The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore Introduces Prix-Fixe Weekend Brunch

May 15, 2022

With warm weather on the horizon, The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore unveils an all-new prix-fixe brunch menu, complete with luxe add-ons and refreshing libations. A collaboration between award-winning Chef Michael Mina and hospitality veteran Brent Bolthouse, the 10,000-square-foot waterfront eatery presents itself as the community’s living room with its eclectic Bohemian vibe and a menu of coastal Californian cuisine.

Available Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 10 a.m., the two-course brunch menu is priced at $39 per person and offers guests a choice of one starter and one entree. Starters range from appetizers like Sweet Potato Pancakes with King Salmon gravlax, tangy crème fraîche, and velvety apple butter; and Crispy Liberty Duck Wings with a Grand Mariner glaze & orange zest; to salads including a Classic Caesar tossed in caper dressing and covered in parmesan and garlic butter croutons. Entrees boast brunch classics with a Bungalow Kitchen twist, including sweet selections like French Toast with bourbon maple caramel glaze and apple butter. Savory items include a Breakfast Pizza topped with crispy guanicale, Yukon gold potatoes, pecorino Romano drizzled with a poached farm egg, and Tokyo Hot Chicken & Matcha Waffles with sweet & spicy yuzukosho honey and tangy cabbage slaw.

Those looking to add a bit of opulence to their morning can opt for raw bar selections including Michael Mina’s Tuna Tartare and a multi-tiered Shellfish Platter brimming with Pacific oysters, shrimp, 1/2 Maine Lobster, 1/4lb red King crab served over ice with gin-spiked cocktail sauce, espelette dijonnaise, and passion fruit mignonette. Additional a la carte offerings include California cheeses & charcuterie from the pantry and fresh-baked pastries from local bakery Farmshop.

Also making its brunch debut is an all-new lineup of libations. From refreshing to robust, The Bungalow Kitchen’s new brunch cocktails include:

  • Satellite of Love - gin, coconut, passionfruit falernum, lemon, orgeat
  • Yacht Water - Espolon Blanco, lime, Topo Chico
  • Pineapple Crush - Grey Goose Vodka, lemon, pineapple, basil
  • Dirty Diane’s Jalapeño Bloody Mary - choice of spirit, Diane Mina’s Garden Grown Cocktail Blend 
  • Alotta Rossa - blood orange, passion fruit, pomegranate & sparkling wine 

The Bungalow Kitchen is located at 2nd & PCH in Long Beach (6400 Pacific Coast Highway) and is open for dinner Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. 


Kruse GWS Auction Announces the Most Luxurious Auction of 2022

May 15, 2022

Kruse GWS Auctions, the world-record-breaking auction house specializing in entertainment memorabilia, fine jewelry, master timepieces and Royal artifacts has announced its most luxurious auction to date – the Rare Designer Handbag and Jewelry Auction, to take place Saturday, May 21, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. PT.

Kruse GWS Auctions will offer several Louis Vuitton handbags including a gorgeous Louis Vuitton Limited Edition SS19 Red Monogram Vinyl Keepall Bandouliere 50 from the late designer Virgil Abloh's Debut Collection; a Louis Vuitton Monogram Giant/Reverse OnTheGo Tote; a Louis Vuitton Pink Malletage Epi Leather Petite Malle shoulder bag; a Louis Vuitton S/S 21 Limited Edition By the Pool Neverfull MM and others. ,

A collection of Hermes handbags is being offered during the auction. Among the many extraordinary highlights from the French Design house is the Hermes Himalayan Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 30; Hermes Special Order Matte Black Crocodile Two Tone Birkin 30; Hermes Jade Green Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 30; a Hermes Petit H Crocodile/Hunter Leather Minaudiere; Hermes Special Order Vertigo/Craie Epsom Leather Kelly 25; Hermes Rare Black Doblis Birkin 25; Hermes Limited Edition Nata Toile Goeland and Swift Leather Cargo Birkin 25; Hermes Orange Taurillon Clemence Leather Victoria 35 handbag and various others.

Several unique Dior bags will be offered at auction including the Dior Limited Edition Pink Gradient 30 Montaigne Box Bag; the Dior Red Patent Cannage Calfskin Large Lady Dior Bag; a Dior Blue Ultramatte Cannage Calfskin Large Lady Dior handbag; an unusual Dior Black and White Coated Canvas Homme Duffle and more.

Adding to the richness of this truly once-in-a-lifetime luxury auction are names like Gucci (Look at the Cat Print bag!), Chanel, Fendi, Prada, and a collection of fine jewelry that defines wealth with Diamonds, Platinum, Gold, Sapphires, and more.

The fine jewelry portion of the auction is nothing short of exceptional. Kruse GWS Auction will offer such fine jewelry highlights as a Tiffany & Co. Jean Schlumberger 2.68ctw Diamond and 18K/Platinum Lynn Bracelet, a pair of Cartier 1993 18K Tri-Color Gold 2” Trinity Ear Clips; a Bochic Agate and Crystal Geode Ring with Diamond and Silver Snake; a 7.26ct GIA Ceylon Sapphire Diamond and Platinum Ring and a 6.00ctw VS2-S12 Pink and Diamond 18K bracelet. The fine jewelry collection includes rings, bracelets, cuffs, necklaces, and earrings in an assortment that defines class, design, and ultimate luxury.

LIVE ONLINE AUCTION Saturday, May 21, 2022, Begins at 10 a.m. P.T.

To register to bid go to www.gwsauctions.com/bid


Spice Girl Sauces Introduces New Tomato Chutney

May 15, 2022

Following up on its debut sauce, Chef Shachi Mehra has introduced the 2nd sauce in her growing line of Spice Girl Sauces – Tomato Chutney, now available for purchase nationwide at spicegirlsauces.com

The new addition features bright, tangy, bold flavors – without any heat – a stark contrast to Spice Girl Sauces’ Original Hot Sauce, which launched last year.

“My new Tomato Chutney is meant to complement our Hot Sauce by presenting a very different, unique flavor profile,” commented Chef Shachi, whose newly released Tomato Chutney was recently featured in a collaboration pizza with locally noted CUCINA enoteca. “This sauce is very versatile and can be enjoyed anywhere you use ketchup, making it a perfect dipping sauce, or a welcome addition to your marinara sauce.”

Chef Shachi’s line of sauces are meant for everyday use on almost any type of food and works well with a wide variety of cuisines. With an authentic Indian soul, these sauces are made with only the best ingredients and currently consist of the following:

TOMATO CHUTNEY - This sauce features bold flavors and spices, without the heat! Bright and tangy, it is a long-lost relative of the ketchup family.

ORIGINAL HOT SAUCE - The first sauce to debut, this hot sauce highlights a bright, balanced complexity of flavors and slow-building heat level that will leave you craving more!

Both Spice Girl Sauces are now available for purchase online at spicegirlsauces.com.


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