Archive for the ‘Celebrations’ Category

Pleased As Punch

September 2, 2010

Oh, how we San Franciscans wait so patiently for warm weather to come upon us. All through July and August we hear of heat-waves happening all around the country and sigh.  We see cute summer dresses in storefront windows that we know if we bought them would just look pretty in our closets and that’s it.  We daydream about tropical drinks and destinations all the while shivering in our boots, scarves and overcoats just waiting for our summer to arrive. Well, it’s been a long-time coming but I do believe that Indian summer in San Francisco is finally here. Let’s stay out past 5:00pm without wearing a sweater, let’s order iced lattes, and let the punch party begin! (more…)


Chef Profile: Michelle Mah

August 25, 2010

Michelle Mah, Executive Chef of Joie de Vivre’s Midi Restaurant was born in Seoul, Korea and lived there until she was three years old. It was then that her family immigrated to the United States and put down roots in Southern California.  A career in the culinary arts wasn’t always in the cards for Michelle. While living in Southern California, she attended the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in Ethnic Studies, minored in General Literature and also had a focus in Photography.

From there, Michelle began working at Café Japengo and because of her love of the kitchen and guidance from chef Amiko Gubbins, she also began attending the College of Food in San Diego where she graduated with an A.O.S. degree.  Michelle then made her move to San Francisco where she attended the California Culinary Academy. Michelle worked in multiple restaurants throughout the city as well as an externship in St. John in the Caribbean before becoming the Executive Chef at Ponzu. It was there; at age 29 that Michelle was awarded the 2006 “Rising Star Chef” award by the San Francisco Chronicle. (more…)

SF Chefs Week (and a POMegranate Party)

August 9, 2010

This week our Northern California chefs are busy prepping for their upcoming participation in SFChefs Restaurant Week; an event highlighting the best chefs of the Bay.  For three days and nights starting on Friday, chefs rule in the middle of Union Square and judging by the feedback from the event debut last year, it will be a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. With world renowned chefs like Hubert Keller and Tyler Florence participating as well as our own chefs from Café Andree, Bar Adagio, Midi, Henry’s, and Americano on hand, the only thing greater than the amazing culinary offerings are the people involved in bringing such an event together. (more…)

Celebrating Our Independence

June 30, 2010

As the three-day weekend celebrating the 4th of July approaches, visions of warm weather, pools, and mouth-watering food and drink are already starting to penetrate the minds of most.  For after all, this is a holiday unique to our United States and as California tends to stand out in the unique department, we wanted to make sure Joie de Vivre has you covered throughout the State.  Below are just a few offerings from our own restaurants that will help bring those dreamy visions of an ideal holiday weekend to fruition.

Venice Beach: High Rooftop Lounge in Venice Beach is hosting an All American High Independence Day BBQ.  It will be an all you can eat extravaganza during the day with roasted corn, potato salad, hot dogs, hamburgers, mac & cheese, house-made chips and dip, watermelon and a S’mores bar! From 11:00 am- 4:00 pm everyone is welcome; after 5:00 p.m. the party is for adults only.  A champagne toast will be included and local fireworks will be on display. 11:00-4:00 $25.00 kids/$50.00 adults 5:00-Close $100.00 adults only

Sacramento: Grange; our restaurant in Sacramento that’s all about seasonal and local offerings is offering an All American BBQ three-course menu for $35.00/person.  The menu will feature a Little Gem Lettuce Salad with Kick’n Ranch Dressing, Slow cooked Riverdog Farm Hog with Carolina BBQ, Corn on the Cob & Potato Salad and for dessert a Summer Berry Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.  That sounds like an All American meal not to be missed.

Brentwood: WEST Restaurant in our Hotel Angeleno is offering a red, white and tropical blue sangria priced at $4.00 in honor of the 4th of July. Relax poolside while their grill master cooks up some house-made sausage prepared to order. For a casual and elegant day in the Southern California sun; the best advice we can give is to head WEST.

Oakland: Miss Pearl’s Jam House in Oakland is having a party in conjunction with all the fun-filled events happening in Jack London Square for the 4th.  Come by to enjoy the beautiful weather, a petting zoo and live blues bands and stick around while Chef Peter Jackson BBQ’s up some Andouille Sausage in their outdoor waterfront patio.  Miss Pearl’s is also featuring their famous $5.00 hurricanes where $2.00 of every one sold goes towards the Coast Clean up effort.  To be able to assist our fellow state of Louisiana this 4th of July makes us feel very patriotic indeed.

Top 5 Wedding Trends for 2010

April 5, 2010

Skinny jeans, gladiator sandals, exposed zippers—trends usually come and go as quickly as the seasons change. Lucky for us, trendy brides keep our weddings interesting all year round. Here are some recent favorite wedding trends we’ve seen at The Citizen Hotel.

*Shoes that pop: Ever since Carrie Bradshaw sported those blue Manolo Blahniks on her wedding day, Brides have been making statements with stylish footwear. We’re seeing lots of colorful pumps, and even glittery flats.

*Vintage charm: We love this trend because it truly suits the look and feel of our hotel. We’re seeing lots of side swept hair, vintage hair accessories, and bright red lipstick.

*More intimate gatherings: In today’s economy, brides are choosing to plan smaller weddings in order to maximize their budget. While it can be difficult to trim your guest list, smaller weddings often allow the bride and groom to spend more time with each individual guest—a memorable perk!

*Comfort food: Brides are also learning to serve great food on a smaller budget with casual items like mac-n-cheese, sliders, and soup shooters. We haven’t heard any guests complaining about that menu!

*Dessert bar: Let them eat cake? Who are they kidding—we need more than that!  Brides want to give their guests more options, especially when it comes to dessert. Common dessert bars include everything from cakes and cupcakes, to ice cream and candy.

The Citizen Hotel has quickly become the ideal venue for Northern California brides, boasting a magnificent Metropolitan Terrace with a breathtaking 7th floor view of the city. Need a visual? Head over to our new and improved wedding blog to see photos of some of our favorite weddings. If you like what you see, please visit the KCRA A-list and give us your vote for Best Wedding Venue. Hope to see you soon at The Citizen Hotel!

Mardi Hearty

February 4, 2010

Big juicy delicious five-day Mardi Gras party at Miss Pearl’s Jam House in Oakland. Miss Pearl’s new chef, Peter Jackson, trained with the likes of John Besh in NOLA, so you can trust this will be quite a celebration of Mardi Gras fare, complete with King’s Cake, beignets, $5 Hurricanes, $4 Jello shots and, oh yeah, Gumbostravaganza, a gumbo cookoff with some of the East Bay’s finest Southern-inspired chefs. If you’re in the city and feeling Creole cravings, consider hop skipping over to Jack London Square on the ferry. If you live in the East Bay, all the better. The festival kicks off Feb. 12 at 8:30 with Joey Altman’s Back Burner Blues Band, with Gumbostravaganza on Saturday and a Fat Tuesday fete to end all on the 16th. Beads encouraged but not required. For more information, visit Miss Pearl’s website (or sidle up to her on Facebook!).

You Say It’s Your Birthday…

January 7, 2010

Dear Birthday Boys and Girls,

Your birthday is coming up, and we’ve been thinking about what to get you. We know last year had lots of highs and lows, and we really admire how you always seem to kick the dust off and embrace a whole new year with optimism and joie. You inspire us every day. We thought about baking you a ginormous Red Velvet cake…or maybe getting you a new pair of Tony Lama’s, but we think what we came up with will suit your mood better than those things. We decided to give you $100 off your stay at any of our hotels in California. It’s your year to expand your horizons as you see fit, to jump on the bed of life a bit more, and this lets you decide where you want to go and what you’d like to do. Bon Anniversaire!

Joie de Vivre

Holiday DIY at Hotel Rex

December 9, 2009

Check out this great video segment featuring  Hotel Rex’s Terry Haney on how to fashion inexpensive (or even, gasp, foraged and free!) eco-friendly holiday decor. The Rex is a really sweet little boutique hotel in San Francisco, and USA Today even named it one of the country’s top literary hotels this year. The “View from the Bay” piece also talks about a fabulous holiday deal we are offering at our San Francisco hotels, the “Home for the Holidays” package. It’s full of sweets and cultural treats and if you’ll be in the Bay Area for the holidays, worth a look see!