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Pomegranate margarita from Casa Sanchez.

Hello from Mar Vista! It’s the Santa Monica-adjacent neighborhood with a small-town feel. Mar Vista is easy walking distance to everywhere, so park your car and forget about it.

I’ll start with our Rasselbock Kitchen and Beer Garden. Stop in for dinner or lunch with a fresh take on authentic German cuisine. The menu includes a variety of schnitzel, sausages, Bavarian pretzels, and the famous apple strudel.

All of this is accompanied by a choice of 35 German and Belgian beers. Enjoy the full menu and drink out on the back open-air patio. This spot has won us over as a local favorite.

After visiting Rasselbock, head across Venice Blvd and walk up the north side of Venice, three blocks east to The Art Bar, and catch a show. On Wednesdays, they have rivia night; Thursday is drink and draw night; Friday is burlesque; and there is a fab drag show on Saturday nights.

For other Mar Vista business news, Eric Oxenberg shares news about the Mar Vista Chamber end- of-the-year 2021 holiday mixer at Casa Sanchez. Please contact Eric at 310-309-0034 for more news on joining in future Mar Vista Chamber events. Their meetings are on Zoom and in person.

According to Eric, the Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce knows how to throw a party, and this gathering was no exception! Members went to Casa Sanchez to see friends, catch up, and enjoy fine Mexican appetizers and drinks.

Casa Sanchez offers a number of excellent enchiladas, and bowls full of fresh tortilla chips and salsa, plus some pretty strong margaritas and mojitos! The mixer spot was their large covered outdoor patio, which was warm and bright for the occasion. A full mariachi band played just inside the dining room doors.

Founding member Donna Benton of Re/Max Properties won a $50 gift card from in the Chamber’s 2021 membership raffle. Other members, including board members Eric Oxenberg and Allison Beale, received $10 Starbucks cards. Several members, including Craig Jaffe of Jaffe Insurance and Manuél Jimenez of EZep Financial Services, brought family members to meet the group.

By Tesi Treuenfels

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