Archive for November, 2018

5 Great Brentwood, CA Restaurants

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
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If you’ve been wondering where to eat in Brentwood, we have a few suggestions to tickle your taste buds and give you another good reason to hop into your new Volkswagen and head out on the road today.

Winston Pies

Because who doesn’t love pie? Winston Pies creates flaky, decadent treats in every flavor you can imagine, including hard-to-find Southern favorites like the Chocolate Cowgirl — a fudge and caramel confection on a salted oatmeal crust. Grab a full-sized pie to share or hoard a 2.5-inch baby pie for yourself. We won’t judge.

Location: 11678 San Vincente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Contact: (310) 207-5PIE

Compartes

In keeping with our dessert theme, we recommend Compartes. They serve up some of the finest organic chocolate truffles, bars, and other treats you’ll find outside of Beverly Hills, as well as custom-printed chocolates perfect for gift-giving.

Location: 912 S. Barrington, Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Contact: (310) 826-3380

Baltaire

An upscale steakhouse with some of the finest, freshest seafood you’ll find outside of Marina Del Rey, Baltaire is the perfect restaurant to visit when you want to impress your date. Choose any of the chef-inspired creations off the menu or have the Dover Sole prepared at your table for an extra touch of pizzazz.

Location: 11647 San Vincente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Contact: (424) 273-1660

Farmshop

A great little brunch place in Santa Monica, Farmshop is an artisanal restaurant, bakery, and market all in one. Sit down with friends and enjoy the homey atmosphere then grab some fresh bread and aged cheeses. Take some home to Culver City and prepare a second course for later!

Location: 225 26th St, Suite 25, Santa Monica, CA
Contact: (310) 566-2400

Il Piccolo Verde

Il Piccolo Verde is an Italian eatery that serves pizza and pasta to hungry diners as late as 3:00 a.m. Hit the clubs in West Hollywood then wander in for a plate of carbs and rich sauce. The food is authentic and filling and the prices are reasonable, so there’s no reason to deny yourself a treat.

Location: 140 S Barrington Place, Los Angeles, CA
Contact: (310) 472-4939

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Indulge yourself with something flavorful and, when you’re done, check out our other city guides to find great places to hike or Santa Monica attractions guaranteed to make you smile.

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan interior is all at once spacious, tech-savvy, and comfortable, making it an excellent SUV for Beverly Hills families. VW Car-Net® App-Connect allows you to sync your smartphone with the infotainment system, while the cargo area offers plenty of storage for luggage, grocery bags, and more. Explore more of the new Volkswagen Tiguan interior below!

Interior Design & Cargo Space

The Volkswagen Tiguan design includes ample legroom and a series of color options to suit your style preferences. A few feature highlights include:

  • V-Tex leatherette seating
  • Carpeted cargo area with tie-down hooks
  • Unique Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line badging
  • Available Vienna leather seats
  • Available Panoramic Sunroof Package (Volkswagen Tiguan SE and above)

Need extra space in the cargo area? Fold the split-folding rear seats down to reveal up to 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The VW Tiguan SUV can comfortably seat passengers and carry their belongings with ease.

Technology

The Volkswagen Tiguan is chock-full of technology features to help you stay informed and connected as you cruise through West Hollywood. Standard technologies include VW Car-Net® App-Connect, a Composition Media with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Rear View Camera System. Other available features include the following:

  • VW Car-Net® Security & Service
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Light assist
  • Lane assist area view
  • Park distance control
  • Front assist
  • Automatic post-collision braking
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Available pedestrian monitoring
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Overhead view camera

Convenience

In every respect, the VW Tiguan SUV works to make your life easier. Its various convenience features make taking on Brentwood and Culver City roads less of a hassle. The Tiguan comes with features like a handsfree easy open and easy close liftgate, seat release levers in the cargo area, a versatile third row, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.

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Beverly Hills Restaurants

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
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If you’re looking for places to eat in Beverly Hills, rely on Volkswagen Santa Monica! We’ve scoured the city, from West Hollywood to Marina Del Rey to find the best options for delicious meals for any occasion. Check out our favorite restaurants in the area below.

Matsuhisa

The flagship sushi bar that launched Nobu Matsuhisa’s global conquest, Matsuhisa is still a crowd favorite with its reasonable prices, wide variety of tasty dishes, and relaxed feel. Sample the special sushi platter, the sashimi tacos, or explore traditional Japanese favorites in a Bento box lunch.

Location: 129 N. La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

Lawry’s the Prime Rib

Lawry’s is a legendary spot for more than just well-balanced seasoning salts. Lawry’s started making exquisite meats in grand style. Choose from house favorites, such as the prime rib that made the Lawry’s name famous, or opt for lighter dishes like the perfectly prepared Atlantic Salmon.

Location: 100 N. La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

CUT Beverly Hills

Wolfgang Puck’s answer to the steakhouse is alive and well at CUT. The restaurant specializes in delightful cuts of meat prepared with exceptional care. At CUT, you can expect your cut of meat to be prepared with only the finest spices from around the world. Sample maple cured hams, blue crab and shrimp louie, or dive into a ribeye and live large.

Location: 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

The Polo Lounge

Los Angeles’ premier outdoor dining destination offers perfectly prepared breakfasts, Sunday brunch, afternoon tea, and dinners served al fresco – your way. Dive into a signature McCarthy salad, enjoy the smooth jazz, and enjoy a SoCal evening as only the Polo Lounge can present it.

Location: 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

Nate ‘n Al

For something a little less formal, check out this iconic Jewish deli with a 70-year history of bringing the best deli favorite foods around. Grab a classic pastrami on rye, try a more exotic smoked cod plate, or dig into a hearty bowl of gumbo for a meal that will warm you from the inside out.

Location: 414 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA

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Grab a bite to eat at one of these delightful stops and, when you’re ready to explore Los Angeles further, check out our handy city guides to discover new places to eat in Santa Monica, great attractions around the valley, and our favorite Santa Monica beaches to enjoy with friends. Ready to explore more of the area? Contact us today!

What Are Some Popular 2019 Volkswagen Passat Accessories?

Monday, November 26th, 2018
2019 Volkswagen Passat Interior

The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is available with a wide range of accessory options to help you customize your car’s interior and exterior. From alloy wheels to floor mats to mudguards, you can buy all sorts of genuine Volkswagen accessories to spruce up your driving experience. Beverly Hills drivers don’t need to look far! Volkswagen Santa Monica offers a fully stocked inventory of the latest parts and accessories for the Passat.

Accessory Options

The Volkswagen Passat offers three types of accessories: Protection, Convenience, and Style. Whether you’re looking to protect your car’s interior and exterior, add a few clever features, or change the style, Volkswagen Passat accessories can make it possible.

Protection

  • VW Passat Rear Bumper Protector Film
  • Mud Guards
  • VW Roadside Emergency Kit
  • VW First Aid Kit
  • VW Passat Rubber Floor Mats

Convenience

  • VW Passat Cargo Mat with Organizing Blocks
  • VW Universal Tablet Holder
  • VW Passat Sun Shade
  • VW Roof Rack Bike Carrier
  • VW Trunk Organizer
  • VW Passat Rain Guards

Style

  • VW Slim Black License Plate Frame
  • VW Car Coasters
  • VW Slim Polished License Plate Frame
  • VW Wolfsburg Graphic
  • VW Valve Stem Caps

Passat Exterior Accessories

True, many of the Volkswagen Passat accessories were designed for the interior, but you can also find upgrades for the exterior. Whether your end goal is a more stylish appearance or higher functionality, there are plenty of options from which to choose. Some examples of Passat exterior accessories include spoilers, trailer hitches, chrome accents, wind deflectors, custom hoods, and car covers.

Customizing Your Passat

In addition to accessory upgrades, there are a variety of ways to customize the appearance of your Volkswagen Passat. You can personalize virtually any aspect of your vehicle with a new dash cover, a steering wheel, or gauges. Replacing the pedals, shift knobs, and front and rear seats can also help you achieve the right look for your car.

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If you’re shopping for Volkswagen Passat accessories, Volkswagen Santa Monica is a reliable source near Marina del Rey. Our team of experts can help you choose the right accessories for your car’s model and trim. We can also assist you if you’re searching for a new Volkswagen Passat for sale. Our inventory is one of the largest in the local area, and we’re always offering new car specials.

Best Ice Skating Rinks in LA and Santa Monica

Monday, November 19th, 2018
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If you find yourself filled with despair because there are no ways to enjoy traditional winter activities in Sunny California, have we got news for you! Check out our top picks for places to go ice skating this winter in LA and Santa Monica. And, when you’re done, drop by Volkswagen of Santa Monica to see which new VW can get you there the fastest.

ICE at Santa Monica

ICE at Santa Monica is just north of Marina Del Rey and features an 8,000-square-foot rink, concessions, skate rentals, private cabanas, and an enclosed tot spot to help keep your littlest skaters safe. The rink is open from early November until mid-January.

Location: 1324 5th St., Downtown Santa Monica

Contact: (310) 260-1199

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

If you’re not interested in running out to West Hollywood to find your winter wonderland, why not try Pershing Square Park in the Business District instead? The outdoor rink is one of the biggest in the city and offers skate rentals — just in case you don’t have a pair laying around. They also have special events throughout the season, including curling lessons and Ice Disco!

Location: 1532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles

Contact: (213) 624-4289

Chill at the Queen Mary

The legendary ship transforms into a winter vision, complete with a 300-foot-long zip line, a 100-foot long ice slide, an ice bar, and yes, ice skating. It’s a one-of-a-kind event that’s just a quick drive down from Culver City in Long Beach — and well worth the effort.

Location: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

Contact: (877) 342-0752

LA Kings Holiday Ice LA Live

Looking for an excuse to leave Brentwood or Beverly Hills for some winter fun? Check out the massive ice rink complete with LED light shows sponsored by the LA Kings. They have three locations this year: Westfield Topanga, LA Live, and the Pike Outlets for your convenience.

Location: Varies

Contact: (877) 234-8425

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Ice skating near Los Angeles is always an unforgettable experience! For more inspiration this holiday season, check out our other guides on the best hiking spots in LA and Santa Monica attractions you shouldn’t miss.

2018 Thanksgiving Food Pantries and Food Banks near Santa Monica CA

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
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Most of us can enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family on Thanksgiving, but some people are not as fortunate. Give someone the gift of a meal and donate to one of these food pantries or food banks in the Santa Monica-area. (more…)

Heal the Bay

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
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At Volkswagen Santa Monica, we’re well aware of the ecological importance and natural beauty of our waters. That’s why we’re proud to work with organizations like Heal the Bay, to help protect, restore, and maintain our coastal waters, so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. Learn about Heal the Bay here at Volkswagen Santa Monica, an LA Car Guy Dealership.

What is Heal the Bay?

Heal the Bay is one of Los Angeles’ most active nonprofits, dedicated to the protection of the region’s water assets. Heal the Bay protects the region’s water assets by fighting for stricter, more effective environmental protections and by educating the public on the benefits of using water resources wisely. Heal the Bay’s current projects include:

  • Advocating for Water Recycling. By processing and recycling wastewater, cities can reduce their ecological footprint.
  • Monitoring Water Quality. Heal the Bay monitors 450 Santa Monica-area beaches each week, testing for the presence of bacteria that could be harmful to human life or sea life.
  • Empowering Communities. By teaching communities about the importance of local watersheds and campaigning for sensible restoration of damaged habitats, Heal the Bay aims to empower the people of greater Los Angeles.
  • Beach Clean Up. Heal the Bay has helped remove more than 2 million pounds of waste from local beaches.

With these and other projects, Heal the Bay seeks to make real change and help keep local Los Angeles beaches safe for people and wildlife.

How Can You Help Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay is a remarkable organization, but they can’t do it alone. In order to keep projects going, they need help from volunteers like you. Some of the ways you can help with their mission include:

  • Organize. Helping to organize or participate in cleanup projects can keep tons of trash out of the water and off the beach.
  • Donate. 81 cents of every dollar donated to heal the bay goes to pay for programs that help to spread the word and build a cleaner L.A.
  • Speak. Whether you live in West Hollywood or in Brentwood, you can still spread the word by speaking to friends, sharing on social media, and passing the word.

Give Back to Santa Monica by Joining Heal the Bay

If you love Santa Monica as much as we do, you can help by donating your time and energy to organizations like Heal the Bay. If you need more inspiration, or you just want to explore the Los Angeles area, check out our other city guides and find the dog parks, Santa Monica Beach restaurants, and attractions we all love. Further questions about how to help? Contact us today!

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November 2018 Volkswagen Specials Santa Monica CA

Monday, November 12th, 2018
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Are you shopping around the West LA-area for a great deal on a Volkswagen? Check out our November 2018 specials at Volkswagen of Santa Monica! (more…)

Your Guide to the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior Dimensions & Features

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a three-row SUV with seating for seven people — perfect for large families and their belongings. Starting at $30,895*, the new VW Atlas offers the comfort and technology features Beverly Hills families expect from a brand-new SUV. Notable standard features include LED headlights, Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect, and a Blind Spot Monitor with Front Assist. Read on to learn more about the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas interior space and features!

Volkswagen Atlas Interior: Seating & Cargo Space

The VW Atlas interior dimensions leave nothing to be desired. Inside, you’ll find plenty of passenger and cargo space, plus thoughtful touches like underfloor cargo-area storage. Here’s a closer look at the VW Atlas SUV’s interior dimensions:

  • VW Atlas Seating Space: Travel with up to seven passengers.
    • When equipped with 2nd-row captain’s chairs, the VW Atlas interior seats six.
  • VW Atlas Passenger Volume: Spread out with 153.7 cubic feet.
    • Standard 3rd-row easy entry lets you make the most of this cabin.
  • VW Atlas Cargo Space: 
    • 20.6 cubic feet with seats upright
    • 55.55 cubic feet with 3rd row flat
    • 96.8 cubic feet with all rear seats flat
    • A hidden underseat storage compartment comes standard.

In addition to offering a 50/50-split folding 3rd-row seat and a 60/40-split folding 2nd-row seat, the VW Atlas interior has room for three child seats, right in the second row! 

Diamond-quilted cloth is the standard upholstery, but soft-touch upholstery and true leather are available in upgraded trims. Ready to take a closer look? The Volkswagen Atlas reviews are full of praise for its design and comfort: Edmunds describes the interior as “simple and sophisticated,” while the U.S. News calls the seats “comfortable and supportive.” 

Volkswagen Atlas Interior: Standard Features

The Atlas’ cabin includes all of the luxurious amenities and technology features that you could want for your West Hollywood drives. Here are a few of this VW SUV’s standard features:

  • Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect
  • Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink
  • 6.5-inch color touchscreen infotainment system
  • Bluetooth® and USB connectivity
  • 6-speaker stereo system
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Three 12V power outlets
  • 17 cupholders
  • Multi-function steering wheel

Volkswagen Atlas Interior Upgrades

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas price leaves Brentwood drivers plenty of room to maneuver, so you’ll be able to customize and upgrade as you see fit! 

If you decide that you’re deserving of more advanced comfort and connectivity features, you’ll have a ton of options to consider! Upgrading to a mid-range or upper-level trim will allow you to access the following VW Atlas interior features:

Connectivity and Entertainment

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Up to four USB ports, including two rear USB ports
  • 480-watt Fender® Premium Audio System
  • HD Radio
  • Satellite Radio

Comfort and Luxury

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated/ventilated front seats
  • Heated 2nd-row seats
  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Climatronic® three-zone automatic climate control
  • Panoramic sunroof for an even roomier cabin feel

Convenience

  • Overhead view camera
  • Front/rear parking sensors
  • Parallel park assist
  • Hands-free power liftgate

What is the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit?

Chances are, you’ve been in dozens of vehicles with traditional, analog gauge clusters. There’s nothing wrong with a little old-fashioned charm, but what if you’re looking for something more modern? Make sure that your VW Atlas interior contains the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit.

As you drive around Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit allows you to view your speed, fuel economy, driving range, navigation instructions, and so much more–all on one convenient, high-resolution display! Here’s what to expect:

  • You’ll benefit from a 12.3-inch digital high-resolution display, which replaces the traditional instrument cluster.
  • Up to four drivers can set up their own customizable profiles, selecting the gauges and features that matter most to them.
  • With the easily-adjustable wide map navigation view, you can stay on course and browse points of interests, while avoiding the distractions of older systems.

In the VW Atlas interior, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is standard on the SEL and SEL Premium trim levels.

Test Drive the New Atlas at Volkswagen Santa Monica!

Explore the Volkswagen Atlas interior at Volkswagen Santa Monica! Schedule a test drive near Culver City to get behind the wheel of the 2019 VW Atlas and learn more about its brand-new driver assistance systems! Don’t forget to browse our new vehicle specials for opportunities to save on a new VW SUV.

Disclaimer:

*Starting MSRP of $30,895 for a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas S 2.0L TSI® with 8-speed automatic transmission. Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

Best Brunch in West Hollywood

Monday, November 5th, 2018
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If you’re ready to show off your new Volkswagen, but don’t think shopping in Beverly Hills is quite the ticket, how about a relaxing brunch in West Hollywood? Below are our top picks. Check them out and let us know which ones make your list this weekend.

 

 

Otus Thai

With some of the best Thai food you’ll find outside of Marina Del Rey, Otus Thai might not even be on your radar for brunch, but it should be. Every Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m., Otus serves up a unique fusion of foods with favorites like Thai-style omelet rice bowls, roti bread with fried eggs, rice porridge — and for the traditionalists — pancakes and waffles.

Location: 1253 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA

Contact: (323) 969-8611

Gracias Madre

Take a little trip towards Brentwood and treat yourself to a unique meatless Mexican restaurant which serves a variety of plant-based favorites in a warm, open atmosphere perfect for people watching. Choose from sweet brunch favorites like the Plantain French Toast or go spicy with the Chimichanga — it’s all good at Gracias Madre.

Location: 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA

Contact: (323) 978-2170

Kings Road Café

If you don’t fancy a trip to Culver City for an intimate brunch spot, then Kings Road Café is worth a look. They offer some of the best coffee in the city, as well as a solid selection of breakfast favorites like the chorizo omelet, blueberry French toast, and avocado toast.

Location: 8361 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Contact: (323) 655-9044

Breakfast by Salt’s Cure

Called one of the most affordable breakfast joints in the city, Breakfast by Salt Cure might be one of the most popular, too. The West Hollywood location serves only a limited breakfast-only menu, but for $10 you can get a hearty plate of oatmeal griddle cakes, so it’s hard to complain.

Location: 7494 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

Contact: (323) 848-4879

The Fat Dog Fairfax

While mostly known as a drink and light meal place, The Fat Dog Fairfax offers a lot of hearty weekend options like short rib hash, breakfast pizza, vegetable frittata, and more. It almost makes rolling out of bed before noon worth it.

Location: 801 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles CA

Contact: (323) 951-0030

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If you missed brunch, don’t fret. Check out a few more of our favorite West Hollywood restaurantsLet us know what you think of our picks in the comments section below and, while you’re at it, check out our other city guides to find the best hiking spots near Los Angeles and things to do in Santa Monica to make your lazy day complete.