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Success for the TA TA’s!
February 14, 2011

Thanks for coming out!

Thanks to lots of amazing supporters, Danielle and Jonathan raised mad money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation Saturday night at The Yard! Success for the TA-TA’s!

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Dan “The Imbiber” Dunn is “Living Loaded”
February 3, 2011

Introducing the man with the job we all want.

When he gets a drink at the bar, his glass is blown in front of him.

He travels by elephant: not by plane or automobile.

He doesn’t get hangovers…ever.

He scours the earth. He drinks. He writes about the scouring and the drinking. He is The Imbiber, aka Dan Dunn: “one of the world’s preeminent chroniclers of the mixocological arts and the drinking life.”

Dan’s work has appeared in numerous high-profile publications including Playboy, GQ, USA Today, Maxim, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Hemispheres, Mutineer, Wine Access, The Tasting Panel and Hosiery & Underwear Magazine. He is a former staff writer for the Emmy-nominated TV show “Talk Soup” and freelance joke contributor for SNL’s “Weekend Update.” His critically acclaimed semi-fictional memoir, “Nobody Likes a Quitter (and other reasons to avoid rehab),” was published in November 2007. His second tome, “Living Loaded: Tales of Sex, Salvation and the Pursuit of the Never-ending Happy Hour” is in bookstores everywhere starting February 8th.

Dan Dunn is also the host of The Imbiber Show, a podcast which goes live every Monday. Part of famed deejay Tom Leykis’s The New Normal Network, the show can be streamed on the New Normal site. The Imbiber Show is also available for download and subscription on iTunes.

The Tastemakehers had the privilege of stirring things up with Dan Dunn  for a little Imbiber Q and A:

Q: Describe Dann Dunn in 3 words…

Really. Bad. At. Counting.

Q: If you could party with anyone living/dead that you have not yet met, who would it be?

Stan Jablonski. A name chosen randomly from the phone book. He sounds like a fun dude. If I could party with a dead guy, I’d choose Charlie Sheen.

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, what girl would you choose to be stranded with, and what would be your cocktail of choice, album of choice and book of choice.

A woman to be stranded on an island with, eh? You mean, besides my lovely girlfriend who quite possibly is reading this. Um, wow. That’s a tough one. I like Rachel McAdams a lot. So much so that I recently watched a god-awful movie called “The Time Traveler’s Wife” in its entirety simply because she’s in it. Twice. It’d be cool to have Amy Winehouse along, too.

No point in having an album on a deserted island devoid of electricity, unless I’m using it to play Frisbee, right?

Cocktail would be anything with water in it. Something tells me I’d need that.

Book would the Bible. It’s heavy, and could come in handy as a weapon when The Others attack.

Q: Favorite chapter in “Living Loaded”? Why?

The final one. Because when I finished writing that one, I was done. And the best part about book-writing is book-finishing.

Q: Favorite bar in LA?

A: Take your pick — La Descarga, Hinano, The Roger Room, The Tasting Kitchen.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your new venture in television?  If you could pick anyone to play Dan Dunn, who would it be?

Wrote a pilot with Rob McElhenney of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” It’s based on the book and my life. We have a deal on the table, though I can’t say with who yet. Soon, though.

Q. What is the best thing anyone has ever said about Dan Dunn?  And who said it?

“You’re a real a-hole, Dan, but the good news is you probably won’t be an a-hole your entire life. In fact, I bet you’ll be just fine by the time you reach third grade.”– My mother

There you have it folks. Dan Dunn is giving the most interesting man in the world a run for his money.

To purchase Dan’s new book “Living Loaded”, you can visit Amazon or attend the public book signing at Book Soup here in LA on February 8th. The afterparty at Baby Blues WeHo is also open to the public, provided you have a copy of “Living Loaded” in hand. The book is the cost of admission to the afterparty, and must be purchased at a bookstore, as they won’t be sold at Baby Blues. “Living Loaded” will also be sold at Borders and Barnes & Noble.

For our East Coasters, there’s also a book signing in Philadelphia on February 17th, from 5 to 7 PM at Baby Blues BBQ on 34th & Sansom. The Philly signing is open to the public as well.

Make you sure check out Dan’s website, TheImbiber.net, for some dangerously good drink recipes.

Never seen four country boys rap so darn’ good
January 31, 2011

Maybe the sounds of Nashville in West Hollywood sounds a little out of place, but we actually needed The Shawn and Hobby Band more than they needed us.

At the House of Blues on Saturday night, we were all shocked when The Shawn and Hobby Band gave us a taste of the old school hip-hop we’ve been missin’ like a college spring break. Those country boys cowboy-ed up to the tune of a Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Dogg and the theme song from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, complete with electric guitar and thumping drums, just to name a few. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about pairing rap lyrics with rock instrumentals that gets everyone’s right hand pumping overhead.

The Shawn and Hobby Band is truly a renaissance group: they do it all. Their original songs like “Radio On”, were just as good as the covers from Tom Petty to The Eagles to “Wonderwall” by Oasis. I think you’ve got some new fans in So Cal boys.

Check out The Shawn and Hobby Band as they cover “Scenario” by Tribe in the video at the top of the page!

XO,

Simone and Danielle

If you’re reading this, get 10% off at Wynn Nail Spa now!
January 27, 2011

The wonderful ladies at Wynn Nail Spa have granted our readers a special discount on all services! We love our gel manicures we got at Wynn. To redeem 10% off your visit, and a cup of coffee or latte before noon, go to this link and print out your coupon. Thanks Holly!!

XOXO,

Simone & Danielle

Danielle at work: the premiere of THE MECHANIC
January 26, 2011

Last night Danielle premiered the new action flick from CBS Films, ‘The Mechanic’, at the Arclight Hollywood. All the film’s stars were in attendance and then some…and by then some we mean Tila Tequila. Another Benarroch Productions success!

‘The Mechanic’ hits theaters this Friday, January 28th…

ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF WireImage

Verizon Dreams Coming True with iPhone
January 12, 2011

Hey Verizon-ers…I think we can all agree that the Blackberry is in a funk, like majorly.  What once were the coolest phones on the planet have dwindled down to mere bottom dwellers in the land of the uber cool iPhones that seem to do, well, just about everything. And because of our loyalty to beloved Verizon and it’s stellar service here in L.A., we sit, green with envy as our AT&T friends touch text in a blaze of awesomeness on the Apple’s of their eye.

Well, wait no longer friends (or at least not that much longer), the time has come…The VERIZON IPHONE is just moments away, coming to a Verizon store near you on February 10th!

 

XO,

Danielle

(Simone loves her HTC EVO phone from Sprint!)

If Tony Montana were still alive, this would be his favorite bar
January 11, 2011

We are reluctantly promoting La Descarga in this post, not because it doesn’t epitomize Cuban cool, but because it does. In fact, it is so cool we don’t want it to be ruined by the masses. But alas, as Tastemakehers it is our duty to share with you the things that keep our tastebuds kickin’.

La Descarga is a true modern day speakeasy. Sandwiched between a taco shack and a slew of rundown storefronts on Western avenue, from the outside it looks like an abandoned studio, like really abandoned. You would never know such a  gem lies behind that rusty gate.

We don’t want to give too much away because that’s no fun, but just prepare for a Narnia-esque experience. You have to climb one flight of stairs until you’re in the foyer, and by the looks of it there doesn’t appear to be an entrance to a bar or lounge anywhere in sight…but just wait. A young woman crosses your name off the list (its reservations only), walks you towards a door, opens it very gracefully and then…

Before you know it you are transported to a dimly lit Cuban lounge that smells like samba and sounds like coconut. The drinks are fantastic, and the hands that make them true artisans. Kick it like Scarface with a mojito in a cozy corner, and let the live sounds of Havana allow you to forget about Hollywood. Did we mention the sequin clad Cha-Cha dancer twirling around the spiral staircase? There’s also a cigar lounge in the back.

Even the website is mysterious. A PERFECT spot for a first date, or cuddling up with close friends…this is a place you need to see for yourself. But make your reservation first!