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Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Monday, June 14, 2021

SPOTLIGHT ON SMOCHAS - Dining and Cannabis Bar - Lanai Jarrico Reporting….

 


Restaurants in Second Life are a great place to gather with friends or go on a date with that special someone. The exquisite SMOCHAS beYou Restaurant and Cannabis Lounge is a unique dining experience sure to provide you and your friends a fun-filled time in a sociable, restaurant-style atmosphere. It is a full-service fine dining role-play experience for the grown and sexy. The comprehensive menu offers everything from beYou food and beverages and all the way up to premium cannabis smoking and edibles. The SL Enquirer met up with MsDemocha to learn more about Smochas.




Interview with DarkEbony Mocha (Ms. Mocha)


SLE: Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us. How did you discover Second Life and how would you describe your experience so far?


Ms. Mocha: You are so welcome! I am excited to be interviewed.  I was brought to SL by my older siblings Harlem Mocha and Blue Pinelli way back in 2010 after a RL tragedy.  SL was a way to remove the miles that were between us. They knew it was a pivotal time in my life and wanted to be there to look out for me.  I thought I was just logging into a game!  I instantly fell in love with the RP of it all! There is no limit to the amount of fun that a person could have here. I believe in living your SL to the fullest and I believe that I have so far. I had no idea how much I would change over the years nor that I would learn so much about myself playing the game. If I had to use one word to describe my SL it would be “phases”. I have gone through so many of them. Through it all, I have been blessed to cultivate wonderful businesses, friendships, and family bonds in SL.

 

SLE: I am glad to hear you were introduced to Sl by your supportive family and that it helped you.  Second Life is such a unique experience with self-discoveries happening for many people. Myself included.  What an elegantly designed restaurant with accents of black, white, and gold. What inspired you to create SMOCHAS?

  

Ms. Mocha: Thank you. I have learned that I am a visionary and I have a great aptitude for business.  I wanted to start a new one, one that was different and would continually grow. The idea of SMOCHAS was inspired by different places that I visited in RL. I would take pictures of them and give them to Ms. Vanessa Marquez, the SMOCHAS interior designer.  She was able to capture the glamorous and warmth that I desired. Although the restaurant is extremely posh and beautiful, no one feels uncomfortable there.



SLE: It takes a dedicated team to run a real-life successful restaurant. In Second Life I would imagine the same dedication is needed aside from having a full kitchen crew. Can you tell us about your team and their roles at the restaurant?


Ms. Mocha: The SMOCHAS staff is remarkable.  The restaurant would not be the success it is without the dedicated managing team of J. Ziporiah Bradley (operations manager) and Sean Himanez (assistant manager). They are responsible for just about ensuring exceptional execution of every one of SMOCHAS processes and procedures. They do an excellent job of managing an exceptional team of servers, chefs, and budtenders.

 

SLE: I must say you all are keeping up with the times with a Cannabis Lounge as well. Virtually speaking weed is legal across the grid. Can you share with our readers what they can expect from the full-service SMOCHAS experience?

 

Ms. Mocha: It’s totally exciting from the moment you are greeted and seated. Your professional SMOCHAS server will guide you through your 4-course meal. If you have made reservations for the SMOCHAS Cannabis Lounge then after dinner you will be escorted to the lounge to end your evening with the very best joints and edibles SL has to offer. It’s the perfect end to a wonderful evening out and you are right virtually speaking, it’s legal across the grid.

 



SLE: You got the hospitality to role-play down! I noticed a beautiful white baby grand piano in the center of the restaurant. Do you host live musicians to entertain guests, or is that for special occasions?


Ms. Mocha: We often have live singers and musicians perform for our guests. We have had spectacular vocalists like Mr. Tony Slade, Ms. TJ O. Jobert, and Ms. Steph Sinatra. Some of my most memorable nights are of a lounge full of avatars vibing off our cannabis products while being serenaded by some of SL’s best vocalists.

 

 

 

In fact, we will have Mr. Tony Slade and Ms. Samm Qendra in the cannabis lounge this Thursday, June 17th at 5 pm SLT.  The performances are open to all.


SLE: I think that is a fantastic addition to fine dining in Second Life! Do you take reservations for special events, private parties, or are walk-ins OK?


Ms. Mocha: Yes, for all three.  We have had engagement parties, corporate anniversary parties, birthday parties, 420 parties, and many other special events.

 

 


SLE: One of the most important things that make the dining experience feel more realistic is the selection of food guests can order. What’s on the comprehensive BeYou food and beverage menu?


Ms. Mocha: Way too many dishes to name.  I can tell you that some of my favs are the Lobster Piquant, SMOCHAS Specialty Steak*, and the Mocha Resplendence Cake.  There is something for every food lover on the menu.

 

SLE:  We are seeing a lot of venues starting to become family-friendly. Can guests bring their children or is it discouraged because of the Cannabis Lounge? 


Ms. Mocha: Everyone is invited and encouraged to have dinner at SMOCHAS.  High chairs and booster seating are available for the babies. However, the Cannabis Lounge is for adults only.

 

SLE: I love that it is family-friendly, I hear a lot of families struggle to find venues that accept them and their children. It was a pleasure meeting with you and learning more about what you do. We wish you all the best with SMOCHAS. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?


Ms. Mocha:  Yes, Mogul Mondays - Krazy Karaoke!  We teamed up with Chaotic Mogul Enterprises to present every Monday evening at 5 pm SLT, Krazy Karaoke!  It takes over the cannabis lounge and it has such a unique vibe.  It’s not an Open Mic.  There is no competition going on at all. It’s a group of awesome people, kicking back, forgetting that it’s the beginning of another work week, and singing their favorite songs.  I would love to say that we are all great singers, most of us only sing in the showers, but I also think that is the best part.  We sing because we love the songs and the fun we have singing it. It’s the best no judgment zone I have ever encountered, and the amount of laughter and fun we all have is outrageous!




Additional Information


Reservations are accepted on Tuesday - Sunday weekly from 4 pm - 8 pm SLT and Walk-in are accepted on Friday and Saturday nights from 5 pm – 7 pm SLT. 


You can make your reservations at SMOCHAS or on Marketplace! https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/211659


SLurl:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lake%20Tairov/49/48/21 


GROUP: Join the SMOCHAS group and keep up with us: secondlife:///app/group/d268369a-c483-b296-72a1-d6098f17d9e7/about

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2982451615144616

SMOCHAS webpage: https://www.themochacorp.com/smochas

Questions? Contact Ebony Mocha (MsDEMocha or DarkEbony Mocha), Sean Himanez (TheRealSean Himanez), Jazz Alexandria Tiponi (Jazz Tiponi) or Jericah Bradley (Jericahb).

URL: https://www.themochacorp.com

Monday, June 7, 2021

FRANK’S JAZZ 2: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN – JOSH (THOMAS1 BELLIC) REPORTING


This past March, I had the pleasure of peering behind the curtain and seeing how they make the magic at Frank’s Jazz.  Over 1,100 of you read the resulting article at
http://www.slenquirer.com/2021/03/franks-jazz-club-setting-standard-for.html

Much has gone on since then and things have really been happening at Frank’s Jazz.  I recently had the chance to sit down with Frank and William and ask them to share some of the many exciting things they had planned for your entertainment and what is happening at their new builds.

Josh (Thomas1 Bellic) (JB):  Franks Jazz 2 is your newest sim, what is it and what’s it all about?

MrSinatraFrank (Frank): Hello Josh, and thank you for sharing your time with us today. The new sim is home to Club Dino’s by Frank’s Jazz or as we like to call it Dino’s…  a casual, fun, relaxed atmosphere away from the formality of Frank’s to just chill out and enjoy some good music and good friends along with the home of The Terrazzo, our very own fine dining experience for groups and couples here in SL and finally Elegant Affair Weddings at Frank’s Jazz.

WilliamBatason (William): I will just add that by introducing a dedicated sim for our concerts and events at Dino’s or private parties at Terrazzo gives us much more latitude to present a wide range of entertainment and concerts in SL to a larger audience without overloading or creating lag on the main sim.  Frank’s Jazz can get pretty full as we all know, having a public concert area and private event venue big enough without the lag is a big bonus for everyone and the flexibility to appeal to a wide range of genres.


JB:  Is Dino’s just like Frank’s Jazz?

Frank: LOL!  I think as soon as you land, you’ll not only feel the vibe but feel right at home. I think the team here at Dino’s did an extraordinary job to not only create something unique here in SL but also put together a dynamic team of hosts, DJs, and entertainers  not found anywhere else on the grid, all with the same single-minded focus of just having a little bit of fun and enjoying the escape.

Frank’s has always been about entertainment, good people and good times and we think that’s what people know us most for.  So, whether it’s a romantic, formal night out at Frank’s Jazz or  you feel like throwing something comfortable on and dropping in on a good concert or some kickback tunes at Dino’s, I think we’ve got you covered no matter your mood.

JB:  What can visitors expect when they drop into Dino’s?

William:  Based on your last question Josh, I’d say expect the unexpected!  It’s definitely a brand-new experience.  We’ve gone out of our way to hook up with some extremely talented professional DJs who each bring their own style and fresh attitude to the club and their own element of fun.  It is casual/no dress code of course so come as you are, bring some friends and just hang out a while.  Most can expect some good chat, a good vibe a fantastic variety of music – we’re not all rock or all anything but a great mix of a little bit of 70s, 80s, 90s, rock, pop, RnB, and a lot of what you may hit the DJs with requests.  I think we are more in tune with adapting to the mood of the audience vs. the expectation of everyone joining what we’re doing.  I think it’s much more fun that way.


JB:  Where did you get the idea of Dino’s?

William:  Dino’s was a part of Frank’s many years ago and was retired in favor of other expansion at the time.  It’s been a while, we missed it and thought it was time!    Like Frank’s is a nod to Frank Sinatra and his ‘Fly me to the Moon’ romantic, ‘Blue Eyes’ and Fedora romance style…..  Dino’s is a nod to the cigarette in one hand, a glass of scotch in the other, girl on each arm style of Dean Martin.  I guess if you’re thinking about the Rat Pack… if you had to choose the guy known for chasin’ the girls, the drinking and smoking and partying, at least by reputation -  that would be Dino – right?  So how can you have Frank’s with Dino’s to compliment it?   Can’t think of a better pair.

JB:  The two of you seem to have a lot of work on your hands.  How do you do it all?

Frank:  It is a lot of work to be sure, often a full-time job.   I think most people in SL pop in, have a dance and move on without realizing the time and people involved, or at least I doubt many ever thought about it.   However, it’s not Will & me.  We might have an idea or have to pay the bill when LL comes calling.   On sim #1, there is Annamaria and her team and on sim #2 there is Victoria and her team.  Will & I are so fortunate to have been able to meet and work with so many talented and dedicated people who have all been a part in their own way to bring these things to life and keep them alive. Could be the hosts who greet you as you arrive to the entertainers who create the mood you enjoy or the artists who help create the various surroundings.  All of them do it because they enjoy doing it and they enjoy seeing others enjoy it.  If anything, we have all of them to thank, we all do for bringing it all to life for so many to enjoy.


JB:  Tell us about The Terrazzo, please.

William:  The Terrazzo is an elegant and private dining experience we created to specifically cater to the many guests of Frank’s sims and those looking for a special and unique experience in SL.  Our team creates the perfect night out and tends to every detail to ensure your date night or special event is expertly planned and your experience is a night to remember.

JB:  What types of events do you expect to host here?

Frank:  We are very flexible with the types of events hosted at The Terrazzo.  We do host many dinners for couples and date nights.  But we also have hosted many private parties such as rez-day celebrations and other events as well as rehearsal dinners for weddings being performed on sim by Elegant Affair Weddings.  So, the variety of events hosted by The Terrazzo is limited only by the needs of our patrons. We are pleased to work out almost any detail to suit any event of any size.

JB:  Elegant Affair Weddings at Franks is a lovely venue for wedding receptions and such.  Have you hosted any of those yet?

William:  Actually, we are in the middle of the June wedding season and have quite a few eager and excited couples in their final stages before tying the knot!  So, it’s very exciting indeed and probably the most fun.  Being able to be a part of creating so much happiness for others has always been apart of Frank’s.  Creating the perfect wedding day and working with our brides and grooms is always such an honor for our entire team!


JB:  What makes Elegant Affair Weddings at Frank’s different?

Frank:  Above all, you want the very best experience. Our packages are designed to be all-inclusive so the bride and groom only need to worry about what to wear and being on time!   To the very last detail, our experienced bridal team handles it all and on a dedicated location, no bridal party is out of reach for our team to handle. Each wedding is a custom event on its own and something to remember.

JB:  Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

William: If I may, we shared a lot of information here on the sim Frank’s Jazz 2 but if anyone would like more info, please reach out here:

Dino’s

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Franks%20Jazz%202/208/7/1102

The Terrazzo

Reservations & Info  Victoria Compton / Gabriela Seubert

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Franks%20Jazz%202/102/155/32

Elegant Affair Weddings at Frank’s

Tour & Information  Sha (aayeesha.sapphire) / Knight (knightsarmour)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Franks%20Jazz%202/55/104/20


So, there you have it, folks.  For the best in Formal Dancing, visit Frank’s Jazz.   But when you are in the mood for something completely different, check out Frank’s Jazz 2.

Be there!  Aloha!

JB

 
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