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May we all know Peace in our lifetime.

BBQ usually brings to mind a backyard or a beach setting, but in Beverly Hills’ Peninsula Hotel, the roof is the quintessential backdrop for a casual summer meal, casual for Beverly Hills anyway. So if you don’t want to do the grilling yourself, pay for the $55 menu available from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. You start with a skewer of grilled duck sausage, charred pineapple, Bard Valley dates and heirloom watermelon, then on to entree choices that include spice rubbed pork ribs, chicken with apricot sauce, Alaskan halibut, or a T-bone steak. You can even get a whole Maine lobster for an additional $15. All the usual sides are kicked up a notch with twists like pepper and corn slaw, and of course dessert is included, even valet parking is included if you go for dinner.

This menu is offered until Labor Day, so go have BBQ on the roof all summer.

May we all know Peace in our lifetime.

With Memorial Day coming up, many people are heading out of town to play and take some time off, but before you go you might want to stop off at Brooks Brothers and pick up a few dress shirts.

Today and tomorrow only you can get two shirts for $99, and yes this includes the no-iron shirts that normally sell for $89.50 each. Since Father’s Day is coming up soon and many new graduates will be needing a new wardrobe for work, you can pick up some gifts on sale for the men in your life at nearly 50% off too. You can save even more time by ordering online and if you buy at least $200 of merchandise, shipping is free.

Although many celebrities live here in Los Angeles, it is not often that they appear in local venues with locals. If you would like to try Dan Akroyd’s new Crystal Head Vodka (in a clear glass bottle shaped like a skull), go to the Wine House tomorrow between 5-7pm. Not only will you get a bottle signed by Dan Akroyd, but you can buy the bottle at $41.00 (you will save $3).

The Wine House is also the location for the celebration of libations Up On The Roof on June 13, 2010 from 5-10pm literally up on the roof of the store. If you don’t want to go bar hopping to the hot spots finding the bartenders who are making original concoctions around town, then come to this event. There will be food to soak up the spirits, music and dancers, so if you want to taste brands like Macallan, St. Germain, and Sazerac, pay your $75 and enjoy a warm summer night up on the roof.

Now that flights are going in and out of Europe again, Air Tahiti Nui is having a sale to get people to travel to Paris again.

Springtime in Paris is nice, but if you can’t make travel short notice or prefer to go in the Fall, you can use code FLYATN1 to save $100 for Economy class tickets or save $400 by using code FLYATN2 for Business class tickets. The codes are only valid for online bookings made through June 6 for travel between May 15th to July 15 or October 1 to November 15, 2010.

If you want to cruise the South Pacific, Paul Gauguin Cruises through the islands of Tahiti, then on to Rarotonga and Auckland. This cruise line was named one of the top three small luxury cruise ships by Conde Nast travelers in 2009, so getting this kind of quality for up to 45% off plus 2 for 1 airfare from Los Angeles to Papeete, makes this even more tempting. Just book by June 30, 2010.

Bon voyage no matter how or where you are going.

It is graduation season and my friend Shelly is getting her B.A. next week, so we got together for a celebratory lunch at Il Moro as soon as she finished her last exam. Il Moro is hidden in a business park behind the world famous Krav Maga training center, but once you step into the restaurant you are a world away from traffic, work, and intense defense training. Since it was a beautiful day we opted for an outdoor table by the small brook, which effectively drowns out any ambient noise with the soothing sound of water flowing. Once we chose our entrees, we were presented with a basket of assorted foccacia, crisp flatbread, and sliced Italian bread. The glass on the left contained a quality balsamic vinegar with slices of red and yellow pepper, fennel, radish, and an endive spear, it was a nice unusual twist to the usual plain olive oil offered with a bread basket. A bottle of extra virgin olive oil was also brought to the table so we could nibble and dunk as we wished from the selection.


We decided to split a vegetarian pizza ($12) once we saw one delivered to a nearby table, but it was actually more of a very thin flatbread topped with a light tomato sauce, mozzarella, eggplant and asparagus. Tasty and fresh, but not a pizza for those of us who have been to Italy or New York.


The special of the day was Seabass with tomato and olive on top of mixed vegetables ($18). The delicate fish was expertly cooked, the light sauce added a nice sweet and acidic touch for a perfect balance, and the vegetables were crisp.

The only fly in the otherwise perfect Chardonnay of Il Moro was the service which was friendly but inefficient. After we ate, we were left completely alone, unable to find or flag anyone to get our bill, but once we put our money down, the waiter appeared instantly to pick it up. We asked for some of the remaining slices of pizza to be wrapped up and although he said, “No problem”, it apparently was because we waited for 15 minutes for his return. We finally went up to find him and ask him about our leftover package, and he replied again, “No problem”. After waiting for yet another 15 minutes we decided to leave rather than spoil a nice meal with an exasperating wait for food we were to full to eat in one sitting.

Maybe Il Moro has good service, just not with our waiter.

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Today’s post is (mainly) for the women who read this blog and who are eagerly awaiting the opening of SEX AND THE CITY 2.

The Landmark Theatre is throwing a party for their Film Club Members (just click on the Landmark Link and join) May 26 at 8:00 pm followed with a screening of the movie at 9:00 pm. This means that you will get to see the movie BEFORE the official opening at midnight! Tickets are $32.50 for the movie and party which will include drinks like Cosmopolitans, pink bubbly, and appetizers. Like any party, go dressed up in your bling and heels because they will be giving away prizes for best dressed and most outrageously dressed. There is free parking in in the building, so you can wear your 5″ heels to the movie and enjoy being in the company of others who are navigating the escalators in their stilettos too.

Go to this link to buy your tickets for Wednesday, May 26 and select the special secret title FILM CLUB MEMBER EVENT, or you can purchase your tickets in person at The Landmark box office. This is an adult party with adult beverages, so everyone attending must bring proof that you are over 21 (ID) with you to enter this event and to see the movie.

Cosmo anyone?

I went back to the Little Next Door today with Cindy and a camera that works, so today’s post is a visual one with more (clearer) pictures to go with my previous post.

The daily special was grilled sardines on a fresh bed of spinach, roasted red peppers and a garlic vinaigrette ($18). This was the dish when it arrived.

This was the dish after I had my way with it. I would eat this every day if I could.

Cindy opted for breakfast with the spinach omelette with feta, red peppers, garlic, onions and black olives $13) with a potato gratin side and salad that she said was the best she had ever had (and she eats alot of spinach omelettes).

I took dessert to go, choosing pistachio, black cherry, and lavender* macaroons ($1.75 each) and two palmiers ($1.50 each). The macaroons are rich and delicately flavored and the palmiers were perfectly sweet and crunchy. Cindy took home a mixed fruit tart ($6) and a puff pastry filled with whipped cream, but because she was rushing to avoid rush hour traffic (how ironic) I did not have a chance to take pictures before she left. Oh well, I guess that means there will be a third trip back to the Little Next Door sometime soon.

*There is no picture of the lavender one because Cindy ate it in the car before I could take a picture of it.

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It is Wedding, Graduation and Prom season, with some people still scrambling to find that perfect outfit. The best deal may be at your local designer consignment shop or on eBay, but if you haven’t found something you like, you might find it at Pre-Owned Wedding Dress. Some of the gowns are definitely for brides, but many will work for a Prom or Graduation party. With some gowns selling for under $175, designer names like Vera Wang and Givenchy at under $600, and a renowned name like Pnina Tornai for $1450, these dresses are about 80% off retail prices; note that these are not rental costs, these are priced for sale!

When you save so much on a dress, you can splurge a bit on your shoes, right? Have you ever wanted a design just like the one you have seen at a store, but a slightly different color, material, or heel height would make it perfect? Shoes of Prey allows you to design your own shoe for $180-$330 a pair depending on the style and materials you use. They have several leather options from soft kid to patent to snakeskin (print), and heel heights from flat ballet style to 4.5″ platforms. Don’t worry about having to design from scratch, they have models you can modify or templates you can customize. If you need extra narrow or wide, this may be the best option for you since they will remake at no cost to you any pair that does not fit! It takes 6-8 weeks for delivery, so order them now in time for that event you will be attending in June. It will be fun to tell people who admire your shoes that YOU designed them!

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