Author: Jill Weinlein

67th EMMY Awards Governors Ball

The largest formal sit-down dinner is on September 20 at the Los Angeles Convention Center following this year’s Emmy Awards show. As the 4,000 nominees and winners walk inside the beautifully transformed ballroom, they will be handed a flute of Ferrari Brut NV TrentoDOC Metodo Classico. The Governors Ball is known for its dramatic elegance, and this year’s theme, “Reigning with Radiance” is spectacular with subtle shimmering hues and rich vibrant textures. It’s classic grandeur in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Sequoia Productions has designed the exquisite party at the helm of the talented Cheryl Cecchetto. This is the...

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Sake 101 with Sake Sommelier Eiji Mori

Sake is an elegant beverage to sip with Japanese cuisine during a special meal or festive celebration. Innovative Dining Guide (IDG) employs three sake experts to guide guests in their upscale Sushi Roku restaurants in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena and Las Vegas and their West Hollywood Katana restaurant. IDG’s Sake Sommelier Eiji Mori shared 10 interesting facts about sake: 1. Sake is made from fermented rice, but the rice is not the same grain that one would eat. It’s a special rice that is larger, stronger and contains less protein and lipid than ordinary rice. 2. To make sake, the...

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Extravagant Dining at Barton G. LA

It doesn’t get any better in Los Angeles than dining at the elegant and innovative restaurant of Barton G. LA. Tantalizing nitro-cocktails arrive on mirrored trays, while flaky lobster pop tarts poke out to be admired and eaten from inside bright yellow retro toasters.  Drinks and dishes here are to be admired and appreciated — and demand attention in a fun and glamorous setting. Decorating one of the interior walls is fashionable white textured felt. Another wall is filled with small, wood square paneling made from recycled wine barrels. Beyond are rows of  single orchid flowers displayed in small...

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The Elegant Art Hotel in Shanghai

While visiting our daughter who was studying at Donghua University in Shanghai, my husband and I stayed at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental in Pudong. Built in 2013, the property is also known as the “Art Hotel,” with 4,000 pieces of artwork displayed throughout the elegant property showcasing 50 different artists. This area of Pudong is also known as “Skyscrapers in Greenbelts.” The most distinctive and unique skyscraper is the Oriental Pearl Television Tower. It looks like magenta luminous pearls that shine during the day and night sky of Shanghai. While the Bund is located along the Huangpu River and...

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Ten Fun Facts About Chef Nancy Silverton

Recently I had lunch with James Beard Award winner Nancy Silverton at her Chi Spacca restaurant on Melrose. It was an informative afternoon that also included Cheryl Forberg, the nutritionist for the popular television show, The Biggest Loser in a promotion with the American Pistachio Growers. I learned a lot about celebrity chef Silverton and pistachios as I sipped a flute of Prosecco and nibbled on falafel with pistachios, bacon terrine with pistachios and a pizza with pistachios, red onion, Castelvetrano olives, thyme and fennel pollen. Silverton offered a cooking demonstration on how to make two salads: a market...

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