Take Mom to the Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club for Brunch

Treat you mother to a  champagne Mother’s Day buffet brunch at the charming, waterfront Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club. I love this spot and she will, too.

She’ll love the room with its floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at the Pacific Ocean. She’ll also enjoy the endless champagne and mimosas served with the spread .

 Seatings are at 10:00 AM., 12 noon and 2:00 PM. 

  Price is $54.95 for adults (including champagne and mimosas); $22.95 for children ages 4–11 (plus tax and a 20% service charge).

 BREAKFAST STATION:  Omelet Station Eggs edict Applewood Smoked Bacon, Turkey Sausage Links O’Brien Potatoes with Onions and Peppers Cheese Blintzes with Raspberry Sauce

 SALADS: Chinese Chicken Salad, Caprese Salad, Traditional Caesar Salad Mixed Greens with Caramelized Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Gorgonzola SEAFOOD SELECTIONS Peel and Eat Shrimp, Crab Claws, Mussels Cocktail Sauce, Lemon Wedges, Clarified Butter and Tabasco

 WHIPPED POTATO MARTINI BAR:  Buttermilk and Roasted Garlic Whipped Potatoes Toppings: Bay Shrimp, Sautéed Mushroom and Caramelized Onion, Chives, Sweet Butter, Sour Cream, Jack and Cheddar Cheeses, White Wine Cream Sauce CARVING STATION Turkey with Gravy, Cranberry Orange Relish, Miniature Rolls Slow Roasted Rib Eye of Beef with Red Wine Demi-Glace, Horseradish Cream and Grain Mustard Salmon en Croute with Champagne Beurre Blanc

 ENTREES : Citrus Glazed Breast of Chicken BBQ Country Meatloaf Tilapia Veracruz with Olives, Tomatoes, Capers and Fresh Basil Penne Pasta Primavera with Roasted Garlic and Chunky Basil Marinara Cheese Ravioli with Cilantro and Lime Cream Sauce Green Beans Amandine, Fresh Vegetable Medley, Artisan Rolls and Sweet Butter

 KNEE-HIGH BUFFET FOR KIDS:  Weenie Wellingtons, Chicken Fingers, Tater Tots, Mac and Cheese, Cheese Pizza, Lime and Strawberry Jell-O Blocks and M&M Cookies BANANA SPLIT STATION Bananas, Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Creams, Chocolate, Strawberry and Caramel Sauces Whipped Cream, Nuts and Maraschino Cherries

And the grand finale  DESSERT EXTRAVAGANZA:  French Pastries, Assorted Cakes and Cheesecakes Chocolate Fountain with Milk Chocolate, Pound Cake, Rice Crispy Treats, Cubed Fruit, Whole Strawberries and Pretzels BALEENlosangeles will also be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Sunday, May 9, serving its customary menus.

 The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club – in the Pacific and Bayside Ballrooms 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach

For Brunch Reservations call 310-798-5874 , www.HotelPortofino.com

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