Sunday, February 23, 2014

Binaural Beats and Basil Martinis at Riviera 31

A few weeks ago the Thomas Gals were invited to spend a Friday night at Riviera 31 at the Sofitel Los Angeles to check out the beats of the residency of Trinidad Senolia.  
Trinidad Senolia are the nom de musique of Garth Trinidad (KCRW DJ extraordinaire who has introduced the world to such artists as Little Dragon and Janelle Monae) and Mateo Senolia (pseudonym for novelist / screenwriter, Marcus J. Guillory).  

They are hosted by Xperiment USA (who presents live musical performances, DJs and burlesque six nights a week at the Sofitel).  On Friday nights Xperiment focuses on (House Disco Garage), a weekly musical celebration that takes guests on a deep, refreshing, and incredible journey of sounds for which Trinidad Senolia started their residency on January 24th. 

The vibe of Riviera 31 is a sophisticated cocktail lounge with a Mediterranean-style menu. The Hip Hipster clientele is matched by a red and black decor which takes visitors on a visual journey through the evocative history of the French Riviera through black and white photographs.  The venue's name, Riviera 31, reflects two states of geography: Riviera (South of France) and 31 (California, 31st State). 

In terms of a symphony of beats in the mouth we found the options très délicieux!  

Kelly and I checked out the Provencale Flatbread (Vine ripened tomatoes, Sautéed onions, Mozzarella, and Torn Garden Basil) and for the Vegan in the group (read: Moi!) a Flight of Fries including Truffle, Sweet Potato and Parmesan Parsley served with Harissa (aka a Tunisian Hot Chili Pepper Paste), Pesto and Roasted Garlic Aiolis (Très Yumm!).

For libations both us Thomas Gals partook in the Strawberry Basil Martini.  Served Up and composed of Absolut Elyx Vodka, Muddled Strawberries, and Fresh Torn Basil (they use lots of that) this pristine drink, crafted by Chef Matthew Biancaniello, tasted like Italy in the summertime!  

So for binaural beats and Basil Martinis Riviera 31 is the place to be.     

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