Brunch – Queen Mary Sunday Champagne Brunch, Long Beach CA
The QM Sunday brunch is a sight to behold, once you stop choking over the price ($59 before tax and tip). Held in the Grand Salon with live entertainment, the brunch is a bougie buffet of flavors around the world. The spread was pretty impressive – a whole poached salmon, a seafood bar, a carving station, BBQ a dozen mini desserts, omelette and crepes to order, fruits, cheeses, salads, and a variety of asian food.
Most things we chose were tasty, but I was surprised that the breakfast to order station didn’t know how to make a poached egg. We also agreed to avoid the seafood station – I dubiously picked up a raw oyster to try and was immediately punished by the unwelcome taste of an unhappiness.
Our wait staff was attentive and super friendly. We even had someone join late who was not eating, but got hooked up with free coffee and mimosas! If you eat here, come prepared with a hungry tummy, or get ready to booze it up with the included champagne or mimosas to make this brunch worth your money.
Hollywood Escape Hotel – Witchcraft Room, Hollywood CA
Witchcraft, Zombie, Circus, Cocaine, and Daycare are just some of the themes from this relatively new player in the escape room space. Situated right on of Hollywood Boulevard, this company runs not just one or two rooms, but almost a dozen macabre and thriller themed escape rooms throughout the day. We did the Witchcraft room today, and probably due to our unexpected loss of 2 members (or overboozing at the Queen Mary?), we didn’t make it out of the room alive. Between our group of 4 that attempted the room escape, we’ve done maybe 2 dozen different escape rooms, and have some experience between our collective belts.
Overall, we thought the hotel ambiance was great, but the Witchcraft room had a few problems that wasted our time, such as the light in the dark room being unplugged, and technical issues with 2 of their magnet activated props. Though it was obvious that some care had been taken for the reception area of the venue and website, room puzzle production value and creativity for the Witchcraft room was relatively low to average compared to other venues.
Hotel – The Magic Castle Hotel, Hollywood CA
This week is Halloween – and an alien invasion is taking over the Magic Castle! There are only a few ways to get into the Magic Castle, and one of the ways is to stay at the Magic Castle Hotel. Though the lemon yellow exterior is reminiscent of a Miami apartment complex, the hotel is clean, and the services and amenities were really great. Snacks are free 24/7, and they even have a popsicle hotline at the pool! Though we didn’t hear anything about the Magic Castle Hotel being haunted, the Magic Castle itself reportedly is. We shall see!
Dinner – Barton G Restaurant, Hollywood CA
Over. The. Top.
This place is Snapchat and Insta heaven, with bubbling concoctions, disco-ball boogie tunes pumping from your plate, gigantic props (mine had a enormous elephant head soldered onto the platform my dish came on), toaster ovens, and sparklers. It was interesting, a big production and to-do about every dish. For the price, I expected better food, which overall could be described as bland and under-developed. If you’re easily distracted by smoke, flames, or flashing lights, you will love this place. Come here for birthdays or for a fun night out with friends that want a fun food experience.