Tantalizing Terrine

For my 26th wedding anniversary, I took my husband with me to review the new lunch menu at Stephane Bombet, Executive Chef Kris Morningstar and Francois Renaud’s elegant California brasserie – Terrine. Chef Morningstar has been tantalizing Los Angelenos with some of his French favorites that include beef tartare, onion soup, steak frites, escargot, tartines, and…

Open Sesame is filled with Lebanese Delights

East of Fairfax in Los Angeles is a new full-service casual Lebanese restaurant, Open Sesame. The name comes from the magical phrase in one of the stories from One Thousand and One Nights. In the story “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” when Open Sesame is announced, the mouth of a cave opens in which…

Enticing Edible Arrangements

Walking inside the Edible Arrangements store on Beverly Blvd. near the Beverly Center I smiled. It’s a cheerful store with bright colors on the walls and stuffed bears holding soft hearts. The day I visited was right before Mother’s Day. Mylar balloons decorated the ceiling and customers kept coming in to pick up arrangements. This…

PettyCash Los Angeles

I haven’t been as excited about a new restaurant in a long time. PettyCash is the creation of Bill Chait and Executive Chef Walter Manzke who feverishly renovated the former Playa to open a Tijuana-style taqueria. Chait has had a slew of successful restaurants with Sotto, Picca, Short Order, Short Cake, the newly opened Bestia…

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in Beverly Hills

The newest Fleming’s chain on Beverly Drive is as eager to please their guests as a puppy dog. Smiling hostesses welcome every person walking into the beautiful interior. Joyful servers greet  patrons and share the Fleming’s menu with enthusiasm. “Is this your first visit to Fleming’s?” Tai Nguyen opened the first Fleming’s in Newport Beach…

Mandarette

In 1975, Mandarin restaurant opened in Beverly Hills serving exotic Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere for dining and special occasions. Since it was a huge success, the owner, Cecilia Chaing and her son Philip Chiang opened another restaurant on Beverly Blvd. – Mandarette (little orange), a smaller and more relaxed eatery. Today, Mandarette is still going…

The Grill on the Alley

  Just steps from Rodeo Drive sits the Beverly Hills institution, The Grill on the Alley. A friend and I visited The Grill for lunch, where we heard the happy chatter of regulars sipping beverages and dining on Cobb salads, chicken pot pies and daily specials. The restaurant was packed with people at 1:30 p.m….

Lawrys Prime Rib

Dining at Lawrys The Prime Rib is a real show stopper. I actually thought our servers may break into a rendition of Be Our Guest from the Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast”, as we enjoyed the dinner show performed with aplomb by the seasoned wait staff. Inside the elegantly designed art-deco interior, waitresses seem…

Jar – Not Just Another Restaurant

Sitting in upholstered brown chairs with black caster wheels in a minimally decorated wood paneled room, I felt a warm sense of comfort. The white linen tablecloths, women dressed in little black dresses, and male guests dressed in jackets and ties add to the elegance of the dining room. Who gets dressed up to dine…