Splurge Saturday

Sadie Kitchen And Lounge In Hollywood  American Food With A Slight Edge

Sadie Kitchen And Lounge In Hollywood American Food With A Slight Edge

Put this story into the category of a “hidden secret,” because up until a couple of weeks ago I was unfamiliar with Sadie Kitchen and Lounge which is tucked away on Las Palmas Street in Hollywood. It is an impressive space that has just been augmented by their large outside patio area, and it is […]

| August 17, 2013
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What Goes Into an $800 Bottle Of Grand Marnier?

What Goes Into an $800 Bottle Of Grand Marnier?

Quintessence, is similar to the traditional version of Grand Marnier in that it is a marriage of cognac and distilled orange liqueur. But it is here that they part ways. 20 different cognacs are used in the production of this trophy brand, all of which are world-class and aged in French Oak. Created in 2011, […]

| August 3, 2013
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Matisse Restaurant At The Ayres Hotel

Matisse Restaurant At The Ayres Hotel

Henri Matisse is my favorite artist of all time, and a visit to the Matisse Museum in Nice was something of a pilgrimage visit a few years back. I do have some prints in my office and home, so when the opportunity came to check out Matisse Restaurant at the Ayres Hotel in Hawthorne, I […]

| June 22, 2013
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South Africa’s 2010 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

South Africa’s 2010 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir, considered by some to be the best red wine in the world originated in the Burgundy region of France. Pinot Noir is one of the wines used to create traditional French champagne, but it is also a wine that  stands alone and is extremely food friendly. It has been in South Africa for […]

| February 16, 2013
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Chocolate Art

Chocolate Art

Mouth watering chocolates are the ultimate gift to express love and admiration on Valentines Day. Most women crave that delicious moment that only a piece of delectable chocolate can satisfy, and nothing delivers that satisfaction better than Jean Philippe Maury, who brings his expertise and passion to chocoholics everywhere. Along with being the Executive Pastry […]

| February 9, 2013
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Chocolate And Sambuca, A Love Match

Chocolate And Sambuca, A Love Match

Angelo Molinari created Molinari Sambuca in 1945.  This smooth, rich, full-bodied liqueur is considered one of Italy’s most celebrated masterpieces and is the best selling liqueur in Italy as well as the most desired Sambuca in the world. Those of us that are gastronomically Italian know that traditionally the perfect finish to a wonderful meal […]

| January 26, 2013
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