Archives for January 2011

LOCAL FAVORITES

Los Angeles has some fantastic hot spots such as The Ivy, Mr. Chows, Madeo, The Grill on the Alley, Mastro’s Steakhouse, Katsuya, Boa Steakhouse, The Red O, Cut, Spago, etc., but visitors always ask about the restaurants that the locals favor. Two of my favorites, Mario’s Peruvian on Melrose and Vine, and Jitlada Thai at Harvard and Sunset in Hollywood.  Also, a bit of a drive, but Saladang and Song for Thai in Pasadena.  The owner, Dang, has built an impressive following with her signature dishes. –Jimmy  

OFF VINE RESTAURANT AND THE PANTAGES THEATER

Going to the Pantages Theater to see a show?  Try Off Vine restaurant around the corner within walking distance to the theater.  This quaint, newly remodeled home, has been an Angeleno favorite for years.   My personal favorite dish is their vegetarian lasagna.  On the radar with the top concierges, you can’t beat it for a unique dining experience. –Jimmy  

THE MONTAGE HOTEL

If you’re not familiar with the term “staycation,” it describes staying in your own city for a vacation.  I did so recently, and stayed at the stunning Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.  The staff was fantastic and the detail to service was impeccable.  I ventured out to the streets around Rodeo Drive and the Golden Triangle, that I travel multiple times daily, and I truly felt like a visitor in my own town.  Most of the time though, I took advantage of the offerings of the hotel.  I utilized their beautiful spa, rooftop pool, and had some amazing food at their fairly new restaurant, Scarpetta.  They also have a great afternoon tea, which is a whole lot more than finger 

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