The Travel Diva Does Brunch at the Belvedere at the Peninsula Beverly Hills

Brunch on the patio at the Belvedere Restaurant at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, it doesn’t’ get more civilized than this……

(The salmon was superb)

(Dessert Buffet)

(This chocolate cake was yummy)

(Breads were hard to resist)

(Superb salmon)

Your Travel Diva’s been on the road and found some deals on meals, fun spots and more.
My husband and I discovered a fabulous priced fixed $36 menu at Sirocco at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells, California–not far from Pam Springs. We’re talking five courses and a glass a wine. The food was about as good as it gets, no kidding. Not over the top gourmet but really tasty, had two starters each, Mahi Mahi entree, creamy dessert, but bought our own bottle of top notch Rombauer Chard ($60) hey we saved so much on dinner it was worth the splurge.

(That’s the Pen’s executive chef James Overbaugh and I).

Sunday Brunch at the Belvedere Restaurant at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. $69 for multi-course gourmet meal created by executive chef James Overbaugh (whom we’ve followed from northern California to New Orleans to Beverly Hills). The food’s amazing, here’s proof:

Lunch at Red Seven by Woldgang Puck at the Pacific Design Center, one of Wolfie’s best auxiliary eateries. Moderately-priced, my crispy, spicy, Asian Chicken Salad was the just as good as the one at his Spago but a lot cheaper at $8.75. My friend Vicky and I had wine which added quite a bit to the tab at $12 a pop, but if you don’t drink, it’s a real deal. 700 N. San Vicente Blvd. at the Pacific Design Center, valet parking is validated.

Monday nights at Michael Mina’s XIV when any $100 bottle of wine is half price. The food’s fantastic, too. Not a place to go for intimacy, it’s quite the rowdy scene, but lots of fun. Expensive but worth it.