Monthly Archives: December 2013

Holiday Help from Portero Concierge

New_Year_1-350px                 Here it is, December 23rd, and you still have some unfinished holiday tasks? Portero Concierge can make it happen. Even though it’s last minute, we can help you check those final few items off your “To Do” list.  Here are a few things you may need some help with:
  • Wrapping Gifts for clients, employees, family, or friends
  • Floral Arrangements or Decorating for the New Year
  • Last-minute Holiday Shopping–Reward an Employee who really deserves it with something nice for the New Year!
  • Corporate Gift Ideas & Delivery
  • Employee Gifts for Christmas or the New Year–how about a trip to a Spa or Salon?
  • Need to Coordinate Transportation to or from a holiday party?
Portero Concierge can help you organize any of these services…even if you’ve only just now thinking of them!

The Best Small Bars & Secret Food Places of LA / Orange County

Best of Bars
Here are a few places to get you started America’s Best Beer Bars
  • Father’s Office- An upscale pub with the can’t-go-wrong motto “Beer Makes You Strong
  • Verdugo- A restored 1930s bar decked out in Art Deco style and with a DJ lineup that varies from reggae to retro soul classics.
America’s Best Sandwiches
  • Bäco Mercat- This place has specialty flatbread sandwiches; don’t miss out on the fried shrimp and creamy cabbage slaw version that’s finished off with a dab of Sriracha.
Best Burgers in the U.S.
  • Father’s Office- Try the dry-aged Office Burger, topped with Gruyère cheese, Maytag blue cheese, arugula, and applewood-bacon compote—you’ll never go visit an In-N-Out Burger again! And don’t forget, Father’s Office is also one of America’s best beer bars.
Best Pizza Places in the U.S.
  • 800 Degrees- Fast (60 seconds!) artisanal pizza—made to order, and only costs around six bucks.
  • Pizzeria Mozza- Traditional wood-burning ovens and house-made mozzarella conspire to produce some of L.A.’s best pizzas.
50 Best Bars in America
  • Copa d’Oro- Concoct your own drinks with seasonal ingredients and top-notch spirits.
  • Rivera- Seasonal tequila infusions as well as a private-label añejo.
  • Roger Room-A tough-to-find speakeasy, next door to telling a fortune-telling parlor; well worth the trouble of finding it! (370 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; no website)
  • The Tasting Kitchen- A terrific bar and restaurant, where nearly everything is done in-house. This place has gotten accolades from the LA Times, LA Weekly, NY Times, GQ, Gourmet, and Zagat so they’re the real deal!
  • The Varnish- Accessed through a secret door at Cole’s!
Best Hotel Bars
  • The Rooftop at The Standard- A poolside roof deck with futuristic-looking bright red waterbed pods, white deck chairs, sculpted topiary, and a Biergarten—‘nuff said.
Top 10 Best New Bars in the U.S.
  • Pour Vous- A Parisian-style cocktail lounge with red velvet banquettes and a focus on French spirits. There’s a trolley car out back for smokers to hang out on.
America’s Best Salty-Sweet Deserts To finish everything off in style Thanks to Food & Wine Magazine (online) for recognizing our great Los Angeles area establishments.