Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Scott Kirby's flight from American to United boosts UA stock 9.58% (video)



Investors react to United's new president with huge stock gain

By Patti Covello Pietschmann

According to  today's on line headlines, investors liked the idea that United Airlines hired Scott Kirby away from American as its new president. In fact stock holders decided that the move and the airline's 'turn around' made the company worth $1.5 billion more. Shares of United rose 9.5% in Tuesday's trading sending UA's market cap up to $16.6  billion. Investors obviously approve UA's latest machinations.
I wrote recently about Kirby's flying the coop from AA to UA as part of a piece about American's new ad campaign. Kirby began his career at the Pentagon and has been involved in the airline industry for more than two decades. Hopefully he will implement more improvements to the airline that for those of us who fly it know are much needed, as they are at American.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Maui hosting annual spiritual Wellness Weekend

 The Sept.16-18 event will be officiated by spiritual leader Clifford Neaeole

by Patti Covello  Pietschmann

Before I get into this story, I have to relate a heart-warming event that happened to my husband Richard and I about 10 years ago at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Maui. After we ran into a series of  unfortunate incidents  the then general manager of the hotel John Toner hearing of our tribulations immediately summoned Clifford Neaole, a local spiritualist,  to come to  our suite and perform a 'blessing." It was the most transcendental experience we ever had. Clifford  is the cultural advisor at the resort who presides over religious  ceremonies. 
On Sept.16 to the 18th Clifford will help with the The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua 4th annual Wellness Weekend that's officially named “E Malama Kou Kino,” which translates to “care for your body” in the native Hawaiian language, this three-day experience will kick off the resort’s annual Wellness Season which will run through the fall and winter months. During the weekend locals and guests will immerse themselves in Hawiian culture as well as nautical and environmental experiences with  Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment program. 

There will also be unique fitness classes and nutrition seminars led experts along with activities ranging from mindful ocean meditation and full moon yoga, to ocean exploration and Hawaiian culture education.“We are excited to bring Kapalua Wellness Weekend back to the resort for the fourth consecutive year,” says Mike Kass, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. “We have a stellar group of some of the nation’s best wellness experts that will help us continue to inspire a healthy lifestyle amongst our guests through unique offerings and experiences.”

On the roster for  the Wellness Weekend are: 

  1. David Clawson, Founder, Movement Specialist & Sports Nutritionist, COREdio Fitness
  2. Phillip Levi, Health, Wellness and Fitness Expert, Burlingame Fitness
The “Wellness Weekend Package" which includes all fitness workouts and seminars throughout the weekend, a $200 spa credit, Ambassadors E Ala E West Maui Sunrise Hike on September 16 for two adults, a $50 one time food and beverage credit, complimentary resort fee, and one of the following accommodation options:
  • · Deluxe Room – $469
  • · Deluxe Ocean View – $569
  • · 1 Bedroom Residential Garden View Suite – $569

*The eackage requires a two-night minimum and is valid September 12-19, 2016

A sampling of Wellness Weekend activities include:
Friday, September 16, 2016
· E ala E Ceremonies at Honokahua Beach – cultural practitioners lead an invigorating ceremony to rejuvenate the body and spirit. Chants are offered by all to the rising sun. Attendees should bring swim wear and towels.
· Ritz Blitz HIIT Class with David Clawson and Phillip Levi – an hour-long interval-based challenge aimed at getting the feet moving and the heart pumping.
· Living a Diet Free Life by Robert Ferguson – certified celebrity nutritionist and the CEO of Diet Free Life, Robert Ferguson, shows how to eat what you want  for  weight loss, increased energy, and better health. His evidence-based practice has made it possible for thousands to feel and look their best without having to give up foods and the cocktails they love.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
· Core Control with David Clawson and Phillip Levi – an hour-long class that begins with 15-minutes of active stretching to prime the body for optimal movement; followed by 30-minutes of core-focused training; ending with 15-minutes of active recovery & dynamic mobilization.
· Fit 2 Hit with Jason Purcell – “a fun tennis class that incorporates  functional moves and swing shapes to get the most out the experience and keep guests coming back to this great lifelong sport.
· How to Get Rid of Sugar Cravings with Anne Mauney – Healthy eating made simple! In this session, Registered Dietitian Anne Mauney will share the 3 biggest culprits for why your sweet tooth is raging - and how to prevent it. She will also share a simple blueprint for building satisfying meals and snacks.
· Full Moon Yoga – a sacred moment in time. Suitable for all levels, this class features a combination of slow flow, restorative postures, and meditation to help guests connect more fully with nature's cycles and their own internal rhythms. The full moon is a time of swelling tides, heightened emotions, and completion of tasks and intentions. A calm mind and body are ideal for receiving its intense positive energy and preparing for the next cycle of waning (decreasing), new moon (beginning), and waxing (increasing).

Sunday, September 18, 2016
· Sunrise Yoga – This light-hearted outdoor practice on the Terrace Lawn focuses on basic alignment principles, breath work, and a short meditation. Start the day spending a moment to connect more fully to your body, mind, and heart.
· Morning Mana with David Clawson and Phillip Levi – Mana is a life energy that flows through all things. Join us on the beach for an hour-long experience focused on global body movement that will revitalize and energize your daily routine.
· Stretch Your Brain, Balance Your Body: A Look at Mobility with Phillip Levi – Creating balanced extensibility throughout the musculoskeletal system is important for a happy, healthy life. This discussion will explain the importance of mobility and cover how to classify and correct some common imbalances found in each and every one of us.
· Nutrition for Runners with Anne Mauney – Registered dietitian and marathoner Anne Mauney will share five common nutrition mistakes made by runners - and how to avoid them. She'll also share samples of her favorite homemade lemon sports drink!
· Wine, Chocolate & Weight Loss with Robert Ferguson – Wine, Chocolate & Weight Loss is one of the most popular seminars embraced by Fortune 100 companies and organizations in North America. It is a fun and thought-provoking talk about enjoying your pleasures and living your healthiest life. There will also be a pairing of four wines with four chocolates, and learn how to optimize personal health with a smile.

For more information on “E Malama Kou Kino” Wellness Weekend go to  www.kapaluawellness.com. For more information or reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, please call (800) 262-8440, the hotel directly at (808) 669-6200 or visit The Ritz-Carlton Web site at www.ritzcarlton.com/kapalua.

Tip: book a Club Floor room it costs extra but is well worth it for the privileges of a private lounge where breakfast, light lunches, snacks,drinks and evening appetizers are served.

Delta to offerChef Eric Korsh's North End Grill menus on select First Class flights

Airline food gets tastier on Delta One menus
By Patti Covello  Pietschmann

As every frequent flyer knows airline food is a toss up. It can be good or awful depending on the carrier but like the cruise industry, airlines are attempting to raise the bar on meal service especially for those of us who fly in front of the bus.  Which brings us to Delta which  will be dishing out  a new menu featuring what they say are seasonal ingredients on new Delta One menus starting tomorrow, Sept. 1. The food, which will be served to passengers seated in the Delta One cabin on select trans-Atlantic and transcontinental flights, will be hand crafted by North End Grill’s Executive Chef Eric Korsh.

In a press release received today the airline said that the Delta One menu is evocative of the restaurant’s ingredient-first, elemental way of cooking that has made it a treasured downtown culinary destination, known for blending the rich flavors of New York and France.
II've never been to  North End Grill have you? If you have then you'll recognize some  signature dishes that Korsh has translated for in-flight experience such as Pink Sea Trout with Turnips and Pearl Onions and North End Grill’s Classic Opera Cake as well as Short Rib Cannelloni with port, black truffle, wild mushrooms and parmesan. Get this. The actual dishes will be prepared daily in the Union Square Events kitchen, located in Chelsea, New York, home to the catering and venue hospitality arm of Union Square Hospitality Group.
“We selectively chose to partner with North End Grill and Chef Korsh as they share in the same philosophy of serving fresh, local and seasonal food to customers,” said Allison Ausband, Delta’s Senior Vice President – In-Flight Service. “They prepare food in their restaurants every day for customers in New York so why not partner with them to prepare meals for our customers in the air? This is another innovative way Delta is investing in the on-board experience as we focus on changing the conversation around airplane food.”
Good news for the bi-coastal crowd. The menu will also be available in Delta One on all westbound Delta One flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. Korsh's  offerings will be served in Delta One at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Select items will refresh on the first of each month from September until Nov. 30 to provide a variety of options to customers.
Delta’s partnership with North End Grill deepens its ongoing collaboration with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, who has partnered with the airline to feature seasonally-rotating menus designed by its chefs. The North End Grill menu will be on board from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. Past rotations with USHG include the summer menu from Union Square Events, the spring menu from Union Square Cafe and the winter menu from Marta.
In addition to North End Grill’s menu, Delta is featuring the fresh, local flavors of fall on board in its First Class and Delta One cabins throughout the network.
Delta’s consulting chefs Linton Hopkins and Michelle Bernstein have  created menus using ingredients produced by local purveyors and artisan suppliers. Transitioning from the fresh, light tastes of summer to heavier, richer fare, the airline’s menus are designed around fall harvest ingredients like root vegetables, legumes, wild mushrooms, beets and potatoes.
The airline is also improving its wines with special curated offerings by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson,  sourced from a number of locally-made wines from small, artisanal wineries that bring a flavor and body uniquely their own. This season’s wine selections have an overall richer quality to stand up to the fresh fall flavors.
In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, the airline will be serving Jack’s Birthday Classic, the quintessential Jack and Coke cocktail, on all flights within North America beginning Sept. 1. Customers are also invited to celebrate Oktoberfest on board with Samuel Adams’ most popular seasonal brew, OctoberFest, which will be available on flights within North America and outbound U.S. flights to Europe and Latin America.
First Class passengers on all long-haul North America flights out of Atlanta will be treated to Dark Chocolate gelato, the new fall rotation, from one of Atlanta’s favorite shops Honeysuckle Gelato. Delta began serving Honeysuckle Gelato on board in the summer of 2015, and continually offers seasonal refreshes for customers.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Airline news: American launches World's Greatest Flyers as 2nd banana exec flies the coop to United

Carrier goes after social media junkies and millennials
by Patti Covello  Pietschmann

It seems strange that just as American Airlines  launches its latest "The world's greatest flyers fly American" campaign it loses its  2nd banana executive Scott Kirby to United Airlines where he will hold the title of president.  So while AA pitches that the world's greatest fly it, Kirby has flow the coop to the competition.

The new AA ad campaign relies on some spiffy graphics shot in Sydney, Auckland and Hong Kong,  and social media with a  big push for passengers  to post good things about them using hashtag #GreatestFlyers. "The demographic of the type of customers we have is changing," said Fernand Fernandez, VP-global marketing at American Airlines. "The pervasive use of social tools, for example, digital and video -- these are things that are becoming more important for us to connect to and for us to start a dialogue with our customers." "The bigger goal here is to create, celebrate and acknowledge these types of behaviors and hopefully, amplify them on social media," added Fernandez.

My most recent American experiences in First Class were way below par with poor service, bad food and in one case no food. Some Facebookers have also ripped the carrier a good one recently. We're not talking delays here but bad inflight service and things that the airline can control. In all fairness a First Class flight from LAX to Maui could needed improvement in the food  and wine department.On a different United flight in first my chair controls were broken and the seat would not recline at all
. I did get a small compensation for that one. 

Hollywood mourns the death of Gene Wilder an incomporable talent

Videos explain his passing
He made us laugh and cry, RIP Gene Wilder aka Willy Wonka
By Patti Pietschmann

Gene Wilder has gone to Hollywood heaven at the age of 83. Over the years he kept us laughing and entertained with his amazing talent, wit and skills.  He will be dearly missed by fans and his Hollywood peers. I loved every movie and TV show I ever saw him do, he was epic.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Breaking news: pair of United Airlines pilots arrested on suspicion of drunk flying (video)

Just what white knuckle passengers don't want to hear

by Patti Covello Pietschmann

The BBC and other news sources reported today Aug. 28 that two United Airlines pilots were taken into custody at  Glasgow Airport because it was thought they were drunk. The two men are said to be 35 and 45-year-old US citizens. They were supposed to be flying  to Newark but were taken off the jet that was carrying 141 passengers.  The plane did resume but without the suspects who are going to appear at Paisley Sheriff Court tomorrow, according to the BBC story. Watch the video.

United Airlines said the pilots are on suspension pending an investigation. In this age of terrorist bomb threats and other aviation distractions this is the last thing passengers need. Less than a month ago two Canadian pilots were arrested in the same airport (Glasgow)for being intoxicated.




Saturday, August 27, 2016

Parallel Lives at the Falcon Theatre proves provocatively entertaining


With wit, talent and musings on everything from female topics to transgenders

 A review  by Patti Pietschmann
Photo by Richard J Pietschmann

Last night was the opening of Parallel Lives at the Falcon Theatre, one of the best ‘way off Broadway’ shows I ever saw. The most unusual production was  performed by two very talented actresses who captivated the audience with skits  that everyone can related to. The show opens with the two women bearing large golden wings
Photo courtesy Falcon Theatre
and discussing, sort of, the beginning of  life. The archangel-like figures ponder pregnancy and how to accomplish it.  Should  the man or the woman carry a  child and where  and how would it be delivered? You have to see the show to  find  the answer. Although you  probably  know by  now.

Authors Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy’s script takes us on a mind trip through  a pair of capricious supreme beings (Crista and Alice)who create an energetic, mirthful montage that makes fun of modern life while celebrating it.  The two woman cast (Crista Flanagan and Alice Hunter) proved perfect for the capricious odyssey portraying  numerous men and women struggling though the common rituals of life. Each skit evokes laughter with Crista’s malapropos ("smile and the whole world sleeps with you"),  the duo’s politically incorrect jokes and  serious moments of death lightened by humor. “Make sure grams gets a window seat,” Crista says to her sister who will be transporting the elder’s ashes to the burial grounds.”  

The script also hits home  for some, with a well-acted bar scene between an over-worked woman and a besotted cowboy
Photo courtesy Falcon Theatare

 (played by Alice) that’s hilarious. There’s sibling rivalry with a twist, family matters everyone’s has faced, a very clever West Side Story parody, and much more.
Mo Gaffney by the way  wrote and starred in the Kathy and Mo Show off-Broadway, received an Obie Award for her acting. Kathy Najimy also won an Obie award for her performance in The Kathy And Mo Show OffBroadway.

The cast
Crista Flannigan, who plays Crista to the hilt was a delight  to behold and the perfect  companion for co-star Alice Hunter who well plays Alice.  Crista was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Evansville and a MFA from the University of California, Irvine.
 Alice Hunter is an impossibly multi-faceted talent who almost steals the stage, but Crista’s performance is so sterling that’s it’s about a  draw. Alice, who is currently appearing in Comedy Central’s Another Period  moved to the US from Australia where she appeared in the TV series H20: Just Add Water.  Since arriving in America she made many appearances on Showtime’s House of Lies with Emmy-Award winning actor Don Cheadle.

Parallel Lives runs through Sept. 18, 2016. Tickets cost $37 and $40 on weekdays and $42to $45 on weekends (from Friday). Students can get in for $30.
 The Falcon Theatre was co-founded in1997 by the late, great Garry Marshall and his daughter Kathleen. The beloved Marshall, known as one of the nicest men in Hollywood,  past away recently and will be honored by a memorial on his birthday Nov.13.  The comfy facility has great stage vision and  130-seats.

The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 W Riverside Dr.,  Burbank, CA, 818-955-8101.



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Michael Mina says aloha to Hawaii with new Stripsteak Waikiki restaurant

The celebrity chef  offers menu of Hawaiian favorite poke, sushi, steak and more 

By Patti Covello Pietschmann

He's a James Beard award-winning who has regaled foodie taste buds for years in California. And now Chef Michael Mina will be pleasing tourists and residents of Oahu with his STRIPSTEAK Waikiki.  


Located in the heart of Oahu’s vibrant Waikiki district Mina's menu offers an evocative and modern twist on the classic American steakhouse, lighter, small plates; healthier seafood options; and sushi, sashimi and poke.This is actually the chef's third  STRIPSTEAK restaurants, which he is operating along with executive Chef Benjamin Jenkins who oversees  the daily  operations. “I’ve always been drawn to Hawaii and its vibrant culinary scene,” said Mina. “It’s special to be part of the warm hospitality the island community radiates and have my restaurant located in the historical setting of the International Market Place.” 

Some of Mina's STRIPSTEAK Waikiki creations include hand-sliced cuts of prized Japanese and American beef that reflect his signature preparation–slow poached in butter and finished on the grill. Fresh seafood is sourced on a daily basis for shellfish and raw bar selections. Skewers and small plates, sushi, sashimi and salads, entrées and Michael Mina-influenced side dishes round out the menu and are also influenced by traditional plates from Japan. 

"Chef Mina and I designed the STRIPSTEAK Waikiki menu to include healthier and lighter options such as abundant seafood selections and seasonal vegetables, but also made sure to honor Chef Mina’s reimagined steakhouse dishes,” said Jenkins. “We were highly inspired by Hawaii’s food culture and source directly from the island’s bounty.”

Other tasty items on the menu are  Michael Mina’s Tuna Poke with Asian pear, toasted pine nuts, quail egg yolk, sesame and mint; Kauai Shrimp with gin-cocktail sauce; Carpaccio with hamachi, yuzu kosho and lime-shoyu; Citrus Steamed Onaga with ginger and scallion, ho farms long beans and organic tamari; Robata Skewer Plate with gyu, tomorokoshi, butabara, asupara, tsukune and the Luau “Feast” Seafood Tower, with king crab, a whole lobster, oysters, clams, shrimp, sashimi, sushi rolls and poke for four to six people. If you go, here's a tip, try the World Wide Wagyu  topped with Japanese A5 striploin, American skirt steak and Australian short rib; and Michael’s Lobster Pot Pie made with locally-sourced lobster, brandied lobster cream, hamakua mushrooms and black truffle.
“With the amount of local product and culinary diversity found throughout Hawaii, we have the ability to create special menu concepts,” said Mina. “With that in mind, our menus are aimed to encourage ohana-style sharing with healthier protein and vegetable options available. Our menu is designed to the way our guests and chefs currently eat; light and with a clean and healthy palette.” 
Of course no Mina meal is complete without wine. So you'll find a nice selection curated by the sommeliers from Bordeaux, Spain, Napa and Australia. To please millennial tipplers lead bartender Raymundo Jaime has plenty of  innovative cocktails. 
Stripsteak Waikiki is open for lunch and dinner, at 2330 Kalakaua Ave. There is valet and self-parking and parking validation is available by the International Market Place.
Next spring Chef Mina plans to  open THE STREET: A Michael Mina Social House, that's a multi-concept gourmet eating house also located in the International Market Place.


"Chef Mina and I designed the STRIPSTEAK Waikiki menu to include healthier and lighter options such as abundant seafood selections and seasonal vegetables, but also made sure to honor Chef Mina’s reimagined steakhouse dishes,” said Jenkins. “We were highly inspired by Hawaii’s food culture and source directly from the island’s bounty.”

Other tasty items on the menu are  Michael Mina’s Tuna Poke with Asian pear, toasted pine nuts, quail egg yolk, sesame and mint; Kauai Shrimp with gin-cocktail sauce; Carpaccio with hamachi, yuzu kosho and lime-shoyu; Citrus Steamed Onaga with ginger and scallion, ho farms long beans and organic tamari; Robata Skewer Plate with gyu, tomorokoshi, butabara, asupara, tsukune and the Luau “Feast” Seafood Tower, with king crab, a whole lobster, oysters, clams, shrimp, sashimi, sushi rolls and poke for four to six people. 

If you go, here's a tip, try the World Wide Wagyu  topped with Japanese A5 striploin, American skirt steak and Australian short rib; and Michael’s Lobster Pot Pie made with locally-sourced lobster, brandied lobster cream, hamakua mushrooms and black truffle.

“With the amount of local product and culinary diversity found throughout Hawaii, we have the ability to create special menu concepts,” said Mina. “With that in mind, our menus are aimed to encourage ohana-style sharing with healthier protein and vegetable options available. Our menu is designed to the way our guests and chefs currently eat; light and with a clean and healthy palette.” 

Of course no Mina meal is complete without wine. So you'll find a nice selection curated by the sommeliers from Bordeaux, Spain, Napa and Australia. To please millennial tipplers lead bartender Raymundo Jaime has plenty of  innovative cocktails. 
Stripsteak Waikiki is open for lunch and dinner, at 2330 Kalakaua Ave. There is valet and self-parking and parking validation is available by the International Market Place.
Next spring Chef Mina plans to  open THE STREET: A Michael Mina Social House, that's a multi-concept gourmet eating house also located in the International Market Place.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Eating Italy presents a gustatory Testaccio Supper Stroll for foodies

Mamma mia does this sound yummy

By Patti Covello Pietschmann

 Any plans for tripping in Italy around starting Sept. 19,2016? If so does Eating Italy have a tour for  you.  It's an offer you can't refuse an evening Testaccio Supper Stroll through one of most interesting  sections of Rome. “Testaccio is where it all began five years ago,” says Kenny Dunn, managing director of Eating Europe Tours, the parent company of Eating Italy. “I started the company by taking friends and family to my favorite culinary places in the same neighborhood where I still live, and despite now operating in four countries and five cities, launching an evening tour here in Testaccio is especially close to my heart.”

Cucina romana – Roman cuisine – was born in Testaccio, the city’s most foodie neighborhood and home to the famous quinto quarto (offal). The new tour takes guests away from the tourist crowds  into real Italy to sample authentic  Roman dishes such as oxtail, a typical Italian aperitivo, cheeses, cured meats and, of course, gelato. Perfect for the adventurous foodie, other highlights include discovering Italy’s craft beer scene and finding out about the Roman’s favorite stuffed pizza-dough snack. This tour is not just about tasting food and drinks, but also personal stories, fascinating history, and a unique glimpse into Roman life. With plenty of wine, spirits and beer along the way, this tour is for adults only.

Tours run Monday to Saturday, 5.30 p.m. to  8.30 .p.m. and cost 79 Euros for adults only.

The company was founded in Rome in 2011 by American native, Kenny Dunn whose informal culinary strolls with friends and family became the Taste of Testaccio Food Tour focusing on real food, real people and real neighborhoods. In 2013, another two tours in Rome were added, so was the first London Food Tour in the city’s hip East End. Since then, Eating Europe Tours has also successfully launched in Prague, Amsterdam and Florence.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Runyon Canyon returns to normal with hikers, dog walkers and tickets and tow-aways


Will  people ever learn?
By Patti Pietschmann

Well the most popular hiking trails in Los Angeles have reopened after a three month closure while the LADWP put in new piping.  The scantily-clad wanna be discovered divas are out in drove, along with some famous faces, screen writers, directors, regular folk and just plain avid fitness buffs. Alas with the reopening has come the usual parking problems and long lines of cars  blocking Mulholland trying to get into the parking lot (an illegal move by-the-way).





But the worse offense is the people (often millennials) who leave their cars smack in the middle of two NO PARKING ANYTIME signs. They just don't think the law  applies to them until their cars are ticketed and towed. And yes the authorities are towing away violators with vengeance. Yesterday a couple was pleading with the tow truck driver who wouldn't relent. Why should he they saw the sign and blatantly parked their Yets car right there (Yets stands for young, entitled, tatooed generation).

So for all you fans of Runyon, and it is idyllic, if you don't want to be stuck with huge fines that could amount to $500 for the ticket and retrieving cars from impound, believe those signs, they mean YOU, ME and everybody else can't park there.
Just saying.

What's new and happening in WeHo--the gayest little city in the west

A Dean & Deluca, bike shares, yoga and boutiques to line the Gay city
By Patti Covello Pietschmann



Have you ever been to West Hollywood, California? If not  think the Village in New York.  It's just about  the liveliest, gayest city in the country and also one of the most hip, happening and contemporary places to  live or visit. It's stuffed with bars,  restaurants and shops and starting Aug.30 West Hollywood is starting a Bike Share program that will provide 150 GPS-enabled smart bikes, housed in 20 self-service stations around town. The bikes will be fitted with wireless technology from which to reserve your wheels,  pay for membership and track and share biking data on social networks on a smartphone. The West Hollywood bike share system also integrates with the Santa Monica and Beverly Hills bike systems, allowing visitors and locals alike to explore with ease. 

Other happenings:
  • · Palihouse West Hollywood debuted their new restaurant concept Mardi from Chef Kris Tominaga that blends European flavors in a shared plate and family-style menu, this new dining destination features a bold interior refresh, including a lush outdoor patio, patterned textiles and rich wood paneling.
  • · The Doheny Room on Santa Monica Boulevard reinvented the iconic Angeleno aesthetic through its rich yet understated interiors, featuring banana-leaf textiles against layered granites and woods. Its refined ambiance, classic cocktail program and eclectic menu of shared plates makes it a popular destination for dinner, after-dinner revelry and private events alike
  • · Tocaya Organica, the organic Mexican café offers a health-conscious dining experience at this  second Los Angeles location.
  • ·  Playlist Yoga where upbeat workouts ignite the body and clear the mind with a modern, music-based approach to yoga. These 60-minute yoga sessions are aimed to improve strength, flexibility and endurance, all while grooving to carefully curated playlists selected by the resident DJ.
  • , Dean & Deluca will open its flagship West Coast location in West Hollywood, Zadig & Voltaire is opening their fourth boutique in Los Angeles along Melrose Boulevard and elegant dining hall Bottega Louie is slated to open an 8,900 square foot dining space within the city!