What’s Hot In L.A.? It’s RaVaughn!

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Do you remember belting out feel good R&B songs by Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill and TLC? I do and I also recall not having a real clue what the lyrics meant but you couldn’t tell me that. Recently, I’ve been vibing to a few songs that take me back to those days, except I now know the passion behind them all to well.

Talented and gorgeous Los Angeles born and bred R&B song bird RaVaughn is set to drop her first album Love Always this summer, but it’s sure to take you back to the 90s with its soulful story-telling tracks. If the rest of the album continues in the path of the album sampler you will not want to ride in my car summer 2013.

RaVaughn, also known as Ne-Yo’s protege, is signed to CompoundU/Columbia Records. Most people think that she is new to the game but I know otherwise. When I met her about 10 years ago she and music had a full on love affair in progress. Her consistent dedication is paying off and she is receiving well-deserved recognition.

Listen to the Love Always album sampler below and check out the video for RaVaughn’s first official single ‘Better Be Good’ featuring Wale.

Friday Night Girl Talk at RED O Restaurantf

Like clock work, one night each month my friend Vee and I explore Los Angeles in search of a place to enjoy yummy food while dishing on our latest headlines. The tradition started to catch up post college. This month we dined at RED O Restaurant, which boasts its Mexican Cuisine by renowned chef Rick Bayless. 

Before visiting a restaurant, I usually take a peak at it online. I prefer to know what i’m walking into, it gives me more time to chat and minimizes the chances that i’ll end up at a place that I wouldn’t recommend to my worst enemy. After browsing RED O’s gallery and menu I decided that it had potential and made reservations via Open Table.

Once I arrived I parked valet ($8), street parking was non-existent. We were seated almost immediately. The seating was really comfy but our unleveled table rocked. The rocking got little annoying, so I unsuccessfully attempted to remedy the problem by stacking sugar packets under the table leg.

 Moving on… You know how hosts/servers volunterily recommend dishes or specials? That usually annoys me, so it didn’t bother me when it didn’t happen.  I ordered Grilled Mary’s Chicken Enchiladas Suizas (creamy tomatillo sauce, melted Sonoma jack, black beans, frisee, watercress, $20). 
Vee opted for the Classic Tortilla Soup (grilled Mary’s chicken, crispy tortillas, Sonoma Jack cheese, avocado, thick crema, toasted pasilla negro chile, $10) and Lamb in Chile Colorado Tacos (grill-seared, braised Sonoma lamb with black beans & red chile, $17).
My enchiladas were average. Am I wrong to expect them to be delicious because RED O specializes in Mexican cuisine? Vee said that her meal was good but she had higher expectations as well. We agree that the presentation surpassed taste (Don’t judge a book by its cover). 
Would I visit again? Yes, I’m no stranger to second chances and  i’m interested in tasting a couple desserts and a cocktail including the Strawberry-Mango Shortcake, Coconut Tres Leches Cake and La Dama. 
    
 
RED O Restaurant
8155 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles CA 90046
Tel: (323) 655-5009
Fax (323) 655-5010