I’ve watched the TV show and driven through the area before, but yesterday was my first time in Bel Air! Hotel Bel Air had a 2 year, $100 million renovation, and is quite breathtaking.
Had a lunch date at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant…
…with the Madame Sylvia Wu – celebrated restauranteur, author, and philanthropist.
Her restaurants were famous for dishes like the Chinese Chicken Salad (yes, the one on every menu in the world today) and Hollywood clientele. Everyone from Cary Grant to Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg dined there…even actual royalty like Princess Grace…
…plus my (recent) relative Gregory Peck!
She closed her doors in 1998 but is still a Los Angeles legend – one of her fans came up for her autograph!
We were at the hotel for hours, listening to incredible stories, and of course, eating phenomenal food.
Madame Wu ordered the Tortilla Soup – I love that she asked for a smaller/lighter spoon and they gave her three options. What service!
Felita and I shared the rest of the food. “We’re going to gorge,” she told the waitress. #foodsoulmate
Started off with delicious bread, one mini baguette, and one focaccia with goat cheese and sun dried tomato. I didn’t intend on eating all of it. But I did. With butter.
We each had a piece of Maryland Blue Crab Cake with Basil Pesto Aioli and Tomato Relish
The special pasta – hand-cut Tagliatelle with fresh seasonal veggies
Salmon Salad with Avocado, Egg, and Hot Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette
Beef Burger with Aged Vermont Cheddar, Shallot-Jalapeno Marmalade and Garlic Aioli
a.k.a. THE BEST BURGER I’VE EVER EATEN. Ever.
Went back for fries and pickles. Twice. I was so full I felt like I could’ve rolled home…
…and then the dessert trolley came rolling up.
We got one of each tart…
…Lemon with Blackberries…
…served with housemade 50 Bean Vanilla Ice Cream:
Raspberry Sorbet came with the Chocolate Carmel –