The Diva’s Picks for Holiday Dining, RH at Andaz is a good start

With its open, airy design and mid-century vibe, RH at Andaz West Hollywood provides a whimsical yet  sophisticated setting. So relaxed and yet urbane, it offers a fun place to sit back and enjoy some creative cuisine with friends or family.   Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault, master of  market-to-table menus has concocted some festive meals to enjoy during the yuletide season…

 Christmas Eve – Thursday, December 24, served 3 to 11 p.m.

RH will offer a festive four-course menu featuring Chef Archambault’s own family recipes using California’s ingredients. Price is $65 per person (tax and gratuity not included).

Aperitif:  Foie Gras Crostini, plum and fig chutney, pineau des charentes

1st Course:  Boothbay Harbor Lobster Parmentier, garlic, sea beans and salmon roe

2nd Course:  Seared Santa Barbara Halibut, artichoke hearts, gold chanterelles, baby spinach

3rd Course:  Foie Gras-Stuffed Petaluma Chicken Breast, butternut squash,

chestnut and chicken jus

Dessert:  Bûche de Noël

Christmas Day – Friday, December 25, served 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Christmas Brunch will be served along with a festive menu of “spirit-filled” cocktails. RH’s customary brunch items will be offered, including favorites like French-style Scrambled Eggs with smoked salmon and dill; Breakfast Salad; Homemade Crispy Duck Confit; and Gary’s Artisan Pork Sausage. (The restaurant will also be open for dinner with its customary menu.)

New Year’s Eve – Thursday, December 31

  • 1st Seating: 5 p.m.
  • 2nd Seating: 8 p.m.

Bid farewell to 2009 by indulging in Chef Archambault’s celebratory four-course New Year’s Eve menu. Reservations required. Price for the 1st Seating is $70 per person; 2nd Seating is $110 per person, which includes Champagne toast at midnight. Tax and gratuity not included.

Aperitif:  Poached Fanny Bay Oyster, smoked salmon, tiger lemon jelly

1st Course:  Hudson Valley Foie Gras Terrine, plum and fig chutney, warm homemade brioche 

2nd Course: Seared Diver Scallops, butternut squash, chestnut and celery,

chicken jus, black truffle

3rd Course:  Roasted Petaluma Duck Breast, porcini, gold chanterelles,

sautéed baby heirloom potatoes, garlic and parsley, pineau des charentes sauce

Dessert: Homemade Dillon Rum Baba, bourbon vanilla whipped cream

 Happy New Year…forgetabout football and head out to the RH at Andaz between 10 AM and 5 PM for some good eats…

Enjoy  brunch chased down by some  detox cocktails  such as a green smoothie, mint berry juice and fresh limonatta, or more adult beverages like RH BloodyMarys, Margaritas, Martinis or screwdrivers.

 RH Restaurant & Bar at the Andaz West Hollywood,  8401 W. Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA,    reservations: 323-785-6090, web:    www.andaz.com

An Evening Without Monty Python

As an  over-the-top Monty Phython fan I couldn’t contain myself when I heard about a new play opening in Hollywood tomorrow night (Wednesday, September 23) called “An Evening Without Monty Python”. I immediately went to www.tix.com to book seats.  I love Monty Phython’s humor and every movie, TV show, play or recording I see or hear proves hilarious.

She show produced by “WestBeth Entertainment” by “kind permission of Monty Python” features Jeff B. Davis, Jane Leeves, Alan Tudyk, Rick Holmes and Jim Piddock–a star-studded cast celebrating 40 years of Monty Python’s  Flying Circus and the publication of “Monty Python Live!” –a book by the Pythons about life on the road. 

Billed as a “paeanastic laudatory exaltation of the works of John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, “An Evening Without Monty Python” runs just a few nights, a the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, California –through October 4, so if you’re fans, get your tickets NOW. The show opens in New York for 5 performances on October 6-10 at Town Hall, 123 West 43r Street, www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Come back on Friday for a full review from your divaonthego.

Supporting Small Local Theaters

Friends raved about  the little theater productions they’ve been attending in Los Angeles. So much so my husband and I went on line and checked out the offerings.  Both fans of film noir and parody we agreed on a play called   Kill Me, Deadly.
 The film noir spoof was amazingly well staged, wildly entertaining and left us hungering for more. I was wowed by actress Kirsten Vangsness’s (fresh from  my favorite CBS  Criminal Minds, where she plays a wacky but brilliant FBI researcher) portrayal of Mona, a wily, winsome murderess. But the entire cast held their own in this clever spoof.
Theatre of Note, 1517 N Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323-856-8611, www.theatreofnote.com
 
We’re  planning to attend more plays at the Theatre of Note as well as some of the other small LA playhouses like:  “The Lounge Theater,the loungetheatre.com, and  Cavern Club Theatre in Los Feliz  (www.cavernclubtheatre.com) and others.