dineLA starts on July 15 to July 26

dineLA_FacebookCover6Los Angeles’s vibrant dining scene has a record-setting list of over 330 participating in this 12-day dining event. Noteworthy newcomers include Silver Lake gastropub Black Hogg, Hollywood hotspot littlefork, Los Feliz stand-out MESSHALL and Abbott Kinney darling Willie Jane.

These new additions join Los Angeles’s most acclaimed chefs in showcasing the city’s best cuisine. dineLA’s Restaurant Week chefs Bryant Ng of The Spice Table, Suzanne Goin of Lucques, Tavern and The Larder at Burton Way, and from season five of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” Neal Fraser of BLD and Sang Yoon of Father’s Office and Lukshon, join with hundreds more in offering special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at three different price points – Lunch menus for $15/$20/$25 and Dinner menus for $25/$35/$45

Here are some of my favorites:
logoMr. C Beverly Hills
The Restaurant at Mr. C will offer specially priced prix fixe menu options for lunch and dinner featuring Cipriani signature dishes and Italian favorites.
$25 Lunch Menu includes Tomato soup with croutons with a rucola salad with cherry tomatoes and shaved Parmesan Mortadella and Cetriolini.

Main Course a choice of Homemade lightly baked green Tagliolini with veal ragu boneless chicken Spezzatino al curry served with mango chutney  or a Pan fried salmon with roasted peppers served with rice pilaf. Vegetarian option available upon request. Dessert is an Assortment of  Sorbetti for $25 per person, not including tax or gratuity.

$45 Dinner Menu includes Pasta e Fagioli, baby spinach salad with mushrooms and crispy bacon prosciutto cotto with mozzarella.

Main Course a choice of homemade lightly baked white Tagliolini with ham  or Chicken Spezzatino alla Pizzaiola served with rice pilaf or grilled Branzino served with Peperonata. Vegetarian option is available upon request. Dessert is Assorted Ice Cream. $45 per person, not including tax or gratuity. $20 per person for an optional wine pairing.

1224 Beverwil Dr  Los Angeles, CA 90035 – (310) 277-2800


Enjoy a three-course dinner for $35. Start with a sweet corn Veloute or Weiser Farm melons with arugula and yogurt. Entrees include a nice piece of local sea bass with cannel inis with zucchini flowers and black garlic or Niman Ranch pork belly with coco beans, sweet corn and a stone fruit compote. Cheese and dessert finish the meal. 6221 Franklin Ave.  Los Angeles – (323) 871-2026.

Fig & Olive  dineLA (July 15 – 26)

Indulge in a prix-fixe seasonal summer menu by Chef Pascal during dineLA Summer Restaurant Week, available for lunch ($25 per person++) anddinner ($45 per person++). The three-course prix-fixe menus include French Riviera-inspired dishes such as: Beef Tartar; Lobster Samosas; Primavera Risotto; Lamb Skewers; Yellowfin Tuna a la Provençale; Berries and Cream on a French Waffle; and more.- 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood. For reservations, please call 310.360.9100

Cafe Pinot

Pinot Cafe 001Enjoy lunch or dinner next to the historic 1920’s Downtown LA’s landmark public library, surrounded by metropolitan skyline views, while sitting in a lovely garden setting. Inside the dining area offers floor to ceiling windows. Executive Chef Sydney C. Hunters III prepares a contemporary Californian-French menu featuring fresh, sophisticated dishes inspired by the farmers’ market as well as a daily rotisserie.downtown next to the Library Tower for $20. Dinner is $35 per person.  Choose one dish from the appetizer selection: Tomato Gazpacho with toasted almonds, cherry tomatoes, micro basil or Burrata with peperonata, sherry vinaigrette, pesto, arugula; or Albacore Sashimi with sushi rice, soy sauce sabayon, yuzu kosho, and daikon sprouts.

The Entrée Selections include: Corn Risotto with Mexican shrimp and baby corn; Jidori Chicken with Coq au vin garnish, pearl onions, button mushrooms, applewood smoked bacon, beurre rouge or Hanger Steak with creamy polenta, broccolini, in an au poivre sauce.

Finish with dessert selection includes – Carrot Cake with curry infused butte powder and a scoop of coconut ice cream or strawberries in a Rose water meringue and Chantilly cream. 700 w. fifth St. | 213 239 6500 | cafepinot.com

Cafe del Rey

Guests can Mediterranean-inspired dishes from Executive Chef Daniel Roberts while enjoying views of million dollar boats in the Marina del Rey harbor.

Select from three options for each three-course meal ($25 for lunch$45 for dinner) paired with special wine selections for an additional cost. Lunch ($25++): IMG_3140Grilled Tiger Shrimp with a curry cilantro marinade, quinoa, vegetable salad, and a harissa vinaigrette (Summerland 2011 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard Block O, Santa Maria Valley, California – $12) or Agnolotti of Sweet Corn with corn buerre fondue and roasted corn (Joell Gott 2011 Chardonnay, Unoaked, Monterey, Napa, Sonoma County, California – $14) or Poached Salmon Salad with butter lettuce, spring beans, fin herbs, watermelon radish, and a tarragon dressing (Estancia 2011 Pinot Grigio, California – $9). Finish with a Peach Upside Down Cake with ricotta ice cream, salted caramel and peach honey (Quady “Elysium”, Black Muscat – $16)

Dinner ($45++): Steamed Mussels with chorizo picante and kaffir lime leaves in a coconut curry broth with a grilled baguette (Simi 2011 Chardonnay, Sonoma County, California – $10)  Entree includes a Basted Salmon with carrot puree, baby carrots, snap peas, olive and herb orzo, and chard spring onion (Summerland 2011 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard Block O, Santa Maria Valley, California – $12) or Petit Chateau Filet with sautéed haricot vert, fine herbs, savory gruyère gougère and béarnaise (St. Supery 2006, Cabernet, Dollarhide, Limited Edition, Estate, Napa, California – $22). Finish with a  Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake with a strawberry Italian meringue and Meyer lemon syrup (Inniskillin 2008 “VQA” Niagara Peninsula, Canada – $29)** Additional cost for wine pairings, tax and gratuity not included.  CAFE del REY – 4451 Admiralty Way – Marina del Rey – 310.823.6395 – www.cafedelreymarina.com


This wonderful wine lounge is offering a four-course dinner for $45. Start with a grapefruit and jicama salad. Sauteed brussels sprouts arrive with crimini mushrooms and lardon. The filet mignon is offered with fingerling potatoes. For those who prefer Diver scallops with roasted asparagus and a beet salad with goat cheese and pistachios, those options are available too. If your prefer vegan or vegetarian options, just let your server know your request. The owner, Edgar will personally pair each dish with wine. 320 S. La Brea, Los Angeles – Call 323.932.9500 

Here is a list of hotels with restaurants that are participating with dineLA. Stay at a participating hotel for two-nights or more, pay with an American Express card and get a $50 American Express gift card.

Need a ride to a dineLA restaurant or home? click on https://www.uber.com/go/dineLA2013. Use Promo Code: dineLA2013 to redeem a $20 UBER credit for new customers only during dineLA

Palm Springs Desert Resorts – Restaurant Week

IMG_2707Driving out to Palm Springs from Los Angeles is always a pleasant surprise. During the two-hour drive, I enjoy watching the temperature gauge in my car climb higher, as I pass the Morongo casino and enter the land of windmills.

In June through Sept. the temperature reaches as high as 112 degrees, however it’s a dry heat, so you don’t feel as wet and sticky as you would in the East Coast or Southern states.

To escape the heat during the day, take a ride up the world’s largest rotating tramcar for a ten-minute ride to an elevation of over 8,500 above sea level. It’s at least 20 degrees cooler and the multi-million dollar views are spectacular. There is a fine dining restaurant and café to satisfy your hunger.

During the Restaurant Week from May 31 to June 16, 2013 tramway fares are discounted from 4 p.m. to $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 3 to 12.To see all of the special deals, go to www.palmspringsrestaurantweek.com.

Other ways to stay cool are to dine at one of the restaurants offering refreshing patio misters or book a spa treatment and enjoy the cool air-conditioned oasis.

The following restaurants are worth making a reservation during Restaurant Week – May 31 to June 16, 2013:

IMG_2327Workshop Kitchen + Bar is offering a 3-course gourmet dinner for $38 per person. Sit at the community table or in a private booth while Chef Michael Beckman prepares an innovative menu includes octopus carpaccio with pickled cauliflower fleurettes and a delicious quinoa and beet salad. Entrees served are pan roasted U-10 scallops, Alaskan Halibut and Idori Chicken breast with lavender mashed potatoes, or Beef tenderloin with creamed kale. Finish with a local lemon tarte or Valrhona Flourless Chocolate Terrine with house made marshmallows and salted peanut butter ice cream. 800 N. Palm Cyn. Dr. Suite G – (760)459-3451 – http://www.workshoppalmsprings.comIMG_2113

Johannes – Three-courses of award-winning Continental fare with an Austrian twist is prepared by the “Eclectic Chef” Johannes Bacher.

During the Restaurant Week, enjoy a 3-course meal for $38 per person. A must to order to stay cool is the chilled minted English pea soup with Dungeness crab meat. Another tasty dish is the pretzel and horseradish crusted pork chop with a sun-dried tomato and basil butter.  196 S. Indian Canyon Dr.  ( 760)778-0017  – http://www.johannesrestaurants.com

Chef andrew Copley

Chef andrew Copley

Copley’s on Palm Canyon is located in part of the historic Cary Grant Estate. Award-winning British Chef Andrew Copley is preparing a 3-course meal for $38 per person. He uses the finest meat, seafood and fresh produce. Dine alfresco with stunning mountain views, or sit by the fountain or fire pit. Copley uses fresh herbs from his on-site garden. For the special menu start with a roasted beet and warm goat cheese salad. His grilled halibut is sensational with tiger shrimp. Finish with a warm apple crumble with cinnamon ice cream or lavender and lemon scented pound cake with basil ice cream. 621 North Palm Cyn. ( 760)327-9555 – copleysrestaurant.com


Jake’s is a great casual Euro-style bistro in the Uptown Design District of Palm Springs. Dine al fresco on the dog-friendly charming courtyard or intimate dining room. Try the 3-course dinner for $26 per person. Start with a choice of 5 appetizers. The 5 different entrees include a Petite filet mignon, Jake’s ribs with pineapple teriyaki sauce, salmon orIMG_2247 tower or eggplant. Finish with a sweet treat. I’ve been told Jake’s has the best chocolate and peanut butter cupcake in Palm Springs. Try one. Jake’s is closed on Mondays and Sundays for dinner. 664 North Palm Canyon Drive, (760) 327-4400. http://www.jakespalmsprings.com

Where to Stay and Play

When the sun blazes and the desert floor heat rises, it’s a great time to find shade and sit by a refreshing pool. During the summer months and especially Restaurant Week from May 31 to June 16, 2013, many of the “hottest” resorts are drastically discounted. I checked out various hotels in the Coachella Valley to find the most inviting pools. They had to have an “it” factor to make my list. Some feel like the old glamour of Hollywood when movie stars escaped to their desert enclave for cocktails, music and sitting by the pool.

IMG_2697Korakia Pensione

One may feel as if they woke up in Morocco, while staying at this North African looking desert resort in Palm Springs. Built in 1924 as a Moroccan villa, it was a hideaway for Scottish Painter Gondon Courts who once lived in Tangier. Located on 1.5 acres are two restored historic villas, bungalows, guest houses, gardens and pool.

Originally named, Dar Marroc, the villa was rescued in 1989 and renamed Korakia (Greek for “crow”). Moroccan designs and decor were enhanced with deep ocher and tawny yellow colors. The distinct key-hole shaped entrance and carved wooden Moorish doors greet guests upon arrival.

The sun drenched pool area with glorious views of the San Jacinto mountains is a gathering spot during the day. In the evening Moroccan laterns and fire pit illuminate the heated pool.

During Restaurant Week (May 31 to June 16) enjoy Standard room rates for $129. Studios are $169 a night from Sunday through Thurs. A fully cooked breakfast is served in the Moroccan courtyard is included. In the afternoon guests are treated to a Moroccan tea service.

257 S. Patencio Road, (760)864-6411. Ask for “Restaurant Week 2013 Promo.”

The Saguaro Palm Springs


The Saguaro offers the most kaleidoscope of vibrant hues throughout the hotel and pool in Palm Springs. I call this the “end of the rainbow” resort. There are 16 bold colors throughout this 245-room hotel, that was once a Holiday Inn.

Now managed by Joie de Vivre Hotels, renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat infused the colors of indigenous flowers found in the desert with the lines of the mountain range next to the expansive pool and inviting courtyard area. The grounds and gardens were renovated in Feb. 2012. Hummingbirds flit around the brilliant purple blooming Mexican sage.

Restaurant Week Speical: Enjoy Accommodations for two. Receive an Iron Chef gift before dinner for two at Tinto’s with a special Restaurant Week menu. Receive a copy of Executive Chef and Iron Chef Jose Garces “The Latin Road Home” cookbook. Later live it up with a Intraceuticals Spa Treatment. Last you will be given two tickets of admission into the Palm Springs Art Museum. This package is only $258.90 per room, double occupancy. Rate does not include the $18 resort fee. Subject to availability.

Tinto restaurant is a crowd pleaser. Executive Chef and Iron Chef Jose Garces manages two restaurants: El Jefe, a Wild-West style Mexican restaurant and margarita bar, and Tinto, a Northern Spain type of restaurant.
Tinto, is an expression in Spain, used to describe red wine. It’s an intimate restaurant at La Saguaro serving Basque food. Various types of wine openers are displayed in the glass and wood tables. Order a fruity white sangria paired with plates of charcuterie & cheeses. Be sure to try the large prawn brochettes with shrimp and chorizo, grape tomato and espelette chile. The dates wrapped in bacon are heavenly.

1800 East Palm Cyn. Drive, (877) 808-2439 – http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/riverside-hotels/the-saguaro-palm-springs.

Originally a 1930s Desert inn, called Estrella Resort & Spa, the Viceroy Palm Springs has a wonderful history of old Hollywood stars such as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford swimming in one of the three pools.Designer Kelly Wearstler took the 74 room Inn and designed the suites to resemble Old Hollywood Regency style into a more modern and fabulous look.

Restaurant Week Specials: Save 30% off the Best Available Rate during the weekdays and 25% off during the weekends. Minimum length of stay may be required. Use code “STAY”  Dine at the on site Citron for their special dining discount of a gourmet 3-course dinner for $38 per person. Fine dining inside Citron Restaurant or Poolside offers guests a multitude of culinary options. Executive Chef Warren Cordoba is serving during Restaurant Week a refreshing Watermelon French Feta salad with wild mint from his on site garden topped with preserved strawberries. For an entrée, the grilled Tamarind marinated shrimp is served Cuban-style with rice and black beans, a little cilantro and dressed with a preserved lime and butter sauce. Finish with a frozen key lime mousse pie with candied ginger. All dishes are light, fresh and ideal for a light summer meal.

415 S Belardo Road, (760) 320-4117 – http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/palmsprings

Imagine going on a desert safari with a group of hipsters and your wind up at the newer Ace Hotel & Swim Club. This mid-century 170 room hotel, spa & resort is located near the heart of Palm Springs. Built on the foundation of a 1965 Howard Johnson hotel, Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs offers two chlorine free pools and hot tub soakings everyday til 2am.

Restaurant Week Specials: Acquire an Easyrider package to collect a $25 nightly resort credit towards food and beverage or a spa treatment (room service is not included). Rates are $119 during the week and $129 during the weekends. Tax and Resort Fee is not included.

You never need to leave the property. Enjoy a 3-course dinner at King’s Highway for $26 per person. Chef Brian Kiepler offers guests a choice of three appetizers including a fried avocado salad. Entrees include a leg of lamb or roasted halibut cheeks. For dessert the key lime pie and chocolate stout bread pudding will satisfy your sweet tooth.

During Restaurant Week enjoy a 25% discount on any Spa treatment at Feel Good Spa when you show your King’s Highway or Amigo Room receipt from May 31 to June 16, 2013.

The fully decked-out gym is open to hotel guests 24 hours a day. You also have full access to regular poolside events, including DJs, bands, yogaIMG_2172 classes, impromptu dance parties and a large amount of lounging.

Stay for breakfast to enjoy Chef  Brian’s menu filled with local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Try the chilaquiles, Parmesan hash browns, brioche French toast and healthy Tofu and veggie scramble.

Checking out a few of the bohemian-style rooms, Levi Strauss made the denim headboard in the Desert safari suite. All rooms are earth-friendly with sustainable elements. Vintage furniture, old record players and clipped on wall art give the rooms an organic feel. Some have a garden patio and others a fireplace.

This place is dog friendly, so don’t leave spot home. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr. (760)325-9900 – http://www.acehotel.com.
Parker Palm Springs

This illustrious property was originally a Holiday Inn in 1959. Then Gene Autry, the singing cowboy lived here and named the property – Melody Ranch. He added a two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence, that guests can now rent. It offers an enclosed patio, as well as a large living room, dining room, terrace and kitchen. Located a few steps from the saline Autry Pool, this residence is the place to be for the ultimate in luxury while enjoying all the estate’s amenities.

IMG_2281Restaurant Week SpecialDine at the 5-star diner, Norma’s at Night for $26 per person. Sit inside or out on the lovely patio. Three appetizers include corn off the cob and salt & pepper calamari. Entrees include 5 different dishes. The chicken pot pie piping in puff pastry and Meatball and spaghetti look nightly fine. 

There are two outdoor pools. The saline pool is completely chlorine-free, while the Silicone Valley pool, is family friendly. The Gene Autry pool is open 24 hours to our guests, and is the “Adults Only” pool. Both outdoor pools are staffed from 8 am until dusk.
They offer a body-temperature indoor pool for guests when the Palm Springs sun gets too hot. There is also an indoor whirlpool if you simply want to enjoy a good soak.
In 2004 The Parker Palm Springs was remodeled with the help of designer Jonathan Adler and the grounds by Judy Cameron. One doesn’t feel as if they are in the desert with the lush and overgrown vegetation. 4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr. (760) 770-5000 – http://www.theparkerpalmsprings.com/

The Riveria

Here is where modernism meets South Beach, Florida. Original architect and visionary, Irwin Schuman fashioned the resort after major Vegas hotels like The Sands, The Flamingo, and The Stardust.

Opened in 1959, the Riviera Resort immediately became the Palm Springs’ go-to hot spot for celebrities and sophisticates like Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin. Recently, the Riviera received a $70 million dollar rejuvenation.

You will  instantly wowed with the jewel colors used throughout the property. Purples, reds, and yellow pop with color.IMG_2366

Restaurant Week Specials: Enjoy 25% off your bar bill as you stay in a midweek room for only $125 a night. Weekends the rate is $199 from May 31 to June 16, 2013. Stay on site to partake in a 3-course dinner special for $38 per person at Circa 59. The three appetizers include a scallop and beet salad with goat cheese fondue and pistachio brittle. Entrees are a flatiron steak, sugar & spice pork chop and pan roasted grouper. Dessert choices include a chocolate hazelnut torte and a lemon tart.

Walking past the opulent outdoor playground with elegant pool side cabanas to enter Spa Terre, I admired the oversize pool. The Riveria has one of the largest pools and two poolside bars. Guests float on rented Signature Pool Pillow floats.

IMG_2372Restaurant Week Spa Special at Spa Terre: Mention Restaurant Week and get 25% off any Spa Terre menu selections. There are 18 treatment rooms, an expansive indoor pool and exotic Balinese, Thai and Indonesian treatments.

The original architect and visionary, Irwin Schuman fashioned the resort after major Vegas hotels like The Sands, The Flamingo, and The Stardust. Opened in 1959, the Riviera Resort immediately became the Palm Springs’ go-to hot spot for celebrities and sophisticates like Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor. Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin. Recently, the Riviera received a $70 million dollar rejuvenation.

1600 N. Indian Canyon Drive (760) 327-8311 – http://www.psriviera.com/

The Mandarin Oriental visits SoHo WH

I was invited to a luncheon yesterday to learn about the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. To my surprise the venue was at the member-only SoHo House in West Hollywood on Sunset Blvd.

Originally founded in London in 1995, SoHo House opened on Sunset Blvd. in 2010, occupying the top two floors of a 14 story high-rise at Doheny Drive.  As a guest, I was directed to the elevator by the hostess in the valet parking garage. Once I arrived on the club floor, another hostess led me to The Club Room. Views of the Sunset Tower building and multi-million dollar estates greeted me.

The guest of honor was Mr. Jonas Schuermann, GM of Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. He enlightened all of us about the history of the second oldest hotel in Hong Kong and peaked my interest about the upcoming 50th year anniversary celebration.

The award-winning luxury Mandarin Oriental opened its doors in 1963. Overlooking the breathtaking Victoria Harbor, the 5-star hotel offers 430 guest rooms and world class restaurants. Three of the restaurants are Michelin star, with the French chef Pierre Gagnaire at Pierre earning two Michelin stars. “These ten restaurants and bars see 1900 people a day,” shared Schuermann.

The hotel will celebrate it’s 50th anniversary throughout 2013, with a big celebration during the Chinese New Year starting on Feb. 10th , 2013. “During our anniversary we will have Dining Safaris where guests can enjoy a progressive dinner at our Michelin star restaurants,” enthused Schuermann.

Schuermann has lived in an apartment in the hotel with his two toy poodles for over 10 years. When the hotel closed in 2006 for its $160,000,000 renovation, Schuermann kept every staff member on the payroll. “I wanted to have the consist superior customer service that our clients appreciate at Mandarin Oriental,” shared Schuermann over Market Vegetable salads with grilled shrimp, flavorful pasta plates and savory grilled chicken.

“The United States is our number one market,” stated Schuermann. The staff and amenities  at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong creates a traveling experience that leaves guests wanting to come back again.

Even though it is one of the finest hotels in Hong Kong, the Mandarin Oriental appeals to families. Each child under 12-years receives a welcome gift. Guests with a baby will receive a crib and baby amenity kit. Strollers, high chairs, baby bathtubs and milk bottle warmers are provided. Babysitting is available for parents to enjoy one of the fine dining restaurants.  Special children’s menus for smaller appetites are available with coloring books and pens. For children missing their X-Box or favorite DVD, the staff is happy to supply those and a multitude of board games.

If you have plans to visit Asia soon, look into the Mandarin Oriental. It appeals to all ages and invigorates all your senses.  To learn more go to http://www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong/hotel/hotel-information/

Lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Polo Lounge

Last Wednesday for lunch, my Luxe Lunch group and I dined at the Beverly Hills Polo Lounge with comedian Tom Arnold, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Saturday Night Live actress and comedian Amy Poehler.

Arnold actually was sitting in a booth across from us. Poehler and Aldrin were sitting outside on the garden patio at separate tables. Aldrin’s ex-wife, Lois Driggs Cannon was dining inside the restaurant with a friend. An interesting moment was when Buzz,  carrying a book with a rocket ship on the back of the cover, walked by Cannon’s table. Buzz Aldrin looked fit and spry for a man born in 1930.

Here is what I love most about the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel that is now celebrating its 100th Anniversary:

1. I always see a few mega-stars dining for lunch with friends, agents or managers. It’s a refuge for them, because no one will take their photo or ask for an autograph. That is a big “no-no” at the hotel and restaurant.

2. The service is impeccable. Many of the staff members have been at the restaurant for years. Ask for Felix, he will share a few interesting tales about guests who frequent the restaurant often.

3. The pianist Oksana is one of the most gorgeous and talented blonde piano players in Southern California.

4. The food is quite good. I thoroughly enjoyed my spice crusted salmon with fingerling potatoes and white/green asparagus. The McCarthy Salad and Tortilla Soup have been on the menu from day one.

To celebrate 100 successful years in Beverly Hills, the hotel is offering “Pop-Up 1912 Pricing” at each dining venue. Once a week, one lucky table will randomly have their total check converted to 1912 prices.

The Spa Specials include a Pink Palace Manicure and Pedicure or Diamond Anniversary Facial or Caviar Express Massage for $100 each.

For Beverly Hills buffs, Robert Anderson, the great-grandson of the hotel’s original owner, Margaret Anderson, is launching his book  ” The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows – The First 100 Years,” this May. As the official historian of the Beverly Hills Hotel, he has exclusive images of many dignitaries and celebrities, historical facts and documents that are featured on each page. Many of the photos have never-been-seen-before of celebrated guests relaxing and enjoyed the grand hotel. His book is available at the hotel’s Logo shop and on the website. Each guest room in the hotel will have a book on display.

To learn about other special events at the hotel this year, go to www.thebeverlyhillshotel.com

The Polo Lounge is at 9641 Sunset Blvd. (310)887-2777.