I have a certain rule in life that I always follow – never turn down an invitation for food. So when we were invited to have dinner at Philippe Chow on Wilshire in Beverly Hills, the obvious answer wasn’t whether to go or not, but “What time should I be there?” Following said rule has served me well once again.

Philippe Chow

The first thing you usually pick up on when entering a place is what kind of a vibe it has, and Philippe Chow definitely has a nice feel to it. It strikes that hard balance of being great for a date night or for just having a good time with friends. Sophisticated, with just the right amount of sexy. Once inside, we were treated to delicious cocktails (always a good way to start things off). Beverly had the Lychee Blossoms martini off the menu, but I was treated to a custom cosmo from the bartender after being a little indecisive on what I wanted. The bartenders there will whip up a custom drink for anyone; just let them know what you generally like, and they’ll work their magic. My custom concoction ended up being fruity, refreshing, and just what I needed.

 

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After we got our drinks, we were whisked off to the dining rooms, which are off towards the back of the restaurant. They’re beautifully decorated in black and white, and everything is bathed in a soft red glow. There’s even a glass door that can be slid shut, either for privacy or if you want to pretend you’re famous (which we almost did). The rooms are intimate, but not uncomfortably so. A good tip is that if you’re looking for some alone time with your date, you can snag a table in the corner around 6:30, right when they open for dinner. By 8 or so, the place will be jumpin’.

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Philippe Chow also has some private rooms in the back, which are, of course, gorgeous. They’re great if you have a large party or are celebrating a special event. One piece of info we gleaned is that these rooms are utilized a lot by celebrity guests; they run in through the back so they won’t be spotted. We may or may not have heard that the restaurant is a favorite of Kylie Jenner (yes, that Kylie Jenner) when Keeping Up with the Kardashians is filming. Her fav dish? The chicken satay. We can confirm that it is very, very good.

philippe chow menu

Now, the food. I can talk about food all day and night without stopping, as you well know, so I’ll just get straight to the point. All you need to know about Philippe Chow is that the food is awesome. It is definitely not your standard, run-of-the-mill Chinese food. We were treated to a wide variety of yummy Mandarin-style dishes, our favorites including the wok fried mayonnaise prawns, Mr. Cheng’s hand-pulled noodles, and the crispy duck. We couldn’t believe how many tasty dishes we were being served! We polished off a good amount (ok, a lot) of the food, but still left with enough for lunch and dinner the next day.

Eating at Philippe Chow’s was definitely a great experience, and it’s worth trying out for dinner the next time you’re in Beverly Hills. Don’t forget to mention that you heard about them from The Beverly Hills Insider if you go – you’ll get 10% OFF your check if you do!

Dinner Sponsored by Jodi Jackson at JJ Entertainment.

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Happy Wednesday! We hope you’re having a great week, but in case you’ve hit that mid-week slump, we’ve got a bit of a pick-me-up for you. If you’re having a hard week, there’s nothing better than carving out some quality time for yourself at a spa. There are so many places in Beverly Hills though, it can stress you out just trying to choose one! We’ve simplified things a bit by rounding up some of the top spas around. All you have to do is pick one of these lovely pamper spots and go treat yo’self.

The Spa on Rodeo

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Find some rest right in the middle of the action on Rodeo. The Spa offers just about everything you could think of wanting to do to make yourself unwind. You can treat yourself to a foot soak, custom therapeutic massages, and detoxing skin treatments. I’m melting just thinking about all of it. They even have day spa retreat options, where you can get 60 minutes to up to four hours of massages, skin treatments, and manicures and pedicures. Pure bliss!

The M Day Spa

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The M Day Spa on Wilshire boasts a large variety of beautifying facials, waxing services, peels, massages, and makeup applications. With so many services, this is definitely a one-stop-shop for all of your needs. They’re also known for having a very skilled, helpful staff that work wonders on skin and give a magical massage. Sign me up!

The Peninsula Spa

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The Peninsula is a beautiful hotel with an equally as beautiful spa. You don’t have to be a guest to book an appointment and take advantage of their luxurious services. Everything from gemstone massages, hand-applied tans (aptly called the California Gold), and detoxifying manicures using plant extracts are offered. You can even enjoy a eucalyptus steam prior to your appointment to prepare yourself for some awesome relaxation time. The Peninsula Spa offers an experience like no other.

Tomoko Japanese Spa

japanese spa

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Dedicated to refreshing the body and soul of every one of their clients, Tomoko is a popular spot amongst celebrities. If it’s good enough for the stars, you bet it’s worth checking out. The spa specializes in traditional Japanese and other Asian-inspired massages and aromatherapy. At the end of your service, you have the option of slipping into an ofuro bath to relax and dispel toxins from your skin. It sounds like a piece of heaven and an hour or so well spent.

Thibiant Beverly Hills

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Thibiant, located on Canon Drive, is the go-to place for quality skin care. They have facial options for just about every kind of skin need, body scrubs to leave you glowing from head to toe, and detoxifying wraps to help you firm and cleanse. Thibiant even has a full-service salon that focuses on scalp and nail health, so you can also stop by to get your hair and nails done! You’ll leave refreshed and looking fabulous.

I feel relaxed just thinking about all of these wonderful spa options. Now go treat yo’self. You deserve it!

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Shopping is great. Shopping while tasting and drinking are even better –especially when there’s delicious tray passed mini bites.

On July 16, 2015, I was invited to attend the grand opening celebration of YOGASMOGA in their brand new store in the heart of Beverly Hills. I mingled with other attendees while browsing the yoga-inspired athletic apparel brand that brings its authentic yoga ethos to 90210, such as leggings, tees, tanks and more.

YogaSmoga

YOGASMOGA provides a peaceful respite in which to experience the brand’s spirit of wellness and community. It features an elixir bar and relaxation lounge called, “YS Next Door”, and will host ongoing yoga classes that are free and open to the public. (Can you say, “Sign me up!”) The interior is an ode to Mother Nature, resembling a forest with sleek wooden boning that flows throughout the space. At the core of the venue, the hardwood melds together in a sculpture that recalls Namaste prayer hands.

YogaSmoga

I had an opportunity to chat with co–founder Tapasya Bali. Tapasya shared that the brand actually crafts all of its products with proprietary fabrics created with eco-conscious dyes. (To sum it up, this is high quality fabric that creates a comfortable fit.)

Insider tip: Working out is not the only occasion where you can wear YogaSmoga apparel. Look at how stunning Tapasya look as she matched her leggings with a super chic top. The perfect look for a night out on the town.

YogaSmoga

YogaSmoga

If you’re in the area, stop by and welcome YOGASMOGA to the neighborhood.

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Some of my favorite foods are breakfast foods. There’s nothing like a good omelet or a stack of fluffy pancakes, and I can go for breakfast any time of the day. Waffles for dinner? Yes please! It’s nice to indulge in a good breakfast during an actual morning though, if there’s time. I’m a firm believer that every once in a while, everyone should treat themselves to a long, relaxing morning with a cup of coffee and some delicious food. Here are four breakfast spots in Beverly Hills worth getting up early for and doing just that.

 Kings Road Café

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What’s breakfast without a great cup of coffee? Kings Road Café on Beverly Blvd actually house roasts their own coffee, which means you can expect to get nothing less than a hot steaming cup of awesome. Their breakfast food is also top-notch; my favorites include their French toast and breakfast panini (which is my breakfast JAM). If you’re too busy to come and sit down, you can also order for pickup!

 Beverliz Café

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The Beverliz Café is a comfortable place to come and really relax. Their menu sports my favorite words ever – BREAKFAST SERVED ALL DAY. So if you don’t have time to stop by on a morning, you can do what I love best and get your favorite breakfast food later on. I’m a fan of their breakfast quesadilla, but they have all kinds of food. It’s definitely worth coming back again to try their other options for lunch. They have really great service too, which helps this place stand out from other cafes.

 Lazy Daisy

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I just love the name of this place. Where else are you going to head for nice long, lazy breakfast than Lazy Daisy Beverly Hills? This little restaurant on Wilshire is very low-key, and a place you need to check out if you like traditional breakfast fare. Their breakfast sandwiches and burritos are pretty darn good. Just swing by, pull up a chair, and get comfortable.

 Jack n’ Jills Too

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Just down a little ways down the road is Jack n’ Jills Too on West 3rd St. They’re known for their deliciously spiced Louisiana-style food. And again, breakfast is served ALL DAY. I’m in heaven. Their savory crepe is really a star – it’s stuffed full of all the chicken, sausage, and shrimp you could want. There a ton of menu options here, so it’s nearly impossible not to find something that tickles your fancy. Jack n’ Jills tends to fill up by noon, so go early and enjoy this fun little café.

Go get your breakfast grub on and enjoy your mornings!

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The Beverly HiltonGood Morning My Lovely Readers! I have some exciting news for you today. The Beverly Hilton just turned 60! To celebrate their #Sweet60, they are running a contest for guests and fans of the Beverly Hilton who have contributed to 60 A-list years together.

The contest includes:

  • * A two-night stay at the Beverly Hilton in a studio suite for two
  • * Two tickets to the 60th Anniversary Party (complete with hair/makeup)
  • * Two spa treatments,
  • * Dinner for two at CIRCA 55
  • * Two tickets to a TMZ tour experience

Fans of the Beverly Hilton can enter by tagging their favorite throwback #BeverlyHilton photos with #Sweet60 on Twitter or Instagram, OR upload the photo to The Beverly Hilton Facebook page for a chance to win. You can see additional entry details at:  http://www.beverlyhilton.com/blog/60th-anniversary-contest

Good Luck! Oh and if you are one of my readers and win, please come back to tell me about it. Or you can take me with you. :)

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Happy Wednesday! We hope you all had a lovely long weekend and managed to beat the heat (and aren’t nursing a sunburn, like I am). We’re really excited about being able to share with you an inside look at designer Arminé Ohanessian, owner of R-Mine Bespoke on Ventura Blvd. Arminé’s skill at creating beautiful gowns for weddings and other occasions is well-known. It was a real treat to be able to chat with her about her gowns and her love of fashion. It’s obvious that she takes her profession seriously, and that she loves what she does.

 

Armine Ohanessian designer

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Arminé’s love of clothing began as a small child. Growing up in Armenia, there wasn’t much available to her in terms of fashion, but her mother was a frequent traveler who would bring different clothes and accessories home with her, which exposed Arminé to the fashions and trends of other European countries. She studied fashion before immigrating here to the US at the age of 20, eventually graduating from FIDM, and getting her start here in Beverly Hills at an atelier, serving clients as a high-fashion designer.

Arminé’s passion lies in haute couture, which she considers the most fun to create. She loves the amount of detail that goes into each piece, the love and effort a designer must put into making a custom, high-quality garment that is work of art on its own. Her goal is to always create something that is classic and elegant, with just the right amount of edge to it. When you see her gowns in person at her boutique, it’s easy to see how much work goes into each dress, and how much they reflect her fun style.

What makes designing most enjoyable for Arminé is also a challenge; she has to find a balance between something looking high-end but also fitting the client’s personality. She knows within 5 minutes of talking to a client what their personality is and what they’ll like, a skill she probably learned while working for her mother, who was a psychologist.

 

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Arminé meticulously learns everything there is to know about the client and the event the dress is for. Once she has that down, she’ll start designing around the client’s frame to come up with the most flattering silhouette. Interestingly enough, she doesn’t believe in sketching – hardly anyone matches the long, pencil-thin figures used in sketches. Instead, she prefers to drape around the client themselves. Arminé and her team then hunt down the best fabrics and accessories to make the dress a reality. If that wasn’t enough, they can also help with you with your veil (if it’s a wedding dress), accessories, shoes – everything. Arminé can make a dress in as little as two weeks if it’s absolutely necessary, but if you want the whole “R-Mine experience”, you better visit her shop a good 6-8 months, even a year, before your event.

 

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Although she’s known for her custom gowns, Arminé also wants people to be aware of her ready-to-wear collections for both weddings and evening wear. Her evening wear is really spectacular, and has been featured in countless magazines and events. Recently, her gowns have been spotted in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and a multitude of high-profile events (Cannes, anyone?). Currently, Arminé is busy finishing up some more evening gowns, but is looking to shift her attention more on her bridal collection later in the year. For 2016/2017, she’s playing around with the idea of having more locations in LA and around the country.

We’re excited to see what her next collection will be. If you’re looking for a high-quality dress for a wedding or event, Arminé is definitely your person.

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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!

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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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