The Vanderpump Rules Vacation

Lesley Rousso in front of SUR. Lesley lives in Miami, FL and is a Bravo fan and TBB correspondent.

Lesley Rousso in front of SUR. Lesley lives in Miami, FL and is a Bravo fan and TBB correspondent.

By Lesley Rousso

My husband needed to go to LA for business and wanted me to go, which I of course jumped at because I love California. We had never been without the kids which made it the perfect opportunity to do things there we hadn’t done before, like a Bravo crawl. Darren needless to say, was thrilled at that prospect…not!

When we are with the kiddos we usually stay in Santa Monica but this time we booked right in the 90210. We got a great rate at the Beverly Wilshire, yes, that’s the Pretty Woman hotel. I warn you though, things look smaller than they actually appear on TV. But enough about Jax Taylor, I’ll get to him later.
On our first full day there, Darren went to Santa Barbara for business, so I was on my own for most of the day. I lounged in the room for quite a while, drinking my thirty, yes THIRTY, dollar pot of coffee for one and then decided to hit the pavement. Upon leaving Saks I was walking down Bedford Avenue and saw a Bentley coming towards me with a license plate that read “Pinky”. It was no other than, you guessed it, Lisa’s Vanderpump’s husband Ken Todd! Now thank god the street wasn’t crowded because I yelled out, ” Look, it’s Ken!” to no one in particular. I did get some very odd looks from a couple of window washers but what the hell, I just had my first celebrity sighting and it was a Bravoleb, I couldn’t have been more thrilled!

So I kept walking down the street in the land of Prada and plastic, and what did I come upon next? Kyle by Alene ,Kyle Richards‘ store! Who you ask, was working there? Kyle’s daughter Farrah! The store by the way, is to die for and I would’ve spent a mint in there if I hadn’t just had a couple hundred dollars worth of fun at Saks. Great stuff, great decor! Did Faye (Resnick) really decorate it? I wish we had one in Miami! On I travel making my way down Camden and next came upon, a mere few doors down, Villa Blanca! It was lunchtime and it was packed. I promised myself to go back the next day.

Later that day we took a drive to Venice to see a friend and got stuck in the worst, and I mean the worst traffic I have ever seen on the way back to town. We were not on the freeway either. This was right on Wilshire and it took us almost two hours to get back. I almost vomited from it, it was that bad, plus I was afraid we would miss our 8:45 Sur reservation. God forbid!

We made it, fashionably late, around 10 minutes, due to a shirt that was very difficult to put on. I swear it took me 15 minutes to figure out the sleeves! We entered on the lounge side and the hostess who was very nice, told us it would be a few minutes, so we headed to the bar for a drink while we waited. Well hello there Jax! Yes, Jax was tending bar and yes he is shorter than he appears, but ridiculously handsome. I told him what I wanted, a Patron Anjeo margarita on the rocks no salt. Darren started to tell him what he wanted and he basically ignored him and started to pour me the wrong tequila. Now I have a terrible reaction to silver tequila so there was no way in hell I was drinking this, I don’t care what show he’s on. So I corrected him. He then proceeded to tell me that nobody drinks the Anjeo. Well cutie pie, I drink it and I know plenty of people who drink it as well, and I’m from Miami trick, not the boon docks. No offense if you live in the boon docks though. He made my new drink, quite obviously annoyed which was super amusing to me. I do have to say, once he got it right, he did pour a good cocktail.

Next the hostess, who really couldn’t have been friendlier, took us to our table and we were greeted by our waiter Matt, also very friendly! I ordered the lobster bisque and a filet and both were delicious. Darren had the carrot soup and ahi tuna, also very good. The ambiance is fantastic but they use every bit of free space. You are literally on top of the next table. That doesn’t bother me in the slightest but if it bothers you, you may want to think twice. The whole place has a classy loungey feel.

We spotted Scheana (Marie) who is gorgeous and Stassi (Schroeder), Tom (Sandoval) and Kristen (Doute). Tom was at what I think was the service bar, I had no interaction with him. I did however overhear Stassi and Kristen, while I was waiting for the bathroom, telling some people “Haven’t you heard of Vanderpump Rules?”. I’m guessing they hadn’t, we can’t all be Bravoholics now can we?

We dined at Villa Blanca the following night, which was quite good and crowded. Our waiter was Dan and we did have an ex football player/sportscaster sitting at the table next to us. I honestly had no clue but my husband did. A 49ers player I think.
Now, as I finish this I’m going over last night’s finale in my head. Guess Jax, or shall we call him Jason, didn’t take a very long leave of absence. On another note, trying to get tickets now to The Blacks Annual Gala for all you RHOM fans. Stay tuned…

Drew’s View- Vanderpump Rules

Courtesy: Bravo TV

Courtesy: Bravo TV

BREAKING NEWS. Waiters encounter more drama on a daily basis than just dropping dishes. At least, that’s the case for the staff of Los Angeles’s sexiest restaurant Sur. Bravo TV documents the lives of 5 girls and 2 boys as they serve dishes, drama, and punches, but that’s just desserts in the new show Vanderpump Rules.

Let’s start with Queen Bee Stassi (pronounced Stah- See) Schroeder. This Southern Belle loves all things fashion and all things beautiful and is no stranger to the limelight. In 2007, she placed 7th in CBS’s The Amazing Race. Schroeder also has done some modelling, having appeared in US Weekly and Italian Vanity Fair. Now, she’s a fashion columnist for the website The Divine Addiction (owned and edited by Pandora Vanderpump Todd) where she uses her degree in English Writing to her advantage. Under her statement heels and lingerie is a feisty woman who is not afraid to speak her mind. Does she really hate Scheana, or is that all just good TV?

Scheana Marie is the aspiring singer trying to fit her way into the equation. We first learned of Scheana on RHOBH when Brandi (Glanville) commented several times that Scheana was the mistress of ex-husband Eddie Cibrian. An innocent “brunette Britney Spears” doppelganger, Scheana is comfortable sharing details about her not-so-innocent tryst with Cibrian. Will Scheana always cower to Stassi in pennance for her faux pas?

Jax Taylor is Sur’s buff bartender. He looks like he could have been the understudy for Wolverine, but that’s all in his scruff. Jax is an actor/ model (you can see him on the cover of the Assasin’s Creed video game series) who spends his time skillfully serving mojitos and Cosmopolitans. Stassi is very protective of him, as he is with her. Is his girlfriend the reason he gets in a heated argument with a man in the parking lot later this season? Will he even be with Stassi by the final episode?

Tom Sandoval is Jax’s BFF. He’s obsessed with three things: his hair, his girlfriend, Kristen, and his hair. Another aspiring actor, guess it’s true about LA’s food service industry, Tom has appeared in several thriller films under the direction of David DeCoteau. When he’s not blow drying, flat ironing, and gelling his hair, Tom is out playing the guitar or working with his buddies at Sur. I don’t sense anything bad happening between Tom and Kristen, but hey, I’ve been wrong many times before.

The lovely Kristen Doute is a veteran staff member at Sur. She was nominated for Best Actress at the ITV Film Festival and appeared in movies with her boyfriend of four years, Tom. This girl clearly knows how to communicate, whether she’s acting, speaking with her boyfriend, or even speaking in sign language, so I don’t expect anyone to step on her toes, not even her “mean girl” best friend Stassi.

Katie Maloney completes the cast of Vanderpump Rules. This Utah native is quiet at Sur but when she’s not dealing with the other aggressive girls, she’s a music supervisor. Katie actually looks like Katie Holmes (call me crazy) but she doesn’t have a baby… Yet… She’s dating Tom Schwartz, a friend of the Pumps (I coined that), but we don’t know yet if he’ll be featured in a lot of episodes.

Bravo has shows about wives, decorators, and relationship experts. Why can’t they have a show about waiters? Why can’t they have a reality show about actors who are waiters? The first episode definitely looked a bit exaggerated to me but that’s not to say the drama this season won’t be juicy. Did you see the previews? We all know Lisa Vanderpump is a queen in her own right. Now we get an inside look at the lives of the princes and princesses in her kingdom. I’m going to stop before this article turns into a report on Camelot, but if you’re a person who hates abiding by the rules, it’s time you watch Vanderpump Rules.