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EATING FOR TWO!!

The Private Dining Room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills

 

 

It was a special lunch in honor of the soon-to-be new baby Burwell.  The menu consisted of lobster and roasted corn bisque, with your choice of citrus grilled chicken or grilled wild salmon.For dessert, it was molten center chocolate cake topped with pistachio ice cream.  What else can I say?  Even Sophie (http://www.gayot.com/aboutus/history.html#sophie) gave the day a 20! 

 

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Victoria Recano, Sophie Gayot, & Kristen Dahlgren

Victoria Recano, Sophie Gayot, & Kristen Dahlgren

Don’t let the Bohemian-chic atmosphere fool you, the chef here is more talented than you’d expect from this dimly lit piano bar at Vine and Sunset. A French Bistro is what we were expecting but fine dining with retro flare is what we got! My favorite dish was the seared frois gras on top of toasted brioche drizzled with blackberry sauce, and the roasted tomato soup floating with large pieces of sweet lump crab meat was outstanding. It wasn’t easy to decide between the chocolate soufflé with armagnac ice cream or the cinnamon and sugar coated beignets with brown sugar ice cream to finish our multi-course feast.
The gourmet menu was accompanied by an eclectic atmosphere that had a personality all of its own.  For a better view of what’s behind these walls, feast on this http://www.cafewas.com/index.php

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It was a great night of snacks and surprises for us at the Windows Lounge; the newly redecorated bar in the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel. After a beautiful facelift for the Hollywood hotspot, the power-scene here has reached a whole new culinary level. Not only is the room revamped, but the menu has received a few nips and tucks of its own. Chef Ashley James delivered a selection of dishes that were inspired by places all over the world including Asia, India and of course North America -to name a few. Each entree, meant for sharing, amounted to a spectacular global adventure. 

Chef Alfredo Jiminez, Victoria Recano, Thomas Burwell, Joe Moosavian, Sophie Gayot, Chef Ashley James

Chef Alfredo Jiminez, Victoria Recano, Thomas Burwell, Joe Moosavian, Sophie Gayot, Chef Ashley James

Of course, comfort foods like the grilled cheese sandwiches and Kobe beef sliders came with what Sophie describes as the “best fries in LA”, “Real Potato Fries-” done in the true Escoffier fashion. Admittedly, you can’t stop with just one order and they come with homemade ketchup! I loved the fried provolone topped with tomato chutney, simple yet the perfect pairing with the stiff classic cocktails. The Nam rolls were also a standout with sweet and tangy Asian vinaigrette for dipping. To top off the tasteful travels, we finished with chocolate dipped cheesecake lollipops and mini banana splits.Trust me, the view from this restaurant extends far beyond the streets of Beverly Hills and gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘United Nations.’

 To navigate your own expedition, check out more information at http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/windows-lounge-los-angeles-ca-90048_2la090199-03.html as well as  http://www.fourseasons.com/losangeles/dining/windows_lounge.html

 

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DJ Petroro, Sophie Gayot, & Victoria Recano

DJ Petroro, Sophie Gayot, & Victoria Recano

The Muse in the newly opened Montage Hotel of Beverly Hills delivers dazzling dishes with a dash of elegance. 

 

The old school charm of the dimly lit room with low ceilings and dark mahogany wood was the perfect backdrop for our meal at Muse.  The multi-course dinner offered creative and exceptional dishes. Chef John Cuevas delivered seasonal fare with flair.  From the caviar and sorbet amuse to the oozing warm chocolate cake, each course was beautifully presented and reflected Cueva’s reputation for fresh and healthy ingredients.

 My favorites for the evening included the John Dory fish drizzled with a burnt pumpkin bread sauce, as well as the seared frois gras on brioche topped off with warm caramel.  From the artistic use of fresh ingredients to the extensive wine cellar stocked with over 500 selections, my evening at Muse was a truly inspirational experience! 

 

 

 To find out more inspirational information on your own visit http://www.montagebeverlyhills.com/beverly-hills-resorts.php

 Also, make sure to check out the review at http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/muse-beverly-hills-ca-90210_2la081102-02.html

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