Beverly Hills sure knows how to celebrate a birthday. The glamorous city turns 100 this year and to commemorate the centennial five of its most luxurious hotels each redecorated one of its suites to evoke an era from the past 100 years. Launched by the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau, the initiative is called Suite 100. Members of the press got a glimpse of the glitz, along with appropriately haute bites, as a city trolley took us from hotel to hotel.
They say if you want to test the skill of a chef, ask him or her to make an omelet. I’d add if you want to judge the care a kitchen takes in preparing its dishes, order the calamari. At Rare by Drai’s, a swank, sexy new steakhouse and lounge on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, the calamari is one of the must humble dishes on the menu. But, at a recent press dinner, I couldn’t stop eating it.
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The name translates to "mountain palace" in Japanese, but to any Angeleno, Yamashiro means one thing: spectacular view. The vista includes the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory and downtown L.A., as well as Yamashiro’s own gorgeously landscaped, terraced grounds. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, the Yamashiro restaurant was built 100 years ago as a private estate, complete with a 600-year-old pagoda brought over from Japan. In the 1920s it was the headquarters of the "400 Club," an exclusive society of Hollywood’s elite.
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