A hidden oasis in Santa Monica Mountains
Raise a hand if you like magical views, architecture, wine and awesome food...
This weekend started with an amazing culinary experience at a fundraiser dinner with Two-Michelin-Star chef Josiah Citrin and ended up in Santa Monica mountains surrounded by amazing architecture, sparkling pools and breathtaking nature.
But first thing first...
The last four years Venice Design Series has curated amazing events to benefit Venice Community Housing - who's mission is to reduce homelessness, maximize affordable housing, and provide social services among other things.
As a kick off, this year started with an intimate Venice Dinner Party at the iconic home of Nancy Griffin and architect Steven Ehrlich, a landmark of Southern California indoor/outdoor living. See pictures of their beautiful house here!
After mingling, cheering in bubbles and getting a private tour of the gorgeous house, dinner was served, toasts were held and an art-quiz was arranged. My heart stopped for a split of a second when the quiz was announced, as my art knowledge is pretty embarrassing. So instead of participating in the quiz I impressed everyone with my "Throwing both legs behind my back"-party trick!! Needless to say - a lot of money was thrown my way that night!
It was a lovely evening with amazing food and wine - but I have to say Sunday was even better!
Sunday morning, also as a part of the Venice Design Series events, we did a magical Malibu tour. Well hidden in the Santa Monica Mountains in Ventura County, the famed "Wing House" is located. This unique designed house, by architect David Hertz, is almost entirely made out of the recycled parts of a 747 Boeing plane. The aircrafts aluminium wings make up the roof and ceiling, hence "The Wing House".
We got a tour of the stunning three level home and around some of the gorgeous and pristine 55-acre property, that includes; lush specimen succulent gardens with fruit trees and vegetable gardens, outdoor dining area with BBQ, a 60 ft. pool (18 meters) and jacuzzi.
For some reason we were not allowed to take pictures of the house that showed the wings, but it's been widely publicized internationally, so you can take a closer look at it here.
After the tour, David Hertz guided us over to his and his wife's property where we were going to eat lunch. And as I thought it couldn't get any better, a new hidden oasis called Xanabu, opened up to us.
It's hard to describe this place as it was so much to take in. But the colorful and eclectic "structures" was once the creative playground of the eccentric Hollywood artist and set designer Tony Duquette. A place, that burned down i 1993, created by Duquette and his wife from recycled objects and movie sets in breathtaking natural surroundings overlooking The Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Mountains, Boney Ridge and Serrano Valley.
After a delicious lunch, dessert and a couple of glasses of rosé, we cruised down to Malibu Wines to have a few more glasses of Jesus favorite drink. At Malibu Wines you can bring your own picnic or do wine tasting while enjoying live music. A lot of people celebrate their birthday's there and dance into the evenings as it was no tomorrow.
Unfortunately we did have a busy day coming up Monday morning, so we went back to the city and watched the sunset from a rooftop... CaliLife really doesn't suck!!