Winning Watermelon Dishes in LA

What is the quintessential summer fruit? My vote is watermelon! Some of my favorite chefs are preparing watermelon in fun ways onto their menus this summer. Since National Watermelon Day is on August 3, here is a list of 6 restaurants and bars that feature watermelon on the menu in innovative ways. 1. True Food Kitchen…

Celebrity Chef Scott Conant & Freddy Vargas – The Ponte

When Terrine closed last year, Stephane Bombet of Bombet Hospitality Group talked to Scott Conant about helping him change his classic French-inspired restaurant into a contemporary Italian one. Bombet knew Conant from Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills. This celebrity chef attracted foodies from all over to order his iconic $24 spaghetti with tomato and…

Otium at The Broad

The last time my husband and I explored The Broad, we strolled over to the contemporary urban Otium restaurant designed by architect Osvaldo Maiozzi. With its striking box-like design, we peeked inside and admired the soaring ceiling and handmade glass pieces that resembled falling raindrops. The open elegant kitchen is near a long bar with…

Mother’s Day Special So Cal Spots – 2017

Napa Valley Grille – The new Executive Chef Kenny Spost makes the best French Toast in LA with mascerated strawberries and braised pork chilaquiles – Here’s my review-http://beverlypress.com/2017/05/mothers-day-brunch-napa-valley-grille/ The Grill on the Alley Beverly Hills This is the first year that The Grill will serve Mother’s Day brunch. Bring Mom on Sunday, May 14 to…

So Cal Easter Getaways

Easter weekend is an ideal time to take a Spring trip to a new Southern California destination. The flowers are in their fully glory and the weather is warm with bright blue skies this time of year. Gather your loved ones and check into a luxury resort for some Easter festivities. Flowers in Full Bloom…

Laurel Point a Great Place for Seafood

For years, I used to meet my father at The Daily Grill on Laurel Canyon on the second floor of the Laurel Promenade at the corner of Laurel Canyon and Ventura Blvd. It was a convenient location for the two of us to meet. My dad enjoyed sitting in a comfortable booth and ordering a…

Montage Beverly Hills Welcomes Zakarian’s Georgie

I was saddened to learn that Scott Conant’s Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills, closed its doors earlier this year. I have fond memories of twirling strands of the most expensive bowl of spaghetti pomodoro around my fork, and seeing Conant walk into the kitchen to prepare a special Montage anniversary dinner. But sadness gave…

Al Fresco dining at The Front Yard

You know the saying – Three’s a charm? Over the weekend, I dined for a third time at The Front Yard restaurant attached to the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood. The first two times, we sat in a booth inside the dining room near the small, yet lively bar. This time we were seated out on…

La Brea’s Newest Brunch Destination – Odys + Penelope

I regret I never dined at Hatfield’s, that took over Michel Richard’s restaurant Citrus on Melrose Ave. Fortunately the dynamic culinary couple, Karen and Quinn Hatfield (met when they both worked together at Spago) quickly opened a more fast-casual cafe nearby in 2012, Sycamore Kitchen. Located inside a former iconic print shop along the design…

Brunch at Odys + Penelope

I regret I never dined at Hatfield’s that occupied the former Michel Richard restaurant Citrus on Melrose Ave. Fortunately the dynamic culinary couple, Karen and Quinn Hatfield, who met when they worked at Spago, quickly opened a more fast-casual cafe nearby in 2012, Sycamore Kitchen. Ody + Penelope’s shrimp and grits is a twist on…