Thursday, January 18, 2018

It's cozy 'fire pit' season at Saguaro Palm Springs, aw just call it winter

Sunny days, chilly nights personify Palm Springs this time of year
Patti Pietschmann

On one  of my earlier trips to Palm Springs, many magnificent moons ago (the views of the  sun and moon   are simply awesome in the Desert), I was so cold that I took a fully clothed steam bath before going out to dinner. We were staying at Melvyn's Ingleside Inn and the cottage had a shower that converted to a steam.  I was dressed to dine and when we opened the door a cold blast hit me and I ran back inside  to de-ice.  Hey, I have thin blood.

Anyhow today I get a release from a cool PR firm that says it's not winter in the Springs but rather fire pit season. I can dig it, I love sitting around an outdoor fire on a crisp Desert night with a good red wine in hand and my honey to keep me warm. 

Joe, my PR pal reps the hip Saguaro where they  light up the pits at nights and people party with hot  beverages and snacks. He writes, "All winter long, the Saguaro embraces the coolest weather of the year under clear star-lit skies with an evening menu of beverages including Mexican Hot chocolate with mezcal, Hot Spiked Cider with whiskey, and Mulled Wine, accompanied by favorite winter snacks like Fondue Fries with Oaxacan cheese, Pulled Pork Sliders, and our very own version of Make Your Own S’mores."  I will stick to wine but, it does sound good. 

Through February, the Saguaro also offers special evenings of outdoor movies and entertainment on the San Jacinto Lawn, with the Moonlit Mojave Music Showcase featuring our favorite local band The Flusters performing on Saturday, January 27, along with special guests Eevaan Tré and Sabio, and again on February 23, with guest artist Jesika von Rabbit. The shows start at 5:30PM.

Movie nights include a screening of “The Birdcage” on Saturday, January 20, and on February 16, in honor of Modernism Week, we’ll be showing the ultra-classic “Valley of the Dolls”.

The Desert Nights menu complements hotel’s patio brunch and anytime dining that features  menus focused on fresh, local ingredients for Mexican, Southwest-inspired dishes, including burgers, tortas, salads, and of course the tacos which the restaurant is known for.  Additionally, the Saguaro is also serving some of the most popular coffee and espresso on the West Coast from Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz.

The Desert Nights menu is served Friday-Sunday around the Saguaro’s fire pits and on the Palmetto Patio from 6-10 pm.m, and by request in El Jefe during dinner hours seven days a week.

We've stayed at the Saguaro Palm Springs (that's me at the bar)  which  opened in February 2012, and found it very trendy and inviting with its bold color palette--the work of architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat, who have infused the property with hues that reflect the indigenous flowers that bring color to the desert landscape. There''s a very nice pool that is well utilized in summer and spring and the chefs do a great job on breakfast and dinner (we didn't have lunch there).

There are 44 rooms,  originally constructed in 1977,  a buzzing pool scene and a Mexican cantina, El Jefe.   Saguaro is located just a tad out of the mainstream part of town at 1800 E Palm Canyon Drive, (760) 323-1711. It's a great getaway for party animals who want to meet people who enjoy having fun.  That you? Make a rez and tell them Joe sent you. You can use my name, too, if you want.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Plays in Los Angeles to catch in February and March

Add these two productions to your 'play' dates
Patti Pietschmann

What--the world premiere of Two Fisted Love. The year is 2008 and Hollywood A-lister, Caroline Connors (Serena Scott Thomas), having recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, braves her descent into an uncertain future while attempting to navigate her relationships with her ultra-conservative and less than politically correct husband and her defiant and idealistic daughter in this premiere of David Sessions’ dark comedy about a modern family in a state of moral crisis.

• Presented by Range of Light Productions

When--previews: February 1-2
Performances: February 3 – March 11
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 1 (preview), 8, 15, 22; Mar. 1, 8
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 2 (preview), 9, 16, 23; Mar. 2, 9
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 3 (opening night), 10, 17, 24; Mar. 3, 10
• Sundays at 3 p.m.: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; Mar. 4, 11

Where--Odyssey Theatre. 
2055 South Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles,just north of Olympic Blvd. on the West side of the street

Tickets-- or or 866-811-4111; email to  
All performances: $34 with previews: $15. Parking is $5 .

Also Playing

California premiere of The Happiest Song Plays Last — Set to the joyful sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, this poignant play — the final installment in Hudes’ three-play “Elliot cycle,” which began with the Pulitzer Prize-finalist Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue and Pulitzer Prize-winner Water by the Spoonful — chronicles a year in the life of two kindred souls as they search for love, meaning and a sense of hope in a quickly changing world. At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordanian town, an Iraq War veteran struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: an action-film hero. At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin takes on a heroic new role of her own: as the heart and soul of her crumbling community, providing hot meals and an open door for the needy. Directed by Edward Torres, who directed the world premiere production at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and featuring live music by Grammy Award-winning tres guitar player Nelson González. 

Previews: Feb. 17 – Feb. 21
Performances: Feb. 22 – March 19

• Tuesday at 8 p.m.: Feb. 20 ONLY (preview)
• Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Feb. 21 ONLY (preview)
• Thursday at 8 p.m.: Feb. 22 ONLY (Opening Night)
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 23, March 2, March 9, March 16
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 17 (preview), Feb. 24, March 3, March 9, March 17
• Sundays at 3 p.m.: Feb. 18 (preview), Feb. 25, March 4, March 10, March 18
• Mondays at 7:30 p.m.: Feb. 26, March 5, March 11, March 19

Where--The Los Angeles Theatre Center, Tom Bradley Theater, 514 S. Spring Street. Los Angeles

Tickets-- $24 to $52 at 
 (866) 811-4111 or go to
• For group sales, call (213) 489-0994
• Like on facebook:
• Follow  on twitter and instagram: @theLATC

Parking costs  $5 with box office validation, Joe’s Parking structure, 530 S. Spring St. (immediately south of the theater)
• Metered parking available on streets surrounding the theater.
• Take the Metro: nearest stop is Pershing Square (two blocks west of The LATC).

Saturday, January 13, 2018

DineLARestaurant week eat like a celeb for less through Jan. 26

Top chefs create affordable menus for annual foodie fest
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Wolfgang Puck offering $95 a person dinner at Spago BH (photo by Patti Pietschmann)
It's the Diva's favorite time of the year, the winter edition of DineLARestaurant week when super chefs lower their prices a bit so foodies with limited budgets can get to dine where celebrities usually thread.  We've already booked a few lunches and dinner via OpenTable. And you might want to consider a dine around for yourself, partner and friends.

This month's event goes through Jan. 266 and includes various price fixed menus.  “The focus of Winter dineL.A. aims to reflect upon the remarkable growth and accomplishments of Los Angeles’s dining scene over the past 10 years,” explained dineL.A. Director, Stacey Sun. “During our Summer 2017 program, we saw a record number of new restaurants participate and learned that three out of four diners tried a restaurant that was new to them. We’re seeing locals and visitors embrace the city’s geography, year-round seasonal ingredients, and multiculturalism—all of which contribute to L.A. becoming the country’s most exciting food city in 2018.”
The current foodie fest showcases 10 notable restaurants and chefs that have played a large role in the evolution and innovation of the city’s diverse and distinctive dining scene over the past decade. Joining the roster  of more than 300 restaurants are  Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken’s Border Grill, which has participated in dineL.A. from the very first season, along with Mélisse, which was among the first to join dineL.A.’s Exclusive Series. 
Many dineL.A. bastions who have arguably shaped the city’s dining scene over the past decade include Michael Cimarusti’s Providence, Suzanne Goin’s Lucques and a.o.c., and Roy Choi’s Kogi Taqueria. Some of L.A.’s newest restaurants that are participating in Winter dineL.A. include the Nozawa Group’s new HiHo Cheeseburger and UovoLunetta Dining Room and Bar by Chef Raphael Lunetta, and Quinn and Karen Hatfield’s The Mighty.
Some food for thought from past dineLAResaurant weeks photographed by Richard Pietschmann

To commemorate the anniversary year, American Airlines is introducing a dineL.A. Golden Dish Contest, awarding one winner 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles. During the event one lucky diner will discover a special course served on a gold commemorative plate that will mean they won the AA prize--so keep your eyes open. The more you participate the more chances to win.  
Okay, here's what to expect: lunch menus  from $15, $20, and $25, dinner menus priced at $29, $39, and $49, and an Exclusive Series starting at $95.  The Exclusive Series presented by American Express offers diners a chance to enjoy some of L.A.’s most luxurious restaurants across the city, including Providence, Spago Beverly Hills, The Royce, BOA Steakhouse, and The Arthur J. Diners may visit the dineL.A. website to book reservations starting today. 
For more information about Winter dineL.A., visit

Friday, January 12, 2018

Club Med kicks off new year with deep discounts

All-inclusive resorts offering great deals

Patti Pietschmann

Wow, it's been a decade or more since I went to a Club Med. We used to go often and loved it but then started doing more cruises and other travel.  But this new promotion just might motivate us to go again:

 It's a Club Med  bucket list dreamslimited time offer  with savings of up to 45 percent off bookings made between  now through February 28.  The special offer offers include free room upgrades, up to $400 in air credit, waived single supplement fees and free stays for children under the age of four.  The offer is valid on new bookings for travel through May 4, 2019.
 Club Med is also offering an early booking deal for travel between August 2018 and May 2019.  Now through February 28, guests can book one of Club Med's beach resorts with confidence and receive early booking rates starting at $109 per person, per night, based on double occupancy for the best rate possible.

Pick your getaway:
  • Club Med Cancun Yucatán, Mexico 
    Soft, white sand beaches and warm, azure-colored seas made this Yucatan resort area magical. The club sits at the tip of the iconic Riviera Maya, and offers fun for the whole family fun spiced up with Mayan culture and a variety of activities for all ages.  Rediscover the recently redesigned property with the new locally inspired restaurant, Taco Arte Beach Lounge. Relax and take a plunge in the resort's main pool and lounge area and indulge in the Jade 5 Trident luxury space. Guests can snorkel in the world's second largest coral reef, explore Mayan gems including one of the Seven Wonders of the World and wakeboard through a mangrove lagoon. 
  • Club Med Sandpiper BayFlorida, U.S.A. 
    A quick drive from Miami or Orlando, this Club Med resort is a sports lover's paradise   and home to the world-famous Club Med Academies, internationally known sports instructors and premier equipment for tennis, volleyball, golf and more.  The premier destination for a local staycation or a getaway with a healthy twist, Club Med Sandpiper Bay offers an 18-hole onsite golf course, adults-only infinity Zen pool, and sports oriented treatments and massages at the L'Occitane Spa.
  • Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 
    Located on the lush island of the Dominican Republic, Club Med Punta Cana caters to both couples and families.  A plethora of activities and immersive experiences like Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil, an interactive playground with 30 recreational acrobatic and artistic activities for guests of all ages to try, dining at the over-water INDIGO Beach Lounge, and an on-property barbershop make for an unforgettable vacation.  For those looking for an adults-only experience, Zen Oasis is a section of the property with a private pool, bar and suites with sea-sweeping views.
For more information visit, call 1-800-ClubMed (1-800-258-2633) or contact a preferred travel professional. Travel agents may visit For an inside look at Club Med, follow Club Med on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or subscribe to Club Med on YouTube.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Cookies and Cream popcorn from Maddy & MaIze

About the best tasting popcorn I ever ate

Patti Pietschmann

And it all  thanks to  #Secretroomevents pre #GoldenGlobes gifting lounge last Friday where I picked up four bags of the yummy treat. Maddy and Maize Cookies and Cream made with pieces of organic chocolate cookies and organic cane sugar. And it's just 140 calories a serving. Of course its  hard to stop at just one serving.

4 Play comes just in time for Valentine's Day

Sexy play premiers Feb. 14 at Actors Company

Patti Pietschmann
Photo by Jason M. Hammond

Looking for a Valentine's Day date to motivate your mojos? Here's one that might turn you on. It's called '4Play:Sex in a Series' and it's coming to Los Angeles by way of of a SRO performance in Chicago.

The delightful romcom blurs the lines between art and life, (photo by Michele Stine)between gay and straight. 

trip. brings  the audience a  not-so-simple story of boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets girl — and all the little things that can ruin a perfectly good dinner party — in a fresh and uniquely theatrical way. Show Business Weekly called the New York production “an all-around feel-good, fun night out, which leaves you wanting more… The romances are steamy, the characters are lovable, and the performance is expressive, lively and animated.” TheWashington Square Newslabeled it “a rare find with superior acting and writing. A must see,” and TIME OUT Chicago hailed “the endearing characters, the honest and playful performances and the credible chemistry between everyone in the cast.” Chicago’s The Fourth Wall found it to be “so perfectly executed that the audience may well forget they are watching a play.”

“We’re so excited to bring this very special show to L.A.,” says trip. founder and artistic directorGraham Brownwho created 4Play together with Nathan Faudree and Lisa Roth. Brown also directs and appears in the production as a member of the ensemble. In addition, the Los Angeles cast features Ariana AndersonBevin Bru, Eve Danzeisen, Zoë Simpson Dean, Marian Frizelle, Dustyn Gulledge, Lara Helena, Kaitlin Large, Zoquera Milburn, Cameron J. Oro,Christi Pedigo, Kirstin Racicot, Kelsey Risher, Robert Walters and Dan Wilson.

A meta-theatrical, play-within-a-play, 4Play explores the meaning of personal entanglement, focusing on three couples — one gay, one lesbian and one heterosexual — and referencing everything from quantum physics to the Infield Fly Rule, William Shakespeare and Cole Porter. Performances will take place in The Actor’s Company flexible “Other Space,” where the theater seats will be removed and replaced with cocktail tables to create a heightened experience. With an intimate acting style and environment, trip. seeks to draw the audience into the action, rather than push them away with spectacle or pretension.

“trip. has developed a reputation for our highly realistic style,” explains Brown. “Because the action takes place in the audience, the show is constantly evolving and adapting itself to its surroundings. In a sense, the actors never really stop rehearsing, even after the production is open. They are constantly trying new things with nothing set in stone — choices are fresh, without presentation.”

4Play was originally produced in 2004 at Tribe, a small club in New York’s East Village. The company continued to re-visit the project every few years, performing in back rooms, theaters, galleries — anywhere they could find space. In 2014 they brought the show to Chicago, where it sold out, and according to Time Out, became the number two show to see in Chicago.

Founded in 1995, trip. is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to reaching out to a new audience by producing original work that is vital, challenging and relevant. trip. strives to consistently provide audiences with a unique, truthful and engaging experience through a commitment to the actor, particularly the actor as a part of the ensemble. Equally dedicated to developing and nourishing a sense of community, trip. seeks to bridge the gap between artist and audience. trip., a place we have not been before.
Performances are onThursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through March 17. All tickets are $25; a Valentine’s Weekend “Lover’s Package” is available Feb. 14-17 for $70 that includes two tickets, champagne, chocolates and a naughty/nice surprise package. 

The Actors Company is located at 916 A North Formosa AveLos Angeles CA 90046. For reservations and information, call (800) 838-3006 or go to

Monday, January 8, 2018

Beat the freeze with an escape to Mukan Resort on sunny shores of Tulum

Upscale sanctuary if first deluxe eco-resort in Mexicos "Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

Patti Pietschmann

Make mine Mukan
If you live in one of the many areas of the US that is suffering from freezing temperatures you just might be in the mood for an escape to the balmy tropics. And, should your tastes run more to Champagne than beer, have we got the place for you.

Set on an idyllic strip of land between a white sand beach and tropical jungle, the newly-opened Mukan Resort is the first luxury eco-resort in Mexico’s Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Slip off those stilettos and winter suits and tip-toe through a soft sandy shoreline framed by stately on the country's Caribbean coast just south of the bustling, tourist-centric town of Tulum.

Your Mukan adventure starts  at the entrance of the biosphere where you  are whisked away by boat on a private 45-minute voyage through dense mangrove forests before reaching the resort’s private dock. Carved through the jungle of this pristine islet, the intimate retreat features just four standalone beachfront bungalows and a main villa housing five guest suites, each with its own private terrace. 

The property is lined with sandy paths that lead to  a thatched-roof gourmet restaurant, oceanfront spa facility, alfresco cigar bar, and comfy  canopy beds placed on the beach with hammocks strung on the trees throughout the resort.  The surrounding biosphere is one of Mexico’s largest protected areas with lush green forests, pristine wetlands, lagoons, extensive mangrove stands, cenotes, forested islets, sandy beaches as well as the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The reserve is home to many species of animals such as jaguars, migratory birds, marine turtles, colorful fish species and more. Named by the ancient Maya inhabitants, Sian Ka’an translates to “origin of the sky” and was inspired by the area’s natural beauty. Furthermore, the name Mukan represents a metaphor for the abundance of life and beauty found within the Sian Ka’an. Derived from the Mayan word ‘Xmucane’, Mukan represents the creator of everything we see surrounding the property.

Naturally one would expect fine dining at a luxury resort and at Mukan, we hear, that the chef will fix you personalized meals. You don't even need to read  a menu. The fare includes regional and international-inspired dishes accented by locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients. 

Breakfasts begin in your room with coffee and fresh coconuts before you head to the dining area. Lunch and dinner is a delight as  the culinary team creates memorable dining experiences. 

Guests get use of kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, bicycles and yoga mats, and can arrange off-site excursions through the concierge such as canoeing through the meandering mangroves, diving through the crystalline waters of the Yucatan’s famed cenotes, casting a line in the world-class fly fishing lagoons and more. Ideal for a romantic escape, quality time with friends and family, weddings, executive conferences or personalized wellness retreats, Mukan offers something for everyone.

Rates begin at $420 USD per night, based on double occupancy.  For more about nearby Tulum  watch this video:

Sunday, January 7, 2018

SecretRoomEvents swag bag reveal Mini Maglite LED

The tiny, powerful flash light was perfect gift  for event honoring Golden Globes nominees

Patti  Pietschmann

The swag slut continues to go through all the bags she collected at Friday's pre-Golden Globes nod  to nominees by SecretRoomEvents at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills.  This is one of her favorite things, a cool, sexy flash light with star power.

The Mini Maglite LED flashlight is an advanced lighting instrument driven by the next generation of MAG-LED technology. The Multi-Mode Electronic switch offers two different power settings - a maximum-power setting that yields maximum brightness and a 25% power setting to conserve battery power for reading at night, or for a prolonged emergency.


• Easy to use
• Powerful Projecting LED Beam
• 4 Selectable Modes:
  • High Power

  • Low Power (25%)

  • Blink Mode - Blinks approx. once a sec.

  • SOS
• "Spot-to-Flood" adjustable LED beam
Anodized for corrosion resistance and durability
• Rugged, machined aluminum case
• Compact design
• Powered by two (2) AA alkaline batteries

#MeToo to take over mood at 2018 Golden Globes

75th annual award show hosted by Seth Meyers might be a bit of a downer
Patti Pietschmann

Or maybe not.

A few male Hollywood notables  and moguls will not be present at tonight's Golden Globes event and we all know who they are (think Harvey, Kevin, Dustin, Louis C.K., Toback  etc). But it should prove a memorable feast of emceeing by Seth Meyers who certainly has an elephant in the room.

 In a post, the New York Times wrote "Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams and six other actresses announced that they would each be accompanied by activists, including the founder of #MeToo." "The 2018 Globes will be draped in black, quite literally, with actresses and some actors vowing to use their attire to make a statement about sexual harassment in Hollywood and other spheres. Winners are expected to use their moments of glory to rail against the systemic sexism and silence that allowed the behavior of men like Harvey WeinsteinJames TobackLouis C.K. and Kevin Spacey to fester for decades."

Meantime it was all fun and swag at SecretRoomEvents annual gifting lounge and nod  to the Golden Globe nominees on Friday at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills.   Young  starlets didn't seem to be railing against  sexism as  they showed up in tight, body-revealing outfits and happily posed for photos  and grabbed their swag bags full of goodies:

But tonight might be  different. The mystery behind it will certainly bring  lots of viewers, or at least NBC, which is broadcasting the Golden Globes starting at 5 p.m. on the west coast, hopes so.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Swagging it up at SecretRoomEvents Golden Globe gifting lounge

Golden Globe nominees and media get gifted at SLS Hotel BH

Patti Pietschmann

The swag slut's bags runneth over with lots of goodies given out yesterday at SecretRoomEvents fabulous gifting lounge at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. As usual the event was a boffo hit with Golden Globe hopefuls arriving in style by limos and town cars, posing for pictures and filling bags with glorious gifts.

Here are few photo highlights like exquisite jewelry from Mabel Chong Uncivilized Elegance(  Mabel is a gracious  lovely woman who creates beautiful pieces from semi-precious stones, gold, silver, pearls and leather, who comes from China and Hong Kong and makes her home in San Francisco where she also operates two jewelry stores.

I met the lovely Slageter sisters, two fun ladies with wonderful personalities who pen this not so Martha Stewart correct book. You will love it. Get it on Amazon or anywhere books are sold. They even brought a blowup doll to the event. Check it out a
Come back later to see what's in my other swag bags
Some of what's in my bags:

CLAYTON SHAGAL  I can't wait to try this line which was developed more than 35 years ago. The Canadian skin care line has changed the face of skin care with its 99% pure extracted collagen.  Guided by the fundamentals of nourishing healthy skin, Clayton Shagaldelivers quality products, simplicity of use, and above all, results!

ACERA, is a Taiwanese brand which interprets the tradition of the best Taiwancraftsmanship in a modern way. ACERA pioneers its perfection in design and function by producing ceramic travel tumblers with the objective of purifying liquid contents for human intake, resulting in pure wellness.

GOGO squeeze
Mabel Chong
Mag Instrument,Inc MAGLITE
Vitolo Jewelry Artisans
Studio 67
Boyer Clothing , Clothing for the very young
EXOTICS by Cedrick M
Maddy & Maize Gourmet Popcorn
Candy Eye Salon
So Fruitty
Tick Key Products LLC
Sophistication is Overrated, The Slageter Sisters
Mama Taylor's Treats
Photobooth 90210
Nirvana Natural Spring Water
Sweet Whispers LLC
Better Than Average LLC
Gelish Soak off gel polish –Morgan Taylor professional nail Lacquer
Frank (Lewis) Rotman (Author, The Festive Frolics of Panda and Owl) and Jody Rotman (Founder & CEO, Nestiny)

Oher goodies from the following gift bag sponsors.
Prana Spa Ceuticals
Earth science
Bee brands- bee pure Premium honey
Pony up Daddy Saddles
Aloe gloe
Carmen Sol
Arctic Bay
Botanical signature
Little Every where
Kind snacks
Gift -a - Green
Golden Bell Studios
Nancy Rose Performance
686 Technical Apparel
Jet swimwear
Livad skin care
Dr. Mercola Premium products
Humble brush
Giggy Bites
Body Bliss
Guylian Belgian chocolates
Pet Krewe
Tick Tock Naturals –Organic insect Repellent
Comfort zone us
Candy Dynamics the makers of the Toxic waste sour candy

 I didn't get all of the above, but enough .