CUT Lounge in Beverly Hills is a cut above

The new CUT Lounge is a recently-opened Wolfgang Puck chic bar and refined lounge located in the former Sidebar space. CUT Lounge at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills is the chic bar where Sidebar used to be located. The cuisine is “Wolfgang Puck” at its finest with innovative cocktails to match. Since we had theatre tickets…

Top 10 Favorite Restaurants in Los Angeles for 2014

We have enjoyed some wonderful meals at restaurants throughout Los Angeles. As devoted foodies, our team selected a repertoire of new and old dining establishments that provide creative fare, that is beautifully presented by attentive service, in an inviting atmosphere. Here is our list of honorees from some unique dining venues: #10 Sonoma Wine Garden…

The Palm in Beverly Hills

A parade of scarlet colored, three-pound lobsters with their claws splayed, and sweet white meat bursting out of the shell exemplified one of the main themes at The Palm Restaurant – The bigger, the better. When the Iconic Palm Restaurant in West Hollywood closed its doors last September, regulars asked, “Where am I going to…

French Laundry’s Garden in Yountville, CA

Before Keller purchased the French Laundry in 1994 from the former Mayor of Yountville Don and his wife Sally Schmitt, the one street town of Yountville, CA wasn’t as big of a tourist attraction. As his turn of the century stone restaurant, surrounded by lush gardens became a foodies’ culinary mecca, Keller purchased three acres of…

Red Med at Formosa Cafe

The legendary Formosa Café has been in Vincent Jung’s family for three generations. Originally opening in 1925 in a red trolley car that once rolled down Santa Monica Blvd. It became the Formosa Café when Jung’s grandfather Lem Quom, partnered with the owner in 1945, and later took full ownership in the 1970s. Recently, Vincent…

Fig & Olive Melrose Place

Halle Berry and I have something in common, we both enjoy dining at Fig & Olive Melrose Place. Almost every item on the menu is topped, sautéed or dressed with various olive oils. No butter is used at this restaurant. After a trip to the South of France last summer, Chef Pascal Lorange returned to…

Ocean and Vine: Satsifying the Senses

Keith Roberts, Executive Chef at Ocean & Vine at the Loews Santa Monica hotel may be one of the nicest chefs in Los Angeles. I met Roberts with some friends at Ocean & Vine on a glorious summer day for lunch. Roberts enjoys coming out of his kitchen to stroll through the dining room and…

Cafe Pinot’s Newest Executive Chef

I was so excited to experience a dinner prepared by Executive Chef Sydney Hunter III at Café Pinot. The seasoned chef began his career at L’Orangerie in 2002. Some may remember him at Bastide on Melrose. Chef Joachim Splichal, founder of the Patina Restaurant Group, recently gave Hunter the coveted white Executive Chef jacket at…

Petrossian’s Pizzazz is Giselle Wellman

I was excited to meet chef Giselle Wellman and experience her cooking at Petrossian Boutique and Restaurant. This 27-year-old has been the Executive Chef for a little over a year and has creatively tweaked the menu. Born and raised in San Diego, both her parents are Jewish and from Mexico City. “There is a huge…

Café Pinot

Many chefs learned from the best teachers, their mothers. Sitting at mom’s elbow while  she whisked and stirred or diced on the chopping block provided inspiration to many to further their cooking skills.  Executive Chef, Kevin Meehan, at Café Pinot in downtown Los Angeles, admits that he enjoyed hanging out with his mother in the…

DRAGO Centro

Dining at Drago Centro is a sophisticated affair.  Executive Chef Celestino Drago and Chef di Cucina, Ian Gresik, prepare a creative array of authentic array of authentic Itialian dishes satisfying diners from Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Pasadena, and downtown. English peas, lobster and tortellini arrive in a light lobster consomme. (photo by Jill Weinlein) After…

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…