Luxury Chocolates at andSons Chocolatiers

Meeting award winning pastry chef Kriss Harvey in his chocolate kitchen in Los Angeles, I noticed multiple tattoos on each arm. There was the logo of La Maison du Chocolat on one arm and the chemical formula for theobromine, a bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant. Each tattoo tells a story about his culinary journey to…

The Newly Refreshed Spa at The Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills

Recently, the Global Wellness Institute predicted in 2020 that the wellness tourism industry will reach close to $1 trillion, and the spa market alone will tip around $12.8 billion. To stand apart from the other spas in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills closed it’s doors for three weeks for…

5-Star Spa Day at La Prairie inside the Waldorf Astoria

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills was awarded Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel shortly after it opened in 2017. An anonymous Forbes inspector evaluated the art-deco style hotel on 900 objective standards. Besides 119 beautifully appointed deluxe rooms and 51 suites, designed by renowned interior design firm Pierre Yves Rochon, Inc, the hotel offers world-class dining overseen by…

The Restaurant at Montage Beverly Hills

Celebrity chef Scott Conant first opened Scarpetta inside the Montage Beverly Hills, then Food Network Chef Geoffrey Zakarian came in and renamed it Georgie. Both restaurants closed, and now a woman chef de cuisine, Monica Olaes is the new head of the kitchen at the renamed The Restaurant. Sitting inside the beautifully decorated dining room,…

The stars align at Beverly Hills Ocean Prime

While sitting on the elegant al fresco terrace near a DJ spinning lively tunes, one of my favorite actors and singers Daveed Diggs passed by my table with actress and singer Emmy Raver-Lampman. For Hamilton fans, this is seeing musical royalty. Not only did Diggs play Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette in the original Hamilton cast…

A Perfect 10 Spa Day at The Montage Beverly Hills

Walking into the Spanish Colonial Revival style spa on the third floor of Montage Beverly Hills, I was warmly greeted by a staff member to the 20,000 square foot luxury oasis for a Perfect 10 spa experience. Celebrating 10 years, the property located in the heart of Beverly Hills offers visitors and guests an all-day spa…

Solid Gold Citizen in Beverly Hills

When Citizen opened about two years ago next to Spago on Canon Drive, I enjoyed the creative food, kitschy decor and more reasonable prices than many of the other restaurants along the street. When my husband and I returned to Citizen for dinner last month, we noticed they still have the macrame wall coverings and…

Happy hour fun at The FLATS in Beverly Hills

Gone are the days of happy hours with tired drinks and lackluster bowls of salty nuts and pretzels. Bar fare has been kicked up a notch, with The FLATS in Beverly Hills leading the charge. Visit The FLATS between 4 to 6 p.m. during the week for Michelin-starred executive chef Paul Shoemaker’s appetizing dishes, which…