Barfly: Of Standup Paddleboarders, wining and dining, and a place where everyone knows your…drink

      Where Everyone Knows Your Drink: Names are tough to remember but when you are a barfly like me, most people remember your drink. Last week I unknowingly tested the theory when I walked into the Bull Pen, South PCH, RB after about a six-month absence and was greeted by Leslie, (male), longtime barman with a, “Hey long time no see! Jameson neat?” I teared up because I had been getting ready to come back to New York for the summer to help my brother who recently opened a Stand Up Paddle Board shop in the city of Long Beach, Long Island, NY and wanted a last drink in one of the oldest establishments in the South Bay before I headed out. Ironically in the 13 years that I have been living in Hermosa Beach, brother Ed has not once come out to see me, “Too far,” he says as if I live in Siberia of something. Funny enough I got him hooked up with South Bay local Gene Smith who paddles professionally for Quickblade and who recently opened a tattoo shop on Hermosa Ave called Hermosa Ink with Shane McColgan, owner of Sharks Cove HB and MB, and Joe Bark, another local who is one of the top dogs in the sport. Fear not kids, I have my spies and sources looking out for me so you will still get all the local bar info you can handle and I will be back soon. If you’d like to check out our adventures in paddle boarding this summer check out as I will begin blogging on the site soon and if you take a trip to the big city, come and see me, I have boards ready to go and a bar a few doors down. Let’s hear it for the summer…

     Summer Specials: Come on all you patriot children and get ready for Bastille Day, (July 14), by learning a new summer cocktail to impress your friends as the Grand Marnier French Margarita promises to be “la recette d’ete,” (the recipe of the summer). Combine 1.5 ounces of Grand Marnier, .75oz of premium silver tequila, 1.5oz lime juice, 1.5oz simple syrup, two line squeezes and two orange squeezes into a shaker, shake it like you mean it and strain over ice. Garnish with an orange slice and voila! You have a new twist on America’s number one selling cocktail which is smoother, more balanced and more sophisticated than its Mexican brother. If you don’t want to shake it up yourself you can sample it at Rosa Mexicano restaurant at LA Live, as it will be featured on the summer menu. Call 213.746.0001 for more info on Rosa Mexicano or for more info on The French Margarita. Sante!

     Even More Summer Specials: Ecco Domani wines has paired with Lady O to get you some cool FREE glassware: Simply purchase any bottle of Ecco Domani Vini Italiani between now and July 12 and send the receipt to O, The Oprah Magazine, 300 West 57th Street, 18th Floor, NY, NY 10019, Attn: A Toast To You GWP to receive a set of four stemless wine glasses emblazoned with a big “O” – and guys, there’s nothing ladies like better than wine with a big O! For more info go to…

     Save The Date: Next Sunday, July 10 enjoy an afternoon of wonderful food, wine, entertainment, live and silent auction items and more at Celebrate Wellness, the 15th annual event benefiting The Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach programs for cancer patients and their loved ones at the South Coast Botanical Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula. Sample tasty specialties from local restaurants, wash them down with wine and beer from some of California’s best wineries and breweries while you bid on silent auction items from local sponsors and await the raffle drawing of a seven-night Caribbean vacation and bob your head and tap your feet to the live entertainment provided by local talent. $125 per person, (21 and over only), 4-7pm. Event tix, raffle tix, volunteer and sponsor info available at or by calling 310.376.3550

     Questions? Comments? Contact Deb L at ER

Written by: Mark McDermott

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