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 to the colorful journal of Marissa Berrini, creative director, artist and curator living in Los Angeles. Launched in 2010, Marissa's online journal tells of adventures with her husband Sam, their fur kids, the occasional cocktail creation and lots of conversations with inspiring people. This blog serves to celebrate tiny victories, inspiration for those times you're stuck in a rut and bring together a community that wants more than a perfectly curated feed of eye candy. Sometimes you just got to throw it out there and see where it goes!

#happyhourclub: gracias madre

#happyhourclub: gracias madre

Tile game on point at Gracias Madre

Tile game on point at Gracias Madre

UPDATE: Word on the street is that Gracias Madre's got 3 new cocktails on their secret menu and if you like to hot box or box hot if you know this guy, then these are for you. Bartender Jason Eisner created these cocktails with 100% organic cannabinoid oil, which earns them the classification of "weed cocktails".  They won't get you blazed (high for those that don't know that term) but they will satisfy your cravings for anything buttery and yummy. Sign us up please! Make your selection from an Rolled Fashion, Sour T-iesel or a Stoney Negroni. Just don't be surprised when your bill comes, as these top strands are $20 a piece...no dime bags here!


Hold the bacon, did you say plant based brunch?

Why indeed I did...welcome to Gracias Madre an amazing restaurant located in West Hollywood that specializes in vegetarian cuisine – more specifically as they describe it: a plant-base restaurant located in West Hollywood. Fancy, huh? Well, newsflash: this place is full of flavor so let's get fancy! It's no wonder this restaurant is a hot spot for weekend brunch thanks to their perfect balance of organic, farm fresh, locally sourced food and cocktails galore.

Snowcones with booze...yes please! 

Snowcones with booze...yes please! 

Speaking of cocktails, my favorite part of any meal, Gracias Madre's cocktail menu is off the chain. After numerous visits, I've never been disappointed by the libations being served. The fresh ingredients, cocktail names and their attention to detail in stylizing make this my go-to with my favorite ladies. I have to admit that I haven't had all the beautiful boozy cocktails on their menu yet but so far my fave have to be the Michelada de la Madre. This refreshing beer cocktail features organic beer from Eel River California Blonde Ale, habanero bitters full of fuego and spice, worcestershire for that kick, lemon jalapeño basil ice to seal the deal. Solid win on that spicy lemon jalapeño ice, seriously.

As for the scene: Gracias Madre's outdoor courtyard is what LA dreams are made of: Spanish tiles, cozy chairs worth an extra chat with your gfs and a beautiful Virgin Mary overlooking the grounds. Journey inside for the bar that's out of this world. It's lined up with oodles of top shelf booze, lots of fresh fruits, herbs and juice. 

Gracias Madre's beautiful bar

Gracias Madre's beautiful bar

Word to the wise: don't fill up on the guac because Gracias Madre's weekend brunch menu is insane, especially the Plantain French Toast (a serious MUST). Little story about those Plantain French Toast: the first couple of visits I didn't order the plantains because of fear that I'd fall asleep after first bite, as I normally do with regular French Toast. But since these are sans gluten, no worries abut food coma here. Luckily my good friend shared her plantain order with the table (one of the many reasons why I adore this woman) and the rest was history.

Lastly, it's important to note that they also have vegan sours. I haven't had one yet but it's on my must try list along with their $20 cocktail: Smoke Bob Square Pants. Need I say more?

gracias madre michelada

gracias madre michelada

week: 06.10.16

week: 06.10.16

week 06.03.16

week 06.03.16