Fairmont Miramar, My Favorite For Girls Night Out...

This week, I had my regular girls’ night out cocktail hour (or two) with my BFFs at the Fairmont Miramar.  It’s become my favorite place to congregate for these occasions.  There are many reasons why: As I pull up to the valet, they give me a warm welcome and explain the special things that are going on in the hotel that evening.  They shared with me the promotion that they have going at Fig, the hotel’s highly-ranked restaurant.   Every night, from 5p-6p, everything is half-off!  Such a deal! They also have special valet prices if you eat dinner at Fig or have drinks in the Lobby Lounge.  The Lobby Lounge is where we hang. When I walk into the Lobby Lounge, it resembles a cozy (albeit large) living room.  There are comfortable couches and chairs strategically arranged to perfectly accommodate our gang of girls.  The area also looks out on to the pool area, and when the doors are open, it makes for a lovely setting with soft breezes occasionally floating our way. Another reason is that the cocktail servers greet us by name, know what we drink and how we like them made.  (Hmmm, is that a good thing or a bad thing? Maybe we’ve been having too many girls’ nights out!) My Grey Goose Citron martini, served up, with little chips of ice, a twist of lemon and 2 olives is always perfect.  I’ve added an extra olive so my friend can have the third one.  I love how new traditions are invented during these outings! My associate Dienna usually orders an extra-extra dirty martini with olives.   Yes, those bartenders are quite experienced with extra-extra dirty drink orders!  On one of our last visits, there were two really cute, friendly male servers,...

A Birthday Bash, Bungalow Style...

After a couple of Martinis a week before Christmas, I promised my BFF Nancy that I would plan her 50th Birthday party, coming up on January 12. WHAT WAS I THINKING? First off, I did not know even how to create an Evite, and did not know a lot of her friends.  Tech-saavy Nancy came to the rescue, supplying me with all guest names in a data base format, and also walked me through how to develop and send an Evite.  It took 2 hours, including the time when my computer crashed, but I finally got it! Next was to assemble the birthday host committee.  Again, Nancy to the rescue.  After a few e-mails, the group was complete and all in. Next, the venue.  That was a no-brainer.  We called our friends and fellow Rotarians Matt and John at the Fairmont.  We spent many days there last summer, making the glamorous lobby lounge our hangout for solving the world’s problems.  Nancy also had her first fundraising event there for her charity,  In True Fashion, in the Fall. We chose a quaint room in the Bungalow, expertly re-imagined by Brent Bolthouse.  It was a chilly night, and the room resembled a rustic ski lodge, with candles everywhere, and several sets of comfy couches for guests to snuggle up.  Beautiful. Chef Ray Garcia’s Fig Restaurant did a fabulous job with the menu — serving a plethora of small, delicious hors d’oeuvres, including: Ceviche-Snapper, with Lime, Jalapeno, Pear Tomatoes Chicken, Mushroom and Poblano Pepper Quesadillas Chicago Dogs with Tomato, Mustard, Pickle, Sport Pepper, Onion, and Nuclear Relish Classic All Beef Sliders with Sharp Cheddar and Burger Love Lobster Rolls with Apple and Tarragon The Ceviche-Snapper was amazing; and the lime, jalapeno and pear tomatoes was perfect on...