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Take a Tour with Me at My California Home: August

Take a Tour with Me at My California Home:  August

The Pointe is a quaint, seaside community.  It is nestled in the Orange Coast of California.  The town is situated beachside along the pristine Pacific Ocean, between magnificent cliffs and headlands.  Residents have nicknamed it the “California Riviera”.  The town was established during the 1920s along state route 1, between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Kite-flying, boat races, golf, and surfing drew crowds and residents to the promontory.  Actor James Cagney was drawn here to open a movie theater.  The Pointe is bold, panoramic, and truly alluring.  

 Cooking and entertaining is an opportunity to share with family and friends.  Growing up I learned the basics of good cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, and entrepreneurship.  The Pointe in the location and Viven is Spanish for living life.  And living in this fabled locale serves as a delicious bakery and idea-factory.

See photos from my home in July.

“In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years.”  

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”

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Estérel Restaurant's Grand Re-Opening

Estérel Restaurant's Grand Re-Opening

I recently attended the grand re-opening of the Estérel in Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.  The public relations manager and all other staff were friendly, welcoming, and enthused for the event.  I enjoyed the tastings of savory appetizers, sweets, and cocktails, such as the basil greyhound.  

Estérel’s menu, dining room, and patio, fully sustain the garden theme.  The restaurant is designed with an effective open seating plan, greenery, dark wood floors, white linen, and a collection of portraits.  The outdoor area, Le Jardin, includes a private bar and is adorned with French herbs, bird cages, mirrors, and a dark blue accent wall.  There is a strong, luxurious, connection between the menu and environment.

Executive Chef Victor Boroda has a rich culinary experience from Estérel in the Sofitel, to True Food Kitchen, and Scarpetta in Beverly Hills.  The Sofitel Hotel is an elegant venue located on the corner of La Cienega and Beverly Boulevard.  The new menu and dining experience at Estérel embraces the locale, integrating French fare with Hollywood style.  

“Estérel in Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills takes you on a culinary adventure of innovative flavors and tempting tastes. Reflecting its origins in the South of France, this exciting new French restaurant and lounge offers an inspired contemporary menu featuring seasonal selections infused with fragrant herbes de Provence: saffron, fennel and basil. Savor each artistically prepared meal in an inviting setting where California casual meets French chic.”


Update:  Estérel is now Riviera 31 Lounge and Cattle and Claw Restaurant.

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