I rode to this eatery with my friend and associate Josh, the instigator of this endeavor, and even as we approached the Hotel SLS I could see I was in store for something extraordinary. Off to my left, in a covered outdoor area, beautiful handcrafted couches were beautifully lit by a raft of exotic lamps, and in front of us through a glass door was a screen of some sort with a butler doing, well, butling; he had the distinct appearance of someone whose name had to be Jeeves. Next to Jeeves was a hostess station with two lovely young women who greeted us. We were just going to look around while waiting for the rest of our party.
And so it began, as we made our way through the “bazaar” area I was compelled to touch, stare at, photograph at a rapid rate, much like the beating of my heart — at this point as I knew I was home, as if this entire structure and everything in it had been designed to make me happy and full of wonder. I was Alice and had clearly This is saying a lot, between growing up in Big Sur and my professional career in restaurant work, I had landed in Wonderland, but there was something about the fusion of old and new at the Bazaar that had me totally hooked. I felt as though it embodied a sort of off-the-wall eclecticism that only appeals to a certain type of person like me. (Funnily enough, I bet a whole bunch of very different individuals feel just the same way about the place!)
But there’s more! Moving right along, there was the Kobe Beef Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, the Ottoman Carrot Fritters with apricots and pistachio sauce — I’m going back into a foodie dreamland coma as I write this!
And as always, Enjoy!!!
LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH, EAT!!!
© Jennifer Green Alger 2010