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EVENT DISCLAIMER: Please do NOT sign-up if you are not feeling 100% well or have safety concerns. Temperatures will be taken. NEIGHBORHOOD DAYS is our ongoing monthly series on the cheap. These are neighborhood events intended for small groups where "fun & friendship" is the main focus. We kindly request a $2 donation to help with our yearly Meetup.com fees. Finding LA restaurants open for patio socially-distanced dining worthy of the focus of this Meetup group- "fabulous places" is no easy task. After searching & scouting numerous patios we discovered the avant-garde Lady Byrd Cafe. This hidden gem in Echo Park, in a garden-style setting, is charming & cozy and the perfect fit for our Echo Park day. News clip https://www.foxla.com/video/733151 Many restaurants are taking unprecedented steps to expand seated areas into public parking lots and sidewalks. Newly opened Lady Byrd Cafe has taken physical distancing during COVID to the extra mile, going so far as to transform its own parking lot with cozy, individual greenhouse distance dining pods. Aside from their four parking lot greenhouses there’s still plenty of traditional seating in their second outdoor patio. The owner says she was inspired by European al fresco dining and an Amsterdam restaurant that installed outdoor dining greenhouses during the pandemic. Even though they have a large patio space she wanted to go the extra step for people who wanted extra safety. JOIN FOR BRUNCH AND/OR THE STROLL. YOUR RSVP IS FOR BRUNCH ONLY. PART 1: 12:30 PM LADY BYRD CAFE BRUNCH Their farm-to-table organic dishes include delicious breakfast offerings including frittatas, burritos, egg sandwiches, pancakes, benedicts, French toast, oatmeal and yogurt. Healthy salads and bowls include a Cobb, chopped, kale and vegan salad as well as a vegan sausage bowl with roasted cauliflower rice. Sandwiches include a bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado on toasted sourdough, chicken club, chicken Panini, spicy pulled pork, smoked brisket pastrami, and Italiano sub. There's also a beef and vegan burger on the menu. Pastas include a Bolognese, fettuccini alfredo, cheese tortellini and pesto pasta and spaghetti marinara. The new café also offers great juices and smoothies including a Mountain Gem with turmeric and plantains; Ruby Throat with apple, ginger, beets, celery and cayenne; Broad-Tailed with spinach, kale, parsley, cucumber, lime and mint; Berrylline with oat milk, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cayenne pepper and hemp seeds and the Little Bee Hummingbird with mango, pineapple, coconut milk, plantain and cinnamon agave. PART 2: 2:30 PM ECHO PARK LAKE STROLL Drone over Echo Park Lake- so cool! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5eor7DOo5M If you want more than just a leisurely stroll of the lake; Echo Park has the motherlode of stairways in LA- not far from the restaurant. See additional info in comments. http://historicechopark.org/history-landmarks/places-landmarks/echo-park-stairways/ MEETUP: Directly in front of the Boat House. See photo The lake reopened in June 2013 after a $45 million renovation. After its massive makeover, the Eastside’s historic Echo Park Lake has finally become a family-friendly destination worthy of its bold backdrop: the Downtown skyline amid the lotus flower blooms and fountains. The lake has been around since 1860—it was once used as a drinking water reservoir, and later as a recreational park with canoes and fishing. Today, you can push your way through the lake in a swan pedal boat or stroll around the lake path. NOTE: We will be renting swan boats at our next stroll at Lake Balboa Park in Van Nuys in Sept. RESERVING YOUR SPOT FOR BRUNCH Option 1 WePay $13.50 $10 refunded in CASH $1.55 WePay processing fee $1.95 Meetup donation Option 2 PayPal $12.00 Message me for the email Send to "friends & family" REFUNDS: Up to 24 hrs prior. No exceptions PARKING: Street parking IF YOU ARE JOINING ONLY FOR THE STROLL FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR DOG
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CELEBRATING ALL PAST QUARANTINED BIRTHDAYS. IT'S OUR PAR-TAY AT LAST!! POSTPONED FROM APRIL. MEETUP IS NOW FULL. SHOULD YOU CARE TO JOIN THE WAIT LIST PLEASE LET US KNOW IN COMMENTS. WHEN WEPAY IS USED THERE IS NO WAY TO BE WAITLISTED AUTOMATICALLY. EVENT DISCLAIMER: PLEASE REVIEW ALL DETAILS & ITINERARY VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU RSVP. THIS EVENT MUST BE PREPAID. YOU WILL ONLY RECEIVE A REFUND IF THERE ARE A MINIMUM OF 10 RSVP. NO EXCEPTIONS. I HAVE ALREADY PLACED A DEPOSIT FOR A MINIMUM OF 10 GUESTS (MAX OF 16). TEA HOUSE ON LOS RIOS HAS A NO REFUND POLICY LESS THAN 72-HOURS. DISCOVER LA (OC for Aug.) is one of three on-going monthly series we host at F40+ FFFP. Each month we celebrate our great city exploring a unique and/or landmark historical property. I'm often asked, "Are you ever going to do day trips?" Y-E-S!! Since taking this Meetup group over last year this is our second day trip. Discover OC is EXTRA SPECIAL!! We are venturing out to explore the historical town of San Juan Capistrano with the option of an extension to San Clemente. PLEASE NOTE: AT F40+ FFFP WE DO NOT ACCEPT DROP-INS- attending events without an RSVP especially at all pre-paid or deposit events is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Your RSVP for this event is for your reservation for the Tea Party only. The remaining day's itinerary is optional. CELEBRATING QUARANTINED BIRTHDAYS: This year I am celebrating both a BIG Milestone Birthday & the 'Year of the Rat' (occurs only once every 12 years). Let's all celebrate together!! THE TEA HOUSE ON LOS RIOS: 4.8 Stars (495) on OpenTable The whimsical Tea House in So. CA that's like something from a storybook. Located next to the historic San Juan Capistrano train station and two blocks from the Mission. https://theteahouseonlosrios.com/ The Tea House requires only one pre-set Tea selection for larger parties. I have selected the least expensive of their 3 OPTIONS. The only difference between "The Garden Tea" and the next upgrade "The Mission Tea” is the selection of a delicious handmade soup or a garden salad. You can decide once there should you care to upgrade- $5 (tax + tip = $6.50 paid to me at the Tea House). The Garden Tea $33 (+ tax & 20% gratuity) Freshly baked currant scone with their famous raspberry preserves and early California cream Assorted Finger Sandwiches (ham & Swiss/egg salad/chicken club) Fresh fruit accompanied by cream & brown sugar A selection of hand made delectable desserts Your selection of premium loose leaf hot tea, ice tea or coffee PLEASE NOTE: They offer vegetarian & vegan options: humus & tomato/avocado/daily option. PAYMENT OPTION #1 PayPal $43 (inc. tax & gratuity) Avoid extra fees Send me a PM for email PAYMENT OPTION #2 WePay $47 (inc. fees) MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (optional) History https://www.missionsjc.com/history-preservation/history/ Map https://www.missionsjc.com/hours/mission-grounds-map/ Mission entrance Adults $14 & Seniors $12 (60+) Guided Tour $3 TOUR 1:00 PM An interpretive guide hosts you through the 10 acres of museum rooms, exhibits, gardens, fountains, and more. Guides provide you with details of California’s early history and the birthplace of OC. DAY TRIP ITINERARY: 8:00 SHARP- Union Station. Purchase $10 Metrolink day-trip ticket 8:40 Depart for SJC Train #660 10:01 Arrive in SJC 10:01 - 11:00 Explore the charming shops on Los Rios directly near the station. There's an adorable Coffee House too (see photo) if anyone wants morning coffee before Tea lunch. 11:00-12:30 Tea Party at Tea House on Los Rios 1:00-2:00 Tour of Mission 2:00-3:00 Explore SJC including antique mall HALF DAY OPTION: Return to LA 2:00 SJC Train #665 Arrive LA 3:39 FULL DAY OPTION: San Clemente extension for dinner &/or exploring (station is directly in front of the Pier) 3:21 SJC Train #664 Arrive SC Pier 3:36 Pier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHG2j0CxzMs Free time for dinner at Fisherman's or exploring on your own. 5:55 SC Pier Train #667 Arrive LA 7:56 PARKING AT UNION STATION: $8 East Lot (cheapest) Enter off Cesar Chavez on Vignes St. 811 N. Vignes St. LA
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: If you have any COVID safety concerns and are not feeling 100% well PLEASE DO NOT SIGN-UP. Temperatures will be taken at the event. COVID is here to stay!! NOTHING is going to change for the rest of this year if not longer. I am doing my very best to organize outdoor events that are worthy of this Meetup group- "fabulous places" where social distancing is adhered to. COMMITMENT DEPOSITS are requested to guarantee your spot where space is truly limited, and to avoid last minute cancellations and no-shows. It defeats the purpose if I'm having to issue on average 50% cancellation refunds at every event. This severely impacts the additional amount of time I need to invest in administrating the event. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE ISSUED UNDER 24 HOURS FOR DINING RESERVATIONS. TAM O"SHANTER- est 1922 Through a long, dynamic history, what began as a small, whimsically designed roadside diner on a dusty dirt road grew into a popular iconic landmark for generations. Its success would ultimately lead to the creation of multiple restaurants and an internationally known spice company- Lawry's Seasoning. Tam O’ Shanter is Los Angeles’ oldest family owned and operated restaurant in its original location. With a prospering partnership firmly established between two families related by marriage, brothers-in-law Lawrence L. Frank and Walter Van de Kamp began their own “private venture” into the restaurant business in 1922, when they built Montgomery’s Country Inn. Three years later, they adopted a Scottish theme, changing the name to the Tam O’Shanter Inn, a reference to a famous Robbie Burns poem. Close to Hollywood’s movie studios the Tam was an ideal lunch spot for the film stars of the day. Early on, silent movie greats like Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, Fatty Arbuckle as well as other film legends like John Wayne (graduated from nearby Glendale High School) were all frequent guests. And of course Walt Disney himself. The Disney studios were closeby. Fond of its food and the Tam O’Shanter’s Storybook Style architecture, created by famed movie set designer Harry Oliver, Walt Disney and his employees dined there frequently. Disney’s favorite spot from which he could see the entire room soon became known as the Disney Table- adjacent to the fireplace. Many of Disney's cartoons & sketches created while he dined there can be found throughout the restaurant's walls. The 1930s found the nation in the throes of the Great Depression. The Tam O’Shanter responded by building a patio for outdoor dining and, shortly thereafter, introduced one of the country’s first drive-ins, featuring “Car Service de luxe” made possible with special wooden trays that enabled guests to dine in their cars. Many are unaware Tam O'Shanter originally had a patio. They eventually did away with it. Now after 70 years a new patio was added in 2018. The perfect spot for our outdoor CUP!! Toward the end of the 60's the Tam O’Shanter was remodeled and expanded to include the Ale & Sandwich Bar, still popular today. 6 PM COCKTAILS & DINNER Happy Hour is NOT offered Menu https://www.lawrysonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SUNDAY-7-26-TAM-Patio-Menu-14x8.5-1.pdf Famous for their prime rib https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imoexE3uxm0 This is truly a unique LA landmark. Unfortunately, due to COVID it is unlikely you will see the interior spaces. Please refer to the photo gallery. OPTION 1: WePay $13.50 $10 refundable in CASH $1.55 WePay processing fee $1.95 Meetup Donation Your donation is very much appreciated. It goes towards our Meetup.com fees OPTION 2: PayPal $12 Please message me for the Email if you don't already have it Send to "family & friends" WAIT LIST: Please request in comments FREE PARKING: Across the street at Costco
***IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE*** CHECKER HALL HAS NOT RE-OPENED FOR DINE-IN as of the time of this update notice in mid-June. This event will now be tentatively postponed until Friday Oct. 2nd. If it remains closed the event will be replaced with another CUP worthy venue. We are following State guidelines and keeping group sizes to a max of 10 (indoor events) and up to 16 on SELECT open-air venues. We are adhering to practicing social distancing at all events until further notice- maintaining 6' distance and wearing face coverings (masks) when mandated by the venue. Thank you for respecting the wellness of all members attending! Cocktails in Unique Places (CUP) is our monthly signature event we are very proud to share exclusively with our members (not cross-posted on other Meetup groups). CUP's are carefully selected for their unique location and/or atmosphere. Many are located inside historical properties. Some are glamorous while others are truly unique "hole in the wall" venues. Either way, we are certain you will love these "fabulous places!" Checker Hall tucked inside the old Masonic Hall is one of LA's hidden gems. CHECKER HALL The Scene: Located on the second floor of a thoughtfully restored Masonic Hall in the heart of L.A.'s Highland Park. The restaurant exudes vintage-era warmth and charm, with a dining room designed by L.A.-based Design, Bitches, and a menu and hospitality approach intended to celebrate and continue the building's nearly century-long history as a community gathering place. This is a hidden treasure easy to pass because of the unassuming exterior as you walk down the sidewalk on Avenue 56 close to Figueroa Ave. As you notice the restaurant's plain door set against a windowless solid wall, peak inside. Mostly you see an elevator directly across from the entrance and wide stairway to the right. Ah, but once you step onto the second floor, everything begins to change. It's as though you discovered a Prohibition speakeasy hideaway. Design: The dining room features a modern central bar and four distinct seating types: banquette cocktail seating, intimate booths, bar stools and standard dining seating. Standout Venue Features: The bar program includes beer, wine and creative "fast craft" cocktails that playfully pay homage to the establishment's Masonic temple past, such as the Chapter Sweetheart, Hall Grog and Johnny the Giant (a tribute to eight-foot-tall silent film star John Aasen, who was inducted into the Masons in 1924). Chef Hovig Agop's Mediterranean menu offers a range of modern dips, salads, small plates and entrees at affordable price points, making it an ideal destination for both everyday dining and special occasions. This is delicious bar bites and cocktails. If you want to have dinner, please make your own reservations. HAPPY HOUR 5-7 PM MENU https://www.checkerhall.com/#menu-section Lodge Room: The Lodge Room is the music hall adjacent to Checker Hall. It features all the original, refurbished woodwork and artwork from the Masonic Temple. DJ Programming 9 PM to CLOSE Awards & Notables Zagat Eater Los Angeles PureWow hoopLA Infatuation Los Angeles Event Brite Celebration Locations PARKING Metered public parking on Avenue 56 just off Figueroa heading to the Metro. This event is very close to the the Metro stop in Highland Park. Please note: To all of our "fabulosas" members we remind you our Meetup group is strictly by RSVP. We do not take drop-ins and your RSVP should always be updated especially when there is a wait list. We document all no shows and under 24-hr cancellations after events when space was reserved for you for dining and/or when there is a wait list. We want everyone who wants to join our events to have an opportunity to participate and join the fun. This strictly depends on your courtesy by being considerate opening spots for others when you are no longer able to attend. Thank you!