The gal wandered into breakfast at the tall, pillared THEblvd restaurant at Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills, a Four Seasons Hotel, and instantly fell in love with the menu cover. It makes you smile. The ambience makes you happy, soft music, lots of good newspapers, good quick coffee and choice that includes Oh-hay, black truffled scrambled duck eggs with fruit and nut bread or, somewhat simpler, a ‘bed and breakfast menu’ that suggests ‘a fluffy pillow’, namely pancakes with berries. Coffee, by the way, comes in big half-pint-sized handless ceramic pots.
There is also enticement to eat upstairs in your room, especially if it is fabulous end-suite 1407, looking out, over its balconies, to Century City. The room service menu is another photogenic gem. The two fronts of the folder close to show a Pretty Woman – yes, here we go again, the 395-room hotel has cleverly used the Julia Roberts theme to advantage. I see that I could watch that view from my balcony while drinking a Pretty Woman cocktail, namely Absolut vodka, St Germain elderflower liqueur, and cranberry and lime juices. No, I will wait for a glass of Schug Pinot Noir 2012 Carneros downstairs.
The Beverly Wilshire is good on brands, by the way. Wolfgang Puck runs a leased-out CUT steakhouse tucked behind the absolutely agreeable THEblvd. The spa, which is world-class, has Natura Bissé – try a Diamond Infusion face job – and Kate Somerville skincare. Hair is by Lea Journo, who does Jennifer Aniston. The outdoor pool is apparently modelled on Sophia Loren‘s. Look outside, or cross Wilshire, and you have every brand you can think of, including one of the biggest Louis Vuitton stores anywhere. It is Philipp Plein, a brand I do not know – turns out he is a would-be German lawyer, but be that as it may, it is his store actually stands out for today’s display, though the watches at several stores are pretty enticing too.
So many memories from this stately luxury grande dame of a hotel, which still manages to keep itself remarkably up to date. As GirlAhead followers know I have eaten caprese around the world but look at this unique version, atop a mozarella pannacotta. This pretty woman could eat it three meals a day.