The 3rd Annual Roger Neal Style Hollywood Oscar Black Tie Viewing Dinner Gala and Gifting Suite – Oscar Sunday – March 5, 2018

A class act all the way, presented by Suzan Hughes Education Foundation S.H.E. It was better this year they had more celebrities and better food for sure.

Food Provided by The Flats & Montresor. The menu presented by Paul Shoemaker. Salad, with mixed green salad with crispy vegetables, sun gold tomatoes and champagne vinaigrette. Appetizer, Zuckerman Farms Green Asparagus: winter truffle fondue, morel mushrooms, and miner’s lettuce. Entrée Duo, Scottish Salmon, cous cous, curry, golden raisins, extra virgin olive oil. Waygu Short Rib pomme puree, vin rouge. Dessert, Brulee’d Cheesecake. Montrésor, Studio City’s new lively French Bistro, the brainchild of actress, producer and long-time restaurateur, Lisa Long, and designer and partner, Ann Booth Luly. The appetizers and salad will be provided by The FLATS a lively new restaurant featuring Michelin star Executive Chef Paul Shoemaker in the kitchen preparing artisanal flat bread pizzas and gourmet salads.

The Stars in attendance included: Renee Taylor (receiving Icon Award), Lainie Kazan, Jon Voight, Lou Ferrigno, Carla Ferrigno, Renee Lawless (The Have and Have Nots), Lee Meriwether, The Pointer Sisters (receiving Icon Award), Burt Ward, Dawn Wells, Lee Purcell, Courtney Stodden, Judy Tenuta, Kira Lorsch, Wink Martindale, Robert Forster, Ruta Lee, Marion Ross (receiving Icon Award), Paul Sorvino, Dee Dee Sorvino, Patrika Darbo, Don Most, Erin Murphy, Sofia Milos (CSI Miami), Anson Williams, Cindy Margolis, Katherine Kelly Lang (Bold and the Beautiful), Brenda Dickson (Young & Restless), Gloria Allred, Cerina Vincent, Gary Busey, Jake Busey, George Chakiris (Oscar winner, West Side Story), Janice Dickinson, Victoria Summer, Carolyn Hennesy, Barbara Rush, BarBara Luna, Marla Gibbs, Fred Willard, Michael Jai White, Joe Cortese, Dawn Wells, Kristy Swanson, Oscar nominee Diane Ladd, Karen Kramer (receiving Icon Award), Sheree J. Wilson (Walker Texas Ranger), Anson Williams (Happy Days), Kat Kramer, Victoria Summer (Transformers), Kate Linder (Young & Restless), Jeremy Miller (Growing Pains), Suzan Hughes, Rex Smith, Stanley Livingston, Rebecca Holden (Knight Rider), Clarence Gilyard, Emilia McCarthy, Ilya Salkind (Superman), Lou Ferrigno Jr. (S.W.A.T on CBS), Jeraldine Saunders (Creator of The Love Boat), Charlene Tilton, James Dumont, Leyna Nguyen, Kristy McNichol, Chester Rushing (Stranger Things), Martin Klebba, Dee Wallace (ET), Ronnie Schell (Gomer Pyle USMC), Michael Learned (The Waltons), Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H), Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Jeremy Miller, Emilia McCarthy, Carol Connors (2x Oscar nominee), Kira Lorsch (Emmy winner The Bay), Katherine Kelly Lang, Ed Asner (Icon Award recipient).

ICON Awards for Oscar Nominee Renee Taylor, Presented by Fran Drescher – Batman’s Burt Ward Presented by Lee Meriwether & Lou Ferrigno. Happy Days Marion Ross presented by Donny Most and Anson Williams – Recording Stars The Pointer Sisters presented by Carol Connors. Ed Asner – Producer Karen Kramer presented by Oscar Winner Lou Gossett Jr..

Roger Neal, Dinner Chairman, and Partner Lynn Neal, who for the past 22 years have produced the RNSH Oscar Gift Suite said, “ We are beyond thrilled to produce our 3rd Annual Oscar party at the Hollywood Museum which houses the largest collection of entertainment memorabilia on display in the world; we cannot think of a more perfect place to host 80 stars many who are past Oscar nominees, winners and presenters. Young and classic stars from TV and Film will have the opportunity to tour this incredible museum prior to a sit down gourmet dinner with wine & champagne (Lorimar Winery) to see a special Academy Awards exhibit and the brand new just opened Batman 66 Exhibit.” Hollywood Museum founder, Ms. Donelle Dadigan said, “We are thrilled to have Roger and his Oscar Viewing Dinner back with us, we are right in the middle of all of the Oscar night activity and we know that the guests and stars coming to this dinner will have an incredible time.”

The 3rd Annual Roger Neal Style (RNSH) Oscar Viewing Black tie Dinner Gala is included in the ABC 7 Official Oscar Party Coverage hosted by George Pennachio.

This year the Official Charities benefiting from the RNSH Oscar Viewing Dinner include: The Thalians, and Life & Hope Also Discover Hollywood Magazine and CELEBRITY PAGE TV will serve as a media sponsors for this special Oscar Viewing Dinner.

It was a glorious night filled with so much old Hollywood Glamour, my choice is this party every year!

The Hollywood Museum
(Max Factor Building)
1660 N. Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA.

Roger Neal Style Hollywood Oscar Black Tie Viewing Dinner Gala and Gifting Suite.

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Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions Presents Black Tie Gala Honoring Purple Hearts Veterans – Oscar Sunday – March 4, 2018

This was a great event by Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions – Black Tie Gala – Honoring Purple Heart Veterans, as well as celebrating Oscar week.

Many fantastic celebrities showed up with a huge red carpet all at the very glamorous. This was a really nice event where everyone was made to feel super welcomed and comfortable, of course having the military there really created a giving back atmosphere.

Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions
InterContinental Hotel
2151 Ave. of the Stars
Century City, Los Angeles, CA.


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February 24, 2018 – Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show – Los Angeles Convention Center – Los Angeles, CA. 90048

I came to this show a few years back but didn’t realize how fun and educational it is. They really have done a great job covering the map for every tourist, traveler, and adventure seeker. You can discover the world all in one weekend, under one roof.

There are four theaters with over 30 sessions. Some of these included: Travel Matchmaking with Cruise Planners’ CEO and co- founder Michelle Fee. Join Cruise Planners for a fun, interactive Travel Matchmaking Game Show to learn about your bucket list destinations and be matched with the vacation of your dreams! Come learn, laugh, and have a chance to win some fun travel prizes. Beyond the Cruise: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventure features David Kasser, Vice President of Tourism Development and Sales, Visit Anchorage Alaska. Learn about the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences from South-central Alaska’s destination experts. Anchorage is an urban oasis in untamed wilderness nestled between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains with 60 glaciers within 50 miles of the city. When is the best time of the year to visit. How to Capture Your Adventure on Camera! Tips and Tricks to Document Your Trips with Juliana Broste, Travel Video Journalist + TV Personality, (Traveling Jules). Discover creative and unique ways to capture your travel experiences through photos and videos. Travel Video Journalist Juliana Broste (aka TravelingJules) reveals top tips and tricks for travelers who want to document their adventures. Listen in as Jules shares stories from the road and lessons learned from filmmaking assignments around the world. Discover Why Guatemala and Belize are Top Travel Destinations for Travelers Worldwide. Jose Antonio Gonzalez, Travel Tour Leader, Bella Guatemala and Emilio Faillace, Travel Tour Leader, Bella Guatemala, take you on a journey into the land of the Maya with BGT’s Guatemala and Belize destination experts. Gain a deeper understanding about the Maya Civilization from our expert Guatemalan tour guides, Jose Antonio Gonzalez and Emilio Faillace. Learn tips on how to travel like a local, find must see locations and things to do for an experience of a lifetime. Discover why Guatemala and the neighboring country of Belize are top travel destinations for travelers worldwide. European Travel Skills by Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves Europe and Travel with Rick Steves. He shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, Rick will explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from lots of travels, Rick will share exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018, Mark Johanson; Travel Writer, Lonely Planet; Ryan De Seixas, CEO and Owner, Ryzone Media; Constanza Smok, Chief of Branding, Design and Social Media at Sernatur, Chile’s Tourism Board; Adam Skolnick, Lonely Planet Writer. Each year, Lonely Planet experts select the best upcoming destinations to visit in their annual Best in Travel list. In this panel discussion, Lonely Planet’s CEO, Daniel Houghton, will moderate a discussion with Lonely Planet writer, Mark Johansen, GoPro advocate Ryan De Seixas and the Chilean Tourism Board’s Chief of Branding, Constanza Smok, on why Chile was selected as top country for 2018.

Entertainment venues included – Destination Theater: From where to go and when to go, to what to do and how to get there, destination experts will give you the in depth information you need to travel like a local. Savvy Traveler Theater: Showcasing travel tips, tricks and actionable advice, you’ll learn how to travel like a pro straight from the experts. Topics include packing tips, technology skills, travel safety methods, budget travel hacks, etc. Taste of Travel Theater: Get a taste of cultures from around the world as chefs prepare their local cuisines right in front of you. Most cooking demonstrations end with a sampling right at your seat!

They make it super easy for you to find exactly which city you want to get more information about. All allocated and delineated through maps online and big huge signs there in the convention center, as well as very detailed programs. My advice is to pace yourself; there is so much to see. I didn’t go to any of the booths where they had giveaways where you had to listen to a lecture at another location before getting the giveaways, so that saved me lots of time.

Most of my interest is with local road trip type of vacations, so that was easy. They had a few rows dedicated to local quick travel destinations in California; I liked that part the best.

I made so many new connections and future travel plans; a very rewarding way to spend your Saturday in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show
2018 Show Dates/Hours: Public Show Hours:
Saturday, February 24: 10:00am-5:00pm (9:30am Open for Travel Trade Only)
Sunday, February 25: 10:00am-5:00pmLos Angeles Convention Center (South Halls JK)
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015
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February 21, 2018 – Dinner – Montresor – Studio City, CA.

In a very hipster strip on Ventura Blvd., right across the street from my Gym, is the best French restaurant in all of Los Angeles, a hidden gem amongst lots of well-known establishments. But look no further; this is the place to go to try a new take on luxurious French cuisine.

Lisa Long is one of the owners; she was the same gal that helped me with my culinary journey at The Flats in Beverly Hills. She is very hands-on, making sure every part of your experience will be excellent. The new Studio City spot, only in operation for a week, is brought to us by co-owners Lisa Long (who’s also a partner in La Loggia Ristorante and the Flats), and designer Ann Booth Luly, who conceptualized the space.

Designer Ann Booth Luly also owns the retail store Hoity Toity in Studio City; she did a remarkable job of making the interiors elegant, whimsical and friendly. The interior is filled with lots of Art Nouveau/Louis XIV accents and furniture. There are different chairs at every table, Edwardian, Victorian, Rococo and every single one unique and individual. Not overdone, but very tasteful, there is a lot to look at.

Michelin-Star Chef Paul Shoemaker is at the helm, “I like to take a classic dish and have a little fun, give it some flair and get playful,” Shoemaker says, “I want to create something different, that stands out amongst the classics.” For now, the menu is a brief list of 15 or so items, total, but there will most likely be more to come. Trained in the kitchens of Chef Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, and Per Se, as well as Alain Ducasse. Shoemaker has brought technique-driven cooking and a Southern California sensibility to Providence, Water Grill, his own Savory, and Firefly, not to mention, Joe Pytka’s Bastide, where in less than six months he earned a Michelin Star, classic-meets-modern French. I tried his lovely food at a tasting at INTRO Art Gallery & Chef’s Table, a while back and was extremely impressed, described as a multi-course sensory explosion. A different venue; but the same attention to detail and enjoyment in every bite.

I also recognized host James Saliba from La Loggia Restaurant, he made everyone feel completely at home.

Here’s what I tried:

They give you a lovely bread plate with Black Truffle whipped butter and these very small but mighty rolls that have more truffle and butter inside, yum!


French Onion Soup with Gruyere, and baguette croutons, a bit on the sweet side, but truly an amazing rendition of my favorite French soup. The cheese and croutons add to the overall wonderful experience of this creative soup.

Foie Gras Torchon, Black cherry, Moscato, and brioche. Ok, this is not an appetizer; this is an event. All of the little fruit jellies and sauces that accompany this Foie Gras. I had this with my champagne and every bite just melted in my mouth. Wow, truly outstanding. So happy that Foie Gras is back on everyone’s menus, for a while it was illegal to serve in California.

Crab Cake with Meyer lemon gastrique, remoulade, and frisee. The crab cake itself is so flavorful, with very meaty fresh crab, and the remoulade sauce was incredible.


Rhode Island Black Bass, with Artichokes, tomato, and saffron jus. The fish is tender and moist with the wonderful saffron jus, this is a keeper.

Lamb Loin, with mixed grains, bloomsdale spinach, and Cipollini onions. The lamb was served medium rare, each bite was soft and delightful, no need for a knife it was just like butter. Sensational!!


Butterscotch Panna Cotta with Expresso ice cream, and almond brittle. The perfect flavor profile for me, especially with the butterscotch and almond brittle. I just loved this desert.

Mixed Berry & Honeycomb, Pistachios, and Chantilly cream. This is a very decadent way to eat berries, but so fantastic, a great end to my beautiful experience.


Ascension Silver – Blend, Napa, I loved this wine with the crab cake, it was not over powering, a nice pairing.

Franciscan – Chardonnay, Napa, this is my kind of wine, filled with buttery goodness. This wine should be paired with the Bass; it lends itself to the nice saffron jus.

Upper Cut – Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, this wine took me very much by surprise, with its creamy chocolate taste, it was so delicious with the lamb.

Seghesio Family Vineyards – Zinfandel, Sonoma. I used to be a wine club member, they have the best Zinfandel on the planet and with the lamb it was a real no-brainer.


Belgian & French:

Gulden Draak – Dark Triple Ale, rich dark flavors, a great beer to go with the onion soup.

No need to hop on a plane to go on vacation for Parisian cuisine when you’ve got it right here in Studio City. It’s about as good as it gets.

At the end of the day I do these reviews because I love the culinary experience. It’s really all about the food and how it makes you feel in the moment. Montresor didn’t disappoint, with so many culinary choices it’s hard to figure out what to try. But for me this was one of the best tastings I have done in a very long time, truly!! Montresor is French for “My Treasure”, and after you try the food here you will feel like you found your culinary treasure, I know I did!

11266 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

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Dinner Xi’an – Feb. 16, 2018 – Beverly Hills, CA.

What can I say about Xi’an that hasn’t been said before; elegant, wonderful, delicious, and perfect. Yes, this is Chinese food at its best, and you can tell by all of the laughter and smiles, guests were really enjoying themselves.

Xi’An (translated as ‘Western Peace’) was one of the oldest cities in China and a bustling ancient capital of China. It is also known for the ending of the legendary Silk Road, which for 1600 years was the seat of dynastic power, a sub-provincial city located in the center of the Guanzhong Plain in Northwestern China.

What I really adore about Xi’an is owner Vicky Mense, she is such a fashionista and very hands on. Originally from Taiwan, she made Los Angeles her home in 1984. Vicki really makes you feel very relaxed. Her personality and beauty are very welcoming, she is a staple here on Canon Drive. Besides her thriving business, Vicky has lots to be thankful for. Her past involvement has included Chairwoman for the Chamber in 2008, board member for 2 years, and VP of Vocational Service for 2 terms of the Beverly Hills Rotary Club. Then she became board member for The Maple Counseling Center, as well as for Beverly Hills Global Partners, Inc. Currently, she serves on the Chamber’s Executive Board, chairs the Committee for Asian Business Connection, and is also board member of the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau. Vicky also spearheads the Asian Liaison Committee, a spinoff committee of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce that focuses on reeling in businesses and organizations from Asian nations to prospects in the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles communities.

Vicky talks about her 2 employees Tao and Cece, who have been with her the longest, “Tao is the Yang. Tao has been with me from my previous business, which I opened 23 years ago, and sold before opening Xi’an. Cece has been with me since the first day I opened Xi’an. They’re an integral part of the success of Xi’an restaurant. I could not have done it without their devotion, passion, enthusiasm, and customer service.”

Vicky about Xi’an, “I think Xi’an really symbolizes a very typical local restaurant. Even though Beverly Hills is famous worldwide, you will get a flavor of how intimate a community we really are, how the people in Beverly Hills eat, live, and enjoy life! We are offering really delicious food, reasonable prices, a beautiful sidewalk patio– we are so blessed that LA weather affords us the luxury to dine outdoors!”

I was honored with Tao doing my service on my visit, he is no-nonsense and can carve a Peking duck faster than you can say Beverly Hills.

Here’s What I Tried:


Soft Shell Crab Sushi Roll, a very artistic endeavor, with the little crab legs popping out from the sushi roll, just the perfect beginning.

Cool Lettuce Cups with Miso Black Cod. These were so fantastic, the cod is cubed into little pieces and the flavor is out of this world.

Mu Shu Vegetable with Pork. This is always a great choice, with the nice veggies and the egg with the pork it has a nice texture and the tasty bites are amazing as well.


Pan Fried Noodles, Semi-crisp noodles topped with sautéed shrimp and chicken with mixed vegetables. There is a lot more veggies and protein then noodles, so you could potentially order this as a main dish, it’s just that good.


Treasure from the Sea, Shrimp and scallops in a black bean sauce sautéed with snow peas and fresh basil. A real treat, lots of shrimp and scallops make for one superb dish.


Peking duck, the perfect roasted duck with crispy golden brown skin and succulent meat, wrapped in 4 thin pancakes at your table. This for me is always very decadent and Xi’an does it to perfection, the sauce, the pancakes, and the duck, just exceptional.

It’s the kind of place that will treat everyone equally, even if you’re a celebrity, you’re still part of the family. It’s not that you’ll go unnoticed, rather than a hidden law that you’re not going to be bothered. The night I came Jay Leno and his lovely wife Mavis stopped in for some orange chicken, which you could tell was his favorite. I dropped by the table to say hi and even got to take a selfie with Jay. He is a very nice man!

The interior is very welcoming, with elegant mirrors and wall sconces, the little touches of Chinese décor add to the overall homey feeling. There are red lanterns that enhance the ambiance as well. They have a private dining room; the exclusive Shoji Room, with its walls of sliding doors, offers you the option of having celebrations or meetings in complete privacy. The Shoji Room can seat up to 28 people while Xi’an’s main dining room and outdoor patio can accommodate larger parties and functions.

Above all Xi’an is a family restaurant, meaning everyone knows each other, it is super friendly, and if you’re not part of the family you soon will be!

Monday – Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 5:00 PM. – 10:00 PM

362 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 275-3345

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Sunday – February 10, 2018 – St. Supery Wine Tasting – Beverly Hills, CA.

This is by far a great way to spend an afternoon. I had 3 friends go with me so 4 total all together. We all had different flights. Each one magnificent, they also provided some cheese and sliced baguettes. You can totally understand why their wine is such a successful brand in Napa. This whole extravaganza took place in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Dr., quite the new thing; winery tasting rooms are coming to Southern California.

St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is a 100% Estate Grown, Napa Valley sustainable farmed winery. They are located in the renowned Rutherford growing region in the heart of Napa Valley. “Our vineyards and winery are certified Napa Green. We are proud to be recognized for our exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and estate red and white blends. All of our wines are estate grown, produced and bottled”.

I tried the Featured Wine Flight, which is a combo of white and reds: 2016 Dollaride estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Napa Valley Estate Virtu, 2013 Rutherford Estate Vineyard Merlot, and 2013 Napa Valley Estate Elu. My favorite was the 2013 Estate Elu, with its lovely chocolate creamy nuances; you could pair this with a great filet mignon or even a burger. It was just so warm and inviting, I just loved all of its hearty characteristics. I also tried an extra taste, the 2015 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, creamy, with vanilla and caramel flavors; you would want this delicate chardonnay with scallops, shrimp and or lobster.

My guests had these 2 fights: White Wine Flight, taste through a selection of 100% estate grown Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay wines that each have their own unique characteristics defined by their winemaking style from 100% stainless steel fermentation to a combination of oak and stainless steel. 2016 Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Napa Valley Estate Oak Free Chardonnay, and 2015 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Chardonnay. Red Wine Flight: This is the ultimate Cabaret Sauvignon experience with a tasting of four wines from our diverse, 100% estate, certified Napa Green Rutherford and Dollarhide vineyards of St. Supery. 2013 Napa Valley Estate Elu, 2013 Dollarhide Elevation, 2013 Rutherford Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2013 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

In 2015 St. Supéry’s neighbor Chanel purchased the winery; and this fantastic pop-up tasting salon is on the ground floor of the building next door to the Chanel boutique. The three-story building was previously home of the Lladro porcelain store before Ladro moved down the street. The 1,000-square-foot space has large glass windows looking out onto Rodeo Drive; a high ceiling that covers the three-story building, and a huge striking staircase right in the middle.

Reminiscent of a French parlor; so elegant, with seating for 62 people. You can be served at the large marble bar or at bistro tables. St. Supéry wine bottles are displayed throughout the space. Barrels brought down from the winery are in the hallway, as well as soil samples from the winery’s Dollarhide and Rutherford Estate Vineyards.

St. Supéry Beverly Hills Tasting Salon is scheduled to be open for one year. They officially opened their doors of the pop-up tasting salon on Oct. 14, 2017.

Casual, elegant, truly a great find on Rodeo Drive, or anywhere for that matter! Next time you would like a perfect wine tasting afternoon try St. Supery!

Hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

St. Supery Tasting Room
408 N. Rodeo Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 786-7864

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February 3, 2018 – Late Lunch – Fred’s at Barneys in Beverly Hills, CA.

This is, by far the most charming dining establishment in all of Los Angeles. What a gem. Named after the son of Barney Pressman, Fred Pressman, it’s a real find. A very welcomed change from the old Barney Greengrass, Fred’s is now family owned, with delectable fare all day long. How could you go wrong with Cooperate Chef – Mark Strausman and Executive Chef – Emmanuel Pradet calling all of the culinary shots. You have a first class view, with unbelievably delicious food all right here in Beverly Hills. What more could you ask for?

Emma Coxall, the general manager and my gracious host, was so kind to make all of this happen for me. I was originally invited to a film premiere after party at Fred’s and met Emma at that time. That party was so lovely, I would encourage anyone to book this venue for any kind of event. Emma is truly an inspiration, she came from Scarpetta in Beverly Hills, as their assistant general manager, and so she has quite the pedigree. She just makes you feel right at home! My waiter, Michael, was quick and no nonsense, but got the job done in a very professional way. Also, Waleed the maître de, came from The Beverly Hills Polo Lounge and The Montage in Beverly Hills. He just smiles at you and you are having a better day then before!

The interiors are very plush, with some nice velvet club chairs and monochromatic theme, and cool ambient background music. With marble tabletops, and marble speckled floors, it is very simple elegance; a perfect backdrop for my amazing late lunch.

Of course there would be celebrities here, because it is very low key and no one would ever go crazy seeing a big star, it’s just that kind of place. When I walked in Jennifer Anniston was taking a bathroom break from her table right next to mine, she said hello to me while her bodyguard looked on carefully, lol.

Here’s What I Had:


Trouble Maker – Belvedere vodka, Bonal, strawberry, cucumber, and lime. If you have too many of these you will become a troublemaker and believe me, it is not difficult.

Blackberry Margarita – Casamigos Blanco tequila, Cointreau, Crème Yvette with muddled blackberries. This is the way to go for the tequila enthusiast; creamy, rich and just the right amount of alcohol makes this a delightful cocktail.


Crab Cakes- Served with a pasilla pepper coulis, this also comes with homemade potato chips which is just amazing, but the shrimp are spectacular as well.

Winter Salad- Wild arugula, quinoa, butternut squash, dried cranberries, toasted pumpkin seeds and red sorrel, tossed in a balsamic Dijon honey vinaigrette with grilled salmon. The grains are sweet and the salmon was cooked to perfection. For a healthy filling lunch, this is the way to go.

Grilled Shrimp with Lime and Ginger – Served with a mixed green salad. The shrimps pop in your mouth and have a great delicate lime and ginger seasoning; wow so fantastic.


Lobster Cobb Salad – Romaine hearts, organic watercress, wild arugula, hardboiled egg, scallions, tarragon, Point Reyes blue cheese crumble, avocado, bacon and warm fingerling potatoes – Tossed in creamy tarragon and lemon dressing. Shear decadence, with lots of lobster. You feel like a princess, yum.


Linguine alle Vongole – Baby clams, olive oil, garlic, and a touch of tomato; more like fettuccine noodles and the clams are everywhere. A great rendition of this Italian staple.

Mediterranean Seafood Pasta – Spaghetti, shrimp, Scallop, baby artichoke, English pea, roasted bell pepper, Saffron sauce. They use huge diver scallops and the artichoke adds a nice rounded texture. I loved this pasta.

Main Courses:

Grilled New York Steak and Frites – Served with house-made café de Paris butter, the steak is tender and perfect, and the truffle fries are off the charts.

Week-end In Beverly Hills:

New York Fish Platter – Nova lox, white fish salad and sturgeon with Mark’s house-made bagels and assorted cream cheeses, served with sliced tomato and red onion. This is delivered with lots of smoked fish and these cute little mini bagels; a great way to enjoy a weekend brunch.

Side Dishes:

Sautéed Garlic Spinach – Lots of garlic in this nice side dish and healthy, too.

Sautéed Garlic Broccoli – Plump broccoli, perfectly cooked with great flavor.

Roasted Brussels sprouts with Bacon – Of course this would be my favorite, with the tasty bacon bits.


Almond Cake – This is a nice and light cake with a great presentation.

Apple Tart Tatin – With salted caramel ice cream, the apples are caramelized and it is served with a caramel sauce; so delicious.

White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding, with roasted banana ice cream. I just love this sweet fluffy desert, and their homemade roasted banana ice cream that went with it.


Champagne, Veuve Clicquot, Rose, France. This is an elegant light champagne. Treat yourself; it is worth every cent.

Zinfandel, Easton, Sierra Foothills. This cherry, jammy, wine goes great with the rare steak; it just hits all of the right notes.

Chardonnay, Dutton Goldfield, Russian River. This is a luscious buttery Chardonnay. It went great with the crab cakes, the shrimp, and the seafood pasta.

All and all, my experience was just lovely; they really make you feel like a queen. Everything is designed with your gastronomic pleasure in mind and they succeeded with flying colors.

Imagine you can shop at Barney’s and then indulge in some of the most creative cuisine in all of Los Angeles. The food is just that good. Next time you’re in Beverly Hills you just got to come and dine at Fred’s. No need for a special occasion, just get here!

Fred’s Beverly Hills
9570 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Sun: 11 AM – 6 PM
Mon – Sat: 11 AM – 7 PM
Phone: 310.777.5877

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January 31, 2018 – The XX Project – Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid – Lifetime – Estrella – West Hollywood, CA.

I am a huge fan of Yolanda Hadid; she is a mentor to me. Her struggles have been huge, going through a divorce from David Foster and having lyme disease, but through it all she has managed to keep her dignity and pursue her dreams. Her two daughters, Bella and Gigi, are super models; as well as her son model Anwar, all from the guidance and love of their dear mother. Yolanda also manages both of them and you can tell that she doesn’t put up with any BS. Yolanda was a part of 4 seasons of Real House Wives of Beverly Hills and during that time, she became bedridden with Lyme disease. To me, her bravery and willingness to show her real story, was beyond brilliant, but truly it was her real life. After 7 years she is well enough to start her own business, going back to her roots with the show “Making a Model,” on Lifetime. It’s a competition story of sorts, but to me it’s more of a basic training on how to be a super model from the best, Yolanda Hadid.

The episode that I saw was the beginnings of the competition where Yolanda does hair makeovers and gets these girls ready for their first audition/interview with the IMG agency, which is the biggest modeling agency in the world. To Yolanda’s dismay, the girls didn’t do their research and neither did their mothers. When they were each asked whom their favorite photographer is, none of them had answers, including their mothers. Yolanda is whipping them all into shape; she has the wisdom and discipline to make them all a success stories. But her basic message was that of empowerment and that a pretty face could only take you so far. You need to be educated, well spoken, and have some life experience. She says that demanding respect is a huge part; by looking into someone’s eyes and firmly shaking their hand, you will always seal the deal.

We were also able to experience a casual Q & A, moderated by Marcy Medina, West Coast Bureau Chief of WWD, in which the audience participated, giving us even greater knowledge of how powerful Yolanda really is. She is an amazing force, having survived Lyme disease and then teaching all of these kids her secrets about this crazy modeling business. But because Yolanda is so grounded, we see a practical view of how these girls can achieve their goals the same way as Yolanda and her kids have done throughout their lives.

About The XX Project:

The XX Project is a women’s business community to empower and influence for leadership and partnership.

Women tend to think of other women as competitors rather than allies, but together, we are stronger. The XX Project maximizes your network and leverages your skills to empower yours, and one another’s business. It provides a support network in both personal and professional endeavors.

The XX Project is a network of top female leaders across all industries that come together and share their empowerment stories and strategies, giving participants the motivation and spark to affect change in their own lives.

Michelle Edgar / Founder & CEO – Michelle Edgar founded The XX Project over 4 years ago and has made it part of her everyday life to inspire and empower women in business through this network and platform by providing women with resources and tools to enhance their lives. She is an agent at ICM Partners in Global Branded Entertainment and Concerts. Michelle’s expertise and focus is securing partnerships for ICM Partners’ artists across all genres of music.

As an executive in the music business for over five years, Michelle has previously worked at FRUKT, KIDinaKORNER, Red Light Management, and Warner Bros Records, focusing on strategic partnerships and artist development. She has worked on campaigns for the likes of Imagine Dragons, The Black Keys, Skylar Grey, Theophilus London, Gary Clark Jr., Steve Angello, Miguel, and Mariah Carey.

Michelle also founded Music Unites: a non-profit organization funding sustainable music education programs in under served public schools. The organization launched the Music Unites Academy program in partnership with the Compton Unified School District. Her love for music stems from her training as a concert pianist at The Manhattan School of Music and Northwestern University.

About “Making a Model”:

In the cutthroat world of modeling, every aspiring beauty needs support, guidance, and sometimes a nudge down the runway. On “Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid,” premiering Thursday, January 11 at 10pm ET/PT, former model and television personality Yolanda Hadid (“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) brings her expertise to the forefront as she coaches aspiring teen models to succeed on and off the catwalk. As the mother and agent to fashion’s “IT” girls Gigi and Bella, and model son Anwar, Yolanda and her trusted team of experts will put the girls, and their “momagers”, through an intensive eight week training program, focused on the physical, mental, and emotional wellness that it takes to build a sustainable brand.

The eight-episode series follows six young aspiring models and their mothers as they travel to New York City, shack up under one roof, and pursue their dreams of becoming a supermodel. Each week, Yolanda puts the girls and their moms through a series of lessons and assignments designed to not only test their modeling agility, but also the strength of their mother-daughter relationship. With a $5,000 weekly prize on the line to put towards their future careers, only one girl will be left standing to win a management contract with Yolanda’s company and the potential opportunity to be represented by IMG Models in New York. Yolanda’s daughters Gigi and Bella Hadid, designers Tommy Hilfiger and Nicole Miller, and supermodels Devon Windsor and Alek Wek, make special appearances through the season. “Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid” is produced by Hudsun Media for Lifetime. Michael Rourke, Christopher Spry, Sean Rankine, and Yolanda Hadid executive produce. Mary Donahue and Mioshi Hill executive produce for Lifetime.

Model-Mother teams include:

Breanna (13) and Jessica Bunevacz – Los Angeles, California. Lilyan (15) and Kat Cole – Coalgate, Oklahoma. Carrington (16) and Lisa Durham – Los Angeles, California. Mikayla (16) and Karen Gilles – Chicago, Illinois. (add space after period) Makenzie (14) and Teresa Rooney – Fishers, Indiana. Athena (13) and Diana Katoanga – Portland, Oregon.

“Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid” joins Lifetime’s robust roster of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle series which include the Emmy® nominated series, “Project Runway,” “Project Runway All Stars,” makeup and hair competition series “American Beauty Star” with host Adriana Lima, and the competition series, “Glam Masters,” executive produced by Kim Kardashian West. A+E Networks is also an investment partner in BeautyCon, a destination for generation Z and millennials in the beauty space.

The evening was capped off by a nice reception with great libations and good appetizers, and being able to mix and mingle with all of the people involved in the evening’s festivities, was equally gratifying.

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My Art – Film Premiere – January 19, 2018 – Fine Arts Theater – Beverly Hills, CA.

Having gone to art school I totally get the whole theme and genre of this fantastic romp into a coming of age character. Anyone that knows Laurie Simmons prolific career as a photographic artist understands that she is super creative and whimsical. From her vignettes to her miniature dolls she always has a sense of humor. Her first film and directorial debut, has that exact quality, a laugh out loud journey into an independent woman’s life, as she realizes her dream, and meets some interesting people along the way.

The premise in a nutshell: A 65-year-old single artist living in New York City has a good life: a stable teaching job, successful friends, and a loyal, aging dog named Bing. As her dream of a respectable place in the art world becomes more elusive, her frustration with her lack of recognition feels alarmingly urgent.

Picking up a camera, she starts to reenact old films, reinventing her identity and slowly enlisting the people around her to collaborate: a recent widower Frank (Robert Clohessy), a divorcee lawyer John (John Rothman) and young actor Tom (Josh Safdie). Parker Posey plays Tom’s less-than-enthusiastic girlfriend. Ellie then regains her creativity, remembering who she is and why it is that she creates. With ‘My Art,’ Simmons wants to show women her age that they can still live in the moment.

As they say the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, the amazing actress, writer, director, producer Lena Dunham is her daughter and makes a quick cameo in the film. After seeing the film and listening to their Q&A you understand why Lena Dunham has such a brilliant career; Girls on HBO is over now, but during its run it provided the viewer with a bold, brave look at sexuality, body image and her much cherished friends. Lena gets her bravery and creative edge from her Mothers experience and art.

Simmons wrote and directed “My Art,” There are lots of similarities between her character Ellie Shine and Laurie Simmons, but she wrote Ellie as a character for this movie, and makes it very clear that she is not Ellie in real life.

About Laurie Simmons:

Laurie Simmons is a successful, internationally recognized artist — her work is at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney.

Laurie Simmons was born in Long Island, New York. She received a B.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia in 1971 and later moved to New York where she currently lives.

Since the mid 1970s, Simmons has staged scenes for her camera with dolls,
ventriloquist dummies, objects on legs and occasionally people, to create “images with intensely psychological subtexts”. Simmons’ first mature works, shot in 1976, were black and white images taken in a doll house, un-peopled variations on each room in the house, particularly the bathroom, using sunlight and different angles to create a “dazzling, dreamlike stage set”. Simmons had her first solo show at Artists Space, a non-profit gallery in New York, in 1979, showing the “Early Color Interiors”. A few months after this, she exhibited work at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. In 1980, Simmons began showing at the gallery Metro Pictures in New York. In the early 1980s, she created the series “Color-Coordinated Interiors”, which used Japanese dolls called Teenettes, monochrome toys of women who Simmons photographed in front of rear projection images of interior decorated rooms. Simmons had a mid-career retrospective at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1997. In 2001, Simmons designed, with architect Peter Wheelwright, an interactive modernist doll house called the “Kaleidoscope House”. The house was decorated with miniature artwork and furniture by contemporary artists and designers. Also in 2001, Simmons began her “Instant Decorator” series, which was based on a 1976 interior decorating book of the same name, that provided templates of household rooms for the client to fill with swatches of fabric and paint samples. In 2008, Simmons collaborated with designer ‘Thakoon Panichgul’ to create fabrics for his Spring 2009 line. Simmons also used objects on legs in her series, “Walking & Lying Objects”, from the late 1980s.

Simmons starred in a feature-length film by her daughter, Lena Dunham, called Tiny Furniture (2010), which was filmed in 2009 and was featured at the South by Southwest film festival in 2010. The film won the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature.

This is a film to see, it is an exciting journey for the characters and the viewer.

My Art

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Dinner – January 18, 2018 – Raum Mitr – Los Angeles, CA.

This is a very trendy neighborhood, and has always been that way. There are lots of different types of restaurants and food to choose from. Finally there is a fantastic Thai restaurant that is fresh with amazing flavors. Everything that I tried was different, each one with unique profiles.

The atmosphere is no nonsense, a perfect backdrop for this delicious street style Thai food. They purposely don’t use fish sauce or MSG; everything is super fresh and made completely with non-processed ingredients.

Here’s’ What I tried:


Crying Tiger Beef, Grilled Thai marinated beef with Jeaw sauce (Thai spicy lime sauce). Sometimes this dish can be similar to eating beef jerky; their rendition is grilled medium rare, a real treat.

Chicken Satay, grilled marinated chicken with peanut sauce and cucumber salad. The chicken is super tender ad the peanut sauce adds the right amount of light, exotic flavors.

Corn Fritters, Corn fritter patties served with cucumber sauce, with peanuts. They deep-fry these little darlings and the corn pops in your mouth. Super different but super special, this appetizer is a true winner.

Soups and Salad:

Tom Yum soup, shrimp in veggie based soup flavored with mushroom, lemongrass, lime juice and chili. This is a nice and light soup that will tantalize your taste buds.

Larb, chicken with red onion, green onion, mint, cilantro, and and roasted rice chili powder. I like this salad, it is very refreshing and leaves a nice flavor in your mouth.


Pad Woon Sen, pan fried glass noodle, shrimp, egg (optional), tomato, onion, green onion and cabbage in special house sauce. I just love these noodles and the seasoning has just the right amount of everything.


Prik Khing Fried Rice, with vegan chicken, fried rice in Thai curry with green bean, green and red bell peppers and special house sauce. The Thai curry made all the difference in the world as far as a great fried rice dish.


Yellow Curry, vegan beef in yellow curry based soup with carrots and potatoes. Their vegan meats are so delicious, for the vegan it is really a great substitution for meat.

It’s Truly a Hell’s Chicken, with chicken, pan fried with Thai herb in spicy house sauce. This dish is supposed to be super spicy I asked for mine not too much spice and it was still very spicy. I love the fried basil on top and the chicken is lightly breaded.

Crispy Roasted Duck, crispy fried duck with plum sauce sided with steamed egg noodle and spinach. You just have to try this dish is it very decadent but really tasty.


Fresh Coconut Ice cream, made from real coconut. This is the way to end your meal, super refreshing and a great palate cleanser, just save room.

Ruam Mitr means gathering of friends, and you can tell that this family-run operation is a great way to have dinner with your family or friends. Husband and wife team, owners Pat and Birdie, are new at this business. Ruam Mitr has only been opened for 7 months, having taken over the previous vegan Thai food restaurant. Pat and Birdie want their menu to be able to accommodate many different types of food restrictions including vegan, gluten fee, and meat eaters. They just want everyone to know that there are great vegan options as well as everything in between.

My dining experience was truly unexpected, with every delicious dish I was blown away. For sure my new favorite Thai spot in my neighborhood.

Ruam Mitr
7168 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Mon – Fri: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sat – Sun: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Phone: +1323 696 5425


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