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Monday, September 9, 2013

The Veranda at The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica celebrates 1930’s heyday



This year marks The Georgian Hotel’s 80th anniversary on the beachfront of Santa Monica, CA. Vacationers have been drawn to this hotel for years for its glamour, grace, and speakeasy lore. The actual speakeasy is downstairs and is now used for meetings and private events. Black and white photos adorn the walls in the hotel and the interiors have been restored to their majestic heyday. It’s like you are watching a black and white movie and then the color magically appears, like The Wizard of Oz. The Veranda is the hotel’s restaurant which is situated on the actual veranda of the hotel. In celebration of their anniversary, they are running a Retro Tasting Menu serving up time-honored culinary classics and inspired libations.

Paloma is Patron Silver tequila, grapefruit juice, club soda, and lime juice topped with a lime wedge. It tasted like a grapefruit margarita on the rocks with twist of lime. Perfect for sipping on a summer day! Thumbs up, way up!

Manhattan is a classic cocktail of Maker’s Mark bourbon, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters garnished with a cherry. This was a very strong cocktail and tasted slightly woody yet had a very sophisticated flavor. Thumbs up!

Mini Monte Cristo Sandwich is a decadent stack of turkey, ham, Gruyere cheese in a battered egg bread fried to a golden brown. The crispy egg bread was not too greasy but could use a little more cheese to increase the gooey sensation. The turkey, ham, and cheese worked well together and raspberry sauce added the umami flavor. Thumbs up!


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