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TRAVEL ADVENTURES   .   .   .

JEAN-GEORGES BEVERLY HILLS INTRODUCES NEW LUNCH 38 OPTION + AFTERNOON SOCIAL HOUR

Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, legendary French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first West Coast venture, announces the launch of two new specialty menus – Lunch38 and Social Hour. Housed within Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the acclaimed restaurant’s latest offerings are perfect for guests looking for a quick lunch or after-work refreshment.

Curated for those on-the-go, Lunch38 introduces a seasonal, prix-fixe menu for just $38. With three courses available, guests can choose from signature starters such as Tomato Gazpacho and Ahi Tuna Tartare, followed by favorite entrees including the Chicken Parmesan, Steak Frites or Grilled Wagyu Cheeseburger. Lunch38 is available daily from 11:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

At Jean-Georges Beverly Hills Bar & Lounge, the new daily Social Hour presents guests with a special selection of refreshing sips starting at $10 and popular bites starting at $14. The early evening menu includes delectable choices such as Avocado Carpaccio Pizzetta, Crispy Sushi and Grilled Wagyu Sliders that can be paired with a Rosé-Aperol Spritz or Spicy Paloma. Available daily from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Social Hour also features a live piano performance from Wednesday through Saturday starting at 5:00 p.m.
 
Jean-Georges Beverly Hills is located within Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills at 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. To view full menus and additional information, please visit www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com.
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30th FRENCH FESTIVAL BECOMES A TRUE VIVE LA FRANCE EXPERIENCE

by Bonnie Carroll

Thumbs up from Chef Josette LeBlond of Normandie Bakery

The Annual French Festival was held at Oak Park and looked to be another delicious success on day one, however, on Sunday, which was Bastille Day, it really became a special celebration when France beat Croatia 4-1 to clinch 2nd FIFA World Cup Title. Some French people from Sherman Oaks were riding on the Gold Coast Limousine Shuttle with me to the festival and were overjoyed France had won, and my old friend Chef Josette LeBlond, owner of Josette's Bistro & Normandie Bakery, who is a long-time event sponsor was beaming and gave me a proud thumbs up!

From Pacific Crepes to Le Hot Dogs to a bevy of French plates, including a delicious cheese plate to enjoy wit wine from Le French Grill it was Vive La France all day. I joined a very relaxed audience sitting under the shade of the oak trees enjoying Violette cupcakes and listening to a variety of entertainers, including John Stevens Derrick and Jean-Pierre Tibi.

The Moulin Rouge stage featured Tina's Ports of Paradise performing French Polynesian dance with live musical accompaniment, and the stage was packed with attendees getting into the fun island beat. There was also accordion music being played all day on the Accordion Stage.

The 30th year offered some new and clever attractions such as the Scavenger Hunt, learn to play Petanque & French conversation corner and Santa Barbara Travel Bureau's Raffle for 2 nights at Hotel Lancaster in Paris and $500 air credit on United Airlines. Tickets were $1 and were going fast. I left before the 6:30 drawing, but will be happy for the winner. Who doesn't love Paris? Journeys to a Hidden Provence were also sharing tips on how to best see France to enthusiastic travelers.

So many families were walking through the festival grounds, purchasing their lunch and sitting on the grass enjoying picnics. I was impressed watching a young girl helping her dad by preparing Le Hot Dogs; large closed bottom French roll with mustard or ketchup squeezed into the roll before the large dog was slipped inside. It smelled delicious and cost only $6. The Pacific Crepe makers were busy as well filling their sweet creations with fresh strawberries, cream and condiments. My favorite sweet desserts were the beautiful and delicious Violette Bakeshop cup cakes named Kir Royale and Framboise Et Chocolat. An appreciation for everything French filled the air!

A special thank you to Center Stage Theatre who have brought so much to this beloved Santa Barbara French Festival with all the amazing entertainment they have made possible, and merci to all the sponsors who so generously give their support to provide the community with this delightful 'all things French' experience in our park. For details on next years French Festival visit: www.frenchfestival.com.

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GREAT TRAVEL ITEM FOR PERFUME LOVERS

This is an invaluable gift for travelin' ladies who want their own scent available. I used mine on my last Viking River Cruise up the Danube and it was perfect. It's near impossible to transport perfume through security these days and I find this little number infaluable. Travalo: Your favorite perfume deserves to arrive in style, and not shattered into pieces all over your luggage! Say bon voyage to toting your glass perfume bottles across the country, and hello to the Travalo Milano ($49.99), an elegant refillable atomizer. The Milano is finished in opulent and elegant material, with finely crafted metal parts, and is perfectly weighted. New spray technology produces a fine mist which disperses the perfume over a wider area.  Learn more at us.Travalo.com.

The TSA-approved Milano is available in 8 sexy and sleek colors including Orange, Hot Pink, Aqua, Pink, Red, Black, and White and packaged in a sophisticated box.


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For people on a budget, the Travalo Classic HD ($15.99) is an excellent option and available in a wide variety of colors to match any summer wardrobe.

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For the scent lovers on a budget, the Travalo Classic HD ($15.99) is an excellent option and available in a wide variety of colors to match any summer wardrobe.

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