that you won’t want to miss! Walk the Red Carpet (or what ever color it will be this year), sit in the Orchestra Section of the Nokia Theater amongst all the Celebs and mingle with the Superstars afterwards at the Official MTV VMA Afterparty.

VIP EVENT: 2011 Emmy Awards

Watch your favorite primetime television stars, in person, as they recieve the most prestigious award in TV!

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards will take place right here in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, September 18th. Thenominees were just announced for their excellence in television performances this year. Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson hosted the nominee ceremonies and Jane Lynch will host the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Show! When the Emmys first aired in 1949, from the Hollywood Athletic ClubShirley Dinsdale won the very first Emmy, for the Most Outstanding Television Personality.

The name, “Emmy,” was established by The Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). They created the Emmy Awards as part of an image-building and public relations opportunity. The name “Emmy” was chosen as a feminization of “immy”, a nickname used for the image orthicon tubes that were common in early television cameras. To complement the name, the statuette was designed to depict a winged woman holding an atom, which has since become the symbol of the TV Academy’s goal of supporting and uplifting the art and science of television: The wings represent the muse of art; the atom the electron of science.

Interesting stuff, huh?

VIP-LA has your exclusive access to the 2011 Emmy Awards! Walk the Red Carpet, watch the show live from the orchestra section and mingle amongst the celebs after the show at the official afterparty. Contact us now to book your exclusive lifestyle experience including 5 Star accommodation options, VIP transportation options and more.

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