Having lunch at uber chef Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills on a Friday requires much more time than on any other day. For some unknown reason, for many years now, when you enter on a Friday at noon or one o’clock, don’t expect to leave until 4 or 5pm. That is what everybody does and, please, don’t break the tradition. The restaurant becomes sort of a friendly club where everybody starts talking to each other, especially when Barbara Lazaroff starts going from table to table.
Saturday night I attended the 2010 edition of Vintage Hollywood, an organization formed in 2002 to raise funds to support charitable organizations that work to promote the health and well-being of Southern California’s diverse community. This year the proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
by Jennifer Olvera
People are growing comfortable with the idea of buying movie tickets in advance. But will they do the same for fine dining? Chef Grant Achatz is celebrating the fifth anniversary of his world-lauded Alinea. Perhaps as a nod to himself, he’s making what some alternately call a bold or narcissistic move.
This year, he’ll open the simply named Next Restaurant. To enjoy the privilege of visiting, diners will have to purchase advance tickets via its website, nextrestaurant.com. (If you want a sneak peek, that’s also where you can check out his “movie trailer.”)
It’s been fifty years since Air France became the first French airline to link to the West Coast of America. On April 4, 1960, the airline inaugurated twice-weekly flights of a Boeing 707, which took thirteen-and-a-half hours from Paris to Los Angeles, including a stopover in Montréal. Previously, the flight stopped in New York and lasted an extra 10 hours! Of course, things are even better today with three non-stop daily flights, done in eleven hours. From two classes of service (Luxe and Economy), there are now four: La Première, Business, the new Premium Economy (read a description of it in our Travel section) and Economy.
America is not very versed in the game of soccer, but every four years, a pandemic sweeps the globe. Americans cannot really understand the effervescence that the rest of the world is experiencing. As I’m writing these lines, the game between France and Paraguay is in full swing in South Africa. From the reports I’m getting from Paris, the streets (and restaurants) have been deserted as everyone is at home watching.
And, even though I am French, for tomorrow’s match against England: Go USA!
If you want to be part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup excitement, here are some places to follow the 19th edition of the world’s largest sporting event.