Kimpton La Peer Hotel – Stay – Dec. 23, 2019 – West Hollywood, LA.

What a luxurious place to stay in my neighborhood. From now on this would be my recommendation to anyone and everyone who is coming to Los Angeles. Whether it’s for business or pleasure this location is so ideal to get around our fair city. It showcases super nice rooms, and a fun lobby for events, and a warm swimming pool, just what the doctor ordered. Their restaurant is also a truly lovely experience. They gave me an amount of money to use for all things in the hotel, I opted to use it on 1 lunch, 1 snack, and 1 break fast, all were delicious and beautifully presented. The delectable food from their restaurant Viale Dei Romani is simply fantastic. I had a nice lunch with a smoked tuna open face sandwich and a falafel plate. A wonderful breakfast with a smoked salmon Benedict, and a late snack of a kale Caesar salad and a fish tempura. Everything was wonderful; I would highly recommend their cuisine.

About The Kimpton La Peer Hotel:

High-design, and style seamlessly blend together for an inviting experience at Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood. Enjoy a thoughtful oasis in one of 105 distinctive hotel guestrooms and suites or be a part of the action at one of our lively community spaces. A Modern California Hotel in West Hollywood. A very relaxing West Hollywood hotel pool. The tranquility of leafy olive trees and al fresco dining set the perfect tone around our outdoor hotel pool. Adjacent to the patio bar, their intimate oasis is an ideal place to enjoy an afternoon cocktail. A vertical garden wall offers a notable sense of privacy, while vintage brass light fixtures offer gentle illumination during our typically warm evenings. This peaceful West Hollywood hotel pool is an inviting place to unwind any time of day.

Each of the 105 guestrooms and suites at Kimpton La Peer Hotel reflect the trendsetting tastes of the Design District neighborhood around the hotel and the nearby Hollywood hustle and bustle. Guestrooms feature neutral patterns and original artwork complementing elegant accents and custom furnishings while suites add white oak herringbone floors. Finishing touches include mini bar, yoga mat and complimentary WiFi. Selected rooms also feature a deep-soaking tub and a separate large shower as additional refuges. Complete your stay with our bath butler service, a massage, and personal training session.

They know how difficult it is to create perfection that looks effortless, and that includes your personal wellness. The Kimpton La Peer Hotel has a full suite of facilities and services to ensure you can keep up, or even enhance your routines while you travel. They offer a fully equipped on-site fitness center, featuring plenty of machines to help tone every muscle. They also have Jade yoga mats available not just in the center, but available for delivery and roll-out service in your room or suite, and our team can recommend running trails of any length or difficulty. All that said, sometimes you need more than what you can do on your own, and for that they partnered with renowned fitness organization Gentry Jackson. Marco Reed and his team offer on-site personal training, small classes, and local adventures to keep you committed to you while you travel. You can enjoy a craft cocktail while relaxing in their boutique West Hollywood hotel living room.

Enjoy some of the most intuitive amenities of any Los Angeles luxury hotel whether it’s via a day exploring the city or in the comfort of your own room. Kimpton La Peer Hotel has a variety of original experiences available to inspire your own getaway.

At every Kimpton boutique hotel, they invite you to bring your furry, feathery or scaly family member — no matter their size, weight, or breed, all at no extra charge. If your pet fits through the door, they will welcome them in. There’s more to their pet-friendly policy than just a no-fuss check-in and scratch behind the ear, though. They have all the goodies you need to keep your pet pampered. Everyone deserves a little respect. Your pet is welcomed by name. Sometimes, our Directors of Pet Relations might be there to greet you with a tail wag. A selection of hotel amenities and extras including plush pet-bed loaners in your guest room, food, water bowls and mats. There’s a concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers and pet boutiques. Door hangers alert other hotel guests and staff that your cat, dog, or other beloved pet is in the room. Also, courtesy bags for walking your dog. No additional charge for pets, no deposit required. No size/weight limit. No limit on number of pets allowed. Nightly wine reception — pets are welcome to join the party at select hotels!

I have reviewed many hotels, but La Peer is just a sparkling new respite amongst all of the others. It really feels like a home away from home, no attitudes, everyone was so nice and accommodating. Their staff is hands down just the best I have experienced in a very long time. They must their staff go through a how to be super nice and friendly training, they are just that good! My recommendation, next time you have to stay in an hotel in Los Angeles, whether for you or your family pick The Kimpton La Peer Hotel.

Kimpton La Peer Hotel
627 N. La Peer Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(213) 296-3038
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Dinner – Ozumo – December 18, 2019 – Santana Row – San Jose, CA.

This is a very special place, right in the center of The Santana Row shopping area. It’s all very chic and elegant, so this is the perfect place to have some top notch Japanese food that covers all its bases.

My contact that arranged my tasting was Andrew Fuentes, he was so charming and accommodating, I just can’t say enough about his knowledge and lovely cuisine. He is bay Area royalty, having worked at Aqua in San Francisco, and learning from the best restaurateurs. He also worked at Cezanne, and was mentored by George Chen. He is the shining star amongst all the other spectacular things about Ozumo.

Ozomu has 2 locations one in San Francisco and one in San Jose. In February of 2018 Andrew did somewhat of a reboot for the restaurant. He added music, and put in a new high-end sound system, and different menu items, with the emphasis on small-shared plates. What ever he did he made a huge new success out of this establishment. Helping out is Executive Chef Jimmy Schmizu, who was the chef at their San Francisco location, but brought to Santa Row with new enticing menu items. The owners are Ozumo Concepts International. The night I was there they had a complete buyout that started at 8pm, so you know things are pretty successful.

The interior is very modern, with a great square bar in the middle of the room. It was a few weeks before Christmas, so they had falling snowflakes projected on the wall, also they have great art on the walls. In the corner there is a sushi bar. They have a stage for their entertainment, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A lot of families, couples, larger parties, all having a blast, and enjoying their food. The music they play is ambient, club type but not loud, adds to this hipster spot.

Here’s What I Tried:

Vodka Martini, nice martini glass, great icy cocktail.

Kozara /Small Dishes:

Hanabi, yellowtail sashimi, avocado, warm jalapeno-ginger ponzu. I ate the whole plate, just saying!

Bacon Hotate, skewered bacon wrapped scallops, cherry tomatoes, teriyaki. I love scallops, so I was all over this scrumptious appetizer.


Ozomo Shrimp, with fried white shrimp, yuzu-honey aioli, micro greens, shichimi. If you are a shrimp lover like I am then this shrimp will be the perfect thing to order for you.


Gindara, grilled miso marinated black cod, pea tendril, soy glaze. It’s like candy, super flaky moist fish with a lovely glaze, just spectacular.


Roro/Blue Fin Tuna, the freshest tuna and great smooth flavor.

Botan Ebi/Fresh Water Prawn, they give you the raw and prawn and the cook the heads, which is another treat all in itself.

Local Uni/Sea Urchin, his has got to be the best Uni I have ever had, its just pure and creamy, amazing.

Unagi/Freshwater Eel, a sweet terrific fish, a must have.


Dewazakura Daiginjo “Mountain Cherry”. A nice semi sweet but super smooth hot Sake, of course went great with any of the sushi.

Dewazakura Junmai Daiginjo Gensho “Captains Table”. A deeper aroma, with nice fragrant notes, like fine wine, it is worth every penny.

I really had the best time at Ozumo, it was a very delicious tasting, and I would comeback every time I am in San Jose!

Ozumo Santana Row
355 Santana Row #1010
San Jose, CA 95128

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The Spa – Los Gatos – Massage – December 18, 2019

What a treat, to get an hour Swedish massage at the premier massage location in Los Gatos. Surrounded by the Santa Cruz Mountains, it is just the ideal setting for a relaxation massage before heading down South and back to reality.

When in Rome, when in Los Gatos head to The Spa and get pampered, it is just what the doctor ordered, body work, with a nice glass of wine, yay!!!

Here’s what some people are saying about The Spa:

“Been a client of Los Gatos Spa for [almost] 15+ years. It’s always a great experience. The staff and facilities are my favorite. I drive from Pleasanton to enjoy this treat.”

“The ladies at the front desk are excellent! Love how they’re so professional and make you feel so special!”

“I love your spa, it’s like a mini-vacation.”

“I will definitely be telling all my friends about my “new favorite place” in Los Gatos.”

“I have lived here for years – I cannot believe I have only just discovered the joys of your spa! Thank you for a wonderful morning of relaxation and pampering. I will be back soon!”

“It was perfect!”

“Great spa experience – everyone here exceeds my expectations!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed my spa treatments and can’t wait to come back!”

“Love the Spa in Los Gatos. The facilities are lovely – clean, elegant and soothing. My facialist is simply amazing. Really. She’s thorough and so gentle. I’ve seen other estheticians here – really excellent and talented people. …”

“How do you comment on perfection!”

“My therapist was thoughtful, thorough, calming, friendly and really great at her job.”

“My esthetician is great! I did not feel pressured to purchase any of the products, which I hate.”

What a great way to spend the morning, it just made me relax and feel so glorious!

The Spa
100 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, Ca.
(408) 354-5901

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Dinner – Paesano Ristorante Italiano – December 16, 2019 – San Jose, CA.

This was a very pleasant surprise, a nice little lovely Italian Restaurant in the new area called Little Italy of San Jose, California. Owner Pino Spatola aka Giuseppe, who is movie star handsome, treated me like a queen. He is from Sicily, and this restaurant has been opened for 9 years.

Established in 2011, in the heart of Little Italy San Jose, Paesano’s Ristorante Italian serves authentic Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Paesano’s interior is vibrant, filled with Italian wine, beer and of course, Soccer!

Here’s What I Tried:


Melanzana Parmigiana, Breaded eggplant topped with tomato sauce, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. A delectable eggplant dish, with all the bells and whistles, just amazing.

Antipasto Di Mare, Marinated seafood salad, clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari, octopus, celery, carrots, olive oil and lemon. This is a nice and light salad, they gave me a small portion but it was just enough to taste how delicious the fresh fish and the dressing combined.

Carpaccio, thinly sliced raw beef with shaved Parmesan cheese, arugula, capers, and extra virgin olive oil. This is always one of my favorite appetizers, the marriage of the beef, capers, and olive oil is truly one of the best combinations.


Pappardelle Alexandra, broad ribbon pasta with pancetta, crab meat in a vodka tomato cream sauce. This is one of their signature dishes, with big nice hunks of fresh crab, such a delightful dish. Salvatore is the pasta maker here, and he knows his stuff, this pappardelle was so great.

Duck Ravioli, this was there special for the night. It is so exceptional, and truly delightful.

Their interior is elegant but simple; with wood floors, white table clothes, and a ten-seat bar with flat screen TV’s. There are ornate glass flower drop light fixtures. The building is Victorian with a wrap around patio. Tis’ the season they had lots of light heartfelt Christmas music. Their customers were dates, families, and young foodies.

Gnocchi Alla Genovese, with homemade potato dumplings with pesto and a touch of cream. The Gnocchi are fluffy and light, and the cream pesto was perfect.

Fettuccine Alla Moda, with egg fettuccine pasta with shrimp, porcini mushrooms in a brandy cream sauce. Another outstanding pasta, especially that the pasta is egg noodles, wow.


Agnello Aromatico, lamb chops marinated with Italian aromatic herbs, grilled and topped with green peppercorn in a raspberry vinegar sauce on a bed of fresh arugula. I specifically asked for small portions, because I was dining solo, so Pino brought me one lamp chop, which was just the right amount. It was tender, meaty, a really terrific lamb chop.

Salmone Alla Siciliana, fillet of salmon with sweet onions, green olives, capers, fresh mint and fresh tomato. The combo of the sweet onions and super fresh salmon, and mint is really something, next time I will try cooking this at home for my family.

The restaurant was super busy on a Monday night, so you know the food has to be excellent. Next to me there were 4 Japanese guys and I volunteered to tell them what I was enjoying during my tasting. They followed my suggestions, even down to the wine and loved everything I told them to try. In some small way it was very cathartic to be able to help these fine gentlemen navigate their dining experience, I really loved being able to guide them.

This is the kind of Italian restaurant where everything and anything you try will be authentic and to die for. Most all of the ingredients were fresh, or from Italy, every dish had its own individual flavors. No two dishes were duplicated in any way. Paesano Ristorante Italiano was one of my favorite tastings on this trip.

Paesano Ristorante Italiano
350 W Julian St
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 217-9327

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The Palms – Dinner – December 15, 2019 – Los Gatos, CA.

Tony Loeffler arranged my tasting, he was so enchanting, guiding me through an incredible experience in this gorgeous Victorian restaurant. This is a grand property, built in 1883, the historic Coggeshall Victorian Mansion, used to house a Chart House restaurant for 17 years. It is a delicious Pacific Rim cuisine at its finest. Celebrating the culinary traditions of the Pacific Rim and taking cues from island cultures, The Palms restaurant delights guests with delicious flavors and signature dishes. The Palms offers a relaxing ambiance in both indoor and outdoor dining settings, but this is a very busy restaurant.

The Palms has very clean interiors, general electric type hanging light fixtures, wood tables and chairs. Paddles adorn the walls, as well as exotic planter boxes. There is a secluded dining area with a drape around it for privacy. In the front there is a very fancy bar with lots of seats. After they remodeled, the original signature lovely bay-window trio from the Victorian era and other architectural flourishes remain untouched. There is lots of traffic in the summer, with a gorgeous outdoor patio, perfect for hot summer nights. The traffic in the summer is for all of the people going to the beach in Santa Cruz.

Ron Gerald is the primary owner; he really has a gem in Los Gatos vast array of dining establishments. He mentioned to customers about hi original theme that he was thinking of as “Roy’s Lite,” as in Roy Yamaguchi and his culinary empire. Manager, wine buyer, and event planner Meagan Garald is a super important factor in why this restaurant is so popular and working. They also have a summer music program, which I am sure is just the right thing to do it the hot summer months.

There is a nice size bar with large flat screens, a large upstairs and the whole place seats 334 people. The night I was there were a lot of families, large parties, and dates, enjoying the great food and atmosphere.

Here’s What I Tried:

A traditional Vodka Martini, with 2 olives, the perfect way to start my fantastic food exploration.

Fresh Oyster, Kushi, small, sweet, succulent, just the freshest oyster ever.

Soup Lobster Bisque, with seasoned croutons. A creamy lobster flavor packed delicate soup, just heavenly.

Fried Rice, with Hawaiian teriyaki, mixed vegetables, egg, scallions, micro cilantro, and prawns. This rice has a super amazing zest from the teriyaki sauce, just superb.

Korean Barbecued Kalbi Ribs, boneless grilled ribs, vegetable stir-fry, and micro cilantro. I adore Korean BBQ, and these little darlings did not disappoint.

Coconut Pacific Prawns, with toasted coconut, and sweet firecracker sauce. The presentation of this dish is like a painting, colorful and rich. The flavors are subtle but tropical, a mighty winner.

Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna Tataki, with sesame crusted, ponzu soy, sesame oil, and micro cilantro. I ate the whole plate, it’s a rare find to have this delicate of a tuna.

7 oz. Australian Lobster Tail, with lobster risotto, lobster cream sauce, and micro cilantro, so much lobster flavor, I just want to bathe in it.


Barnett Vineyards – Chardonnay, Carneros, 2017, a smooth buttery wine, soft on the palate and perfect for the Lobster Tail.

Testarossa – Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, 2016, a bit more fragrant and tropical but super delicious with the prawns.

Seghesio – Zinfandel, Sonoma County, CA 2016. I was a wine club member for many years so I know this wine very well; it paired nicely with the Kalbi Ribs.


Vanilla Bean Panacotta, this is a super creamy and rich, just the perfect dessert.

The Palm has been open for 2 years; their business is getting better every day. My server Julie was very accommodating. They have a great Happy hour all day on Monday as well.

What a treat, really a superb dining experience, I highly recommend this unique restaurant, truly delicious.
“Come find your Palm, come find your Shade.”

The Palms
115 N Santa Cruz Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Phone: (408) 402-3811

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Breakfast – December 15 – Southern Kitchen – Los Gatos, CA.

Owner Mike Williams really has a gem here in downtown Los Gatos. It is comfort food at its best. His family hails from Kentucky, so that is where the Southern influence of The Southern Kitchen comes from.

The interior is very homey, with brick walls, ceiling fans, wood floors, and an L shaped bar, all making this place very fun. There are mirror on one wall, and big roomy booths, with large plantation doors and shutters. Having been to New Orleans this year it is all-reminiscent of the South to me.

Lots of locals are waiting in line to get in outside, they have a coffee set-up out there as well as a list, so you know that they have been down this road many times before. It’s all-good, soon everyone will be delighted by their home cooked super yummy food. Southern Kitchen is local quality, farm fresh comfort food.

Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Los Gatos and family owned and operated for over 20 years. Dedicated to providing outstanding service, a welcoming environment and wholesome quality food with a touch of southern flavor. They have been a favorite destination for locals, tourists, and foodies from around the globe. Taste the quality and feel the love of Southern hospitality in Northern California.

Here’s What I tried:

A Sake Bloody Mary, with bacon as part of the condiments that are poked out of the drink with a straw.

Apricot French toast, it is super sweet and delicious, a real keeper.

Benedict, Nova Scotia, 2 poached eggs and smoked salmon on an English muffin with hollandaise sauce. What can I say, just try this, it is heavenly.

Crab Benedict 2 poached eggs, fresh crab, grilled shallots, and green onions, covered with cheese and salsa, with a lemon caper sauce. This one was my favorite, the crab is super fresh and you get lots of it, just amazing.

Signature Shrimp and Grits, creamy cheesy grits with grilled shrimp, bacon, sautéed onions, diced red bell pepper, and served with a side of corn bread. I had shrimp in grits on my trip to New Orleans earlier this year and this rendition is right up there.

Chicken & Waffle, sweet and savory Southern fried chicken on top of a large Belgian waffle, served with country gravy and syrup. A true craze, this dish hit all the perfect notes.

Biscuits and gravy, luscious, the gravy is one of the great wonders of the world. Michael’s grandfather Ray’s recipe handed down, to him is worth the trip alone.

Grass Fed Burger, Hamburger ½ lb. – grass fed patty, lettuce, tomatoes and pickle. With all the fixings, but what a beautiful burger.

There is a beautiful love story behind it all. Michael’s Mother Rose was the original owner, she passed away in 1993 and Serena, Mike’s soon to be wife, worked as a server there, they fell in love and soon she became Serena Williams, not to be confused with the tennis star Serena Williams. They have 2 children Nolan & Scarlett, who will be the namesake of their new restaurant project coming to the neighborhood very soon.

Southern Kitchen is just one of those staples that you must do when you’re in this adorable town.

Southern Kitchen
27 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA. 95032
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Steamer’s of Los Gatos – Dinner – December 14, 2019 – Los Gatos, CA.

In a section of Los Gatos they call Old Town, Steamers is a great find in an area full of foodies. In it’s 34th year, it remains one of the best staples that Los Gatos has to offer. The interior is comfy, cozy, with a great esthetic, and lots of space to spread out in this nicely designed eating establishment.

The night I was there the dining room was filled to capacity and the rain didn’t stop anyone from enjoying his or her Saturday night out. People there were families, dates, large parties, Christmas gatherings, etc. The interior is very inviting with large columns and arches, an elegant feel, but in a super friendly atmosphere. The clients are understated old money, with lots of Tesla cars parked out front.

Owner Paul Matulich came from a long line of restaurateurs, and worked at a few local steakhouses’, he really knows his stuff and and he made me feel right at home.

Here’s What I tried:

Kettle One Martini, a proper martini done to perfection, with 2 delicious olives.

Steamers Clam Chowder, wow, one of the best chowders I have ever had! Big pieces of clam add to the overall wonderful flavor that this super creamy soup provides, it’s absolutely a keeper.

Chilled Topless Oysters, with champagne vinegar mignonette upon request. Super fresh and clean, these little darlings were just the right way to start my very extravagant meal.

Steamed Clams, with garlic, herbs, butter, white wine, natural broth, and gremolata. These clams were super plump and fresh with the most delectable garlic butter sauce; make sure you dip your bread in the luxurious sauce.

Crispy Prawns, Deep Fried Coconut Coated Prawns with sunomono salad of julienned carrots, and squash “noodles”. They butterfly these huge prawns so it makes for one filling dish, it is a great starter.

Steamer’s House Salad, with house dressing, and crumbled bleu cheese. People rave about this very popular salad and you can see why, it’s all about the super creamy dressing.

Steamers Linguine with house made linguine, large blue wild prawns, fresh Dungeness crab, mushrooms, and garlic lemon butter sauce. It is very rare to have house made fresh linguine at any restaurant. Not the normal freshly made pasta, usually ravioli, tagliatelle, but never linguine. This makes this dish so special. It is not a seasonal menu item, it is on the menu all year round and definitely a must have for me.

Pan Seared Scallops with risotto, wild mushroom, and shrimp saffron reduction. This is a gorgeous presentation, and the scallops are cooked rare, but very tender, all in all a great entrée.

New York Steak, with Blue Lake beans, mac-n-cheese, and whole grain mustard Béarnaise sauce. This is a huge steak that is so tender, you don’t need a knife to cut it and the grilled flavor is out of this world.


Tiramisu, a perfect little package, delicious and nice on the eyes.

Pumpkin Cheesecake, just the best for the season, who doesn’t want something pumpkin coupled with cheesecake, a true winner.

Caramel Popcorn, crunchy, sweet, a wonderful way to end my glorious experience.


Chardonnay, Lloyd, 2017, Carneros, a great full body, creamy wine, that went perfect with the steamed clams.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver Oak, 2015, Alexander Valley, a bold beautiful wine, just the perfect pairing for the delicious New York steak.

A South Bay favorite since 1979, Steamers features swirling ceiling and glass details and a polished Hawaiian koa wood bar in a bright open atmosphere. The outdoor patio affords views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the menu combines their always-popular seafood dishes with entrees of rotisserie chicken and chops along with great steaks. Lighter fare includes fresh salads, while the oyster bar provides a plentiful assortment of seafood appetizers as well as pizzas, fresh from their stone oven. Desserts are made fresh, on the premises, by Steamer’s pastry chef. A full bar and an extensive wine list round out the menu.

There is a nice outdoor patio with views of the Santa Cruz mountains, but the night I was there it was too cold to enjoy. I am sure in the spring and summer months it is a whole other scene, with people taking in the gorgeous night air here is Los Gatos. This dining establishment is not to be missed, it is just that fantastic.

“The Freshest fish. The best drinks.”
Steamer’s of Los Gatos
408 395-CRAB (2722)
31 University Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
(669) 232-6012

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Los Gatos Garden Inn – Stay – Dec. 14 – Dec. 8 – Los Gatos, CA.

Located smack dab in the heart of this sweet charming town named Los Gatos, aka – The Cats – with everything you would want from a small hotel. The room is well appointed and the location just can’t be beat. You can walk everywhere in this Silicon Valley foothill town.

This is where all of the millionaires live, but it is a super understated town. You will see many Tesla’s driving around town. When I lived in the Bay Area I would often go to Santa Cruz, which is right over the hill from Los Gatos. Back then Los Gatos was a Country Western town, with some bars, live music and funky restaurants. Things have really changed; Los Gatos has become the premiere eating, drinking, shopping, destination town. I just loved being able to explore this town for 4 nights and staying at The Los Gatos Garden Inn helped me maneuver the whole area super easily. There is a bus and light rail that was very simple to catch, the bus is a block away from the hotel, so you really don’t need a car in this area. I was able to get from my location to the bus and light rail while I was in town.

Hotel History:

Built in 1947 after WWII, once had a miniature golf course, this 28 room boutique inn is a historical landmark, with beautiful gardens and an unbeatable location in downtown Los Gatos. This landmark hotel, built in the Spanish Mission style, has beautiful Mosaic tiles fired in a local San Jose foundry. Visitors should note the colorful tiles in the entry, the stairways and the gazebo. We keep our guests coming back with our quaint clean rooms, our long standing staff that has strong roots in the community and some who have served in the hotel for over 20 years. We believe your stay at the Los Gatos will be your home away from home, with our friendly staff and amenities that fit long or short stays, business or vacation; we have accommodations to fit your needs.

Local legend has it that after marrying Marilyn Monroe in San Francisco, Joe DiMaggio eluded the paparazzi by laying low in Los Gatos on the way to their honeymoon. In an auto with “ Joe D” license plates, they “ raced out of San Francisco to avoid pursuing photographers.” The glamorous couple spent the night at the hotel now known as the Los Gatos Garden Inn on their way to Paso Robles.

Community Award:

Recognized by the Town of Los Gatos, Garden inn has been awarded for their consistent and loving gesture towards animals.Today and for almost 15 years now, the Garden Inn has been a daily favorite for many dogs and their owners who enjoy our dog treats and water bowl that helps make their daily walk more memorable. More local businesses have decided to join and serve the dog walking community along with us. Service pets are welcome here.

This is the place to stay when you’re in Los Gatos, spend your money on shopping, dining, etc. Really skip all the fancy places and stay at a place where you feel like you are home.

Los Gatos Garden Inn
46 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA. 95030

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The exhibit, which consisted of three popular sections – Hill Valley from 1955, Hill Valley from 1985, and Hill Valley from 1885, will pay tribute to the film franchise. Rob Klein, a top BTTF collector and Special Guest Curator for this exhibit said, “ In my opinion these three films are the most perfect in Cinematic history, in fact Universal Studios wanted a 4th installment – however both Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis agreed that the trilogy should not be revisited as they felt they had created and produced a trilogy that could not get any better.”

Dadigan, who is also the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Hollywood Historic Trust, and Vice Chair of the California Film Commission said “We are beyond excited that fans of this movie franchise will be able to see original, costumes, props, along with the ever popular merchandise that fans of all ages loved to collect from all three films, and the Part 3 Hero DeLorean Time Machine as seen in the BTTF Part 3 – There are more than 350 artifacts in this special one of a kind exhibit, and many of these items have never been on public display before.”

Highlights from BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY: THE EXHIBIT include Christopher Lloyd’s (Doc Brown) Robe from Parts 1 & 3, Michael J. Fox ( Marty McFly) Western Costume from Part 3, to Mary Steenburgen ( Clara) dress, & telescope from Part 3, the iconic Hero DeLorean Time machine Car in part 3, with more than 350 original screen matched artifacts , screen accurate replicas, iconic costumes, photos, posters and more are featured in this exhibit – The extensive exhibit will also feature much sought after collectibles from the time period that each film was released, along with several never before seen items.”

STARS That Attended:

Bob Gale ( BTTF creator, producer, writer), Charles Fleischer ( BTTF 2), Don Fullilove (Mayor Gordy Wilson BTTF 1&2) , Darlene Vogel ( Spike ,BTTF 2), Ricky Dean Logan ( Data & Needles Gang BTTF 2 &3), Donelle Dadigan (Founder, President The Hollywood Museum), Burt Ward ( Robin, Batman 66),The Pointer Sisters( Anita & Bonnie) , Margaret O’Brien ( Film Legend) , Renee Lawless ( Have and Have Nots), Natalia Safran( Annabelle Comes Home, Aquaman) , Rachel Mullins Lee Purcell (Carol of the Bells), Dee Wallace (ET), Lee Meriwether( Batman 66),Ro Brooks ( The Have and Have Nots), Roslyn Kind( Singer), Kate Linder ( Young & the Restless), George Chakiris( Oscar winner West Side Story) , Judy Tenuta, Ieva Georges ( Criminal Minds), Sofia Milos ( CSI Miami), Carolyn Hennessey ( GH,True Blood), Danny Arroyo, Gloria Garauya ( How to Get away with Murder), Stacia Gate, Patti Negri ( Good Witch), Dawn Wells( Gilligan’s Island), Jax Malcom, Rico Anderson (#Freerayshawn), Ilene Graff ( Mr. Belvadere),Geri Jewell( Facts of Life/ Deadwood), Ben Lanzarone ( Broadway Composer), Alice Amter ( Big Bang Theory), Adam Wiley( Pecket Fences), Brooklyn Robinson( mani), Bryson Robinson ( Pineapple), Darcy Donovan ( Modern Family), Diana Lansleen ( Y&R/ Days of our Lives), Elaine Ballace ( The Rich & The Ruthless), Geoffrey Mark ( Best Selling Author), Hunter Payton( Raven’s Home), Isabella Leon ( Disney Princess Club), Jailen Bates ( WITS Academy), Sean- Ryan Peterson ( Victor and Valention), Tracy Weisert ( The Neighbors/ Life in Pieces),Alyssa de Boisblanc, Kathleen Hughes, Jeremy Miller ( Growing Pains), and many others.

ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM: The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation showcasing more than 10,000 Authentic Show Business Treasures, spotlighting 100 years of Hollywood history – from the Silents to Talkies, to Hollywood’s Golden Era, Film Noir, Television and its Pioneer Years, through the rebellious 60s, special effects 70s, evolving 80s, involved 90s, technological 2000s, and beyond to current day heartthrobs! The Hollywood Museum’s exhibits showcase the best in film, network and cable television, and new digital platforms featuring iconic and fan favorites! The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building is the Official Museum of Hollywood and offers visitors the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world – featuring the glamour of Hollywood legends and stars – past, present and in the making. The Hollywood Museum offers one-of-a-kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections, personal artifacts, posters, and memorabilia from favorite stars, films and TV shows. Located in the heart of Hollywood, at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave, just steps from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum has been named the #1 top tourist attraction in Hollywood by LA Weekly, and one of the “Top 10” Museums in LA by the LA Tourism and Convention Board and Trip Advisor.

Hollywood Museum
1660 N. Highland Ave. (at Hollywood Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Violin Virtuoso – Eun Chong Ju – Released Her Highly Anticipated First Solo Digital Classical Album In October – 2019

DFW resident violinist Eun Chong Ju has released her highly anticipated first digital album. This album includes “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A Minor Op. 28” composed by French composer Camille Saint-Saens.

“This piece is famous for its fast tempo and brilliant technique. “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A Minor Op. 28” was originally dedicated to Pablo de Sarasate, the most virtuosic violinist in that period.” Said Eun Chong Ju. “I reinterpreted this piece by highlighting its warm and melodic parts along with advanced techniques. This album goes well with the autumn nights.”

When Ju wanted to record a perfect piece for the fall season, she paired up with her longtime friend and colleague, Min Kyung Kim for the piano accompaniment. Kim is a renowned pianist and an instructor at the Grayson College. The album was produced by her husband and manager, Daniel Kim, a long-time audio engineer in Dallas, Texas.

Violinist Eun Chong Ju graduated from Chungnam National University, South Korea with honors and received a full scholarship from Southern Methodist University in Texas. Since then Eun Chong Ju has been a member of numerous orchestras including; Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, and now with Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Pops Orchestra. Eun Chong Ju has been the concertmaster in Chungnam National University Orchestra and KCC Orchestra. In addition, she was recognized in various competitions and prizes on the international stage; such as third place in the 2018 Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition and third place in the 2019 Golden Classical Music Awards, and made her solo debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York this year. Eun Chong Ju is a member of Music Teachers National Association.

A native of South Korea, violinist Eun Chong Ju received her M.A in Music from Southern Methodist University and was invited to Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Ju relocated to Lewisville, Texas to start a family with her loving husband.

Eun Chong Ju has devoted her life to the violin. In the span of thirty years, she has relentlessly trained, performed in front of tens of thousands of audiences, and taught violin to many young musicians. Eun Chong Ju’s parents knew was musically gifted when she started composing music with her schoolteacher at the age of 5. Eun Chong Ju learned the violin right away after being encouraged by her Aunt. After years of dedication and support from her parents, she drove 5 hours round-trip to receive lessons from one of the top violinists in Korea, all of this furthering her road to success.

Eun Chong Ju is performing with Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra in 2019-2020 seasons. Upcoming concerts are on October 19, November 16, December 21, 2019 – January 18, February 15, March 21, April 18, May 9, 2020.

Genius, talented, unbelievable, Eun Chong Ju is a force to be reckoned with. She will give Itzhak Perlman and Lili Haydn a run for their money. Her star is shining brightly and soon everyone will know her!

Jodi Jackson’s Hollywood Asked Her These Questions:

What are your music inspirations?
ECJ: Two things: Nature and other musicians. I very much appreciate and enjoy nature and when I perform I think about the sights and the feelings I received from nature. I also enjoy listening to other great musicians as they inspire me to continue with my music.

What is your process of learning a new piece of music?
ECJ: I start from listening to other available recordings of the piece. Then, I add my interpretation of the music and make it my own.

How do you juggle your personal life and your music career?
ECJ: I think that’s the hardest thing for musicians. I can’t stop practicing until I am satisfied. But I need to cook for my family, teach my students, work out, etc. I usually set the timer when I practice and never think about Violin when I leave my practice room. It’s like there are two totally different people in my life.

How have your family helped you, and influenced you?
ECJ: My Aunt is a violinist in South Korea. So we all were influenced by her. There are two more violinists among my relatives. My parents loved music so they supported me very much.

How would you compare music is your home country to music in America?
ECJ: America is a country with people from various countries, cultures. I can say the variety is the most significant difference.

Who are your professional mentors?
ECJ: Fortunately, all my previous teachers were/are my mentors. It’s hard to name a specific person.

Who is your favorite violinist and why?
ECJ: Hilary Hahn – I recently I really enjoy listening to her because of her perfect technique and musicality. I can sense her strongest devotion to violin in her music.

Is there anyone you have ever been compared to?
ECJ: No – not that I can remember. I always compare myself to previous me from recordings. That’s how you get better.

What would you tell a young musician about the music business?
ECJ: It’s really narrow, rough road. Leave music as a hobby unless you love music so much so you don’t care where you play and how much you get paid.

Your first memory as a child of music?
ECJ: It was my aunt’s graduation recital when I was 5. It’s the earliest impactful memory of music I have.

Your first song that you heard as a child that you loved?
ECJ: My mother loved listening to Mozart and that the earliest recollection of music in my life. I think I loved id too.

Who are your favorite music artists?
ECJ: Yo-Yo Ma – I had the opportunity to play with Yo-Yo Ma at Chicago Civic orchestra. He had a very good understanding of his music and he was humble as well.

Who would you want to collaborate with?
ECJ: I’d like to collaborate with my college friends in South Korea. When we were studying music together I felt that we had a very strong musical connection with each other. I’d like to be able to collaborate with them again soon.

Pick one of your music pieces that might be personal and tell us a little about it?
ECJ: Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No 1: This piece is not sad at all but I saw my father crying after I performed this piece on a concert. I never asked him why but I remember this.

Tell us about your spiritual journey that pertains to your music?
ECJ: I grew up in a God-loving family. So my music is naturally very spiritual to me. I feel I’m able to add more and more spirituality in my music as I age and mature.

If you didn’t play classical music, would there be another genre that you would want to play?
ECJ: I think I would’ve been a jazz pianist if I didn’t focus on classical violin.

Where do you see your music going in the next 5 years?
ECJ: More recording, more concerts, and more teaching. I hope to be able to share my music with more people.

How do you feel about women’s empowerment?
ECJ: To me – there is a clear difference between men and women but the necessity of each gender is equally as important. So I think all men and women should be equally empowered by each other.

What’s the one thing that you want your fans to remember about you?
ECJ: I aspire to be a friend to all of my fans.

What do you do for relaxation?
ECJ: I like to take a walk. My husband knows this well – he will always ask me if I want to go take a walk after we have an argument.

What are your hobbies?
ECJ: Reading, Pilates, Walking.

What’s a charity that you want to be involved with and why?
ECJ: I hope I can use my talent in many ways. Music can move people’s hearts. I’d like to play and teach violin to students who do not have such opportunity in their lives.

What’s on your young bucket list?
ECJ: Traveling worldwide.

What the most important thing in your life?
ECJ: To live happily ever after, and God.

Anything else you would like to add?
ECJ: Thank you for the opportunity to share about my life and music!
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