As much as I hate to admit it, this season of Vanderpump Rules has been disappointing. We had to sit through nearly a dozen episodes dedicated mostly to Jax and Brittany’s
nightmare fairytale wedding, and things haven’t gotten much more interesting in the weeks since. But just because the actual episodes have been slow doesn’t mean there’s not some interesting drama playing out in real life—or, because we’re all quarantined, playing out on social media.
Last Friday, Stassi Schroeder tweeted a joke about how she would willingly go back to being a waitress at SUR if it meant the quarantine would be over. If you watch the show, you know that Stassi never actually liked working at SUR, so this is a pretty big statement for her.
I’m willing to go back to waitressing at SUR for this quarantine to be over. Honestly— at this point, I’d pay to put on that SUR dress and clock in.
— Stassi Schroeder (@stassi) April 10, 2020
Stassi obviously meant it as a joke, and plenty of people found it funny, including SUR manager Peter Madrigal, who responded to Stassi with a shift assignment. But not everyone appreciated Stassi’s joke. Danica Dow, a SURver who is new to Vanderpump Rules this season, called Stassi out for being tone-deaf. She noted that due to the closure, SUR employees have had to file for unemployment, and Stassi is “insensitively cracking jokes” while the Toms are raising money for their employees (more on that in a minute).
While Tom & Tom are raising money for their employees, you’re kind of insulting this pandemic that has left everyone at sur having to file for unemployment. Everyone at sur is struggling while you’re insensitively cracking jokes & sitting pretty in your new house smh.
— Danica (@Danicadowww) April 11, 2020
While I wasn’t immediately offended by Stassi’s tweet, Danica definitely has a point. Though COVID-19 has affected everyone—Stassi even had to postpone her tour—it’s not quite the same. She’ll probably be just fine, while all of the people who actually work at SUR (they’re not all TV stars) are struggling, and would probably love to be able to go back to work right now.
Some people replied calling Danica thirsty or jealous, but even if that’s true, she’s not wrong about the situation at SUR. According to some reports, Lisa Vanderpump and the other owners aren’t doing anything to help out their restaurant employees right now, which is really disappointing. Lisa even told Andy Cohen that “they’re all on unemployment.” I don’t know the details of her finances, but if she’s anywhere near as rich as she comes across on the show, paying some bartenders seems like the least she could do. Lisa, what’s up?
But who here is actually doing the right thing? Tom and Tom! As much as Tom Schwartz is on my sh*t list right now on the show, he and Tom Sandoval are at least trying to do something good for their employees. The Toms are together during quarantine, and they joined Cameo to raise money for the TomTom staff. 100% of the money they earn from Cameo goes to the employees, and they’re matching everything up to $10,000. I’m not expecting these people to be writing million-dollar checks, but this feels like they’re really doing what they can.
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In Tom Sandoval’s comments, someone tried to come for him for not just paying his employees normally. Tom, who is an angel on earth, responded that “as a 5% owner, this what I can do.” Okay, we stan. As we all know, Tom and Tom are not actually the majority owners here—that’s Lisa Vanderpump! This response from Tom feels like both an actual explanation and some subtle shade at Lisa, and she kinda deserves it.
So what does this all boil down to? Right now is an extremely tough time for people in service industries, and it’s sad that more employers (especially those with money) aren’t helping their staff out. So Stassi’s joke was probably in poor taste, and Danica wasn’t wrong to point that out, but the real issue here is that Lisa Vanderpump could probably be doing more to help her employees. Thankfully, Tom and Tom are doing what they can, but it’s just not enough. All I know is that when this is all over, I’m going to SUR, and I will be tipping generously to thank these people for all they’ve given us. It’s the least I can do!
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I know I complain a lot about how much time The Bachelor takes up in my sad little life, but the one show I would never dare speak ill of is Vanderpump Rules. There’s just something so comforting about watching borderline sociopaths lie to their friends and family without emotion or remorse. It’s like mozzarella sticks for the soul. And just as I was starting to really miss my precious garbage angels, they popped right up to give me that sweet, deep-fried, cheesy fix. This week, the cast members got together to film the opening credits for season 8. Now, while I care about my OGs very much, I’ve seen enough pictures of Jax and Brittany’s wedding to last me a lifetime, so it’s time to take a gander at the fresh blood. Let’s stalk the Vanderpump Rules newbies.
According to US Weekly, the place I got to for all my C-list celebrity news and the occasional legging recommendation, Max is the general manager of TomTom. Which sounds like a sweet gig in theory, but having to follow the insane whims of a man rocking a Flock of Seagulls haircut day after day must be a tough pill to swallow. So, I’m already proud of you, Max. You’re doing amazing, sweetie.
US Weekly also reported that Max was briefly linked to Scheana, which I assume means that he went over to her apartment one time, ate a handful of pretzels, and now she’s filed the paperwork needed to acquire a marriage certificate.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s make some broad assumptions based on his Instagram! It appears that Max likes karaoke, is from San Diego, has style that Sandoval approves of, has a cocktail company he’s looking to promote, and is way too wordy for a man whose career is clearly based on his looks. I hate him already. I can’t wait.
Dayna appears to be a SUR employee, which must be nice for Lisa because I’m pretty sure the others don’t actually work at the restaurant anymore, and those goat cheese balls aren’t going to serve themselves!
Apparently we’ve already seen Dayna on VPR, because Celebrity Insider reports she was one of the women in the hotel room at the Mondrian when Jax FaceTimed Brittany. According to the article, she will be bringing drama to their relationship, and fingers crossed it happens quickly, because I have $100 that says their marriage only lasts 125 days and I’m looking to cash in. Mama needs some new shoes! (Kidding, I really need some dinner that’s not 99-cent ramen noodles).
Based on the T-shirt she over-wears, Dayna is a Beyoncé fan, which is not surprising because she is a human woman with ears. She also appears to be a comedian, which I’m surprised Ariana is okay with since she takes sketch comedy VERY seriously. I don’t expect Dayna to last long on Vanderpump Rules, but I hope she has fun.
And finally we have reached Brett Caprioni, the most horrifying fairest one of all. He works at SUR, but I’m more interested in the fact that he’s a YouTuber, which explains why I have no idea who he is since I spend my weekends shaking my cane at teenagers and hollering things like “back when I was a kid we had RESPECT!” from a safe distance. I took a look at his page, and he seems to be very into eating healthy and working out, which explains his hot bod and why Jax will most likely attempt to destroy him this season. Just a guess!
I’m also taking an educated guess that he has had lip fillers (that baby picture he posted has no lips to be found—sorry baby Brett, you were still cute), and I’m also guessing that he makes people call him “BrettCap” in full, every time they talk to him, and if they don’t he spits in their drink. He just gives off that vibe, ya know? Plus he’s from Jersey and we do that sh*t. Maybe I will like him, after all.
And that’s what we have to look forward to this season on Vanderpump Rules. I can’t wait to watch even more beautiful people in dysfunctional relationships drink to excess!
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I used to be a dedicated member of LA Fitness in Atlanta. I would go nearly every day (to answer your question, yes, I looked amazing back then) and was cool with the people working there (shouts out Janelle and DeMario in the Ansley Mall LA Fitness if you’re reading this, I don’t know why you would be, but hi nonetheless). LA Fitness was great. I paid $30 a month and could use any club in the city. Things were awesome until I moved to New York and they wanted me to pay hundreds of dollars for a decidedly sh*ttier membership. So I cancelled. I’ve been in New York three years, and still, to this day, I will get emails from LA Fitness with the subject line, “Sara, we want you back!”
All that is to say, sometimes you need to cancel something in order to see if you’re wanted back.
Honestly, I didn’t think you guys enjoyed reading these recaps. The analytics seemed to point in that direction. But I was wrong. Thank you for commenting on my other article (that was not useless); thank you for texting your friends who are other Betches writers (you can leave Holly Gobetchy alone now). This recap is a few days late, but this is really just a special treat for you (and because I can’t watch this godforsaken show without stream-of-consciousness-ing my thoughts anymore, and my friends are sick of me texting them). So here we are: Vanderpump Rules recap season 7 episode 16.
The initial opening of TomTom is kind of a touching moment. The motorcycle has a great effect, although it remains to be seen why Sandoval couldn’t have just rented the damn thing, as opposed to dropping $18 grand on something he will likely only use once.
Inside the party, Scheana is predictably annoying by purposefully separating herself and Adam from the rest of the group, under the guise that they’re all couples and she and Adam are not a couple. The great thing about Scheana is that even when she’s doing the exact opposite of the thing everybody has told her is annoying, she still goes about it in the same exact way as when she was doing the insufferable thing. She will never learn. She will never do less, and that’s why she will never be back in this group.
Speaking of people who will never be back in this group, listening to Kristen attempt to compliment Lisa Vanderpump on TomTom, while she barely pretends to be listening, is sparking so much joy in me that I think I need to call Marie Kondo. Kristen might be half Lisa’s age, but dammit, she’ll assert dominance over her any chance she gets.
Brittany is me drinking on antibiotics, claiming everything will be fine if she blatantly disobeys her doctor’s orders because she’s avoiding citrus. Only in my case, it’s “because alcohol kills germs.” Jax does a good job playing the worried fiancé who is just looking out for Brittany’s health. I almost believe it. He should be put up for an Emmy.
In her best baby voice, Katie tries to shove her phone in Schwartz’s face and elicit some sort of reaction from him. He is about as bothered by his wife as Lisa is by Kristen’s attempts at getting back in her good graces. This sets the stage for Stassi revealing that Katie’s been feeling neglected in her marriage. It’s truly disappointing that all of Katie’s behavior can now be explained by the fact that she needs to get laid. I think I heard Gloria Steinem sigh somewhere in the distance.
Scheana asks Adam what he’ll do without her in Mexico, and he struggles to refrain from rattling off a laundry list of productive tasks he can now accomplish that he’s no longer chained in her basement. Scheana calls Adam her “person”, which shows that she is subconsciously incapable of not catching feelings for any guy who breathes in her direction, and that she does not understand the phrase “my person”. Honestly I think that phrase needs to be thrown into a fire forever, so I’m ok with this.
As she’s recounting her fight with Raquel and Billie at brunch, Lisa beckons her over to discuss precisely that. Let’s all pray for Lala because she has apparently suffered amnesia, and is unable to recall her yelling in Billie’s face and calling her a ho only yesterday.
Lala also claims she wasn’t aggressive despite almost poking Raquel’s eye out and calling her a Bambi-eyed bitch. She may pretend to forget, but we could never. THEN she lies about her altercation with James and claims she “behaved herself very nicely.”
Lala’s off the deep end, watch as she dives in.
Lisa takes a page out of my camp counselor playbook and gets Scheana over to talk about what happened. Poor Scheana, she’s done for. She tells the truth, and says that Lala lost her mind and James handled himself without blowing up, and in so signs her own death certificate on her friendship with the rest of these girls. RIP.
Jax and Brittany are still fighting over the engagement party neither of them is paying for. Brittany’s redeeming moment this season comes when she says “This is not a democracy. It’s a Britt-ocracy” in regards to getting wildflowers. (I don’t have the bandwidth to make fun of Jax thinking wildflowers are weeds; the joke writes itself.) And suddenly, I can get behind this marriage. If this Brittany, this Britt-ocracy Brittany who won’t let Jax push her around on topics she clearly knows more about, holds her ground, then I think these two crazy kids will do just fine for their first marriage.
As Sandoval waxes poetic about his hat boxes, the prospect of an entire life with this man flashes before Ariana’s eyes.
Yes, girl. It is bleak.
At the airport, Lala of course has to bring up how she “can’t remember” the last time she flew commercial. Again, Lala should get her memory checked out. She can’t remember events from two years ago, and even the day before! Is there a doctor in the house? Or do they only fly private?
Scheana and Schwartz get randomly upgraded (*cough* by producers) to first class. Katie takes this as a personal affront because she and Schwartz couldn’t share their headphones together. I am currently writing her a ballad on the world’s smallest violin.
James is noticeably absent in Mexico, and he skipped the TomTom party. He hangs out with Max and Lisa Vanderpump, who acknowledges that he did a good job by not completely freaking out at Lala. She asks James how many beers he’s had—not just today, but since he started drinking. After trying to dodge the question at first, he says he’s had one beer. His dad apparently took him for a congratulatory beer, really pulling a Scheana season 4. Or 5, I can’t remember. You guys know what I’m talking about.
James’s excuse is that he and his dad went out for tacos, and tacos and beer go together like tea and crumpets.
Maybe if you were having a margarita, that would fly. But beers and tacos go together like grilled cheese and tomato. Like sure, you can have it, and it’s good and adds value, but it’s not necessary by any means.
Lisa has to explicitly tell James that you don’t reward someone with a drinking problem with an alcoholic beverage, and the fact that James doesn’t get that is probably why Lisa tells him, dramatically, “maybe your future isn’t at SUR.” I mean, yes. I don’t think anybody’s idea of a music career is DJing sh*tty brunches until the end of time, but I understand the note Lisa was trying to hit with that statement.
In Mexico, Lala has just gotten off the plane and is already pretending to rap and referring to herself in the third person. You could make a tortilla out of this girl, because she is CORNY.
Katie was apparently rage-texting Schwartz the whole flight. Simply because he did not sit with her. Even though if he had switched with Katie as she requested, they would have still been separated! Highlights from these texts included “Wowwwowwwoww”. Actually, that’s the only highlight. Any text that starts or ends in “Wowwowow” is not going to a good place.
Jax claims there are multiple places in his hotel suite where you can “feed the hog.” before I even ask it, a producer does it for me. I could have figured out from context clues, but it means banging. It’s truly the grossest euphemism for sex I’ve ever seen. Whose genitalia is the hog in this scenario? Do I even want to know? How can I return to a point in my life where I was blissfully unaware of this expression?
While everyone else enjoys beautiful Mexico, Schwartz and Katie are far from paradise. Katie does what my sister pulls on family vacations when she’s not getting her way, and acts like a complete emotional terrorist and refuses to let anyone be in a good mood because she herself is in a bad mood. She tells Schwartz she’s mad because she hasn’t seen him. Now, I don’t know where exactly in Mexico this group is, but I looked it up on Google, and flights from LAX to various airports in Mexico are AT MOST four and a half hours.
But it appears my in-depth journalism wasn’t necessary, because Schwartz clarifies that the flight was two and a half hours.
I really can’t recap the freakout, manipulation, and (dare I say?) gaslighting that is playing out between Katie and Schwartz. It seems like somebody has always got to be using their partner as an emotional punching bag on this show, and this season, Jax has passed that rusty torch to Katie. The only light in this otherwise dark, bleak display of a man being emotionally beaten down is Schwartz using the word “cacophony”, and using it correctly.
Katie has the nerve to call Tom “a little pathetic brain”, after he just used the word “cacophony” correctly, and in the heat of an argument, no less! Schwartz follows up by saying that Katie has the EQ of a 14-year-old. I have directed a search party in order to find the lie in Schwartz’s statement, but there is none to be found.
It’s at this point that I’m faced with a new feminist theory. I think I may end all my recaps this way from now on. I don’t know what it is about this show, but I couldn’t help but notice that this season, unlike in seasons past, the women are appropriating terms from the #MeToo movement, using them incorrectly to advance their own selfish agendas. Meanwhile, much of what we have seen is the women (Katie, Lala) acting abusive towards other women, but mainly the men bearing the brunt of that abuse (Schwartz, James). It is an interesting contrast (or at least it is to me). And it’s making me wonder: Are the Bravo producers Men’s Rights Activists looking to undermine women and undercut the #MeToo movement? Are they feminists seeking to bring a mirror to these women’s hypocrisy and misuse of the movement? Are they trolling us all, or are they simply letting the cameras roll, letting sh*tty people be sh*tty to each other, and I’m reading way too far into it?
You’re right, it’s definitely the last one.
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I don’t want to use the same joke as I used for my Grammys hangover, but for lack of better words, I hope everybody is recovering from their Oscars hangover. Sorry, I’m only human, and I’m only a layperson who happens to be funny, not a comedian, so sometimes I gotta reuse a joke. I eagerly await your subpoenas! Anyway, last week we had the girls’ trip to Solvang, where Kristen tripped over a table and the guys tried their hardest not to cheat. Who knows what’s in store this week? More PJs, that’s for sure. Honestly, I want to make Lala saying “We on the PJ bitches and none of us paid for it!!!!” my new ringtone.
We open still in Solvang, and Kristen’s wearing a shirt that says “can I talk to you for a sec?” which is so ironic considering she’s about to talk to Katie for a sec. She immediately hugs Katie and apologizes. Katie’s like “this can’t happen” and it’s like… do I need to show you the tape of how you act when Tequila Katie comes out? Because I’ve been working on it for months now. Unsurprisingly, this conversation is not helpful, probably mostly because Katie is involved.
At the Mondrian, the guys wake up to a scene straight out of The Hangover. Schwartz is asleep on the floor for some reason. I’m waiting for a chicken to come walking through. If they lost anybody, I hope it’s Jax.
Ah, false alarm. Jax is like, “I remember when I could just keep going and going.” Yeah, it probably had less to do with your age and more with the cocaine.
In Solvang, the girls are going to a winery/ranch. I know she goes by Lala, but the fact that Lala makes her reservations under “Lala” just bothers me so much. I feel like the wait staff made fun of her the moment she put her name down. She’s not drinking the wine on this trip; she’s just smelling it. Truthfully, I feel like that’s worse.
Brittany isn’t drinking either, and before I could even start a pregnancy rumor, she quickly explains it’s because she was puking her brains out the night before. Look, the only way to do it when you fall off the horse is to get right back on.
Stassi: See, I didn’t even cut Beau’s balls off when he called me saying that there were girls in the hotel room.
The girls are playing cornhole, and much like beer cheese, Brittany is acting like cornhole is a Kentucky delicacy that only exists there. I literally play in a cornhole league in Queens (yes, I am cool, no further comments please); it is not that unique.
Stassi and Kristen hang back to talk about Carter. Apparently he calls Kristen a bitch, so I’m officially cancelling him. I hereby decree it! Stassi is like “you can be with a guy who doesn’t yell at you, who supports you, who appreciates you, and you don’t have to live that way.” Part of me is like “it’s so cute that Stassi is clearly talking about Beau” and part of me is like “people in new relationships are among the worst people on Earth and should not be permitted to give advice.” Kristen’s face is pretty much like mine when someone tells me “love comes when you least expect it.” In other words, this:
Kristen: It’s like I have a teenage son playing video games in my basement sometimes.
Okay, F*CK CARTER! This dude is like every bad boyfriend you read about on r/relationships who sits at home and plays video games all day and calls his girlfriend selfish when she asks him to take out the trash one time. Get him off the show; he should not be able to benefit from Kristen any more. Wow I never thought I would say this but I feel bad for Kristen. Then again, should we be surprised that a guy who looks like a teenager without a beard (Google it) acts like an entitled teenager? I mean yes, we should—men should be held accountable for their actions—but you get what I’m saying.
Anyway, at TomTom, Lisa tells the Toms she brought in a mixologist to look over the cocktails Sandoval sent over to basically approve everything.
Sandoval: I’m sure she’s talented but we spent months working on these cocktails.
Yeahn but she’s spent years working on cocktails.
Lisa telling Sandoval TO HIS FACE that he’s not a mixologist is the best thing I’ve heard in my life. You know it killed him inside. Just goes to show you, you can bring a bar kit “wherever you go” (that I have never once in seven seasons seen you carrying anywhere, but ok), but it does not make you a mixologist.
Oh I’m so glad Ariana’s horseback riding has become an unnecessary storyline again, because the girls are all riding horses. I lied, that wasn’t really a focus, I just wanted to bring that up. And remember the sketch comedy?
Stassi and Lala go off to the side to talk, and Lala breaks down about her dad dying. Okay, look, why have I cried twice this episode? I did not sign up for this.
Apparently Randall called Lala’s dad before he died to ask permission to marry her. GUYS STOP, WHY AM I CRYING? I don’t even like Randall.
Jax, Tom, and Tom meet up for part two of their staycation, and Jax says, “If you don’t have a cocktail on the menu, what have you brought to TomTom?” TRUE. It’s funny that Lisa is boasting that TomTom will have the best cocktails in WeHo because I’ve heard that their drinks are terrible.
Sandoval: If our drinks don’t end up on the menu, then I don’t know if I can be a partner.
Schwartz has an existential crisis at the thought of having to do something by himself, without Tom. I mean, we all know it’s fake buildup and it’s going to end up totally fine, but sure, let’s entertain this for the next…30 minutes? F*ck.
The girls are back at work super tired—what a coincidence that they all got scheduled to work the exact same shift!!
James and Raquel are at some Equality California event where James is DJing and Billie Lee is giving a speech. James and Lisa talk like two exes who ran into each other accidentally: “how are you?” “Fine thanks, you?”
James tries to bring up CU Next Tuesday and Lisa is like “it’s too soon”. James has been in therapy for like, what, two weeks at this point?
Stassi tells Beau that she’s mad at him for “bringing around a bunch of whores” to guys’ night which is funny because when James calls women whores he gets fired from his job, but when Stassi does it we’re supposed to laugh?
Glad to know that Beau doesn’t wear pajamas because he gets a “wind boner”. Can any men reading this recap confirm wind boners are a thing? By the way, Stassi lying on the couch hungover in sunglasses is my full mood. When you go out on a Monday night, the week can only go up from there.
I’m not even bothering to recap Katie and Schwartz’s conversation about the cocktails. Is Katie really telling Schwartz his cocktails are delicious when Schwartz has only bartended at Pump one time before having a panic attack and leaving? I’m over this show.
Everyone shows up to Kristina Kelly’s party, and Carter and Kristen are already fighting before they even get out the car.
Carter: I love you
Kristen: *crosses herself*
Yeah, that’s how I feel anytime a man expresses genuine interest in me also!
Kristen tells Carter that she doesn’t like that he yells at her and barks at her and curses at her and Carter is basically like “k”. Ohhhh Carter is officially the worst! Kristen and Carter have been to therapy twice in four months and he says the therapist has been on his side?
Lala shows up to the barbecue and pulls like what every person at the end of dry January pulls: she announces she’s having a drink. Is she also going vegan?
Scheana: Maybe things aren’t so great in Lala Land, I don’t know.
And with that comment, Scheana earns her rightful place on this show.
TomTom happens (that’s all I care to add at this time), and Lisa asks Sly if she liked any of their cocktails.
Sly: Am I tied to a lie detector?
And after lots of fake suspense…10 of Sandoval’s cocktails make it onto the menu! All ten. After like 30 minutes of fake buildup, of course Sandoval is not abandoning his one claim to relevance. Could I have the last half hour of my life back? I’m petitioning Bravo.
At the BBQ, Lala pulls Brittany and Katie aside to tell them that she’s not sure about her relationship with Randall. She’s being very vague, but apparently she came home from Solvang and Randall was wasted. Yeah I’d be pissed too if I gave up alcohol for my “man” (vomit) and said man got blacked out. Like, I will give up alcohol for no man, but I understand how she’s feeling. Also dude, you’re like, almost 50. Should you be blacking out at that age?
Lala starts crying and Brittany is like “What’s happening?” Lol what do you mean, she is crying!
Lala announces she and Randall are on a break. So Randall took her Gucci slides and said “I want you to remember”?? That’s f*cking dark. What a yikes moment. He claimed he blacked out because Lala has been acting “harsh” lately. You f*cker, her dad just died! Have a little sympathy! Literally I, a completely objective third party with absolutely no personal interest in the matter, am treating Lala with more respect than her own fiancé. Also, Randall is so old, I am gobsmacked that he cannot relate to the loss of a parent. Lala, this is who you’re choosing as your life partner?
Me to Lala in Killmonger voice: Is this your man???
Lala: Guess what honey, there’s a lot of dick for me to suck to get on a PJ. You just need to have a mouth, it doesn’t matter what you look like.
Lol um, another insightful comment from Lala Kent! I’m not gonna lie, I’ve considered it. What! Don’t tell me you’ve never gotten to that point in your pay cycle where you consider a profile on Seeking Arrangement!
And that’s it for this episode! Not gonna lie, the midseason trailer looks liiiit. I cant’t wait for Sandoval’s meltdown when he calls Katie a bully. Gonna be tight!
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As a local LA resident, I am subject to high rent, high crime, horrific traffic, no weather, and a high risk of murder. Luckily for me, though, it also means I get to go to and rate all of our lord and savior Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants. To be able to eat and drink at fun and nice establishments as “work” is literally my dream, so please let my editor know in the comments other fun/nice places in Los Angeles you really want reviews on. Seriously. That said, my super supportive and Vanderpump Rules-loving friends accompanied me to LVP’s finest establishments so we could try as much as possible to give you an honest review of what these places are like IRL. Let’s begin.
We started our adventure having dinner at the place that started our favorite reality TV trash, SUR. We’d been once before and while the food was great, it was 9:45pm on a Friday and there was a DJ. We literally ate our meals and screamed to each other like we were in “da club”. I say that like a person that does not go to “da club” because I f*cking hate “da club”. But knowing this, I booked our reservation far in advance and was able to get a v normal dinner res at 7:30pm, and we had a way better experience. We went to the famous SUR lounge first, where we ordered the most coveted of items, GOAT CHEESE BALLS, cocktails (Big Pinky’s), and the chicken steamed dumplings.
First of all, the goat cheese balls are really f*cking small. Like, teeny tiny little baby balls. They were also amazing, so yes, Stassi is right about them.
Here is a photo for scale:
I look really sad, but I ended up being really happy because they are v good and their small size did not stop my friends and I from ordering 3 more plates of them. We spent $44 on goat cheese balls alone. There are 3 balls per plate, so it’s roughly $3.67 for each tiny ball. Worth it? Yes. There is some sexual innuendo here that would hilarious, but I do not care to make it.
We sat down to dinner and our server was super helpful. Probably because he is not on Vanderpump Rules so he actually cares about his job. We got filet mignons and a roasted lamb (right), all of which were amazing.
We sat in the middle room near the host stand, which I decided is not where I’d like to sit in the future. SUR has a second room to the right, as well as tables outside that seem to be way better to sit at, especially if there is a DJ being loud in the lounge. Thankfully, we were not victim to any DJ this time, particularly woman-hating DJ James Kennedy, so we got out unscathed. Guillermo was there both times I’ve been to SUR. I love to see that he’s around checking on the quality of the restaurant, because it shows.
We ordered many of Lisa Vanderpump’s Big Pinky: a cocktail full of Vanderpump vodka, lime, mint, and cranberry. It is sooooo good.
We ran into Max Vanderpump Todd himself on the way out (he and I have other issues, we will get to that later). We also ran into Ariana’s brother, to which my friend shrieked within two feet of him, “THAT’S ARIANA’S BROTHER”, to which Ariana’s brother turned and looked at us and it was extremely awkward. I do not remember the name of Ariana’s brother. Overall, we loved SUR and would definitely go back.
Did I love Pump? Yes. In fact, it was almost my favorite. But let’s just talk about it chronologically. When we first arrived, the two bouncers decided they are also struggling comedians, as they told us we were in “Jacob’s Lounge” and welcomed us. This was super weird and awkward, also because the strip that SUR, Pump, and TomTom are all on is super crowded and the signs aren’t necessarily visible when you’re directly under them at night. Had I not been going there with a specific intention, I probably would have just assumed I was in the wrong spot and left. Pro tip: maybe don’t tell paying customers they are in the wrong spot when they are not.
Despite the really awkward entrance, we went to the bar and were greeted by many a beautiful gay man. Like literally, everyone who works there is incredibly attractive. With really high cheekbones. The bartenders were very disinterested in speaking to us (“because we have vaginas,” my friend interpreted), but the cocktails were really good, so we could not complain. We tried the famous Pump and Glory, Pumptini (both fabulous), and a new cocktail called the Smoke & Mirrors, pictured, which was the best. It tasted like orange blossom heaven and was our favorite cocktail out of all the restaurants.
The highlight, though, was when we were seated for dinner in the gorgeous garden (which my friend called a “magical elf garden”), and ran into LVP herself. She was there with Ken, Giggy, and Puffy (?). She’s somehow even more gorgeous in real life (and TINY). She graciously took a picture with me and said she would definitely read Betches for my article (Hi Lisa, we love you!). They sat right next to us and put Giggy on the table like a little furry purse. Good thing we weren’t the health department. Then again, I kiss my dog on the mouth so I don’t care. I think we need more dogs in places and less people. And way less children.
Our server and busser were both adorable and super friendly, telling us exactly what to order. It was actually hilarious, the busser was chatting so much with us that he finally was like, “ooh sorry, I have to go work, my boss is right there,” like yeah buddy, we are totally aware we’re seated next to LISA VANDERPUMP. But I love that she’s at her restaurants so often checking everything out. My favorite item was the Rock Shrimp Tempura appetizer. It was just sooo good. We also got the Chicken Milanese, the Pan Seared Sole (pictured), a Pump Burger, and a Mushroom Chicken.
All were really good, and our bill was somehow cheaper than SUR by a lot. I will be back in a heartbeat, and I particularly want to try the brunch menu. Also, I asked our server what Lisa usually orders here and he said, “Oh, Lisa does not order off the menu,” which is my favorite thing I’ve ever heard.
Okay, so I told Lisa I would definitely give her restaurants amazing reviews, but also, this was before we actually went to TomTom, so Lisa, please look away. Or also, maybe you shouldn’t, because TomTom needs some work.
Can I just say I love the decor at TomTom so much? It’s so steampunk chic. It’s aesthetically my favorite, although it is way tinier than all the other restaurants. I wanted to love TomTom. My first experience here was actually a few months ago, when my friends and I were drinking in the beautiful garden, only to be told that the garden was closed and we had to move inside. We did so, moving to a teeny dark booth across from the bathroom, only to see Max Vanderpump Todd go out to the garden and take our table. Needless to say, I was a little bitter that we were obviously removed just so Max and his friends didn’t have to sit next to “regular people”. But I was like, “hey, fine, I’ll go back to TomTom and have dinner. I love the decor, it will be fine.”
TomTom is the only one out of the four Vanderpump restaurants that does not take reservations so we got there early (~7 on a Saturday) to ensure that we didn’t have to wait long. We didn’t have to wait at all and got seated out in the garden, next to the table that was stolen from us last time.
Okay, so here’s what’s hilarious. Betches recently did an article on the Worst Dressed of Vanderpump Rules. Betch Dressed wrote that Sandoval “always adds in some element that takes it over-the-top and makes it instantly repulsive”, referring to his style. This is literally exactly how I feel about TomTom’s cocktail list. Self-proclaimed master mixologist Sandoval treats his restaurant the same way he treats his hair—by adding an unnecessary gray streak to everything that could have been good. Every single cocktail had something in it that made it weird and unpalatable such as mezcal, bee pollen, and pea tea (wtf). Also? The menu here was somehow the most expensive.
I tried the Clockwork Pink first. I took one sip and was like “f*ck no”. I stirred it a bit and it made it better. By better, I mean drinkable at least. Maybe the bartenders didn’t make it right? We still had hope.
My friends ordered the Alchemy Rose, pictured left (which tasted like straight-up gin, who is mixing these drinks?) and the Kentucky Muffin, pictured right (which is a hilarious drink name, I’ll give props for that).
It also prompted this text exchange with her boyfriend:
At least they look pretty. Our server—which btw, love their outfits, they wear little suspenders and it is adorable—recommended we try the Madame Butterfly, which tasted exactly like extremely watered-down Mike’s Hard Lemonade except it also cost $16.
It was hugely disappointing considering Sandoval’s “many years in the food service industry” and “mixologist” skills. Hey Ariana? You should probably finish your cocktail book because clearly your boyfriend needs help.
Unfortunately, it got worse with the food. The menu is all supposed to be shareable, but they have items like burgers and steak on it which is sorta weird to share. We started with the Cauliflower Wings (which were actually really good) and the Portobello and Zucchini fries (fine). We then got the Kobe Sliders (pictured), which were also good and came with a little piece of potato on top—like that little bite is your side of fries (kind of disappointing). So far, all of these things we could get at any other restaurant in LA, and tbh, for a lot cheaper.
But then we ordered the Shrimp Salad (unfortunately pictured) and the Shrimp Flatbread. Big mistake. Huge. The shrimp tasted like it was reheated from a frozen package, i.e., weird texture and kind of like cardboard. It was so bad, we were all eating just the lettuce out of the salad and avoiding the shrimp. What does that say? My friend that literally never eats bread, took the flatbread and scraped off all the toppings just to eat the bread. That is how strange and gross it was. Like, how do you ruin pizza? If the best thing on your menu is cauliflower, we have a problem. I think there is a reason Lisa was eating at Pump and not here. We seriously debated sending it back, but like, were we going to send back everything? Is it rude to ask our server to just send us something edible? So we did not.
TomTom was packed and we wondered if everyone else was as disappointed as we were. Then we saw the table next to us get up and leave their full cocktails on the table. We decided to look at TomTom’s Yelp page, and what do you know? It wasn’t just us. According to Yelp, TomTom has a policy where you can’t return a drink, which I’ve never heard of. Also? Any bar that doesn’t swap drinks obviously has no confidence in their cocktails. There were other accounts on Yelp of people leaving full cocktails on the table, so it wasn’t just us.
Toms. We want to like TomTom so bad, but I can’t even go there for a decent drink. I’m hoping maybe they were just having an off night, as they are a new restaurant. The bartenders and chefs were maybe all having an off night. Also? Our bill was the same price as Pump but we had one less person. You’d think shareables would make things cheaper. It was still so early in the night but we didn’t want to spend any more money on drinks that sucked, so we left by 8:30pm to go to a bar in our neighborhood for some $8 amazing cocktails and good food. Sandoval, maybe these bartenders are butchering your genius cocktails? If you want to invite us for a redo with your supervision, I will write a new review.
Villa Blanca was a literal Godsend after our experience at TomTom. It is the only one in a different spot, being in Beverly Hills instead of WeHo. It’s so beautiful, calming, and the perfect place to meet up with friends and talk sh*t about everyone you know. The decor is just incredible. But here was the real test: How are the drinks?
We tried the #RoséRules, Peach Bellini, Chambord Spritz, and a flowery take on a French 75 that I think was called something like a Gala 75 but it must be new because it’s not on their online menu. Every drink was absolutely fabulous. They also have the Pump & Glory and Pumptini on their menu, which we already knew we liked as a backup in case the drinks sucked here too. They weren’t needed, as everything was perfect, including the staff that were super friendly and amazing to us. Our favorite cocktail here was the #RoséRules.
We also got crab cakes at the bar, which also did not have anything weird and were amazing.
Now here is where I would post pictures of our calamari and artichoke appetizers and my divine lobster ravioli. But I was so excited to eat, I literally forgot I was supposed to take pictures and just unhinged my jaw like a snake and swallowed everything whole. I was basically licking the plate clean when my friend was like, “oh we didn’t take pictures”. But. It’s really a testament to how good all the food was. The food here was easily the best of all four restaurants and I loved the relaxed vibe. I will definitely be back for brunch, dinner, happy hour, everything.
Here’s the lobster ravioli from Villa Blanca’s Instagram instead:
Let’s be real, all these restaurants have weird, dark (and occasionally pink!) lighting, so this is way better than my sad photography skills anyway. Here’s the calamari:
Seriously, just go look at their Instagram if you’re bored at work and salivate. Here’s the thing too: with Villa Blanca, both drinks and food and just overall experience are worth every penny. And the drinks there are actually $14, whereas at TomTom they are $16. That two dollars adds up when you have a bunch of people. Who are alcoholics. Villa Blanca cost us only a bit more than TomTom, but once again we had four people instead of three this night. Villa Blanca is nothing but class and I could eat there literally every day of my life. Except I would also not be able to pay my rent. SUR was the most expensive overall (but again—for four of us), but I think that was more user error considering we got four orders of goat cheese balls.
TL;DR: SUR is my pick for happy hour in the lounge or cocktails later in the evening. I would go back for dinner too, though. But you have to get all the goat cheese balls. Both food and cocktails were equally great. Pump has the best cocktails overall. It’s such a close second favorite for me, but also the vibe is so different than Villa Blanca, I’m going to go ahead and call them dual favorites just for completely different evenings. Pump is like the perfect place to get dinner before you’re going to go out. I also cannot wait to go back for brunch because the garden is just so pretty. TomTom sucked. Go in, look at the gorgeous steampunk decor, order nothing, leave. Villa Blanca is my true favorite hands down, but it’s more for a relaxed, nice dinner, like for date night or catching up with friends over a bottle (or four) of wine. But also get cocktails because they were awesome. Villa Blanca’s food is also easily the best and the staff doesn’t even judge you when you ask for more bread five times.
Overall, I loved the restaurants (not you, TomTom) and I love being paid to go eat and write about it even more, so if there are other places you want me to review, let me know in the comments. PLEASE.
Hi friends! I’m taking over the Vanderpump Rules recap for two weeks while Sgt. Olivia Betchson is out living her best life. I’m so excited to be writing these recaps, but I have to be honest and say that I’m a recent VPR convert. After resisting for many years, I finally binged the show this summer, and realized just what I had been missing. And now I ask anyone who has gone remotely near LA if they’ve been to SUR. It’s cost me a lot of friends, but I do not regret it.
As a reminder, last week James Kennedy got fired from SUR yet again, Jax, Brittany, and their limited knowledge of business-ownership tried to start a beer cheese company, and Stassi and Ariana planned their first-ever joint birthday party where definitely nothing will go wrong and zero lives will be torn apart. Let’s begin!
We kick off the episode at Vanderpump Dogs aka my actual Heaven, where Lisa is enjoying a delicious dog biscuit with her tea. Rich people are weird, y’all. Our crew has all shown up to take pictures with their dogs to post on Instagram, which will somehow stop the torture of dogs in another country. A noble cause, and also how very smart of Lisa. All she had to do was whisper the words “more Instagram followers” in a dark corner of Villa Rosa and her staffers came running to support her.
Jax is telling everyone that James got fired, while barely managing to contain his glee. Dude, didn’t I just see you get fired last season? Talk about the ‘roided up pot calling the alcoholic kettle black, no?
Kristen upon hearing this news:
Then, “Official Vanderpump Rules Cast Member” Raquel (What? That’s what it says on her IG) and James walk in. Man, this guy has no shame. I am literally a walking ball of shame at all times for like, saying hi a weird way, and these people will just saunter into the place of business of the woman who recently fired their *ss. It takes balls, I’ll give him that.
Lisa calls James over to talk and tells him that she’s going to tell his mommy he has a drinking problem. That statement made me feel like I want to throw up, and she’s not even tattling on me. I’m so nervous.
Ariana and Stassi sit down to talk about their birthday party, and call James over to disinvite him from it. Yet again, he claims that Katie is the one who got him fired! I cannot even find the words to say how pissed off this makes me! As my therapist would say, you are responsible for you, James, so stop acting like a b*tch baby. Okay, that last part is my own personal embellishment. After what is essentially the Red Wedding of West Hollywood, James decides to spare himself any more humiliation and leaves.
Next, we move on to Lala and Brittany getting a butt facial. Damn. I don’t even have enough money to get an actual facial, let alone one on my butt. In fact, I think I have exactly enough money for a pinky toe facial. Do they offer those? Side note: I do have to say that while Lala’s makeup is still bonkers and I hate it, I’m really feeling the brown hair on her.
Anddddd I immediately take that compliment back and remember why I often wish Lala would would disappear back to whatever plastic surgery clinic she crawled out of. Her “man” is, “an *ss man. A vagina man. A tit man. He’s just a man.”
Seriously though, why does she speak like this?
Stassi has Beau over for date night and they drink Aperol spritzes and eat meats and cheeses and talk about Italy. Okay wait, this might be my actual Heaven. No, I take it back. Put this date inside Vanderpump Dogs and now you have it!
Okay, this whole situation with Scheana and Adam is making me incredibly uncomfortable. Is she sexually harassing him? Is he interested in her at all? Is he stringing her along so that he can be on this show and make mad money promoting Flat Tummy Tea on Instagram for the rest of his life? WHO CAN SAY.
Cut to TomTom. Lisa is meeting James’ mom at an actual construction site. How lovely. It’s basically like, “Your son is an alcoholic and I fired him. Sorry you just sat on a nail. Will you be a dear and get me a cup of tea?”
Kidding! What actually happens is Lisa tells Jackie that she fired James because he has displayed a pattern of mistreating and demeaning women. Jackie tells Lisa that she’s all for “the movement of women,” unless her son is the one treating women like sh*t, and then that’s totally fine. She then tells Lisa she was a bad mom and begs her to give James his Tuesday night gig back. No! I am shocked!! A woman who produced a misogynistic, alcoholic, reality star was a bad mom?! Say it isn’t so! I won’t believe it!
Tom and Tom head over to Lisa’s house to be her man servants, and they find her in the backyard clutching a tiny bird like she’s Lenny in Of Mice and Men. Fly away little bird! Fly away before you end up in her pocket!
While there, Lisa asks Sandoval to look out for James, which I’m sure will work out for everyone involved. I know they say you can’t see an ego, but I swear I just saw Sandoval’s inflate ten times when Lisa asked for his help. I’m basically like one of those apps that will tell you how large your gestating baby is, except for with egos. “Congratulations, Tom Sandoval! Your ego is now officially the size of a cantaloupe. Soon you will reach watermelon status!”
Lisa gave Schwartzie ONE JOB and he used that opportunity to prove he doesn’t know how to count. Schwartz is lucky he is so loveable, because I’m pretty sure without that quality he would be playing video games in his mom’s basement right now. Hey Lisa, I can count and I’m willing to change my name to Tom! Wanna go in on a bar?
What do you guys think of this makeup right now? I know Stassi thinks they are beautiful ice queens, but to me they look like that guy in Union Square that’s painted silver and dressed like a robot and calls me a f*cking b*tch when I don’t throw money in his hat.
Brittany pulls Jax aside during the makeup session to tell him that Lala told her while they were getting their butt facials that Tom and Ariana don’t think Jax really changed. It was a very revealing moment. Get it? Because their butts were out. Sorry, I hate me too. Jax says that they’re just trying to tear him down because he’s doing better in life than them. Yes, that’s definitely it. A guy opening a bar named after him with Lisa Vanderpump is most definitely jealous of a nearly 40-year-old serial cheater who can’t make a drink more difficult than a glass of rosé. You hit the nail on the head, Jax.
Cut to James’ apartment, where Lisa shows up on his doorstep. He must have had warning she was coming, right? I don’t believe for one second his apartment is always that clean, I say as I stare at my exploded suitcase from Christmas break. Lisa speaks for all of us when she tells James that when he drinks he is a “rude, aggressive little prick.” PREACH, GIRL! You should see his Twitter, Lisa.
Party time. Is Schwartz dressed as Peter Pan? Personally I can think of no fictional character more perfect for Schwartz to be dressed as, and I’m ashamed I haven’t thought to call him Peter earlier. Oh wait, they’re saying he’s an elf on bath salts. Whatever. Tomato, tomahto, am I right?
WTF is on Sandoval’s head?!?!?!? This guy is more extra than anyone I ever met. And his contacts! Stop. Stassi actually does a butt shot this year (the cause of last year’s meltdown), and I’m feeling like this episode is very butt-centric. What part of the body will we focus on next week? I’m waiting with bated breath.
Lol of course Lala is dressed all in black. You always need a devil at a party with people dressed like ice angels. Official Vanderpump Rules Cast Member Raquel shows up, and Kristen immediately smells blood and starts circling her in the water.
Jax pulls over Tom of House Sandoval, Queen in the North and confronts him about the earlier sh*t talking he and Ariana did. I have no idea what is said in this conversation, because I’m pretty sure I just figured out that Tom’s eyes are the monsters in Bird Box. They are freaking me OUT. Jax is lucky he escaped with his life. I think they hug it out and everything is fine, but I can’t be sure because I had to blindfold myself.
Official Vanderpump Rules Cast Member Raquel comes over and immediately starts problems. She’s praising James for not drinking since Pride, which happened about a minute ago. Bravo! Do they give out a chip for that, or just a pat on the back? Stassi starts getting heated and now I think we all know where this is going.
Shockingly, we are all spared a meltdown, despite the fact that practically everyone in this scene is double fisting.
Oh boy. I spoke too soon. At 1:49 AM Stassi decides it’s time to go to bed, and Beau is still at the party. Stassi immediately turns from ice angel into that woman that texted her ex 159,000 times and told him she’d make sushi out of his kidneys. Wait, was that actually Stassi? When she gets no answer, Stassi smashes her phone, and along with it all her hopes and dreams of a healthy relationship.
And that’s all! Tune in next week to see if Beau escapes with his balls!
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