Chelsea Madren aka OC Food Diva: Johnsonville's The Sausage Dome Champion, World Food Championships E.A.T. Certified Food Judge, KCBS Certified BBQ Judge, Brand Ambassador, Culinary Researcher, Food & Travel Critic, Food Competitor, and Recipe Developer
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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!