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Seduction-Art in Our Dining Room

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Many of our guests are pleasantly surprised by the art gallery feel of our dining room. Some mention that eating here transports them to a fine art gallery in New York City. Most don’t leave before asking, which artist created these art-seduction-story-paitings that we so proudly hang on our walls.

If you are also curious, our artist of choice is Fabian Perez.

Fabian Perez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but was brought up in the small yet dynamic Argentine city of Campana, 50 miles from the capital. From the age of nine he was already found at home holding a paintbrush and producing surprisingly mature paintings of family members and friends.

His extraordinary parents played a huge part in his creative development; his mother was artistic and imaginative, while his father was a fascinating man – well-known locally both to the people and the police as a somewhat clandestine character with a hand in various business dealings that operated after dark in the nightclubs on the streets of the city. His father’s activities meant that the young Fabian was exposed to an interesting cast of characters, from handsome men who lived their lives in the edge, to women, who, as he puts it “could seduce a man by simply lighting a cigarette”. Add to this a world of glamorous tango dancers, flamenco guitarists and gypsy musicians, and Fabian’s paintings fall into the context as atmospheric representations of forbidden sensuality and unnamed desires.

For more information on Fabian Perez paintings click here to visit his website.

 

 

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Traditional Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

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One of the finest and oldest cocktails, this is truly a classic cocktail, and certainly one that our bartenders most enjoy recreating. The secret? Manhattan’s taste better with rye whiskey.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey (we like to use Templeton for our Manhattans)
  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Cherry for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with the cherry.
  5. Enjoy!

Important: Happy Hour at Manhattan of La Jolla is from Sundays to Fridays, 4 PM until 6 PM. We hope to see you there!

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The Sounds of Frank Sinatra Wednesdays

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Click play below for a sneak peak of Roman’s performance! Come watch him live every Wednesday from 7 PM until 10 PM.

With his father playing the organ in the background, a six year-old Roman began his lifelong love for music. Roman’s father would constantly ask Roman to sing along for family and friends, especially on Christmas time. These living room performances were only the beginning of his early singing experiences because by 4th grade, his British born teacher recruited him for her newly formed school choir and immersed him in the music of the Beatles. Roman spent the next two years in the school choir, but did not return to the stage until he became involved in what he calls a bad rendition of “Guys and Dolls”.

Roman would not perform again until 1996 when he discovered The Red Fox Room at the Old Lafayette Hotel in San Diego. It was here that he met an incredible artist/pianist whose grace and style would knock him off his feet and inspire him to pursue a career in music. This incredible artist was Shirley Allen who was accompanied by the very talented Dave Shaw and Mark Mullen (Shirley’s son), who performed the rhythm section. Roman spent the next two years learning from, performing with, and perfecting his craft with this group in a variety of nightclubs, bars and restaurants throughout
the San Diego area. In 1999, Roman landed on the Vegas Strip where he began to develop and perfect his Rat-Packish style. Then, he went onto New York, Florida, Cancun… and he never stopped!

Roman’s vocal styling, delivery and phrasing are reminiscent of the greats: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Luciano Pavorotti, and Andrea Bocelli. His presence is commanding. His voice is smooth, cool, powerful and refined. His undeniable charisma, style, charm and comedic sense of timing are something that must be experienced to truly be appreciated. Roman is the true definition of artist, musician and entertainer. In Two Words, SIMPLY AMAZING! Better yet, he is accompanied by renown pianist Tommy Ganon, one of the most versatile pianists in of all San Diego.

Roman and pianist Tommy Ganon have been performing live at Manhattan of La Jolla for the past 2 years.

Come see them live next Wednesday from 7 PM until 10 PM.