IMG_9569OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_9570Oh, the Chateau. The iconic hotel along the Sunset Strip. While you may have read -or witnessed, perhaps?!- about Hollywood celebrity trouble and mischief at Marmont, I have yet to go after sun down so I don’t really have any misbehaviors to share. The only rule I’m guilty of breaking is taking photos of my food when the menu says not to; promise you I wasn’t trying to get a picture of the entire Osbourne clan, and then some, sitting directly in front of us. Now, if it were the Kardashians…

Anyways, I was at the legendary lodge last month with some girlfriends. The quintessential Hollywood hotel and its garden terrace was the just the right setting for a ManiLA girls ‘catch up’ luncheon. On the menu by Andre Balazs

CRISPY CALAMARI sorrel aioli, puttanesca sauce, lemon


BEET SALAD quinoa, goat cheese, greens

AVOCADO TARTINE whole grain bread, radish, pickled carrots, sunflower sprouts

FALAFEL black mission figs, toasted pistachio, herb salad, fresno chili

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING warm date cake, sour ceam, toffee sauce

“As closely associated with glamour as a hotel can be” – Conde Nast Traveller

“Touched with scandal and commemorated in literature” – Los Angeles Times

“When it comes to Hollywood hot spots, the Lifetime Achievement Oscar goes to the Chateau Marmont” – People Magazine