Joy Flavor Summer Brunch at Madera Kitchen in Hollywood

Joy Flavor Summer Brunch

I got invited to a “Tasting Party” at Madera Kitchen in Hollywood!

Thursday, noon, Hollywood, Cahuenga & Franklin, street parking!

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen on Cahuenga Blvd in Hollywood

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They offered hosted valet, which is always great, but I found a spot on Franklin and walked half a block to the restaurant. The party was called for noon, so I arrived at noon.

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – pretty flower centerpieces on the tables

They weren’t quite ready at noon, and I discovered it was also a tasting party for Joy Flavor, a flavored vaping oil company. The patio was set for a lot of people and they were setting up the vape table, with hand held vape pens filled with Joy Flavor oils.

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – setting up the umbrella on the patio

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Patio dining with a few other “on time” guests.

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Patio

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Joy Flavor vaping oil tasting table

It was warm and humid on the patio (because the enclosure has no breeze or air flow and the sunroof is transparent), so I went inside and sat at the bar where it was cooler. They gave me 2 drink tickets, which I redeemed for Toast vodka & pineapple juice cocktails made by Tiffany, the beautiful and friendly bartender. I asked her if she wanted to make small talk and she said yes. We talked about where she was from, Arizona, her music, Urban Pop, China, her cute dogs, her tattoos and the two featured drinks they were offering at the brunch while I was waiting for the food.

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Madera Kitchen – Tiffany tending the Bar inside

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Brunch at Madera Kitchen – Toast vodka and pineapple juice cocktail

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Madera Kitchen – the Bar inside

They were offering these featured drinks. Tiffany gave me a taste of the Blue Coup, which was too sweet for me, and then we discussed the pros and cons of lavender in a cocktail. (Tastes like the way my Grandma used to smell…I am not a fan of lavender in my drink)

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – featured drinks for the event

They have an interesting drink menu and a selection of wines by the glass and beer on tap in addition to their full bar. I originally wanted a Bloody Mary to drink, but there wasn’t any mix on Thursday although they have them for brunch on the weekend. I was also disappointed that they don’t have Stolichnaya vodka.

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Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Drinks, Wines and Beer menu

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Try the wine.

The interior is an open “L” shaped space with simple decor. the bar runs the length of the long wall and the dining/seating area is furnished with booth seating and movable tables and chairs.

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen

Because this is Los Angeles, when you call an event for noon, most people show up at 1:30 or later. So there was a long time waiting before the food was served and it wasn’t very crowded for the first hour and a half. They served the dishes “family style”, and I shared the food plates with one other person.

On the Menu:

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Blueberry pancakes with orange curd, berries and whipped cream fraiche:

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Crepes a la Carbonara with applewood smoked bacon, crepe linguini, cream, topped with egg yolk and pecorino:

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Endive Salad with arugula, candied pistachios, blood orange, buttermilk and blue cheese

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Cinnamon Donuts on a bed of marscapone and mixed berry sauce:

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

The food was good. I enjoyed the pancakes, pasta and donuts very much. I’m not a big fan of arugula or blue cheese, so the salad not so much. But it was a nice salad if you like the ingredients and my new dining friend said that it was good.

When I received the invite, I thought it was a promotional event for the restaurant. Surprise! Turns out it was also a promotional event for JOY FLAVOR! Flavored vaping oils in many different fun flavors!

Now the disclaimer: I don’t vape. I’m fine with you vaping if you want to. I’m fine with you vaping flavored oils with or without tobacco. I hate cigarettes! I hate cigarette smoke! Vaping is “reasonable” alternative to cigarettes, if you think so.

So, Joy Flavor set up a vaping oil tasting table, with vaporizers filled with the different flavors that had removable plastic “nipples” for each taster. However, it appeared to be a communal sharing event with the vape pens being handled and sampled by a lot of people. I decided not to partake in the vaping, but I did take pictures.

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Joy Flavor assortment of flavored gaping oils

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Joy flavor tasting table with vaping pens, “nipples” and promo swag

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Joy Flavor vaping oil tasting table

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Joy Flavor vaping oil tasting table

And they were nice and gave everyone a gift bag! There were three little bottles of Joy Flavor flavored vaping oil, 2 promo swag key rings and a promo t-shirt in the promo bag.

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Madera Kitchen – Joy Flavor gift bag

It was a nice lunch. A couple free drinks. I met some nice people and was introduced to Madera Kitchen, Joy Flavor and the PR Company that produced the event. I had a good time and it was a pleasant way to spend a Thursday afternoon.

NOTE: I want to go back and try their regular dinner menu.

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National Donut Day! And a tribute to Mitch Hedberg!

National Donut Day is Friday June 5th, 2015!

The first Friday of June each year is National Donut Day! Originally created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, you can get a FREE DONUT most places that serve donuts on Friday!National-Donut-Day

There are three other important doughnut celebrations: International Jelly-Filled Donut Day on June 8 (occasionally on June 9), “National Cream-Filled Donut Day” on September 14 and “Buy A Donut Day” on October 30.

National Donut Day! Time to eat the donuts!

National Donut Day! Time to eat the donuts!

National Donut Day!

National Donut Day! Cinnamon Roll!

A tribute to Mitch Hedberg:

Receipt for the donut...

Receipt for the donuts…

“I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I don’t need a receipt for the doughnut. I’ll just give you money and you give me the doughnut. End of transaction. We don’t need to bring ink and paper into this. I can’t imagine a scenario in which I would need to prove that I bought a doughnut. Some skeptical friend? ‘Don’t even act like I didn’t buy a doughnut, I’ve got the documentation right here. Oh wait, it’s back home in the file… under ‘D’, for ‘doughnut’…” ― Mitch Hedberg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWx6uA5aCrE

National Donut Day!

National Donut Day! Chocolate covered custard filled donut!

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Mmmm....Donuts.

Mmmm….Donuts.

What's your favorite kind of donut?

What’s your favorite kind of donut?

More Donuts!

More Donuts!

"Say HELLO to my little friends!" National Donut Day!

“Say HELLO to my little friends!”

Donuts from

Inflatable Donuts from “The Simpsons Take The Hollywood Bowl”

“MMMMMMM….Donuts.” ~ Homer Simpson

 

UPDATE: Saturday, June 6th, 2015

I SCORED! Two chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and nuts from Yum Yum Donuts and three old fashioned, a plain cake, a glazed and a chocolate covered from Winchell’s. They were warm and fresh and smelled so good…

Warm Fresh Donuts!

Warm Fresh Donuts!

National Donut Day!

National Donut Day! – Yum Yum Donuts

National Donut Day

National Donut Day! – Winchell’s Donut House

National Donut Day

National Donut Day – NO MORE DONUTS! 

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National Donut Day! Yum Yum Donuts!

National Donut Day! (The Other D-Day! Continued from the previous blog)

The first Friday of June each year is also National Donut Day! Originally created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, you can get a FREE DONUT most places today!

Chocolate Custard Filled Donut (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Chocolate Custard Filled Donut – My favorite! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I just happened to find myself driving past the Yum Yum Donuts in North Hollywood today, which has been at this location since the 80’s, and since it was National Donut Day, I just had to stop and indulge my sweet tooth.

NOTE: It’s a good place but avoid it before and after the high school rush!

National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

National Donut Day at YUM YUM Donuts in North Hollywood (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

From Wikipedia: “Yum-Yum Donuts is a chain of 64 California doughnut shops. Founded in 1971 by Phillip C. Holland, the original location at Avenue 26 and Figueroa Street in Highland Park, a district of Los Angeles, is still in operation. The company also owns the older and larger Winchell’s Donuts chain, which Yum-Yum purchased in 2004. The headquarters for both chains is located in the City of Industry.”

National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

National Donut Day: What’s your favorite kind of donut? (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

What’s your favorite kind of donut? I picked up three “fancies”: a chocolate covered custard filled, a glazed raspberry jelly filled, and a cinnamon roll. I asked if they were giving free donuts, so she threw in one of the small sugar covered “sweet cream cheese” filled (as seen on the top shelf of the photo above)

I like all kinds of donuts: cake, cruellers, twists, glazed, filled, sprinkles, beignets, profiteroles, bear claws, fritters, old fashioned, holes….who doesn’t like donuts?

National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Warm and Fresh “to Go” Donuts on National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

They have a sit-down, eat-in area in the shop, but I got mine “To Go” and took them home. I ate the little “freebie” which was soft pastry dough filled with a sweet cream filling similar to a cheese danish. It was good, but one was not enough. Then, I inhaled the glazed raspberry filled jelly donut. Light and airy, with the right amount of jelly, a real thing of beauty! Yum!

I waited awhile until the chocolate covered custard cream filled sugar bomb started calling my name, then slowly enjoyed every bite. A thing of perfection! Yum Yum! I’m pretty sure that it’s my favorite kind of donut when it’s done right. So, that left just the cinnamon roll and I saved that one for tomorrow, the day after National Donut Day. Yum Yum Yum!

National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cinnamon Roll for Tomorrow, the day after National Donut Day! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There are three other doughnut holidays: “International Jelly-Filled Doughnut” Day is the day after on June 8 or 9. “National Cream-Filled Doughnut” Day is September 14 and “Buy A Doughnut” Day falls on October 30.

YUM YUM DONUTS11699 Magnolia Blvd (at Colfax, across the street from North Hollywood High) 818-760-9054 http://www.yumyumdonuts.com

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