On Sunday, we went to Beverly Hills as I was hoping to eat at Bouchon Bistro, a Thomas Keller restaurant. It was the day of the Golden Globes, the area was abuzz with prepping for the fete, so the restaurants and shops were pretty empty. Bouchon has three concepts in one area. You can either eat at the Bouchon Bar or Bistro. The Bar is more casual and you can find it downstairs right near the Bakery. The Bistro, where we ate, was up stairs and we decided to sit on the patio, which was delightful. There was a bit of a nip in the air, but that was countered with warming sun rays and bubbly mimosas. We were greeted by the very pleasant Noel, our attentive server. He was from France, so naturally I had to butcher what I have left of my high-school French knowledge, and embarrass the both of us. I’m blaming the mimosas and sunshine.
We looked over the menu between our chit chat but it didn’t take us too long to decide. Kim decided on the banana bread french toast with a caramelized banana which was a fun (and tasty!) twist on the original. It was lighter than you’d think, but packed with flavor!
I had the fanciest Chicken and Waffles I’ve ever seen, it was a delectable combination of a bacon and chive waffle with maple syrup, Tahitian vanilla bean butter, deliciously roasted chicken and sauce chasseur. It was so, so good! The chicken was perfectly roasted, super juicy on the inside with crispy skin and fell right off the bone. The flavor combination was fantastic and I tried my very best to get a perfect bite every time. It’s a good thing I can’t get this on a regular basis, it’d be a problem- a delicious one, but a problem none the less.
Before we left Bouchon I had to stop downstairs at the Bakery. Whenever I travel I make sure to bring home some sweets and treats for Hylton. It’s better than a tshirt in his opinion (and mine). I picked up some of the Chocolate Bouchons, which if you have a chance- are a must have! I also got a few other things including, a baguette and some macarons in the most delightful colors and flavors.
After brunch we decided to take a stroll around Beverly Hills to do a little shopping. We stumbled upon the Television out of the Box exhibit at the Paley Center. This was a pretty cool find! There were costumes and set pieces from some of the most famous TV shows- from Wonder Woman to Dallas, there was something for every TV fan. We got to sit in the booth from Seinfeld, on the couch from Friends, and check out some pretty cool memorabilia.
As I mentioned, I had to scoop up some of these delightfully colored macarons. They are as delicious as they are adorable. I couldn’t decide if I should keep them as decoration or eat them. The indecision didn’t last long, I decided to take a pic and eat the treats! Of course I had to share them with Hylton, which was a testament to my love for him. You can try to make your own, check out the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook, which I love. I bought it a few months ago was excited to get try the sweets at their source.
I had a wonderful time in Calafornia and can’t wait to go back. I just wish I lived closer to my dear Kim, as it’s too far for weekends like this very often. She was as wonderful a host as she is a friend and I appreciate the chance to be a part of their family, if only for a few days at a time. We met what seems like a million years ago on a plane from Boston to Ft. Lauderdale and what seemed like a chance encounter has turned into a almost two decade old friendship. As luck would have it, we ended up in the same high-school class a couple of years later after she transferred shcools. She’s the real deal and I love her to bits.
Kim is one of the most talented people I know. She is the brains, beauty and Beastie fan behind the awesome and inspiring Club Brandspiration and Kimberly Bordonaro Personal Branding. So…”Check-ch-check-check-check-ch-check it out. What-wha-what-what-what’s it all about…”