Happy 1st of July! I have to say, the first half of the year really blew by. I can hardly believe it’s almost the 4th of July! If you’re searching for something to do with your family and friends over the long weekend, head on down to our side of town. Just break out the sunscreen and get ready to celebrate the 4th of July – Beverly Hills style.

Bring on the BBQ

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What’s a 4th of July without some delicious BBQ? Skip slaving over the grill and head on over to some of the fabulous BBQ spots around the city. Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, located near the Grove, serves good old traditional BBQ fair like brisket, burgers, and pulled pork. For all of our vegetarian friends out there, Wood Ranch also has a number of non-meat options. Their salads are quite good, and their dressings are gluten-free.

If you want something a little different, try Gyu-Kaku for some Japanese BBQ and enjoy some kobe beef, miso soup, and other yummy Asian dishes.

Pie for Everyone!

pie

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Saying no to a slice of pie on the 4th would just be un-American. Consider it your patriotic duty to stop by Simplethings on W. 3rd Street for a generous slice of deliciousness. Any place that has a regularly updated flavor schedule for pie is good in my book. If you’re in the mood for something on the more savory side, I would recommend trying one of their pot pies. Their portabella mushroom one is pretty tasty, and hey, it’s still pie!

Also on W. 3rd Street is Shortcake, a great little bakery where you can also score a pretty good slice of pie. They also have a ton of other treats, like croissants, muffins, scones, cake – you name it.

Fireworks

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And of course, the best part of all – fireworks! There are a few great places near Beverly Hills where you can catch a pretty spectacular fireworks show. The Hollywood Bowl is just a few miles north, and if you get close to the bottom of the hills, you can enjoy the show for free. If you want to kick back on the sand, head down to Marina Del Rey to have some fun on the beach before the giant fireworks show starts at 9pm.

Here’s to a happy (and safe) 4th of July and long weekend for everyone!

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Rodeo Drive ConcoursThe best show ever! The Annual Rodeo Drive Concours celebrated Father’s Day weekend with more than 100 cars displayed along Rodeo Drive.

“The Rodeo Drive Concours is a favorite Father’s Day tradition in Beverly Hills,” said Mayor Julian Gold.  “It’s a day-long celebration of the finest automobiles in the world and a wonderful way for the entire family to celebrate their fathers in classic Beverly Hills style.”

While there were remarkable historic cars from Jaguar, Lotus and Austin-Healey on hand, the British makes were outnumbered by the Germans, Italians and American custom makes. To organize the three blocks of automotive history, Concours d’Elegance organizers relied on a national network of private collectors and internationally recognized custom car venues such as the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

“As an event that exudes style, elegance and automotive passion, we’re honored that the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance selected Alfa RomeoRodeo Drive Concours as this years Honored Marque,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo North America.  “And the timing of the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance couldn’t be better as Alfa Romeo celebrates its 105th anniversary in June, our 4C Coupe continues to excite North American driving enthusiasts and our all-new 4C Spider arrives this summer with its combination of supercar-level performance and open-air freedom.”

“The annual Rodeo Drive Concours is a world-class event that checks every box!  Sensational cars, free to the public and a great place to celebrate Father’s Day with the entire family,” said Rodeo Drive Concours Committee Chairman Bruce Meyer.  “It’s one of those special events that appeals to everyone.  The combination of fashion, architecture, great cars and the best people watching makes it a unique tradition every Father’s Day.”

The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is produced by the Rodeo Drive Committee with support from the City of Beverly Hills.  Alfa Romeo was featured as the 2015 Honored Marque.  Partners include The Auto Gallery, Toyota, Maserati North America, Ferrari North America, Ferrari Beverly Hills, Two Rodeo Drive, GEARYS Beverly Hills, Auctions America, Beverly Hills BMW, Galpin Ford, Petersen Automotive Museum, the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, Lladro, Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau, Al & Ed’s Autosound, T Sportline, Roaming Hunger and the Beverly Hills Boy Scouts Troop 110.  Media partners include the Beverly Hills Courier and Highline Autos Magazine.  For more information about Rodeo Drive and the Rodeo Drive Concours, please visit www.rodeodrive-bh.com.

By no means, can I not mention the delicious foods and desserts. But most of all, just seeing how much fun everyone was having, made the event that much better. I can’t wait until next year. What about you?

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We’re mere days away from summer, if you can believe it. And that means it’s time for something very important: vacation! Hopefully you’ve got at least a few days off planned here in the coming months where you can kick back and relax or pack your bags for some fun. Maybe your plans will even lead you to Beverly Hills!

This lovely city has a lot to offer any time of the year, but it’s really fun in the summer when you can soak up some sun in-between your plans. Plus there’s a better chance of spotting a celebrity or two when it’s warm out, ha! Whether you end up visiting the city for a few days, or live nearby and just want something new to do, here’s a small list of things worth putting on your itinerary.

 

Sunday Movie Nights

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For the past three years, the city of Beverly Hills has offered screenings of family-friendly (mostly) movies every Sunday night in the summer at the beautiful Beverly Canon gardens. It’s a fun, relaxing way to enjoy Beverly Hills without trying to beat the heat. Plus, admission is FREE and there is FREE parking on Canon Dr. A limited number of chairs and tables are available, or you can bring your own. There are plenty of fabulous nearby restaurants where you can get a to-go meal to bring with you. All that’s left is to show up and enjoy.

A schedule of all movie screenings can be found here: beverlyhills.org

 

Concerts in Canon

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Canon is a busy place during the summer! Besides free movie screenings, there are also free concerts on Thursday nights. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so get there early for a prime spot. Everything from jazz to big band music is played. The series runs through the beginning of September, so there are plenty of opportunities to go and catch a couple acts of great music.

Find out who’s playing at beverlyhills.org

 

Annual Dine L.A Restaurant Week

Photo Courtesy of Il Pastaio, a yummy BH Italian eatery!

From July 13-26, the best places to eat in every L.A neighborhood are celebrated and promoted during the annual Dine L.A Restaurant Week. A two week eating excursion sounds like a good time to me! A full list of participating restaurants hasn’t been released yet, but there’s bound to be quite a number of Beverly Hills eateries on there. All participating restaurants will be offering special menu items for a set price, so you’ll want to keep checking the Dine L.A site to see what kind of tasty deals you can score.

 

Greystone Mansion

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This iconic Beverly Hills landmark is always worth a visit to go hiking around the grounds and take in the expansive gardens. Besides that though, the mansion is also host to quite a few events during the year. The Friends of Greystone work hard to put together a host of events that everyone can enjoy. On Sundays you can stop by for some Coffee & Cabaret. Enjoy a fresh cup of caffeine in the mansion while being serenaded with classic movie tunes by a cabaret singer. In July, the mansion is also host to iPalpiti, a decadent evening in the mansion featuring world-renowned string musicians.

 

We All Scream for Ice Cream

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National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third July of every year. Where better to celebrate a hot July day than in Beverly Hills, and what better way to indulge in such celebrations than with the best ice cream? When the hot LA sun gets to be too much, stop in Sweet Rose Creamery on Beverly for some old-fashioned ice cream treats. Don’t get me started on their frozen ice cream pies or soda floats. There’s also Carmela Ice Cream on West 3rd, which serves up unique flavors like my personal favorite, Lavender Honey.

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Confession: I have a very big sweet tooth. I love it all – cupcakes, candy, chocolate, cake, pie, so on and so forth. I could spend hours discussing every one of these, so it’s no surprise I was very excited to explore places to go to in Beverly Hills where you can get your sugar fix. How could finding the places that turn sugar and a few other ingredients into the best treats you’ve ever tasted be anything but fun? The next time you’re visiting or find yourself near BH and have a deep craving for something sweet, you’ll want to stop by these four places.

Sugarfina

I really can’t talk about dessert in Beverly Hills without throwing Sugarfina into the mix. This quant candy shop on Santa Monica Blvd is probably the most well-known sweets spot in Beverly Hills to get just about every kind of concoction coated in chocolate or sugar that you can think of. Even though it is well-known, it never seems to lose its charm for me. Every time I pass by it, I can’t help but run in and grab something yummy to take with me. One of my personal favorites: champagne gummy bears, of course 😉

Lette Macarons

Macarons are such a pretty dessert, and when these bites of almond-y goodness are done right, the result is just plain magic on your taste buds. Whenever I’m in the mood for a couple of small yet very satisfying bites of something soft and creamy, I always want macarons from Lette Macarons. Badly.

Walking in to their shop on Charleville Blvd, it’s hard not be immediately drawn in by the bright colors of the macarons and sheer variety of flavors. Rose, Colombian coffee, salted caramel… there is something here for everyone’s tastes.

Sweet Beverly

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Sweet Beverly on is exactly how it sounds – utterly sweet and hard to resist. This laid-back spot on Beverly Dr is known for their dessert crepes, and let me tell you, you haven’t had a crepe like a Sweet Beverly crepe. They have a number of sweet crepe options, but their ‘Smores one is ah-freakin-mazing. Paired with a cup of delicious Nespresso, and you’ve got yourself a pretty perfect dessert. And their gelato? Excuse me while I wipe some drool off my keyboard.

Teuscher

Teuscher is a highly regarded Swiss chocolatier. Many even consider it to have the best chocolates in the world, so lucky for us that they have a flagship shop right here on Brighton Way. After having been sucked into this chocolate heaven, I’ll tell you what I tell everyone else: good luck dragging yourself out of this place. The variety of truffle flavors, pralines, and bars will keep your taste buds entertained for a good while, but their specialty is champagne truffles made with – of course- Dom Pérignon. I think I found a new place to move in to…

We’ve only just begun to cover all of the sweet places in Beverly Hills. Stay tuned to find out how our adventures finding the best pastries and baked goods goes!

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I myself am not a practicing vegan, but I have a few close friends who are, and more often than not they face the issue of trying to find vegan fare that fits their dietary needs and tastes really good. This got me thinking that it would be an interesting challenge to see what kind of vegan food I could find in Beverly Hills. I got a few pointers from my friends about what I should be looking for in terms of ingredients and preparation, and began to scope out spots. Now, I wasn’t surprised there were vegan restaurants in Beverly Hills to begin with. What I wasn’t expecting was the variety. Everything from Thai to Mexican in all its vegan glory can be found here! Whether you’re eating vegan for health reasons, personal beliefs, food allergies, or just want to try something new, here are some great vegan restaurants worth trying.

Vegan Glory

If you’re in the mood for something Asian-inspired, then you definitely need to try this Thai spot on Beverly Blvd. The staff of Vegan Glory are very friendly and attentive to any dietary restrictions you might have. The menu is large (always a good thing), and their curry dishes are particularly yummy. Bonus: they deliver if you live close enough!

VeganMomed BH

Momed, another spot on Beverly Blvd, serves delicious, organic Mediterranean food that will make you drool. It’s not a vegan-specific restaurant, but there a number of options on the menu that are vegan. Plus, the chefs will be more than happy to work with you and whip up something yummy. Overall, this is a great place for vegans and non-vegans alike.

 

Gracias Madre

Just step over the line between BH and West Hollywood a bit, and check out Gracias Madre on Melrose. It serves totally vegan, organic plant-based Mexican food. It is AMAZING. All caps. I stopped here with a vegan friend once, and I would love to eat here at least once a week. I’m always partial to a veggie quesadilla, but their vegan version is one of the best I’ve had. Don’t forgot to grab a couple of their delicious tacos either!

Urth CaffeVegan

Urth Caffe serves really great organic coffee and tea. It’s a nice place to relax with a cup of something warm. Or cold. Their green tea smoothie is preeetty good. Besides beverages, they also have sandwiches, salads, and pastries. There are some vegan and gluten-free options so everyone can enjoy their time there. Just keep in mind that it can get pretty packed during tourist season, so get there early.

There are plenty more vegan places we have yet to visit in Beverly Hills. Have something you’d like to recommend? Let us know and we’ll check it out and share it right here!

 

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2015 rodeo drive concours d'elegance

The 2015 Rodeo Drive Concours D’Elegance on Father’s Day (June 21) is gearing up to be another Beverly Hills historic celebration featuring Alfa Romeo as the “Honored Marque”. This year’s theme,  “Highways to Heaven” to honor Route 66, Autobahn and Autostrade.

Celebrating Alfa Romeo’s return to North America, the brand will showcase the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe, plus the open-air 4C Spider that arrives this summer. Both models offer driving enthusiasts a technical, mid-engine design inspired by the brand’s legendary racing history and represent the essential sportiness embedded in the brand’s DNA: handcrafted in Modena, Italy; seductive Italian style; state-of-the- art Formula 1 inspired carbon fiber monocoque chassis that enables an incredible power-to-weight ratio; advanced technologies, including the all-aluminum 1750 turbocharged and intercooled engine with direct- injection and variable-valve timing that enables supercar-level performance.

The Concours is the largest public event held annually in Beverly Hills with a unique mix of guests including car collectors, families and international visitors and residents from Beverly Hills and the Westside. Named “one of the 300 unmissable events in the world” by Frommer’s Travel Guide, the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance continues to be one of Southern California’s top destinations each and every Father’s Day. As an annual tradition, the event will feature a superb combination of rare automobiles highlighting the past, present and future at the crossroads of fashion, design and entertainment.

This year’s Concours pays tribute to Route 66, Autobahn and Autostrade. Route 66 was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. Established in 1926, Route 66 ran through Chicago to Los Angeles covering 2,448 miles. Germany’s Autobahn, also known as the German term Bundesautobahen, is the federal controlled-access highway system in Germany that has no mandated speed limit for some classes of vehicles.Italy’s Autostrade is the Italian national motorways system. This system is the main toll road in North and Central Italy.

In the spirit of Father’s Day, this event is dedicated to all our Fathers, and in remembrance of mine, Walter Harris who passed away two years ago.

For more information about the Rodeo Drive Concours, please visit www.concoursdelegance.rodeodrive-bh.com.

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The Peninsula Beverly Hills Bespoke Shopping ExperienceThe Peninsula Beverly Hills is offering a Bespoke Beverly Hills insider’s shopping experience guided by a Mandarin-speaking personal interpreter who offers unlimited access to many of the famed Rodeo Drive boutiques, including arranging after-hours access for the most customized experience. The experience includes a shopping day that begins with a special Afternoon Tea and consultation with the luxury advisor, followed by a guided shopping experience accompanied by luxury transportation to and from Rodeo Drive.

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits:

  • Daily American or Chinese breakfast for two people
  • Private consultation during Afternoon Tea for one guest and personal shopper
  • Mandarin-speaking personal interpreter (other languages available at additional cost)
  • Customized personal shopping experience on Rodeo Drive
  • Complimentary luxury house car transportation to and from Rodeo Drive
  • Room upgrade based on availability at check-in
  • Peninsula Time: Flexible check-in/check-out

Rates: From $1,025

Validity: Until December 31, 2015

Book here to start your shopping experience today!

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There’s nothing like being able to relax after a long day at a comfortable spot with your favorite cocktail. Being able to do it under the open sky and warm sunshine is even better. With summer approaching, we’re starting to get asked a lot if we know where any good rooftop bars are in the city. The Peninsula tends to be the usual answer we give, but we realized that was only because it was the only rooftop bar in Beverly Hills we knew of. Don’t get me wrong, the bar at the Peninsula is a beautiful place that offers stunning views and delicious cocktails, all surrounded by lush gardens. But surely there has to be more rooftop options in, or at least near, this lovely city! After hoofing it around for a few days, here are the spots we found that we think you’ll love.

Petite Ermitage

Petite Ermitage is a little closer to the West Hollywood side of things, but all it takes is a short hop and a skip to find yourself at this very laid back, picturesque hotel. The décor is straight out of a fairytale, and the Butterfly Bar is the perfect place to unwind. Plus the views from the pool area are fantastic.

Rooftop Bar

Skybar

The Skybar in the Mondrian Hotel is certainly a spot to hit at night. It’s a trendy place that works whether you want to have some fun with a group of friends or enjoy a romantic evening under the sky (we can see where they got their name). Fair warning though, that when it’s crowded, it’s crowded. If you come on a night when the bar is booked by a private party, you’re not likely to get in. Skybar is also known for attracting a colorful set of patrons, but if you’ve ever wanted to have a drink next to a “typical” LA crowd of budding actors, models, writers, and all other creative types, then this is definitely your place.

Above Sixty

Just as the name implies, this bar is located above the SIXTY hotel on Wilshire. The bar is open to everyone at night, but only to guests during the day. Don’t let that discourage you if day drinking was on your agenda. Summer means longer daylight hours, and you’ll want to visit this place at night once June hits since local DJs play by the pool all night long. One thing you’ll definitely have to try is their housemade lemonade (an adult version with vodka, of course).

Rooftop Bar

The Pool Bar & Café

The Pool Bar & Café is great place in the Beverly Wilshire hotel. Their food is delicious and their drinks are very refreshing. While it’s mainly a day place (the bar and café are closed by late afternoon), their summer happy hour specials and hours mean the fun can be extended for a little longer. There’s really no better place to enjoy that LA sun.

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Is there a better pairing in the English language than ‘Sunday’ and ‘Brunch’? Take a lazy day, add some awesome food (and some awesome Mimosas, of course), and you’ve got yourself the perfect end to a weekend. Beverly Hills has plenty of good brunch spots, but there are a select few that really stand out from the others.

These five we found to be the best of the best. A few are tried and true favorites, but we were more than willing to “sacrifice” a couple of Sundays to scope out a few more brunches that have been on our radar for a while. Because there’s no brunch like a Beverly Hills brunch.

Circa 55 in The Beverly Hilton

Circa 55 has something for everyone, from traditional breakfast fare to intricate desserts. We’re talking tables and tables of food. And, of course, there’s the never ending champagne. Circa 55 has a comfortable and laid-back feel, but has just the right amount of sophistication that makes brunch so fun.

The Best Part: The multitude of fresh seafood offerings. Everything from shrimp to fillets is laid out elegantly, waiting to be devoured. Excuse me while I dive into a plate of mussels.

The Polo Lounge in The Beverly Hills Hotel

A classic choice in BH for Sunday brunch and lunch for years. It has very charming décor, and who doesn’t love the sound of soft jazz floating through the air as they relax with a delicious cocktail? The food selections are smaller than some, but practically everything on the menu is delicious.

The Best Part: No matter where I go, I always have to try the Eggs Benedict. The Vol au Vent Benedict at the Polo Lounge is divine. I love the addition of lobster.

Freds at Barneys

Freds at Barneys New York

Fred’s at Barney’s NY

Barneys may be known for great shopping, but it also has a great restaurant, Fred’s. Try to get seating on the terrace so you can take in the breathtaking views of Los Angeles. The food here is made with fresh ingredients and there are quite a bit of healthy yet satisfying choices. The Best Part: Their salads. Very fresh and very satisfying.

BLD

BLD makes brunch available Saturday and Sunday, so there’s a good reason right there to like this place. They have a plethora of brunch choices, most of which are delicious comfort food. What I like best is the relaxing atmosphere, where you’re encouraged to kick back and spend a few hours enjoying yourself and the people you’re with.

The Best Part: I’m up for a sandwich any time of the day. Their lobster roll is something I’d wouldn’t mind having most mornings.

The Ivy

The Ivy Beverly Hills

The Ivy

The Ivy is a quaint place that never seems to lose its charm. It’s a classic spot that is known for being frequented by many a celeb. This means it can be crowded most days, but if you nab a table, you’re sure to enjoy yourself. And a free glass of champagne when you walk in? Yes please, times a thousand.

The Best Part: The free cookies they gift you with on the way out. These things are addictive.

With Mother’s Day coming up, you might want to consider one of these spots to treat Mom to. Let us know if you end up going to one and if Mom approved!

 
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Heritiage Fine WinesLast week, I had the privilege of attending an event at Heritage Fine Wines located at 9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Normally before attending an event, I research the speakers and the location. I must say, I frequent Beverly Hills quite a bit and have never heard of Heritage Fine Wines, a lovely little French wine bar, until now. Not only was I excited about hearing speaker Christopher Kai at KGL Consulting, but I was also excited about seeing the new wine bar.

Heritage Fine Wines looked adorable on the website, but you know photos on websites can be quite deceiving. In person it did not disappoint! The wine bar is high-end and a little bit fancy. I felt like I was at a wine bar in Paris, and that’s awesome seeing that I’ve never been to Paris. It’s great for all kinds of events such as: special occasions, celebrations, networking, wine tastings and a book club gathering (just make sure you’ve read the book first).  

Thank you Heritage Fine Wines for a lovely evening with a great speaker, delicious vino, Poilâne bread, shipped in regularly from Paris, as well as French cheeses from The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.

Stop by to meet Jordane Andrieu, owner and indulge in Paris in Beverly Hills.

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