LA Blogger / Ezine Group, Small but Mighty
Joy Kennelly and Thomas Griego are co-organizers of the newly formed LA Blog/Zine group. Last night, we met at Bar Noir, inside Maison 140, in Beverly Hills.
A stylish little gem of a drinking hole, Bar Noir blends French and Asian influences and tops them off with a lovely cocktail list. The hits of the night were Citrus Lychee Martini featuring Belvedere Citrus and lychee puree and the Maison Martini made from blackberry puree, pineapple juice and vodka (tastes like cobbler with a kick!) The Manhattan, according to its anonymous consumer, tasted a bit watery - perhaps shaken a bit too vigorously for too long...?
(BTW - Every third Monday, chefs from blue on blue -at Maison 140's sister hotel, the Avalon- present Vin et Fromage tastings at Bar Noir for $45 per person. How magnifique!)
At our gathering last night, Joy, Thomas, Jaimi the Marketing Maven and Ann (the non-blogging blogger) and I were surely the most raucuss in the joint. Still, as we twittered away about online media, interspersed with personal gossip and juicy tid-bits, we could not help but be a bit distracted by the trendy couple at the next table, canoodling in the corner while blabbing on cell phones. Yes... canoodling with one person and blabbing with another on the phone... hmmm... would that be a fiber-optic menage-a-trois?
Anyway, Joy and Thomas shared many valuable pearls of wisdom from OMMA, which they attended a couple of weeks ago. (kicking self for not going!!!) As far as increasing blog popularity, etc. a couple of highlights include linking with others and adding video from popular topics. (I also vow to get some cool cocktailing video on my own You Tube account!)
If any of you LA Sipsters want to join our group, do so here!