This Week’s Five 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:  Lazy Ox Canteen, Downtown LA

Now a staple in the burgeoning foodie district of Little Tokyo, Downtown LA, The Lazy Ox Canteen Rocks!

If you’re into Rock Music and a Rock-Solid cuisine, Downtown LA’s Lazy Ox Canteen is the just the spot for your next dining adventure! Occupying a long, narrow dining room jammed into the ground floor of a Little Tokyo condo complex, and fashionably unmarked on the outside, Lazy Ox Canteen has become a staple in the burgeoning foodie district. Your dinner’s soundtrack will include rock music blaring from the open kitchen where the chefs rock-out while preparing your rockin’ meal! There are plenty of tables for two, some of them pushed together to create rickety 4 tops, and huge chalkboard menus listing 20 to 30 dishes or more, posted at each end of the dining room. This place definitely delivers on experience.

They have an awesome wine list and their collections of beers is second to none in the neighborhood. Founder and Executive Chef, Josef Conteno (Meson GOpus and Lot 1) creates an outstanding fusion menu incorporating fresh seasonal ingredients and influences of Japanese Izakaya, Mediterranean and Classic American Comfort Food. Conteno became known for his baked creation that he calls “bäco,” a hybrid of Mediterranean flat bread and a taco. He carries that claim-to-fame with him to this day. Bäco is available a couple days a week at Lazy Ox, your job is to find them on the board, and then hope that they haven’t yet sold out. And hunt for the elusive bäco you will; you may find it in any form which may or may not include beef, crunchy pork belly, scallions and something like a Catalan romesco sauce. They are all delicious!

Executive Chef Conteno is all about tasting menus! Not just small portions of entrees on the menu, but creative samplings of culinary inspiration such as braised lamb cheeks, braised pork neck and braised veal tongue with candied green tomatoes… You get the drift. So bring a big group of friends and create an experience out of your evening! You’ll be glad you did!

Just remember to ask for the bäco!

  • DRINK: Bar Noir, Beverly Hills

Have a sophisticated night out in beverly hills at this super-sexy hideaway. Order a French Kiss or two and don’t forget about the popcorn.

First of all, if you’ve ever heard of Maison 140 Beverly Hills, you’re already amongst a sophisticated level of society. But, if you’ve ever been to the beautiful boutique hotel’s Bar Noir, you’re truly a swanky socialite! If not, you must. Polish your shoes and throw on your nicest blazer; it’s time to step your game up. Start by checking out their Wednesday Jazz Night, you’ll get acclimated quickly.

Walking into Maison 140, you’ll understand why the “In The Know” amongst us frequent this boutique beauty. From Maison 140′s Website:  “Maison 140 offers the modern traveler a distinct retreat from the ordinary. This intimate Beverly Hills hotel projects a vibrant design that merges lush color palettes, powerful patterns and custom and vintage furnishings to create a stunning, one-of-a-kind Beverly Hills boutique hotel experience.”

Once you step foot into the sexy Bar Noir, you’ll understand why we’re telling you that you’re missing out! A stunning vision in black, white and red, this cozy hideaway is perfect for informal gatherings and intimate conversation. The sexy interior design, with its Parisian antiques and custom-designed elements, provides the perfect place to snuggle up with a date or enjoy a pre-dinner drink before heading out on the town. Try the French Kiss or the Lady Godiva!

Oh, and don’t leave without ordering their Vegas-Imported, liquid-nitrogen-frozen, flavored popcorn. AMAZING!

  • ESCAPE: Epicure SB, Santa Barbara

Escape for the weekend (or week…or month) to Santa Barbara and indulge in the best culinary creation.

Feel like escaping LA for the weekend? Do you enjoy food, drinks, beach and culture? (Who doesn’t, right?Santa Barbara is hosting a perfect excuse for you to pack up the car and buzz up the coast! The coastal city’s world-renowned restaurants, wineries, gourmet purveyors and galleries will dish out culinary festivals, cooking classes, winemaker dinners, seasonal menus and more during Epicure·SB, a month of savoring the flavor of Santa Barbara.

We recommend these Must Try Specials: Cloud Climbers Jeep & Wine Tours, food & wine pairings at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill and/or a poolside cabana lunch at Bacara Resort & Spa. Check the full menu of offerings for’s schedule of 90+ events.

  • VIP TASTING: The Social Presesnts: Osaka, Hollywood

Join The Social: A Tasteful Society as they present an exclusive, members-only tasting of the newly-opened Osaka Hollywood. Are you a member of The Social?

The Social: A Tasteful Society, an LA-based members-only dining society, will be hosting an exclusive tasting event at the newly-opened Osaka Hollywood on Wednesday, October 5th. Creating amazing events at eagerly-anticipated, crowd-favorite or highly-rated restaurants in the Hollywood, Beverly Hills, LA and OC areas, The Social‘s main goal is to bring together what the founders refer to as the three essentials of a great night; Great Food, Great Drinks and Great People. Their past events have been hosted at KatanaCleo and Lexington Social House to name a few. Next week’s event will be a foodie’s paradise! With an impressive, custom menu featuring the best the new Japanese-Peruvian eatery has to offer, members of The Social are privy to an experiential dining experience like no other. Order the full tasting menu to sample a little bit of the entire menu as well as a very special Pisco tasting.

To inquire about becoming a member of The Social: A Tasteful Society, visit The Social LA’s Facebook Page and request to be their friend.

  • VIP EVENT: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Hollywood Movie Premiere

Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 is the most anticipated movie premiere of 2011! Would you like to attend the Hollywood Movie Premiere?

The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven. See full synopsis and theatrical trailer here. On November 14th at the Nokia Theater, walk the Red Carpet, sit amongst the stars of the movieand mingle with celebs at the official afterparty. VIP-LA has your Exclusive Access

Contact VIP-LA for special offers, reservations and packages for these VIP happenings and more!