Friday, April 20, 2012

Ivy Love

I am back from my little getaway and have a few fun things to share with you from Southern Cal. Today I am devoting this entire post to a particular love of mine, The Ivy. If you aren't familiar with The Ivy it's a super fun spot for brunch, lunch or dinner in the middle of Beverly Hills.  This time I was traveling with the family and they had not been before, so we decided to have lunch there on our first day. I wasn't sure how the men would do, but they also loved it.






Can you believe this gorgeous pewter pitcher of roses and mint? It was on our table and ones nearly like it on all the others. Why do I love The Ivy? Let me count the ways. This restaurant is my favorite for so many reasons. One is that they know how to get to a girl's heart. It's pretty. Pretty like in your dream cottage by the sea in England perhaps. The patio is filled with ivy and potted geraniums. The inside is a sweet mix of cozy banquettes propped with floral and checked pillows and white walls filled with Americana and folk art. It's all part of the experience, but my most loved part is the luscious food and drinks served on the sweetest pottery. The drinks come with lots of mint and fruit and tea has a slice of sugar cane. All the things that make it seem so decadent, are simple flourishes that together make The Ivy a dream. It's a treat to have lunch at the Ivy and so nice for a special occasion. Oh and celebrities like it too.



Damn, I did not fulfill my dream of running into George Clooney this time. I have however seen Meg Ryan,  Val Kilmer, and Pamela Anderson there in past visits! Guess George was in Italy that day. I did have my own cute men with me though.

My son Griffin and I at lunch.


My son Jackson trying the sugar cane out.

From inside where I was secretly checking out the crowd. Was thinking of taking a picture inside the powder room. Would that be bad? I forgot my iPhone - probably a good thing.

 




The Ivy is famous for their large salads, but they have plenty of other choices including pizzas.  I  forgot what kind of salad this was, but I did have Pimm's cup, something I partake of whenever it is offered! 








Love the dishes.  Cappuccinos come in huge cups with this pattern.



The dishes and lots of other darling decor items can be had next door at Indigo Seas, which is part of The Ivy. This is the front of the store, but sadly they were closed the day I was there.
 



 I am off now to fertilize all my home geraniums vigorously.



The cute postcards you can take home with you to remember. 
- Forgot to mention the lovely waiters who are so kind wear pink shirts and ties with roses! They also have an Ivy in Santa Monica called The Ivy at the Shore.


Me, here, now!   Their floral and check pillows are so in right now.  via The Ivy





What's not to love? Only wish it was closer!






All other photos Northern Cal Style, unless noted.

18 comments :

  1. YUM! That looks gorgeous and the food looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo
    Sharon

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  2. "Pretty like in your dream cottage by the sea in England" Americana style! Lovely pics - I've never been there but next sojourn to SoCal I will def give it a go. It sounds like you had a great get away - and back just in time for some perfect weather here.

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    1. Thanks so much. I hope you get down there some time and get to experience it! The weather is amazing!

      Enjoy the weekend!
      Kim:)

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  3. Kim - Let's talk cocktail! Looked up (googled) Pimm's Cup recipes and I think I like the sound of the "bon appetit" one with ginger beer, lemon juice & sugar instead of simply 7-up as is used in the others.

    Did not know that Pimms 1 is a gin based drink.... now I will be enjoying the one I have in the cabinet (just in case).

    Our mint in the garden is up and minty. Hope the sun comes out this weekend so I have a reason to make my first Pimm's Cup. I'll say a toast to you. :-)

    Cheers!

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    1. LInda,
      I think I've made it before with ginger ale- not sure if that is the same! Let me know how you like it. My mint is not coming back yet You seem to be cocktail savvy and I love to see what you make on your blog!

      I think I'll have to get some mint at the store today and give it a go myself. It's so beautiful here today! Probably there too I bet.

      Kim:)

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  4. What a wonderful restaurant - I love how elegant and casual it manages to look at the same time. I think it would be a very comfortable place to have a lovely meal. All those patterned cushions and the flowers everywhere are beautiful! Love the photos of you and your beautiful boys- it look such a happy time:)

    My daughter makes absolutely KILLER jugs of Pimms in the summer with lots of fruit and mint - one glass and I have to have a lie down! I can't wait until its warm enough to make one again! Cheers! xxx

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    1. Mrs. E, Thanks so much. You would love it.

      I fell in love with Pimms in the UK. Just another thing aI love about England! I'll have to try making some pitchers for summer too.

      xo
      Kim

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  5. Hi Kim,

    I am familiar with The Ivy.. but have NOT yet eaten there. Looks like a wonderful meal and the decor is perfect as I'd expect. Coming from Southern CA, I really miss the flowers that can be seen practically year round.

    Have a nice weekend.

    leslie

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    1. Leslie, Didn't know you were from down there. They do seem to have lovely gardens all over there right now!

      Kim:)

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  6. Thanks for stopping by so I could find your charming blog. Darn on the George C thing. yes isn't it funny - its the best place to guarantee seeing a celeb, beside Chateau Marmot, so makes it so exciting!

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    1. Was going to check out the Chateau M, but ran out of time! Got to get back there. Thanks so much for stopping by. I love your blog!

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  7. I have been to The Ivy a couple of times...it's so charming. Did you make it to the shop next door that's owned by them? It's filled with lovely treasures. I do love those roses and mint.

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    1. Annie, I was sad the store was closed the day I was there. I hope to get back to it. I was spying through the windows and they have a ton of cute things!

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  8. looks so nice !! adding you to my blog roll xxx

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  9. thanks for stopping by! I had heard so much about the Ivy but never seen it. The decor is lovely! I love all the Americana themes I see lately.

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  10. What a wonderful restaurant. Love the fun colors in the pillows - warm and cozy spot!!

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  11. What a great place, maybe I can convince Hubs to go...we are already going to Villa Blanca, so we shall see. :)

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