Yeah, so what. I threw out my scale! I feel liberated. Clothes are getting looser, # was stuck. Clearly my scale was broken. & now it has a new home… in the GAR-BAAAGGGE. ;)
I was invited to show some 2012 Emmy Red Carpet hair on KTLA Channel 5 Sunday, Sept 23rd. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to finally see why 25 Degrees at The Roosevelt Hotel was making all of the top Burgers in LA lists.
Along with me were p!ay stylist Jessica & our models/friends: Celeste, Kaitlin & Taylor. Don’t let the title “model” fool you, these girls were HUNGRY!
I called ahead for RSVP & was told they only take walk-ins. Hmmm okay. I had to valet park & we walked through the hotel on the extremely dangerous highly slippery tile floor to 25 Degrees.
We waited slightly for a booth. The interior was cool. Nothing mind blowing, but stylish. Once we were seated, our server *Randy made us feel very important. (*1 letter has been changed to protect the possibly innocent) I asked about the chocolate shake & he brought a round of waters. 3 of the girls were under drinking age, I was driving & I think Jessica didn’t want to be the only one with a “drink”. We stuck with water. He forgot I had mentioned that the shake sounded good. It was that annoying lapse of time until he finally returned and I ordered it. We ordered our Cheeseburgers. The fries arrived 15 minutes before the Cheeseburgers which was bummer since I ate all of mine before my Cheeseburger turned up. After we ordered, we never really saw him again. He was busy with customers ordering alcohol. Our food was left on our table like a hit & run. No one asked “Is there anything else I can bring you?” Just barely worse that when they ask you that as they are walking away from your table. :( The size of the Cheeseburger was almost alarming, but also exciting since it was my birthday.
My Cheeseburger was good. Average good. However the meat was dry. :( The bun was better than average. When it came time to get the check I was almost ready to start walking out. Over 10 minutes after we requested it after already waiting 10 minutes since our table was cleared, it came. Finally we made it back to the valet to realize that 25 degrees could have validated our parking slip, only no one suggested it & i forgot. Arggghh. I didn’t want to brave a broken leg to go back for it, so I just paid full price and was ready to get the hell out of dodge. I have ZERO desire to go back. The service was more up then down that a roller coaster. The worst best part is that I am a GREAT tipper. I laughed when the check suggested 18%. After that lack of service, try 15%. I would have easily tipped over 20% for a great Cheeseburger Date. The best thing about this Cheeseburger Date was my guests! The girls were fun, funny & put up with my questionable driving of Todd’s Jeep. It seats 6, my mustang only seats 4, or 2 honestly. But still, you try driving stick through Hollywood with stiletto “thigh high” leather boots constricting your thighs! A bit less plumply yours, :) Brig
More shots from our Hollywood adventure!
Kaitlin looks right out of a b&w film!
Jessica & Celeste enjoy the sights!
Taylor turns heads while posing for a quick shot!
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Found this in Gelsons Bakery! Whoa!
when your workout pants won’t stay up. :) #GoodProbs2Have
& also…. THIS Cheeseburger!
Hole in the Wall, still.
As I planned my 13th Cheeseburger Date I realized that I kept fantasizing about my 1st. Could it be like your first kiss? You remember it as amazing, however it really was a bit disgusting. Or was Hole in the Wall Burger the BEST Cheeseburger yet?
I decided to head back to Hole in the Wall for another pretzel bunned bacon Cheeseburger to see if the memory was spot on.
This was one of the few Cheeseburger Dates that Todd was not on with me, so I decided to take him too. But I worried that his expectations wouldn’t be met because of how much yapping about Hole in the Wall I had been doing on every other Cheeseburger Date we went on together.
So last time I went I didn’t realize there is free parking in back, so that was a plus. Upon walking in the door, it was super clean and we were immediately welcomed by Mike. We placed our order with a checklist, super easy & waited about 10 minutes.
The kitchen is open so you can actually sneak a peek of your Cheeseburger on the grill. It is always nice to see a well-maintained kitchen. Mike=
There is a huge selection of drinks. Todd was happy because they had Dr.Pepper.
When our order was up, Mike put huge pieces of paper on the table and placed our bags on top. He has so much pride in this establishment. I remember the owner Susan with the same attitude last visit as well. I love that!
I dug right in and everything was even better than I remembered. Absolutely amazing. My Cheeseburger was on a PERFECT pretzel bun. Not too chewy, but not too soft either. It was juicy, flavored perfectly and BIG! The Cheeseburger is so incredible that fries almost become unimportant. Imagine that? Unimportant fries? Yup. I said it. Todd devoured his Cheeseburger at an alarming speed. He was not disappointed!
I also love that they didn’t melt my cheese into oblivion. I’m one of those freaks that prefers cold American cheese on a warm patty.
Now I am in pursuit of a Cheeseburger to dethrone Hole in the Wall Burger.
7998 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA.
**Santa Monica location opening soon!
Kinda still plumply yours, :0 brig
P.s. -The homemade mac + cheese is a gem too! **Follow my blog by clicking on the button in the top right corner of your screen.
I’m obsessed with this girl. Just wait until you see what happens about a minute in… (Thank you to Anita Coats for bringing this brilliant piece of everything to my attention!)
When my twin friends, Monica & Nicole from Portland were coming to visit, I knew it was a great chance to hit up 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica for shopping & Hillstone for a much hyped Cheeseburger! Two of my clients from p!ay hair lounge, Anne & Lori, highly recommended Hillstone.
As we approached the restaurant, I was enamored by the architecture. The exterior was all slatted wood. Absolutely modern & striking! The girls enjoyed checking out the brightly lit kitchen through the windows on the street.
We had a 10:30p.m. reservation and were seated 10 minutes early.
The interior was even more impressive than the outside. More wood, two-story and an open kitchen. What more could I want? Oh yeah, an aerial view of the kitchen through a glass panel on my trek to the uber cool & modern Ladies’ room. Incredible.
Our server Michael was perfect. He made us feel like we were his only table, and trust me, we were not. He was friendly, fast and willing to take multiple pictures of the twins & I. We were starving as you can imagine. Lunch was millions of swallows behind us.
Within 6 minutes our Cheeseburgers landed on our table. 6 minutes! We were shocked by the speed of the kitchen. I pointed out to Michael that my bacon request didn’t make it on my plate & he quickly, running, returned from downstairs with my bacon. Yes, running.
My Cheeseburger was freshly ground in the a.m. and floating on a puffy, warm bun. The cheese was oozing onto my plate.
It was delicious. I inhaled it.
I was all smiles when I saw an almost matchstick fry pile. These fries were golden, crispy and begging to be demolished. None survived.
Of course we had to indulge in dessert. A HUGE warm 5 nut brownie topped with pure vanilla bean ice cream & caramel sauce. Yummy. I am writing this review at 9a.m. & want this meal again, right now!
Nothing was left undone at Hillstone. I was thoroughly impressed by the professionalism and kindness of the entire staff. So many smiles and hellos as we walked through restaurant. It didn’t hurt that I was flanked by two beautiful twin sisters!
202 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA. 90401
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The twins also got HUGE hair makeovers at p!ay hair lounge prior to our Cheeseburger Date. I had the help of Aly Frank & Celeste Johnson in transforming the twins’ massive amount of hair: