Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Copper Willow - An Inviting Paper Studio

Copper Willow in Culver City is a wonderful boutique that believes in the art of the written word.

The inviting entrance at Copper Willow

A few of their custom letter pressed cards. Just be careful the gift inside is as nice as the card!

Their letter press produces stunning invitations. These fine machines are no longer produced anyplace in the world.

If you are like me and you still appreciate fine paper then you must visit this charming
boutique in Culver City. Two young and quite talented women, Leora and Jill create wonderful invitations, cards, stationery and gifts. They work closely with clients to design impeccable products. All of their materials are environmentally friendly from their recycled and tree free paper to the vegetable dyes used in their work. In addition to turning your ideas into reality they have wonderful letter pressed greeting cards with original sayings that are a treat to send.
Pryor Events are big fans of Copper Willow.

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Cafe That Cares

Cafe Surfas is that kind of place you would find in another city and wish you had in your own neighborhood. The food is fresh and delicious. The combination of ingredients in their salads and sandwiches is wonderful. It's comfortable, the staff is delightful and they even have parking. It's located at 8777 w Washington Boulevard in Culver City.
The appealing and delicious Cafe Surfas

The sandwiches are made on freshly baked bread. One of my favorites is the Pressed Turkey Panini with oven roasted turkey, raclette cheese, red onion marmalade, roasted tomatoes and asparagus on whole grain bread. Another delicious sandwich consists of Jidori Chicken with Nueske Bacon, aged white cheddar, avocado, mixed greens, red onion and tomato on a rustic roll.

I often have days filled with client meetings and little time for lunch. It doesn't help that we frequently discuss food at these meetings. I do not have time for a long, sit-down meal but I am not a fan of fast food. I was delighted when I found Cafe Surfas - the intimte cafe next to the Disneyland for cooks - Surfas. Cafe Surfas is the perfect place to grab a wonderful meal. Each item tastes as if it was well thought out and prepared by someone who really cared. Their salads are fresh and interesting. The homemade soup is wonderful and they always have a tempting display of dessert.
Pryor Events are fans are of Cafe Surfas.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Young at Heart

Send In The Clowns puts on the BEST Children's Parties in town

A colorful "shopping" experience awaits the lucky birthday party guests at this "On the Farm" themed party

A nautical theme was just what the toddler ordered for his party at The Jonathan Beach Club

One of Send In The Clown's beautiful princesses.

If you want to do something really special for your child's next birthday - Leesa Zelken at Send In The Clowns is your answer. Leesa has been providing wonderful decor and top entertainment for children's parties for 22 years. Her performers are the most authentic and professional in L.A. Send In The Clown's parties include unexpected surprises such as bubble showers, magical dress up trunks, arts & crafts projects and even miniature adult like furniture. Leesa is wonderful to work with. Her years of experience and amazing intuition will please children of every age.

Pryor Events are big fans of Send In The Clowns

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dinner at Farm Shop

Farm Shop at Brentwood Country Mart has been a personal favorite for breakfast and lunch since they opened. They are now serving fantastic dinners.

The entrance to Farm Shop.

The flavorful and fresh butternut squash salad with roasted peppers & avocado - drizzled with creme fraiche

Spiced Roast Chicken - baked with cherry tomatoes, garlic croutons and fingerling potatoes.

While I have been enjoying breakfast and lunch at Farm Shop at Brentwood Country Mart for some time, this week was my first experience with dinner.
First of all - I love the concept. They serve a set menu each night - Wednesday through Sunday. Each course is served family style. The food is incredibly fresh and simple. They do not try to combine too many ingredients together. The room is unpretentious and comfortable. The overall feel is having dinner at a friend's home , although not too many friends cook this well.

My dinner began with a perfect salad. Roasted butternut squash was the base and it was served with roasted peppers, avocado, coriander, creme fraiche and sections of heirloom lime. The creme fraiche served as the dressing and the traditional salad dressing was not missed.
The entree was a moist and flavorful Spiced Roast Chicken with cherry tomatoes, garlic croutons and roasted potatoes. It was seasoned perfectly. As a matter of fact - I never once reached for salt or pepper.
For dessert there was a choice of Honey Cake with wild huckleberries or a Cheese Plate. My friend and I each chose the cheese plate. The Bellwether Farms San Andreas cheese served with fruit conserve and a crispy flatbread was the perfect ending to a fantastic meal.
Our waiter said they are experimenting with different menus but Sunday will most likely be fried chicken night each week. In addition to the featured entree, there is always a vegetarian option available. This is the type of restaurant that we need more of in L. A. While quite a few restaurants have come and gone from this location, I think Farm Shop will be serving their wonderful food for many, many years.

Pryor Events loves Farm Shop!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Guilt Free Muffins

My Zumba Teacher Deirdra Martinez shared these with us after class today. They are moist and delicious. Since there's no flour or sugar in them they are low in calories and packed with protein. Deirdra excels at teaching fun Zumba classes as well as offering personal training. Pryor Events are big fans of Deirdra and Zumba!


One Cup Oats
Two Scoops Protein Powder
One and a half tsp Baking Soda
Two Whole Eggs and Four Egg Whites
Two -four tbsp Splenda
Two tbsp. ground Flax
One tsp. Cinnamon
One half tsp Nutmeg
One Cup Pumpkin Puree

Combine dry ingredients, then add remaining ingredients. Spray muffin pan with Pam or olive oil spray. Pour batter into muffin pan - filling just below the top.
Bake at 375 - 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly brown on top.