Mother’s Day 2021 Gifts & Meals

Here’s some of my favorites spots in LA that are offering special meals and gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day:

  1. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele on Mother’s Day 

Make a reservation on the garden patio at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele for Italian specialties including carpaccio di pesce with scallops, tuna, and swordfish; eggplant parmigiana; ravioli di ricotta with cherry tomato and fresh basil sauce; or a slow cooked Jidori chicken served with mashed potato. The full menu is also available. Reservations can be made via Open Table  or by calling the restaurant directly. 1534 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood (323)366-2408.

2. Pie Hole edible flower pie holes

This Mother’s Day, instead of edible arrangements and bouquets, give mom a dozen flower pie holes to enjoy.  Available at all locations, The Pie Hole is taking Mother’s Day pre-orders for edible bouquets of pie holes. They are making strawberry and blueberry pie bites topped with whipped cream and edible wild flowers for $29.95 per dozen or $2.95 per pie hole. Pre-orders can be made for in-store pick up or delivery. For the nearest location, go to www.thepieholela.com. 6314 Hollywood Blvd., (323)963-5174.

3. Cafe Gratitude’s Chocolate Box

Express gratitude for mom this Mother’s Day with a plant-based chocolate box from Cafe Gratitude. Each chocolate box is crafted with vegan ingredients and contains a variety of truffles and chocolates for $16. Inside are coconut almond truffles, Brazil nut ganaches, and almond butter squares. These special boxes are available now through May 9. Go online for locations https://cafegratitude.com. 639 N. Larchmont Blvd., (323)580-6383.

4. The Front Yard at The Garland

Celebrate mom on May 9 at The Front Yard enjoying a three-course meal on the expansive outdoor patio, paired with signature cocktails, wine or local brews. Start with a choice of beef carpaccio; sauteed shrimp or roasted tomato soup. Entree options include smoked salmon Benedict; 10 oz English cut prime rib; Chilean sea bass; lobster bolognese or fire-roasted Mary’s half chicken. Vegan and vegetarian options are available upon request. Finish with a chocolate espresso pot de creme; rum butter pound cake or peach frangipane tart. This special meal is $65 for adults and $29 for children under 12. Reservations are required via OpenTable. 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. (818)255-7290.

5. Take Mom to dine at the beach at Hotel Casa del Mar

Treat mom to a beachside brunch or dinner overlooking the ocean on May 9 at Terrazza Restaurant inside Hotel Casa del Mar. The three-course specialty prix-fixe brunch menu is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Menu highlights include fresh oysters, crab cake eggs Benedict, heirloom tomato and burrata from Puglia, grilled local bass, and fresh tagliatelle. Desserts include a pecan and walnut chocolate brownie, coconut panna cotta, or poached pear with cactus coulis. The restaurant offers a children’s menu that  includes beef sliders, chicken fingers, and cheese pizza. This three-course brunch starts at $85 per person. A special dinner menu is $95 per person from 5 to 9 p.m. 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica (310)581-5533.

6. Huckleberry

Order today, May 6 before 3 p.m., a variety of fun and easy brunch kits for mom on Mother’s Day. Choose from huevos rancheros, avocado toast or country breakfast kits. There are also delicious heat and serve items, such as market veggie frittatas, roasted Yukon Gold breakfast potatoes, chocolate cherry croissant bread pudding, blueberry cornmeal cake, and a Mother’s Day cookie decorating kit. Add a mimosa kit, grapefruit spritzer kit, or coffee and tea boxes. Order online through Tock or calling from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Orders are available for pickup on Sunday, May 9 starting at 9 a.m. Due to limited availability, some items may sell out. 1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica (310)451-2311. 

7. Mom will enjoy Ospero at Pendry West Hollywood 

Chef Wolfgang Puck is back on the Sunset Strip at Pendry West Hollywood. His new casual luxe Ospero restaurant offers breakfast staples, a full bar, Farmers Market salads, wood burning pizzas, pastas, vegan dishes, seafood specialities and spectacular desserts. Dine overlooking the lively Sunset Strip and the Comedy Store or on the intimate outdoor terrace overlooking Pendry Residences and Los Angeles beyond. For a much-needed rejuvenating Mother’s Day gift, give mom a facial and massage from the newly-opened Spa Pendry. Reserve a 60-minute massage and facial, and mom will receive a complimentary gift. Afterwards, moms can to Bar Pendry to enjoy a special La Chamomile cocktail, specially curated for the occasion with gin, chamomile tea, fresh lime, and french herbs. 8430 Sunset Blvd., (323)918-3420.

8. Conservatory re-opens for dinner and Mother’s Day brunch

Enjoy dinner and weekend brunch outdoors with a reservations on the Conservatory website or Resy. The dinner menu includes charred maple honey nut squash; popcorn chicken; Bolognese pappardelle with Beyond Meat ragu; Cali turkey wrap; Nicoise salad; Conservatory burger; breakfast burrito; tres leches french toast, and Conservatory brunch bowl with eggs your way, bacon or lox, aged cheddar, and tater tots. Beverage Director Lisa Beaumont’s specialty cocktail menu includes rose’ sangria carafes and mimosa kits for four people, plus some refreshing mocktails. 8289 Santa Monica Blvd., (323)654-0020.

9. Roses and Rosé for Mother’s Day at STK Steakhouse 

Make Mother’s Day sparkle with specialty brunch items like lobster and eggs Benedict or cinnamon french toast. Mom’s can enjoy $9.99 rosé wine specials featuring Whispering Angel and Chandon Sparkling Rosé during both brunch and dinner on May 9. For those staying home, there is a Mother’s Day Surf, Turf and Vine basket available for take out and delivery for $129. Pre-order today two filets with grilled prawns, cheesecake and a bottle or Whispering Angel Rosé. A red or white wine alternative is also available. Reservations and pre-orders can be made at https://stksteakhouse.com/mothers-day.  930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood (310)659-3535.

This article was featured in the Beverly Press on May 6, 2021.

7 Great Escapes in Spring 2021

Ready to celebrate Spring now that you are vaccinated? Here’s some of the best So Cal and Vegas escapes.

Santa Monica

1. Casa del Mar Beachside Bliss Picnic
The iconic Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica and its sister property, Shutters on the Beach, are offering an oceanfront picnic experience to hotel guests. Wiggle your toes in the sand during this new culinary services. Beach setup by the picnic concierge team comes complete with a chic low table, comfy plush pillows, linens, blankets, and sun umbrellas. The delicious picnic menu includes lobster rolls; Thai lettuce wraps; and charcuterie. Just in time for Spring, the hotel is offering a new Beachside Bliss Package that includes a 2-night stay in an luxurious ocean-view room, welcome amenity, daily valet parking, and the new oceanfront picnic experience. The package starts at $875+ per night with a two-night minimum stay. Hotel guests are also able to purchase the beach picnic offering a la carte during their stay. Go to: www.hotelcasadelmar.com, 1910 Ocean Way (310)581-5533.

2. Newport Coast

The Resort at Pelican Hill – For a true Mediterranean experience, stay overnight at The Resort at Pelican Hill. Enjoy sitting outside overlooking the largest round swimming pool at the Coliseum Pool & Grill. The chefs prepare fresh, seasonal ingredients in their culinary specials and have them served in one of the most magnificent settings. Fun Fact: There are over one million glass mosaic tiles, each of them meticulously laid by hand inside the pool. The views beyond the pool is the Pelican Hill Golf Course and sparkling Pacific coast. This luxury resort offers a truly relaxing, vacation experience. Self Parking is available at the Main Estate. Coliseum Pool & Grill menus: BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER POOL KIDS

3. Palos Verdes

Terranea Resort – Fresh air, fire pits, culinary delights with craft beers and cocktails while taking in the scenic views of the Pacific are available at multiple dining venues at Terranea this Spring. Indoor and al fresco experiences are available at each restaurant. Fine dining at mar’sel is open for a coastal Easter Brunch on April 4 starting at 10am to 3 pm. A four-course menu showcases traditional Easter specialties with a twist, including lamb omelet, rack of lamb, halibut, brisket as well as vegetarian options. Pair with Champagne and accompanying fresh juices. Other dining venues: bashi, catalina kitchen and Nelson’s offer seasonal specials. Right now Terranea is offering guests an extra savings with the third night free. Restrictions may apply. Promotional code: 3FREE. https://www.terranea.com/offers/third-night-free. For more information call (866) 261-5873.

4. Laguna

The Ranch Laguna Beach – Those looking to play golf, take beach walks, practice morning yoga, listen to live music in one of the most beautiful canyons while dining al fresco will enjoy their stay at The Ranch Laguna Beach. Take a road trip with one of the resort’s specials that include

  • $25 Chevron gift card
  • Waived resort fee
  • Farewell snack box, choice healthy or “kind of healthy” assortment
  • Laguna Beach road trip playlist

Valid for select Sunday – Thursday nights through May 27, 2021.

5. Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach – When guests reserve a stay at least 21 days in advance they receive a 15% savings on the best available rate at this luxury resort on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Other special offers include Montage Memories with deluxe accommodations, complimentary nightly valet parking and a daily $60 breakfast credit. For those seeking to Linger Longer arrive early and stay late. It’s a special weekday stay offering the opportunity for more pool time and extra hours to enjoy breathtaking ocean views with an early check-in and late check-out, along with complimentary valet parking. Read more about The Montage Laguna Beach

6. Dana Point

Blue Lantern Inn in Dana Point offers a cozy bed and breakfast vacation, The Blue Lantern Inn is one of the best So Cal destinations. Sitting up on a bluff overlooking the Dana Point Harbor and Pacific coastline, the staff present guests with a wine, cheese, crackers and fruit picnic bag. Guest can enjoy this on their patio, balcony or Inn’s viewing terrace. Also at check-in guests are presented a menu to check off what items they desire for breakfast. The next morning a multi-course hot and cold breakfast tray arrives at your guest room door. After breakfast, take one of their cruiser bikes for a spin around Dana Point or go for a nature hike above the Inn. Read about specials here.

7. Las Vegas – See a show!

The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino excitedly announced that on Thursday, April 22 Penn & Teller will perform a new content and magic show, plus a selection from Penn & Teller’s extensive catalog of fan favorites. “We are so excited to go back to doing what we do, where we do it, for the people we do it for,” said Penn Jillette. “Teller and I are both more than two weeks out of our second shots, and in the same bubble, so we can stand unmasked on our stage. We will give up seeing what we hope are smiling faces so our audience can stay masked and safe.” Additionally, Penn shared, “We haven’t been on stage in over a year, so we don’t know whether the audience will be coming to see us do miracles, or just to see if we remember which way to face on stage. But no matter what, we’re excited to return to our home at the Rio!” Deals are amazing at this hotel right now with suites starting at $29 on certain dates when available. Click here to read more.

A Taste of the Amalfi Coast at Casa del Mar

Cabanas are typically reserved for the outdoors at resorts, but at Santa Monica’s iconic Hotel Casa del Mar, the restaurant Catch brings the luxurious lounge areas inside, creating the ideal space for intimate cocktail parties, romantic date nights and happy hour relaxation. And to further add to the elegance, for a limited time, Catch’s Terrazza Lounge is offering delicious and authentic Italian cuisine alongside its spectacular views of the ocean.

IMG_7565Until Feb. 3, the Hotel Casa del Mar is hosting a pop-up dinner with executive chef Stefano Mazzone of Italy’s Grand Hotel Quisisana. Charlie Lopez-Quintana, general manager of Casa del Mar, developed the concept with Mazzone and GianLuca Salvia, director of sales and marketing for Grand Hotel Quisisana, in the hopes of bringing Amalfi coastal cuisine to Southern California.