Archives for February 2011

Spago and Wolfgang Puck

I had the pleasure of attending a special meeting at Spago Beverly Hills tonight.  Wolfgang Puck personally delivered a 40-minute speech about his life and business.  This was pretty incredible considering that the night before, he prepared food for 1,600 guests at the Governor’s Ball following the Academy Awards.  I’ve always admired Wolfgang because he treats everyone at his local Beverly Hills Restaurants, Cut and Spago, like they are VIP’s.  This particular night, following his speech, we too were treated like kings with amazing wine, cocktails and the delicious food that defines his talents.  Thanks Mr. Puck! –Jimmy


For a limited time, The Grove has brought back their extremely popular “Date Night.”  It happens Monday-Thursday. Thirty dollars per person gets you valet parking, two movie tickets at Pacific 14 Theaters, and dinner for two at your choice of The Farm of Beverly Hills, Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, The Cheesecake Factory, La Piazza Ristorante Italiano, Morels French Steakhouse and Bistro, or The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge.   Contact the concierge at 323-900-8080 and they’ll put together a perfect and inexpensive evening at one of our most successful venues. –Jimmy  

West Hollywood and the Pacific Design Center

West Hollywood, known as the “Creative City,” has it all—shopping, hotels, nightlife, and great dining. As a longtime resident of this city, I’ve always been impressed with one of our centerpieces, The Pacific Design Center.  Beautiful both inside and out, this Cesar Pelli designed complex is about to expand and become even more impressive.  Complementing the 1975 Blue Building and the 1988 Green Building, the Red Building will be opening in the early fall. (Elton John throws his big Oscar Party every year between the blue and green buildings).   Within the 3 buildings, there’s over 120 interior design showrooms and galleries, two Wolfgang Puck restaurants, combined office space of 850,000+ square feet, a conference center, a small screening theater, and my 

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  L.A. Live in our DTLA Having been several times to events at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, including the Staples Center, the Grammy Museum and the Nokia Theater, I just got to check out their 3rd phase, The J.W. Marriott and The Ritz Carlton hotels.  For the first time in 44 years of living in this city, I truly felt like our downtown was an international and local destination.  The lobby’s were buzzing with families, hipsters, businessmen and women, and you could truly sense that life had returned to this section of our huge, spread out city. –Jimmy  


Since opening, I’ve always been a big fan of Cecconi’s on Melrose and Robertson.  (Remember, this was the old Morton’s, where for many years the Vanity Fair Oscar party took place).  They serve up some great pasta and pizza.   For a good pie, I usually special order an anchovy, mushroom and prosciutto pizza.  The people watching here is also fantastic.  Count on seeing a handful of your favorite celebrities dining, or hanging out at the bar.  The best kept secret about this place is their breakfast.  For about $12, you get a delicious frittata, with hash brown balls and unlimited coffee. –Jimmy   SaveSave