Monday, February 20, 2012

Gigi Eats - Dining Out

It's no secret that I love dining out, especially with people who share an appreciation for the finer things in life. This past Saturday held the promise of a few culinary delights, including trying out a local spot for brunch (Charlie's Pantry) and getting glammed up for some swanky eats at a hotel restaurant (RH at the Andaz West Hollywood).

At Charlie's, an airy, bistro-style market pantry kitchen, the portions were huge and the selection was out of this world. I chose one of my favorite breakfast staples, Eggs Benedict, made a la Stella, with latkes in place of english muffins, asparagus instead of ham, and grated parmesan cheese substituted for hollandaise. Did I mention a handful of crispy pancetta on top? The light, yet savory dish was enjoyed in a space filled with subway tiles and Carrara marblemy faves!

Dining part deux was a last-minute surprise (empty city streets thanks to a holiday weekend) that satisfied my craving for some upscale action. The bread, heavenly. The cocktails, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and coffeedelicious! I love the atmosphere of a boutique hotel nestled perfectly behind a bustling boulevard (Sunset, to be exact). The Andaz was warm, no-frills, and had just enough swank to make this Valley girl feel special.

Between sampling the fresh, local fare at the former and gorging on the French-inspired seasonal menu prepared with local California ingredients at the latter, I found the perfect time to whip up a healthy and hearty meal for the week, featuring quinoa, butternut squash, and kale. Can't wait to share the recipe tomorrow!

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