Have you ever seen the Jazz scene in person? It’s a very interesting experience. It can probably only be found in big cities such as Los Angeles.
The Mayfair Hotel, located just minutes away from Staples Center isn’t just a spot to sleep while on vacation. They are an unexpecting center of art. The entire hotel was covered in art pieces focused in on promoting the use of drugs for artists. It sounds like a worse concept than it actually is.
On a random Tuesday night, the hotel lobby was packed with a gathering of people there to experience some Jazz music. A group of different Jazz musicians came together for somewhat of a freestyle on the stage. A true melting pot of people from everywhere from Northern California to Canada engaged in conversation.
At this moment, one can realize that they’re experiencing something entirely new. A new sense of acceptance regardless of background, status or ethnicity. An experience hard to find anywhere outside of Los Angeles.
The Breakfast Bar
70 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA
Hours: M-TH 6am-2pm
Breakfast for breakfast? Duh. Alcohol for breakfast? Ultra duh.
When on vacation, it’s usually pretty difficult to find the perfect restaurant when looking on Yelp. Especially if you’re something oddly specific. And if it’s 7 am and you’re craving scenery, waffles and vodka, The Breakfast Bar is that perfect spot.
That combination makes this spot unique in its own right. And then mix in the fact that it’s in Long Beach located near the ocean and it makes all that much more beautiful. The choice of sitting inside or outside isn’t even really a choice at all. There’s really no quote to better start this off than with what Tupac once said.
No doubt, to live and die in LA
There's no better way to start your day in Long Beach than with some alcohol in your system to get your blood flowing. Their signature lemonades are vodka based cocktails with homemade syrups and fresh lemon juice. The Watermelon Lemonade is perfect if you're on a health kick, because it's comes with a huge slice of watermelon. And watermelon is a fruit, so technically this drink is good for you.
Pair that with an appetizer that is big enough to be considered an entree. Somebody's grandma would tell you that the best cure for a hangover is more alcohol, so you're already on the right path with your Watermelon Lemonade. So why not go all in and order the Hung Over.
The Hung Over is 2 scrambled eggs with cheese and sausage served over french fries and smothered with Nana's sausage gravy with house pico de gayo & spiced sour cream. This plate comes with everything in the kitchen. The real comfort food you need to get you back to being yourself and ready to tackle your day.
Nana's sausage gravy coats the fries and reminds you of Saturday morning breakfast with your grandma's homemade cooking. But the real flavor comes from the house pico de gayo and spiced sour cream. This combination has a real kick to it that wakes you up faster than a shot of espresso. Make sure that all of your bites are filled with each and every ingredient in order to get the full effect, and really knock that hangover out.
Let's say you were out all night, soaking up the Jazz scene, and you need more of a classic breakfast. Go with the French Toast or Waffle. This plate comes with two eggs, two bacons, two sausage links, two turkey sausage, or a sausage patty.
The thick cut sourdough french toast is sweet and delicate, and has that perfect balance of soft on the inside and crisp on the outside that is so difficult to achieve. The Belgian waffle is a fluffy masterpiece that leaves your stomach and your soul full of happiness. For maximum deliciousness, ask for extra powdered sugar. Because sugar is good for you.
Both of these come topped with berries and strawberries, so keep that same energy with the Berry Lemonade. You and your friends will all be on that perfect level to get ready for your next adventure. Whether thats taking a walk on the pier, or driving through the hoods of Los Angeles, either way you know you'll be ready.
The Breakfast Bar is somewhere between the Jazz scene and Tupac. And if you're a real one, you'll be able to appreciate both.